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.

 

February Painting Resolution, chapters 11-13, plus new look DreadBall bases!

Closing fast on the target for February:

11. Shadows of Brimstone

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The Brimstone Strangler! Not a Blue Horror at all. No, sirree!

The Strangler is one of the weaker Void monsters from The Shadows of Brimstone: City of Ancients board game.

I quite like these chaps. They are both chewy and strangular!  And eminently usable in a variety of roles in a variety of games. And there are six of them in the set.

The details are a bit soft, but perfectly serviceable.

25mm base, hard styrene / HIPS plastic.

 

12. All Quiet on the Martian Front

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Flee the Red Weed!

For those who do not know, All Quiet on the Martian Front is a relatively new game made by Alien Dungeon, written by Rick Priestly, Alessio Cavatore and Ernie Baker. It was kickstarted about two years ago, and have delivered two massive waves of product, with a third still in yet to come. The setting is ca. 1910. The second Martian Invasion (the events of the first was described in the novel The War of the Worlds by HG Wells) has taken place, and half of the USA has fallen to the implacable Martians and their damnable tripods. The game is 15mm (more like 18mm) scale and features American steam-driven early tanks, motorcycles with tow-hooks, dougthy doughboys, and Land Iron Clad Battleships in desperate battle with the Martian Tripods for dominion of the Earth. Plus the British Expeditionary Force lending a hand with their more advanced weaponry, retro-engineered from the martian tech left behind when the germs killed off the first invasion some years earlier.

 

My first base of Human Prey, which are Fleeing Civilians ca 1910. Apparently the dominant female fashion of the well-to-do in the US of that era was rather austere and muted colours. Nothing to gaudy.

In game the Human Prey don’t really have any specific functions they are not part of any army. They are however great as objectives for scenarios.

The Red Weed is some red (actually a rather too bright orange) clump foliage / torn up bits of colored foam.

15mm scale metal minis on a 40mm base.

 

13. Grendel Productions

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Some old Olmec Ruined Heads I had lying around. I seem to remember that there was a fourth piece to this set, a taller version of the totem-thingy. I could not seem to find it.

In the late 1990s the small Scottish company Grendel Productions made a lot of great scenery items in resin (and also a great Fantasy game called Leviathan that featured massive resin Orc Dinosaur-like Beasts, Elven Demons (elves were not particularly good natured in that world), human barbarians riding giant hogs, and Dwarven Steam-Mechas and such. Ah, the fun we had! Grendel went bust over something like printing massive amounts of boxes for a certain very well known card game, and not getting paid. Typical, as all good things must come to an end.

Nowadays I think many of the items are still available from “Scotia Grendel”.

I bought a lot of their sets back in the day, some of which are still unpainted. I intend to rectify this.

I had originally intended to paint up a nifty watch tower from Grendel rather than these, but it was leaning quite a bit, and broke while I tried to do a quick fix. Now it will need a slow fix instead. Including but not limited to a built-up base to fix the worst of the leaning.

These are painted using “Cavern stone” three colour acrylic paint set from Paintworks, a one-man paint company I supported on Kickstarter a while back. Their gimmick was making paint sets specifically for terrain. The paint seems quite good. I am quite pleased with the result, and am looking forward to trying the paints out on some more stuff.

 

Bonus: DreadBall bases sporting a new look!

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I have long been debating myself what to do with the DreadBall bases, as there were unsightly gaps around the integral bases of the minis when I used the hexagonal bases. I tried to fill them and paint the bases black, but it still was not a pretty sight as I could not sand properly around the feet of most minis, ruining the smooth effect. So now I have used black scatter material. 

Much better!

Even though the pitch is supposed to have a smooth surface, I think this just works better on the minis.

I will keep this style going forward, and maybe even redo all the bases of my finished Zzor, Robots and Zee teams.

Febuary Painting Resolution, chapters 9-10, plus bonus figures!

Still on target for February:

9. Mars Attacks:

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Ack Ack We-Come-in-Peace Ack Ack Ack! **Zzap**

 

Mantic Mars Attacks Martian Grunt

This is the test piece for the paint job. The colour scheme turned out to be quite quick and easy (thank god for that!)

This mini is one piece PVC slightly soft plastic (a bit like Bones, but stiffer), I have actually not had to cut off any mould lines apart from on the sides of the base (high five!). I quickly decided to treat these more like board game pieces or toys than minis and not bother with what little mould lines there are. I am actually quite impressed with the quality considering the material.

25mm base, PVC.

 

10: Deadzone:

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Mantic Deadzone: Rebs human trooper

I started out trying to be reminiscent of the Rebel troopers defending Leias ship in the beginning of Star Wars, but that did not turn out well. What followed was a slightly too fast repaint. At least it is not in any colour scheme any of the other factions will have… and rebs being such a diverse collections of individuals, I am going to do them in wildly different outfits / paint schemes anyway. This one will be called George.

25mm base, restic.

 

Bonus minis!

Bonus round 4:

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Dreadball Xtreme Prison Warden Sponsor

also known as Wilson Fisk, esquire.

The base is not actually finished, I am waiting for some black scatter I have ordered.

 

Bonus round 5:

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 Warhammer Fantasy Battles Old School Wraith

Cause I just love those classic Warhammer sculpts. And wonder how on earth this one did not fall over all the time on the microscopic 20mm base it was packaged with.

30mm base, white metal.

 

Bonus Round 6:

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3 Half-Zombies

Mantic Zombie and Ghoul parts. And the lower half of a corporation trooper.

Round 25mm, square 20mm bases. Plastic and Restic.

And singing: a One -Two -Three, a la dee dee, Eric the half zombieeee!