Friday, September 8, 2017

My Vampire Counts Army now has Bats!

I continue to push forward with my VC army. The latest edition are 3 Bat Swarms. I didn't have official GW bat Swarms, but I did have some Reaper Bones Swarms.

Very easy paint job. In fact I spent more time on the bases than I did the figures.

That stupid scenic vine didn't want to stay glued.

I also did a small modification. The Swarms are molded stop a gravestone. I didn't want them all the same so I cut off the molded one and glued another one in it's place.

Funny thing is, it's hard to see the difference. Oh Well. Here are some pics.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

My very first Miniature Conversion

I have been digging through the basement looking for Old Warhammer figures. I've been buying them since 1990 or so. I knew I had a Lich from way back and couldn't find him. Spent most of the morning painting/searching. I finally found him.

This is my first converted figure. I thought I was so clever. LOL. Anyway here is  a 1992 Marauder Miniature Liche and Paladin. Well ex-Paladin.

The Lich is going in the painting queue. It's only been 25 years. I will find another suitable head and reanimate him(see what I did there?)

On a huge nostalgia kick, Xin

Getting a jump on Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago

Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago will launch soon. I think End of October. So it's time to start putting together terrain and monsters for battling on the Ghost Islands.

First up is an iconic Dungeons and Dragons monster, the Displacer Beast.

I was inspired to start with this one since Wizkids came out with a line of unpainted high quality plastics earlier this year. The line of figures is Nolzur’s Marvelous Miniatures. An officially licensed D&D line. I loved the figure when I saw it. It just looks right at home in a jungle. So I will make up stats for it, once the rules are released.

Here it is painted up.

More to come.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Reaper Bones 4 Kickstarter, 24 hours to go

Right now I am in for a dollar. Having kids in college puts a huge brake on wargame spending. Plus I have unpainted stuff from Bones 2. and Bones 3. I have to say there are some singular pieces here that I do want.

What I did like was the stretch goal they just added. Two inch dungeon tiles. As well as some Fantasy Scenics a few days ago, and an amazing Dueling dragons sculpt. I will not be able to resist and dive in.

Check out the new stuff:

See all the figures on Kickstarter, Ends soon: Reaper Bones 4

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Sitting on my bench today is my 2nd Vampire Counts Skeleton Unit. Three VC Character Models, Wight Lord, Vampire and Manfred von Carstein. And 3 Reaper Bones bat swarms that I will use at VC Bat Swarms.

I should be able to finish them today since I have the day off, kids are at school and wife is at work.

What's on your bench?


Monday, August 28, 2017

Lovely new Minotaur

I stumbled across this new Minotaur figure from Rebel Minis. The pose and painting are superb. I couldn't help myself. I ordered it right away. Don't tell the wife.


Cheers, Xin

Digging up the Undead

So for the last month or so, I've concentrated on painting up the Undead. Now that I have some core units done, I'm looking at Heroes and Lords.

I dug this guy up in my basement last night. (get it, dug him up.) 

I painted him about 1992, give or take a few years.  He will now be repainted and added to my growing(risen) Vampire Counts Army.

Cheers, Xin

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

WIP Wednesday

I am pushing hard on my Vampire Counts so I started a 2nd unit of Skeletons. What's on your table?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Dire Wolves for Vampire Counts

The next unit in my Vampire Counts Army is Dire Wolves. I don't have any official figures, in fact I really don't like the current version that GW is selling. 

I love the older version, but they are a little hard to find.

 I rummaged around the basement and found some BattleMaster Wolves. The goblin riders long gone these would do just fine.

I used milliput to cover up the saddle. I am a sculpting noob and can only handle the most rudimentary jobs.

 A mix of Medium Gel, sand and rocks for base texture.

 I usually get the bases painted before going on to the figures. I leave flock as the very last step.

 Very quick and easy to paint. Black, grey, bone, red and red. Just 5 colors.

 Add the flock and they are ready for their photo shoot.

The only draw back with these figures is the mono pose. But for virtually free, I can't complain. 

