The Barsoom Brawlers and Drake Yeev Dragonkin.

One of the things I like about Mars Attacks!, is that they have no qualms about doing crossovers into other IPs.

So when Mantic was doing their Mars Attacks! kickstarter, they threw in an option to buy a Martian team for DreadBall, (and cards to use the Mars Attacks! factions in Deadzone as well Yay!).

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Here is my Martian DreadBall team, The Barsoom Brawlers

aka the Emissaries of Peace Ack Ack Ack Ack.

As for all my DreadBall minis, I mark the bases’ threat zones (and one panel on the back side so I can see what a given mini is when playing) Green for Striker, yellow for Jack, Red for Guard. Like traffic lights. I have also painted boots and gloves in similar colours.

also,

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a Yeev dragonkin from the Drake: the Dragon Wargame.

40mm base, metal.

April!

So for April, I have been thinking about what to do for my resolutionary challenge.

First, I need to prep a lot of the new minis that have arrived, such as the second Bones kickstarter shipment. I also have the second wave of DreadBall Xtreme and the first wave of DUST totally untouched as of yet. Second. I want to go over a lot of the minis I already have primed black with a zenithal grey primer. I have already come to the conclusion that this is a great way to prime. Best of both worlds, so to speak.

But I broke my airbrush (screwed the nozzle a little too tight while cleaning it, breaking it in such a manner that half of the screw is stuck inside the airbrush thingy, and without the nozzle it only makes splatters. Oh well, a couple of cheap new ones have been ordered off ebay. So I am not getting any priming done at the moment.

And thirdly, I want to get some more painting done. To this end I think I might want to do something similar to Feburary, and do a load of different minis, and at least two DreadBall Teams.

I have not had a lot of hobby time these last couple of weeks, and most of what time I have had, has been spent prepping. Those Bones have mould lines that need carving off, bent bits to boil and unbend, and bases that need cutting.

But I have started to paint several minis, and even managed to finish two.

 

1: Reaper Bones 77020: Bathalian

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First up is a Reaper Bones 77020: Bathalian painted as Prince John from Disneys Robin Hood

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This is a pre-kickstarter Bones I got sometime in 2013. I have painted and repainted, based and rebased this mini several times, never being satisfied with it. Still not entirely happy, but there it is.

I made a rough Ermine collar and backpiece in green stuff, together with a rudimentary crown. And that is about where my green stuffing skills come to an end. Need to practice, practice, practice.

At any rate, this one is intended for the Reaper Forums “You’re Such a Character” competition, where we are to do a Reaper mini to “cosplay” some character or other.

30mm base, Bones.

 

2. Mantic Deadzone Marauder Mawbeast.

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This metal Marauder Mawbeast was delivered in the second wave, together with a bunch of characters all in metal.
This Mawbeast differs from the restic ones in the original Marauders set in that it does not have any techno-gubbins on it, nor the chainsaw blade in it’s mouth. It could equally well be used in a Fantasy setting.

At any rate, I thought it looked like a lion, what with the mane and all. So I painted it like one. Rawrr.

25mm base, metal

 

Mars Attacks!

For March I am still doing squads,

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this one is from Mars Attacks, a squad of Martian grunts. 9 new ones, 1 finished previously.

I have not bothered with slicing off the mould lines on these. The results are actually acceptable anyhow.

25 mm integral bases. Softish PVC material.

 

Bonus round 5!

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Deadzone Mercenary: Freya, a  Forge Father (or is it supposed to be Forge Mother when they are female? That is a can of worms Mantic did not think of when they named their space dwarfs race!)

25mm base, restic

Bonus Round 6 and 7:

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DreadBall Xtreme Free Agents: the two Jetari Training Robots, one a Striker and the other a Guard.

Hexbase, restic

The third for March

This week has seen little time for hobby, so I “cheated” by doing groups that were extra super fast to finish.

 

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First the Reaper Bones 77016: Rats. 12 of them to be precise. These are cute little critters. Until you notice that they are the size of rather large dogs…and they are many, A shotgun only kills one at a time!

For some reason, I undercoated 9 if them white, and 3 black. I cannot for the life of me remember why I did this.

Based on Mantic 20mm square bases, bones.

 

secondly, continuing the cockroach cluster:

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10 more of the Space Hulk Genestealers. That makes 12 finished. I think there are 10 left to go. And the Terminators.

Integral bases, hard polystyrene plastic (HIPS)

 

 

No bonus minis this time.

