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    • By Maledrakh
      From WizKids' line of Nolzur's Marvellous Miniatures comes the "Treant", which is D&D-speak for Ent, or Treeman if you are more familar with Warhammer.
      I find this mini looks angry and scary, not like a benevolent living tree shepherd at all. A malevolent one, on the other hand, fits the bill precicely.
      And seeing as I have been painting undead halflings and there is a strong historic connection between Halflings and Treemen as allies; so undead treeman.
      Hence,  Torchwood the Furious here.
       
      Go on, you know you want to go on:

    • By Maledrakh
      The next batch of little tykes off the 2018 TTCombat Halflings and Fantasy Friends-kickstarter:
       

       
      more pics beneath the click
       

    • By Maledrakh
      Mat and Pat of the City Guard. Or whatever Reaper calls these minis. So far the only names I have for them is Bones 4 Core set #14 and #15.
      STOP PRESS: Upon actually checking the internets, it seems that they are already available cast in metal, and called "City Guard (2)". A no brainer, really. They are quite obviously just that.
       

      I think I should have done the edging on the lower parts of the tabards differently, the blacklining did not turn out well at all. Looks better unmagnified IRL though.
       

      'Alt raht there Guv'ner. You're not gettin' in 'ere dressed like that!
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      B4Core #14 and #15 City Guard
      Reaper Miniatures, Bones 4 KS 2017
      Sculpted by Bobby Jackson
      Bonesium PVC.
      30mm round lipped base
      should be available from reapermini.com some time in the future
       
       
    • By Maledrakh
      In the grand scheme of things, this Ogre Palace Guard proxy for Kings of War Vanguard turned out to be a Half-Ogre Fighter when I googled it.
      Number 4 on the Bones 4 core set graphic, but no official code as of yet.
       
      B4Core #4

      The casual, brute strength on display straight-arming that shield like that!
      As you can see, I had problems with the gradient on the shield. Not really satisfied with that at all.
      He is about the size of an older style Ogre. I rebased him on a 40mm round I printed out.
       

      The armour is thick, and the shield is broad. Weak at the neck, and under the arm ...and behind the legs!
       
      I wonder if the upper parts of the chest, between the plackart and the gorget, are meant to be bare flesh and not armour? It would probably look wierd if I painted it like that though.
       
      B4Core #4 Half-Ogre Fighter
      Reaper Miniatures, Bones 4 KS 2017
      Sculpted by Bobby Jackson
      Bonesium PVC.
      40mm round lipped base
      should be available from reapermini.com some time in the future
    • By Maledrakh
      Late last year TTCombat, the wargaming supplies branch of Troll Trader, the large and successful British miniatures shop on Ebay, held a kickstarter campaign called "Halflings and Fantasy Friends".
      This campaign featured... well, Halflings for the most part (duh!) and also a buch of monsters. All in a cartoony style, in resin and all at suspiciously low prices for a large quantity of minis. As in £60 for over 100 models! In resin! (even though they are halfling sized, that still is insane pricing.)
      Since TTCombat is well known for making inexpensive but fair-to-good quality stuff (mostly MDF terrain and such up until now) and has Troll Trader behind it, I turned a blind eye to the waving red flag of Too Good To Be True prices and took the chance, going for the RPG pledge and a couple of packs of monsters. The RPG pledge consisted of 10 or 5 each of a number of hafling types and undead halfling types, plus a general and a necromancer mini.
      And I am happy to say that not only did TTCombat deliver more or less on time (only a shortish delay on this one!), but also the minis are good quality in a resin with a slight flex to it (I suspect it is the same kind that Mantic uses) and that is both easy to work with and quite forgiving if you drop the model.
      Here are the first ones I have finished, the 10 halfling ghosts:


      There were three different versions, but the collation was not optimal. I got only 1 of the middle one, 4 and 5 of the other two types. I believe the collation is better in the other unit types I got.

      No! Boogermen! Stay away from me!
      I really had no issues with preparing the models for painting, apart from one of the three ghost types having a thick gate going up under the skirt, so to speak. Luckily they came off with a little snipping without damaging the models. I did not need to break out the saw. Lots of vents to snip off, but they did so without any problems. Very little mould lines or bubbles. The worst was actually getting the mould release agent (some kind of silicon) off the minis, a simple scrub-a-dub-dub was not enough for some of the models.
      This lead to the undercoat being partly rejected on parts of a few of the models. A further coat on the affected areas did the trick though.
      The minis came with square bases. I used my own 3D printed 20mm rounds instead.
      The resin they were made of was white and light grey, so I painted these with a black undercoat, so I could see that everything was covered. They I gave them a heavy white zenithal, so they were mostly whiteish.
      At last I could use that Nighthaunt technical paint ( I wonder if this actually is more or less the same as the new Contrast paints? I do not have any contrast paints so I can't really check.)  I gave them all a goodly coat of that, drawing away the larger pooling with a damp brush.
      When this was dry I thought they were too pale, so I drybrushed them carefully with Reaper Clear Yellow using a flat brush. This gave the much brighter, almost glowing effect I was after. I painted parts of the chains with a bit of Scalecolor Trash Metal to highlight them a bit as translucent metal.
      Experimenting with different eye colours, I settled on blue-in-blue, as I thought it looked the best to carry across that these are mostly lost souls endlessly looking for their second breakfasts and not really all that evilly wrathful.
      They are cute little tykes. Albeit in a cartoony style.
       
      Halflings Spirits
      TTCombat 2018/2019
      Resin
      20mm bases
      Should become available from TTCombat in the future.
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