Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Merc Characters and Talon painted

After the grind that was painting 40+ Trencher models I decided to treat myself to some character models.

I picked up Rutger Shaw really cheap in mk2 and am glad to see he got some buffs. Not sure how often he will see play to be honest, but I have been using his model in the Iron kingdoms RPG I run as an antagonist.

Poor Taryn, back before Ace was released she was an auto include in my Caine2 lists for her shadow fire shots. Now the Gunmage Captain Adept does it better than she does...

I really struggled for years to figure out how to paint her choosing the colours for her was particularly difficult. In the end I stuck with an old adage from the Navy "keep it simple, stupid!"
I'm happy with how she has turned out.   

Sylys... man I dislike this model. Its likely why I have avoided painting him for so long.
Well hes done now and I know its not my best work but I don't really care... sad but true

This Talon light warjack was bought for my RPG group as they currently own one and we like to use models that represent things as well as we can.

I added some packs and bags to his back and hip to make it look more like it gets used to carry around a bunch of the parties gear for them.

I painted it's armour to match Rutger Shaw's as he is the most likely Jack marshal I would run a Talon with currently.

What do you think of these guys? 

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Barn terrain Painted

I got my barn from Renedra painted up, didn't take too long in the end.

I gave the barn a variety of washes and watered down paints.  Some to simulate green mold near the rotten parts and others to randomly dirty it up and weather it.

What do you think of the barn now its painted?
Hoping to soon have enough terrain for a full table!

Monday, 5 September 2016

Sturgis & Jakes Painted - plus Jr league

My local PG is running a Journeyman league and I couldn't decide which caster to use, so I let one of my local players choose for me.
He randomly scrolled through war room and ended up choosing Sturgis!

As I am only playing painted these days it meant Sturgis got pushed up the painting priority list. 
 Seeing as Jakes is his pupil in the fluff and she is quite similar in style I decided to paint them together.

Sturgis is a really detailed and dynamic model, I put his head on facing the wrong way as I wanted the pose to be different. Having his spear facing backwards looks a lot cooler to me

"Come at me bro!"

Jakes has been on my "to do" list for a long time, glad shes finished

Another really detailed sculpt took a long time to paint but happy with the end result.

So this is the 0 point list I have come up with for week one a humble Ironclad and a Defender, its actually 2 points down but meh I'm playing Sturgis 

What do you think of my Sturgis & Jakes?

Friday, 2 September 2016

Skarre2 pinning extreme!

I got a commission to pin Skarre2 for one of my local players, she comes in quite a few parts.

With how fiddly she is I had to use a hand drill to pin her rather than my dremel which took a lot longer but meant I didn't accidentally drill though the side of her.

I pinned both arms and her leg to ensure she is less likely to come apart. 

Both smoke stacks pinned this was the easiest part

The trickiest part was pinning her horns... 

And here she is finished, hopefully she is now solid as a rock.

Do you pin all your models? Since I moved house and a bunch of my models broke I have pinned everything new I have gotten.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Making terrain on a budget: Hills

I want to make my terrain as game friendly as possible but also look better than the 2D terrain that has become popular lately. 
Its not that I have a problem with 2D terrain, it's just a bit expensive for me

So my aim was to make some hills as cheaply as I could that also look good but don't cause models to fall off them all the time.

First off I cut out the shapes I wanted out of MDF. I got this from the bottom of a draw in a set of old flat pack furniture when I moved house.

The cork tiles I got really cheap from a DIY shop it was reduced in price because the pack had been damaged and where no good as tiles

After cutting out the sizes of cork I wanted I roughed up the edges by scrapping at an angle.

After gluing the cork layers together I put something heavy on them and left them over night.
The next day I glued on the sand, including putting some on the cork.

I painted the dirt the same colour that I base my army with, I really want my terrain to match my army as much as I can.

The rocks I painted dark grey then dry brushed light grey.

After that all I had to do was add some static grass and they are done!
Even when I place models on the edges of the hills they don't tend to tip over which is a problem I often find with hills.

Overall I am really happy with these hills and price wise they only about £1! I used paint and static grass I already owned and the MDF was free so the cork was the only real cost.

Looking forward to having a table full of home made terrain!

What do you think of these hills? Is there any terrain you would like me to make?

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Picked up some new terrain

I picked up a Barn terrain kit from Renedra, and figured I would do a review.

The kit consists of three sprues. The left (in the pic) includes the two ends of the barn and the main wall and roof of the lean-to section. 

The other two sprues are exactly the same containing a wall of the main barn and half of the roof in each. 

This is quite a clever way to produce the kit as the lean-to part covers the window on one side of the main barn. This makes both sides look different even though they are made from the same piece. 

Here is the barn fully assembled.
Also included in the kit: two ladders, pitch forks and a cart wheel. 
Nice extra bits of detail.

The kit went together very easily, the beam details on the edge of the roof panels guide the roof onto the wall neatly. 

Some minis for scale

I used plastic glue to assemble the kit but reinforced it by gluing the barn to a sheet of mdf board as a base.

The barn takes paint well but, like with most models, I advise undercoating before painting.

I also got some barrels and sandbags to use (having already used some on the base of my Storm strider)

Overall this was a very easy to assemble kit that looks great and was cheap to boot. I especially liked the ability to augment it with other products to make it unique. I'll write more about these another time, as I've been using them on other projects as well.

What do you think of the Renedra barn? I think it will work as a great piece of terrain for Warmachine or any other 28" wargame.

More pictures to follow when I have finished painting.