Phreedh's Mini Stuff

Phreedh's Mini Stuff

This week I have mostly been getting... two zombies!

AcquisitionsPosted by Mattias Fri, February 10, 2012 17:51:40
Yep, slim pickings this week. Two measly zombies in my mailbox, that's it. Got them for free from Paul over at Sho3box, cheers mate! They'll substitute some allready painted fellows in the next Stillburg scenario. They're C18 zombies by Kev Adams, but with headswaps - and an extra head. Allready have the original two models in my throng of life challenged lads so some variation won't hurt!

On the painting front things have moved ahead for sure! I now have two entries for the LPL fully finished, and I've also completed one of ten models for the fifth bonus round. I'm ahead of schedule - if ever so slightly. If I get some painting time this weekend I can really get ahead.

So, total tally for this week is: 20 painted - 89 acquired = -69!

Going in the right direction here!

This will probably be the last post in this blog engine, by the way - I've installed and tested a wordpress installation on the side here and it seems to work fine for my needs. Stay put for some major changes!

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This week I have mostly been getting... more Blood Bowl!

AcquisitionsPosted by Mattias Fri, February 03, 2012 15:27:18
Hard at work with my teams for the LPL6 over at LAF. First team finished, one model finished in the second team and the remaining four lined up in a row on my painting desk. The remaining teams are all cleaned, assembled and primed - so it's business time! Also have a few replacement teams at the ready if any entry is delayed.

Here's what I got this week.

Mostly humans (three throwers, three catchers, three linemen and two blitzers), but also two old Olley ogres, a dark elf lineman and a goblin.

The weekly tally is now 15 painted - 87 acquired: -72!

Nothing much incoming, so hopefully we'll see the total decreasing soon!

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This week I have mostly been getting... Blood Bowl!

AcquisitionsPosted by Mattias Thu, January 26, 2012 08:49:19
That's right folks, weekly tally is coming early this week.

Top left are an old militia man and the Travelling Players strongman. Next to him, a skaven catcher who I actually didn't need so he's up for sale. I got seven snotling players, for the Warhawks and the Grey Shadows (mirror teams with orcs and humans + ogres and snotlings). Speaking of ogres, there's a Bob Olley ogre which I allready own one of. He's needed for the Warhawks too. The halflings are joining the Doom Forgers (and they will probably be the first team I paint up). Bottom row is the big ol' minotaur star player, as well as an elf and a dark elf star player. The minotaur goes in my 3rd edition chaos team while the elf starplayers goes in the lead pile. 17 new models this week.

This week's tally is 11 painted - 72 acquired: -61

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LPL starting again...

InspirationPosted by Mattias Thu, January 26, 2012 08:16:35
It's that time of year again, friends. The Lead Painters League over at LAF has been announced and from here on until the 10th of March I'll be keeping anything newly painted under wraps. After that we'll be back with weekly updates.

As I've been pretty good with my updates recently, I would feel bad about just going silent for two months. I've created a new category to remedy this; Inspiration. After revamping the links list to the right a bit, I now keep only blogs there. Static galleries, conventional webpages, forum threads and other stuff will be posted individuallly in the Inspiration category.

To kick things off, I have a mammoth thread from Warseer. Harry's "This week I have mostly been painting..." is indeed a source of inspiration and motivation. It is without a doubt the main reason why I've painted 11 miniatures so far this year. Every time I read a few pages of that thread I get the urge to paint, and I usually act upon it.

While on the topic of Warseer, we have vintagephreak's quite awesome "Classic, all-metal Dwarf army" containing not only a LOT of little dwarfs, but many unreleased or very rare ones. All painted up very nicely!

Finally, another great retro lead thread on Warseer. Orlygg's 80s Retro Realm of Chaos.

Coming up next, this week's acquisitions. Possibly I'll change the blog engine too while I'm at it, switching to WordPress. More on that at a later time.

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This week I have mostly been getting... a plethora!

AcquisitionsPosted by Mattias Fri, January 20, 2012 15:13:31
"Jefe. What is... a plethora?"

I'll tell you, El Guapo - it's the amount of miniatures I received this week. Better get my brushes wet if I'm ever going to end up on a positive painting count for the year!

