Alpha Legion Test Painting

Hello all. If you happen to be an even occasional reader of this site, you will certainly be familiar with my deficit of focus when it comes to organising and even getting a project off the ground. It is normal for me to start with an idea, assemble a model and then move onto another project in a different scale and bearing little relation to what I’ve begun. It’s unfortunately how my head functions, and tremendously irritating.

True to form I’ve started another project.

The inglorious 20th Legion, the Alpha Legion, are one of my favourite Heresy Era concepts. They are devious, dishonest, scheming and duplicitous to a hammy and entertaining extreme – to the extent that no one knows which side they are on (perhaps they don’t even know themselves). I was lucky enough to have my wife and daughter buy me the Dark Imperium boxed game for my Christmas treat and I’m very keen to start messing about with some of those new big marines – who I hope to be using as Alpha Legion.

Since there seems to be no real consensus as to an actual legion colourscheme I thought I’d go with a bit of a mixup and painted this fellow as a test figure:

I’ve tried to give a him a pretty weathered look, I like the idea of Alpha Legion operatives being infiltrated for months/years causing trouble (also I hate painting flat clean colours because I always screw it up and muck hides a multitude of sins), so I really went to town on his armour. I’ve used washes of greens, purples and blues over the azure as tests but I think they look alright together and neatly avoid me having to commit to a solid colourscheme (which I won’t be able to exactly reproduce!). I also gave him solid metallic arms, one with a wash over it, since I like the effect it gives on the cover of the Legion novel.

So, a pretty chilled out (read scruffy) paintjob which will hopefully transfer over to the big Primaris fellows and it would be interesting to hear any thoughts on the colourscheme.

More to come soon…

Promises, promises.

Alpha Legion Test Painting

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:


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

Pre-Magnus Thousand Sons test painting

Once again, another huge delay snce my last post. It’s just been one of those periods of time which have somehow been very difficult in terms of focusing on a particular project – to the extent that I even bought a load of 6mm stuff from the HLS sale just as a means of distraction! Oh well, there’s still some space in my 6mm drawer so they can be hidden away for some future whimsey.

Not all is lost however, as I managet to assemble a 28mm MKIII armoured Space Marine. And even get some paint on him………. I know! Totally unexpected!

There he is, still some work to do like the lenses and some more highlights on the blingin’ metalwork (hey, he’s an Achaemenid, Xerxes hung gold all over a tree since it looked so rad) and maybe some weathering……. but I’m not too sure how mucky I want him to look. Perhaps he could use his Psycho-Force powers to clean his armour every now and then, I know I would.

So why a pre-Magnus Thousand Son I hear you cry (Well, he’s not actually from the pre-Magnus times, he’s actually part of a group who had wondered off somewhere while Prospero was totally wrecked and now dream of the good old days before psychic Hellboy turned up and bartered their souls away to some demon God). Basically I always quite liked the idea of the Thousand Sons as a Legion – A bunch of Post-Human super soldiers slinging Psy powers about like some kind of heavily armoured Darth Vader…… with guns. What’s not to love?

Also I really like the early background fluff. The fact that they were primarily recruited from the Achaemenid Empire (the first to sensibly acknowledge the Emperor as the new man in charge without any fuss), ironically on account of their genetic stability. To me this Achaemenid link makes them a bit more interesting than most legions and I’ve always been a bit disappointed that they are quite so Egyptian in their representation, although I guess it kind of makes sense in terms of being readily accessible and the clear occult links with 19th Century Western mysticism (Golden Dawn et al).

I’ve got a bit of an idea for my gang’s background. They were out and about with a Mechanicum Explorator fleet (a Cybernetica one with whom they still enjoy a close alliance) while Prospero was attacked. Once the shock of the news passed they sat down and took a long hard look at what they had become. Their conclusions were:

1 – Magnus was a charlatan who sold them out by using his parlour tricks to commune with obnoxios and unknowable Demon Gods. The legion was better off without him as the flesh change was a trap set by Tzeentch and there would have been another way to cure it.

2 – The Emperor (beloved by all) is a Machivellian douchebag who makes the Alpha Legion look like children playing hide and seek when it comes to keeping secrets and making stuff up.

3 – There may be something in this “Motive Force” which their Cybernetica pals are always banging on about.

Now they, and the Explorator fleet, are just cruising around space exploring stuff, fraternising with aliens and busting baddies’ chops while doing their best to help out the little man (or little alien man) who is eternally getting dumped upon by an entire galaxy stuffed full of maniacs, sadists and zealots.

In an ideal world I’d like to get a bunch of these painted up, but I’m already hating the process of assembling plastic kits. One of the great things about 15mm is the fact that most figures just need a little flash cleaned up, then they’re good to go…. basically I just want a simple life! That said, I’ve chopped up some pieces using an age of sigmar knight doing hocus pocus with his hands who’ll be a character for my Thousand Sons. Just need to put the damned fellow together.

Next up – Some Ion Age 15mm Prydian’s who’ll be playing the part of Space Marines, still using them as 30k but more Rogue Tradery – when no one could quite agree on what the Space Marines should look like. Just need to figure out which legion, hmmmmm, my new metallic paints are suggesting Iron Warriors……. maybe.

