Sketch dump – Sci fi city and some inhabitants

Not much has been happening on the model making front at the moment. My hobby closet reached critical mass, the outrageous untidiness of it causing me to have something of a purge and reorganisation……. it was starting to become something of a looming menace which had to be dealt with!

Now that it’s a calmer space, more conducive to actually enjoying the hobby, I’ve got a number of things on the go from 28mm tomfoolery to 15mm Samurai for Ronin!

I have also been doing a bit of sketching, since it’s good for the soul, and doodled a city which is a work in progress:

Here’s a little detail:

As well as doing some sketches for possible inhabitants which I might try and rustle up in 28mm using GW bits and some sculpting:

Anyways, thanks for looking and I’ll hopefully have some painted Samurai soon!

Sketch dump – Sci fi city and some inhabitants

Starting a 28mm Fantasy project and some Oathmark Dwarf infantry

Ahhhh, the good old ‘starting a new project’ post! I’ve found myself becoming rather bored of some of my Sci-fi projects and fancy starting something a bit different, hence a bit of a return to Fantasy minis.

Now, when I first became interesting in collecting and painting little figures the only nearby Games Workshop was to be found on Oxford Street or the rather unusual small shop on Castle Street in Kingston. Although the Kingston shop had copies of the (then brand new) awesome looking Adeptus Titanicus game – you know, the one with six beetlebacks in it – the fantasy stuff really hooked me in with the pre slotta base Grenadier Dwarves being my very first purchase. Over the years I have tentatively returned to fantasy miniatures but tend to become distracted by the often much shinier (or grim shiny I guess) Sci-fi stuff. So I’m having another go at it!

Rules-wise I’ve got quite a selection since I basically collect (and subsequently never play) rule sets…… it’s a real life problem and I put down my ordering of the new Warcry rules down to this condition.

And that’s not including all supporting books, the digital rules and the dozens of sci fi/post apocalypse ones.

Of them all my favourites have to be Mordheim (just because it’s so damn fun), Cadwallon (awful set of rules, but the general artwork, maps and drawings of the city districts are stunning), Otherworld has a fairly straightforward system and I like the event cards which result in monsters appearing and so on, finally the Rangers of Shadow Deep has a rather good solo mechanic, among many other pluses.

My plan is to just launch into the project by painting up heroes, adventures, warbands and monsters. Many of the figures are just from years of hoarding, so I’m really looking forward to having a go at getting them painted, as well as some more recent purchases!

One of these purchases was out of pure curiosity; the Oathmark Dwarf Infantry. What particularly attracted me to them was not what initially seemed to be a rather obvious, dare I say cliched, styling but their potential. In spite of my initial negativity they are rather good value. You get 30 figures for £22.50 (from discount retailers online) which is a rather impressive 75p per figure and you’ll end up with loads of extra limbs, heads and weapons. Very quickly I threw together a small party of five adventures:

Now, again in spite of my initial misgivings about their styling, I think they look pretty good. There is a decent range of options and I think you could mix and match from a whole bunch of different kits such as the Perry and Frostgrave ones, to have a fairly vast array of figures.

I return to their styling one more. What initially seemed lazy Viking-esque design is actually much more sophisticated, the sleeves, slightly loose trews, mail and scale armour (particularly on the Heavy Infantry I have yet to get) could easily be Eastern as well and European in origin. I’ve always rather liked the Persianate Turco-Mongol Empire of the Timurids, a melange of fascinating histories and diverse armies resulting from a combination of unique and compelling military traditions.

Over analysis aside, I have a bunch of Timurid weapons from a long defunct project and some alternative shields on order to kit out these Dwarves and make them subtly different from the originals. I rather like the idea of Timurid styled Dwarven Empire with Satraps and allied forces (the fierce but strictly vegetarian goblinoid satrapal levies being one of the most skilled and loyal examples), battling against the forces of disorder.

Oh, and for anyone whose interested in how an Oathmark Dwarf scales against some other generations, here he is with some other examples of the diminutive warriors:

Left to right: GW middle earth, Oathmark, old GW Bugman’s Ranger, GW Chaos Dwarf, Russian Alternative Dwarf Of Blackfire pass (I think….. basically a Chaos dwarf). I didn’t include a Rackham Dwarf….. since they’re a bit ridiculous and I don’t have any of the plastic GW ones.

Well, quite a ramble today…… thanks for sticking with it!

Starting a 28mm Fantasy project and some Oathmark Dwarf infantry

6mm Fantasy – Chaos army for Dragon Rampant/Warmaster

It’s been more than a year since I spent any time on my 6mm fantasy project, and it’s high time that I lavished some attention on them. The majority of units had quite strongly coloured bases, so I have decided tone them down a little and make them more churned earth-like. Here is a picture of the whole gang so far:

And some close up shots:

All bar one of the miniatures are from the lovely Microworld Games range, and I’ve got my eye on their Ratkin…… which I think will have to be a Summertime treat. The unit of hefty armoured chaps are led by an Eureka miniatures Chaos Dwarf, I think he works really well as a champion and I will be using more from the range as heroes and characters.