These I got on monday. They're from several lots. There are six LOTR Uruks which a friend was clearing out. I also got three painted barbarians from him. As freebies he included two 'clix wolves, a D&D plastic flame snake and taer and a Red Box OOP dwarf. I'm not counting those towards the total. Also, there are mummies and wights for Stillburg, a ghoul for my Dungeon Bowl project (Black Widows, really looking forward to push some putty on that team) and an original Plague Bearer that I got just because they are few and far between and I try to get demons for all the Chaos gods. Furthermore, four orcs to my collection and a BC2 hobgoblin (I try to pick up minis from box sets I allready have a few from). So, that's 19 minis added to the mountain (not counting the painted ones I'm only going to re-base).

Next day, I got some cheap brushes and a 1st edition Blood Bowl zombie and a 2nd edition human catcher. For the Dungeon Bowl project. The brushes are mainly for a painting workshop I'm holding with a friend's kids. That's 21 in total now.

Then I got these lovelies yesterday. Two Willhelm Chaney star players (to be used as norse werewolves in the Doom Forgers team), two more ghouls and three skeletons for the Black Widows and two orc blitzers (one sans foot, but with a plastic human foot). 9 more added, which brings us to a total of 30 minis.

Finally, I got this 2nd edition skaven team. Sculpted by Jes Goodwin (who else?) and just about the coolest Blood Bowl minis ever done. In particular, I love the blitzers and the throwers. Another 15, eh? So, in total 45 miniatures this week. That's a lot, and not an ongoing trend!

So, with this week's addition of four more zombies painted the tally is: Painted 9 - Unpainted 55 = -46...

Now, if we take into consideration that I've sold off more than 70 miniatures the last two weeks, and have about 80 still to sell I could probably say I've nullified the growth of the lead mountain. Still, I won't count those outgoing minis. Just stating for the record (and if my wife reads this) that I do infact have a lesser amount of miniatures today than I did two weeks ago. There.

Coming up next, not much. I have a few posts for the "Inspiration" category to do during the weekend. And ofcourse, I'll be painting a bit and hopefully have something new to show next week. So far I'm well ahead of my painting schedule with 9 minis finished in week 3 of the year. Yay me...

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Yet more zombies...

MiniaturesPosted by Mattias Thu, January 19, 2012 22:25:02
Here are the finished zombies from the WIP-posts I did earlier. Not quite happy with how the picture turned out, I kept fiddling around with the settings on the camera.

From left to right, we have three C18 zombies (sculpted by Kev Adams) and then an Iron Claw skeleton guard (Bob Olley's range which was later incorporated in Citadel's regular catalogue). I really like the rat nibbling away on his leg, but apart from that I think the model is quite atrocious.

The model third from the left is a bit mangled, and also missing the blade from his weapon. Whenever I get my hands on a small hand drill, I'll fix him a new one. The left most model is actually a duplicate of one I allready painted. His arm is a bit bent, which works to his advantage making him a bit different from his brother. The armoured zombie with the shield, will serve as a "leader" type of zombie lieutenant.

Of all the zombies I've painted so far, these are probably the roughest looking lot. I think I rushed through it a bit, being slightly stressed out by timing how long painting them would take. It doesn't matter much, they look fine in a group. Here's a shot of all the lads I've done so far. 14 of them, and counting.

Yup, them pesky heroes have another thing coming - that's for sure! Once these guys get to Stillburg, they'll be joined by another seven zombies and a necromancer.

Coming up next, this weeks acquisitions. Quite a bunch, actually. Quiiite a bunch. A revised painting progress tally tomorrow! In the painting queue are aforementioned necromancer and the seven zombies. I'll start with the necromancer as I've been good and finished 9 zombies so far this year. Yay me!

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Zombie WIP, part 2

MiscPosted by Mattias Tue, January 17, 2012 08:37:10
Last time we saw these guys, I had spent about 2 hours on them, doing base coats. As promised, the next step was indeed to finish up the base coats with wood, metals and a few other things (boots, pants etc). About 30 minutes was spent on this, so that's 2.30 so far!

