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MojoBob last won the day on September 11 2013

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  1. Here's an old Medieval wargaming miniature from the 1980s, produced by Essex Miniatures. Essex were among the first to start producing larger scale 28mm miniatures, although they actually advertised them as 25mm. Up until then, 25mm had been the standard, and Essex armies towered over their opponents on the wargames table. Basing systems had been designed for 25mm figures too, so Essex figures tended to be very crowded on bases designed for the smaller scale. They tended towards rather caricatured, cartoonish features, but I always rather liked them, except for their horses which looked a bit small and spindly underneath their gigantic riders. Eventually they also started producing 15mm miniatures which were also excellent, and a lot more affordable than larger scale armies.
  2. I have minis half-painted that I started painting more than twenty years ago and got sick of. Some of them I eventually finished, some I still haven't. Some I probably never will. I wouldn't stress out over it, really.
  3. When I worked in the Canterbury Museum's display department back in the late '80s, we were making a lot of large moulds of all sorts of things (bones, mostly), and making them entirely out of RTV was cost-prohibitive. What we did was skin each piece in RTV for maximum detail retention, and once cured, we smoothed on layers of silicon caulk smooshed through burlap sacking as a reinforcing material. A couple of layers of caulk and burlap was generally enough to make a reasonably firm, strong mould, and the caulk is one of the very few things that will actually stick to RTV. The rubber skin-moulds were further supported in a plaster matrix for casting. It's a process that takes a few days; the caulk takes time to cure with each new layer. But it does make a very strong and relatively cheap large mould.
  4. I'm pretty sure this figure must have come from Reaper's first Bones Kickstarter, because they had real trouble with facial features not filling out properly in the mould on a number of the miniatures. This is one such. In Reaper's catalogue, this is 80003: Ellen Stone, by Bob Ridolfi, but I always call her Jenny No-Nose because, well, she has no nose. Rather than try to fill in her missing features with paint, I've just painted her with a flat rag-doll face with no eyes or nose and just a gash for a mouth. She's a Weird West gun-babe.
  5. Next up on the Bones-painting production line is this one, 77261: Bat Demon by Bob Ridolfi. At first I was going to paint him classic devil red, but I went with green in the end to give it a more serpentine look. I don't know why I wanted that; there's nothing very serpentine about the sculpting, but there you are. The heart has its reasons. The wings and elevated position make this figure a bit more imposing than its stature actually warrants. As far as its body goes, it's just very slightly — if at all — larger than the average Reaper bloke.
  6. Cutest froghemoth ever
  7. It's mostly cheating :) I spray the whole thing black, then do a zenithal (highlight) spray in white from above. A black wash defines any lines that the spray has filled in, and then I do a semi-dry-brush in pure white to pull out the highlights. That gives me a black-and-white figure with all the tonal values in place, which I then colour with transparent inks. After that, it's just a case of going in to highlight anything that needs highlighting, like the claws and teeth and the edges of the rocks and what-have-you. And that's about it. It's not a process that will work for every mini, but for mooks like this it's very quick and easy.
  8. Here's another of my vast stash of Bones figures, now splashed with paint. This is a very quick and unfussy paint job, and not really a very good one, but it will do the job. It took me about half an hour. It appears in Reaper's inventory as 77258: Blood Demon, but it seems pretty clear that it's based on an AD&D minor demon called a Babau that I first saw in the MM2, published in 1983.
  9. I've just been painting 77141: Townsfolk: Oswald the Overladen, and I'd really like to see a complete set of bearers and beasts of burden in the same vein. Maybe three or five variations on human bearers, and maybe a couple or three each of pack mules and camels. The animals could be quite easily varied by making individualized pack-loads to go on generic beasts — it would be a bit more difficult to do that convincingly with human bearers though. Of course it would be great to be able to get sets of each of European(ish), Arab(ish) and African(ish) bearers. My PCs really need a plentiful supply of poorly-paid peons to carry their stuff and be eaten by monsters.
  10. I've painted this figure before — I got two of them in one or other of the Bones Kickstarters. Both of them ended up with decidedly unhappy facial expressions, but of the two this is the one that looks the least trustworthy. He really seems to be holding a grudge against his exploitative employers, and no wonder.
  11. It's just a couple of coats of a vallejo blue wash over a cerulean blue base coat. I kind of "puddled" the wash on, rather than brushing it out smoothly, so that it gave the kind of mottled effect. Then I reinforced various lines and creases with dark blue ink. Easy-peasy.
  12. 77034: Kieran Tallowmire, Wizard, by Bobby Jackson Here's another wizard from one or other of the Bones Kickstarters. I've had him sitting on my work-table for ages, and I thought I'd better get him out of the way.
  13. Reaper calls this guy 77174: Leisynn, Mercenary Mage ($2.49) by Tim Prow. There are some, however, who call him..... TIM!
  14. I have no memory of who manufactured this little guy, nor where or when I got him, only that it was a long, long time ago. About thirty years, I think. This is a re-paint, to improve on a much older and crappier paint job. I've glued the original urn to a steel washer to provide a bit of stability, which it did not have much of to begin with. The image on the far right is for scale, photographed next to Sergeant Measureby with his +2 Spear of Measuring (5mm increments)
  15. Will it be possible for users to adjust the visual look-and-feel after the new forum upgrade? I've found that the new look is much less compact than the old; I can see much less content per screen, and I'm having to do a lot more scrolling to get to where I want to be. That might seem like a trivial concern, but it's an irritation nonetheless.