Hasslefree youth and some pine trees

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Fresh off of the paint desk: Hasslefree Miniatures Albert

He was fairly easy to paint, and I’m pretty happy with him. He stands on a 20mm round base. I copied Orctrader‘s paintjob, with a few of my own touches.

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I also made some pine trees for my Warhammer 5th edition table. Once again I followed a tutorial from the excellent Boulder Creek Railroad site. I will be making some more soon.

2000AD Judge Karyn

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Most recently off the painting bench is this 2000AD Psi-Judge Karyn made by Foundry. I don’t really know much about Judge Karyn as such, but I painted her as a gift for my wife (hence the blonde, instead of whatever colour hair Karyn may actually have… the official Kevin Dallimore paintjob has it as red).

I’m fairly happy with how she has turned out.

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A photo of her side by side with Dredd (painted probably more than 5 years ago) shows just how much brighter and more vibrant my painting style has become.

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Welcome to the Jungle

 

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The new(-ish) table in all its glory – 6′ x 4′ of flock and lumber…

 

Dear Readers, your humble correspondent returns to the intertubes once again with profuse apologies for leaving you waiting so long between updates. I must confess to very little hobby activity across the last 6 months in terms of painting and converting miniatures. This has been the case, however, for the happiest of reasons; I have been playing games!

Across the last 6 months or so, I would have averaged around 1 or 2 games per week of 2nd edition Warhammer 40,000, a few games of Space Hulk, and – across the last month – several games of Warhammer Fantasy Battles, 5th edition (of course).

What hobby activity I have been engaged in has mainly been terrain making to enable all of this gaming to be possible, and it is the results of those efforts which I report to you today.

Some of these elements you have seen before…. the Jungle Trees, the Scatter Terrain, and the Jungle Ruins…. but here they all are incorporated with some newer elements on a full size table.

No 2nd edition 40K setup could be complete without spiky jungle cacti, and so several bases of these were made up. I actually made them quite some time ago and they appear in a battle report on the most excellent Game of Travel blog (where you can see just how long ago they were made!).

The cacti were fairly easy to make, being constructed of Styrofoam balls, toothpicks, and with texture added from filler, sand, and dripping caulk from a caulking gun over them. Paint them before adding the spikes (which you should spray paint red on their own).

Another essential element for that authentic 1990s 40K look is moss covered rock spires, and I have prepared one so far, with plenty more on the way….

 

The other essential element is cardboard terrain. This is the old Imperial Bunker which I picked up on the WargamerAU Buy, Swap, and Sell forum for a good price considering it was in fairly poor condition. I fixed it up, and mounted it on a small hill. I ditched the tower and the forward position as I don’t like them anyway, and they were in very poor condition indeed. It makes a nice centrepiece for games and can be an objective in its own right if desired. It looks fairly good considering it took almost no effort to achieve this…

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I also constructed a kidney-shaped hill (which I made so long ago it still has my old blend of flock on it!)….

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… as well as a hill which has been dug out into a bunker, which utilises some Games Workshop terrain elements, namely the barricades from the Aegis Defence Line.

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Also, I constructed some generic trees, which I think could pass for evergreen European trees on a Warhammer Fantasy table if required….

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I used the method from this excellent tutorial on a great site called Boulder Creek Railroad (well worth a look if you want some tips on scenery making), and made them from old twigs, a plant hanging basket liner, and various grades of flock. They were pretty easy, but messy! They look better in real life than they do in this photo (flash photography… sigh).

Speaking of Warhammer Fantasy, I have been playing a few games of 5th edition, borrowing my gaming buddy’s Empire army, whilst I furiously put my own models together…. more to come soon!

Finally, for those sad pitiable souls interested in such things, here are some shots showing the construction of the table… it is a plywood top supported by pine battens. Pretty easy even for someone totally hopeless at DIY such as myself. It is quite sturdy, but heavy, and you do need somewhere to store it….

 

7th Cavalry Officer

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I painted this chap as part of a paint challenge on the Steve Dean Forum. I’m pretty pleased with how he turned out.

The figure is by Artizan Designs and sculpted by Mike Owen. It is a nice figure and was fairly easy to paint.

The method for the coat and trousers was to paint them in their base colour (Foundry French Blue Base for the coat and GW Electric Blue for the jeans) and drybrush them with the base colour with progressively more white added, up to pure white. I then covered them in a wash of dark blue ink mixed with gloss varnish… it seems to have worked out alright. In particular I am pleased with the face and eyes on this figure!

Mercenary (Rogue Trader Space Marine Scout with shuriken catapult)

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I recently painted this Rogue Trader era space marine scout model. I painted him initially as a bodyguard for a noble civilian for a Necromunda setting (that model is almost finished…) or perhaps a mercenary. I imagine he is a rejected Space Marine recruit who decided he would rather have his freedom than have his brain wiped to become a servitor… and somewhere along the line acquired a rather exotic xenos weapon.

I love the old scout models, but whilst a shuriken catapult might fit in with Rogue Trader, by 2nd edition the fluff is becoming more rigid and xenos weaponry is out – so it doesn’t really fit with my loyal Space Marine forces. For my money, this is the greatest era of the fluff (so I’m not complaining); where things are becoming set, but the background is still fluid (the Horus Heresy largely remains a mystery at this point of the fluff, for example) – whereas Rogue Trader is almost completely foreign to today’s 40K background.

Painting on this was fairly simple and really requires no explanation, but please do let me know if you have any specific queries.

Any colours used were the same as my Estalians, and the grey is just Codex Grey highlighted with Fortress Grey.

The fur is bestial brown with white added to drybrush on the highlights.

The catapult is white washed with Ogryn Flesh Wash then highlighted back up, and the gems on it are as follows: base GW Scab Red, highlights with GW Blood Red, GW Blazing Orange, GW Dwarf Flesh, and a spot of white for the light reflection.

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Rogue Trader Assassin

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I recently painted this Rogue Trader assassin model. I tried to paint him fairly closely in line with the classic Mike McVey paint scheme:

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‘Eavy Metal Warhammer 40,000 Painting Guide, Mike McVey, Games Workshop Ltd, 1994, page 79 (ISBN: 1 872372 70 8) 

Whilst my blends aren’t quite up to Mike McVey’s standards, overall I’m fairly pleased with how he came out.

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The method used was basically just from a zenithal white over grey undercoat, paint the synth-skin with black ink mixed with GW Chaos Black. Then the whole model was dry-brushed with grey then white, very lightly.

Thereafter the details were picked out and then the synth-skin was covered in Black Ink mixed with Lahmian Medium and water.

After varnishing the synth-skin was covered in gloss varnish which, though it makes it damned hard to photograph him, looks pretty good in real life.

 

This is a great model, and the current assassin models all draw from it in some way. I think I did it justice, though when viewing these very large photographs there are, as always, many points for improvement noted for the future.

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