Oh, and I’m also scrachbuilding a 15mm scale Rhino because it’s the cutest APC ever. No debate.

Thanks for reading that stream of consciousness.

Pre-Magnus Thousand Sons test painting

Science Fantasy – Accidental Space Cowboy/Frank-N-Furter mashup.

Oh man, into February already and not much to show for 2017 so far! There has been a fair bit on the go at the painting and modelling cupboard including some actual sculpting on the Ogres and my Halberdiers are now painted so only have the basing (which I bloody hate doing) to finish.

I did however make a little trip to a model shop last week. I attended a thrilling ‘Examination board standardisation meeting’ (and yes, that’s as exciting as it sounds) after which I popped into Tiranti’s sculpting supplies and treated myself to some of their lovely dental sculpting tools. The fun didn’t end there though, oh no. I then decided to stroll from Waterloo to Vauxhall, and along my route was the fortuitously positioned Dark Sphere. Needless to say, I succumbed to temptation and soon found myself handing over cold hard cash for the spanking new boxed game Gangs of Commorragh and, after being waylaid for pints and a cocktail, on my way home. No hobby-ing was embarked upon that night.

So, a day later the wrapping was torn asunder and the bureaucracy (rules, counters, sundry) flung aside to reveal the toys! There’s been plenty of reviews and the like by far more thorough and august bodies than myself so I shall simply say that it all looks like pretty good value and this is the first thing I’ve flung together:

He’s only tacked together at the moment, but I’m pretty happy with him. Looks like a mad, drunk prospector type – although he currently appears to have misplaced his britches and made off with someone’s cast off late night leatherwear! I’ll be sculpting a bit of material onto those legs to make them a bit more in keeping with the rest of the figure.

There we are then, I’ll be hoping to get some paint on these 28mm folks soon as well as onto some more 10mm pikemen and halflings. There just aren’t enough hours in the day.

Science Fantasy – Accidental Space Cowboy/Frank-N-Furter mashup.

28mm Science Fantasy

As I sit, cradled in the warm embrace of my hobby cupboard, I cannot help but be drawn to the random selection of 28mm plastic boxed sets which I own. These sets are very much a manifestation of the ‘Addiction’ element of my hobby, I am often compelled to own and stockpile lovely looking sets of miniatures. I often have a plan. But planning was never one of my strengths. So the miniatures wait. And wait.

Until Now!

In no small part down to some of my favourite blogs, I have been inspired to have a go at the art of ‘Collage Plastique’ with the odd bit of metal thrown in. Since I sold off quite a bit of the stockpile (sadly in error I now believe) I’ve been left with only a few more recent purchases, those being some medieval, Napoleonic and warhammer 40k bits and bobs along with my stash of metal 28mm figures of various providence.

So, I opened a couple of sets and started to play. The general theme is that of Science Fantasy, and I have enjoyed the concept of Brent Spivey’s Rogue Planet set of rules…… particularly the cover:


How utterly fabulous. A chap with two guns, and a massive sword, blazing lasers at a mutant on a space Pterodactyl.

That got me thinking about a planet, covered with an unknown number of crashed and deralict starships, which were drawn to their doom thousands of years ago. The population of the planet are the descendants of the survivors who, bereft of the ability to recreate the technology of their ancestors, now live in a semi-medieval state. Except that some of the tech is still available and, more importantly, still functional. The leviathans which once crossed star systems still harbour their secrets, their priceless artifacts, and their powerful weapons……. but these are not easy pickings. Ignorant Barbarian tribes, powerful Warlords, scheming Wizards, heartless AI, mad Robots, insidious Cults and others have sought to found their own dynasties and capitals in and around the mighty wrecks. Then there is always that which lies within. Strange things. Unnatural things. Things that jealously guard their treasures. Things best not disturbed.

Now, after all that flim-flam, some models. Probably a little underwhelming but I like them. First up is Janet. No stranger to the occasional delve, she has recently been unter the employ of one of the great Merchant Houses as a Caravan Guard and occasional enforcer. The end of her latest contract has however presented to opportunity for some self improvement…. and enrichment!

Travis ‘Stonetape’ Anderson is the second character I’ve had a go at. A simple collage, but he seems to fit together reasonably well. Travis is something of a philosopher. By which I mean that he’s paranoid and believes in all manner of crackpot theories like ghosts and aliens and whatnot. He claims that his theories are based on solid scientific research and often cites the now legendary body of research called ‘The Stone Tape’ which was conducted by the enigmatic Nyghell of Kneel. Often, when confronted by the inexplicable, Travis will quietly murmur “It’s in the compewtah!” by way of explanation. Quite the eccentric. He does however have a gift for accuracy with a rifle (the weapon was discovered by chance as a consequence of stumbling into a half buried mechanical wagon whilst chasing what may, or may not, have been an enchanted toad) and is blessed by uncanny good luck.

So there we are, a bit of a ramble so my thanks for your forebearance. I’ve quite enjoyed actually doing something with these models and I am actually quite keen to make some more as well as get these painted up.

Thanks for looking.

28mm Science Fantasy