Friday, July 21, 2017

Vikings Phase Two: The Shield Maidens pt.4

Hi everyone,

Today I continue the process of sculpting the nymph into an awesome shield maiden warrior!

Now after I finished the clothing, belts and leggings it was time to move on to the rest.

The net step was to add details to the clothing like fur and and extra belting, as well as a helmet I cut of a plastic dark age warrior.

The final step was to add the weapons and tidy everything out.  This is the most time consuming step as it takes a lot of measuring.

I remember telling you that I had bought a dark age plastic sprue for the shields.  I thought that the ones that come with the Foundry figures were a bit too bulky for the shield maidens.  As it urns out I found the plastic shields to thin and fiddly and in the end went with the metal ones.  Once again I had to pin them in place or they would easily come off.

The unit is now ready for painting.  I will paint them in blocks of four like I did with the rest of the Viking warriors.  This allows me to break down the work  into manageable parts and helps to keep me motivated as I see the unit build up steadily.

Until then farewell and good health to one and all!


Friday, July 14, 2017

Vikings Phase Two: The Shield Maidens pt.3

Hi everyone

In this post I tackle some of the sculpting and modeling to some of the shield maidens.  The idea is to cover up some of the nudity in the models. 
As I mentioned in the last post, I am not a prude or a puritan when it comes to little tin men or women,, but I just don't feel comfortable playing in front of children (yeah, maybe I am a bit prudish)

With the first two miniatures starting from the left all I had to do was add chainmail to the bare areas.  This is a very straight forward process involving a sawed off hypodermic needle.

The third mode was a bit more demanding but the most enjoyable to work on.  The model is from the old Nymph range from Foundry Miniatures.  The first thing I did was cut of the legs and half of the head and added leggings and a helmet.

The second step is to add the basic clothes to the model starting with the belt.  The lower legs come from the dark age plastic sprue in the previous post.

Unfortunately due to time restrictions I will have to cut this part of the post into two, but join me next week as I continue on the last few steps of my Viking journey. Until then farewell and good health.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Vikings Phase Two: The Shield Maidens pt.2

Hi everyone,

So, I have begun work on my Shield Maidens,  and I have to admit they will certainly be my favourite unit in saga!

I have finally narrowed down the miniatures to 8.  The choice was rather hard as I like them all, but I had to let 2 of them go.  I finally decided to put aside the fat lady who looks like she is singing in a German opera and one of the nude nymphs.
That leaves me with 5 dressed models and 3 undressed.  I went ahead and based the first five models and added the shields; pinning them down securely to prevent them from coming off.  This is by far the most annoying part of the process and I am glad this is the last unit  have to add shields too.
Join me next week when I start dressing up the nudes.  Until then farewell and good health.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Vikings Phase Two: The Shield Maidens pt.1

Hi everyone

So for the last unit of my Viking Force, I have gone off a slight tangent.  After painting over 30 vikings, I really do not want to paint any more beardy Sandinavians. So what was I going to do?
Well, as it turns out I was watching the Vikings TV show when an idea hit me.  During one of the battles I saw several viking women fighting and I said to myself - I might be bored of beardy men but certainly not tall pretty blondes!

I had several viking women from Foundry Miniatures  and one from Hasslefree Miniatures. This was just enough to make a decent unit of Shield Maidens that I could use as my third warrior unit for Saga!

Initially I had bought 8 Vikings with spears as my third unit, but I promptly sold them off and started work on these little beauties.

Now I am no prude, but I felt that I could not field these little gems as is.  Since I would be playing in front of children certain times I felt uncomfortable with the nudity on the models.

Just so we are clear,  I am not against nudity in sculpture, especially if it is in good taste and serves to elevated the human form, but I don't think miniature wargaming in a community with children around is the place for topless Viking maidens - even if they are mean women who suffer no fools!

So I have to dress them up. I also wanted to change some of the weapons and add some helmets and shields.  For this I went on Ebay and bought a sprue from one of the plastic Dark Age box sets.
Foundry shields are very bulky and two heavy as a product for these figures in my opinion.  If I don't manage to mount the shields, I will opt for these plastic shields.

So join me next week as I start my last voyage into the second and last phase of my viking project.

Until then farewell and good health to everyone.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Haqqislam Phase 2 - Djanbazan FINISHED

Hi everyone,

Finally the Djanbazan are finished!  The set looks more or less like the box art and fits in well with the rest of the force.

As you can see I also kept to the same style with the bases.  I want my force to play in a city zone and not in the desert.

Below are some close-ups of the Djanbazan medic and hacker.  Great looking models, but not very useful in a vanilla Haqqislam army I have discovered.  Thery are unfortunately better options.  Maybe they would find play time in a Sectorial Qapu Khalqi force?