 

March resolution: the second installment

As previously stated, my resolution for March is to complete at least 4 10-man squads, or equivalent.

I have been a bit under the weather this week, and so have not done as much as I had hoped. Plus, Bones 2 has arrived! Not to easy to concentrate on boring old hat when all the new shiny is *sparkling*…

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at any rate, I have completed the group of Stranglers from Shadows of Brimstone. No prize for spotting the inspiration for the colour schemes.

30mm bases, HIPS plastic

So that’s 5 more squaddies down.

In addition, 5 more of the Space Hurps-ridden zombies:

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Which makes 10 squaddies in all, enough for the resolution target this week.

25mm bases, HIPS plastic / restic conversions.

But wait there’s more!

Bonus round 2:

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 DreadBall Xtreme Nameless Bloodsucker 

Not very pleased about the shininess, which is due to the old inks used.

Hexbase, restic

Bonus round 3:

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Ral Partha Swamp thingy AD&D Dark Sun Anakor (RPE 11-715)

I had to ask on the Reaper forum to find out what this one was. Turns out it is Dark Sun (a desert setting) which means the original lives nowhere near a swamp!

Sculpted by Sandra Garrity.

30mm base, metal

Bonus Round 4:

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Citadel Lord of the Rings Ringwraith on foot.

I find black cloaks often look better when painted dark, dark grey with black washes.

30mm base, metal.

My Resolutionary Challenge for March

So February’s challenge was met and surpassed by several bonus minis painted. Hoody Hoo!

I managed to keep on track for this, even when being so flighty as I am. Seems to be a recipe to get something done.

For March I think I want to do something about squads, teams or units. As in squads I have started (i.e. done a test piece) but not completed. I seem to have rather a lot of them cluttering up the shelving.

So I think a manageable challenge will be to paint 4 squads during the month, with a minimum of 10 models in each (counting the test piece), or equivalent numbers of new painted minis to fill up squads, teams or units I already have some models for.

So, at least 36 miniatures, then. That needs an average of 9 minis a week, or one every work day, two each Saturday and Sunday. Of course, I will not be painting these singularly, but in batches. Better to think of it as a unit a week.

There will be at least one weekend this month I will be otherwise occupied, so good thing I got the first squad done during the first day of March!

1. Deadzone Plague Zombies / aka generic sci-fi zombies

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Ten more of the big unit of converted Mantic sci fi zombies I started in January. As I have something like 50 of them ready for painting, I expect more of these will be used to fill out the numbers if needed.

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I get clearer pictures with not so many in the frame at a time.

These are made up several types of Mantic miniatures: Kings of War Fantasy Zombies, Deadzone Plague Zombies, Kings of War Fantasy Ghouls, and Warpath Corporation Troopers. All hacked up and glued together.

If you think some of the bitz’ are somewhat off scale, it is because the Deadzone Plague Zombie parts are more “heroically” proportioned ( = thicker/ larger) than the older fantasy and warpath minis.

25mm bases, plastic / restic conversions.

 

And we also have our first Bonus mini!

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Deadzone: Kish, 3rd Generation Plague Sphyr

‘Cause I love fish sticks!

This piece has a ridiculously small diameter shaft-part connecting the axe-head to the hands. It bends all the time, and will most probably snap at some point and be really difficult to repair. Apart from that niggle, I think it is a great mini.

25mm base, metal

 

March total so far: 11 painted minis

February Painting Resolution, chapter 14. That’s all folks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. Drake the Dragon Wargame

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Drake the Dragon Wargame: Terrax of The Mystics faction.

Not much to say about it really. Terrax is a type of Dragonkin, a smaller breed of dragons that are servants to the true dragons that rule the Drake world of Dara.

Drake was a kickstarter that delivered one wave of nice minis (with many teething problems, but nice anyhow), then did another kickstarter and disappeared with all the money, ponzi-style. I do not expect to hear any more from them. Too bad, the concept was really good and with some work could have been a viable game.

40mm base, metal miniature.

 

This is the last one, and that fulfills this months resolution. Yay! Two months down, ten to go!

Now to ponder what kind of resolution to do for March. Do X amount of miniatures? Complete such and such squads? Do specific types of minis such as in February? Maybe manufacturers I have not done before?

…right now, I tend towards completing some squads. Get something ready for the table, just in case I actually would get to play some games. Which totally might happen. Yeah.