Thursday, January 17, 2019

Painting Tin Men Fleet from Ravenstar Studio

A few years ago I painted a fleet of ships for a charity auction at a game convention out East.  I volunteered to paint another fleet this year and was give a fleet of Tin Men ships from Ravenstar Studio.

These ships have a robotic crew, so I wanted to make sure they had a look that matched that idea.  In my head, this group of ships has been assigned a guard post in a distant nebula and have been stationed there for millennia.  The constant exposure to the corrosive elements in the nebula have taken their toll on the ships and they show the wear and tear.  (I know this may not make scientific sense, but it sounded good in my head).

The ships have interesting designs and I was happy with the paint scheme.  I hope whomever won them at the auction enjoy them and put them to good use.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Painting a Balrog for Lord of the Rings

I've had this Balrog model sitting on my shelf, half finished, for many years.  With the release of the new edition of the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game, I thought it was time to get this painted for use with my Moria Goblins.

I did a little modification by removing the flames from the back of the model.  I just used modeling putty to fill the gap and then molded it to match the rest of the lava like surface.

I'm very happy with the results of this model.

Monday, January 14, 2019

I picked up some Frigian Ice Trolls from Battle Valor Games a while ago.  I finally got around to painting these up.  These are great looking models that were easy to paint.  I went with a blue paint scheme to fit the ice troll theme.

I will use these for a variety of games and a couple different armies.  My Frigians (Norse-type warriors) will ally with them for sure, but I can also use them in a beastmen army or they can just serve as monsters in other armies.


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Painting Stompas from Games Workshop

Epic Warhammer 40,000 holds a special place in my heart.  The models are fantastic and the scale allows you to play truly "epic" battles.

With the new release of Adeptus Titanicus from Games Workshop, I decided I need to dust off some of my old models and paint a few things up.  The new edition uses a different scale and currently only has Imperial forces (loyal and traitor), but I figure I can use my old models and make some adjustments to use Orks and Eldar as well.  I will probably just use the rules as written and substitute some appropriate Ork (or Eldar) models for the battle.

First up in this project were a few Stompas that could serve as knights in Adeptus Titanicus.  These can also just be used as themselves in my existing Ork army that I can use for Epic 40k, LaserStorm, Future War Commander, Horizon Wars, or any other game I decided to use them with.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Kings of War Vanguard - Unboxing the Giant Pledge

You may not know this, but I really like miniature games.  I have a lot of miniatures.  I mean A LOT of miniatures.  I'm sure that if you are reading this blog, you also have your own collection.

My problem is that even though I already have piles of miniatures, I can't seem to turn down new miniatures.  When Mantic Games announced their Kickstarter for Kings of War Vanguard, my ears immediately perked up.  I ended up backing at the Giant pledge level which gave me models for 4 factions and an awesome giant model.  There were about 100 models all told, plus a variety of terrain.  As it turns out, there are some really nice models included.

I still have not played the game, but I am currently working on painting the abyssal war band.

Here is a sneak peek at my paint scheme.  Videos on how I paint these models will be posted in the future.

Below are videos showing off the models that came in the Kickstarter.

Unboxing the Abyssal Warband and Giant Model


Unboxing the Nightstalker Warband and Blaine Mercenary


Unboxing the Basilean Warband


Unboxing the Northern Alliance Warband


Unboxing the Scenery Pack

Monday, January 7, 2019

Painting Stone Walls from Mantic Games Terrain Crate

Terrain is an important aspect of any miniature game.  I have a reasonable collection of 28mm models and I'm always looking for things to add to my terrain collection.

Several months ago, Mantic Games had a kickstarter for several Terrain Crates.  Each option gave you terrain for a different table top theme.  I went in with a friend and we got 3 of the crates.

The first models from these crates to hit my paint table are these stone walls.  Linear terrain is great because is breaks up line of sight and movement without taking up a big footprint on the table.  It can also provide models a defensive location (maybe with some bonuses) depending on the scenario being played.

These models are well detailed (if a little bent) and will work for a variety of games.


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Building a better paint rack

If you've painted miniatures for long, you probably have collected lots of paint bottles.  I've got more than I would like to admit, but still not as many as some of you.

Either way, I needed a better way to store them.  I want to have them easily accessible and still be able to see what color I'm grabbing.  I used to have a couple of MDF paint holders which were great, but as my paint collection has grown, they are full and I want to get more paint in the same space.

My wife gave me an idea about using cut PVC pipe for my bottle of Army Painter and Vallejo paints.  This doesn't work for GW's pots, but I don't have a lot of them so this works for the majority of my paints.

I cut the PVC into 1 3/4" lengths and glued them together.  These hold about twice as many bottles as the MDF holders I previously had, but take up the same amount of space on my shelf.

This is an easy project that anyone can do.