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:

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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!

 

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10mm scale Ogres – Getting back to work!

Zoiks! G-G-G-Ghosts! And some WIP

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).

ghosts

OoooooooWooooooWoooooooo indeed! Here they are rushing a trio of heroic Goblins who have violated their sanctuary whilst treasure hunting in the proverbial Swampgrave.

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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.

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See, they are real, they are happening….. right now in fact. Yea of little faith.

Thanks for looking and more coming soon.

Zoiks! G-G-G-Ghosts! And some WIP

10mm Vampire WIP and the start of a fantasy Hero gang

Two posts…. less than six weeks apart….. I’m spoiling you! This time I thought I’d just show the work in progress of my Vampire Count, “One!…. ah…. ah…. ah, Two!…. ah….. ah….. ah” well you get the idea.

vampire-count

Still needs quite a bit of work. Lots to do on the cape (with Lugosi collar), slicked back hair and other details like a bag of jewels all need doing but I think you get a good idea of where he’s going. Dare I pop a couple of fangs in?

I also thought I’d throw together a little Hero team since I’ve been reading the Otherworld Fantasy Skirmish rulebook and think it looks pretty bloody good! I’ve got quite a few baddies in the form of Goblins and some spooks ready for painting, but no Heroes. So here’s me attempting to solve that problem.

hero-club

We have a Halfling Rogue (I guess) from Eureka, a Wizard from the GW Flagellant unit, a Veteran from Warmonger Miniatures and a Dwarf with a drinking problem and a slightly drooping sword (the ravages of drink indeed) from the GW Rangers unit. Some nice models which cover a few archetypes that I’m looking forward to painting.

Returning to the Otherworld rules, there are no Campaign style rules included but there are some officially sanctioned ones available for download which seem pretty sensible. However, I’ve been reading through some D&D and Frostgave books and think that there could be a bit of a rules mashup. The hope would be to combine the interesting looking gameplay of Otherworld with the character development of D&D (on a much more simplified level) along with the very fun base building found in Frostgrave. I found my somewhat damp damaged copy of the D&D 3rd editon Stronghold Builder’s Guidebook and think it could be a wonderful sourcebook for the base development aspect…….. giving me the opportunity to actually build a base for my Heroes in X-COM style, but FANTASY! What’s not to love?

In other news, I’ve been bulking out the dollies for two more half Ogres and even got some pore paint on a scenic piece. Yay!

Thanks for looking.

10mm Vampire WIP and the start of a fantasy Hero gang

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):

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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.

Sculpting 10mm Fantasy Arabians Continues

Just thought I’d post a little update to show that I’ve not vanished, nor scrambled completely off piste! Here are the works in progress and completed sculpts as a group shot.

July 16

I’ve been trying to get my head around the whole sculpting and producing process. Sculpting remains very much a hobby but I would like to put together a variety of sculpts to make up a spearmen unit and then have them cast and made available to buy (if there’s any demand that is). The spearmen unit will be very much a first step in what I hope to be a comprehensive and exciting complete army with all sorts of strange and wonderful units.

In terms of the spearmen I hope to complete 6 soldiers and a command group (Banner, Hero and Musician) over the next couple of months, maybe sooner if time and particularly the 3 year old allow!

Thanks for looking.

Sculpting 10mm Fantasy Arabians Continues

10mm scale figure armature

Hello all. Someone just asked me on a forum how I go about making the armatures for these figures…. so I thought I’d do a step by guide.

Now, I didn’t invent this technique, I found someone else do it quite a while ago online but alas cannot remember where. Instead here is me demonstrating the technique.

Things which I need:

  • 0.7mm wire
  • Something to cut said wire
  • Fingers

First of all I cut a couple of lengths of wire:

step 1

The long piece of wire is then wrapped the very tip on the little finger, resulting in a loop in the middle of the long piece of wire:

step 2

The shorter length of wire is then placed in between the overlapping halves of the long wire – the pressure at the base of the loop should hold the wire in place, like so:

step 3

Then, pinch the loop and short wire between thumb and any finger of choice (forgive the un-manicured fingernail, printing ink is tough to remove):

Step 4

Then TWIST, and I mean tightly! You don’t want the short piece of wire to drop out. Normally I give it 3 good twists, this tends to give enough ‘torso and hips’ for a 10mm figure:

Step 5

I like to just put the tiniest drop of superglue onto the twisted wire and let it dry just to give it some added strength. Once dry, you can then carefully >ahem< snip away the superfluous length between the legs. I tend to leave the arms in their loop formation  while getting the body and legs bulked out, then snip and pose them later:

step 6

Ta-Daaaaaa! I like to leave the length at the head end just in case I want a plume or spike (so far I’ve made one plume and no spikes – quite a repertoire). I then use a pin to put a couple of holes in a cork, the wire is too flimsy to just stick in, making allowances for the base bit then trim and organise the arms later.

I hope readers have found this helpful, my sculpting was dire and kind of depressing before I found this technique. I hope it helps as much as it helped me!

Thanks for looking.

10mm scale figure armature

10mm Sculpting continues….

Okey dokey, I’ve finally got round to taking a photo of some company for the 10mm Wizard. Here they are, one is almost finished (just needs a pointy bit on his spear) and the other is in the early stages. I’ve photographed them here with some Araby figures so that there is some idea of size.

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I think I’m starting to get the hang of sculpting a bit more now, and the key seems to be patience.

In other news, I’m making some shields for my Magister Militum skeletons to give them a bit more of a Vampire Counts feel and Goblin archer has been painted – just needs varnish and flock. Also have a troll in the works and a load more Gobbos on the painting table as always and even a couple of bits of scenery on CDs!

Thanks for looking.

10mm Sculpting continues….