Works in progress and a question of scale

Hello all, just thought I’d add a little work in progress shot showing the additional spearman and the two larger (perhaps some kind of half troll or something) desert raiderish type figures who need aload of work done. Not a great shot I’m afraid but I had to squeeze in a photo whilst cracking on with a myriad of other duties – no detail on the guy on the left at all – but anyway, things continue on:

Group and scale

The observant among you will spot an Ottoman commander who’s stumbled onto the scene. This is to illustrate a question I’ve had about scale, the chap is from the Pendraken hisorical Ottoman range and very lovely he is too! At the other end is a GW Araby swordsman of some kind, also very lovely. I’ve used a new toy of mine (a digital measuring device of some kind) to make some precise measurements which you the reader may be interested in – the measurements in question being from sole of foot to eye:

Pendraken Ottoman Commander: 9.67mm

GW Araby: 10.1mm

My efforts: 10.81mm

Warmonger Landsknecht: 10.87mm

So, as you can see there is quite a range in sizes, and let’s not forget that within the very same ranges there is often a marked difference in height amongst models. The Pendraken historical miniatures are very slight when compared to their fantasy ranges which I believe are the same as Kallistra’s (I don’t own any alas, but I’ve had a good look at them)  and I think that the Ottomans are 10mm from foot to top of head. GW Araby figures tower over the Empire and High Elf ranges, but look more correct in my eyes when stood next to a GW Dwarf. The Warmonger Landsknechts have quite a range in size, but I prefer the slightly bigger ones who are mostly present in the Halberdier sets – the crossbowmen look a fair bit smaller and the Pikemen are almost as big as the Halberdiers….all of which are awesome though.

So why have I made mine the size that they are? Quick answer is that I’m new to sculpting miniatures and am learning whilst doing – and learning something new pretty much every time I sculpt. I’ve always like the chunkiness of some of the Warmaster miniatures and my amateur attempts at the scale mean I’m a bit out at the moment, but hopefully this will improve with more practice! I think they compare reasonably well with existing ranges, but would have to be in units of their own – which is why I’m planning a wide range of units so that a coherent slightly fantastical force could be fielded without too much of a problem. Another factor is my desire to have a variety of different poses clearly visible within each unit type, this is to add some character to the units as well as make the painting process a bit more fun – I personally dread painting multitudes of the same miniature (which begs the question of why have I just started prepping a box of Perry plastic Napoleonic French infantry? Now is neither the time nor place for an answer).

A long ramble, but I hope illuminating in some way.

Thanks for looking.

 

Works in progress and a question of scale

After much delay, a Captain for the Arabian infantry.

Not a very long post today, a combination of attemting to get some decorating done and a small person full of cold have combined to make any hobby time a bit rare of late. However, I have actually managed to get the long awaited Arabian Infantry Captain finished off and here he is flanked by a copule of spearmen (one of whom I realise really needs some ears):

Captain1

So there he is, the combination of a whopping great plume and great big skull on his turban clearly marking him out as a man who knows how to get things done.

I’ve started work on the standard bearer and have given the armature which was intended to be a musician a spear…… I really don’t fancy sculpting a musician. I’ve also been cracking on with painting another three Goblins for micro Mordheim (although I think I’ll also be needing them for Micro Otherworld since I’ve just skimmed the pdf and it looks pretty awesome), I really need to get around to painting some of the Humans, Dwarves, etc that I keep meaning to start work on.

Hopefully more soon.

After much delay, a Captain for the Arabian infantry.

Got some painting done, and even finished off the Pikemen! Woop!

So the sculpting has slowed a bit as I’m starting to get the command figures for a unit done, almost finished a captain, and the two Troll-type figures are taking a while to get completed – they’re taking shape nicely but I’m finding that trying to bulk them out to give a ‘just right’ feeling a bit slow. It doesn’t help that I can only get a tiny amount of putty on the figure then have to wait 24hours until the next chance to get a layer on, anyhow I think they’re coming on nicely and look forward to sharing them hopefully soon!

On the other hand, slowness of sculpting means that I’ve had a chance to finish off some figures. First up are some more Gobbos for my Micro Mordheim crew, these guys really are the runts of the litter so they’re looking pretty dull…… but then again I don’t suppose they’ll be lasting long on the table.