Next up another Skeleton Unit. Zombie unit on deck and Bat Swarm proxy figures on order from ebay.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Starting a Vampire Counts Army.

A few months ago, I bought a collection of Vampire Counts from someone on TMP. Sadly I forget who. Anyway, it was a nice collection of old figures. I bought it on a whim, because I can't turn down a good deal.

About a month ago I decided to paint up a single unit of the VC. I went through the collection and came up with 20 plastic skeletons. I never really looked at them back then as I was strictly a Empire player. As I sorted through them I really started to like them. They have a lot of character. They were already assembled but needed some minor repaits. I am really gonna like this project.

So here's pics as I go through my painting.

For plastic figures I glue lead fishing weights to the underside of the slotta base. This helps keep the figure stable and gives it some heft. I also glue on sheet metal base stands so I can use magnets in my storage and movement trays.

The top of the base gets Medium gel with sand. I also randomly scatter on rocks and stuff.

I primed them Army Painter Leather Brown, and went right to a dry brush of GW's bone colored paint.

Then I very light white highlight.

Skellies paint up fast.

A few bits of armor. I will stipple brownish red paint on all exposed metal for rust.

Got the bases all painted.

Shields are next.

Just need to flock the bases as my last step.

And we are done, so I thought...

I have some old GW movement trays, lined with sheet magnets. I painted the edges to match the base of the skeletons.

The Movement stand holds 25 figures, but I only painted 20. So there was an empty row at the back of the base. I came up with the idea of filling up the space with gravestones.

So I mounted some gravestones on slotta bases and painted them up like the rest of the unit. Then it occurred to me that I've seen players do this sort of thing to stretch out there units. Unit filler is the term I think. And here I thought I was being all clever.

I put together a quick little diorama. I painted the back ground on some pink board and flocked a base for it. Using GW trees and the Garden of Morr set, it was good to go.

I really really liked the skeletons. So much so that I bought an unopened box off ebay. I'm now painting up my 2nd Warhammer army in 25 years. Yeah I'm slow.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Work in progress Wednesday

So here's what's on my painting table at the moment. Some old old GW plastic Skellies.

I got the bases weighted with lead fishing weights and also glued on metal bases so I can use magnetic movement trays. Some sand and rocks glues on. I'll start painting today.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Rust Monster in Frostgrave

A while ago I painted (post here) up the little plastic toy that was the inspiration for the iconic D&D monster, The Rust Monster. I loved how it came out so I decided to add it to my Frostgrave games.

I recently ran 3 huge games at Historicon down in Fredricksburg VA. I thought I'd share the rules I used for him.

Feel free to use these rules in your games.

Here is a pic of my Rust Monster in Action against some unsuspecting Thug.

I changed the base on him from the original base. I felt he needed the bigger base.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Building Aspern-Essling Battlefield, Part 6

I'm sitting in the lobby of our Hotel at Historicon. Monday and Tuesday were too busy to put up the last post.

We had planned out to pour the river on Saturday as the last thing we would do that night. The river would then have Saturday night and most of Sunday day to dry as I was working. Then Sunday night we would be back at it, but I fucked up.

I did not mix the 2 part resin enough. The effect was the river which should be hard, was soft and tacky. Not at all playable. It was a disaster. After reaching out online to the Hirst Arts facebook, the advice I got was another pour on top of the first pour.

So Sunday night we did another pour. I mixed the Envirotex Lite like crazy. We had used most of it on the first build so this was a very shallow pour. If we were an airplane we would have landed on fumes. We lost a lot of time on Sunday fixing the mistake.

Monday morning I picked up the trailer to haul both Aspern-Essling and Frostgrave boards.
Once back home it was work on the board the rest of the day. From 12 noon to 12 midnight. Bob and Lou were basing troops and painted buildings. Alan and I were putting the finishing touches on the board.

Tuesday was loading early and we were off. The loading was a story unto itself, lets just say it was difficult getting the 4x6 boards in the 5x8 trailer, and in such a way, nothing would fall on it and it would not shift around.

Anyway we are here, so lets look at some pics. These are just random shots as we worked thru the day.


Packed up and ready to go.

See you at Historicon