Actually getting something done at last, part 3: Drake and Reaper

While waiting for more spray-friendly weather to thaw and dry us out, the Drake figures have gone on the back-burner after finishing all the prep.

At least I have done one of the little Eyes of Kyran, demon-things:

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Will this picture too wind up on Ebay to illustrate some scalper flipping the kickstarter miniatures?

Cute little tyke, no? Although the incessant staring can get a bit annoying at times.

 

Here I have tried the newfangled Citadel technical paint that is supposed to make a “cracked, dried up earth”-look on the base. Not really happy with the results, the cracks are too tiny. I will have to experiment more to see if I can get a better effect.

The mini itself is a very simple basecoat, wash, drybrush, details-job.

As I have four of these, and they are individually summoned, I am thinking to do them wildly different from eath other. I have some ideas for what the next one is to look like.

 

Next up is the Reaper Bones Stone Golem:

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Guite a delightful miniature. Drybrushed on black, with no washes.

Also, the golem is well hard, having no regard for peoples’ flower-beds at all!

 

Actually getting something done at last, part 2: Mantic (and Reaper) Zombies and Ghouls

Zombies are fun! Also easy peasy to paint.

Scruffy, ragged, dirty, blemished and full of gore and unmentionable stains.

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It helps that the Mantic Zombies are really, really good minis that are full of character! Here bolstered by some Reaper Bones zombies from their kickstarter.

140413 zombie 2140413 zombie 1   The two variants of Reaper Bones zombies. Like many of the human-sized miniatures, they are quite bendy and have softish detail. The one on the left is by fat the better figure. The face of the right one being …strangely elongated. I have put them on Mantic bases. The integral bases they come with are very easy to cut down to fit in the 10mm hole of the mantic base.

 

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The full lineup. I just had to swap the head of one of them with a spare mantic zombie head to see what it would look like. Slightly too large it turns out. It seems fantasyworld also has its cases of Hydrocephalus. Anyway, they fit ok in the zombie regiment above.

 

Also Goa’uld Ghouls!

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With these I have tried something new, namely basing them in strips of 5. I probably should have painted them before sticking them to the base, but I did not, so there you are. The most difficult bit was getting at some of the details between models, especially after gluing on the tufts. On the other hand, it was rather quick doing them like this, just blasting through them five at a time.

On one strip I used putty to build up the base around the figures integral ones, on the other I did not bother. It turns out it really is not neccessary as both bases look ok with the strategic placements of tufts.

I also used a couple of zombie heads for variation.

 

 

Actually getting something done at last, part 1: Deadzone Plague

I have become such a dull boy with all work and almost no play these last weeks.

But I have gotten round to making some time for painting at last, and am working on the plague for Deadzone, playing around with skintones. Not really entirely satisfied with what I have come up with, but it will do for starters.

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I started with the 3rd gen humans to establish the look, and the dogs for simplicity. I must say I can’t stand the garish pink of the “official” colour schemes. I imagine the infected grow/mutate in big spurts, and have tried to show this by making them look more like they are entirely covered in massive bruises adn blemishes, with varying success. Blackish hands and feet for the gangreneous effect. Maybe the faces should stay more unblemished as they do not seem to have grown or disdended to any large degree?

Blue in Blue eyes, not for their spice addiction, rather for their otherness.

The dogs were nice sculpts, apart from the faces/snouts/jaws where detail were quite soft and difficult to separate.

Drake comparison shots

 

 

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And now for something completely different:

someone at AGM has not entirely grasped the concept of scaling when printing miniatures:

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this is the single worst example I have come across of scale difference between the Drake figures. This is in the same unit!

This is obviously caused by different scaling when printing, probably at different times and maybe at different vendors.

One could have argued that people IRL come in different sizes, which I would have accepted had only the shields been the same size. But since they are not…

I think the small one is the first one they made, and the larger ones (both of the other variants are the same, larger size) came later.

The other minis with this problem, but with the difference both in size and style, are the Kayamayuk warriors with mask and the ones without. My guess is that the masked one is the original, and the other original masked design proved to be uncastable, so they designed some others instead. And they turned out really different! At least the unmasked ones (and the leader) are the same, larger size.

 

and lastly:

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Quack Quack-ack Quack Quack Mi Mi-Mi-Mi!

 

 

First mini painted from Drake: the Dragon Wargame!

Drake is one of the most promising new miniatures games and settings I have seen in quite some time.

Fantasy, but very different than your bog-standard Tolkien lookalikes.

