77126: Vermin: Spiders, 77128: Vermin: Spider Swarm (Reaper Bones)

A couple of very simple paintjobs to share today as the first 6-month “Tale of Gamers” painting challenge comes to a conclusion at the end of June. Like many of us gamer-types, I have a shedload of random figures from Reaper’s Bones I and II Kickstarter campaigns. I did back the third one, but skipped the base pledge this time round as Reaper delved deeper into add-on territory and offered less “value” with the base pledge. Especially as I’ve got more than a lifetime’s worth of random bendy PVC fantasy models, as Tarmor can attest to as I offloaded a bunch to him awhile back! With Bones III, I picked a much more “curated” set of figures. But this isn’t a discussion of Bones III. It’s showing off some rather bland and generic figures with paint to match!

Reaper Bones 77126: Vermin: Spiders

These three are the 77126: Vermin: Spiders. Not a bad sculpt to be truthful. I painted them in red tones with yellowish markings because Marouda’s far from a fan of realistic, life-size spiders and because they’ll be used in the Undead army, and red/black with a touch of teal/bronze/etc are the army colours. Their fangs are done with Citadels’ new “Gemstone” paint (the blue one) over a dark metallic base. Mostly because I’d only just gotten them and wanted to experiment with them a little on inconsequential figures.

Reaper Bones 77128: Vermin: Spider Swarm

The next three are Reaper’s 77128: Vermin: Spider Swarms. These are what they are, I guess. Much more for generic roleplaying purposes, but they didn’t take much time to paint up and ink. I used a few shades of ruddy red-browns so as to distinguish the spiders a little. It didn’t especially work, but at least the blobs are varied a little. I could have gone through and very carefully painted eyes and markings on each individual spider, but at the end of the day, these Swarm models don’t deserve that much of my – or your – time. As gaming models for what are essentially trash mobs, they’re good enough. I have a bunch more of the larger spiders and beetles and such somewhere from Bones I that I was cleaning up for paint a year or two ago, but they’ve gone missing somewhere.

Reaper Bones 77126: Vermin: Spiders

Reaper Bones 77128: Vermin: Spider Swarm

All six models were based on 30mm bases I got from Impact! Games, as 25mm rounds are too small, they fit them well enough – and quite frankly I’m buggered if I’m going to use my expensive 32mm Citadel rounds on them. I then made up some unit bases for them from 120x40mm cuts of MDF that I purchased for unit trays – somewhat inspired by Grimdork’s unit trays over on Dakka. The trays are for their main use – as “Undead Army Swarms” in Kings of War. Technically, they’re a unit that is part of the Army of Dust (Not-Tomb Kings) and not the more generic Undead (that covers the Vampire Counts stuff), but I’m in favour of fluff over RAW when it comes to army lists for friendly games. When I paint scorpions, they’ll be much more AoD/TK themed. I noticed after taking the photographs that the grass tufts I’ve added to the bases here are a little dull, so I’ve since added a few in a slightly brighter green.

 

The First Unit of Mantic Skeletons

A slightly odd title, I know. But the fact is that I’ve got quite a few more of these suckers to paint at some stage, so I’m simply future-proofing this (series of) post(s) now.

I haven’t posted for awhile – a combination of being perma-fatigued from work and personal life issues, and the onset of the winter doldrums. I did bugger-all from the end of last month until about the middle of last week, when I finally got back to work. The end of the first 6-month “Tale of Gamers” challenge I’ve been running over on Dakka is coming to a close in a few days, and I need(ed) to get my skates on. I still need to get something finished for Gondor, the boring bastards!

Mantic Games Undead Skeletons

These models were actually started several years ago, shortly after I purchased Mantic Games’ Dwarf King’s Hold: Dead Rising. Seeing as the game came with a dozen or so of Mantic’s Skellymans, and I had none painted or assembled at the time, I took a sprue or two from my (at the time) recent purchase of Kings of War 1st Edition: Morgoth’s Revenge (aka the one with the awful dwarves and a tiny A5 pamphlet for a rulebook) and built them up for the game.

Mantic Games Undead Skeletons

Mantic Games Undead Skeletons

I can’t remember if DKH has a skeleton hero or not – or if I just built the guy with the two swords to keep myself interested. The feather-plumed skeleton also has a unit leader feel to him, though. Perhaps when I do another dozen of these guys one of this pair will remain here as the unit leader while the other moves on to lead the second unit.

Mantic Games Undead Skeletons

Mantic Games Undead Skeletons

I only have three spears in this unit, as it was built for the boardgame. At some stage, I’ll build a spear-heavy contingent to combine with these guys (and one of those leaders up above) to make a spear unit. I’ll also do a few more with hand weapons to fill out a unit with regular weapons.

Mantic Games Undead Skeletons

Mantic Games Undead Skeletons

All of the shields on these models have freehand designs. I’ll have to think of some other designs that are both simple to paint and suitable for this sort of undead models. Any ideas? Nothing too creative or exciting for these guys, though!

