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  1. Finished these tonight. I think I've posted the vampire before, but I based her, so that's new. Now I am just missing three dregs, and the warband is ready to play:
  2. Making a Mordheim warband mostly for fun, as I don't have any locals to play with, but maybe it can create a little wave among the local Necro players. :D So I bought these really cool minis from Heresy. Three ghouls and a necromancer. I am going to need five ghouls total, three dregs and a vampire, but first things first. I've based them and shaded, and are currently waiting for them to dry: Based bronze skin tone: Shaded with plenty of Agrax Earthshade: Could not help myself. The necromancer was pointing at something, and I added another 'finger' from the sprue remains. Based with grey:
  3. Reaper Bones 77204 "Cassiatta" (92609 from KS II) converted with spare arms from "Grind" board game, random 40K Ork bitz, and wire I went through the Bones gallery and pinned this down as 77204 "Cassiatta" (AKA 92609 from the Bones II Kickstarter). I guess it's supposed to be a Dark Elf warrior, given the pointy ears and pointy just-about-everything and general "nasty" vibe. Original Mini from Gallery: I had some brief musings of painting such a figure up humorously with lots of stitches and scars on the suspiciously-exposed patches of elf flesh (as contrasted with the HUGE SHIELD and pointy shoulder pads, which don't seem to be viable accessories if your defense strategy is to *dodge* all the incoming attacks -- but, hey, Dark Elves are just ALL ABOUT the Dark Elf look) but I didn't do anything with it, because I've got a HUGE PILE of Reaper Bones minis and more immediate figures that need some paint. Until now. In our Iron Kingdoms / Unleashed campaign, the GM has decided to make use of Cryx (magical steampunk undead) adversaries, and I happen to have a Cryx army, but for an encounter, he wanted a Brute Thrall ... and wouldn't you know? I haven't any of those, and it seemed excessive to rush out to spend $18 on a figure that's a slightly-glorified mook that'll probably only appear in a single encounter and then only briefly. Now, a Brute Thrall normally looks like this: That's a 40mm base. Big, bulked-up undead magical-steampunk guy with HYOOGE fists, and smokestacks coming out back. However, those silly sculptors at Privateer Press came up with a "convention-exclusive" alternate-sculpt Brute Thrall (AKA the "Femme Fatale") that's on the same 40mm base, with the same game stats, but it looks like THIS: (I'm getting a slight "Bride of Frankenstein" vibe here, I think on account of the high cheekbones and the pulled-back "hair" / headpiece.) Now, I thought, I just might be able to convert something that at least looks a little like this. So, I picked out "Cassiatta" (77204) from the Bones box, because I had a female warrioress type with some exposed skin (that I could paint stitches on), some arms that are AWAY from the body (so they can be trimmed off and replaced), and she's one of the taller female figures (since while the fists will still be laughably huge, I suppose there's some vague point where if the body is too small, it would just look ludicrous). The replacement arms are spare Cygnar Runner arms from the "Grind" board game (since I was able to get it on sale, a great source of cheap plastic Khador and Cygnar warjacks as baselines for customizing for the RPG, rather than chopping up a much more expensive pewter model). They're pinned, of course, since there's no way glue alone would support that sort of attachment. The back piece is from a grab-bag bunch of Warhammer 40000 Space Orks. It's some sort of exhaust-pipe thing that might have been originally intended for an Ork vehicle of some sort, but since I don't have the vehicle to go with it, it doesn't matter much. The great thing about cobbled-together undead armies (especially STEAMPUNK undead) is that I don't have to worry about finding the exact same piece twice, because there's no enforced uniform code in the undead force; they're all cobbled together, so variety is good. For the added cables, I used my standard fallback for add-on vague-tech cabling circa the 1990s: I take a piece of safety wire (a slightly thicker gauge) and then spiral-wrap some of my very thinnest picture-hanging wire around it, and snip to length, with a little leftover space for the interior wire to extend to fit into the drilled holes at each point of attachment (and I use some needle nose pliers to carefully bend it around to something resembling a curve between points A and B). There's no need to paint it metallic, because it already IS metallic (although I went back and dry-brushed with a "platinum white metallic" for some added highlight shine). I painted the fleshy areas very pale ("Denim Blue" base, then "Snowflake White"), and free-handed some "stitches" with one of my older brushes with only 3-4 strands left together to paint very, very thin lines. ... Oh yeah, and in the actual encounter, the big bad Brute Thrall went down like, SPLAT. Hmm. Okay, so that was a little anticlimactic, but I guess to be expected. The more a mini stands out, the more the PCs are going to prioritize pounding on it, right? I still had more fun, I figure, than if I'd struggled to cobble together something from my "bitz box" that looked like a "standard" Brute Thrall. :)
  4. I actually finished these guys around Halloween, but only just got around to taking decent pics. Just basic army painting, a lot of quickshade ink in these photos. I'd been thinking about putting a big zombie into a unit of Mantic ones for a while, when I remembered the Zombogre from Bones 2. So I put him on a 20x40mm base (40x40 was too big for just him) and I think the result is pretty cool.
