Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year Everyone

Hi everyone,

Well, another year has gone by and to be honest it was a pretty shitty one - at least from where I am standing.  The only good thing in 2016 was the hobby in general.
This year had great miniatures, great games, great Kickstarters and great modeling and paint jobs.  If it was not for the hobby, 2016 would be nearly at the top of the other terrible years since the new millennium.

Despite it all, I am feeling positive for 2017!  I feel it will unlock even greater goals for the hobby in general and myself personally.  This year I have also managed to continuously post on a weekly basis nearly without fail.  I will try my utmost to keep the trend going.

So let me wish you all a happy new year from the bottom of my heart.  My your lives be full of joy and good health.  So until we meet again in the coming year - I bid you all farewell!


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Happy Day, Wish you I Do!

Hi everyone,

I don't celebrate Xmas, but I felt that I needed to wish everyone in our little wargaming and model building community a happy festive season.
I hope you all enjoy this day with your loved ones and receive a lot of games and models as presents for Xmas.

Also if your haven't seen Rogue One, then make it a Xmas resolution and go see it!

Till next week, farewell, good health and a cheery 25th,


Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Bear Clan: - Part 3

Hi everyone,

I have now finished the painting on the were bears.  While the bears were painted in slightly different shades of medium brown, I painted the were-bears tan and black in order to make stick out, but first I had to prime the models a neutral gray and check if there were any problems with the modeling.

The procedure for the painting was basically the same as the normal bears, but with a different colour tone.  I added some bronze metallic to the armour and rims as well.  I figured bronze would suite their culture better.

I kept the shields the same colour to show that they are from the same clan or family.  I also tried to add some more white to the werebear with the spear to indicate and older and wiser bear.

After painting, I tend to glue the miniatures directly to the multi-base.  This case was not an exception.   I also puttied up the ground work around them and painted the base green.
Next post I think I will start the leader unless I start/continue something else.  I will just have to see.  Until then farewell and good health as always.


Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Bear Clan: - Part 2

Hi everyone,

I am back with more work on the Bear Clan.  The first figures I decided to paint up are the rank and file bears - if that makes any sense!

These were frankly very easy to paint up and they were ready in an afternoon.
The painting was quick and fun.

Basically, I gave them the base coat, then a darker wash.  After which I dry-brushed them twice with successively lighter shades.  The last step was to add shadows with watered down dark brown and black - and viola a horde of bears!

The models were glued onto the multi-base and I added putty for the ground work basis.  I am really getting fond of this unit.
I also finished the conversion work on the were-bears.  I found some old 54mm scale Celtic shields from an old plastic Celtic set.  I think the set was an Italieri infantry set.  The bottom line is that they fit very nicely with the were-bears.

The conversion work has established two different characters for the were-bears.  One is a warrior in his prime, while the other is older but with a lot of fight in him yet.  Now I just have to paint them up

Until next time, farewell and good health.


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Elven Beast Masters: The Bear Clan - Part 1

Hi everyone,

This is an exciting new project for me.  Not only is this a completely new unit I am starting form scratch, but it is one I have wanted to do for years.  That is bring back the Elven Beast Masters!

I am going to start with the Bear Clan for two reasons.  Firstly I have all the miniatures I need to complete this project.  Secondly, the Boar and Cat Clan will be Hunters of the Wild proxies, while the Bear Clan are going to be a large infantry horde unit proxy - and that is what I want at the moment!

So, some experimentation with the placing of the models lead me to a unit that seems well balanced where miniature position goes. Since the bears are slightly smaller than Tree Shamblers I decided to place 8 figures on the multibase instead of 6. 

The next step was to create a little differentiation between the two pairs of identical models in the unit.  The first pair are the old Citadel bears.  These are the bears that came with the original Ursine Beast Masters.  They are a bit stiff and flat - therefore hard to convert.  So I opted for a slight repositioning of the head with one of them.  The conversion is minor, but it does give a sense of individuality to this model.  I judged that it was enough.

The next pair of models is where I intend to do the most conversion work.  The werebears are nice, but very plain and drab.  Initially I was going to get the Otherworldly werebear, but it has that torn-clothes-busting-out look that I did not want.  I wanted my werebears to be a clan of werebears, so they would have clothes that fit in their werebear form.  I also wanted them to be warriors, so I had to dress them up.
I also wanted one of the werebears to look older, so I decided to cut him up and give him a pose that would express his age but not make him look too feeble.  The squatting pose seemed right.  Originally, I also decided to give him a spear instead of a sword, but I think a spear suits an old timer more.

Once again, that is all for now.  Join me again next week as I start to convert the figures.  Until then, farewell and good health to one and all.


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Vikings Phase One: The Berserkers FINISHED

Hi everyone,

I have finally finished painting up the berserkers.  I apologize for taking so long, but life and work are taking up a lot  of hobby time.  I don't see this changing any time soon.
So the last two berserkers were the ones wearing pants, which includes the leader. Speaking about the leader, while painting, I noticed that the armband was miscast.  Therefore, I had to re-sculpt it with greenstuff.  This was easy enough.

Other than the armband, all else was easy going with the painting.  I wanted the leader to be a bit more colourful or noticeable! So I decided to put a bit more extra work on the pants and decided to dye the tips of his beard.

Overall, I like how these guys have turned out. Below is a small group shot with the Warlord and the Hearthguard.  I think they do feel like and a coherent force till now.
Next week I will start working on my last warrior unit.  This is the last step to finish out this project and Vikings Phase One.  Yeah!

Until then farewell and good health!



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