Next, the magic step. The Devlan Mud step! With a big brush, I just soak the whole figure in Devlan Mud. Being foul undead, I'm not too bothered by this - but I wouldn't have done this on a fancy elf. In addition to Devlan Mud, I do additional washes with Brown Wash (the old bottles with a blue cap) and Badab Black as well as Black Wash. About another 30 minutes for this step and 3 hours in total.

Once the models have been shaded with wash, I start cleaning up and finishing off individual parts of each individual model. It's quite different from the previous steps so I can't really give any descriptions but here's a sequence of pictures. The general aproach is to clean up each area with the base colour and then highlight it with a layer or two of lighter shades of the base colour. I washed the skin parts another time with purple wash too.

Finally, the models are finished. I spent about 5 hours all in all on them so far. Still have bases to do and a shield for the armoured fellow.

Not exactly happy with them, but they'll do the job. That's standard fare for me and my finished minis. I need to base them and let them rest for a while before I start to like them. The Bob Olley skeleton/zombie however will probably remain my least favourite model ever for a long time. There were even traces of fingerprints on the back of the model!

I'll post proper photos once the guys are based up and all done. After that, I'll paint MORE zombies! I'll have some variation though, as the ones I'm painting next are a newer edition sculpted by Gary Morley. Probably my least favourite sculptor of all time. I was about to call him the Herb Trimpe of Games Workshop, but had a change of heart as Trimpe is more like Olley. Oddly proportioned and a weird style, but their work have an oldschool charm.

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Planning ahead for 2012

MiscPosted by Mattias Sun, January 15, 2012 18:33:11
With 2011 over and done with, what am I looking forward to in this new year? Let's first have a run-down of the projects that I might spend time on.

Songs of Stillburg
We have played three scenarios in the Stillburg campaign so far. I have the next one properly written up, and I'm making progress painting zombies (of which there will be a lot!) but I still have some way to go before the miniatures for all planned scenarios are painted.

Here's a list of what I've got to do.
1 x Necromancer Apprentice (Talisman necromancer)
2 x Zombie Lieutenants (Armoured and shield toting zombies)
10 x Zombies (If possible I'll ditch the Morley zombies and replace them with Adams/Olley ones)
1 x Skeleton Captain (Robed skeleton)
1 x Catapult
3 x Skeleton Crew
4 x Ghouls (Got one old ghoul, the Talisman ghoul and will resort to using 90s ghouls for the rest if I can't source more vintage ghouls)
1 x Skeleton Captain (Mordini champion)
1 x Skeleton Hero (Krell, of Lichemaster fame)
1 x Zombie Hulk (That's a plastic pre-painted D&D miniature I'll re-paint)
1 x Necromancer (Actually a chaos sorcerer, but I wanted something imposing for the end boss)
2 x Wights (Using new-ish Grave Guard, if I can find cool oldschool wights I might use them instead... but I like these guys)
1 x Ghost (Using an old wraith)

I've got most of the terrain I need for all scenarios, but for one particular scenario I would love to have scratchbuilt a wizard's tower. Standard fare Pringles tube construction and all. Maybe a bit too 90s and not enough 80s, but I'll take my chances.

The last scenario will be a dungeon crawl, where I'll most likely will use the Song of Gold and Darkness supplement. I've got Dave King's dungeon floor plans printed out and would have to mount and cut them before we could play, but I have all the things I need for that.

I also have a bunch of "good guys" that I can finish at my leisure. The heroes really miss having a magic user, so I have one Aygar Mistlethaine half done.

Re-basing painted miniatures I've purchased
I've got a handfull of various miniatures I bought painted together with the spartans (or Elisiams, as I prefer to call them). They need to be rebased and finished up (a few of them had little dents and dings). Some are actually scheduled for use as civilians in Stillburg in scenario 4, so I will prioritize them highly.

Dungeon Bowl
I've had a hankering for some Blood Bowl the last few years. Last time I played was four years ago, and I really think it's time to get back to it. To make things a bit more interesting, I'm creating mixed race teams based on the ten example teams illustrated on the old Dungeon Bowl box. I will also make a new Dungeon Bowl pitch from Dave King's free dungeon tiles.

Star Wars
A long-time wish have been to set up a simple game of Flying Lead using Star Wars Miniatures pre-painted plastics. One goal for 2012 is to create two warband lists and have a trial game with two small forces battling it out. Standard imperial and rebel troops, no jedi or other silly business. Biggest hurdle is I've never actually read the rules or played the game. I've got the minis and I have a set of suggested point costs for the troopers, so it's just a matter of getting stuck in!