  5. Just a couple of speed-painted zombies. I think the second zombie's shirt probably should have been highlighted, but I didn't really feel like putting in more than a minimal effort into a couple of zombies. One thing that is kind of cool, is that the snow picked up some of the colour from the wash that I used on the leaf litter, so it's got a sort of muddy, dirty snow thing going on. Which for a couple of walking corpses is pretty neat.
  6. Just some quickly done skeletons to knock about Frostgrave. Individual pics: I will say that the axe blade came out looking quite nice.
  7. Since more people are showing off what they did last year, here are mine: Minis I painted in 2015. ( seems I have been busy) I will link them so you can check them out. http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/66228-54mm-maria-roseblade-pirate-queen-by-xherman1964/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/65908-pumpkin-witches-and-their-house-by-xherman1964/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/65484-legendarion-hyena-warrior-bust-gebhuza-by-xherman1964/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/64977-zombicide-survivor-dog-painted-as-my-boxer-brutus-by-xherman1964/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/63196-bonnie-chonoscope-by-xherman1964/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/60500-77117-vandorendra-snake-demon-bones/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/63938-kabuki-bust-ky-ra-female-barbarian-16-scale-xherman1964/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/61631-xherman1964-paints-a-ral-partha-hill-troll/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/62215-beloved-of-sobek-by-xherman1964-crocodile-games/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/61632-stygian-guardian-chronopia/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/61214-77100-vanja-fire-giant-queen-bones/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/60959-undead-regiment-in-a-swamp-mixed-manufacturers/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/60445-zombie-grenadier-horseman/
  8. As the title hopefully implies, my objective is to paint some several Zombicide Season 1 zombies quickly (for me) in January. They are going to be tabletop standard, as I want to use them for my game as soon as possible. With those goals in mind, I have taken a row from the group (4 walker, 2 runners, and 1 fatty) and begun to prep them up and paint them. The first one is complete and (in my mind) completely horrible, so no pictures of him. The 2nd one from my Jan set is another walker. I've spent approximately 2 hours on her total (including priming, no of lines). Now I've decided that I will actually do marginal line cleaning. Which will result in me having to reprimer a few of them. I base coated her a bit darker than I usually would for her base coat on the skin. I think on the next I will do that for all the colors. The rest were done normal mid tone. I then quickly applied 2-4 highlights where I thought they were needed. Then I applies a dark brownish wash all over. Followed by a 2nd wash only in the darkest areas. Next I reapplied highlights and added some details. It still needs sealer applied. But for the time I think it came out ok. I plan to follow this for the rest of my zombies, hoping that as I gain practice I will speed it up and refine it. Gore will follow on later zombies. I wanted a few relatively blood free for variety. This is my next walker. I applied RMS black primer as an experiment. With the (possible) cold winter days of the northeast on the way, I wanted an alternative to spending days cleaning and priming. I'll see how it goes. Now follows the rest I plan to paint in Jan:
  9. A couple that I decided to finish up, Mr Bones (77195) from Kickstarter 1 and the third Chton (77228) I own, this time painted as a blue flower.
  10. Hi, Ive just realized that i have very few skeletons for my d&d campaigns; I stared with Dragoth, in few days i will finish some more undead from Wargames factory and wright from GW. I think dragoth is excellent mini for main boss in d&d campaign and he is sooo cheap in bones version, sadly details are not too good (especially skulls) and i switch his head for skull from WF skeleton warriors. Comments are welcome!
  11. I finally got around to finishing up the base and sealing my KS2 Mr. Bones. He was an experiment in a few new things. One came out pretty good, the copper lantern. The other a learning experience, black robe. I learned I need to increase the volume of my dark color if i'm going to get this formula to read as black. Ah well... Here are a couple of photo's of the finished Mr. Bones:
  12. Hi all, I am continuing my quest of getting everything painted for the board game Dungeon Saga. This time I completed the expansion called "The Return of Valendor". This expansion is a continuity of the base game and re-uses the same heroes and undead villains. It only adds up 2 new miniatures: - Ba'el: an undead demon awoken by the necromancer - Valendor: some kind of deity who initially defeated the afromentioned demon and who's spirit will give a hand to the adventuring party. The painting on these has nothing really special about it (and not really worthy of a show-off. But I'm still posting for completeness sake). The spear on Valendor was very badly warped, and no matter how much I boiled/straightened/cooled it, it always slowly warped back to something awkward. So that didn't motivate me to go out of my way for painting it. For Ba'el, i didn't really expect it to come out so gory and chalky looking. But i wasn't happy by how the first few attempts turned out (too dark, not enough contrast, etc...) so i kept adding somewhat randomly layers of paint i had on my desk. And that's how it turned out...
  13. Hello again friends, below is my vision for the new Moandain, Arch Lich. Not a huge fan of the name, but I loved the concept of the sculpt when I got it in my hands. A great opportunity to work on OSL painting. He was painted with all Reaper MSP and a Reaper Round#1 brush. I realize that he's a tad on the audacious side with respect to color but after all the bugbears I've been painting, I felt like letting this lich get his nobility on. Plus, I liked the idea of his emerging from the crypt and his color changing as his form regained a solid state; perhaps his phylactery has just reached a full reboot. I tried increasing the brightness of the photos better so as to get chaosscorpion off my back for a change.
