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.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Vikings Phase Two: The Hirdmen pt.2

Hi everyone,

Another quick post this week. So, I have finished the first two minis in this unit of Hirdmen.  I also added the shield transfers and painted the ground work.

I did these two together because they are similarly dressed.  I have a healthy habit of doing this, as I see it speeds up my painting (which isn't very fast and wont win me any speed-painting competitions).

Well, this was quick and painless!  Come back next week to see the completion of this unit.  Until then farewell and good health.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Vikings Phase Two: The Hirdmen pt.1

Hi everyone,

So I am back with the second phase of my Viking project.  This phase includes only two units, a unit of 4 Hirdmen, which are elite Hearthguard (as the title suggest) and a unit of Shield Maidens which will be a unit of 8 female warriors.

Today, I will start with the Hirdmen.  The unit models are armed with hand weapons and shields and are fielded with chainmail.
I think anyone who follows this blog knows, I have my own particular way of painting my units.  First I clean the models, base them and then prime them grey and clean and prime again.

Then, what I like doing is partially painting them up in basic colours to get a feel for what I want and how I want the models to look.

Well, this is a good start to Phase Two.  See you in 7 for the next instalment.  Until then, farewell and good health to all.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Haqqislam Phase 1: Starter Set FINISHED

Hi everyone,

I have finally finished the Haqqislam starter set!  The last figure I needed to paint up was the  Taureg Sniper.

Well she is now ready and my core team is based and ready for action.  Now I just have to see what works; what doesn't work; and in what combinations!  That could be a series in itself.  I could call it Discovering Haqqislam!
Another little surprise I have is a whole bunch of scatter terrain.  I am building up for Operation Wotan, simply because I want my battle reports to have some substance and colour.  So the rest of the month I will be working exclusively on terrain.

So next week please tune in as I start building up these terrain pieces and putting paint to brush.

Until then farewell and good health.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Haqqislam Phase 1: Starter Set Part 3

Hi everyone

I got a lot of work done this week, and not just with this starter set.  I am also working on some terrain for Infinity:Operation Wotan and I will show it off gradually after this series of posts ends.

Well I have managed to finish up the fist  two miniatures from the last three.  These are the Zhayedan and the Khawarij.  I did these two together because they both have leather jackets that I worked on at the same time.

The first two pictures show the Zhayedan model in base colours.  This step is common in all the miniatures I paint.  This step helps me identify if the colours all fit well together.

The next step is adding highlights and shades to render it a bit and tie it all together.

The final results are below.  At this point I still have not added the Compass Bars to the models.  I will do that in the end for all three.

The Khawarij follows the same example. So I will only post the pictures of the finished product.

So next week it will be the Taureg Sniper from the set and a little surprise!  Until then farewell and good health from your friendly neighbour hobbyist.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Haqqislam Phase 1: Starter Set Part 2

Hi everyone,

I have finished the Ghulam Infantry and as I write have already started with the three other figures in the set.

The Ghulam are the basic troops of Haqqislam ad in my opinion some of the nicest aw well.  They were the models that convinced me to go Haqqislam in fact! So I tried to do them justice.

As I mentioned in the previous post, I choose the same colour scheme as the box they came in.  This is not easy as they were painted by Giraldez, so I have a long way to go!

I also went with some resin bases and compass bars from Antenocitis Workshop, which I prefer over a desert base.  I will be playing mostly in cityscapes after all.

In the end, I think the work is presentable and neat enough, even though it is a long shot from the master - Angel Giradez.
The next three figures in the set are the Taureg, Zhayedan and Khawarijs. I have currently already given them a bases colour, but I think I will paint them up seperately.

Well that is all.  Join me in 7, for more from Infinity.  Farewell and good health from your regular wargaming blogger friend!


Friday, April 14, 2017

Haqqislam Phase 1: Starter Set Part 1

Hi everyone,

I have decided to get into Infinity as well.  Lately, I am on a roll with games, experimenting and buying starter sets.  I do not really know why,  just have developed this habit - which is quite bad for my wallet!

