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.
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.
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.
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 fantasy chaos
10mm sculpting and painting
And any 28mm stuff I get distracted by.
Oh well. Variety is the spice of life and all that.
Thanks for looking.
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:
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.
Got a bit of focus together and managed to actually finish off my long awaited Halberdiers for my Renaissance/Merchant City themed army. So that, wait for it, two completely finished units……. let battle commence!
Cutting quite a dash in purple and grey/black these chaps are the ever dapper representatives of the Tailors’ Guild. Eager to defend the Guild’s valuable fabrics and secret measuring techniques, these troops take the field whenever the City is under threat and often accompany trade caravans to ensure safe delivery of impeccably cut treasures!
Another unit of pikemen and even some halflings all primed and ready to go.
Thanks for looking.
Experimenting with having a go at this on my phone, so I’m adding a closeup of one stand taken in natural light.
Hmmm, not bad I suppose. I think it looks ok.
More time passes and I force myself to resist the temptations of other scales, as my piled boxes of untampered treasures whisper to me in my hobby closet. I have however managed to remain faithful and even finished painting some figures!
These Ghosts are Magister Militum figures and were a doddle to paint with only a layer, a wash, some drybrushing and a final bit of highlighting I was able to get them done in record time (also known as tragically slow to other humans).
OoooooooWooooooWoooooooo indeed! Here they are rushing a trio of heroic Goblins who have violated their sanctuary whilst treasure hunting in the proverbial Swampgrave.
For those of you who are keen to see some progress on the sculpting front, here are a couple of WIPs of the next two Half Ogres.
See, they are real, they are happening….. right now in fact. Yea of little faith.
Thanks for looking and more coming soon.
It’s been ages, which is quite annoying really. I’ve been really wanting to get hobby stuff done but the general commotion and work have made spare time a bit of a luxury at the moment.
I have however been spending the odd moment here and there getting some sculpting done, a bit of painting on the scenery and even getting some 15mm sci fi painted. For the time being however, here is the latest Ogre type fellow. Hopefully you get a decent enough view of the front and back (including the string of sausages), he’s armed with a branch like club with a couple of sharp rocks wedged into it, nice and barbaric.
So there we are, another one finished…ish since I’m sure there will be something to adjust. There are a couple more dollies ready for sculpting so hopefully I’ll be getting soem more putty pushed again soon.
I have been enjoying doing some painting which has been easier than sculpting to get done sporadically, so next time I’ll be putting up a couple of sci-fi characters to go with those Orange suited guards from a few months ago. I have an abiding love of sci-fi and 15mm miniatures so it’s been a joy to get a couple of figures ready for the impending release of Rogue Stars by Osprey which’ll be out on the 15th of December…… Just in time for my Birthday!
More to come soon.
Another mini update….. but a bit of a landmark for my modest little project. I’ve painted up the test cast of one of my 10mm Fantasy Arabian Spearmen and here he is in all his garish glory:
I’ve posed him next to a couple of my Polar Fox Goblins, and am pretty chuffed with how he’s turned out! It was reasonably simple to pick out the details (which I thought my sculpting skills weren’t up to getting right but have turned out passably) and although the colour scheme is a bit simplistic I hope it shows that the figure could work with a wide variety of colours.
If anyone is wondering I will definately be putting the Spearmen into production at some point, I just need to get some more sculpting done in order to get the most from the moulds. So, as you see the half-ogres develop the production date will start to appear on the horizon.
Thanks for looking!