Monday, December 30, 2013

Angry Ubgunsker

So here is Angry Ubgunsker: Werm of the Happy Plate Club from that zany set of Low Life miniatures that I have been slowly painting.  4 out of 10 done so far. 

Anyway, I'm really happy with this figure.  I don't think the photo really does him justice actually.  It took forever to get him done though with all of those little details he's got. 

Happy New Year!  Be back soon...

Friday, November 29, 2013

Skeletor Mr Bones - Reaper Miniature

This month's miniature is Mr. Bones from Reaper's Bones line of plastic minis.  I mentioned earlier that I picked up a few of these plastic figures in September and I finally got around to painting this little guy.  I decided to paint him up in a color scheme reminiscent of Skeletor from Masters of the Universe.

I attempted to make the shovel look old and rusted or weathered and I think that's my favorite part of this miniature now.  Pretty fun little figure overall.

There's lots of minis primed and waiting on my table, so I hope to post here again soon....

Monday, October 28, 2013

Dwarven Forge Game Tiles

So far this month, real life (ugh) has kept me from painting any miniatures, but I wanted to make a quick post, to express how glad I am that I got in on Dwarven Forge's Game Tiles Kickstarter last spring.  I got my tiles last weekend, and I'm psyched to game with them tonight.  I went in at the 170 dollar, two-sets- already-painted level and I feel like it was totally worth it.  In the past I've always thought the Dwarven Forge stuff looked cool but was just way too expensive.  If they have a deal like this again I recommend getting in on it.

Hope to be back soon with a painted mini!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Reaper Bones Giant Rats

I didn't get in on the insane Reaper Bones Kickstarter, but my most excellent FLGS recently got in a big load of Bones minis and I picked up a few.  I needed some giant rats to throw at some first level adventurers this week, and this seemed like an inexpensive source for them.

Reaper Bones pack "77016: Rats", contains six plastic rats in 3 poses and can be had for less than four dollars.  Not a bad deal at all, even if the details are a bit shallow or even crude in places.

I painted these quickly, assembly-line style, which is something I really never do.  But I will say that I got them done in a short amount of time and, by my standards, looking good enough to game with.

Here is a shot that shows their size in comparison to a typical Reaper mini.

I hope to post again soon.  Stay tuned.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Female Drow Warrior

I painted up Reaper's "Anjanise, Elf Druid" figure as a Drow warrior, and here she is:

I used Reaper's Dark Elf Skin Triad paints for the skin tones and I'm pretty happy with them.  I did mix some in-between shades and a slightly lighter color for highlights but overall they made it easier to get this model painted, and I think they look pretty good.

The metallic paints I used on the swords didn't photograph particularly well.

More Drow and more Low Life minis to come.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Smelven Smellementalist

I've got 3 out of the initial 10 Low Life minis painted now.  Here is my latest paintjob- Unctious Pwoof: Smelven Smellementalist.  Yeah, it's super weird!

Lots of little tiny details on this one too.  This is probably my least favorite one from the set as it's just so weird and has so many odd details that it's hard to tell what's going on.  I kept the colors fairly close to the official illustration albeit somewhat darker.

Illustration by Andy Hopp

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Heritage/Custom Cast Lesser Goblin With Bow

Here is possibly the oldest miniature I own, a "Lesser Goblin With Bow" sculpted by Duke Siefried, produced in 1975 by Heritage/Custom Cast in their Der Kriegspielers Fantastiques Lord of the Rings line.

I love the face on this little guy!  
I'm not sure if he once held an arrow or other item in his right hand.  I can't find a picture of this exact goblin anywhere. The Lost Minis Wiki page for this line of minis has pics of very similar Lesser Goblins with bows, but they are in a different pose.  If anyone has any insight into this let me know.  I considered adding an arrow of some kind to his hand but couldn't easily come up with one that scaled well with the figure and decided it didn't really need it.  Maybe he is smiling because the arrow he just fired hit a hobbit or something.

Here's how he looked before base and primer:

I got lots more stuff to paint, I just gotta find the time to do it.  Stay tuned.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Oofo Dementalist

Painted up another wacky Low Life Miniature.  This time it's Trozzgoxx the Lobe, Oofo Dementalist.

I'm pretty happy with this weird little guy.  His freckles might be a bit too subtle, making his body sort of plain.  I'm liking how the neon green in his eyes really stands out though.

