Wednesday, November 30, 2005 

World War I Hobbits

Kevin White, Supreme Sculptor at Hasslefree Miniatures has come up with a new batch of lads which I think are wonderful - Hobbits in WWI regalia. Here are some pictures of the Greens. For those not familiar with the expression - "Green" refers to the sculpted prototype of a miniature before it is pressed into a mold which can then be used to make metal copies. It's called a "green" because the two part epoxy sculpting substance turns green when you mix it (although there are other colors, the term "green" still gets used)

Up first is Captain Freddy Bagshot

And his ever faithful companion First Sergeant Stan Gammage

Overall these are quite nice. I particularly like the shorts and bare hairy feet. :) If they sell well, he will do more from the squad. :)


Featured "dood" of the indeterminate time period

Today I offer up Games Workshop's "Saint Celestine" from the Witchhunters line of figures.

This is probably one of my favorite figures I have painted to date. I wish I did a better job on her halo - I'm not terribly happy with the way it came out. I really dig the cherubs on her cloak.

I used a chunk of stone to build up her base, and tossed a bolter out there to show her ascension, and give a sense of a war torn battlefielf. This was also the first time I ever painted a rust effect on anything. Basically it involved undercoating black and then heavily stippling scorched brown followed by lighter stippling of vomit brown. The last bit was to tickle the metal bits with blazing orange - so it's really quite easy to do. One could hit the edges and leave patches of silver underneith to show where the rust may have scraped off in places.

Anyway - that is this piece in a nutshell. I'd like to maybe one day paint up another one to see what improvements I have made in my painting.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 

Andrea Chronicles of Narnia

Came across this picture in another forum. There is a big big version of it, so just click on the image to see the thing in it's full glory.

My thought is that they are rather neat looking miniatures - but that isn't the first two things I notice. First off, that minotaur's axe is a bit bent. I wonder why the painter didn't bend it back into shape.


ASTERIX AND OBELIX! I love those two, they are my favorite gauls! If I was Ceasar, I'd let them sit on my Senate. I would love nothing more than to have these figures (Which are 54mm, if you haven't figured that out yet) They are BANG ON with the comic and cartoon characters.

I'd also love to get my hands on that Skull Hunter, that is one sharp looking Orc. Ithandir is a great example of what can be done with metallics.

Did I mention Asterix and Obelix? I did? Ok.

You can find Andrea Miniatures here.

I really like their Fallscrimjaeger model kit, as well as The Squire and his dog. I'd also like to one day try my hand at some 90mm models, like this Knight or this Roman Centurian.

There is also much to be said about their World War 1 and World War 2 collection of figures. I'd love to have the opportunity to paint up a Prussian soldier in a pickelhauben and/or Manfred von Richthofen.

And lastly - since we have lots of representation from the Gauls... I think I like every single Roman they have. And I can't forget Dr. Jones.

Boy, I hope these links work. :)


File under "Pick my jaw up"

Ok, the Perry Brothers to fantastic work. Period. All one needs to do is wander over to Perry Miniatures and take a look - although I think the website needs a little bit of work in terms of navigation, but it's not too bad.

I'm really enamored with the new pavesiers Standing and Charging. Totally brilliant. You should also check out the 54mm Anzacs that they sculpted up for Peter Jackson.

Also of interest are the Dutch Belgian Light Dragoons seen here, here and here.


Featured "dood" of the indeterminate time period

I think I'll randomly feature minis that I have worked on from time to time. I've taken to calling all my figures "Dudes" or "D00dz" if you want to be cool and 'leet about it (it's also closest to the pronounciation that I use.. dooodz). "I need to get some more roman doodz". "Hey, I put a bunch of doodz together while watching CSI." "John, would you *please* get your doodz off the coffee table!!!" That last one is often heard and comes from my sweetheart. :) I'm lucky in that she likes miniatures (and is a better painter than I), and also wargames.

This find upstanding lad is from the Foundry street violence line of figures. And is "Judd" from the "Scabies Punks" pack.

