Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Dear lord - painted miniatures???

Yup, I actually did it. I finished a project. That has to be the first time in a couple of years.

It feels great, and I am really looking forward to fielding these guys in a Warcry game once these strange times hopefully soon takes a turn for the better.

Without further ado, pics!

(I apologise for the pic quality - for some reason my camera phone has difficulty taking pics of more than one painted miniature at a time - I have a new phone on the way, hopefully that will get better)





Monday, 13 April 2020

More Warcrying!



Hey, what's this? A blog update less than a year since last time? Madness, I know.

I wanted to share my latest Warband - Legions of Nagash. The conversions that are in here are pretty simple, but I particularly like the Liche leader and the Seneschals.

Anyway, here they are; Drekhar the Risen and the shambling horde

Drekhar was once a necromancer of the Drak in Shyish. When Tamra ven Drak attracted Nagash' fury, by summoning the broken kings (which Nagash had imprisoned many centuries earlier) during the siege of the Rictus clans, in a desperate attempt to save her people, Nagash punished her by sucking out the lifeforce of all her people, the Drak, turning them into the undead, and made her a Deathlord, so she could forever protect them - a fitting punishment for her obsolence, in Nagash' twisted mindset.

Shards of Drekhars spirit however, him already being a powerful necromancer in life, hung unto his emaciated corpse. During the coming years, the embers of his soul grew stronger, eventually becoming sentient and he eventually regained his power, becoming a liche in service of Tamra ven Drak.

However, he sorely missed his brother, Draugan, them having been closely knit in life. Draugan was a physician in the Drak society, a man with the greatest respect for life and esteemed for his healing skills. Drekhar searched long and hard in the years to come, scouring the sea of souls for any sign of Draugans spirit - and at last he found him. He carefully siphoned out Draugan spirit, not to attract Nagash' attention. Alas, the Drak and their souls were being closely observed by Nagash, thanks to their leader Tamra being of interest in Nagash' eyes, and Nagash discovered the soul being siphoned out. Nagash, angered by the soultheft committed by Drekhar, decided to punish him - and so twisted and remade the gentle healers soul of Draugan into a being of pure evil, torment and cruelty.

When Drekhars ritual of summoning was completed, the skeleton body which Drekhar had prepared by scrimshawing every bone himself lay motionless. Instead a freezing cold engulfed his chambers, and through the shadows a coldhearted nighthaunt appeared - a Lord Executioner. Drekhar was heartbroken as he recognized the tattered remains of the its soul as his brother, but could not bring himself to banish it - now Draugan follows Drekhar and his undead warriors in Drekhars quest to undo the curse Nagash has brought upon his brother.


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Apologies for the long lore - feel free to skip it. ;)

The warband consists of Drekhar the Risen, liche (necromancer), his brother Draugan (Lord Executioner ally), his two guards (Seneschals) and 6 skeleton warriors.




 Also, another couple of Warbands, though still lacking some lore;

Kharadron:


And Tzeentch Arcanites:



I've also been a busy little bee, and constructed myself a gaming table. For the last few weeks I've been working on a dedicated skirmish gaming table for my man cave - (not that this has taken weeks, but spare time is limited with a toddler and a table full of sprues crying out for a attention) - both for my recent interest in 40k Kill Team, but mostly for my head over heels infatuation with Warcry. I wanted a nice gaming table, that gave a nice playing experience, more than just a cardboard mat thrown on the table. So I set to work;

I've made a 4 x 3' table from 18 mm flightcase plywood (really solid stuff), and framed it with wood moldings. I cut down a 4 x 4' mousepad gaming mat to fit, and I cut out some sheets of 5mm mdf, which I've covered with black felt (to give a nice feel, and soften the roll of dice), which can be laid out on the gaming mat, to give different gaming table sizes. The first one is 30" x 30" which I'm very curious to try out for Warcry - imo a symmetrical gaming field gives less of a direction, so to speak. It can also be laid out to give a standard 30" x 22" Warcry gaming field (second pic) or removed almost completely for 36" x 36" (third pic) or altogether for 3 x 4'. Very flexible.

The ruins are actually two sets of Warcry starter ruins - I've assembled one set standard, and went to town on the other set, so they look different, and can be built upwards to a second storey.

The felt covered mdf also gives a nice sideboard for things like models, dice, cards, etc. The ruins are still in the process of being painted (which takes forever), but will end up looking like the fourth pic. I still need to mount the legs, which are cheap screw on legs from Ikea, so it can be stowed away behind a door.

I hope you can find some inspiration in this - I thought a lot about how to do this in the most flexible way.






Sunday, 29 March 2020

Warcry, Warcry, Warcry!

Hi guys - long time, no update, busy as usual, yada yada.

I've been really busy hobbying, though - since Warcry came out this summer, I've been incredibly inspired, and it's rekindled my AoS skirmish fetish.

I'm working on a lot of different warbands - I'll (try to) show them here over the next few weeks, as they get ready for paint.

The first are "The Drowned" (counts as Nurgle Daemons).

