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.

Jungle Trees

Things have been a bit quiet lately, thanks to both extreme busy-ness at work, and consequent stress, and my brother unexpectedly coming to stay with us for a bit, which was nice though that meant lots of Diplomacy being played instead of painting….

I have been working away though and I have a few things which are 95% done, so hopefully I should be a bit more active in terms of posting over the next few weeks.

For now though, I have finished some jungle trees as part of my project to have a terrain set-up reminiscent of the jungle scenery from the 2nd edition 40K battle reports. They are made from Games Workshop jungle trees (no longer available, I believe) and some cheap model railroad palm trees which came from China via eBay. Quick and effective, I think.

Sorry for the awful photo - I had to take it on my phone whilst I wait for a new camera battery... Click for a bigger pic.
Sorry for the awful photo – I had to take it on my phone whilst I wait for a new camera battery…
Click for a bigger pic.

Blood Bowl WIP and Inspiration

My latest project is the Averheim Avengers for Blood Bowl. This is taking a bit of precedence over other projects at the moment as there is a tournament in August which I may attend if I can: 1. Learn the game (having never played before!); and, 2. Paint a team! This all came about by innocently commenting in someone’s painting diary on the WAU Forums, discovering we live in the same city, and being invited to the tournament! Be careful how liberally you comment on people’s threads it seems! 🙂 This is the team so far. I expect to have some test models done (at least to base coats) in the next week.

The whole team
The whole team – the models are sculpted by Gary Morley with the exception of the ogre which is a Hasslefree miniature sculpted by Kev White
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Blitzers

The ogre is Hasslefree‘s Axenarf, converted by the removal of his axe.

The inspiration for the (planned) colour scheme is this classic scheme as seen in White Dwarf 223 (1998). I will put my own twists on, of course 🙂 (Click for bigger pictures.)

from White Dwarf 223
The Marauders human Blood Bowl team from White Dwarf 223
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The Marauders vs. The Norsca Rampagers from WD 223
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The Marauders and Norsca Rampagers from the contents page WD 223
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The Marauders and Norsca Rampagers from the Mail Order pages, WD 223

A Space Pirate or Perhaps a Rogue Trader’s Henchwoman

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Hasselfree Andreah sculpted by Kev White

2015-04-12 010I just painted this model for the Random Platypus Forum Hasslefree Paint-A-Long. I converted her to be something like a space pirate or member of a rogue trader’s entourage by the simple addition of a shuriken pistol instead of her generic sci-fi weapon. I used an old metal pistol from a 1990s Striking Scorpion for the simple reason that it is about half the size of the modern plastics, which would have looked over the top on such a slight miniature.

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I used a few experimental techniques which I am not entirely satisfied with, but you live and learn.

Colours used are

Coat – GW Chaos Black highlighted with pure white on the edges. I tried to give it a bit of texture by dry-brushing (very) lightly with white but that was only mildly successful. I ended up going over most of it with GW Black Ink to remove much of that effect…

Skin – GW Dwarf Flesh then GW Elf Flesh then keep adding white into the Elf Flesh for highlights in successive layers finishing up with pure white. I also used some flesh glazes (GW Orgryn Flesh) to blend the highlights, re-doing the final white highlights after that. I also used a yellow glaze around the edges of her face to add some colour but also to make her look a bit jaundiced, as if she spends a lot of time out of the sun inside spaceships… I was only mildly successful with that…

Pistol – White with GW Asurmen Blue wash to shade. I should have thinned the wash more and applied it more sparingly as I’m not entirely happy with this.

Sword grip – GW Evil Sunz Scarlet shaded with W&N Vermillion Ink and highlighted with GW Fiery Orange.

Coat lining – Foundry Buff Leather triad A, B, then C.

Hair – White washed with GW Leviathan Purple wash to shade. Also washes of Ogryn Flesh applied in various spots but not all over. In retrospect I would have applied the washes much more sparingly so as to make the hair look white overall rather than purple, but I am not unhappy with it as is.

On the Paint Table II

Some more WIPs, with various poor photos. Sorry there is nothing finished yet but I am still feeling a bit burnt out on the orks but I am trying to do various things, including updating the blog, to keep momentum up and stay motivated. Thanks for indulging me.

Andreah and the assasin, WIP. In the case of the assasin I am trying to follow Mike Mcvey’s paint-job from the 1990s fairly closely.

