Getting Beardy

Well that was interesting, I just found this post in my drafts that I’d never published and managed to have forgotten about. It was dated right after the second Orc post, so I must have gotten it ready and then decided to leave it for a few days, then forgotten all about it. Ah well, better late than never.

This kitbash is of a 1:6 figure, to represent a US SF/Agency operative in Afghanistan. I decided to use a mixture of spare parts rather than only my “top shelf” stuff to kitbash him, because I wanted to see if I could do a decent job with it. As such he has molded black boots and a molded DML holster and canteen, though the AK is from Hot Toys, TAD Jacket is from BS, with a custom Low-vis Punisher patch which Tang made for me. The Pakol hat is (I think) from Soldier Story, as is the helmet (EOD)

 

I did this one a few months ago, when the weather was still nice. I had picked up several of DML’s Lucas figure, mostly for spare parts (M249s, choc-chip/DBDU helmets and vests, DCUs, etc). So with the dearth of Dark-skinned figure sculpts, I decided to have a go at making one of my many Lucases a little bit unique. Since there are always lots of great kitbashes on OSW featuring special-ops guys with great big beards, I decided that was the way to go here. I used my own hairy face as a model. It was actually quite useful(!)

I didn’t think to take any pics before I’d prety much finished the sculpting, so I just have a few angles of the finished beard which I did in several layers of Kneadatite (aka “green stuff”) – before and after painting. It looks quite a bit better once he has shades and a hat added, as in the first pictures. Covers up those big brown puppy-dog eyes.

Ent Painting Challenge

The next painting challenge over at www.one-ring.co.uk is for an Ent. I’ve had the Treebeard model since 2003 I’d guess, sitting in it’s box, unassembled and unpainted, so the idea of actually getting it painted and finished is actually quite exciting. There’s something to be said for these things – they really help with adding motivation. Here’s the “proof” pic.

My wife is also painting a figure, it’s the smaller one in the picture. A Mithril Miniatures MM188 Entwife, which I understand are long out of production. I picked this one up so long ago it makes the Treebeard figure look like a damn nOOb! I think I may have bought it to use in Blood Bowl. I honestly can’t remember, but it was a very long time ago.

I’ve added some DAS modelling clay to both of their bases, then added some twigs to represent branches, as well as sand and cat litter to repsesent dirt and rocks, respectively.

Realm of Chaos

Since the majority of my recent posts have featured Lord of the Rings figures, I thought a bit of variation was in order. These figures are various Warhammer 40k Chaos types, to be used as various champions in 40k, if I ever get around to playing it again. All are conversions, and mounted on the same range of scenic resin bases from Back to Base-ix that the Orc in the first post is on.

These figures were mostly finished during my previous foray back into painting miniatures, around the middle of last year. They were started.. a long time ago.

Slaaneshi/Emperor’s Children Champion. Converted years ago for me by Dave M. The base is a Kharn the Betrayer body, with a 2nd-gen Daemonette claw (the only thing that range of daemonettes were good for, in my opinion), a head from same and a Chaos Terminator weapon, which looked similar enough to a Blastmaster once the chaos skull shoulder pad was glued onto the base of it. Backpack is I think from the 40k Chaos Sorceror.

This guy is a Terminator Champion of Nurgle. Also converted for me by Dave M (who had a good supply of old figures I was unwilling to cut up my own of). Simple enough, it’s a Chaos Terminator base, Jes Goodwin Chaos Champion head, terminator combi-weapon and left shoulder with a Abaddon Lightning claw, with beckoning fingers to finish. I can’t remember if Dave put the tentacles on it or if I added them myself later on.

Another Terminator Champion of Nurgle. I think Dave started this guy but I was unsatisfied with the result so extensively reworked it myself. Abaddon body, Chaos Warrior right arm with the original Chaos Terminator Power/Daemon sword on the end of it. I’m pretty sure I swapped out the original left arm for the GorkaMorka-era Ork Bioniks Claw and swapped in the plastic Chaos Champion head. I also drilled out the various tri-abcesses in the armour, added the bloated torso with putty over the top of some plastic Zombie intestines, added the dismembered heads, sculpted the hooves and added the tentacles.

I also started up a small Combat Patrol-sized Iron Warriors Army awhile back. I figured that a metallic/predominantly silver army would be a quick and easy one to paint, right? Not so for me. I tend to mess around too long on the finer details and they still take forever for me to do. I did complete one squad out of three which can be seen above. I did have a very specific vision in mind for them, so used a combination of Chaos and Loyalist Marine parts, Iron Warriors and Iron Hands components, and wanted to pretty much completely avoid the “Space Viking” horns that so many Chaos Marines have.  I also wanted each model to be pretty nicely unique, so there’s a fair bit of kitbashing, cutting up metal components, and a bit of guitar wire involved.