Goblins

Second in line are my finally finished Pikemen. I know, they’ve been in process for ever but I find basing really dull and so I’m quite pleased to have a finished unit to flash about the interwebs.

Who knows, maybe I’ll get a unit of Halberdiers finished by Christmas.

Thanks for looking.

Got some painting done, and even finished off the Pikemen! Woop!

Pocket Quest -A first impression

Okey dokey, so I treated myself the other day….. and a few days later:

EEEEEK! Exclaimed I. Well, maybe not, but in any case I was pretty excited and after tearing my way through three (yes THREE) layers of bubble wrap I was delighted to find a box. A box stuffed full of Pocket Quest.

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Now, I like a well packed lasercut (yes, laser-cut, as in something actually cut with a LASER) MDF box with a tight fitting Perspex lid as much as the next man or woman, but this level of planned packaging is the work of a fevered imagination. In the box you get lots of dungeon tiles, Goodies (in the form of your classic heroic archetypes – Mage, Thief, Dwarf etc) and Baddies (in the form of the ever maligned Goblins, Orcs and a Troll) and a pile of little bases with rats and spiders on.

The miniatures themselves are really nice (as far as I can tell they would work perfectly with any of the Microworld range with the exception being that the Microworld Dwarves are really really tiny) although I’ll probably be storing them away with my drawer of 6mm fantasy treasure to paint at a later date. I’m going to be using my 10mm chaps on this baby.

Back to the game though. As well as the tiles and figures you get a board of push out MDF bases and clips, some very neat little peg doors, a pair of dice and a rulebook. It’s all really well made and nicely thought out and probably the only slight disappointment was the darkness of the printed tiles, but hey – it’s a dungeon and I can live with that.

I haven’t played a game yet but a quick look through the rulebook is a real delight. It’s got detailed stats, a host of weapons, a point expenditure system (I love a point expenditure system), magic spells from a variety of different types of school and it’s all very clear and concise…… which is perfect for me since I find overly complicated rulesets a bit of a chore. in essence it seems to be a nicely balanced game with a good combination of ease of play, depth and character development, randomness and fun.

Now as I mentioned earlier, I’m going to be using my 10mm figures on this so I thought I’d put some pictures up to give an idea of scale difference. Here we have the picture of one of the little doors on the side of the Boss room with a 10mm and 6mm figure:

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Okay, so the door looks a bit small with the 10mm goblin but I’m more than happy to suspend my disbelief.

Here are all the tiles set up…. completely randomly…. with a couple of 10mm Goblins:

10mm

Look at that! Bags of room. I think that’ll definitely work. Also, I know what you’re thinking – ‘Those’ll never fit back in the box!’ – well apparently they do, and there is a map for repacking somewhere on the interwebs. I, however, worry about scuffed edges so am avoiding the tight packing as much as possible.

Also I thought I’d put in a picture of the board with a couple of 15mm miniatures on it, which I think still works out pretty well:

15mm

So there we are. I personally think this appears to be pretty fantastic and I’m certain it will be getting loads of solo play (in stark contrast to my Silver Tower set which is still unassembled, but some of the monsters will make great bosses). As an additional note, the Stone Golem you see on the front of the box wasn’t included in the initial set (I’m not too bothered though, since I’m not really using the models) but apparently you can contact them if your set is missing it and the stockist will send you a nice little Golem.

For more actual proper information, and better photos of the painted models check out the creator’s blog here:

http://ablogofwar.blogspot.co.uk/p/pocketquest.html

And finally – I am so going to have to have a go at sculpting Link from the Legend of Zelda in 10mm for this. I wasted so much of my youth playing that game.

Thanks for looking.

 

Pocket Quest -A first impression

10mm Arabian Spearmen progress report….

Hello all! So, I’ve had a few busy evenings and, in amongst my many other hobby distractions, I’ve got a nice big update on the Arabian spearmen to show…. woop!

My initial aim of getting 6 individual spearmen sculpts is now complete…. which means I’ve miraculously managed to accomplish some kind of basic target. Here are the six spearmen along with the Wiz, as you can see they fit rather well (five abreast) on a 4cm frontage and with some shuffling and trimming should be able to fit all manner of combinations.

