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So recently one of my wargaming friends has been really trying to get someone in our group to kitbash together some Imperial Guard Rough Riders. Not exactly sure why he doesn't just build some and I had decided to just ignore him when inspiration hit. While hanging around some GW kit bashing forums I came across an image.
I have absolutely no idea where this image actually came from, it was a repost of a repost. In the end it didn't matter though, I knew I could pull off something similar and more importantly I could build most of the project using only pieces on hand. Only needing wheels and bases means these will be very cheap to make.
After getting lucky on eBay I have a ton of guardsmen, but ten of them just don't fit my current army. They do however fit this project perfectly. Step one was getting them off their bases and that GW plastic melting glue really made that hard. Luckily I was able to get them all detached without injuring myself.
The rest came together really quickly. I swapped out some arms, trimmed some sprue pieces, raided my bits bags, and trimmed down some toothpicks. Here is my final result.
Now the search for wheels begins.
Since I like painting when it is dark outside I normally don't take photos, to combat this and get into the habit I am starting this thread. I will post some of my recent work, including things that are 95% done and are only missing a base. Some of the photos may not be the best, but they should suffice.
Any advice and criticism is welcome.
So let us get started:
An old Pandora Metal starter set from Malifaux (and some Victoria Miniatures):
The skin for the baby was done using Mars Violet (PR101), Nickel Titanate Yellow (PY53) and Titanium White (PW6). I may have also used Titanium Buff (PW6:1)
The litle girl is sculpted with a basket full of candy, but since she is holding some scissors I decided to make it arts and crafts materials and a mirror. I went for a Black, Red and White colour scheme do to the spade on her shirt which reminded me of cards.
The black is painted using Titanium White and Perylene Black (PBk31, which is green-ish in glazes and when tinted with white), I also decided against priming the figure and used the metalic to my advantage by glazing the Perylene over it.
The redish colour is created by mixing some Quinacridone Magenta(PR122) with Red Iron Oxide(PR101).
The mirror was done with Prussian Blue (PB27, I just love how it behaves. Only one of the manufacterurs, Matise, that I can get locally sells it in acrylics due to the the pigment chemicaly reacting with the acrylic binders), and Titanium White.
The white cloth was done using Titanium White, Nickel Titanate Yellow and some Burnt Umber (PBr7).
Skin and wood is a mixture of Red Iron Oxide, Burnt Umber, Nickel Titanate Yellow and Titanium White/Buff.
Vampire sending little girl to collect blood with those scissors:
As you can see she is tiny.
Some Reaper Bones, mostly from Bones 4:
Comments on them:
- The monk and scribe were fun to paint.
- The death statue was so nice I decided to make it a summon instead, with otherworldy energy showing throught the cracks.
- The old lady with a cane had her dress done by glazzing colours (ohh look I could make it behaved similar to contrast paints for a litteral fraction of the cost. AU$10 for 60mL of paint + AU$20 for 237mL of glaze medium + some dish soap/flow improver, wonder how many cidatel pots I can make with that especially with the contrast costing about $AU12 per 30mL pot)
- The pillar has some meted bodies flondering in pain, fun to paint.
- The Red/Black lady is some Pyrole Red (PR254) + Cerulean Blue(PB35) , and Perylene Black + Titanium White, the skin is made of Mars Violet and Titanium White. Similar to the vampire lord with little girl.
- Fish lady has a pipe in her hat.
Some minor conversion
My dreadmare herbalist arrived without the cylinder, I personally didn't really like that design choice so I decided not to ask for a replacement. Instead I was going to do some "magic".
First the gap was filled with some green stuff. This involved resculpting some of the satchel on her frock, the sides of her frock, some skirt and the bag strap.
Then I painted the dress and blocked in some of the colours.
Dress: Ultramarien Blue (PB29) + Titanium White
Frock and shoes: Raw Umber(PBr7), Titanium White and Yellow Ochre(PY43)
Bag, hedgehogs and hair: Raw Umber .