The concept is that in the land/continent /world of Dara, which mostly is populated by humans and near-humans, the ancient Dragons have awakened. The Dragons are seperated into clans, and have promptly started infighting, and have conquered or otherwise become the de facto rulers of the human nations. These peoples are used for fighting the other dragon clans togther with a very diverse set of beasts and magical “chant” creations. There are now four major factions that are in opposition to one another, and one unaligned faction that plays both ends towards the middle.

I found the shear scope and imaginativeness (not to mention the potential) of the setting extremely attractive, and have spent far too much on the first kickstarter, and will probably be spending far too much again on this second one.

Also, they make really nice minatures. True scale 28mm, which means they are a bit on the small / thin side when compared to Warhammer, especially because the true scale means everything is actually (almost) proportionate to real life and not cartoonishly oversized like warhammer.

The game itself is a skirmish game with a bit of the feel of magic the gathering, with chant (spell) cards playing a siginicant part. All dragons and a few other units are spellcasters, and you get to customize your deck of chant cards before the game. (These are not collectible or trading cards, you get all cards available in the deck supplied with the game).

The peoples we have seen thus far is the Gondor-like Rivercrest, the Prehispanic first americans (aztec/maya)-inspired Kayamayuk, and near-human stone age savages called Cherek (wooden spears, clad in animal skins) and nomadic Sarmations (wielding crossbows and ballistae), and with the second kickstarter (that is ongoing at the time of this writing) they also introduce the Shi, a heavily egyptian-inpired human faction, with massed, lowly infantry and their snakelike dragon allies/guides.

I coud go on, look rather at actiongamesminiatures.com for the whole story.

at any rate, I recieved the first shipment of mins from the first KS, and have at last gotten round to actually painting one of them:

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Rakhera – The Demon. “The Poison of the Night. The Stealer of Dreams. The Killer of the Dawn.”

Chant creation, summoned magically to the battlefield.

I painted this close to the concept art. I struggled getting a sharp picture of this one. It is too bad a lot of the finer details and colour variatons do not show up in the picture.

 

Luciphuzz done

So here he is done:

 

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a bit of a struggle at the end, it must be said. I tried some flame patterns, but no.

 

also a Nazizombie:

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Nazizombies really are the perfect villains.

This is a metal figure made by Reaper. As Dead Snow 2 is premiering soon, the advertising blitz is on. So for some unimaginable reason, I got inspired to finish this one. It has been standing on the shelf of shame for quite some time now.

 

Luciphuzz WIP part 3, and a pack of rats!

This winter has been a long wintery swamp of prep, what with the arm not wanting to hold anything still for any length of time and all.

Also several kickstarters have started delivering product, flooding me with lots and lots of miniatures to prep, and far too much to choose from… what little time I have had to spare has been spent sifting through all the goodies and subsequent masses and masses of prepwork. so there has not been a lot painting being done.

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The shelf of already prepped, what is waiting to be sprayed in springtime. With all the new stuff arriving, I will soon be needing another shelf.

To try to break this single-tracked state of affairs, I have decided to try to enter the Reaper Beauty Pageant, where the entrants have to paint Damian the Helborn wizard,

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those are metal-fingers \,,/

Chuggin’ along…even though it has been several weeks since last session, I should be able to reach the deadline by Valentines Day,

The Black Metal outfit I originally intended was, well, too Black. So I have used some colour with black washes to darken them, He is stil blackish, but not monochrome. Next up…spikes and metal plates!

I have also decided to make a custom base, using a base stamp for the first time. Therefore I have pinned him to an old paint pot for handling while painting. Also a first for me, but definately not the last! That made it so much easier to hold the mini.

The second thing I did to break the swamp of prep, was to do a large unit of something really easily and quickly painted, so as to get some sense of accomplishment. The choice fell on a block of giant rats for my skaven horde. 34 of the little blighters to be precise.

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The lot of them took only a few hours all together.

Thirdly, Bones.

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Bones made of Bones. Bendy little blighters.

I mounted them on Manic bases, because I wanted to see how it would end up. I cut down the broccoli base to fit the manticbase 10mm hole, one of the skeletons need to be cut loose altogether, as it had a far too wide stance. The broccoli base was still fine for filling the hole,

I also painted each one with a different colour combo just to see how they turned out. the picture doesnt really show that.

The thin Bones are really bendy. Which makes them a bit difficult to drybrush. Also the details are quite soft, especially in the faces. So they end up getting a slop’n’go paint job. They will probably get hidden in some unit anyway.

Fourth, this one is some weeks since I did.

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Peekaboo!

Another slop’n’go (many of those lately) with a reaper bones ghast (or whatever) and two mantic Ghouls bringing up the rear.

This is intended as a rank-filler in a large unit of ghouls or zombies.