Monthly Archives: February 2015

Freja Fangbreaker, Dwarf Warrior: Figure 137 of 265

Chris Palmer

     This week I started the Dwarves Set, and painted the female warrior, Freja Fangbreaker.  I prepped this figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish- soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying.  I then glued the figure to a 1” black-primed fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and glued the washer to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of Elmer’s White Glue.

     I began by painting the body of the figure with black, and when dry, gave it a heavy drybrushing of Ceramcoat “Metallic Pewter”. I then went over this with a lighter drybrushing of Folk Art “Silver Sterling”.

  Next,  I painted the plates on her skirt, her belt buckle, and the rivets on he shield with Ceramcoat “Bronze”.  I then painted the inside of her shield with Ceramcoat “Walnut”, the two ax handles with GW “Vermin Brown”, and her loincloth with Apple Barrel “Apple Blue Spruce”.

     I then went on to paint her flesh with Americana “Shading Flesh”, and her hair with Anita’s “Burnt Sienna”. I painted her belt and the straps on her shield ax with Americana Asphaltum, and the pouch on her back I painted with DecoArt “Cinnamon Brown”.

    I went back and painted the circlet on her head with the “Bronze.  I then gave her hair, skin, belt, pouch and ax handles all a wash with Winsor-Newton “Peat Brown” Ink. While the ink was drying,  I added some highlights to her loincloth with a mix of the original “Apple Blue Spruce” with a little Anita’s “Baby Blue” added in.

     It was now time to do the eyes. I painted the sockets black then added whites with black pupils.  I then moved on to highlighting the hair. I first gave a drybrush with the original “Burnt Sienna”, then I used some Accent “Golden Oxide” to added some lighter highlights.  I then did the highlights on her skin, first using the base “Shading Flesh, and then mixing in a little Apple Barrel “Apple Flesh” to do lighter highlights.  I did some quick highlights on her pouch with the base “Cinnamon Brown”.  I now worked on finishing up the metals, first highlighting all the parts I had painted “Bronze” with Cermacoat “14K Gold”, and then going back and doing some final highlights on the rest of her armor and weapons with the “Silver Sterling”. Lastly, I painted her white integral base with the “Asphaltum”.
      I let the figure sit for the rest of the day, and before I went to bed I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”.  The next morning I flocked the base, and late that afternoon I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote.

     I like how this little lady turned out.  I wanted to really make her look all about the metals, with only a minimum of parts painted non metallic colors;  and I think that really came out well.

   As many of you may have heard, Reaper is now shipping out their Bones II Kickstarter boxes.  I’m in Wave 6, so it will be a while before I get mine.  Once it arrives, it will be a real job to stay on task finishing up Bones I.  I’ve been debating with myself whether I want to showcase the figures from Bones II that I paint on this forum or not.  I don’t plan to be as deliberate about completing the entirety of the Bones II figures as I have been about Bones I; and in fact plan to trade some off to some friends.  But I was just wondering if folks would be interested in having the occasional Bones II figure highlighted on this blog as well as the rest of the Bones I ones.

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Jamie’s and Kurt’s Brits begin to force a crossing…

Jamie’s and Kurt’s Brits begin to force a crossing against Bruce’s and Chris’ Americans.

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Duncan’s War of 1812 game.

Duncan’s War of 1812 game.

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Various factions in search of loot.

Various factions in search of loot.

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Pillaging sheep.

Pillaging sheep.

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Six player Saga game at club night.

Six player Saga game at club night.

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Back to Bones, Briefly

Rob Dean

My box of Bones from the second Kickstarter arrived yesterday, so I decided that I had better prepare by finishing a few more of the Bones from the first Kickstarter. I think it’s safe to say, at this point, that I could run fantasy skirmish games or Dungeons&Dragons with tactical displays ad infinitum…

In this first shot, the Burrowing Horror in the front is a new figure, with the balance from Bones I.

In this second shot, the basilisk, third from the left, is new, and the remainder are from Bones I.