After a working on and of on her she is mostly finished:
The bag recieved a glaze of Quinacridone Violet (PV19) after it was highlighted with Titanium White + Yellow Ochre +Raw Umber.
Greens are Ultramarine Blue mixed with different yellows, the minty green is made by Ultramarine Blue and Nickel Titanate Yellow.
Red is some Red Iron Oxide and Cadmium Red Medium (PR108).
You may be able to see the eyes and nose of the hedgehogs.
Perylene Black was used for the metalics.
I tried to give her some freckles, they look good from the front but I am not sure if I am to happy with one of the side looks.
The flower was Nickle Titanate Yellow + Titanium White glazed with Indian Yellow (PY139).
Practice With FreeHand
I did some freehand practice on the Bones 4 milkmaid:
This was achieved by first drawing a square with some diluted Perylene Black and then convering everthing inside and oustide it with thin layers of titanium white.
The forest was first drawn by just when blending some Prussian Blue, Titanium white and a yellow. The Perylene Black may also have been used.
The mountain was draw with some Prussian Blue and white, this was grayed with some orangy colour which I can't remember. A lighters glaze was used on the sky. Luckily this blended with the snow covered top of the mountain so I outlined the mountain with the same orange I used to gray the prussian. Then I glazed some Indian Yellow up from the mountain. This created an effect that I really enjoyed (didn't really make vissible green due to the sky being a greyed blue). The top of the dress looked a little empry so I painted a titanium white cloud that had a shadow of the deep grayed prussain at the top and a reflection of the orange at the bottom.
The freehand is the centre piece so I did not want to detract from it with the rest of the paint job.
To do this I made the dress a desaturated green, but found it to be to empty by itself.
To make it pop a little more I drew a patern on it by mixing the dress colour with a lot of Titanium White and then diluting that with some flow improve and lots of water. Then I sketched the lines with the highly translucent mixture. To further highlighty the stripes which were lost in the folds of the dress (bad locaiton choice on the vertical stripes) I decided to make a higher Titanium White mixture that had less water and dot that in each line intercept.
Now the model is drying (mostly finished) and if the weather permits I will have some nice pictures "Soon".
Such characterful miniatures they produce, I will probably spurge for some more on my birthday.
1st Picture: Some duelists. One of them is so secure in his victory he is holding his folded cloak in one hand, or is he hidding something there?
2nd Picutre: An older lady feeding some chickens, currently missing chickens.
3rd Picture: has some muscians, I did not take a close up of all of them. They each have their own chairs and sheet music. There are 4 dogs, 2 of them are holding buckets with something in them. 2 chickens, a rooster and 2 chicks
4th-6th Pictures: musician closeups.
7th Picture: That lady behind the cow did something so scandalous that the lady further back started chocking, requiring her friend to help. Otherways is just 2 milkmaids, one milking a cow and there is a really curious auroch bull looking at the bucket.
8th Picture: I am not sure if blowing a seashell horn into the ear of a person is a bright idea, especially if they are dressed like that and holding a scepter staff while you only have a loincloth. The scepter is quiet heavy and a nice weapon, just a warning.
Churning some Butter
One of the Eureka Miniatures is this boy, he is not that small but still recognisable as a child (goes up to around the shoulder of adult miniatures, so if we take into acount the base of the vampire lord he is only up to underneath his arm.)
The chemise is painted using some glazes of Transparent Red Oxide (PR101) and Burnt Umber over a base coat of Titanium White and Yellow Ochre. Everything but the close and hair has a basecoat of Burnt Umber.
The shirt is some greyed out (I think I used Transparent Red Oxide in this case) Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White.
The trouses are Nickle Titanate Yellow, Ultramarine Blue and some Titanium White (they may have been greyed out a little with Transparen Red Oxide). The trim of his trouses is Mars Violet with some Titanium White.
Now this old lady is telling us to get off her lawn, so I brightened up her day by splattering her pinkish dress with some dots.
The pink was made out of Cadmium Red Medium and Titanium White. This mixture was further lightened out with Titanium White to make the dots (lots of water with flow aid used to make them nice an easy to paint).