Olley vs Olley
When painting the three red cap goblins, I did a sneaky start on a little side project of SOBH I've got planned. It's probably the lowest priority of all I've got brewing. Basically, I want to pit a warband of Olley goblins (with pointy, red hats - ie evil little gnomes) versus a bunch of Olley's antropomorphic animals from Splintered Lands. I would need a handfull of goblins for it, but otherwise I'm all set. I might try out a different ruleset with this project; Skulldred or Faust23's upcoming skirmish battle system which sounds quite promising.

They look rather little and cute next to the Citadel gobbos they'll be facing!

Dungeon Crawl
I love Warhammer Quest, but think it's a bit too random and also don't care much for the miniature placement and battle system. Wouldn't mind doing my own dungeon crawl using aforementioned floor plans and either Song of Gold and Darkness or Labyrinth Lord for an engine. I'm well tempted by Labyrinth Lord I must say. Apart from picking rules and create dungeon tiles, I also want furniture. Good thing I got it... alas, it's unpainted!

HOTT / Songs of Armies and Hordes
Yeah, there's that project too... I've got a full HOTT army each for dwarves and for goblins. I've got the element bases needed. Now I just need time and an opponent. This is definitely a back burner project. If Song of Armies and Hordes from Ganesha turns out to be nice I'll probably abandon the obtuse HOTT system and go for SOAH instead. I don't think much will happen on this project during the year. The minis will continue languishing unpainted in their shirt-box!

Mutants and Death Ray Guns
I bought a load of EM4 miniatures in 2009. Plan was to use them for MDRG-warbands. After recently seeing the new releases from Khurasan Miniatures, I decided to move the post-apocalyptic and sci-fi setting to 15mm scale instead. As of now, I have no miniatures and no real motivation (except the "Oooh, shiny!"-factor) going for this project. It's on the back burner. I'll try to get a few packs of minis to paint up as test pieces. 10 miniatures will do just fine.

Regiments of Renown
Apart from the Mordini's Nightmare Legion miniatures I'm using in the Stillburg crampaign I'm not planning on painting any Regiments of Renown in particular this year. If I find the time and inclination, I do have a complete Harboth's Black Mountain Boys primed and ready to go though. If I find myself with some extra money, I might comission a regiment or two. Most likely, that would be Knights of the Cleansing Flame and/or Golfag's (other) Regiment of Mercenary Ogres.

More cardboard buildings
Need a few more houses for Stillburg itself. I've got a few cardboard buildings from Citadel Townscapes to complete, as well as a bunch of sheets I bought from Svennn at LAF. In addition, I have a few pieces in old White Dwarf as well as one or two from my (incomplete at purchase) Blood On The Streets box.

Larger playing surface
We currently play on a 100x100 cm surface split in four sections (for ease of storage). I'm contemplating getting either one more sheet of insulation foam and doing two more of these (which were a bit of a hassle and didn't turn out all that awesome) or just get a 4x6 mat from Zuzzy. Decisions decisions. Another option is 100x100 cm MDF sheets that I just texture and paint green.

A miniature a week!
If I fullfill any one of the above goals, I'm well on the way to my over-all goal of completing at least 52 miniatures from my lead mountain. If I buy ready painted miniatures, they do not count towards this. Comissions on miniatures from my lead mountain do, though.

So, the actual priority list looks like this:
1. Finish scenario 4 for Stillburg.
2. Write up battle reports for scenarios 2 and 3 of the Stillburg campaign.
3. Get a starting team done for Dungeon Bowl.
4. Stat up two Star Wars warbands and read the rules for Flying Lead a few times.
5. Get another starting team done for Dungeon Bowl.
6. Base up allready painted miniatures.

No plan ever survives contact with the enemy and I'm sure my fickle attention will veer elsewhere. It doesn't matter much - but I find it at least slightly motivational to state my goals. If I achieve those above, I'll be extremely pleased with 2012 from a hobby perspective!

Onwards and upwards, volles Kraft voraus and stoke me a clipper; I'll be back for christmas!

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