Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Unearthing of Treasures-Mining for Lead

 I’m a little off pace with the posting, I think I’m now 2-3 weeks off schedule.  It’s been a busy couple of weeks and to be honest I’m in a rut with the painting.  Just haven’t been able to get the momentum going on the brushes since the start of the new year.  Instead of pushing myself back to the painting desk I decided on a different approach.

Why not talk about stuff I’ve already painted!  It started off with Diego’s Greenskin Wars Kickstarter prompting me into investigating my current Orc and Goblin army.  I wanted to be thoughtful in what I bought instead of just buying one of everything!  As I sorted the various boxes of lead I decided to be smart and use technology for an assist.  I repeatedly see fellow gamers mention their surprise upon stumbling on miniatures that they had forgotten they owned.  In conjunction with the assessment of my collection I decided to take pictures of each unit.  They certainly helped a somewhat, shall we say slower memory in keeping up with the inventory!  A side benefit is that I have pictures of my collection to post.  They say that a picture can say a thousand words, so I will let them!

Orcs and Goblins are my first true love of Warhammer and Citadel Miniatures!  My first Citadel slota-base figures were from a pack of the Citadel Collectors Series Goblin Raiders 1605 which contained a goblin archer and in my opinion one of the most iconic fantasy images of all time, a Goblin Wolfrider!  Both sculpted by the greatest greenskin sculptor ever Kevin "Goblinmaster" Adams!  He also did most if not all of Diego's Greenskin Wars line.

JRRT helped set that fantasy image in my head along with Rankin and Bass. 

The most recent movies of the LotR and Hobbit series just cemented it.  

I had been a bit of a hodgepodge collector prior to that, snapping up the odd Superior or Grenadier or Ral Partha model.  Really whatever caught my eye or imagination.  Once I laid eyes on these guys I was hooked and I horded goblins especially wolfriders.  I then got my hands on a copy of Warhammer Fantasy Battle (WHFB) 3rd and the companion Warhammer Armies book and was dismayed to see that there wasn’t a standalone goblin force.  One of the only positive things that happened with 4th edition was the splitting of the two groups.  Naturally I picked up a few of the bigger fellows so I was legal.  Again I gravitated towards the fantastical and got into the Orc Boar Riders, a second place finisher to the wolfriders as a fantasy image. From there the horde grew with boxed sets from the ground breaking plastic Warhammer Regiments, Harboth's Orc Archers, Machineries of Destruction Goblin Battle Chariots, Skull Crusher, and the Wyvern Rider.  I'll start off with the little green fellas since they are my favorite and show the rest of the green hoard over a few posts.

First up are the Wulf Boyz, they are a combination of Citadel and Marauder wolves and riders

Their heavy support, the wolf chariots.  These are a combination of Citadel and Iron Claw models.  I have a couple more awaiting paint.

As previously mentioned the unpainted Iron Claw chariots

Next up are the Warhammer Fantasy Regiment Plastic goblins with their patron saint on the banner!  It was the 80's after all!  Note the plastic Dwarf regiment head on the banner.

Here are some additional units of spears.

A custom built hero on a spider.  The Spider is actually the lower section of a Dryder from Grenadier that I had from my youth. A little green stuff and the horns off the plastic regiment dwarf helmet and instant giant spider!

Some Fanatics and a shaman which I actually think is from Heartbreaker but I honestly don't recall.

Some of the 4th edition clubber and netters, a few of the net handlers are actually 2 figures sculpted together on a single base.

A pair of the mighty Skull Krushers, less the crews which must be in another box someplace.

I included the snotlings pump wagon with the goblins.  I cant claim the paint job on this one, I found it at a used book store a few dollars and had to snap it up.

A second one awaiting assembly and paint.  There is the full compliment of snotling riders along with the famous/infamous little guy flipping the bird!

I this odd shot of some extra bits, back in the day when there was the Bitz Service I ordered the pump wagon sides and upper deck to kit out a lower body that I already had.  It took them 3 tries before they finally got it right sending me the lower deck and left side twice instead of the upper and both sides.  I'm sure I can figure out something to do with them!  Big Green Guys up next.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Kicking some Space Butt! Or a review of Space Raiders 2 mins.

As I mentioned earlier I receive my much anticipated package of Diego’s Space Raiders 2 Kickstarter mins a few weeks ago.  I pulled a few out to get onto painting stands to proceed with gluing and painting.  As promised here is a review of a few of the miniatures from the package. 