Next week it is going to be the last stretch of my Viking Phase two project, that is the Shield Maidens.  Until then farewell and good health as always.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Haqqislam Phase 2 - Djanbazan pt3

Hi everyone,

Today I have a short yet sweet post for you Infinity fans out there. I have finished up the first two Djanbazan and I must say I am very happy with them.

They are the heavy machine gunner and the marksman rifle, the two I think will be the most useful.  I have not purchased the Djanbazan sniper yet as I am sure he will be resculpted.  The model is currently in the older version.  I have a feeling Corvus Belli will produce a new Qapu Khalqi starter set!!!

They were painted up in the same way as the Ghulam Infantry, so If you are interested you can check out those posts or leave a comment and I will answer eventually.

Next week I wrap up phase two of my Haqqislam project.  So I hope to see you in 7.  Until then farewell and ood health.


Friday, June 9, 2017

Haqqislam Phase 2 - Djanbazan pt2

Hi, everyone,

So today I continue with the mighty Djanbazan!  Last week I left off the models with the initial steps for the bases painted up and all the models were given a basic coat of Heavy Brown.

Today I will focus on blocking out the models with the base colours.  I wont go into techniques as they are the same as the Ghulam infantry.  So if you want to know something about the techniques check out the posts or just add a comment and I will reply.

The most difficult and time consuming part of the project is now behind me.  From here on all I need to do is add highlights and lowlights and tie everything together with an enamel wash.

This means I will need to work on these miniatures two at a time instead of all together. Nonetheless, I am getting close to the end of this little project.

Please join me in seven as I continue to work on them.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Haqqislam Phase 2 - Djanbazan pt1

Hi everyone

So, I bought this box set of Djanbazan on the sole premise that I really really like the models!  I have never played them nor do I know how effective they are in the game. Nonetheless this is my project for the month of June.

The models are ultra-cool so in my book that is all the reason I need to add them to my force.
As a colour scheme I am going to go with the box art more or less.  I will also keep the same palette I used with the Ghulam Infantry.  This will give them a colour coherency as a force.
I decided to give them all a base coat of Heavy Brown.  This will serve as an excellent base for the sand, rust and green colours.  For the rest, I will see as the work progresses.

After the bases colour, I decided that I needed to do the bases. The process I use for the initial build up of the bases is very messy, so getting that out of the way was a must.

Join me next week as I continue painting up the Djanbazan.  Until then farewell and good health to one and all.


Friday, May 26, 2017

The Normans: The Warlords

Hi everyone,

As I continue to assemble my Normans for Saga, I am bringing you my two warlords for this faction.  Unlike the Vikings, Norman warlords can be mounted or dismounted.  I have prepared both types for my faction.

Overall, it is more advantageous if they are mounted, because you get more benefits when rolling Saga dice, but sometimes when facing shooty-armies you might want to consider the dismounted version.

So the first up is the mounted warlord.  I have mounted him on a 60mm base.  This is the maximum legal size for a mounted warlord in the game.  It also follows the philosophy I have taken up of mounting all these models for Saga on the maximum sized bases.  The figures were bought from the Foundry Miniatures and sculpted by Matthew Bickley from Casting Room Miniatures.

With the base this big, it opened up the opportunity of making a small vignette with three figures.  The warlord is obviously the mounted and with him he has two retainers.  The first is drawing his weapon and the other is wounded.  I think this really gives the subject interest and depth.

The second Warlord follows suit from my Viking warlord with two miniatures on a 40mm base.  These miniatures were bought in a pack of four from Gripping Beast. They are called the Norman Duke Retinue and they are very nice miniatures in my opinion.

I did have to do some modifications to the standard bearer in order to strengthen the grip on the banner and I also changed the sword-hand.  Nothing serious, just nitpicking!
So that is all.  I know, it was short and sweet, but that is all I can manage for this week unfortunately.  Until next time farewell and good health to one and all.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Vikings Phase Two: The Hirdmen FINISHED

Hi everyone,

Another unit done!, and therefore half this project is in effect done!  This means I now only have the Shield Maidens to work on.
Like the previous post, I also deliberately painted the two below together, for the same reason I painted the first two together.  They are more or less similarly dressed.

I really like the shield transfers from Little Big Men Studios.  They can be a bit tricky to apply at first, with their adhesive system, but after two or three major failings I finally got the hang of it and I now have developed a trusty system to apply them.  Other than that, the transfers offer an ideal way to distinguish the Vikings between warriors and hearthguard.

Finishing a unit is always satisfying, but it always leaves me in doubt to what start next.  You will just have to wait and see I guess.  Till next week, farewell and good health to one and all.



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