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    • By Rob Dean
      I painted some scenery things two weekends ago, but haven’t touched a miniature in a couple of weeks.  I also cleaned my desk ...
       

       
      so that I could use it for a work-at-home station.  I finally cleared the computers again yesterday, unrolled my hobby mat, and painted a few more Prince August figures.  I’d like to get a skirmish game on the table using all new work soon, so I will start preparing a few opponents.  Because these figures are small and the detail ranges from soft to non-existent, I’m playing around with a more-than-usually abstracted style with them, hoping this will look well in the overall tabletop setting.  The three figures here are from the Men of the City and Wizards molds.
       

       

       
    • By Rob Dean
      So, a couple of weeks ago my brother decided that he wanted to learn how to cast his own figures.  He’s been sculpting, you see, and if he gets anything he likes, he’ll need to be able to reproduce them.  He dug out a few Prince August fantasy molds I’d given him the last time we had this disucssion, but this time he ordered a melting pot and some lead-free pewter and actually cast some models.
       
      To help him out, I was giving him tips remotely, and I also set up my gear and did some casting as well.  I haven’t been painting much during the pandemic for various reasons, but I decided that I would do a handful of test models from the casting sessions.  I’m not entirely sure why, but I also decided that I would paint them using my limited palette travel paint set (~15 colors).  That seemed to unstick the painting block I’ve had.  So, here they are, with a Sir Forescale looking rather like an ogre to show how small they are.  Left to right, figures are from the molds for Wizards, Female Adventurers, Heroes and Fighters, Men of the City, and Barbarians 2.  I didn’t time them, but they were running 45 minutes to 90 minutes each.
       

       

       
      This early series of Prince August molds consists of 21 molds making about 57 different figures, depending on how you count them and whether you can find older copies of some of them.  They’ve apparently lost or worn out tooling for some of them, so they currently sell a few molds with two figures that used to have three.  I’m now idly wondering what sort of game I would staff using them exclusively; clearly one not using anyt large non-humanoid monsters, since there are no molds for such.  
       
      The next sample batch has some dwarves, a cavalryman, and enough spearmen to start looking like a unit.  If I get that done, I’ll set up some goblins, orcs and trolls to be able to deploy a skirmish game.
    • By Rob Dean
      I gave my older son a copy of the de Bellis Antiquitatis 3.0 rules for Christmas, and he has been inspired to dust off our joint 2009 project to do Egyptians vs Hittites in DBA. That did entail rebasing some chariots, and it looked like they might look lonely on the 60x80mm stands (vice 40x60 we had been using), so I painted 8 Egyptian infantry to serve as chariot runners and put two on each base when I rebased yesterday. 
       

       
      Since I had some unfinished Libyan archers from BITD, I dusted them off and did four as two light infantry stands, to start an opposing army of my own. 
       

       

       
      I picked out the rest of the Libyan foot last night, but they’ll need a chariot converted from an Egyptian one (most likely).  
       
      In between those tasks, I also put a quick paint job on a Bones hordeling, who looks like he’ll be happier facing 1/72 scale opponents than heroic 28+mm figures. 
       

    • By Rob Dean
      I’ve been finishing up miscellaneous projects off my bench lately.  Here is the first of the late Roman (or Romano-British successor kingdoms) infantry:
       

       

       

       
      The actual castings are a bit rough; everyone is made from Prince August or Dutkins Lil Army molds, and most of the figures are assembled from multiple pieces.  I’d be interested sometime to know who thought that it would be a good idea to cast small 25s with separate heads and weapons...
       
    • By Tordelback
      Last few days of the second Triumph of Death kickstarter.  The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, new character minis, skeleton cavalry and foot units for a 28mm metal Renaissance-style skeleton army, inspired by the art of Peter Breugel, Holbein and Durer, with more than a nod to Minifigs' classic Valley of the Four Winds. 
       
      If you don't want wargaming units, there's a pledge level for one each of the core 13 models: they are the very definition of characterful. You can also get all the minis from the first kickstarter as add-ons.
       
      Among many gaming achievements, Thomas Foss is also responsible for the recent Medieval Killer Rabbits kickstarter, which went down well around these parts.
       
      Not affiliated in any way, but I backed the first KS, and all the minis were great, communication was excellent and delivery was prompt.  Well worth a look!
       


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