EEEK! 6mm Blade Demons

Yet another unit of baddies surges forth from the painting table. Behold the Blade Demons!

Blade Demons

This is my second go at a unit of these rosy chaps, the previous go of a whole unit on a single base looked good but the base warped a bit which was a disappointment. Not so with these little fellows, they fit beautifully on the strips and make a pretty mean looking unit…… I even found a use for a bit of Epic 40k scenery (the ruins which came attached to sprues) which served to fill in a gap due to being a little short on bodies.

Thanks for looking.

P.S. I recently purchased some 3mm Vanguard Dominion Wars miniatures, there will be more on these at a later date.

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EEEK! 6mm Blade Demons

A Pox on you! 6mm Nurgle Barbarian Marauders.

Two posts in as many weeks? And on the same project? Do your eyes deceive you gentle reader?

Fear not, you remain in full command of your wits as you behold a rare treat! I’ve actually managed to finish a third unit for my Chaos army, which would probably be enough to constitute half of the required points for a Dragon Rampant force.

This pasty bunch with their greasy locks and rusted weaponry have pledged their souls to the most affable of the Chaotic pantheon, the jolly rotter himself – Nurgle.

Nurglebarians

I think they pull off the look well enough.

Next up will be the finished Blade Demons.

Thanks for looking.

A Pox on you! 6mm Nurgle Barbarian Marauders.

And a Barbaric New Year to you too!

As you’ll have probably guessed from my output over the last year, it’s been another twelve months of not really settling and being able to focus on anything for an extended period of time. I also spent the last couple of weeks not doing anything hobby related and focusing a bit on the five year old human and enduring her increasingly Stalinist temperament, which has rather surprisingly cleared the mind somewhat.

I spent a bit of time sorting out an ebay pile in an attempt to balance the always parlous ¬†finances and discovered that a fellow really can have a few too many miniatures. I’ll be mostly shedding the 28mm mountain since I really love the models but frankly find painting them a chore (although I will keep my as yet unassembled Alpha Legion project components). This will leave me with rather alot of neglected 15mm, 10mm and 6mm miniatures to imagine painting. In stark contrast to my proven record I thought I’d get on and bloody well paint some!

Barbarians 2

I love these 6mm Microworld Dark Alliance barbarians, and the rest of the range are pretty awesome too (apart from the cavalry, the horses are damn huge, almost 10mm scale and I think I’m going to have to look for some alternatives). These chaps are the second Marauder Warband for my Dragon Rampant Chaos army (the dream is to reproduce every unit found in the End Times books, hah!). I’ve gone back to the 10x40mm bases on a movement tray since it’s reasonably versatile should I ever get around to playing a game.

Here they are with another warband of chums who were painted back in July:

Two Warbands on a worktop

So at this rate it looks like I’ll be dead long before I finish the army. I kid. I’ve a warband of marauders pledged to Nurgle almost finished, some Blade Demons and a unit of heavily armoured evil crossbowmen all based up.

Hopefully my recent purge will encourage some focus.

Thanks for looking.

And a Barbaric New Year to you too!

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.

6mm Blade Demons and an experiment with bases

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

6mm Warmaster and Dragon Rampant Pikemen

Well here they are, the baccus6mm Late Medieval Pikemen that have been oh so delayed on account of my reluctance to spend the time to get them based. I decided to use a couple of different basing options – the Warmaster system of three 40mm x 20mm bases:

Warmaster Pike

The second was a new one for me. I’ve read the Dragon Rampant rules and think they look really nice and streamlined, perfect for some diverting solo games. The rather¬†simple mechanic of dice to keep track of unit strength looked as if it could be integrated onto a base in a similar way that some make dice-holding counters. After a bit of exploration I found that Pendraken make a rather excellent range of movement trays and dice holders:

Dragon Rampant Pike

There we are! I’m quite chuffed with the results and am looking forward to my pimped up crossbowmen joining them on the field of battle.

Thanks for looking.

 

6mm Warmaster and Dragon Rampant Pikemen