After playing a few games, Infinity and Saga are the two games I am currently playing on a regular basis.  Hence I have decided to paint up a force for the coming Beasts of War 2nd online campaign - Wotan.

I have decided to go with Haqqislam and I will begin with the new starter set.  It is ironic, but Haqqislam was the faction I liked the least in first and second edition - specifically the miniatures. I mean I really disliked them!

Then everything changed with the third edition miniatures, specifically with the Kum Riders.  All of a sudden Haqqislam became the faction of super cool models - all of them since.

So when it came to choose a faction it had to be Haqqislam!  That is life.

So in order to prepare for the campaign I have started painting the starter, and beginning with the Ghulam infantry in the set.

I decided to follow the colour scheme on the box cover, so I started with a base coat of Heavy Brown. (I apologize about the picture quality but I did not notice it until came to post.)

The net step was to paint in the basic colours.  Once again I followed the colour pattern of the Infinity paint team that is I used Desert Sand and and Dark Rust.

Hopefully by next week the Ghulam will e ready, as I intend to paint them up altogether.

After them, I start the other more special profile types. So farewell and good health.


Friday, April 7, 2017

The Normans: The Warriors

Hi everyone,

I am continuing with the reviewing of the Normans I have bought for Saga.  This week I want to show off the 3 units of Warriors I currently own.

The first two units are mostly composed from models from The Foundry and sculpted by Matthew Bickley,  just like the Knights in the previous post.
I tried to keep the warriors all chainmail free, but I did not have enough miniatures to fill out two units this way. I was also on a budget, so buying more blister packs was not an option at this point. Therefore I opted to let the "leader" of the unit wear chainmail, thus reducing the need for non-chainmail figures.
One or two of the miniatures are from the old Citadel miniature range, noticeably the leader of the second warrior unit.

One aspect of these miniatures is the metal spears.  These were initially much longer than you see in the picture, so I had to calculate the historical height and cut accordingly.  The next step is to pin the shields and glue the shields and spears on.  A lot of extra work that has to be done.  I have to admit I could have done without it.
The last unit of warriors are from the Gripping Beast range and are armed with crossbows.  They are about half the price of The Foundry miniatures and roughly the same size.  They are also suited to the unit description they depict.  The sculpting and quality is not as high as The Foundry but they work very well.

That concludes the overview for the warrior units.  Next post is about the Warlords - yeah!  Until then farewell and good health.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Vikings Phase One: 2nd Warrior Unit FINISHED

Hi everyone,

The unit is ready and so is the first phase of the army!!!

After several months of painting between jobs, before and after jobs, during work breaks and on the little time off, I can finally sit back and admire my neatly painted, tabletop-worthy viking force.

Now that the first hurdle is over I can start playing some games of Saga again after such a long hiatus.

Without further adieu I present my fully functional deathstar....I mean well-balanced viking force.
As for next week I have no idea what I am going to do.  I know I wont be as hyped about it as I am now with this finished project.

Until next, farewell and good health to all you gamers in the ether.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Vikings Phase One: 2nd Warrior Unit Pt.4

Hi everyone,

The first two figures of this group are done. The painting like all the rest are basic earth colours with a few reds and blues for interest.

I painted these two first because they have similar attire; that is trousers, shields, and bare chests. This makes painting easier and quicker.

Next week this unit and this project will finally be over.  Come back in 7 to for a first look at my completely painted  point Viking army!!!

See you then.  Farewell and good health to everyone.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Vikings Phase One: 2nd Warrior Unit Pt.3

Hi everyone,

So half this unit is now done!  I want get into too much detail with this post since the process is mostly the same.

Basically cleaning, priming, cleaning again, undercoats and base coats; and as always I do this 4 at a time.

I am dying to get into these models and finally finish of the first phase of this project and be able to field a painted viking army!

Until then farewell and good health!



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