He was one of those minis that I picked up to paint individually whilst working on some bigger groups to relieve the monotony. There are a few excellent painted examples of this Dark Demon to see online but a few of (the awesome ones included) were way too heavy on the highlighting on the skin for my taste. I tried for a bit of a more muted (realistic?) approach. Great muti-purpose beastie.
Tribute or Rip Off? Well, I’ve no line on that really but I do like the frequent tongue-in-cheek (non-subtle) popular culture references that CMON play with when creating survivor characters for their Zombicide games. Zombicide Black Plague is no exception (I couldn’t wait to paint up the Monty Python chaps).
Last year I tackled a further batch of survivors. Still quite a few to go. A lot of competition for painting time going on though, especially with Conan in the pipeline which itself has been supplanted as the ‘focus’ by Mythic Battles Pantheon… Oh well. At least I curbed some build up of the plastic mountain by selling on Zombicide Black Plague Green Horde and Massive Darkness as soon as those KSs arrived. And then Rising Sun arrived. Oh dear.
In no particular order…
I remain stumped with how best to approach multi-basing 15mm for Hordes of the Things (HotT) and DBA whilst still retaining individually based miniatures. A future, and no doubt longer and inconclusive, post will follow at some point on that specific subject.
However, not all game systems are quite so tight on the basing criteria. A recent foray in to Of Gods and Mortals (OGAM) by Ganesha Games is pretty flexible on both size and shape of unit bases. So a few experiments based on magnetic bases with regards to HotT led me to try something similar.
- Flexible for various base sizes (infantry on washers, pennies and steel-paper based squares, cavalry on steel-paper based rectangles and tuppences or washers – i.e. all with magnetic properties).
- Flexible enough that casualty removal is an option and unit sizes can vary yet still ‘look’ okay.
- Strong enough magnetically that miniatures can be transported on the unit bases (which is also based with steel-paper for transporting in file boxes lined with magnetic sheets).
In the end I made two sizes. The one pictured is the larger and can accommodate around 8 cavalry or 12 or so infantry. The smaller is about half the size. Note – these are for “Open Order” troops in OGAM. I have the rectangular 60mm x 40mm (and other depths) for “Close Order” units (see Future Post regards HotT/DBA basing…).
What do you think?
I remain a big fan of the Demonworld 15/18mm range of fantasy miniatures (and still have a few kilos to paint up) available from Ral Partha Europe. Since they started selling individual models I have been plugging a few gaps in my collection. In the future I’ll be supporting my gaming friend Sam at 15mm Skirmish Supplies who shares my passion for a) Demonworld b) 15mm scale c) skirmish level games in 15mm where duplicates are not desired. He has launched a store selling skirmish packs from a range of manufacturers including Demonworld. Kudos.
Below is a mix of barbarian and Empire types I finished not too long ago. In both cases these are reinforcements for existing warbands already profiled somewhere else on this blog.
A visit to Nottingham back in 2016 involved a trip to both Games Workshop and Wargames Foundry. Due to my lack of investment in the current GW offerings (LotR aside) it was Foundry that got my money.
I picked up a few bits and bobs including this guy, part of what was a new range for them – Warmonger. This is one of the Ogre/Great Orc Character models – General Snartharang. Really big and really detailed. So when I was looking for a more challenging mini to paint I opted for him. I may have gone OTT on the colours but hey, orcs are allowed to enjoy fashion too!
A post with two purposes I guess. One a further nod to Battle Valor. Presented below is their human NPC character pack which, as you can see, has quite a good range of useful humans to populate your fantasy world.
Secondly was to highlight a new offering from Thierry Ponsenard (Khardin on the 15mm Fantasy Facebook page) who has produced his first two sets of 15mm fantasy miniatures – his new site and the miniatures can be found here – Khadrin’s Miniatures. He has basically got off his butt and done what so many of us would like to do ourselves. So kudos to him. My two sets arrived last week and they are very finely detailed and well cast minis.
The reason I mention BV and Khadrin together is obviously the NPC theme of non-combatants for your table. BV would appear to have human’s pretty well covered and now Khadrin adds colourful orcs and elves. He is currently mulling over “what next” so I thought the pics of the painted BV humans might be helpful.
First off, the Battle Valour minis;