Mantic Games Undead Skeletons

Mantic Games Undead Skeletons

The difficulty with these models is as nice as these have come up – honestly, to my surprise – they were a real bastard to paint. Not fun at all. The issue I have is that the details are very shallow. I don’t mind fine detail, but it’s all very shallow on these guys, and as such, not simple and easy to paint in my style. Skeletons with well-defined details and bones are usually a joy to paint, but these aren’t it.

Mantic Games Undead Skeletons

While Mantic’s Undead are often cited as their best range – certainly before the latest batch of KoW plastics came onto the scene recently – and I do agree that the Zombies (and Ghouls, I guess – I’ve used a ton of Ghoul parts on my Zombies) are great models. The differences are that the Zombies are a real pleasure to paint, but are severely limited in their components and require a fair bit of work to get differentiation once you go beyond the first few models (hence using all those Ghoul parts on mine). The Skeletons on the other hand have a lot more components to choose from to make the models more varied, and like the Zombies, they look pretty good once done – but they’re the opposite of the pleasure to paint that the Zombies are.

Mantic Games Undead Skeletons

Will I paint some more? Well, I feel obliged to do another dozen in order to split the spears and hand weapons, so I’m sure I’ll do those this year. After that, it’ll be a second dozen of each to bring each of them to horde-size, though that’s less likely to happen this year. I also have a few sprues of Mantic’s Skeleton Revenants, though again, no real plans to do those anytime soon. Maybe I’ll paint my Mantic Skeleton Cavalry first…

Mantic Games Undead Skeletons

Still, I have to give this painting challenge credit – It motivated me to sort out these guys who had been assembled and nothing more but sat aside for around four years or more, and now we have another finished unit of models, and while they’re not going to win any Crystal Brushes, I reckon they make a very nice unit for the table.

 

C21 Oldhammer Goblin Wolfriders (1987?)

This pair shows off an “Oldhammer” Warhammer Goblin Unit made up of 2nd-3rd Edition models, sculpted by Kev Adams. I bought and painted these figures long, long ago and recently found them lurking in the bottom of an old Chessex figure case.

C21 Oldhammer Goblin Wolfriders Wolfboyz

C21 Goblin Wolf Riders

It didn’t take much to clip off the old GW cavalry bases and cut some slotta holes in some 40mm rounds, and then rebase the pair. I then touched them up a little and they were ready to join the 21st Century.

C21 Oldhammer Goblin Wolfriders Wolfboyz

C21 Oldhammer Goblin Wolfriders Wolfboyz

“Old figures have more character” is often bandied around for a lot of reasons, sometimes as an excuse for poor sculpting or dodgy casting, but I think these figures really illustrate that statement in all of the right ways.

C21 Oldhammer Goblin Wolfriders Wolfboyz

C21 Oldhammer Goblin Wolfriders Wolfboyz

What was also pretty awesome was finding another three, riders and wolves in totally separate boxes put away for separate reasons within a few hours of each other the other day. All pretty much unpainted and found as I was looking through some other models (looking for a MIA DA Techmarine). Looks like I’ll have a full, small unit put together hopefully sooner than later.

 

 

 

 

More 4th Edition WHFB Night Goblin Netters and Clubbers

These Netters and Clubbers were completed very recently. They’d been sitting on my painting desk what must have been close to a year (so not long, relatively), and were started shortly after the initial pair were completed in July 2015. I recall that I was looking on eBay for some “skull” style netters before finding some in amongst my unpainted Orcs and Goblins. Luckily I hadn’t found any for the right price, so I saved myself a little bit of cash there.

4th Edition WHFB Night Goblin Netter and Clubber

Two Skull-Netters and a Clubber

4th Edition WHFB Night Goblin Netter and Clubber

Rear view of the green trio

While I enjoy looking at other people’s orcs and goblins painted in more muted tones, and shades of olive and ochre, my own Citadel goblinoids are probably always going to be painted with the bright, unrealistic skin tones that GW has used since the late 1980’s through to today – and I make no apologies for that. These models date from about 1991, and as with the Slayers I’ve been painting recently, I’m happy for them to be painted as an echo of the White Dwarf magazines of the time.

4th Edition WHFB Night Goblin Netter and Clubber

A twinned pair of Netters

4th Edition WHFB Night Goblin Netter and Clubber

Rear view of the pair

The group shot of the goblins so far – Naturally after finishing them, I’ve just found a bunch more of these guys – 2 more netters and three more clubbers. That will give me 12 of them in total once they’re painted – enough to fill a regiment tray. I’ll just need to work out what they can actually be used as in a KoW army…

4th Edition WHFB Night Goblin Netter and Clubber

The whole gang of Night Goblin Netters and Clubber …so far!