I've painted him with jungle camo shorts, a black shirt with a logo similar to the logo used by the punk band "Fear". The back of his shirt also says "Don't care", which for those who know the band "fear" can appreciate the tribute. I did the base with an "urban wreckage" feel to it, and gave him steel capped boots. I'm not sure what I'm going to use him for, but I think he will get pressed into service as a zombie apocalypse survivor in the near future.

The technique to paint him was easy. The skin is GW's dark skin as a base, dwarf flesh as a midtone and elf flesh as a highlight. There is very little highlighting on the black, since my black highlight-fu is poor. The pants are done with catachan green, scorched brown and vomit brown. The metallics are all boltgun metal with brass for the shell casings.

The base is a simple sand base that was based black, and then drybrushed shadow grey, space wolf grey and very lightly tickles with white to pick out the rocks.

If you find this at all useful, drop me a note and let me know - or if you want to know anything else about how I painted/based the figure, again - just drop a comment.


New Blog

I've been bitten by the blogging bug (hooray for alliteration) and have decided to create a blog about my hobby of miniature wargaming. I'm not entirely sure what direction I will go with this blog, but readers can expect product and event reviews, painting tips and tutorials as well as projects I'm working on and other points related to miniatures and wargaming.

And now for something completely trivial:

This won't be news to many of the people who will be reading my blog, but for those unfamiliar with the subject matter, here is a quick crash course.

My blog takes it's name from a book written by HG Wells in 1913 which contains rules for a wargame that can be played with blocks, little soldiers or whatever else is on hand, and is considered to be one of the first set of modern table top wargame rules. It includes rules for infantry, cavalry and even artillery which was provided by a toy naval cannon that launched projectiles. The book is still available in print, and one can also find the Project Gutenberg E-text of the book as well.

So what is wargaming? Let me take an excellent blurb on wargaming from the HMGS East (Historical Miniature Gaming Society) page welcoming newcomers to the hobby - in particular their page on "What is wargaming"

"Historical miniature wargaming is the recreation of historical battles (the Tactical level of war) through the use of a 3D terrain table over which are deployed model forests, roads, rivers and buildings as well as miniature soldiers and vehicles depicting the actual participants of the engagement. Each miniature represents a certain number of historical soldiers or vehicles, as in the popular rules called Napoleon's Battles where the ratio is one figure for each 100 historical combatants. The miniature forces involved are painted to depict the same color schemes or uniforms as were used by the historical combatants. In this regard, miniature wargaming departs from its sister wargaming wings using cardboard or micro chip in also being an art form as well as a competitive hobby.

Detailed rules instruct the players on how they may move and launch their miniature forces in combat against each other, drawing on extensive research as to what happened historically and why. The rules, and also the reference chats that accompany them, regulate such things as combat formations, movement, command-control (C2), morale and firepower. Dice, from 6 sided to 20 sided, are used to insert the uncertainty that has always been present in war into the game, and thus into the minds of the players as well. Thus while such things as morale and training might dictate that a unit of 1813 Prussian Landwehr (militia) might have only a 5% chance of victory when attacking a battalion of Napoleon's Old Guard Grenadiers, it can happen, though not very often.

The miniature soldiers or vehicles are mounted on trays for ease of movement. These movement stands are often decorated with model turf or grass and are cut to an exact scale frontage representing the precise space the forces depicted would occupy historically. The trays themselves can then be aligned to represent specific historical battle formations and units. Thus the trays could be formed together to recreate the basic historical unit represented in the rules being played, such as a battalion of infantry in Empire, a game about the Napoleonic Wars. The unit could also be a full brigade as in Napoleon's Battles, a set of rules on the same period that allows larger battles to be easily played. The trays could then be deployed to represent the different combat formations a battalion could take, such as column, line or square. If done properly in conjunction with a well designed terrain table, these soldiers present an historically accurate and colorful spectacle unsurpassed by even the most modern computer wargames."