Saturday, 21 October 2017

Speed painting tutorial: Rune Wars Core Box

Rune Wars Core Box (plastic, by ???)

A big thank you to all the painters. You were great! 5 hours to paint all these minis was a real challenge!

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Local Painting Tutorial

Magnetized Spider!

Kingdom Death's Spidicules (plastic, by Thomas David?)

When you are a painter and a gamer, you have to think practical. You need to have an easy access to the minis used in a game and you have to keep in mind that they will take a particular amount of space on your shelves (although they are called miniatures!).

 When you look at the dimensions of the Spidicules, you realize it's a monstrous piece of a monster!
So you can either rent a storage container somewhere, or try to find a cheaper and easier solution.
I have decided to magnetized its legs and the appendice on its head. Now I can store it in a small box and it only takes a few seconds to get ready for the game!

Spidicule + baby Spidicule (Spiderling)

First, I built the head of the Spidicules, drilled some shallow holes were the legs are attached, filled these with green stuff and added magnets.

 Then I did the same with a smaller magnet for the head appendice. I also added some green stuff here and there to fill the joints of the different parts.

I cut some plastic parts out of the legs and used green stuff to create joints where I could add a magnet. A small metal wire is still necessary to bear the weight of the body.

And voilĂ !

Now let's paint that beast (Can't wait to defeat it in Kingdom Death's Monster!)


"Please let me in! You've forgotten to let me in!"


Friday, 15 September 2017

Colour Our World Brackened!

Experimenting on a base with GW's new "Barbed Bracken" and "Creeping Vines" kits.
Great stuff, but the paint doesn't spread and adhere well on the plastic which is softer than the usual GW plastic.

You can bend the vines using a hair drier. That's what I did, so I glued the vines unprimed. But then it was quite difficult to make the white paint stick to the plastic.

My advice is:

1. Wash the plastic with soap.
2. Bend the vines with a hair drier
3. Prime.
4. Glue and paint.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

14th survivor: Shadow

Anima Tactics' Shadow (metal, by ???)

This one really has a Kingdom Death similitude. Doesn't he look like the Twilight Knight's brother?

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Baron Zemo

No, actually it's not Marvel's Baron Zemo but Kingdom Death's The King's Hand (plastic, by Thomas David?)

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Arachnarok Lurking in the Shadows

GW's Arachnarok (plastic, by Colin Grayson, Alex Hedström and Aly Morrison)

This was done for my son's Greenskinz army. The base is made with polystyrene and false plants from IKEA.

I have made it modular so both versions can be used, with the grot chaman, or with the spider-ball catapult.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

WIP: Lewis Chessman

This is a project of a base for a mini done with the king from the Lewis Chessmen set.

I bought that piece in the British Museum last year.

If you want to know more about the Lewis Chessmen:

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Speed Painting Marathon: Cthulhu Wars

Sandy Petersen's Cthulhu Wars Minis (plastic, by a bunch of 3-d artists)

I just thought these extra minis from Cthulhu Wars' Kickstarter deserved some eldritch colours instead of the red plastic they are made of.

1 hour priming + 1 hour inking + 6 hour painting = 8 hours for 39 minis! 5 minis an hour, not bad for speed painting.

That was a bit tiresome in the end though. Now I want to go back to single miniatures...

Primed minis

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Speed painting: Cthulhu markers

Cthulhu markers from the Call of Cthulhu LCG by FFG (plastic, by ???).

Played some games with my son. It was a shame those were not painted yet. They are now.

Speed painting: 3 hours (1 hour priming, 1 hour inking, 1 hour painting details)

More Cthulhu minis next...

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Duel: Skaven versus Kharadron Overlord

GW's limited 2011 Games Day Skaven mini (metal, by Jes Goodwin?) + Brokk Grungsonn (plastic, by Martin Footit and Oliver Norman).

This is something I wanted to do a long time ago.

The skaven and the flame were done in 2012 and presented at Games Day Germany 2012. The flame thrower was the penis of the mechanical steed of an Empire's engineer. Not very politically correct. No surprise it got me disqualified for the Golden Demon competition.

The mechanical steed of the engineer can be seen there (without its flame-throwing penis):

Since then, I have been waiting for something flying which could also throw flames. I was expecting a dragon, but Brokk came out first.

Finally, I think these two go rather well together.

The infamous mechanical steed (the only picture I've got left of this earlier version)

Brokk Grungsson Lord-Magnate of Barak-Nar

GW's Brokk Grungsson Lord-Magnate of Barak-Nar (plastic, by Oliver Norman and Martin Footitt)

Excellent mini to paint but Brokk is not that easy to assemble (about 50 pieces!). There are so many details that I had to overlook some. Otherwise it would have taken ages to complete. I would never have expected Games Workshop to go steampunk, but they did.

The base is from Scibor Monstrous. I mixed two different bases actually.

You can notice that the cannon is not put straight over Brokk's head. In fact, it has been modified to fit a duel piece I am about to post next (may be tomorrow...).