28 July 2015


Progress on the warband continues with a minotaur, the first of three that are needed to bring my RoC band up to their paper strength. I'm pleased with how he turned out, especially after an early setback when I didn't mix the base flesh tone properly and it separated slightly on the model. Lesson learned!

I'm still fiddling about with how to use my new light tent with the camera I have. Simply by twisting the setting dial on the top, changing nothing else, gave me all these variations!

Crazy, huh?

26 July 2015

A round up of the gang so far

I'm still playing around with using a black background, as well as the black magic that is "curves" in photoshop, and decided to use my expanding Tzeentch warband for practice. The setting for them is my newest toy, a proper photo tent thing that I was tempted into getting by Alex Haworth on the FB page in our discussion about a coffee table book of Oldhammer miniatures (more on that in future posts, you can be certain!).

It's 50cm across which gives plenty of space to fit in a whole bunch of figures. That said, I nearly didn't post these pictures as I was too impatient to recharge batteries for a proper camera (somebody ran it flat and didn't say...) and just used my rather shoddy phone camera. Still, it was nice to put them all alongside each other and see how far I'm getting along.

25 July 2015

Sorcerer of Tzeentch

Another finished model - I'm on a roll!

So far no-one has been able to identify the figure for me; do you have any ideas?


24 July 2015

Centaur - complete

Ok, it's a slightly blurry shot now that I've put it onto the computer, but just think of him galloping across the chaos wastes without a care in the world...

It's my first experiment with a black background and I rather like it.

More soon.

20 July 2015

Little and often

Yeah baby - it's that time when I regather the scattered vestiges of my tolerance and humanity from the chaos of secondary education... just in time for next term!

17 July 2015

Centaur - WIP #1

Lovers of classical mythology, like myself, will know that there are two types of centaur in Greek myth. First there are those who are wise and noble teachers of heroes (e.g. Chiron, mentor to Achilles, Jason, Theseus, Perseus and others), but then there are the others - wild, drunken, savage creatures who like nothing more than a skinful of wine and a good scrap. It is the latter to which my attention turns as I flesh out my chaos warband.

15 July 2015

Finished demon

Presenting, for your horror and sanity-destruction, Spiderwrack Warpmire, being the common name for the demon Fleo-uu'iluleu'uabl, as discovered through careful study of the tome of the Lost and the Damned...

13 July 2015

Painted... thing...

The demon progress continues. I've stuck with the purple/yellow/blue scheme that was my initial inspiration and am fairly close to being done. All that's left are the knee straps (probably yellow), spike on right hand (dirty brassy-gold) and chain around right ankle (also dirty brassy-gold). The photo has made the skin-tone and hooves look rather blotchy so I'll be checking this evening whether that is true (and adding a blending glaze to fix it) or just my poor photo skills.

What do you think to the beast so far?

Now for a name for the... thing...


10 July 2015

Ink-washed... thing...

Another step forward in the summoning of the As-yet-unnamed Thing:

And from above:

I started some colouring him in last night, using the colour palette from Dale Hurst's classic spawn from WD135 as inspiration:

Now, back to enjoying the cricket.

9 July 2015

Pins 'n putty 'n progress

Apart from one moment when the central pin holding the body to the legs suddenly gave way, just as I'd finished puttying - I was very good and restricted myself to a sigh - I had a rather smooth evening pushing the greystuff around to get this beastie finished. To be honest, I made a much better job of the replacement sculpt than I had with the first attempt which fell apart. It's now sitting at home with the undercoat drying but I thought I'd try a GIF creator with the snaps I took of the bare metal and putty.

I'm not entirely happy with the positioning of the wings - if I lined them up with the stance they tipped the model, if I lined them up with the spine (which I did) they look a little odd across the hump of the shoulders. In the end I decided "sod it, it's a mish-mash-demon-thing, it will look odd - it's got a spider's face for goodness sake!"

Or words to that effect!


7 July 2015

Regaining my pinterest

It's been a bit quiet around here lately. Mainly this is because I get to the point in the evening when I'm finished with work I've brought home and think "Too late to start painting now." My solution? Get out the knives, files, clippers, wire and glue... and dive into the bits box to make a monstrosity!

Inspired by the cut'n'shunt mastery of John Blanche and Dale Hurst and the outlandishly chaotic results that followed, I thought a Tzeentchian demon or unaligned gribbly would be the best place to start. Much putty will be added, but for now it's just metal pieces held together with pins. Many pins.

"With some imaginative interpretation of its attributes, I ended up with a
very strange-looking creature." Dale Hurst

2 July 2015

The costs of gaming - June 2015

Jan 2015  -  £00.00 (0/0/0)
Feb 2015  -  £24.99 (5/5/0)
Mar 2015  -  £46.11 (20/7/-13)
Apr 2015  -  £06.40 (2/12/10)
May 2015 -  £07.07 (-25/2/27)

June 2015
  • BOUGHT - four giant snails from Bolt Thrower miniatures £10.00
  • BOUGHT - thirteen CP models alien federation figures off a nice chap on LAF £14.00
  • BOUGHT - 12 Otherworld gnolls, 3 OW giant grubs, 2 Paul Muller orcs, and an OW Beholder off another nice chap on LAF £20.00
  • TRADED - 
  • SOLD - ten unpainted cowboys £10.00
  • TOTAL for June - £34.00   (25/0/-25)

Total net. expenditure for 2015 to date         = £118.57
Remaining acceptable expenditure for 2015 = £32.43

In something similar to the LAF lead-hoarders vow, I'm also recording the number of figures purchased versus the number painted, which is what the numbers in brackets after each month's total represents - (net unpainted acquired/painted/net total for the month). So, here you go:

Net. unpainted figures acquired in 2015   = 27
Of which, painted to date        = 0
Total no. figures painted         = 26

Net. hoarding status = -1

I didn't finish a single figure in June. Not one! And I bought thirty-five! Not good...