I was really inspired by the idea of the Drowned Men warband from Wrath of the Everchosen - but more the name than anything else. I had this idea of a warband (Nurgle allegiance) made from deep sea horrors and horrible drowned zombies. Think Deepkin, but much more dark. The idea is that sailors and divers (which I'm sure exists in the mortal realms - if not, they do now) sometimes succumb to ilnesses of the ocean, like scurvy and other horrible diseases. When they do, the great father offers them the chance to be freed from pain and suffering - if only they wow to serve him in the sea. Many say yes, and plunge themselves into the sea, while wowing their pledge to the Nurgle. Indeed, the pain and suffering disappears, but so does their will and sanity. All that is left are bloated, drowned hulks of the men they were, seeking only to taint the living.

They are led into battle by the Duke of the Depths, a silent knight of the ocean, carried into battle by a huge squid-beast, accompanied by horrible giant Whelks and other sea monsters.

To most, they are little more than a legend that is whispered of by the campfires in the eightpoints. Stories are told of warbands, treading dry and barren earth, and suddenly finding their feet submerged in ankle high water. Through a heavy fog stumbles the rotting forms of once noble seafarers and divers, and horrible monsters emerge. Few have seen them, and fewer still have survived to tell the tale of The Drowned.


The Duke of the Depths is a plague drone leader. The Angler monster is going to be a Slaughterpriest ally - I think the bloodbind ability gives a great "anglers lure" vibe. The crabs are gonna be Armoured Whelks from Wyrds The Other Side used as Beasts of Nurgle (they fit 60 mm bases), and the drowned are Gellerpox mutants used as plague bearers.

I'm still working on the final touches and what I'm gonna do to the crabs, but it's getting there.








Monday, 28 October 2019

Blast from the past

Hi guys - not much news on the painting front, but I was up in my parents attic a week or two ago, and I stumbled upon my first ever miniatures. :)

First, a prelude. In 1990, Tiny-GuitaRasmus (then 8 years of age) was rumbling through the kids section of my local library (my parents were always good at dragging me along, giving me a lifelong passion of books) and I stumbled upon a small book called (in danish) "Figurer til Rollespil; sådan maler du dem" (Miniatures for Roleplaying; how to paint them):


(Fun fact; back then there were actually serious newspaper articles being written about roleplaying and Dungeons and Dragons leading young people to devil-worshipping! :D )

Tiny-GuitaRasmus was immediately blown away by the pictures of the tiny monsters, orcs, warriors and other miniatures, and took it home. I remember poring over the pictures again and again, and being completely enamoured with these small worlds you could build. My dad, who was (and still is) an great model train builder and enthusiast, quickly seized the opportunity to get his son interested in model building, and took me to a giant (at least it was to me back then) model kit shop in Copenhagen, where they had racks upon racks of miniature blisters. 

I spent a long time trying to choose the coolest miniatures in the shop, and eventually decided upon a a pack of (then unbeknownst to me, they were just cool) Grenadier Fantasy Lords Dragon Men: (picture from ebay)


I remember going home and getting straight to work - ripping the miniatures out of the box, being completely oblivious of the concept of mold lines, and choosing a few of my dads Humbrol Enamel paints (when we wasn't walking to school in the snow, that's what we used back then! And we liked it! ;) ) and got to work: 


Please note the exquisite sense of colours - the bright vivid green, the beautiful shading made with a fine point sharpie, and the orange used on the inside of the tail - clearly didn't have the patience to let the green dry first. ;) Also the decision to use brown on everything that isn't green or armour - horns, bow, arrow, quiver, belt, weapon handle - you name it. I didn't have a concept of undercoat either, so the paint is just applied (one thick coat of course!) in enough amounts to cover the metal. For a finishing touch, you can spot the remains of the classic modelling flock (which I think was coloured dried, cut up grass bits) on the base. 

Oh well, we all have to start somewhere. :D 

Some months later I got hold of some actual Citadel acrylic paints, and decided to repaint one of the models (an 8 or 9 year old isn't the most nostalgic of creatures), just painting over the existing paint job, making the coat even thicker, and not really making any significant improvement: 


At least I used a proper metal colour for the armour, some red for the eyes, and, apparently, some weird decision to highlight the wings using a darker green? I believe the green is the legendary Goblin Green paint.

I think it's safe to say that these models started it all for me; I LOVED it from the moment I started slapping paint on. I used to play with these for hours, and spent countless hours making my own games with them. I think it was during the autumn I got them and for Christmas my parents gave my HeroQuest - which took this from the start of a hobby to an outright obsession. I loved that game - the miniatures, the furniture, the board - everything. I spent so much time painting those models, and trying to make them look just like the painted models on the side of the box - of course, failing miserably, but making progress in the process. From then on I think I wished for some miniatures for every birthday and Christmas for many years, aside from the many times my parents to me to a model store to get some (they could see I was really enjoying it) and I used to sit for hours in my room, trying to make the small monsters come to life with paint and brush. I even remember getting Space Hulk (1.st ed) for Christmas the year after, and realising the rules were in english, I sat down with my dads Oxford English to Danish Dictionary, and basically taught myself english to be able to play. :D I went on to getting into a gaming club, and immersed myself completely in the universe of Warhammer, both 40k and Fantasy - it really was an all consuming passion.