The lady was still grumpy so maybe she did not like those dots? Too late for her then since htey are staying, instead lets give her some stripes.
Her under-dress was painted a dark green (forgot the mixture, it may have involved some Ivory Black (PBk9) and Green Gold(PY129)) and the stripes were painted using some Nickle Titanate Yellow, Titanium White and the green mixture. To make them stand out more the shadows were glazed with some Perylene Black (I think it was that).
Some Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, Nickle Titanate Yellow and Titanium White were used to paint the wood,shoes and headscarf.
Her hair was painted using Perylene/Ivory Black and Titanium White.
Now this is not the best pictures, the hair looks washed out (it has far deeper shadows than what is seen here). The hair for left and middle is Raw Umber, Yellow Ochre and Titanium white mixtures. The metalics were some Vallejo Liquid Metal "writing rubbed out" Gold. Either old gold or red gold, but sadly my bottle has the name of the colour rubbed out.
The right lady, had her dress painted by first making a grisalis of Titanium White and Ivory Black, this was then glazed with Pthalo Blue (PB15:3).
Her yellow decoration where painted using Nickle Titanate Yellow and Titanium White glazed with Indian Yellow.
Inner Dress was a mmixture of Prussian Blue and either some Nickle Titanate Yellow or Titanium Buff.
Hair were washes/glazes of Transparent Red Oxide, Indian Yellow and Burnt Umber.
The book has some squigles that you can see in real life, but didn't come out in the picture.
The middle lady has a dress of Hanza Yellow Light (PY3) and Pthalo Green (PG 7) which I think is the blue shade.
I can't remember her inner dress.
The leftmost lady is painted using OILS, it took her a while to dry, but I just love how using Prussian Blue and then wiping the top came out for her dress. The inner dress is painted with Green Gold. Her scepter handle is some Quinacridone Magenta and white.
Some of my slowly "Speed" painted Handgunners
I spent about 10-20 minutes on the skin of each figure and then left them bare. Over the course of the last month when I finished doing some painting and had some colour left I would take one of the figure and start blocking in a section of their attire, all sections, but the skin, are highlighted with Colour used+ Titanium White. Overall I would Say that each figure took me about 30-60 minutes of paint time. There are still 2 models left (double of each sculpt).
1:72 scale Freehand
This guy is about the same hight as the butter churning boy, except he is a lot thinner (somewhat realistic proportions), I allready finished painting him. Sadly I don't have a photo of him right now, so the onnly thing I can show you is that I painted stripes on his throuses. The throuses and cape are Cerulean Blue and Titaniym White, The stripes are heavily diluted Perylene Black.
My 5 1/2 yo son is super into Batman. I had set up a Pathfinder game for the grownups, but only filled 2/4 seats. My son has shown a little and growing interest in tabletop gaming. So I made some stats for Batman as a Pathfinder character and used his LEGO Batman on the battle grid.
Here are how it came out: attributes were rolled.
Class Ranger (Urban) lvl 1
Dex 19 (+2 human)
Favored Class Ranger +1 HP
Trait: Rich Parents
Trait: Deft Dodger (+1 Reflex)
Favored Enemy Humanoid (human)
Feat - Improved Unarmed Strike
Feat Human - Exotic Weapon Prof - Shuriken
Skills - don’t remember exactly, sheet isn’t in front of me:
Acrobatics, Craft (alchemy), Disable Device, knowledge (local), perception, Survival, Stealth
Gear- I took some liberties here for flavor:
Mwk Studded Leather, Batarangs(shuriken shaped like a bat available in a lethal or non lethal variety), smoke bombs (combine thunderstone and smoke stick in one thrown item same price as both combined), Mwk thieves tools, sap, spiked gauntlets x 2 (his sharp things sticking out of his arms), Grapnel: (Light Crossbow + 50ft silk rope + Mwk grappling hook + 100gp to account for the “gnomish winch”) I would have loved to make it a hand crossbow, but didn’t want to waste two feats on exotics. I just tacked on cost to the various gear to use up the gold from rich parents and still leave him with a good kit.
