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Chronicles of the Wayfarer: New 15mm Fantasy Miniatures and Painting Competition!

Chronicles of the Wayfarer is a forthcoming range of rather nice 15mm fantasy themed miniatures. Fellow gamer and painter John M put me on to the range and encouraged me to join the ‘launch’ painting competition. So the images you see here are those that I recently entered into the competition.

First off though, the miniatures. They differ from most 15mm offering in that they are produced in resin. At this scale resin has it’s draw-backs – it’s light and fragile. It does however still share the benefits of larger models in that the level of detail and to an extent pose options, are far greater. And detailed these minis are.

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Practical scenic backdrops for gaming table “Dead Zones”

Some of you may recall from an earlier post an early ‘test’ at creating a backdrop for one of my fantasy city terrain boards. Link to post.

Here is a pic.

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Started playing around with making a scenic backdrop. Getting there…

The effort composed simply of Photoshopping some matching Dave Graffam art with some perspective artwork found online in order to achieve a sense of continuation from the ‘playable’ board. As you can see from the photo this works quite well and deserved further exploration.

However, it did have one draw back – backdrop or not aside, when placing terrain against a ‘dead table end’ like this does create a lot of dead space around that set terrain (i.e. you have a full depth building jutting against a wall where only the frontage is going to be useful in game terms).

Model Railway enthusiasts conquered this issues aeons ago for the same reasons with ‘low relief’ terrain/models. In effect, cut the terrain in half.

So with that in mind, combining the previous efforts with Photoshop and slicing a number of pre-built Graffam models in half, I made a panel that both compliments the terrain on the board and still plays an active, yet less intrusive, part in the game space. Pretty pleased with the result.

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Another Northern Wind: Rohan, Vikings and a very old Citadel miniature

I was struck again more recently with a similar wave of all things ‘Northern’ that struck me when I painted for and penned this earlier post. I can’t fully explain where the notion comes from exactly but on this occasion is was prompted by joining in a new SAGA campaign at the local club.

I didn’t ‘need’ any more troops per sae but is was an excuse to paint up some LotR minis I’d bought off eBay (dirt cheap), a random Wargames Foundry Viking (£1 at Claymore 2016) and a re-paint of one of my oldest miniatures from Citadel.

First up, mounted Theoden from Games Workshop’s Lord of the Rings range.

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Ugly, Nasty, Vermin from Splintered Light

Anyone that knows this blog (or me) will know I am a big fan of Splintered Light Miniatures and have painted, more recently, quite a few human dark age and fantasy offerings from them. A long while ago I picked up some packs of their brilliant Woodland Warriors range (technically 20mm but lets not get too picky).

I painted them up years ago – all ‘goodies’. They have been without proper opposition for quite some time. I’ve dipped in and out of the Woodland Warriors and painted the odd one or two here and there but only recently (on the back of a ‘completist’ order made with SLM – thanks David) I painted the bossman for this swarm.

So it was about time a decent force for the ‘baddies’ was completed. A good mix of weapon types, magic user, assassin, hulk, heroes and a swarm (latter not SLM but I think GW) – should do for any decent skirmish warband or the hub for a larger force to grow out from.

(See previous posts about 20mm Woodland Warriors for comments on the adaptability of these guys for use in 15mm or 28mm settings.)

Only 100 or so other Woodland Creatures to paint up…

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Mini Update: Massive Chopper for Demonworld Dwarfs

Okay, so not the most challenging of models to paint but no doubt a great boost to any dwarf force – this mechanical war machine from Demonworld (Ral Partha Europe) is still a very nice model – and pretty large to boot.

I went a tad further and magnetised the arms so that they can be animated, removed or swapped out for other arms/weapons (there is a version with hammers…).

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Out with the old, in with the new. Re-painting some classic dwarfs.

I thought this an appropriate post for the New Year on several levels.

I’d dug out a few miniatures from dusty boxes that might serve in games such as Song of Blades or Frostgrave. These two dwarfs were painted around 25 years ago and saw quite a bit of action in their day. I thought they surely deserved a new lease of life and at the same time a bit of an upgrade.

The block colours were okay on the original paint job so this was really just an exercise in ‘tarting up’.

Oldhammer folk will recognise them as Citadel/Games Workshop miniatures.

BEFORE

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25 year old paint job. Nostalgia.

AFTER

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I don’t think that’s straight up tobacco he’s smoking from the look on his face…

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May 2017 feel like a lick of fresh paint for you as well!