  14. This is a 20 man (well, 17 with a unit filler) unit of skeletons that I'm working on for possible use in Kings of War. It's composed of figures by a lot of different manufacturers including Reaper, Ral Partha, GW, Grenadier, Mage Knight, and WOTC. I'm using all the different makers and scales to try and make an interesting looking unit composed of more than just human remains. I am an equal opportunity, non racially biased necromancer, after all. This will be kind of a slow burn project; I'm not in any major rush to finish these for a game any time soon. This will be something to work on in between other projects. There will be conversions, and different paint jobs for the skellies; again in an effort to make a more interesting looking group. Here's the unit all together: What would be more interesting; making individual show off threads as I finish 2 or 3 figures, or just putting the finished figures in here and then doing a show off for the whole unit once it's complete?
  15. Here's the Bones ghost king I finished last night. He's done to a decent table-top standard (I hope). The base was kind of messed up, so I cut him off of it and mounted him on a resin base. It's 'cursed mountain' by ID Works, but I think they may be OOP now, since the website was closed down when I tried to google them. I got 10 of them for $3-4 all together from FRP games. I added a little bit of GS at the bottom of his robes so they overlapped the base (mostly near the skulls) and he didn't look like he was quite so 'flat'. Front: Back: Close up of base: I couldn't get a decent shot of his face, but imagine a hellish red glow radiating from his eyes. It is there, I promise. What do you think?
  16. Reaper's Dreg Chieftain. Given the crazy hair-do, a clown inspired scheme was clearly the way to go IMO. Part of a larger pack, pictures of which can't be posted due to nudity. More on my blog: http://minisbyfinch.blogspot.com/2015/11/zedvember-20151-ghoul-power.html
  17. Here is a mummy of Hakir that I have been working on off and on. Nothing special, just a tabletop job for an encounter at some point. Comments welcome! George (No WiP)
  18. Hi, I recently received the reward of another Kickstarter i backed: Dungeon Saga from Mantic. It is a dungeon crawler board game about a typical adventuring party (barbarian, dwarf, elf and mage) exploring a dungeon filled with undead and a necromancer. I really wanted to try the game, but before I felt that I needed to paint up the minis included in the base set. They are made of the regular board game soft plastic, but it surprisingly keeps a lot of details. And there is a lot to paint (between dungeon dwellers and furniture) So, my "painting strategy" was speed and efficacy. Most of the minis were simply base-coated and then applied a dark wash, with the occasional drybrush (or a bit of layered highlight on a couple of them). Also, since in the game, there are 2 identical sculpt of each minion, I tried to vary a bit the colour schemes to keep it interesting. Some minis look quite dark... but that fits with the creepy dungeon atmosphere... and dark is faster to paint too. Here are the minis: The Heroes: The Bosses: The undead minions: (love the undead dwarves) The zombies and ghosts: The Zombie trolls: Furniture and doors: In the end I'm quite happy with the result and ready to get my wife and daughter play the game with me. (until I start painting rhe various expansions...) C&C welcome
  19. This is a pretty old fellow (you can see that the paint have flaked off some places due to tabletop use) that just got a new base. I never liked the "invisible man" look, so I once upon a time gave him limbs from a broken warhammer skeleton:
  20. Here is my attempt to paint up Mr Bones from KS1 in a similar color to the artwork. Basing is rather simple. I thought I would have him walking a path like he did in the KS. My Dullcote must be almost gone as there still appears to be a shine that kills the shadows, especially on the back. Well time for a shopping trip to pick up some more. If I feel the need I'll hit is with another coat of a new can and retake photos. Thanks for looking. As always C&C are welcome.
  21. My copy of Dungeon Saga and associated extras arrived at the weekend and i have just started on some of the skeletons Here they are washed and ready to paint. They did need a bit of hot water treatment to bend them back into shape; some of them looked like skeleton limbo dancers, and they needed a foot glueing in place. I like the delicate look of the bones, and the skeleton with scythe reminds me of the old Heroquest classic.
  22. I bought this nice Vinyl RESIN kit from Solarwind. Countess Karnstein. It will take a while before I proceed, But I thought..start the WIP to keep the flow going.. Just a few shots of her compared to Reaper's Elise Pumpkin Witch for size comparison, and a shot next to my ( almost finished ) Legendarion Bust. The Countess is a large Bust.
  23. Trying a ghoul again after my repaint of the old Mage Knight Lurker This is 77053 with a head from Mantic's ghouls.
  24. Blocking in some spectral colors on this bones figure, initial step. It's my second shot at this sculpt; the first one ended in a muddy mess. :)
  25. My take on the Red Box Games zombies. They're painted with a generous amount of quickshade, gore and trying to follow this tutorial (but not with the patience or skill required to get the same result:). The first eight was painted some time ago. The rest 10 I recently finished.
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