Monday, January 15, 2018

Cybermen Marching Into 2018

Hey.  I'm back!

So in 2017, I painted a grand total of 4 miniatures.  Pathetic.  However, I never stopped wanting to get back to the painting table.  So here we are in 2018 and I'm hoping to get back to my very modest goal of posting a newly painted miniature at least once a month. 

For my first post of the year, I bring you a batch of Cybermen from Warlord Games' Exterminate! (Into the Time Vortex) Doctor Who Miniatures Game.   

Because there are 12 of these mechanical monstrosities, this was more of a speed-painting kind of thing than how I normally paint.  I mostly play RPG and skirmish games, so I've never actually painted this many figures at once before.   Anyway, they painted up quickly and I'm happy enough with them to move on to the Daleks which should be coming soon.

Here they are marching forward with their cybermats and wondering where their enemies might be:

Should be back soon, not only with Daleks but a few other things I've got in the works.  Stay Tuned.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Dungeon Degenerates Brute Lord - Beastman

I have finished the fourth and final figure from the Dungeon Degenerates set that I have been working on: the "Brute Lord."  This figure was probably my favorite in the set and the main impetus for purchasing these minis.

  His design strongly reminded me of Beastman from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, which I assume was intentional. So Beastman's color scheme was what I tried to replicate here.

Here's a shot of the Brute Lord with Reaper's Mr Bones that I gave a Skeletor-ish color scheme a while back.

And finally here are a couple of group shots of the Dungeon Degenerates set.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Dungeon Degenerates Cock Goblin

Third Dungeon Degenerates figure done, the Infamous Cock Goblin: A goblin riding on a rooster.

I had fun painting this figure and I'm mostly happy with how he turned out.

Just one more figure left in this set.  So stay tuned for the Brute Lord with Snake Whip.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Dungeon Degenerates Nasty Naga

I have painted the next of the Dungeon Degenerates figures, the Nasty Naga.

I imagined it as a Dark Naga when I came up with its color scheme.  It was hard to photograph and is one of those minis that just looks better in real life than in a photo for whatever reason.  It was a fun and easy to paint figure though.

I will be back soon with the Cock Goblin.  Stay Tuned!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Archive Miniature Mystery Solved

Maybe nobody else cares, or maybe everyone already knew this but for me a mystery has been solved.  Back in 2012, I painted an Archive Fuzzy  from their Star Rovers line of miniatures.

At the time I wondered: "It's interesting because if you know anything about these minis, you'll know that many of them are rip-offs of Star Wars characters.  For example, "Hans Self" instead of Han Solo etc etc.  I always assumed that this one was supposed to be an Ewok, but if I'm not mistaken this figure actually dates to around 1977 and as far as I know Ewok's did not appear until Return of the Jedi in 1983. So I guess not."

Then today I saw a book cover illustration that cleared it all up.  This miniature was clearly based on the following illustration of H. Beam Piper's book, Little Fuzzy.

I love revelations like this one and just thought I would share it in case anyone else would get a kick out of it too.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Dungeon Degenerates Salamander - Big Lizardman

I'm back!  It's been almost six months since I finished painting a miniature and updated the blog, but I never stopped wanting to get back on schedule.  So here I am with a miniature I managed to finish this weekend.

He's the "Salamander with Sword and Shield" from the Dungeon Degenerates Monster Miniatures Set.  Despite the name, he looks like an overgrown Lizardman to me and not the classic D&D salamander.

These figures are ostensibly 32mm in scale but seem like they might even be a bit bigger than that.  This fellow is on a 40mm base.  Here is a picture comparing him to a D&D pre-painted miniature for an idea of scale.

I'm pretty happy with how he came out and I plan to paint the three remaining figures in the set shortly.  Fun miniatures with a lot of character.  Stay tuned!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Gamma World Player Characters

So this month I quickly painted up four minis to represent the characters in a Gamma World campaign I'm playing in.  After running games behind the DM screen for years now, I'm psyched to be playing again.  Here's the crew:

Golgotha is a "Giant" Android.  Giant in quotes because she could really use a slightly larger mini to represent her 8' height.  This figure is Reaper's "Incredible Woman" (50212) painted with mostly silver and gold metallic paints.

Next up is my character: Proty, who is a Gelatinous Electrokinetic.  This figure is Ganesha Games/Alternative Armies' "Plasmoid Exterminator" from their recent Project Simian X kickstarter.  (The mini was clearly intended to be a Star Frontiers Dralasite.  I have two more of them, which I might paint in the classic grey for that race at some point.)

Amadeus Redbutt is a Simian Mindbreaker, whose player described him as looking like an orangutan.  I used a miniature from Dreamblade called the "Rainforest Shaman." Dreamblade figures are notoriously tough to remove from their bases and I had to sculpt him a new rock stand on.

And the fourth character is Rybot, a Felinoid Android.  I used a Wildcat Heroclix figure and repainted him with some metallic silver accents and pink eyes.

Unrelated to the group, I also rebased a Heroclix Aleph, and then just added a couple washes, and repainted his eyes.  He makes a pretty good evil robot.

 That's it for now.  Happy New Year!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Asgard Gargoyle / Weird Blue Demon

It's been a while!  I haven't posted a miniature since August.  But I'm back and hopefully back on schedule.  Here is my latest mini:  Asgard Miniatures FM8 Gargoyle.  There is something I love about Asgard's crude yet weirdly appealing sculpts.  I realize that this figure was intended to be a gargoyle, but I couldn't bring myself to paint him grey (or brown?) so instead I turned him into some kind of weird blue demon.  I tried to blend from red to purple to blue on his skin. 

I'm reasonably happy with this figure.  I didn't realize how noticeable the gash on the left side of his stomach was until I was happily painting away.  If I had noticed it earlier, perhaps I would have filled it with a bit of green stuff before priming.  Oh well. 

I have lots of minis primed and based and waiting for me to paint, so hopefully I will be back soon.  Stay tuned.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Drawings but No Minis

Unfortunately, I haven't finished any miniatures this month, but rather than skip my monthly posting entirely, I thought I'd share a couple of quick fantasy-related drawings I did: a "ratling" and a "fishoid."

I do still have an Asgard figure in progress on my painting table so hopefully I will be posting that one soon.  Stay tuned.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Splinter from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I felt like my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were incomplete without their master, Splinter.  So here is the re-based and repainted Splinter Heroclix figure.

I have an Asgard figure in progress so that should be my next post.  Stay Tuned!