I decided to grab out 5 of the figures to paint up a small crew.  I had to get two of the Picsean figures out since they were my main motivator behind supporting the Kickstarter in the first place.  These are actually from his first Kickstarter which I missed out on.  Lucky for me he made them available through the second campaign.  

I decided to stay old school or better put “Oldrogue” and stick with some of the similarly themed Rogue Trader mins from the package.  I grabbed two of the Minotaur in Space figures.  Rounding out the party is the cyber ork with the Predator style shoulder cannon.  Seems like a well-rounded landing/excursion party.  Review wise I couldn’t be happier with the figures.  They are very crisp casts, hats off to whoever Diego is using to mold and cast these up!  I only had one figure that had any signs of flash, one of the bulls around his naughty bits.  

 I can carefully perform a “flashectomy” with a Xacto knife so not a major issue.  If I were to be critical, and I mean really nitpicky critical, my only complaint would be the bases or lack thereof.  More specifically the slota-tabs.  Not that I am huge fan of slota-tabs but it does give you something to hold onto when putting them on a painting stand or a base.  GWS has lulled me into accepting that all figures would have them resulting in my total lack of pin basing skills.  Again I was feeling adventurous and with reckless abandon I jumped right in and was able to get the larger models attached without issue.  As long as you don’t count the fact that I drilled all the way through one of the Minotaur’s hooves!  

No worries it is a very easy “green stuffing” fix.  I'm not sure what the metal mix is on these figures but they were very easy to drill, somewhere between old soft lead and the very hard tin mixes, again well done to whoever is casting these!  The fishboys were/are more of an issue.  Again partially on me.  My smallest pin drill to date is 1/16 of an inch which sounds small but is nearly as big as the feet of the Picsean. 

Way too large to drill/pin the feet for attaching to a base or stand.  Easiest solution is get off my lazy butt and get a mico drill set, which I will certainly get prior to permanently attaching them to a base.  My quick solution is the clothespin base I made for the Diehard Miniatures Son of Slomm figure.

This will get me started while I look into micro drills.  Again overall I am delighted with the quality of the figures from the sculpts to the casting to the character.  All of them are incredible and I’m looking forward to my Pantheon of Chaos figures, my Greenskin Wars figures, and my Space Raiders 3!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Project Fimir-Support

As any fan of the old Fimir models know, they are moderately scarce and at times command ridiculously expensive prices.  It can be financially daunting if your trying to assemble a unit let alone a army!  There are a few alternative models out there but not many and not as closed in design to the originals as I would like.  One option is to do something similar to Mr Saturday’s Fimir Project and create some models through kit basing and sculpting/producing my own heads.  I would really like to take that route but let’s be honest, I’ve had these figures for well over 6-8 years so if I wait to do that this army will never get done.  Another option is some allies to bulk out the army.  One of my thoughts was that a unit of lizardmen would be a great fit.  The Fimir are bog/swamp dwellers so what better choice than some fellow swamp denizens: alligators!

Enter the great Sebeki by Crocodile Games from their Aegyptus game system.

I picked up a few of these over the last couple of years.  Chris Fitzpatrick’s sculpts are fantastic and I’ve really liked these since I first laid eyes on them.  This turns out to be a great way to utilize them without having to get into a new system.  They do have a bit more Egyptian feel/iconography than I would like so I will have to decide if can remove most of that and remodel them or just live with it.  These are not as ready for paint as I originally thought.  The one fellow needs his weapon glued, a few need a little “green stuffing” around seams and joints, and I need to evaluate the basing.

The 25mm’s seem a bit small and as you can see from the size comparison the line troops are almost as big as the Fimir which are on 40mm’s.

The Beloved of Sobek figure is actually very large and is definitely appropriate for a 40mm.  They also didn’t rank up well at all on the smaller bases.  I’m not planning on painting these until 2nd quarter or later so I have some time to get the base issues figured out. The Fimir and their allies should see paint in the near future!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Project Fimir-Trooper and Color Test

This is the last figure of the Fimir unit that I've been posting about recently.  This fellow has the distinction of being the only non-converted figure in the group.  And for good reason, he is the only figure that isn’t a knock off re-cast.  As I mentioned in my starting post this whole project sprung out of my frustration with an ebay purchase that turned out to be re-cast figures.  I had originally purchased the very same head/body/tail combination of warlord with axe and mace with a Head 1 and Tail 1 back in the day when they were still in production.  

