Saturday, 19 March 2016

Working on some Necromunda models. Fancied trying to make a Van Saar gang look... good. Van Saars have some of the geekiest looking models, sporting mullets, curly mustaches and beards. I've heard them described as 'Ned Flanders' looking.

First I had to decide on a colour scheme for the gang. Everything in warhammer 40k is grim dark, and most of the models I've seen other people paint are dark colours, and all one colour, no variation. So I hit upon the idea of white, grey and orange. A very popular mix of colours used in a lot of sci fi nowadays (District 9, Mass Effect, Destiny).

So heres my first attempt:


Not finshed yet. Just basic colours really. Needs some highlights and weathering but its getting there.

Then I wanted my Van Saar to be a bit techy. Like the old Tech gangs from Confrontation. I saw this picture in the rule book and had a go at creating a model from it. Again needs some finishing off.





And a few others that are works in progress:
















Sunday, 7 February 2016

Goblin Wolf Charriots

Goblin wolf charriots.


These came in a box called Goblin Battle Chariots and the Goblin hero in the back was called Odbod Dogbreath.  I love the stories that used to be on the back of the boxes back in the day.



The models are still a bit 'work in progress'. Almost there. The whips are made from guitar string. One needs a handle made from green stuff. I had lost the scythes from one chariot, but managed to find a pair on ebay. I've glued them on but they need painting. I wanted a rusty look to armour and metals and added that in places. Kept the colours muted and earthy.

I started by painting the wolves. Instead of just painting them grey and dry brushing them, I looked online for wolf photos and tried to paint the patterns and colours that real wolves are. 


I did the base last. Just PVA and sand. I tried to leave rutts from where the wheels passed at the back of the chariot. Its more noticeable on the second chariots base. 
I don't like how the bases have turned out right now. I think the models looked better before i did the bases! I plan to add grass tufts and/or static grass. 

-Any tips or advice is welcome!













Saturday, 30 January 2016

I'm back...

Well it's been a while since my last post. Lots things things going on in real life and not much time on the hobby. But now things have settled I can once again get back to painting and playing games.

First up are a couple of Necromunda Scalys. Great models to paint. My photos dont really show the variations in the green skin tones though. Pretty much finished, just need to finish the bases by adding a few grass tufts etc.



Sunday, 8 December 2013

Necromunda gangs

Heres a quick post. Just a work in progress of my Necromunda gangers. First up the Goliath gang. I wanted these to have a Mad Max or Fallout influence. I painted some lovely flesh tones on them, then thought I would use inks to dirty them up, but that seems to have been a bad idea as now they just look muddy:


 Next is the Delaque gang. Varying colours of trench coats:

And last is some of Scavvy gang. I really want to do these models justice. Long way to go with these:
 



Tuesday, 3 December 2013

More Modern Mini's

Here is Nathan Drake from the Uncharted computer games:

Nathan Drake
I wanted a 28mm Nathan Drake figure to use for modern games, like 7TV or ATZ. A friend of mine is a massive fan and its my attempt to get him to play some board games! He's not 100% accurate, but its hard to find the right figure to base it on.


 Some modern day Bond Villains. Jaws, Blofeld, Goldfinger and Oddjob. Again probably use them in 7TV



And lastly Spike and Faith - the evil slayer...

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Galen DeMarco and Travis Perkins

Galen DeMarco and Travis Perkins from the new range of Judge Dredd Miniatures by Mongoose Miniatures.


I was quite looking forward to getting DeMarco. I like her character. However I was a little disappointed at first when the model arrived. I had hoped she would look more like this:

(shorter coat, with trims and shoulder pads, trousers that show her ankles, chunky trainers, hair style, cute face with big eyes).

Heres the original (image from Mongoose):
Travis and DeMarco from Mongoose Mini's


Instead DeMarco appears to wearing a Necromunda Delaque coat (long coat with wide collar), and boots and trousers just like a Delaque. She is carrying a what seems to be a plasma pistol but without any details to it. Her head is a little boring too, flat limp hair rather the DeMarco hairstyle above, not much detail to the face.  Nothing particularly wrong with the model, just a bit bland and unimaginative.
So heres my attempt:



 I've tried to give the model some of the details based on the comic above. Things like the trim on the coat and trainers instead of boots. I can't get it to match completely without some heavy converting. I painted her eyes slightly large (I hate painting eyes! Too fiddly) and gave her freckles. Overall I like the final result. The gun was painted with a District 9 colours in mind, not sure if it works though. I might repaint it or even just replace it with a big ass revolver or something.


The Travis model looks great. No converting needed here. Nice and chunky and has a lot of character to the pose. He is a bit mono-chromatic, but then I couldn't think up any other way of painting a gorilla in a butler suit.

Travis Perkins


 I got the Judge Dredd rulebook through today, so I hope to get some more 2000 AD miniatures painted up soon. Then I can try them out in a game.



Sunday, 24 November 2013

Orc Boar boyz. Snorta's and Grunta's

Wow it's been a while since I posted anything. A new job that I started in July and a hour and a half commute have meant that I have had little time to do my hobby. I still read posts, paint and buy things (can't help myself), but I just haven't had time or inclination to do my blog. But I'm determined to post more frequently.

Anyway, I was inspired by Orctober (found on this blog here: ) and started looking back at my old Orc army. Had to dig it out of cupboards and reassemble parts of it.


 I remembered it being much more impressive and painted better. After looking at it I decided to dip lots of it to repaint them. I also have about 50 goblin wolf riders and 50 odd night goblins.


Orcs were the first army I truly collected so they hold a special place in my heart. When I think of Orcs I think Paul Bonner's versions. Maybe crossed with Tolkeins (from the books, not the movies so much). I loved the little illustrations of Orcs in the old Warhammer armies book (3rd edition I think?), the one which had all the armies in one book (seen here).

One of my favourite units was my boar boys. They used to strike fear in my opponents as they were so hard to kill. But the models were never that impressive. The orc models didn't seem to represent the weapons and armour I had paid points for. Few of them had spears and some didn't even have armour.

 I was inspired by the Regiment of the Renowned called Bratt's Boar Boyz (back in WD 106?). I always hoped GW or someone would bring out models like these. This is how I imagined Orc boar riders to be. A unit of screaming Orc ferocity, spears and barely controlled boar mounts (I hate the look of the plastic orc boars by the way, they barely look like a boar, and seem so simplistic as to be closer to a childs toy than a model. Why can't manufacturers make them like the pics below???)
So here's my attempt at creating something resembling Brat's Boar Boyz.



Not quite as good as I hoped. I still need an Orc rider or two and I'm not willing to spend stupid amounts on ebay to get one. I found some Marauder Orc Riders with spears that are in the back row. Models I had never seen before. One at the back has a comically large head, which is a modern GW orc head, and its probably larger than his body. I was limited by the Orcs models I could find, and the new GW Orc models are just useless. Much larger and cartoony than theold 80's orcs.
I want to change the banner for something different, the current one is a place holder. And I need to add their shields once I've painted the riders. Once I manage to get the models I need to complete the unit I hope I will find the inspiration to finish them off.

In the meantime I've been painting Judge Dredd and Necromunda figures. I'll post some more soon.