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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Saga Reinforcements! Clans unite!


My Scottish clan for the dark ages is slowly growing. And honestly.. it is not really that slow here.

Over the weekend I had a chance to get "some" painting done and with it I got 2 sets of 8 warriors painted up.

You can maybe remember the shot of the first set waiting on blocks to get painted..


Well these escalated to be finished quite quickly due to a very simple paint scheme and style.


Painting them was incredibly easy though.

With the 2K priming ( Black base, and white/grey from the light source ) I was able to basically wash the colors onto them models. Keeping most of the shadows there already for me.

For colors I kept them really minimal here. Mostly greens, browns, and teal blue/greens. Easy colors really. I threw some reds into the browns at times, and yellows into the greens to make them a bit more interesting, but honestly it was not needed.

Once the base colors were down though, it was all about the GW Washes lathered on top of them. It helped to bring some more color into the pieces, and also fix some of my mistakes ;)

With the first set of lazy warriors done, I had a few hours spare on Sunday night to finish off the other 8 more active warriors.


Same techniques here, and since I knew what colors and style I was aiming for, it went much faster!

Grounds are a bit darker than the Elites and Warlord, and I am OK with this. They are all not from the same family afterall, so it is fair to say that they came from different parts of the highlands. Though none of them are rich enough to have proper tartans ( and cause I was lazy on these guys! ).

I have another 8 warriors left on the table that I just picked up on ebay, but they will wait until after the 12 Levy Bowmen are completed first. So that the original 6 pt boxset can be completed for the figures at least.

I have plans for the shields though. Since it was common to have motifs on them, I will do some freehand work on them. Probably more elaborate pieces for the Elites, but less for the Warriors. Maybe simple designs really in the end. Though we will see when I get to them.. which might be a few weeks yet!

In the meantime.. enjoy them. And if anyone has ideas on good, but compact transport ideas for such a force.. I am open to suggestions! :D

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Galapagos Miniatures - Volkan Lostblood


Review time again! Shocked that I have another up? So am I!!!

This week I will review another piece I picked up from Euro, and that is the Galapagos Miniatures dwarf bust, Volkan Lostblood. Or as I think many call him.. That Dwarf Bust with the axe held the wrong way up!

You can see the price on it.. 55 euros.. I didn't pay that though cause it was at the Euro show in UK ( oxymoron? ) and it was closer to 40 gbp in the end ( talked the seller into giving me a bit of a discount :) ).


The box is light, but then again it is a resin piece not metal. And upon opening the box you can see cards!


The first card has both box art versions shown on it. So you get to see 2 different ways in which it was painted before released. And also the story behind the dwarf itself. Very cool little extra here.


Again we can see that it was sandwiched behind not 2 but 3 layers of foam here. Top layer to protect it from moving. A middle one to cushion the main pieces, and the bottom for the more flat sections.

You can see that the majority of the bust is a solid piece. With the axe carrying arm, and pieces for it being all separated. Hopefully this will be making the painting of those sections much much easier.. but we will see!


On the main sections there is very little flash ( aside from that massive vent on the arm and a smaller one on the hand ).

But for the axe heads there is a bit more here that will take some work to get rid of. And knowing my hacking of resin skills, I am more afraid of taking off too much and making it so that the axes don't sit properly afterwards on the handle.



The main piece of it is quite huge. And the hair.. OMG.. that beard is nicely sculpted but damn if that is not going to completely toss me into a spiral of headaches to come! But it is a decent chunk of resin to paint up in the end, and I am really looking forward to it.

And painting it I will! It was immediately on my list of things to paint the MOMENT I saw it on facebook last year. To have it in my hand now, I have no less motivation to paint it and I am hoping I can do it proud! This will be one of the main pieces for my displays this year so am looking forward to getting a start on it. Most likely first thing in the new year I will get going on it, depending on how much current projects go!

So in the end, I am a bit bias on this piece cause I already fell in love with it before it was released commercially. And then getting it at a show, and having it in hand it is great. The details are fantastic. The sculpt is perfect. And the size it something that is a decent one. Not too large to scare off everyone, but not too small as to lose or sacrifice details.

Overall, a definitive buy for anyone who likes to paint busts, and likes dwarfs. Or like me.. just like painting dwarfs! For those in Europe, you can buy him from here for 50 euros before shipping. Or in UK, you can grab him here for 48.50 GBP shipping included.

Hope you enjoyed the small review! I need to go and investigate some colors and schemes for it now!

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Saga continues...


Yeah.. OK.. Lame play on words, but you got the idea :)

Happy to report that the Warlord, Robert Cruickshank, is finished, along with his extended family acting like Thanes ( Hearthguards ). They are just waiting on their shields to get painted, which I will do in batches at the end when all the models themselves are finished. Will be interesting to do some freehand on them also!


The main things painted were the tartans. Which took the most time, obviously :)

It was pretty simple though as I took some of the original red, added some green, and a touch of blue to it, to make it darker. Then drew the cross patterns over the red sections.

I would hit the reds a bit further just to make them stand out a bit in comparison to the darker colors. Otherwise a few of them began to disappear on me there.

For some of the cloaks, I also did some lines as well. Varying it up a bit depending on the person.


After the dark lines, I added some Tan/White coloring in between them to give it some Umpf! I think it worked nicely, and really pops out, thoughts?

From here it was all about the washes.


Washes of Ogryn flesh on the skin. Black on the chainmail. Browns for the ground and boots. Sometimes on the armorr to dirty it up. Same for the lower sections of the clothing.


Quick shot of the Warlord's back cloak here. A purple/green/white pattern. Thought it might work and be appropriate.

You can also see that the lines and painting is not super neat and clean. But 17 models finished over 3 painting sessions is pretty quick. Heck, even Mrs Lee was asking me where I had received these painted models from as she was not aware that I had done some painting last weekend! Ha! Nice!


To finish them all off, I just put some tufts of green and brown grass on the bases and now they can go off to fight against invaders to their island some more. Be more aggressive since they have no shields at the moment!


Next up for this faction will be some warriors. The ones standing around looking for work. Let's see how they go and how well they paint up!

Enjoy the weekend!
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