He made level two and I chose an alt. Option for weapon style: thrown weapon. That gave him bonus feat of Precise Shot without needing Point Blank Shot, but I plan on adding it later.
Let me know what you think.
My son didn’t have the attention span to stay at the table for long: his cousins were in the pool, so he ended up there. My friend always plays the Cleric, but he ran Batman as a second character and had a blast with it.
By Xiwo Xerase
BattleTech is one of my long time loves for games and it's what got me into the miniature hobby. I have actually been avoiding painting my BattleTech minis for a while so I'm hoping this will give me some amount of momentum.
The four miniatures featured in this WIP thread are, from left to right:
Catalyst Game Labs Cyclops, plastic, from the Fire Lance Pack. Iron Wind Metals 20-200, Griffin GRF-6S, metal (standing in for a Griffin GRF-3M). Iron Wind Metals 20-211, Archer ARC-8M, metal (standing in for an Archer ARC-2R). Catalyst Game Labs Catapult, plastic, from the Fire Lance Pack.
These make up the Fire Lance of the Marik Militia company I have painting off-and-on (mostly off). The colors of the Marik Militia are purple, with blue highlights on one side and red highlights on another. Here's an example I've already painted:
The metal minis have been based using Iron Wind Metals hex bases. The plastic minis have been removed from their integral plastic bases and based on Proxie Models plastic hex bases. All of the minis have been glued via glue gun onto little holders I made from spare parts (PVC pipe, a wooden dowel, and washers). These are mounted via magnets on my normal painting holders (plastic tubes with a squared base). The point of the holders is for easy removal from the holders for photography. (This was actually my first time using a glue gun so if some of the minis look crooked compared to the base, that's why.)
The minis have been primed white using Reaper Brush-On Primer and then painted with a mix of Brown Liner, Brush-On Sealer, and water to show details. (All of them but the Archer were painted using a 1:2 mix of Brown Liner and Brush-On Sealer. The Archer was painted using a 1:1:1 mix of Brown Liner, Brush-On Sealer, and water.) The bases have been covered (or filled) with paver sand glued down with superglue. (I'm pretty sure I picked this up from @Weird-O.)
Here's an obligatory picture with Sir Forscale:
I've included pictures of the minis in spoilers:
I'm going to point some of the obvious mistakes to get those out of the way:
There are some mold lines that didn't get filed down. There is some detail that should probably have been enhanced (for example, filing down more on the Griffin's missile pod and recreating that detail, or drilling some of the missile launcher holes deeper). Some detail in the Archer's missile launchers has been obscured by CA glue and will need to be recreated with paint. (Gluing on the missile launcher doors was painful.) When the Catapult was removed from its integral base, it's outside toes were mangled. Neither of the metal minis are pinned. This is a pretty big mistake and will be painful if either of then fall.
Some of these mistakes won't be addressed. I'm going to live with that.
So let's talk painting. The guiding principle, beyond the Marik Militia parade scheme is "rule of cool". It doesn't make sense for weapon barrels and joints to be metallic but it looks cool. The planned colors are:
Primary purple: Amethyst Purple Blue accents: Cyan Blue Red accents: Phoenix Red Weapon barrels: Honed Steel, enhanced with the Bones metallics Joints: Tarnished Steel, enhanced with the Bones metallics Hands and other rubbers: Stone Grey Base sand: Yellowed Ivory Base rim: Gem Purple
I'm still trying to decide the cockpit glass color. On the other Marik Militia minis I've painted (like the Black Knight above), I've just used Adamantium Black.
(An aside about base rims: When I paint BattleTech minis associated with a particular fashion, I paint the rim of the base a color based on the faction. Since the Marik Militia are part of the Free Worlds League Military (except for when the League doesn't exist), the base color is purple. I have a spreadsheet of faction colors I made some time ago, before the Bones paints came out. It uses some HD paints that aren't going to be rereleased, so I'll need to revisit that.)
The challenge here is to paint all four minis to tabletop, in a timely manner, and without drybrushing (except the base sand, which will be drybrushed). Let's see if I can finish this by, say, the end of July.
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