Sunday, 16 June 2019

From The Vault: Pulp Cops

I love The Untouchables – It's easily one of my favourite films. I also love Bob Murch's sculpting for Pulp Figures. You'd think it'd be inevitable that I'd have some gangsters. Nope. I have cops. And no gangsters whatsoever, it seems. Even I thought I had some gangsters...
All the Pulp stuff paints up like a dream. Nice, large details and chunky weapons (a pet peeve of mine is flimsy weaponry – I'll take robustness over realistic proportions any day of the week).
These guys really need a couple of detectives to lead them...


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Sunday, 9 June 2019

From The Vault: Preacher

One preacher, from the Dark Age game, because everyone loves a preacher with a shotgun.
The black on the coat was built up from greys, with several layers of black ink over the top to gradually darken it. It got a hefty coat of varnish... too much, alas, so it's a bit shiny.

I think this sculpt has been replaced with a more modern one, which I will have to pick up in due course...

 
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Sunday, 2 June 2019

From The Vault: Arabian Nights

Most of the time, the figures I paint never actually see combat on the tabletop. Once in a while, though, a game clicks, and drives a remarkable (for me, anyway) level of productivity. Going back a fair few years, that game was Song of Blades and Heroes from Andrea Sfiligoi and Ganesha Games.

Andrea is a fantastic designer, and I'm really proud to have worked with him on various games – and it all started with SoB&H. It really hit most of my buttons. Use whatever figures you like? Build your units from scratch? Play in a lunchbreak? Yes please and thank-you.
These guys were my first, and most-fielded warband for SoB&H, a nicely Arabian Nights-themed force, consisting of a wicked sorcerer, two guards, two ghuls, an assassin, and an efreet. This line-up definitely reflects my views on warband creation!
Assassin and Guards
The guards and the assassin are all Reaper figures, from one of their themed boxes (Legends of the Sands or something). Nice models, as always!
Efreet
The efreet is a D&D pre-paint, given a new paintjob. It's a cool figure, but I learned a valuable lesson from this model: always cut the figure off the base that it comes with. Almost invariably, the bases are warped to a degree (I've found this to be much more common with larger figures than smaller ones), giving them a tendency to wobble. Much better to slice them off with a scalpel blade and re-base them on a metal washer with superglue and a bit of green stuff.
The Vizier, flanked by two ghuls
The sorcerer/vizier is another Reaper model, from the same kit as the guards and assassin, while the two ghuls are ghouls from Crocodile Games' Wargods of Aegyptus line. It's rare to see such bestial ghouls as these, and I'd forgotten how much I liked them. Hmm... perhaps a certain cult needs some new recruits...

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Thursday, 30 May 2019

More Rabble

I just polished off another six cultists for the Choleric Order of the Yellow Bile to accompany the previous half-dozen. Everything that went for that batch goes for this one, really! The one exception is that, to mix up some of the arm options, I introduced some arms from the Ghost Archipelago Crewmen (the guy with the raised club) and the Oathmark Human Infantry (the swordsman).
This latter figure was the particular bane of this batch of figures (there's always one!)... I originally wanted to give him a sword and shield to match the Templars but just couldn't get it to work the way I wanted. Before the right arm seen here, I glued on - then removed - two others. And a shield. Were it not for the fact that I need 18 cultist figures and the Fireforge Living Dead Peasants box comes with 18 figures, I would probably have binned him and moved on. As it is, a compromise was found and the model has grown on me - the awkward lurch with the right arm stiffly held tight to the side kind of works given the army's theme...
Just six more of these guys to go, and I think I'll be using more of the OathmarkFrostgrave, and Ghost Archipelago arms to avoid excessive reptition. There are more than enough weapon options in the Fireforge kit, to be fair - I'm just not a huge fan of some of them. I'm also considering doing the last six with spears to lend even more variation to the unit as a whole.

Before that, though, a little palate-cleanser...

The Choleric Order of the Yellow Bile...

...and friends...


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Sunday, 26 May 2019

From The Vault: Croc Dude

There's not a lot to be said about this chap. He's a big, humanoid crocodile. He's a repainted D&D pre-paint. He's never been used in a game. He's just got to be useful for something, someday.
I am particularly pleased with his eyes. Turns out, I CAN paint eyes... when they're on 50mm-tall figures.


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Sunday, 19 May 2019

From The Vault: The Prussians

This was an abortive attempt to do some VSF gaming! I managed to paint up five models before getting distracted by something else. Still, they're nice models, and I really wish that I'd done more. They aren't so old, and are probably consistent enough with my current style that I could revisit them. All they'd probably need are some basic infantry/guards...
This walker is actually the second incarnation of a Warzone Bahaus mech that I have painted. The original, metal model found a home in my Neo-Soviet force. This is a plastic model from... somewhere. Maybe the short-lived Warzone CMG? It's ridiculous, but it does fit perfectly.
The other members of the gang are mostly Privateer Press Warmachine figures (a Khador mechanic and some Cryx mecha-zombies or something), but the ratty little guy on the right is from the AE-WWII range of Weird World War II figures. He's a lovely little figure, and this isn't the first time I've painted him.


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Friday, 17 May 2019

Rabble

They have been LONG overdue, but I have finally painted some basic cultists to accompany the Choleric Order of the Yellow Bile.

In truth, the delay has really stemmed from not being able to settle on the figures to use. Frostgrave cultists were the obvious option, but lacked the crude, improvised weapons that I really wanted (I kitbashed a couple of test models using GW Skaven and Night Goblin weapons, but wasn't satisfied with the end result).

At Salute in April, I managed to pick up a box of Fireforge Games' Living Dead Peasants from their new Fantasy line and knew that I'd found my cultists. These guys are zombies (a 'living' peasants kit is coming in due course) but still armed with tools - axes, a scythe, a sickle, etc. They're ragged and wretched, and with the exception of a couple of heads (one that's half-skull and one with a raven plucking out an eyeball), everything works perfectly as plague cultists.
Unlike the Templars, I didn't want these guys to look too uniform, so I kept use of the 'cult yellow' to a minimum (the cowl on a single figure) and expanded the role of a couple of colours that I'd previously only used sparingly. They blend in nicely with the rest of the cult while still looking rough-and-ready.
There are three male and two female bodies on the sprue... but only two female heads (hair swept left and hair swept right). I like having both male and female options, but I do wish there were more heads. Fortunately, the arms don't have that problem - they fit on the male bodies as on female bodies. Even for 28mm Fantasy figures, some of the weapons are a bit big - there's a sickle and some pruning-style blades that just don't do it for me. I sawed one of them down into a knife, though, so they'll still get used somehow!
The box comes, somewhat oddly, with 18 figures, so I'll be painting these up in batches of six, and I reckon I'll stick to using the 'cult yellow' on one model per batch. As all my other 'units' are organised in multiples of five, I've decided to split them into two groups, each one led by a Cult Magister. I've updated my 'army list' accordingly.
The movement tray comes from Warbases and, while I'm unlikely to field the force in this way, they make storage so much easier and, most importantly, I love the feel of unity it gives the army. I've sorted out trays for all the units (save for Dirty Frank, who is a unit of one). They even made me a custom tray to accommodate the tiny Wretch...

The Choleric Order of the Yellow Bile...

...and friends...


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