A Game of Clones -Dreadball Zee team done.

How many bad pun ape/monkey/chimp/primate/clone names can we come up with before settling on a name for this team?


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Ryse of the Planet of the Apes? The Similar Simians? 12 Monkeys? Jacta Alea Apes? Legionem Simiarum? Insane Clone Posse?

Seems like getting the Jack-yellow on the bases smooth took longer than actually painting the minis. Then again, there are quite a few of them.


Off the shelf: Reaper Bones, Deadzoners, another Mantic Werewolf

So the first weekend after being back from the summer holiday I had some hours to spare and have finished the following:


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Reaper Bones Bugbear. This one has been sat half done on the shelf for quite some time now. Gah!

I do seem to have accumulated quite a few of these larger ones. I am thinking of putting together an ogre army.


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Three Deadzone Plague generation 3s. Here is the loader from the mortar squad, the grenade launcher and a standard mook. So now I have a massive 4 mooks and 2 dogs finished. There are four more mooks (and a mortar) still on the shelf. The gen 1 and 2s, terrorton and swarm are not even primed yet. I have run out of spray can primer, and have decided to see if I can get my 20 year old airbrush to live again. so I have ordered a bottle of vallejo airbrush primer. I do seem to have an awful lot of unprimed minis lying around, and if I am able to make a workable booth for airbrushing I might just be free of both weather constraints and the far too expensive spray cans.

Also finished is the second of the Deadzone Mercenaries:

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The Eldar Asterian Nastanza, the Twilight Huntress.

I am not really painting the mercenaries in any particular order. Got one of the Squats Forge Fathers (is it still a Forge Father when it is female? Or are they then called Forge Mothers?) on the half painted shelf.


I fancied painting something simple and brown today


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Reaper Bones Clay Golem.

The pants actually have a different base colour although this is not really evident in the pictures. The flash tends to wash out many of the colour variations.


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The third Mantic Werewolf.

This was painted in parallell with the golem, but used different mixes of the same browns, and had a different base coat. IRL they are not as similar as in the pictures. Simple but effective paint jobs.


Also I have been working on the zee team, but they are not quite ready yet. It takes ages to get smooth enough yellow borders on the bases.


Drake Cherek Hunters group finished at last!

Does it count as coming from the shelf of shame if the minis in question were started less than half a year ago?

At any rate, these have been cluttering up my workspace, half painted, since May. Now they are finished.

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Drake the Dragon Wargame, Cherek Hunters.  Painted as Frostmen from the Cold Mountain kingdoms.

This unit is actually one less than it should have been, as the seventh one was miscast with a massive fault line all around. I have been promised a replacement in wave two. Whenever that might happen.

Just as the other two original foot-mook-types in Drake, there is a stylistic difference between what I presume is the first original sculpt, and the to variants. I expect this is because of being made at a different point in time, and maybe by a different sculptor. At least these are more or less the same scale as the original, although the skin texture and clothing is different and the depth of detailing is more shallow on the new ones.

Off the shelf again

So I play too much Payday 2, and do not get much painting done these days.

I am working on the Zee team for Dreadball, and may I present to you, His Royal Highness…


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King Henry the Ape!


Painted to fit in with the Zees:

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So…what to call this team then,  The Legion of Chaos?  The Optimus Primates? The Killer Zees? Little Caesars? (Zeesars?) The Royal Pains? The Apes of Wrath?


Speaking of  Wrath:

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First of the Deadzone hired guns to be finished.



Salvaging Rouge Trader Orks, part 3

So, over the course of what few free evenings I have had, the rest of the large group of orks have progressed and have been finished.

Some observations along the way:

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Ready for the big dip

Painting many figures does take ages, even when doing it as basic as this.

I have decided that I will not ever be using that dip again. In the future I will stick to the brush on ink version of quickshade. Far better control leading to far better results, no shinyness, dries in an hour or so and water soluble. Overall a much better product for my needs.

I had forgotten what a messy sticky substance the tinned quickshade dip is, how it is difficult to be precise with it, how it takes several days to dry properly, how hideously shiny it is when dry, and how difficult it can be to get rid of the shinyness…especially when the ambient humidity rapidly increases to raining cats and dogs right after spraying them! ARGH!

so instead of some nice orkses, we get frosty the snowmen!

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Frosted! not grrrrrreeat at all!

At this point I might have said a bad word.


So all the orks have become frosted some more, some less.

I got partially rid of the frosting with a second coat of varnish, but some remains. and still some shinyness her and there. Bah!


So, powering on, last details and bases are done, which means that they are finished,


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Battle ready

They might still get a third coat of varnish just in case it might still get rid of some more of the frosting effect.

So that is 38 more boys ready to take to the field in rambunctious waaagh!

Certainly not in any way a great paint job, but perfectly passable for the tabletop, especially considering the starting point.

