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Painted up an old mini I've had forever. Pretty much just slapped some GW contrast paints on him, with a few metallics (Vallejo Gunmetal and Chrome), and some Reaper Walnut Brown for the eyes.
Down Under We Are Behind
A couple of months ago the Mortal Realms magazine finally got to Australia. Near that period of time I also brought some Wargames Atlantic skeletons. Now that it is deadcember, I decided to post some of the figures I have painted.
GW: Stuff I already had
I had these GW models from when they came out, (also have the wraiths, which are 90% finished, so hopefully I should post them in the future).
GW: Mortal Realms 1 (Chain Rasps)
Being in Australia, where chain rasps cost 70AUD for 10. The first issue of Mortal Realms (6AUD for Chain Rasps and SigMarines). Well it was hard to pass up on the value, especially since I do enjoy the chain rasp aesthetic. This were speed painted with oils. So that was a nice experience. The painted wanted to wipe itself off, but it was a lot faster than if I did it with acrylics.
Now the chain rasp kit has one option for one of the ten chain rasps. Yes, it's insane how much it costs for such a limited kit. I know it is push fit, but so are the Sigmarines and they come in the same size of sprue. So being left with one nice large piece, I decided to modify the figure. Using green stuff I sculpted some robes, one hand and the weapon. A paperclip acted as arms and weapon shaft.
Wargames Atlantic: Skeleton Archers.
The variety of bits on the sprue is quite nice, sadly there is only enough bows to make 8 bowmen. And the weapon variety can be said to be lacking (e.g. only ancient greek weapon, and one helmet option). I am sure you could modify some of the spears to make a long bow, but then you would be either missing some arrows or a quiver. I decided to make the maximum amount the box permitted. The helmeted head is the unmodified version from the sprue.
Wargames Atlantic: Javelins
There was some modification on the javelins, spears. I followed a guide that was advertised on the Wargames Atlantic site. I did go a little further, by cutting one spear in half and passing both halves onto a shield arm (figure pointing). All the shields are freehand, and based on some website that had designs that were broken down by time period (I think, they were from vases or murals).
Wargames Atlantic: The pike, that has a special name. I forgot said name.
I may have put the shields with the semicircles missing, the wrong way around (got confused with a different shield). I noticed this too late, and did not want to modify the figures or repaint the designs. Once again he helmet is the one from the sprue. There are only eight of the pikes on the sprue, but in the end I decided to have only 6 figures hold them. The reason will become apparent later.
Wargames Atlantic: Heavy Spears.
Now, I started doing some modifications. The spear arm of the horn blower was heavily modified, including the cutting of a thumb and using a bit of cut off sprue to make the proper one (to make it a left hand). All but the helmet of the sword wielder are the modified versions from sprue (with the decorations being either fully removed or modified, all the decoration types were based on some helmets I found on the internet).
Wargames Atlantic: Dancing Devils
Now, I was a little bored of making just skeletons. The kit comes with eight ram skulls. I decided to use 6 of them to make some devil figure, I decided to make them look like if they were dancing. Furthermore, to make them more devil like, I decided to give some of them amazing decorations. This is where the cut of pieces from the helmets became useful. In the end I was going into more of the medieval dancing skeletons.
December has only just begun but this year's ornament is already finished. Unlike previous years I decided to wait until the piece was finished rather than run a WIP thread. With the little one being a lot more involved this year it certainly made things easier. Our daily progress was also lower too as you can only keep a two and a half year olds attention for so long.
Starting out I knew I wanted the little one to be more involved this year. Plus she's certainly been showing more and more interest in what I've been doing at my desk lately. With a bit of thinking and planning (something we all know I usually avoid) I came up with a concept that would give her a lot of "big" areas to paint unlike my other ornaments which were just little figures that require "precision".
That's right I really did plan this build. As you can see I'm no artist but it does show off the concept. My plan was simple enough, I'd build a small rooftop complete with a "Santa" that would fit inside an ornamental bulb.
Using plasticard I made a roof and chimney that fit snugly inside the bottom/lid of the ornament. I added the appearance and texture of bricks to the chimney using thin squares of cardboard. For the figure itself I simply used a GW necron I had leftover from an earlier project and with some greenstuff I sculpted a hat and toy sack. Lastly I covered the lid with masking tape and primed it.
Once it was primed and ready for paint I could finally get the kid involved. With a bit of brush assistance from myself we quickly found our rhythm and started painting together. Unfortunately there are not a lot of progress shots. Most days I just completely forgot to take one and on others the little one was just so excited to keep going. I did get one after we finished the chimney's basecoat however.
After that we painted the roof, the toy bag, the red portion of the hat, and the silver metallic. The white of the hat I did myself at one point while she napped.
