Admittedly it was a while back that I was looking to take part in a Frostgrave tournament at my local club. Other things got in the way but I did begin the process of gathering a warband together for the purpose (half the fun really).
I decided I wanted a Crossbowman (Marksman) in the band. Whilst I had plenty of human types for this purpose I decided to make mine a dwarf – but which one? Rummage, rummage, rummage. I found a recent purchase from Hasslefree Miniatures which was perfect. But I also came across a couple of very old Citadel dwarfs from way back. The paint jobs were not terrible so I decided to touch them up a bit and give them a new opportunity to get on to the tabletop.
Off the back of the Conan undead I painted up I decided to finally dust off these Men of Dunharrow – Army of the Dead – from Games Workshop’s LotR range. Added together with the Conan minis these make for a decent selection of Undead.
Clearly I chose not to go for the more ghost-like ethereal look normally associated with these miniatures and painted them to tie in with the Conan ones from the last post.
“Faustus Furius is a fast and furious, tongue in cheek table-top racing game based very loosely around the chariot races of the ancient world and adaptable to any racing situation.
Designed for 2-8 participants, it allows players to pit chariots from any culture or period against one another in a no-holds-barred race to fame and glory.”
Not too long after I decided to paint up a few fantasy based chariots that would compliment those I already had in various armies or collections. The aim was to have a enough races and types to provide for a large game. As I’ve not been able to make the club in a long time nothing has come of this as yet, but here in the wings are the competitors. All 15mm except the Snotling Pumpwagon which is scale neutral if you look at it the right way 😉
I’d been in the process of buying a few Oathsworn dwarfs and the odd halfling when I stumbled across this Kickstarter from Stonehaven Miniatures. Having a soft spot for vertically challenged fantasy races I jumped on board for the full pledge option.
They all arrived safely sometime ago and the miniatures live up to the promises. But, as all those suffering from leadpileanitus can vouch, it can take a while before those ‘planned projects’ see the light of day.
Such remains true for this halfling horde. However, I did take a brush to one of the rather ‘large’ stretch goals – the Treant. “This massive Old Growth Treant (Tree Troll) has been awakened…and he’s not a morning person! Model will measure 65mm to the eyes and will be cast in high-detail resin.” And it is large. The casting was pretty clean and he was good fun to paint. A few pics with some scale comparison shots.
It gets to that point where there is an eclectic mix of miniature photos in the media library that don’t quite link together or really warrant an entire post on their own (for whatever reason the questionable logic that is my reasoning deems the case).
So forgive the randomness in advance.
First up – I’m pretty sure this Kali-inspired monster goddess is from old-school Games Workshop. I’ve had her long enough waiting for a paint job. I was going to paint her in tandem with the Reaper Bones inspired Kali I did a while back but didn’t. A slight move in style towards, but by no means complete, NMM painting style. I wanted a strong red tone to stand out so thought I’d try an understated black armour to contrast. A bit heavy on the armour highlights.
Nevermind. I’m a bit slow too. Like the time it has taken me to try out for myself the wonders of transparent basing. Many of us spend hours creating lovely textured and decorated bases to accompany our little painted gems. Personally I’ve always been a ‘less is less’ type of guy when it comes to basing. Keep it simple, neutral colours and focus on the mini. If possible blend in with the ‘expected’ playing surface (in my case the same palette for all bases and terrain bases).
These new(ish) fangled acrylic bases do away with the need for all of the above. You’ll have seen it done to great effect many times already but it’s taken me this long to give it a go myself.
Now, there is NO way I am going to rebase my entire collection. Tim Mc was right to point out that the benefits are far better had by sci fi settings than say historical or fantasy (where the variables of terrain type are larger, potentially). As good a starting place as any.
With that in mind – and coinciding with a foray in to Rogue Stars (28 and 15mm) – and coinciding with having a few old and stripped down minis ready to paint – and coinciding with a Heroclix repaint experiment – and coinciding with discovering a few 15mm’s didn’t have magnetically attractive washer bases – I thought I’d give it a bash.
(Negative note: Clearly acrylic bases have no magnetic or magnetically attracting properties – so a reliance on either for transport or movement trays becomes defunct – obviously).
First up, the 15s. I painted these guys a while back but when I was looking them out to take to a battle it transpired the washers I’d used were not ferrous. So I was going to have to replace them. I thought I’d try the transparent bases instead.
Forgive the indulgence but I’ve taken new shots (for Before and After) as the original post they were pretty ropey. FYI they are “15mm PNHE Cyborg Agents — Prohibited Non-Human Eradication” as the Khurasan site does not make finding specific models easy at all.
Miniature figure collector and painter (in that order) and solo wargamer whose opponent has lost his gaming mojo
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