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More jungle ruins terrain. Not too much more to do on these…

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A tank I converted a while back and just started painting. It is a looted rhino for the Blood Axes. I am learning a fair bit with every vehicle I put together….

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And it was confirmed to me last week that I will get paid my annual bonus in the next pay cycle. Therefore, I immediately treated myself to a few kits (the rest will go on taking my wife out to a fancy dinner and paying off debt). You probably won’t see much of these for a couple of months. The Jagdpanther will become a Gobsmasha for the Blood Axes and the Marder another counts-as warbuggy. The Citroen was an impulse buy. It is a bit small for 40K use (when I got it out of the box – I had thought of maybe using it for a Necromunda-ish sort of conversion) so I may use it with my WWII Germans….

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And I have actually finished some stuff. They are getting varnished now so expect proper photos by the end of this week 😉

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On the Paint Table

I have made some progress on the Bad Moons.

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I was feeling a bit burnt out with the orks, so I decided to do some basing – something easy and requiring little thought to keep up momentum but without being too taxing. I basically just chose a bunch of figures I wanted to paint up, without them being connected to any particular project.

I love the scribe; one of my all time favourite 40K minis, even though it’s not from 2nd edition. There is a real dearth of civilian types in 40K, models and fluff, since the end of the Rogue Trader era and this figure goes some way to correcting that. I’m not sure who the sculptor is.

4th ed. Warhammer Empire soldier (I think from the War Wagon), Hasslefree not-Scooby, 40K 4th ed. Daemonhunters Inquisitorial Scribe
4th ed. Warhammer Empire soldier (I think from the War Wagon), Hasslefree not-Scooby, 40K 4th ed. Daemonhunters Inquisitorial Scribe

I converted Andreah (inspired by this conversion on the excellent Tales from the Maelstrom blog). She will be part of a Rogue Trader’s crew, or an Inquisitorial hench-woman or somesuch thing at some point. I chose to use a pistol from one of the old Striking Scorpions just because it is about half the size of the modern plastics, and this very slight miniature needed a smaller and more elegant weapon.

Hasslefree Miniatures, Andrea sculpted by Kev White (converted), pistol from 2nd edition 40K Striking Scorpion
Hasslefree Miniatures, Andrea sculpted by Kev White (converted), pistol from 2nd edition 40K Striking Scorpion

This conversion was inspired by Thomas David’s winning entry from Golden Daemon (France) 1998. She may be a preacher to accompany my eventual Sisters of Battle army, or a sanctioned psyker, or an Inquisitorial hanger-on; at this stage I don’t know, I just converted her for the joy of it. The hand holding the book is from a Rogue Trader Imperial Guard Commissar, whose remains will be converted into something else soon(ish).

Bretonnian Sorceress, 1997 sculpted by Brian Nelson (converted)
Bretonnian Sorceress, 1997 sculpted by Brian Nelson (converted)
Thomas DAVID, 1st place squad Golden Daemon 1998 (France)
Thomas DAVID, 1st place squad Golden Daemon 1998 (France) (Click for bigger pic)

The psyker will be named Lord Varlak, before his fall from grace, inspired by the excellent battle report from White Dwarf 187 (see here for an excellent review of the issue with many scanned photos). He will accompany any Imperial forces as ordered by his superiors. Likewise the assassin (a fantastic classic model; I’m not sure the later assassins, much as I like them, are superior to this fellow).

Rogue Trader Miniatures, Sanctioned Psyker and Assasin
Rogue Trader Miniatures, Sanctioned Psyker and Assasin

And some random animals, just because. The dogs will of course accompany any appropriate 40K or fantasy characters depending on the character’s mission, whilst the others are jungle-dwellers and background elements (there are 2 more, not pictured, Reaper iguanas, also).

Brigade Models Celtos hunting hound, Bombshell Miniatures Rottweiler
Brigade Models Celtos hunting hound, Bombshell Miniatures Rottweiler
Reaper Miniatures, Familiar Pack IV monkey and rabbit
Reaper Miniatures, Familiar Pack IV monkey and rabbit

This one is not so random. It is not a cat, but a Gyrinx (see here). It will accompany a psyker, probably Imperial or Eldar. It is an excellent model, and I wish I had ordered more than one in retrospect.

Bombshell Miniatures, cat
Bombshell Miniatures, cat

More to come soon!