Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wahoo! Or maybe Ribbit!

The 2nd Diehard Miniatures Kickstarter mins arrived the other day.  

I picked up more of the frog boys to complete a warband sized group of miniatures.  

These are a real joy to paint.  Good amount of detail, not so much to drive you crazy but enough to make the figures unique.  I’ll paint these swampers up in the same NASA inspired color scheme as the first group.  

I haven’t landed on what to do with bases.  Any suggestions on “Lustria” type jungle vegetation would be greatly appreciated!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Model and Product Review-Proxie Models Bases

I haven't done a product review yet so lets give it a go.  I  had a post where I lamented about my dilemma in choosing bases for the new Space Raiders mins I recently received from a couple of different kickstarter campaigns.  As I searched I found several great options and was about to purchase a coupe packs of pre-sculpted bases when I stumbled upon these bases from Proxie Models.

They were very reasonably priced and most importantly they were hexes!  In multiple sizes to boot!  I grabbed packs of 30mm, 40mm, and 50mm, hexes and a 6 pack of chariot bases or 50mm x 100mm.  I had noticed while photographing my Goblins that that several of the bases for my chariots were in very poor shape so why not throw them in as well.  Best part was the price, $22.80 delivered!  Let's see how they compare.

This picture has a Citadel Round to the left of the Proxie 30mm Hex and a vintage Citadel Hex to the right along with the 40 and 50mm Proxie's in the back.  Overall I like the look.

Here we have an old GWS hex base from the era along with a 30mm Proxie Model.  As you can see there is a thickness difference.  The Proxie is about 3.5 mm and the GWS model is 4-4.5mm thick.  The larger bases are a bit thinner more like 3 mm.  I would have like a little more thickness to work with pins but I think they will work.

Here are a couple of the Space Raider Picsean Warriors based up, I did not pin them I just directly glued them on.  The fit is good and looks like I have a winner.  I'll have to check the larger models once I get them painted up.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Mining for Lead-Undead Part 5 Support Units

The support units for the shambling horde.

The wonderfully destructive chariots from the Army box.  Great figures, I will have to review the bases and decide if they need changed out to the Proxie Min bases.

Some old school carrion units with their wraith riders.  I decided to mount them on traditional flight bases and then onto 50mm squares to improve their stability.  They tended to flop over with just the old flight stands.  I also have a couple of skull chuckers and crew to paint up as well as another chariot.

On the previously mentioned trip across the pond I picked up at Plague Cart to add to the support group.

I would like to get a hold of the boxed set that had the chariot, skull chucker, and the miscellaneous characters in it as well as Arkhan's 4 horse chariot to add to the collection.  I haven't seen either on ebay for awhile, ah well some day!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Mining for Lead-Undead Part 4 Foot Troops

The least inspiring of the troops, the foot sloggers.

These guys aren't all that awe inspiring.  They lack shields only because I haven't bothered to get them painted up. I'll try to follow the same theme as the mounted units and give them all matching shields.  I have a pile of sprues still to assemble, about another 20 or 30 figures.  I also have some old school command units for each of these units but they are unpainted so I'll forego posting any pictures of them.

My "Skittles" colored wights which I've been known to use as champions or wraiths or even ghosts.  Most if not all are Deadmen of Dunharrow from the first LOTR line that GWS produced.  These like many figures from that license and other licenses were absorbed into WHFB lines once that were no longer able to officially produce them.

Next post some support units.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Mining for Lead-Undead Part 3 Mounted Troops

Now for some mobile troops from my recently unearthed, or better put unboxed WHFB undead army.

A mounted Necromancer to lead them, actually from the 4th Ed to 5th Ed range.  I have a Red Duke figure from this same range as well as a mounted/foot Vampire of the same era in the waiting to be painted bin.

Some mounted units each with a metal champion from the old Dead Men of Dunharrow of the 1st Middle Earth license miniature run.  Like many of these figures from their licensed lines, they were absorbed into some of the regular GWS lines in this case the Undead.  I do plan to someday put some pennants on the ends of a few of their lances.

Next up are the foot troops

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mining for Lead-Undead Part 2 Characters

Back in the day, I was hesitant to get into another army due to costs.  My green tide of Orcs and Goblins was consuming most of my budget for wargaming which was not much. I focused on the green ones and lurked around the undead section of the blister displays admiring the figures, then two events happened that pushed me into necromantic collecting.

The first was the release of the plastic skeletons.   

This was a breakthrough in undead miniatures, they were inexpensive and in many cases a better quality than some of the lead at the time.  Games Workshop released them initially in two sets.  Most are familiar with the large 40 pc Skeleton Undead Army which contained 30 foot troops, 8 mounted troops and a chariot with 2 crew in the previous two pictures.   

The lesser known box, Skeleton Horde, was actually released first.  It consisted of 24 foot troops and was made up of the same skeleton body sprues that were in the Skeleton Army boxed set.  All it lacked was the horse sprues which would stick around well into the 2000’s until plastic became the norm for miniatures.  This put great hordes of skeletons within my price range.

The second was an opportunity to venture over to Jolly Ole England!  I graduate from college in 89 and went to Europe with my family on a vacation that they had been saving several years to pull off.  That gave me access to somewhat better pricing, yes even with the poor conversion rate of the dollar back then there was a little bit of savings over buying in the US.  I'm always looking to pinch a penny!  On top of that I stumbled into a toy store one day to kill time while waiting on a train and found a wall of blister packs, most of which were on sale!  Talk about heaven!  I only wish I had bought more!  I picked up at least one if not two army boxes.  I visited a couple of Games Workshop stores which was a novelty since we didn’t have any back in the states.

Lastly I made a pilgrimage to the Orc’s Nest which I had seen numerous adds for over the years in the early White Dwarf issues.  A great trip on multiple accounts. I digress, how about those painted troops you ask?  Here you go, a few characters to wet your appetite.

A couple of Marauder characters with the Necromancer and Vampire.  I'm pretty sure I have the Liche to complete the Trio.

Here is the big dog, the original version of Nagash!  I did some conversion on him to raise up the arms in a more menacing, mid spell casting pose.  

I have several more character figures but they are all in unpainted states such as a 2nd edition Heinrich Kemmler The Lichmaster, a Marauder Lich, a 4th/5th edition Red Duke and mounted/foot Blood Dragon vampire as well as an old Night Horrors vampire.  I also have a couple of those "someday" conversion projects like a Lucrezzia Belladonna to mount on a Red Duke horse and use as a female vampire.

Next post the mounted troops.