Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Belfalas Carrack

Belfalas Carrack dwarfed by a Corsair cruiser

I have a stack of  ship miniatures from the original GW Mighty Empires board game sitting around in my "to-paint" stuff. Lately my gaming tastes have lent in the naval gaming direction and so I have recently been reading over the Uncharted Seas rule book again from the now defunct Spartan Games.

First squadron under construction

I haven't ever played Uncharted Seas but I really like the rule design from its second iteration. I prefer games that don't get heavily bogged down in rules and thus, rather than spending three hours playing a turn, you can get a game in over an hour or two but have diversity enough to have fun with the game. Moreover, as Uncharted Seas is a game set in a fantasy world it would work well for a Middle-earth or Warhammer Oldworld setting.

First prototype sets sail

Looking at the Might Empires ships it seemed to me that I could paint these as merchant vessels for Uncharted Seas. But as I began to paint them it also occurred to me that they would make great Carrack's for a Middle-earth context, especially for the Gondor navy. So I began experimenting with them. Here's how that's tuned out so far.

Now to come up with some rules for these little blighters!

UPDATE: My lack of medieval naval history has led me astray. This is actually a Cog, not a Carrack. Carracks were a three or four masted ship, whilst a Cog was a single masted vessel. My bad!

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

To Ink, or not to Ink. That is the question.


I recently bought some of the Confrontation line of miniatures released by Rackham. They have since been released as Confrontation Rag'narok miniatures by Rackham and come in boxed sets.

The new miniatures are plastic, the originals being unpainted metal mini's, and come already painted to a tabletop standard. Looking at the out-of-the-box miniature the painting level was fairly good. But I decided to paint the toe nails and the spear heads of the miniatures and then ink the whole model in Agrax Earthshade.

The comparison can be seen in these images of the Wolfen clan. All in all, I think its worked out well and would recommend doing it as it really brings out the muscular structure of the Wolfen. I intend to use these for a Chaos Wars / Kings of War Werewolf/Beastman clan.

Another point to note is that the bases that come with the miniatures here are 40mm and so fit in to War of the Ring cavalry bases (with a bit of encouragement!). So I just painted and flocked the base accordingly. Simples!

Sunday, 5 August 2018

The Silent Legion gathers

Here's a few shots of my gathering undead hoard, The Silent Legion.

The lads are based for Chaos Wars but can easily be transferred to ten miniature movement trays for Kings of War.

Only a quick post today. Lunch beckons. And yes I know its late. Been busy...

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Angmar Shade

Just finished an Angmar Shade. Pretty happy with how it turned out.

Lots of nice detail on this mini for dry brushing.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Federation Loki / Leo Scout from Studio Bergstrom

On patrol

Yet another fantastic miniature from the excellent Studio Bergstrom Miniatures has finally been painted.

Starfleet Loki / Leo class scout vessel

This one is the 1:3125 scale Leo Scout that also looks like a Loki from the fan film that shall not speak its name but is WAAAAYYY better than Star Trek Diversity!

A great sculpt with very nice detail though my paintwork may not really bring that out in the photos.

Last image is a comparison of the Loki / Leo scout (1:3125 scale) to the ADB Federation Scout (Starline 2400 scale).

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Triumph of Death makes its first appearance

So in the last post, I detailed how I planned to paint my Triumph of Death miniatures. This first unit is now done. I have a second unit but I plan to paint that sometime later. So here they are in their bone rattling magnificence. But because they are individual miniatures still, I can use them for Roleplaying games as well. Sweet versatility!

I have these guys based on individual 25mm round bases. This is so that they can be placed on either 10 miniature movement trays for Kings of War or 12 miniature movement trays for Chaos Wars, as you can see above.

Two of the personalities for Triumph of Death

Taking hits can easily be identified in either game system by removing "casualties" from the movement tray. Looks effective and keeps the unit in cohesion when charging around the tabletop.

These last two images are of some of the personalities you can get for the Triumph of Death. They make good proxies for a 'banner bearer' (above) and a 'drummer' (below) when using the Chaos War's rule system, or just mixing the unit up a bit for Kings of War.

There you go. One unit down. More to go.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Painting the Triumph of Death Skeleton Army

28mm Triumph of Death Skeleton

Skull and Crown miniatures ran a Kickstarter last year for an excellent range of 28mm Skeleton miniatures styled on Renaissance woodcuts and paintings. I was really taken by the style and look of these baddies and being a fan of Undead armies, well I simply had to jump in and support the Kickstarter.

With the painting backlog on my desk slowly being worked through, the time came for me to finally get around to painting the fist batch of these Skelly's. I wanted to paint them in a similar fashion to Skull and Crowns own painting method (see here). But I slightly varied the painting process due to the paints I had on hand.

Painting Method
The Skull and Crown method of painting was very simple and effective. My process was similar and is shown below for reference.

I began by basing the miniature and gluing sand to the base. Once dry, I then base coated the miniature in a Brown spray base colour. In this case it was Mournfang Brown spray. The spray is no longer available from GW but other similar colours in base spray's are available from other suppliers.

I then wet-brushed the model in Rakarth Flesh. By wet-brushing I mean that you dip the brush in to the paint, wipe most of the excess off, and then brush the model as through you are dry brushing it. Due to the fact that there is paint on the brush, this means the model is more heavily painted. However the recesses in the model remain the underlying base colour, thus giving a two-tone effect.

I then painted the metal parts of the poleaxe in Boltgun Metal.

I then painted the more bony areas of the skeleton and the face of the skull in Pallid Wych Flesh. This gave the impression of bone showing through the more rotten flesh parts of the skeleton.

I used a flash in the image above so that the outcome of this process can be seen more easily.

Once dry, it was inking time! I used Agrax Earthshade to give the model that 'just crawed out of the ground' dirty look.

Flash image again to show how the model looks once the Agrax Earthshade has dried.

Next it was back to the Pallid Wych Flesh. At this point I highlighted the areas I had painted previously in Pallid Wych Flesh before washing the miniature in Agrax Earthshade. This gave the impression of dirt stained bone whilst also highlighting the miniature to make the bone areas of the skeleton, such as the face of the skull, really stand out. This, I believe, really makes the model pop and is a very important process. Without doing this you just end up with a dirty brown looking paint job.

Close up on the outcome described above.

Flash image of the above.

Finally I dry brushed the base in Karak Stone. After that, I just applied the flock I desired to use. And your done!

Grin of death!

Sweet! These guys are going to be used for Kings of War, Chaos Wars and Role Playing. Now on to the rest of the lads.