Full Compliment

Here is a picture of them mixed in with a bunch of other figures including GW, Polar Fox, Warmonger and Magister Militum.

Comparison shot

And finally…. a little more work has been done on the deep desert Nomads.

Allies in progress

So, that’s where we are at the moment. I still need to get the unit leader and standard bearer done (am in two minds about a musician, I know why they’re there but they kind of annoy me) and am getting some more Micro Mordheim Goblins painted up. Busy, Busy!

Thanks for looking and hopefully more soon.

 

10mm Arabian Spearmen progress report….

10mm Micro Mordheim modular board

Hello again gentle reader. My normal work hobby routine is generally between the hours of 10pm to 1am and since I’ve been on childcare duty over the course of the summer I’ve been struggling to think of ways to do a sneaky bit of work on the side during the days…. as well as pretending to be a princess, dancing, reading stories and running about.

Behold! My Micro-Mordheim modular board utilising 3mm MDF and cork tiles!

 Mico Mordheim board 1

During one of my many wandering mind moments, my thoughts turned to the 25 or so 10cm x 5cm MDF bases which I have had sitting in a drawer for quite a long time now. All of a sudden, it became clear to me use them to create a modular ruined city for my Micro-Mordheim dream. I promptly chopped up some bits of emergency cork tiling (which turned out to make a pretty decent looking ruin) and my trusty woodcut relief print cutting implement (which turned out to make a pretty decent looking paving pattern) and got to work.

The two little sections didn’t take long to do at all, and I think the size for the initial board looks pretty good with some figures and monsters on. In theory a few carving sessions should sort out the paving sections and ruins leaving only the sand texturing and painting to do…….. might be achievable fairly quickly and certainly more interesting than my previous board making effort!

Also, It takes up a tiny amount of storage space. The box in the image is about an inch deep so a few boxes of tiles should be able to provide a huge number of layout options. Taller ruins will be stored separately.

Tonight’s plan is to finish the spearheads on the Arabian sculpts, then a nice picture for you all to see.

Thanks for looking.

10mm Micro Mordheim modular board

15mm Rogue Trader….. no grim…. no darkness…. only splendid fun!

Hello all. A new month dawns and so does another of my little side projects.

This time it’s a re-imagining of the 40k universe through the lens of the classic Rogue Trader, add a little bit of rose tint to those spectacles a to make the Universe much less Grim and much more Fabulous and round it off with a diverse selection of models at mostly 15mm but also quite a few beasties and the like from a range of different scales (I’m quite liking the idea of using lots of the beasts from the Silver Tower game for this).

Here’s my first bunch of models in a rather lamentably poor photo I’m afraid (for some reason my camera is really not happy taking pictures in daylight):

Imperial Security

These guys are how I imagine the Imperial Guard to be in this much more chilled out distant future. The Imperial Security Forces are your bog standard colonial, shipboard and regular soldier type (Backpacks? Who needs bulky rations when a 3 course meal is available in pill form!), and is generally more than happy to grapple and karate-chop any alien bandit, space pirate or demonic entity while safe in the knowledge that he’s got lots of back-up…… in exactly the same overalls and hardhats…… who may also be close to retirement. I’ll be using them as the onboard security detail for my Rogue Trader-esque explorers. There will be lots of aliens as part of the team as well – my idea of the Imperium is much more inclusive than the popular alternative. Think of it as a bit more D.R. & Quinch as opposed to “In the grim Dar….”, well, you know.

dr and quinch

The hapless security crew were purchased from the always splendid Khurasan Miniatures ages ago, they’ve been fun and easy to paint. At the time I got several of the same packs so I’m thinking of adding a Yellow and Blue team to provide replacements whenever needed.

In other news, more sculpting done, almost finished 3 more spearmen – leading to a total of 6! Woop! And 2 pairs of nicely sculpted Troll’s legs….. ahem. Also some Ground Zero Games sci-fi scenery gradually being put together and more 15mm figures.

Pictures coming soon!

Thanks for looking.

15mm Rogue Trader….. no grim…. no darkness…. only splendid fun!