6mm Blade Demons and an experiment with bases

True to the somewhat erratic nature of the development of my projects, I have made yet another jump in scale – this time back down to the diminutive 6mm and Fantasy is the order of the day.

But first, a note on the basing. It’s no secret that I find the basing of miniatures to be something of a chore, as well as finding it difficult to inject any real sense of additional atmosphere to the figure or unit and so I’ve tried something a bit different. I’ve seen some amazing unit bases – generally for Napoleonic armies – and thought I could apply some elements to my own figures.

Blade Demons1

As I generally paint and game primarily as a personal project I do not need to subscribe to any particular set of basing criteria, so I went for an 80mm x 60mm base and tried to make it interesting. I would assume that Demons, particularly fighty and angry ones, would have little sense of unit cohesion so I tried to arrange them as though they rushing towards their enemies in a scattered formation.

Blade Demons2

I’m pretty pleased with the results and there is an additional bonus. Economy. I can use fewer individual figures to hopefully give the impression of full units, which means that I can get two bases of Blade Demons from a pack instead of just one and have a few leftovers to populate character and monster bases…… yay! I do love the Microworld range, but unfortunately the import tax makes them a rare and expensive treat so I’m hoping some large bases will give the slightly thinned units a bit of visual impact.

I also found a stash of Baccus6mm Ancients (Romans, Persians, Parthians etc) who might be fun to implement as some Fantasy civilisations. Might be another fun project to start!

Thanks for looking.

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6mm Blade Demons and an experiment with bases

We Interrupt this Broadcast….. 7TV and a Crooked Dice Commando

Oh my…….. I’ve come over all retro.

Something a little different today. A few years ago I ordered a pile of rather lovely Crooked Dice miniatures, unfortunately I became distracted by other projects and they sadly languished in the darkest depths of my hobby closet.

As I conducted an extensive reorganisation of the facility I came across the long neglected hoard. It was a fortuitous find, as I’ve become somewhat disenchanted with my usual Sci-Fi and Fantasy projects – boredom through overexposure perhaps – and these really got my brain-box buzzing with some entertaining narrative based skirmishes.

Anyhow, without further ado here is the first painted figure – a Department X Commando:

He was fun to paint. The Crooked Dice sculpts are uncluttered and economical, which I found to be quite a refreshing change from some of my recent projects (6mm/10mm and the larger scale Fantasy and Sci-Fi) and change can be somewhat invigorating.

I downloaded the free rules from the Crooked Dice website and they look interesting, I will need to give them a proper read and start assembling a few casts. The first bunch (the good guys) will be a mashup of U.N.I.T, S.H.A.D.O maybe a tad of U.N.C.L.E too in order to create an organisation capable of protecting the planet from all manner of threats…….. I’ve also got the John Pertwee inspired model which I’m really looking forward to painting.

More hopefully soon and thanks for looking!

We Interrupt this Broadcast….. 7TV and a Crooked Dice Commando

Great big Undead Chaos Troll – or, Abominatroll – and another Skeleton

Another leap in scale from the diminutive 6mm to the mighty 28. Yes indeed, the scale which I was hoping to avoid but as it turns out I quite enjoy painting. Boooooo.

About a year ago I was bought the Zombicide: Black Plague box set of Zombie Bosses as an Anniversary present. Now I’ve never played, nor will probably ever play, any Zombicide game but the trio of monsters in this set were too good to resist and I was convinced that they would be suitable as beasties and bosses for general adventuring and skirmishes. Fast forward about 300 days and I’ve finally gotten around to painting the biggest and meanest member of the gang, the Abominatroll.

Face of fury

This is probably the biggest miniature that I’ve painted (I know, it’s not even terribly big) and I think I’ve learned a few things when considering the different methods involved in painting at 6mm and 28mm scale. For instance, it was a big mistake to go straight in with a black wash over the base layer when painting at a larger scale as I ended up with a very dark surface to work back into. At 6mm this would be totally fine. At 28mm monster scale it proved to be a pain in the ass and I’m a bit disappointed by the outcome. However, some things did work and I enjoyed being a bit more gestural with the brush and using a sketchier approach to painting. Here is a picture of the chap in full:

Abominatroll

I’m going to use him as a raised from the dead Chaos Troll in an undead warband. After painting the Troll I promptly cracked on with another of the excellent Mantic skeletons:

So now I have a total of 2 skeletons and a monster for my skirmish/adventuring warband! For me that’s pretty much a full army!

To the eagle eyed among you the new grass tufts and flowers will not have been ignored, they are from the rather excellent Serious-Play and are self adhesive. Unforgivingly self adhesive in fact. They also do a rather generous £5 discount if you sign up their Newsletter.

That’s it for now chaps, thanks for looking.

 

Great big Undead Chaos Troll – or, Abominatroll – and another Skeleton

6mm Microworld Barbarians – for a Dragon Rampant/Warmaster Chaos Army

Some of you may well remember this unit of Pikemen Pikemen and may well have wondered if there would be any more of this most diminutive of scales in the fantastical realms. Well there is and it comes in the form of some rather lovely, if very beefy, Microworld Barbarian Warriors who come under the Dark Alliance oeuvre. They’ve sworn their souls to Khorne, because I thought red would be nice, and I’ve mounted them on 10mm x 40mm mdf strips since it made painting a hell of a lot easier – rather than painting them separately and then mounting them in two ranks on 20mm x 40mm bases.