The slightly incomplete second squad. I may have even finished the project, but I take so long that GW keep on changing and updating the Codex books. I do have the latest CSM Codex somewhere. I’d just need to find it. And then rewrite the army I’ve assembled and half-painted. Then no doubt relegate some models to the “unused” figure cases. And paint up some replacements/additions.

Anyone out there have a love of writing and tweaking army lists? If so, I’ve got a lot of potential fun for you across both 40k and LotR SBG!

Two Obliterators!

I absolutely hated the originals, and there were not yet detailed (enough for me) Plastic Terminators when I got these, and no Plastic Chaos Termies at all. I do like these a lot more than the previous figures, but found the large tracts of organic matter on them difficult to plan/paint, so I just went with a bloody-ish muscle/sinew look. I also changed out their heads for WFB Chaos Warrior head that fit in far better with the Iron Warriors theme, and kept the morphed weapons to smaller ones, as I thought the much larger ones looked rather stupid. Also added some piping and hoses with guitar wire, to make them look a little more unique.

Strictly speaking, these guys are not legal for a Combat Patrol, but I designed this (and other) CP army lists based on a theme of having fun with my non-collector friends. The concept being that I could have non-minis wargamer (but still gamer) friends over and have them choose a 500-pt CP-based army out of a selection of quite a few themed forces, and then have a fun hour-or-so battle on my games table. I’d supply all the figures, dice, rules etc, and the objective would be soley to have fun on a nice looking table with good looking figures. Since I’d be supplying and painting all the forces, there’s no stress of the “you cheating bastard” type, either.

Mass Production

So over the Easter break, I resolved to finish off some of the figures that have been sitting around for the last forever or so. Since I’ve been focusing on LOTR stuff, I decided to try and get the first batch of Mordor Orcs finished. As they’re plastics, I’ve not spent an immense amount of time on them, and taken individually they’re nothing special at all, but as a faceless horde, they work quite decently.

I tried for a mix of the flesh tones found in the films, rather than the GW-overreliance on greens, but having said that there’s probably more human-flesh-toned figures here than I’d like. Luckily (!?) I have another batch of these little dears to paint up which I picked up recently on the cheap, so I’ll make up for it there. I’ve got a couple of Captains and Standard Bearers I should paint up to lead them. I’ll probably save them as a reward to do after I finish the drudge work of the plastics.

The most fun I’ve had on them was trying out a nice variety of my new P3 paints, and Coat D’Arms WW2 colours. Both paint ranges are of course made by Coat D’Arms, who was the original maker of Citadel Paint. After using them, I have to say they are smooth, the pigment is dense, the coverage is great. I’ll never buy another one of GW’s current paint range unless it’s an emergency and I have no other immediate choice. I’ll be spending a fair bit of cash on replacing some of my current GW colours with these soon enough, but first I want to get a bunch more of their realistic and earthy tones – colours I used to have to buy in Tamiya or Gunze, sometimes Vallejo (and sorry, I know Vallejo are the paints du jour at the moment, but CDA in my opinion are noticably better.) Don’t get me wrong, Vallejo are still very good, and I won’t be replacing them until they’re used, but when that happens I’ll rep them with CDA.

Fog on the Barrow-Downs

I’ve had a blister of two GW Barrow-Wights in one of my figure boxes for the better part of a decade, and no real priority to get them painted, until the recent painting challenge over at www.one-ring.co.uk gave me a prod to get them started and finished. I was originally going to paint them in a dull, slightly bluish-grey, quite similar to the GW examples when I came upon TheBucklandBrewer’s excellent renditions, I decided to draw direct inspiration from his luminous deep blue scheme and od something similar, though my figures have a more turquise shade to them, as well as a “drier” or “dustier” look, which I thought would look good, and make mine look at least a little different (though I did also steal his light-sourced base idea as well).

The Barrow-Wight figures. After taking these pictures I realised that the tassel on the left-hand one was unpainted. That’s being rectified.

I also nicked and painted up two of my wife’s Army of the Dead plastics to represent two more Barrow-Wights, since I wanted to have the 4 that are needed for the SBG scenario in the Fellowship Sourcebook, and wanted to do so without repeating the models, since GW have only ever released the two above. I might get hold of some Mithril Miniatures Wights later on, but they’re not easily or readily available where I live, or from any of my regular overseas retailers without silly shipping costs.

The first two shots were taken outdoors in natural light. These two are “on the shelf” indoor shots, and are closer to how the figures actually look in hand. I like the luminosity that they have under standard lighting.