Sunday, 23 September 2012

Super J Charity Miniature

I know this post isn't about something i've been working on but its for a great cause so i think it deserves a mention.

I came across a fellow blogger who had this miniature sculpted in the image of his son, who has rare genetic disease called Friedreich's Ataxia. This is a degenerative disease that attacks many areas of the body, including the brain, spinal cord and heart. There is currently no treatment for Friedreich's Ataxia and it is a life-shortening illness, so he's trying to raise money for the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA).

He is selling Super J minis on eBay, where all proceeds will be donated to FARA. Please take a look at his blog and his ebay page for a better explanation of the cause, and how to buy these Super J minis. Mine recently came through and it really is a great cast and i'm hoping to start painting it up soon. I hope i can do it justice and get somewhere near the superb quality Simon Bradley at Stone Cold Lead has done.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

28mm Colonial Building, Rorkes Drift Finished

I've stuck with the colour schemes and i'm pretty chuffed with how this has turned out. I've added some static grass, a few tufts, and some barrels and crates, I hope you like the finished pictures...

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

28mm Colonial Building, Rorkes Drift WIP

I've almost finished painting the building and just have a few small details to finish off. But i'm not sure on the colour of the roof, what do you think, does it look right? I'd appreciate any comments....

Thursday, 9 August 2012

28mm Colonial Building, Rorkes Drift WIP

I've been wanting to make a building for the Zulu wars theme for quite a while now and after putting together a card mock up, i found some time to crack on with a finished piece.
The walls etc were made from blue 3mm foam board, engraved with random areas of dressed stone, then covered with a render effect. I  used a watered down mix of tile adhesive for the rendering, which i applied in 3 thin coats, sanding inbetween, to get a decent textured effect. I left areas of the stonework showing through to get an aged look and will help to break up the white render when it comes to painting time.
Things like the door frames and window shutters are scratch bult from balsa wood, as was the front planking, which i engraved with a boarding effect.
I wasnt planning on putting interior walls in but they do give it a bit extra strength, so i made them with big opening so they wouldnt take away any skirmish space.
The thatched roof was made using towelling, and there are many tutorials on the web explaining many methods, but i basically cut strips and used watered down PVA to glue it in place. 


I think the scale looks ok for 28mm figures, and i'm sure it could be used in many settings. I'm looking forward to getting the time to get this painted, and i'll be adding some crates and barrels around the exterior to add a bit more detail...

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Artizan WW2 Commandos

After my varnish nightmare back in June, I stripped these guys back to the metal and started all over again. I finished the flesh areas last night and managed to get a good days painting in today to get these far. With the Olympics on in background i had a good bit of inspiration, and chuffed with how fast these boys have come along.

Hopefully I'll get them completed tommorrow and be able to post some finished shots up in evening

Friday, 3 August 2012

Praetorian 40K Objective Markers

Ok, so here's the last one if finished making up. I've had to do a load of green stuff to get it right but i think it serves its purpose. I originally had the idea of a wounded Praetorian being dragged to safety but with my limited green stuff skills and the limited poses of the metal Praetorian models, i went for the next best thing of a guy being picked up by his legs prior to being dragged to safety.

I basically took a running trooper, cut off his arms and head, repaired his torso with some green stuff scuplting, added some plastic arms from my bits box and finished with some epaulettes.

His legs were bent into shape a little and his head reattached to a downward facing position. The casualty was a standard one with his legs bent into a just lifted postion.

I'm happy with the result and how they turned out. I had another chap on the go, but i've decided to put him on the back burner until these chaps are painted up. Here's a few more shots of all the conversions before the primer coat goes on tomorrow..

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Praetorian 40K Objective Markers

In a moment or two of conversion madness i've been working on these objective markers. To be honest i'm not sure how they could be used, but i just liked the idea of each piece. I have two more on the go, but there's alot more conversion and green stuffing to be done til they're finished. I'm sure they'll look better when painted but these WIP shots give a rough idea of what was going through my mind at the time!

They are mostly made up from classic GW Praetorians, but there's a dead Foundry horse, a Renedra barrel, and my favourite has to be Ernest Carrying his wounded comrade (a Scarab Miniatures piece) to which i've added some Praetorian details such as boot straps, and epaulettes.  

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Praetorian Conscripts 40K

I managed to get round to finishing this group off this week, with just the varnishing to be done. I'm quite happy with the results, i've puposely put off varnishing until the wet weather backs off a bit. I dont know if thats caused my problems, but i feel better waiting!

Next up is some Praetorian Casualty and Objective Markers....

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Praetorian Conscripts 40K

After the other nights varnishing disaster, i immersed myself into painting these Necromunda braves. The idea is for them to be used with a 40k Praetorian Army, and to try and tie some of the colours in with the regular army. The trousers and webbing were the most logical items, so i continued with the blue and white colours as shown in the Army pictures. (I apologise for the poor quality pictures, i must take some better shots of te completed army at some point!)

There's still a fair bit to do on these, boots, webbing and all the fine detail bits. Not quite sure what i'll do varnish wise when their finished!  

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Varnish Nightmare !!!

I tried varnishing these guys up and had one of 'wish i didnt' moments. As my previous posting explained i normally use a semi sheen acrylic, followed by a coat of dead flat testors. For some reason i couldnt get rid of the sheen and tried more coats of testors. Nothing would get rid of it so i tried an old pot of Humbrol Matt, and as you can see it completely ruined one of the figures. I really dont know what to do now, i dont like the sheen finish but i'm reluctant to keep putting more varnish coats on... I'm thinking of stripping them back and starting again.....

Friday, 29 June 2012

Artizan WW2 Commandos

Wow these boys flew along, and now they're pretty much finished. All ready for varnishing and just the bases to finish. I normally use two coats of varnish, an acrylic first coat of a tough wearning matt coat, followed by a coat of testers to get that dead flat finish.

Hopefully i'll get these boys all done tommorrow, and some more pictures up in the evening.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Artizan WW2 Commandos

I noticed i didnt have any WW2 figures to show with my terrain pieces, so i bought a small contingent of British Commandos from the Artizan range.

The figures themselves were nice and clean, with very little flash, and nicely detailed. The heavy machine gun crew will all be together on a 60mm base, but it'll be easier to paint them up individually first.

Based, primed, and with flesh areas base coated and washed. I'm looking forward to painting these guys up, and all the Vallejo uniform colours have come.

There is some WW2 terrain i'm planning on making, so these commandos will help with the theme nicely.