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  1. I have been painting these as long as the others, but have lots of photo cropping. Currently painting the sacrificial victim from the Islanders set of Children of the Field... it was separate from the rest of my minis from that kickstarter. And also a (n unofficial) time lord companion for a variety of "normal" female minis. Pics later
  2. I've had most of these in some state of finished for a while now, but it took me some time to lay hands on a Dragon Plant. But here we have the entire verdant army--not so much tree creatures or fungi, but bosky flowering herbs and forbs. First up, some Vardu plant-people from Hydra Miniatures (while they specialize in retro spacefuture sci-fi, they have some other treasures). A Warrior and eight Sproutlings. More angles: The sproutlings come in two sculpts, but the whippy vine-arms are easily posed and bent. The Warrior comes with an extra head option (petals closed), which I have used below. Next, some Creepers from Crooked Dice! These are magnificent shambling Pod People. I tried to give the fleshy-petaled 'head' a louche, unwholesome look, like something pollinated by carrion beetles. A couple of more sessile forms, maybe an earlier stage in the lifecycle. Couldn't resist the red-and-white color scheme. The Death Star Lilies (77504) are brilliant sculpts--the open and closed form of an organic bear-trap. And the Dragon Plant is clearly related, with the serrated petals and sticky anther lure. Group shots of the less anthropoid plants: And the whole Triffidoid faction:
  3. Coincidentally, I had this figure very nearly done two days ago when the sad news of Diana Rigg’s passing was made public. It always was a tribute to her incandescent portrayal of Emma Peel in the old British TV show “The Avengers”, but now it’s a memorial as well. Requiescas in pacem, Ms. Rigg. The figure is “Pandora King (Classic)” from Crooked Dice miniatures. Crooked Dice has a minis game based on cult TV and they’ve produced a lot of different figures suitable for that sort of storytelling.
  4. Fishfolk Fisherman and Fishfolk Fishwife from Crooked Dice. The fisherman, in oilskins and sou'wester, is a perfect blend of the Gorton's mascot and his product. The bug-eyed fishwife with cleaver was a delight to paint, especially the Atlantic salmon. A shot of some of the Waite Fish Packing Concern's employees, featuring some old friends from RatTrap and BlackCat: The Real Housewives of Innsmouth (including a repurposed Bonnie, 50293, with improvements upon her previous appearance): and one of just the fellas: Golly gee willikers I love painting fishmen. Special credit also to the Dreadmere Fishing Boat, 44032, the perfect touch for the setting.
  5. ...and whilst gathering Firewood of an evening, I chanced to see a glow from a clearing a-nearby and hear sounds as of Chanting; taking it upon myfelf to enquire further, and creeping to the edge of yon Clearing I beheld Gooddame Wembley and Goodwife Jessup comporting themfelves oddly round a curious ring of stones; likewise with them was an uncanny Moppet malign of afpect, conftructed of string and rags, and also Effigies of wood and bracken made, which same did appear to move of their own Accord as though they had Volition, and did consort with thofe worthies... ...Prefently there appeared from out the Foreft a Hierophant, chasubled and mantled with vainglorious trappings akin to any robed Prieft of ROME, with a Ram's skull to mask therewith, and brandishing an Axe with Divelish cries and ensorcellments moft terrible to hear, which Cacophony was join'd by the other two and likewife a black Cat which wove in and out from between their legs... ...Anon came forth a monstrous Fiend, in shape like a Man from the Belly upwards and like unto a Goat below, crook-legged, hoov'd, and hairy, unclad, and similarly with a Countenance like that of a Ram's from shoulders upwards, the skull being without Skin or Flesh, yet do I atteft this was in no wise any mask, but its veritable Head undisguif'd; and the three of them did make obeisance to the Thing and venerated it abandon'dly with blafphemous Rites more Hellish and vile than thofe of the unregenerate Heathen, and the wooden Effigies did dance the while, and the Moppet also... ...whereupon with clean Conscience I could endure to see no more, and fled. Thif I do atteft before God and before the Affembly to be a full and complete Account of my Experience in the wood that night, and affix my Hand thereunto, the same being --MILES WIGGLESWORTH his mark X. Another from Crooked Dice! I've posted Dita (80006) and Estra (60198) last Fall in the Early Modern Monster Hunters series, but Crooked Dice's Wasteland Cultist and Goatman are new. (There's an almost identical mini to the Cultist in the 'Children of the Fields' line, but I like the more tattered version here.) The Goatman is just straight-up creepy in a way that many more overtly brutal or vicious sculpts are not. No demon genitals are visible on the model but I have placed the full frontal view in a spoiler just in case.