Barbarians

The unit represents half a pack of figures (along with a couple of command figures) and I’ve mounted the other half ready to paint. I’m thinking of doing the next ones as Nurgle followers. I bought one of the bundle packs (a couple of years ago now – and was taken a bit by surprise with import duty – booooooo to import duty) so I’ve got pretty much everything needed for a sizeable army.

Just what I need, another project.

Current projects are (in no particular order):

6mm mechanicus

6mm fantasy chaos

10mm sculpting and painting

15mm sci-fi

And any 28mm stuff I get distracted by.

 

Oh well. Variety is the spice of life and all that.

 

Thanks for looking.

6mm Microworld Barbarians – for a Dragon Rampant/Warmaster Chaos Army

Painted scenery and a Route Manager for a Post-Apoc/Sci-fi gang

A slow week unfortunately, but more productive than most at least! I thought I’d slap a bit of paint onto the simplest piece of scenery I cobbled together:

Just some crates

Quite happy with how it turned out, the crates and pallet are all from Ground Zero Games (casually added to my order during a promotion a year or two ago, wonderful chap) and are great little items for scatter terrain. I tried to do some brighter colours and there is some chipping which sadly hasn’t shown up too well in the photo.

The other thing I managed to get done is a Leader type character for a Post-Apocalyptic/Sci-fi courier company unofficially registered as ‘Cutthroat Couriers’.

I’m using a selection of the Ion Age Shia Khan Legionaries as the basis of the gang, with some mutants and aliens for variety and flavour.

I quite like the idea of a semi professional band of mercenaries who have evolved into a courier company with military grade weapons and equipment who’ll transport anything from letters and parcels to rare tech, drugs and occult (even xenotech) items. Their motto is “No less trustworthy than our competitors”, they are however much better equipped with an assortment of vehicles, xenobeasts and mutants making up their heavily defended caravans.

The Route Manager is the commander of one of these caravans, a formidable ego who is empowered by the almost mythical Postmaster General to either honour contracts or betray, murder and even rob (in some cases all three) those who employ their services. This utter lack of any moral fibre permeates the organisation and it is only due to the crushing bureaucracy which is required for every action (even the murder of a superior) that the company exists at all, let alone appears to be growing in influence.

So, if you need something precious delivered in good time and with excellent service ……. well ……. your options are limited.

Thanks for looking.

Painted scenery and a Route Manager for a Post-Apoc/Sci-fi gang

Starting some new 15mm scenery with Post-Apocalyptic aspirations

Lucky me, I had an Amazon voucher. I have been wanting to get my hands on a copy of Horizon Wars for some time so added it to my basket. I was then seduced by the possibility of adding the (relatively) new Scrappers book to my order – I had pre-ordered it but cancelled for some unremembered reason.

My order duly arrived and I quickly thumbed through the Horizon Wars book – looks nice, and I may even be able to concentrate long enough to understand the rules! Not a bad start.

Then I turned to the impulse buy “Scrappers”. I’ve only given it the most cursory of readings but it did get rather excited by it, which in turn made me think of other rulesets which I have enjoyed conceptually (basically: on my own without anyone to tell me I’ve completely misread the rules and am ignoring rules I consider boring) such as This is Not a Test and Rogue Planet. There are some quite cool elements in Scrappers such as the Random Events Table (Flying Spiders! Wandering Warbot! Yay!) and a bunch of tables which give me a warm retro feeling. The variety of traits, weapons and so forth seem well considered and (more importantly) manageable so I’m looking forward to playing around building a few gangs, cults, etc.

Rather nicely, this has made me want to break out my 15mm stockpile since the unpainted drawer is now overflowing and opposed to reducing in size. I wasn’t however in the mood for painting since I’ve got a few figures already done who might be suitable for at least a quick game. Instead I wanted to make some terrain:

Starting scenery

After an evening of cutting cork tile, using some nespresso pods, pausing for conversation and then trawling through some unassembled Ground Zero Games accessories I managed to get started on a few pieces to populate a tiny gaming space.

Next step is to finish these off and then make a board from 4 cork tiles.

For the first time in quite a while I’ve been excited and a bit inspired by a set of rules, additionally I think I can merge bits I like with my other favourites. One thing which I particularly like about the whole sci-fi meets post-apocalypse thing is the very powerful sense of the absurd and how it can be included just pretty much……… well……. because. In fact, because of this book I’ve dug out my battered copies of the Dark Future novels which are without a shadow of a doubt tremendously entertaining (not the peak of quality literature, but entertaining all the same).

Thanks for looking.

Starting some new 15mm scenery with Post-Apocalyptic aspirations

10mm scale Ogres – Getting back to work!

So, Summer is now truly upon us and the intolerable heat has me thinking of my long neglected 10mm scale/Warmaster project. As it turns out I had finished the Spearmen unit so I have to focus fully on getting the Half-Ogres finished in order to make it worthwhile getting them cast up.

Over the last couple of evenings I’ve spent a bit of time on the two armatures which I had started three or four months ago and have loved getting back into it. Here they are at time of writing:

ogres1

As you can see, some sculpting has been happening. Yeah, I know, you all thought my grand scheme was dead in the water, never going to progress any further…….. well, shame on you naysayers! The project lives on and I’m pretty determined to get a load of work done over the summer with the immediate plan of finishing maybe two or three more ogres to finish the mercenary unit. Next step will be to get the Arabian Spearmen and the Ogres cast up and make some available for sale.

I’ve also been getting some additions to the epic Mechanicus force organised. I’m trying to stay away from 28mm figures since I seem to enjoy what other people do in that scale much more than my own efforts……. Also they take me ages to do when I should really be spending that time sculpting.

More soon!

 

10mm scale Ogres – Getting back to work!