So far she had really been enjoying the project and seemed to like painting together but I was not prepared for how much she loved applying the wash. I'm not sure what it was but she really liked splashing the dark wash over everything. I guess dirtying up a model is just satisfying.
After that we applied a little drybrush to the bricks. Everything was nearly finished but the fine details remained, so alone I quickly painted the eyes, chest, and the Christmas lights. After applying a bit of snow flock our ornament was complete.
In retrospect the "lights" were a little too close together on the back, but as it only truly obscured my name it wasn't worth redoing.
We put the bulb back together and hung it on the tree. I think it doesn't look too bad. It's certainly an improvement over the previous years, almost as if my skills have improved.
Happy holidays everyone.
Dark Tide - An Ongoing Painting Project
Starting another WIP thread for my other major ongoing project - Dark Tide: a nautical 5e campaign.
While my other project, Frostrun, at least got a few sessions in before pandemic put a stop to in-person games, Dark Tide is my pet project that's been in the works for going on three years. I have pages of world building notes and have been collecting a ridiculous amount of minis to populate the islands and port towns of the world. Here is where I will document some WIP as I start painting through the minis and build myself a fleet of ships to accompany them.
I would love to hear feedback or hear tales of your own nautical adventures. And feel free to share photos of your own maritime miniatures!
A major part of this project is building a fleet of ships. I have attempted this in the past and abandoned the project when I became unsatisfied. I have recently restarted this project, building on my knowledge from the first attempt. You can follow my progress here:
Moonglow Builds a Boat
Troubled Waters - an Introduction to the Seas
For centuries, the kingdoms of Cellion and Aridia have warred over the seas that separate them. For the last 100 years, a shaky truce has kept war from the water. But rumors have surfaced that the Aridian Emperor is dead, and tension once again brews over the waters between.
To the east of the mainland lies the Great Sea Wall, a vast expanse of jagged rocks, stretching high up out of the ocean. Beyond this wall are the Wild Seas. The waters are violent and dangerous, and terrible creatures inhabit the depths. Few have reason to travel these forsaken waters, and fewer still are brave enough to attempt it.
It is said that long ago, Chrona, the goddess of death, forsook the seas. Drowned souls are doomed to swim the waters for eternity, never able to rest. Because of this, sailors have a healthy fear of the seas they travel, and go out of their way to rescue the bodies of any who die at sea. Only proper burial on land can carry their souls to the other side.
Yet for all the danger and risk inherent in sea travel, many find its call alluring. The open ocean, the promise of new land, and the rumor of lost treasures from times long ago. But for those attracted by treasure, nothing is more alluring than the lost treasures of Captain Dread. The legendary and fearsome pirate king was rumored to have hidden an immeasurable horde of treasure on the island of Istishia. And yet the island's location remains a mystery. And as for Captain Dread? He vanished, along with his ship, and the knowledge of the Istishia's whereabouts.
Captain Ulysses Ashe
Captain Ulysses Ashe is said to have sailed alongside the infamous Captain Dread. Word around Port Venture is that he's looking for a crew to man The Bloodhawk. And rumors say he's going after the lost treasure.
Frost? Who is this Frost guy? This is Captain Ashe! Every crew needs its captain.
In the role of Captain Ashe, we have Barnabus Frost, Pirate Captain 77132
But our captain here needs a proper base, and he's missing something pretty important...
... ahh much better! A base as symmetrical as his needed some green stuff to blend it out. I'm not the greatest at it but it works. Also made a hat for the first time! Found a guide on the interwebs of someone making pirate orcs and the hat seemed pretty simple. Just flatten out a small circle of green stuff, press it on your minis head, fold up the back flap, then fold the front two sides. Easy peasy!
Just need to let that Green Stuff cure before i can prime and paint.
Ghosts of the Drowned Souls
With the seas forsaken by the goddess of death, the drowned souls are doomed to swim for eternity. Here they are easily picked up by all manner of dark being promising them an escape from their eternal suffering.
"You best start believing in ghost stories."
No pirate campaign would be complete without some ghost pirates! I was painting up a demi-lich recently and loved the ethereal wisps i ended up painting on it. So i felt inspired to paint up some other ghostly minis.
Finally decided to put some paint on the Ghost Pirates from Bones 4.
I started by gluing them to bases and blending the edges in with some super glue and baking soda.
I have started trying to think about what i'm going to paint before priming and choosing a primer based on that. I typically prime grey but figured it'd be useful to prime these ghosts with white so i'm giving that a try.
Going to paint up the ethereal wisps with a bluish-green color and transition to a more traditional physical paintjob on their clothes and bodies.
Also, if it wasn't obvious, I decided to paint over the translucent. I've avoided the translucent minis so far because I wasn't sure how to handle them, but I think I might end up being in the camp of painting over them. I think i can both control the paint better that way, and will enjoy the end result better.
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