So in honor of his authenticity I decided to leave him unmodified.  This is the original pose that all the other models are based off of.  I did an initial color test on this lad to see if I liked a blue skinned look and to be honest I don’t know that I care for it. 

Now truth be told I haven’t given it any washes or additional work in years.  That might improve it to my eye, but I'm still not sure I'll go this route. 

I’m going to do some more research on line and specifically study the wonderful WD spread that has painted models in it and see what I have in the paint rack to match.

 I’m thinking, as bog dwellers that they probably would have evolved with earth tones like brown or tan or light green.  I welcome any input! 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

More Kicking Butt!

I received a weighty package in the mail the other day.  It came from España and I realized my long and arduous wait was over, my miniatures from Diego’s Space Raiders 2 Kickstarter had arrived!  

The wait was arduous only because I kept seeing all these posts from other supporters who had received their deliveries and I was turning green with envy.  My order was pretty large which meant I had to wait for all the figures to be produced before it could ship.  It is quite a mountain of lead!

I got a little bit of everything in this motley crew of space riffraff.  I picked up some of the wonderful Picsean/Fishmen-in-Space figures along with the Space Minotaurs, Space Orks, Zoat like figures, and Space Fimir!

I’m looking forward to switching gears and getting into some Sci-Fi themed miniatures by  painting up some mercenaries and war bands.  My only concern is that most of them lack a slota-base tab.  I don't have much experience in pin/basing miniatures so I'll be developing some new skills.  Good news is that it opens up some new options for more detailed bases.  I'll be doing a more in depth review of the figures once I get them ready to paint. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Kicking Butt!

Unfortunately for my wallet I stumbled upon Kickstarter back in early 2016.  It has a been a great source of "new old" mins and a real boon for my miniature collectionIt has also motivated me and kicked my painting back into gear.  While I’ve been somewhat idle blogging wise over the last month I haven’t just been sitting around!  Here are some WIP's of the mins from my first foray into Kickstarter from Diehard Miniatures’ first campaign.  

I saw some posts of Tim and company’s miniatures on a couple of different sites and simply had to have some.  I have always been a fan of WHFB Slann and the background of a star empire fallen into more savage times.  I picked up a couple of their frogs-in-space Eru-Kin.

My goal was to paint them up in a NASA white and orange space suit color scheme with a Yellow-Banded Poison Dart Frog pattern.

I don’t know that I stuck to the plan very well and I feel like the color palette got a bit larger than I wanted.  I'm also concerned that if I do the black banding on the exposed skin I'll loose some of the detail.  At this point they will only have a yellow skin tone.

I tried to pull it back and paint over some areas instead of stripping and repainting them.  I’m okay with their progress.

I’m struggling with getting the white to look the way I want.  I’m going to try and do some black lining and see how it turns out.  These guys are far from done but I hope to wrap them up well before the figures from the Diehard Kickstarter 2 arrive!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Name Change!

Happy New Year!  Last blog of 2016 set up some goals for 2017, the last of which was to re-name the blog.  Full disclosure, that was a cheap softball goal given I had already done most of the work!  My wonderful wife often accuses me of having adult ADD so I chalk my entry into the blogosphere to this!  I got inspired by several of the Oldhammer blogs and jumped in with both feet.  I’m sure that we all what to have a witty, impressive blog title and I got busy brainstorming names but many great ones were already claimed: Realm of Chaos 80’s, Leadplague, Oldhammer in Toronto (if I was in the Great White North), Eldritch Epistles (not even sure what that means but Steve already laid claim to it!), etc…. I quickly devolved into writers block and came up with the wonderfully lackluster and underwhelming Miniature Assault.  Best I could come up with at the moment.  After a year I still hadn’t come up with much until I came across an article with a great quote and Wham there it was, the name I had been looking for.

Who was it that provided the new title?  None other than one of the greatest Roman military leaders and politicians, Julius Caesar.  What better person to grab a quote from.  Especially one that has a gaming link.  According to historians Suetonius and Frances Titchener, the Roman patrician pronouncement as he crossed the River Rubicon back into Roman territory "Alea iacta est" ("The die is cast") in reference to his future as he sought to become dictator.  Caesar was said to have borrowed the phrase from Meander, his favourite Greek writer of comedy; the phrase appears in “Ἀρρηφόρος” (Arrephoros,) (or possibly “The Flute-Girl”).  Regardless of where it came from I thought it would be a great blogg title.  So now it is so!  Well that is if I can figure out how to get the name changed on Blogger!  1 down 51 posts to go!