 

 

 

 

Minotaurs Space Marines – Late RT-40k2e Captain and Flamer

I finally made myself finish off a couple more of the Minotaurs I’ve been (not) working on in the past couple of months. Both models are most commonly identified with 40k Second Edition, but actually date to the late stages of Rogue Trader. The Captain “Veteran Captain” is listed in the 1991 catalogue, and the flamer marine to 1993, right around the launch period of 2nd Edition. For a long time, I did my best to purchase and collect every space marine figure, so that means I’ve had this captain for 25 years. Good thing I’ve finally painted them, eh? Shame about all of the others I’ve yet to get to…

Citadel Space Marine Veteran Captain Flamer Marine Rogue Trader 40k2e Oldhammer

Both are painted more or less the same way that the test models were. I got a bit stuck on the colours for the Captain’s gemstones, as I want to avoid the use of too many colours on the Minotaurs and keep the overall palette quite Spartan (see what I did there?) Green will be a rare spot colour, with blue only a little more common. Where possible, I’ll be keeping the palette to bronze and red, with iron/steel/bone and a touch of yellow for specific markings.

Citadel Space Marine Veteran Captain Flamer Marine Rogue Trader 40k2e Oldhammer

I’ve used a couple of bits of Forge World’s Brass Etch on the Captain – the bull’s head chapter badges on his Shoulder and also the one on his Bolter.

Citadel Space Marine Veteran Captain Flamer Marine Rogue Trader 40k2e Oldhammer

One original backpack, and one modern one. I’ve used the modern pack on the flamer marine to help blur the lines between the older models and the more current ones, as they will all be mixed throughout the force – along with armour variant marks from FW and Calth, conversion bits from Anvil, maxmini and Puppetswar, and so on.

Citadel Space Marine Veteran Captain Flamer Marine Rogue Trader 40k2e Oldhammer

It’s a little hard to see in these photographs, but I’ve also used a metallic red as a final layer on the Captain model’s pauldrons as another point of differentiation between him and his men. Vallejo’s Turn Signal Red. I’ll also be using him as a Veteran Sergeant, rather than a Captain – mostly due to GW having produced SO many gorgeous captain models over the years, so the eventual commander of this force will be a little more fancy, and it also allows me to get use out of a nice captain figure that would otherwise have sat in an unpainted marines box forever.

Citadel Space Marine Veteran Captain Flamer Marine Rogue Trader 40k2e Oldhammer

As can be seen, I’ve based the pair of them on 32mm bases. They’re not exactly filling them out, but even these older marines overhung the 25mm rounds, and I do like the space it gives them.

Citadel Space Marine Veteran Captain Flamer Marine Rogue Trader 40k2e Oldhammer

When combined with the original test models, I actually have a combat squad worth of painted models. Hurrah! Now to finish off the final four tacticals for this group to make them a full squad.

 

 

Neferata, Queen of Mysteries and Bastet (2000) – (6-Month Tale of Gamers Challenge)

My final entry for May in the painting challenge. Not to be confused with the “update” – the 2015 End Times/Age of Sigmar model: Neferata, Mortarch of Blood. This is the original model, circa 1999-2000. Sculpted by either Colin Grayson or perhaps Trish Carden (Morrison) or Aly Morrison, it was released to compliment the first edition of Warhammer Armies: Vampire Counts, for 5th Edition Warhammer Fantasy Battle.

Neferata, Queen of Mysteries and Bastet (2000)

Neferata, Queen of Mysteries and Leonard the Cat

I bought this figure sometime around then to paint as a gift for Marouda. The fact that she came with a cat familiar was a significant factor in doing so. As readers of the blog would know – I like cats. Anyway, fast forward more than a decade, and the figure still had nothing but a base coat of a green dress, and so recently I got off my fat arse and decided to paint and actually finish the pair of them.

Neferata, Queen of Mysteries and Bastet (2000)

Neferata’s side view. Leonard is ready to defend his liege.

I didn’t really worry at all about painting Neferata “correctly”. My only concern was painting her as a good looking vampire model. Due to her size, she got transferred to a 32mm base. I went for a deep red dress. I considered adding some fancy swirls or the like with silver as embroidery, but I preferred to concentrate on the transition from deep shadow at her feet to a highlight at the hips and breasts. My challenge was highlighting red into “light red” without going into either orange, yellow or pink. I think it actually worked pretty well, actually. Her pale almost-white skin was shaded very slightly with red and purple, though I’m having some contrast issues with these photos as I get to grips with my new camera.

Neferata, Queen of Mysteries and Bastet (2000)

Neferata and Leonard’s rear view.

The cat, Bastet, originally had a tiny skull on his forehead which got carved off, to make it a little more cat-like and leave space for Leonard’s forehead “star”. Bastet has now been taken over and renamed Leonard. The slight satin sheen of the varnish has had a nice (intended) effect on the fur where I’d only highlighted very subtly. Because it’s black fur, not grey or white.

Neferata, Queen of Mysteries and Bastet (2000)

Have one more photo.

Clearly, Neferata will make a perfectly good Vampire Lord for Kings of War, perhaps even using Lady Ilona’s profile.

Don’t mess with Leonard!