Only six units finished so far, but there are lots more to do, including some evil elf allies and some brave humans and stalwart dwarves for them to battle against!

Thanks for looking!

6mm Fantasy – Chaos army for Dragon Rampant/Warmaster

6mm sci-fi – Alpha Legion, old-school colours

If you’ve been an occasional visitor to this site over the last couple of years you may have noticed that there are two Legions that I revisit over and over again. The Iron Warriors are a favourite because of what they should’ve been, architects and creators par excellence, if it weren’t for Perturabo’s inferiority complex and bitterness.

The Alpha Legion are my other favourite because no one knows exactly how their bread is buttered…… what’s even more fun is that they might not actually know which side they’re on either. Another irritating detail which is in fact a gift to the collector/painter is the lack of clarity regarding colour scheme. The current orthodoxy (and the most popular it appears) is a metallic azure-like colour, which is fine. However, in my copy of the old Index Astartes, a rather fun purple was originally proposed as their pre-heresy colours with the metallic azure being used after the event (along with skulls, spikes, and other Hair Metal paraphernalia).

This seems to tie in with the first Alpha Legion book – Legion – which depicts a swaggering legionnaire in a combination of what could be purple armour with bare metal.

Groovy eh? As far as I can tell, all subsequent cover artwork seems to have them in the metallic azure, but I guess they had changed sides by then and had the statutory oh sooooo heretical re-spray which fits in with the old index Astartes book.

Now that all that waffle is out of the way, here’s my first unit:

I’ve also had a bit of a think in terms of basing, particularly how annoying it would be to move full units of individually based 6mm figures around. Since the bases are magnetised I took a 60x40mm mdf base, stuck some more magnets in and voila:

A movement tray that no one will fall off of!

Thanks for looking.

6mm sci-fi – Alpha Legion, old-school colours

3mm Iron Warriors – Part 3

They’ve been a long time coming but the grumpiest Legion of all finally get some modest reinforcements. This takes the form of two big Land Raiders (whose contents I have yet to get organised) and three Dreadnoughts, quite a pairing and packing a fair punch I imagine.

Once again, ridiculously detailed models for this scale made them a joy to paint…. although the hazard stripes can be a bit of a strain. The variety of weaponry on the Dreadnoughts is pretty impressive too.

Thanks for looking!

3mm Iron Warriors – Part 3

40k shenanigans part 3- Chaotic evil

Something with a slightly different flavour today, a Chaos Space Marine.

I keep trying to get into painting more 28mm figures, but always get a bit despondent with the results. So, since I’m progressing at a reasonable pace with the 6mm, I thought I’d spoil myself and have a go at some big scale units for Kill Team. I quite like the small unit idea since each figure can be a ‘character’ and you can throw together a range of disparate specialists in the same unit, creating an almost ‘Dirty Dozen’ vibe.

To this end I’ve decided to go with Chaos as quite a enjoyable starting point as they are, by default, a bunch of misfits and sociopaths. This also means that I can make a few different Chaos Kill Teams since they’d no doubt be happy to fight each other over pretty much any perceived slight! The new Chaos Space Marines are rather good fun and, since I’ve only painted Chaos forces in 6mm before, would be a very different experience to paint. Initially I’m going to just assemble as per instructions due to there being a fair bit of variety in the set, and they’re quite over the top anyway, and focus on improving my painting technique……. keeping it quite loose and ‘painterly’. Additionally, a mixed grouping of Chaos renegades will give me a chance to paint a variety of different colours to reflect their individualism and whichever chapter or Legion they may have fallen out with.

I’ve gone with the “Scourged” chapter for this chap, the fluff about them only being able to hear the truth instead of lies and being driven mad by it is pretty entertaining.

I experimented a little with the painting on this fellow, using some water soluble oil paints over the acrylic base colours. It turned out to be a really interesting step forward and something that I’ll be working on quite a bit more. When I work out a proper approach I will definitely try and post a tutorial of some sort.

Currently putting together some more members of the team and planning a Thousand sons oriented Legion with a nautical theme!

Thanks for looking.

40k shenanigans part 3- Chaotic evil

6mm Sci Fi – Blades and Blasters Flatbed Hovertruck

It’s all about 6mm at the moment and I recently made an order from Blades & Blasters  for some of his 15mm scenery, which looks perfectly suitable for 6mm. I’ve only just started on the scenery, so more about them in another post.

He has, however, been experimenting with some 6mm civilian vehicles…… and I think they’re rather splendid. Here is the first one which I’ve painted, a flatbed hovertruck perfect for far flung colonies as well as inner city deliveries:

Here’s a picture to show it’s scale against some Vanguard figures:

I love the boxy aesthetics and hope that this will be the start of a wider range of civilian vehicles (I’m lucky to have a combi van and bigger rig type truck) although to be fair they could quite easily serve as military motor pool with a different paint job. Tho only thing missing in my life then would be a 6mm Sgt. Bilko!

6mm certainly does not lack tanks, hover tanks and speeders so it really exciting to see something a bit different being experimented with.

Thanks for looking!

6mm Sci Fi – Blades and Blasters Flatbed Hovertruck