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GW 28mm Lothern Skycutter to 10mm Elven Airboat Conversion

Chris Palmer This week I completed a conversion project that I’ve been working on slowly over the past couple months, that involved converting a 28mm Games Workshop Warhammer “Lothern Skycutter” into a 10mm Elven Airboat.  I had purchased this model for a very reasonable price from a friend’s flea market table at the BARRAGE gaming convention, with an eye to using the boat portion of the kit for my 10mm Elf fantasy army.

The kit’s box

    I began by assembling the boat, and making a few modifications.   First, I trimmed and re-positioned the rudder handle, so it would sit low enough for a 10mm figure to use it.  Secondly, I took an old Games Workshop Warmaster Elf Repeating Bolt Thrower and cut it down so it would mount on the prow of the boat.  I gave a friend the large bird that was part of the Skycutter kit .

The assembled model.

  Instead of using the typical GW base that came with the kit, I glued the airboat’s flight-stand to a 3”x 1.5” base suitable for use with the “Bear Yourselves Valiantly” mass-combat Fantasy rules.  I then went through my box of spare figures and selected some individually based 10mm Elves I had to use as a crew.

The finished airboat.

 I spray primed the boat and crew with flat black primer (I wish I had used white!) and painted the boat in a dark blue, white, and yellow scheme, and the crew in a light blue and white uniform.

The airboat shown flying over some 10mm Elven troops.

I painted the crew and boat separately; and after painting was complete, I glued the crew in the boat.  I added some scraps of lead, cut from a figure’s base long ago, to the base of the boat to add stability, and blended them into the base with a little putty so they would resemble little hills.  Afterwards I flocked the base.

A close-up of the crew.

    I’m pleased with how this project came out.  It will add some powerful air support to my Elven forces.

A shot from the back angle.

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Saving Wee Willie Winkie By GASLIGHT

Chris Palmer This past Sunday Buck Surdu hosted a GASLIGHT game as a going-away event for a friend of his who works for the State Dept. and is about to be deployed overseas.  The game was set in the Northwest Frontier, and was a followup scenario to a previous one Buck had ran in which British troops were tasked with saving Wee Willie Winkie from the clutches of the evil Pasha.  In this outing, the British troops were on their way back to camp with Wee Willie Winkie when they are ambushed by the Pasha’s men and some Russian advisers who have supplied the Pathans with some Steam timberclads

The scene early in the game as the Brits from up their defense. My troops are seen moving off on the left, while a force of Sikhs move up to hold the center, and the Lady Hussars take the right.

     I played on the British side, commanding two units of Punjab infantry, a light steam tank, and Captain. Caruthers.  The Brits decided to form into a defensive lager, anchored on several key terrain pieces, while withdrawing Wee Willie Winkie to a safe distance far from the front lines.

Some of the fierce fighting around the point of the British inverted “V”.

   On the British right, part of the column get separated from the main body  and valiantly held out the entire game against repeated attacks from two units of Russians and their Steam Lorry. The rest of the British line ended up in a shallow inverted “V” , with the point of the V on a hill in the center of the table.  The British left was anchored on a large outcropping , but the right, held by the Female Hussars ended up with out a secure anchor.

My troop unleash a volley at a charging unit of Pathans.

    A fierce battle developed in the center as the Pathans threw their weight against the Brits holding the hill.  The fight seesawed back and forth.   Meanwhile, where I was positioned on the left, I was able to hold off the Pathans facing me.  After a couple devastating volleys from my troops, the Pathans contented themselves with holding their ground and sniping at my troops at long range.

The Pathans facing me resorted to sniping from the hills.

  When the time seemed right I decided to counterattack, launching my one unit of lancers in  a flanking maneuver around the large outcropping securing our flank, and attempting to take the Pathans in their flank as my infantry charged forward and hit them in the front.  

An overview of the table at the height of the battle.