  6. "The science of computronics progresses every year! Why, if my projections are accurate, by the far-flung year 2020, these computing machines could have ten times the processing power in a space a third of the size! With advances in magnetic tape and vacuum tubes, every home could have a computer no bigger than a large desk. The slide rule will be obsolete, and logarithm tables a thing of the past! Just imagine--with the power of a global network of thinking machines, the lucky people in the utopia of 2020 will live as gods, having solved all of society's ills." These are some righteously retro MDF set dressing pieces from Crooked Dice. They require some assembly. I got the Cooling Panel, Quad Databank, Corner Console, and Computer. Tried to paint them to look a bit gungy and used, like they're in a damp, condensation-prone basement and a technician has probably spilled coffee on them once or twice. Great for underground bases, nuclear launch sites, ground control, power plant operations, etc. Click for assembly info:
  7. The Cursêd Earth cries out in bitter torment. Little grows in the poisoned soil. The rain is a caustic joke. Roving gangs of marauders and mercenaries squabble and kill for the pettiest of gains. ...But that doesn't mean that people in this bleak hellscape can't accessorize! These are the Lady and Gentleman from Crooked Dice's apocalypse line. I painted them up in schemes evoking Peter Perfect and Penelope Pitstop, from "Wacky Races." I love the rag-wrapped viola on Peter's back--a fragile souvenir from the Before-Times. The dumpster is Reaper's, 49036. It is a magnificent piece of municipal infrastructure. The lids open and the hatches slide. The shipping containers are 80036. I love doing rust effects! Should probably try my hand at graffiti sometime. Not like the apocalypse would have changed the fundamental nature of unruly teens.
  8. Fe fi fo fum, here come the Giants! Ignore the bases, they are temporary until the Sons of Behemat codex releases and I know what I can proxy them as. First up we have Devin Townsend...er, the Kings of War Giant. Then the former Otherworld Giant, now produced by Crooked Dice Games. And a very iconic piece of loot:
  9. Another Kickstarter from Crooked Dice. This expands their well established "TV7" line with new rules, new figures and the chance to buy old ones at a discount. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/c87-3/argonauts-7tv-programme-guide-and-miniatures?ref=discovery_category_newest I've backed several of their projects and always had good, friendly service with excellent figures, so I shall be having at least a few of these. Something to keep me happy for the next few, isolated weeks!
  10. Nearly missed this: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/c87-3/colony-87-the-third-wave-28mm-sci-fi-civilians?ref=section-games-view-more-recommendations-p1 Colony 87 by Crooked Dice. 12 days to go and they have comfortably passed their funding goal. Nice looking SF figures, nearly all non-military types. I'm all in!
  11. On the good advice of @paintybeard and @lexomatic I took the plunge and got the Villains 3 set from Crooked Dice. It contains a Cold-War era cycloptic Squid Man Agent as well as a mad biologist (see elsewhere). And you never know when a violent young lady will come in handy, so I also got one of their Savage Schoolgirls with hockey sticks. I've done better faces and skin, but I'm pretty pleased with the tattered stockings and skirt. Whatever this squidfella is asking, Miss Blunt-Instrument is having none of it. Here's a turnaround just for the squid-man and here's one for the savage Sixth Former. I should put some blood spatter on that stick and shirt!
  12. The no-nonsense body language on this late Cold-War henchlady from Crooked Dice is priceless. She is Very Serious about her job. And apparently her job is to guard a Very Serious Door (80052. I've bought a couple of these in Bones and the floor always warps, but the arch and hatch are solid). What's behind the door? Whom does she work for? These are questions for Man to ask and God to know. Me, I like to imagine she's from an alternate-history paramilitary branch of the Girl Scouts, and that door conceals psychoactive-laced cookies, the judicious distribution of which can topple governments. ORRRRR maybe just some Soviet minion guarding a weapons vault, but where's the fun in that.
  13. From the Villains 3 pack from Crooked Dice: a mad scientist's mad scientist. Shock of hair, beady spectacles, manic grin, pet baby shoggoth. I'd long lamented the fact that none of my mad scientists were specifically mad zoologists, but NO LONGER. Again, kudos to @lexomatic and @paintybeard for the tips. Stolen and reverse-engineered Mi-Go technology has allowed remarkable breakthroughs in the field of Brainservants.
  14. Last of my Crooked Dice shipment! I had no original intention of getting these when I looked through the site, but they were too good to pass up. Punky little sniper lady? Sure thing! Rastafarian with a chain gun? YES PLEASE. Gas-masked wanderer in a post-apocalyptic three-piece tweed suit and bandolier? DON'T MIND IF I DO!! A turnaround for Seong-ja the sniper: For the Babylon-battling Brother Jonothan: and for Neville Kingston-Brown: And a group shot of all the Wastelanders to date:
  15. Crooked Dice are running a VERY short kickstarter for only 4 days starting tomorrow evening: I love the look of the thug on the second right, probably going in for the whole set. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1039850061/pulp-heroes-and-villains-28mm-miniatures
