Monday, February 20, 2012

Doctor Who and the Planet of Giant Ticks

So I just finished painting two miniatures: Doctor Who (the first doctor as portrayed by William Hartnell) and Asgard's Giant Tick (FM62).

This Doctor Who miniature was made by FASA in the 80's to go along with their Doctor Who RPG.  The minis were licensed to RAFM in the U.S. and Citadel in the U.K.  They made miniatures of the first five doctors, and they are all primed and ready to go on my desk, so expect to see the rest of them in the near future.  I got these as a kid and was always afraid to paint them, for fear of not doing them justice.

I'm not sure why they gave him so many rings.  I only remember him wearing the blue one.  Unfortunately in this picture the two on his left hand kind of look like warts or something. They look better in real life but maybe I should use an actual metallic paint on them.  I used grey mainly because I didn't want them to stand out too much.

The Asgard Giant Tick has some great texture on it but it really is kind of a lump of lead.  Like a deer tick, it has no eyes.  That being said, I think a giant tick would be one of the scariest monsters to run into, what with it's hideous appearance and blood-sucking abilities.  As far as I know the only other Giant Ticks available are the ones from Otherworld which do look pretty great.


 In other related news, I got a copy of the Journal of the OSFMapa that I mentioned in my last post.  It was a really fun read and I learned some things about old school miniatures that I was previously unaware of.  Again I encourage you to join us so you can get a copy of the next issue!  Email Scott at oldschoolfantasy (at) gmail (dot) com for more info.  

Update: OSFMapa now has a blog and a website where you can learn more about it.

Friday, February 3, 2012

General Update

So January was a busy month for me and I don't have any newly painted minis to show yet, but I will soon!

One of the things I did this past month was contribute to a new amateur press journal: The Old School Fantasy Miniatures APA or OSFMapa.  I wasn't really familiar with the APA concept before I saw this post on Mike's Blog: Swords and Dorkery, but essentially it's a printed zine that one needs to contribute to in order to get a copy to read.  Only a few extras are printed.  I'm not sure yet what I think of that format because it has such a limited readership, but I'm really excited to see what the other members have contributed when the first printing comes out sometime this month.  The reason I am bringing this to your attention, dear reader, is to encourage you to join the group as well.  If you are interested in vintage miniatures consider joining the group and contributing an article to the next issue.   We could use a few more miniatures junkies like you.