  My cavalry successfully decimated the first unit they hit with the aid of some  volleys from some Highlanders positioned nearby, but my mounted troops then came up against the decimated unit’s Leader, The Big Khan, who started slicing his way through my horsemen like they were butter.  Only the intervention of the Major in charge of our force saved my horseman, and defeated the Khan.

Wee Willie Winkie being guarded by a unit of Highlanders.

This unfortunately delayed the cavalry, so that my infantry was caught charging  across the open terrain without the mounted troops providing a flanking force, and I ended up taking some serious casualties.  Luckily, at that point the game was called as it was dinner time.  The Brits were declared the winners, as even though many of our units were chewed up, the Pathans were no where near Wee Willie Winkie, and in fact had been severely mauled themselves in the battle.

The Big Khan slices through my cavalry, before going head to head with the British Major.

  Everyone had a blast, and the game was a lot of fun.   Thanks go out to Buck for hosting, and his wife Candy for providing great snacks throughout the game and a nice dinner afterwards.

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Elladan, Elf Ranger: Figure 136 of 265

Chris Palmer

This week I painted Elladan, Elf Ranger, from the Elves set.  This wraps up this set, and so it joins the list of completed sets over on the right.  Next up are the Dwarves.
       I prepped this figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish- soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying.  I then glued the figure to a 1” black-primed fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and glued the washer to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of Elmer’s White Glue.

     I began by painting his under-tunic with Amerciana “Asphaltum”. I then painted the outer tunic with Americana “Avocado”.   Next, I painted the cape’s lining with Accent “Deep Forest Green”, and then his leggings with Americana “Butter Pecan”.

  I now proceeded to paint the outer cape with Americana “Forest Green”. Then I painted the leather armor hangings (?)(Not sure what they are.) at his waist and shoulders with Apple Barrel “Yellow”.  His shoes, belts, scabbard and pouch I painted with  Accent “Mustard Seed”.

 I then painted the leaf decorations on his leather armor with Apple Barrel “Burnt Sienna”. I also painted his face and hands with GW “Elf Flesh”.  After everything had had time to dry, I gave his skin, belts, leggings and shoes and sleeves a wash with Winsor Newton “Peat Brown” ink.  I then gave his leather armor hangings a wash with Iron Wind Metals “Chestnut” ink.

   When the ink was dry, I painted his hair; first mixing some Americana “Sable Brown with some Ceramcoat “Walnut” together to do a dark first coat.  I then drybrushed this with the base “Sable Brown” and then gave it some lighter highlights with the “Butter Pecan”  I then worked on doing highlights on his outfit.  First I added highlights to his outer cape with.   Americana “Leaf Green”. I then mixed some of the “Forest Green” with the “Deep Forest Green” to do some highlights on the cape’s lining. Next I mixed a little Americana “Olive Green” with the “Avocado” to do highlights on his outer tunic.  I added highlights to the leaf decorations on his leather armor hangings with some Americana “Burnt Orange”.  Next, I did highlights on his belts, shoes, scabbard, and pouch with the base “Mustard Seed”, and his leggings with the base “Butter Pecan”.  Now I finished up the face and hands, painting the eyes white with black pupils, and then adding highlights with the base “Elf Flesh”.  I ended this step with painting the grips on his weapons with the “Walnut”.
     I then worked on the metals, first painting the hilts, his buckles, and the scabbard tip with Ceramcoat “Bronze”.  I then went back and added highlights with Ceramcoat “14K Gold”.  Next, I painted the blades with Cermacoat “Metallic Pewter”, and then added highlights with Folk Art “Silver Sterling”.   Lastly, I painted the little ball on the end of the sword hilt with Folk Art “Metallic Emerald Green”.   I painted the figure’s white integral base with Americana “Mississippi Mud”.
      I let the figure sit overnight, and the next morning I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”.  Later that afternoon I flocked the base.   The next day I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote.

   I’m generally pleased with how this figure turned out.  It was a nice simple figure to work on.

Figure 136 of 265: Complete

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