  16. I've been working on these guys for the last couple of nights when I haven't been watching Stranger Things...
  17. I LOVE this figure! This is Kate Stewart, daughter of Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, the long-time character on "Doctor Who" played by the late Nicholas Courtney. Played by Jemma Redgrave, she is the head of scientific research in UNIT. (Crooked Dice is one of those places that plays coy with minis, so they call her "Department X Cuckoo") I love this figure because I love the character, but also because it is a terrific mini of a middle-aged woman of authority, suitable for a prime minister, president, or other important female-type person with dignity. She reminds me of some of my older relatives and certain executive and presidential women I have met. I did not take pictures of my basic prep: gluing the mini to a base (I am dissatisfied with my gluing so far but I think I have an idea how to improve it in future), priming thinly with Titanium White, and washing with Burnt Umber. I was so excited to get started on her I painted her face and hair straight away. This is a new approach to blonde hair for me. I mixed quite a dull color from Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, and Titanium White, and it seems to have avoided the brassy look some of my blonde hair has had. I also have been noticing, looking at people, that you rarely see such a made-up eye with dark liner all around as is often painted on minis. Watching the actress, who has very dark eyes, I noticed that she had quite a dark line of lashes above her eye, but almost invisible below. So I am trying that as a look.
  18. This is one of Crooked Dice's many classic British television homages. Crooked Dice calls him "Hugo Solomon (New Version)", but he is pretty blatantly the actor Jon Pertwee, who played the third incarnation of the Doctor in "Doctor Who" from 1970-1974 (with a return guest appearance in 1983). Whoever the sculptor is captured an amazingly close likeness. I painted up the figure, however, not as the Doctor but as a weapon-shunning magical-academic type for Shadowrun, the cyberpunk game. Although I was trying to paint the figure as not-the-Doctor, between the player's clothing color choices and the highly accurate portrait sculpture it totally looks like him. Well, with rather darker hair and blue-violet iridescence in his hair and on his cloak. Somehow it just seems to make him look more like the Doctor. WIP thread here.
  19. These are three different miniatures representing Jon Pertwee's Doctor from "Doctor Who". Pertwee played the third incarnation of the Doctor from 1970-1974, with a guest return in 1983. So there's a cute story here. My husband is playing a sort of an academic in a Shadowrun game, someone a little flamboyant but not into weaponry or the usual Shadowrun visual tropes. I mentioned that the Doctor would be a pretty good proxy for that sort of thing, and he found me Crooked Dice's unofficial (but a very good likeness of) Jon-Pertwee-as-the-Doctor figure (as well as a good number of other Crooked Dice figures as a gift). The character won't be painted up quite like the Doctor (although as it is turning out the resemblance is pretty strong). So to satisfy my slightly pedantic interest in having a figure of one of my earliest favorite Doctors to go with my Reaper Bones police box, and also to have a couple of figures to test things on, I pulled out two Black Tree Design miniatures of the third Doctor that I bought last year. So I have here three completely different miniatures of the third Doctor: a modern 28mm unofficial, fairly realistic and dynamic one, and two 25mm licensed and official but somewhat cartoony and more static Old School ones. Here they are based, primed, and washed with Burnt Umber to bring out the details. The faces are only roughed in, but I think this might be the only picture I took of them all together where you can see the wibbly-wobbly scales. I very quickly fixed up the faces. I think an argument could be made for the Doctor wearing gloves, but I prefer bare skin for his hands. I am trying to give the Shadowrun not-Doctor darker hair. I painted darker hair on the other two too, because I've found it makes a more realistic-looking undercoat for grey hair. I lightly brushed a little light brown over the Shadowrun not-Doctor's hair and mixed up a transparent cold not-quite-black from Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna and washed it over the parts of his outfit which will be black. I find I prefer blacks to be made from multiple layers of dark transparent colors rather than solid opaque layers of a single color. So there will be more colors added to this clothing.
  20. For my birthday my husband gave me a collection of classic British TV homage characters from Crooked Dice. On the site this figure is called "Pandora King" and is painted up as a blonde in a grey and vivid red outfit, but when you look at her lines she is pretty clearly supposed to be Diana Rigg in this outfit as Emma Peel from the old show "The Avengers". I was so enthused about painting her that I got her well started before I took pictures. I primed her white and washed her with Burnt Umber, then did her skin in complex mixes of Titanium White, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, and Red Oxide. I haven't painted her eyes yet. I also rinsed her hair and outfit over with pure Carbon Black. It's not quite as monochrome as it looks in the photos.
  21. It was hard to get much done this week, with everything happening with our kitty. But I did get a few things finished. As always, thoughts, opinions, and thrown pottery welcome. Crooked Dice - Scary Statue, Hiding Crooked Dice - Scary Statue, Pointing Crooked Dice - Scary Statue, Frightening Crooked Dice - Scary Statue, Frightening IWM - Viking Chieftain IWM - Viking Archer IWM - Viking Raider w/ Axe IWM - Viking Raider w/ Spear
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