Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mounted Mongols and Knights

Mounted mayhem in this post with 4 Perry Miniatures Knights and 5 FireForge Mongols. All plastic and all 28mm. These earned me 90 points in the Painting Challenge.

The Mongols feature 4 armoured torsos from Gripping Beast Arab Cavalry. The Mongol on the square base will have a rider swap for a Bow shooting dude. It's an idea for skirmish units to make them have less figures per unit. I will eventually show what that looks like at some stage.

The Knights have two leader types with extra gold to make them stand out in a unit. I plan to do a few more of these types as my Knights have increased considerably. 

Cheers and enjoy your painting from Brendon.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Dark Ages recruits

Getting these 28mm mostly Gripping Beast infantry completed seemed to take a long time. Probably because I was also dabbing away at other in progress miniatures at the same time. A few more didn't get completed in time for the weekly deadline so there will be some overlap with other miniatures in a future post. Like how the lone Conquest Games Norman overlaps from the previous ones painted. He was 80% completed at last deadline.

All shields are hand painted except one (not the Norman one). The LBM decal shield had extensive weathering applied in any case.

Many years ago I created a handy army board out of the lid from a large plastic box that I usually used for storing and transporting scenery. That's what these miniatures have been placed on for this photography session.

A little shine on these miniatures was probably from over illumination when taking the pics. The light may be too close to the subject perhaps. They had plenty of Anti-Shine painted on them.

There are some bodies here from FireForge. I even added some arms from a Perry kit.

As at writing this it is very Monsoonal here in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. We may even get a Cyclone soon in this region. Crap loads of rain makes for great painting weather though.

Cheers from Brendon

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Norman Knights and a Mongol

Pleased to have completed these 4 Conquest Games Plastic Norman Knights and another FireForge Mongol. All shields are hand painted designs. The shield with the metal boss is actually from the infantry set and is a fraction smaller than the cavalry shields. The Normans are a great value for money set as you get 15 in the box. I aim to get more of them completed before the end of Painting Challenge. Likewise for the Mongols I have a few more in the painting production line.

Cheers from Brendon

Monday, January 23, 2017

Dragon from the East

The theme challenge bonus round was simply titled 'East' and was well suited to what I had in my 'to do' list. A happy coincidence perhaps.

For use with my Mongol collection when used in Kings of War Fantasy I had this idea to fill a Dragon option with an oriental style dragon. I was really happy to came across this plastic miniature by Wyrd Miniatures for a game called Malifaux. It was exactly what I was looking for.

I was unsure at first at what colours to apply. I did think about brown shades similar to a Snake creature I painted some time ago. I went with a colours that once they started to go down actually reminded me of an Orc Wyvern by GW from years gone by. That was entirely accidental.

The green is bright but not so bright as to be eye popping like a shiny green apple. The belly colour is an ochre style yellow rather than a bright yellow. The pops of red are the complimentary opposites of Green so a few small areas seemed right. The whiskers are a very fine piece of plastic to have on a wargame figure but only time will tell how many times they may be glued back on when they snap if mishandled. They almost snapped during assembly.

The base was home made, hand cut 75x75mm. In Kings of War some dragons are listed as requiring a base size that big. I slowly layered sand and rocks to build up the mini hill the dragon sits atop. The height may help keep the long tale from getting in the way of other tabletop miniatures etc.

The six Mongols are by FireForge, One mongol is on a 50x50mm base while the rest are on traditional 25x50mm bases. I decided to base some horses this way to provide figure economy in units. It will help stretch the collection out but also as the Historical list has a Skirmish unit option less in a unit will visually suit this description. Some of the Mongols have armoured torsos from Gripping Beast Armoured Arab Cavalry.

After weeks and weeks of painting just horses and plate armour it was great to paint this submission as part of the painting challenge and with the deadline that entails it is very motivating to get miniatures through to completion in a timely manner. Follow this link to see all the other responses to the 'East' theme.

Cheers from Brendon.