Here he is with the Horc Limblopper from last post.  These are just really fun miniatures.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Horc Limblopper

Here is the first of the Low Life Miniatures, from the kickstarter I mentioned previously.  Again, I've never actually played the Low Life RPG but the characters are just so crazy that I had  get in on the miniatures.

This miniature is a Horc Limblopper, they call "The Guy With the Killin' Stick."  I could see using him for a character made of radioactive waste in Gamma World as well.  I had a ton of fun painting him.

Up next will either be another Low Life mini or the oldest mini yet to be featured on my blog.  We'll see which one gets done first... 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Black Hole Robots

The two small robots I mentioned in my last post are here: Small Floating Robot 1 and Small Floating Robot 2 from Black Cat Bases.  They are clearly supposed to be reminiscent of V.I.N.CENT and B.O.B. from The Black Hole.  They aren't the greatest sculpts and aren't fully movie-accurate but they are really fun characters so I had to paint them up.  If you are a fan of late 70's/early 80's sci-fi, hopefully you can appreciate them.

  I wish Black Cat or someone would make Maximillian and/or the robot sentries from the movie too.

 The real V.I.N.CENT and B.O.B., my inspiration.

Now on to basing and priming some minis so I can hopefully post some more miniature goodness soon...

Monday, May 27, 2013

Grenadier Ruster Beast aka Rust Monster

My goal with this blog has been to post no less than once per calendar and month, and for the first time since I started it I failed by missing April.  The good news is I'm back!  This time I bring you Grenadier's Ruster Beast from their Monster Manuscript line (Vol.IX.) 

I think this is one of the better Rust Monster minis out there and I enjoyed painting this little bugger.  I really like the texturing that the sculptor, John Dennett, put on this mini. The rocks in particular have an excellent rock-like texture.  I'm not sure I'm satisfied with how I painted the eyes but I was going for some contrast.

I have a couple of small robots on my painting table now, and from the "Other Oddities" department, I went big on backing the Low Life Miniatures Kickstarter even though I have never played the RPG.  The minis are just so gonzo that I had to get some.  I just got the first wave in the mail, so expect to see those soon as well.
Artwork by Andy Hopp

Andy Hopp, the creator of Low Life has a current kickstarter going for a new addition of the Low Life game that I should probably mention as well:

Friday, March 29, 2013

Asgard Unicorn

I almost thought March was going to go by without a post from yours truly, but I did manage to paint up one miniature this month: Asgard's Unicorn (FM16). 

I tried to give this Unicorn a tacky color scheme, like something that might have appeared on a poster or trapper keeper cover from the 80s.  I figured the world didn't need another plain old white unicorn.  In the end, I'm kind of disappointed with my work though.  It doesn't match up to what I pictured in my mind's eye.  I got a little lazy with some of the blending and overall it just lacks a certain something.  The purple somehow gave it a potentially evil look too, which is not what I was going for.  Oh well.  Stay tuned as there are lots more minis on my work table eagerly awaiting some paint.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Archive Dracula Himself

This month's post is Archive Miniatures' "Dracula Himself."  This mini was apparently released in a few different ways.  He was released as a single miniature in the Dungeon Adventure line as number 719 and in a two pack with "Vampire Woman" as number 720.  He also appeared in their Fantasy Series as part of a three pack with "Wolfman" and "Franlcenstein," (aka Frankenstein's Monster).  Based on the picture featured on this website, it looks like he may have been re-released with a different head/face sculpt.  I'm not sure.  Enough with the history, here is the prince of darkness himself:


I had fun painting this guy, even though the sculpt is a bit rough in places.   I mixed purple and grey into the skin tones to give him a deathly pall but for some reason the camera didn't really quite capture it. 

Up next is something kind of wacky....or maybe tacky is a better word....stay tuned.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Grenadier Troll and Reaper Hawk

Here is the classic monster promised in my last post: Grenadier's Troll from the Denizens of the Swamp box set.  I love the gnarly, thin, and long-nosed trolls from D&D's past and I had a good time painting this guy.  The limited palette meant that it painted up pretty quickly too despite the fact that I am an incredibly slow painter.  This is the third mini I've painted from the Swamp set and it may be a while before I get to them, but eventually I'll paint the rest.  

I also recently painted the hawk from Reaper's Animal Companions I pack.  One of the players in the D&D game I'm running has a hawk "animal minion" and this was for him.  It's fairly small.  To give a sense of scale: the base is 20mm. 

More vintage lead and other random minis to come...