Rouge Trader Orks pt II

39 in one go does take some time, even though each individual miniature only gets what amounts to minutes. If they take on average 10 minutes each from start to finish, (probably closer to 15 including cleanup and basing)  it still means about 8-10 hours actual work all together…


At any rate, here is the test subject all done, with the starting point as a comparison:

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This rapibly became a full repaint. mainly because of all the previous colours were all over the place, “dirty” painted and with scrape marks and what have you.

Here I have used Army Painter Strong Tone Wash (not the dip) because the dip talkes several days to dry properly, but I will be dipping the rest.

I think the result is …ok. Not great, but perfectly servicable for my use. Expecially when taking into account that I did not spend that long on this figure, and have 38 more to go.

Speaking of them, some progress has been made:

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The grey armour/padding, brown trousers and red details, sleeves, boots, hats, hair, and belts are done. To go are olive green skin, gunmetal guns, and detailing such as weapons in belts, buckles, eyes, teeth, hair, bracelets and what not. Then they will be given a bit of the old dip n shake followed by some anti-shine spray and detail checkup, basing and voila. 39 battle ready ork boys.

The Scrapheap ER Challenge!

The Challenge: Salvage this group of 39 Rouge Trader Space Orks I recently bought of ebay for less than the price of a pint of beer, to a decent table top standard. Speed is of the essence. I will not be spending hours on these, and they will certainly not be golden demon material when finished. But they will be much, much better! I will probably be dipping them at some point, as I do have some dip left and do not seem to be using that stuff any more.

They are really not that badly painted, if it was by an eight year old who only recently got into painting that is.

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Space Orks are a horde army. So you need buttloads of them to make any headway. Here is a buttload. 39 of them.


Preamble: skip this if you think it is too wordy.

Most of my own old shite is not salvageable, due to the fact I used a far too thick coat of high gloss varnish on most of them….it is almost as if they are encased in carbonite. I do not have the patience to even try to strip them.

However, I have to date made a number of purchases of second hand miniatures off Ebay. I generally try to avoid buying painted minis, for obvious reasons, but every now and then there comes along what seems like a good bargain for some sort of group or squad for my Space Ork or Skaven army or whatever that I bid a low amout for. Sometimes I end up winning the bid.

Even when paying just a few pounds, most often even this price seems too high for what I get. One would think I would take the hint when there are no good close up pictures of them, and when most descriptions say “well painted” that is usually a lie. Maybe most sellers simply are stating their honest opinions. In which case they must have really low standards. Also it seems most no-one ever cares to clean off mouldlines.

So basically, what I end up getting is what I would normally would consider chucking in the scrapheap.  But I try to salvage them, if I can.

For example, most of my Skaven clanrats purchased in this manner have been repaired, totally repainted and are now sitting pretty, hidden deep in the rank and file with their fellows. With a quick and dodgy repaint, they come to life and are servicable. At least at a distance….This is what we call “speed painting to a table top standard”.


Day 1: Getting to grips with the Rouge Trader Space Orks.

I do not have all that much hobby time, so this plog will not be daily. “Day #” refers to the sequential day that I got to work on them.

But wey-hey! 39 Orks! A sizable sqaud of boys in anyone’s book.

Once upon a time I had some of these early plastics from Citadel. However I can no longer find them, and I expect they are lost. They are fun figures, not as comical as the 3rd editon orks, nor as brutal looking as the more recent orks. They will do the job when salvaged.

The minis I got had all the signs of young, but enthusiastic painter. They are all fully based with static grass, done in Goff red and black, classic green skin and and some black and white checkerd patterns here and there. The paint is caked on in places and mostly but not quite within their borders -imprecise. Maybe some sort of shading or thinned black has been used in patches on the red. The models themselves have been glued together without too much thought on posing or how the weapons are carried. At least there is not a lot of visible glue residue. I expect thin solvent glue has been used.

Not at all a bad base to start from…apart from the mould lines! GOD! I HATE THOSE MOULD LINES! So I had to spend som time cleaning them up, scraping off all the mould lines from hell. At least this plastic is really easy to scrape. Also a few loose arms and guns needed gluing on here and there, inclcuding a couple of replacement recent Ork arms from my bits box.

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Offcut mould lines and other leftovers after the work was done.

How much had to be cut off?

All the grey is bare plastic.


Day 2:  Scruba-dub-dub!

I also could not fail to notice that these figures were dirty. Dust, greasy residue, bits of fluff and hair. What have you. Thats 20 years or more of build up for you. Into the hot soapy water for a good scrub they all go.

After drying they look rather more presentable:

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All ranked up and good to go. The grey bits to the right are a set of resin VOID sandbag walls I dug up out of storage the other day.


However, because of the large amount of mould line removal, this project is much more likely to be more of a repaint than just an E.R. as most surfaces has lost much of their paint.

Tomorrow I will try to fix one up to see what needs to be done.