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.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Necromunda House Rules

Been busy with work as usual. Moved flats recently. Starting to get my stuff back into order.

Really into Necromunda at the moment. Started to write down our house rules, and then it turned into an edit of the entire rulebook! If you are curious you can download it here:

Let me know what you think. It has some big changes, so I know that not everyone will like it.

In the meantime I also stripped a lot of old Necromunda models using Fairy Power Spray (love that stuff, doesn't smell as bad as Detol!). Got lots to paint now!

First off I got side tracked and started to paint my old Imperial Guard. Just undercoated for now. Planning on a khaki green, USMC sort of look. Might use them as Enforcers in a Necromunda arbiter scenario (thinking of repainting the Ogryns too)

Next up is a Goliath gang that I bought from GW. The first models I've bought from GW itself in about 10 years. I felt dirty afterwards. Still the models are good. I want Mad Max style gang.

 Then there are the Delaques (De-la-cue or De-lack?) A couple have lost their heads. They have a couple of Catachan heads on them at the moment, but I might use some of the gas mask style heads from Pig Iron- seen them on another blog and was very impressed.

 Then a bunch of old mini's. Some Confrontation models and space pirates even.

 These new Chaos Cultist models I got from ebay for a few quid. Not bad for plastic GW figures. Guns aren't overly huge for once.
 Another assortment of models. Some Foundry Street Violence models that might fit in with Necromunda outlaws. My Necromunda is also inspired by Fallout computer games. I would love to make a desert board when I get time, with shanty towns etc...
 ...and then I bought some servitors from ebay. As I said, easily distracted. Like the models though. Plan on painting them up in some Borg like colours. These might feature in some Arbitor campaign as well.

Oh and I've been buying up bulkheads. They cost so much on ebay! Finally got enough to start making some necromunda terrain. One I've made some of the basic necromunda scenery then I plan on making my own custom building based on Star Wars 1313 etc.

Lots to do!

Sunday, 10 March 2013

I'm back (sort of). Terrain, Necromunda and other musings

Wow it's been a long time since I posted anything! The reason being I had to relocate from the South to the Midlands for a job. Being only a temporary contract I didn't bring my miniatures and other paraphanelia, I had too many other things to pack! But I have missed the painting, it's a good way to unwind at the end of a day.

I've still been watching blogs, looking at new releases, and buying bits from ebay ready for when I'm able to pick this up again (I can't kick the habbit that easily!). My contract ends in May, and as the date gets nearer the more I itch to get started. I've had lots of random ideas and musings while at work or watching tv in the evenings. The one thing I come back to most often is terrain. I want to make a decent table top board. I currently have two 2x4 chipboard painted green on one side and grey on the other. I want to do something a bit more...special. Have lots of ideas, begining to feel the obsession coming over me again. First up is a desert board. Really like the look of them, it's different to the usual green table and would look great for Necromunda wastes or 7TV. I also want to make a marsh, swamp type board, with creepy hanging trees and water features. Then theres finishing my modern terrain for 7Tv and zombie games.

But before all that, I'm going to create some sci-fi terrain. Mostly for the chance of starting a Necromunda campaign with my friends (although it could be used for Inquisitor 28mm, or another sci fi setting). But I also like making the models even if they don't get used. I want to put a bit of effort into it and make it look as realistic as I can.

So in my spare time I've been surfing the net getting ideas. One thing I would like to make is the noodle bar from Blade Runner. Then I came across concept art of the upcoming game starwars 1313. This is the look I would love to get into my scenery:

Theres a lot of good stuff out there. I was also particularly inspired by this guys site (if I can't take photos of my stuff then I might as well include photos of others peoples stuff):

 He's recreated all the Necromunda card terrain in 3d (and you dont need silly glasses to appreciate it!) all scratch built from plasticard and bits. Really nice. I love his walkways. I think they are a key part to the Necromunda experience, so I plan on making as many walkways as possible:

And this lovely lady's painting has made me want to get my old Delaque's and Scavvys out and started painting them again (and also makes me regret selling my ratskins and escher):
Where to start?? While I like the Necromunda card terrain, it always felt like it didn't have any use. It was just a series of floors held up by bulkheads, a bit like scafolding, but with no building under it. What did the people of Necromunda use it for? So I want my terrain to have a purpose. Appartment blocks with balconies and walkways, shops and alleyways, all in a sci fi setting.
So I think I'll begin with the noodle bar in the star wars 1313 pic above. Its similar to the blade runner one, and I cant find any decent pictures of that. I hope to make my scenery in 'modules', as seperate pieces that can be placed next to one another for variation. I've got to keep in mind the walkways, and leave areas where I can attach these. I hope to load up some sketches of my plans to give a better idea of what I'm doing. Maybe I'll even do a 3d render if I can be bothered (i work as a 3d artist).

Well, I have my work cut out for me. My biggest challenge is to not get side tracked and start something completely different!
Thoughts and comments welcome!