Flash forward to me starting in high school at 15, discovering that girls were interesting, so was playing music (and the latter could help me with the former!) I put aside the miniatures for many years. When I was 28 or 29 I was working at a youth club, and some of the boys there were getting interested in Warhammer, I was asked if it was something I could help them get into. "Sure, why not", I said, and started searching the web for ideas and miniatures - I was blown away at how far the hobby had come in the 15 years I had been away from it - plastic miniatures had gotten soooo good, the models were better than ever, there was plastic terrain (we used to build everything ourselves from polystyrene sheets, cardboard, etc), the paint range was a lot better and the washed made painting miniatures much easier - and there was a huge amount of background material (books, audiobooks, and so on) to dig into - well, like an old drug addict, I relapsed big time. I started buying a few miniatures here and there (you know, just professional interest!) and enjoyed painting and especially converting them so much, that I joined a local gaming club, where I met lots of cool likeminded adults, and evolved a lot painting and conversion wise.

Flash forward 9 years to today; the arrival of my son this summer has meant that there isn't nearly the same hobby time as there used to be (not that I would trade parenthood for the world), but I still love the hobby just the same, if not even more, as when I was a kid. I would love for my son to get into the hobby himself - but really, I think the lesson to take from my parents example is that if you see a spark of interest or passion in your kids, no matter what it is - you take it and run with it.

So, thanks mom and dad, for indulging me in my weird interest back then - it meant the world to "Tiny GuitaRasmus". :)

PS: I love to hear some stories about how you guys got started.

Friday, 18 October 2019

More scenery

I've gotten my mittens on some more of the old WHFB scenery, and they are indeed beautiful kits. However, I've gotten quite a few of the old Chapels (bought as fortified manors - hence the watchtowers I've also got), and I thought it would be boring to just have duplicate manors or chapels - so I've bashed them together to make a fortress of some sort. I've used more pet shop cork bark for the cliffs and rocks, and used some walls to make the walkway and the walls for the tower. I think it works pretty well, although it obviously needs quite a bit of detailing:



I've used a piece of the Garden of Morr as an outhang for one of the buildings - I obviously need to something with it. Also some supports for the other outhangs too.


I'll lay some wood planks on the walkway and the tower floor:


I've also managed to grab a completely mint (still foil on the box) Dreadstone Blight, one of my favourite pieces, and promptly got it assembled (still needs the top floor). I doubt I'll do any converting to this one - I really like it as is - although it will get a nice base:


Saturday, 3 August 2019

The humble beginnings of a battlefield.

"Okay, he's lost his marbles - he started converting terrain too?"

Yup, never one to leave a model stock, I have gotten my dirty mittens on some of the old Warhammer terrain during the past year or two, and while they are great looking, I thought it would be a bit boring to have duplicates. Also, with the coming of AoS, and round bases (= no movement trays) actual interaction with the terrain (besides just marching around it) became a possibility - thus, I wanted to create more levels, and more options for positioning. Plus, I just like cutting up plastic. ;)

First up is my fortified manor - I've combined it with the Ruins of Osgiliath (LoTR kit, which I used for the others as well), and put another chapel on top of the watchtower, along with the outhouse mounted on the roof. The cliffs are pet shop cork bark (man, it reeked of pet shop - I needed to air it for a few days before actually working on it) hot glued on.



Next, a watchtower - I think the wall with the iron gate is from the Garden of Morr, I got it in a bulk terrain buy. More ruins, a walkway and a creepy tunnel below the ramshackle walkway. Perhaps a tentacle peeking out is needed? 



My precious Skullvane Manse, bought as soon as they became available again - the only modification  it'll get is the white clay I'm sculpting over the old "winged warrior skeleton stone carving thing", since I thought it looked really bad. 


Another watchtower ruin, again Ruins of Osgiliath and some cork bark.



I need to figure out what to do for the basing though - the first watchtower is based, but it was a serious struggle to get the 3 mm MDF to stop warping. I've tried different stuff, plasticard seems to warp too from the PVA glue I'm using, and I don't really want to use 6 mm mdf - it seems to thick. Any ideas?

Friday, 2 August 2019

Branching Out

I've started to lock down the parts on the Screaming Oak, pinning stuff into place (blu-tec somehow doesn't really stand up to the vigours of battle) and refining the pose a little - I've added some more branches on the middle of his back where it seemed a little bare, and tweaked the position of the head a little - I could use the wisdom of the mighty internet here, is this better, screaming in agony at the heavens, or is the previous version where he looked a little more down better?

Also, should he have a couple of horns?


Or not? 



The white base is because I have this strange infatuation with Warmachine beveled bases, and prefer to use them on all my miniatures. Alas, they're only made in 30, 40 and 50 mm, plus a very big one for Gargantuans, so I have to make them myself on my lathe to get the right diameter - yes, I know that the Verminlord Corrupter has an oval base. Yes, I calculated the circumference (106 mm) to have a corresponding round base (not a fan of oval bases). Yes, it is technically not legal. No, I don't care at all. ;)