Hey! This blog is not dead, it was just sleeping for a bit. Hoping to paint lots more minis in the new year.
Anyway... I picked up the Tanks: Modern Age Starter Set and while I have yet to play the game, I couldn't resist building and painting the three 1/100 scale tanks that it comes with right away. I've never been into historical gaming (this game is actually an alternate history "cold war turned hot" setting) or military-fetishism, but I love tanks. I just think they look cool. It's that simple.
These are the first tanks I have ever painted.
Two Soviet T-64s:
And an M1 Abrams:
I'm actually really happy with how these turned out. I wasn't sure how the camouflage was going to look, but I think it turned out pretty decent. I can't wait to play the game now.
As I mentioned in my last post, I have more Doctor Who figures and some random weirdness primed and ready to go. Hopefully, I will stop neglecting them and will be back with another post soon.
Does any man need three miniature versions of the 10th Doctor from Doctor Who? No. But somehow I ended up with three and got the bright idea to just paint them all up at once.
A while back I purchased Heresy's "Dr. Hugh," a 28-32mm "not"-version of David Tennant as the Doctor. (No longer available there as far as I can tell.) I like the body of this figure but the face is slightly exaggerated. He fits in nicely with my classic Doctors though.
Warlord Games has two official versions of the 10th Doctor currently available at approximately 38mm scale. This one is resin and was originally created for Gale Force 9's board game but is now available in a pack with the first and fourth doctor. This figure is ok but the face is rough and not a good likeness in my opinion. (I can't bring myself to show a pic of it straight on.)
The best of the three in my opinion is this one, cast in metal, from Warlord Games' "Tenth Doctor & Companions" pack. The pose is pretty static but overall it is a very nice figure and a great likeness. I tried to do it justice. (Somehow the photo makes his eyebrows look more intense than they do in reality.)
Finally, I also painted everyone's favorite robot dog, K-9. Great figure and I'm pretty happy with how he turned out. (Also from Warlord Games but as a promotional figure)
That's it for now. I have more Doctor Who-related stuff to paint: companions, Sea Devils, Zygons, etc. but a bunch of other stuff is on my table as well, so stay tuned.
A couple of quick things for this post: First is a resin terrain piece. This is Acheson Creations' Large Olmec Head.
It was fun and quick to paint up and I think it will look great with some tropical terrain. I don't really have a specific gaming use for it, I just thought it was cool, and will find an excuse to use it at some point.
My other super quick piece is a re-based Heroclix figure of the Living Brain. I threw a wash on it and did some highlighting, and thought it looked kinda cool for a funky retro robot. Even though I am a huge comic book nerd, I know very little about the character this figure is based on. Just a fun miniature.
I'm fairly happy with him, although he is a bit dark. This may be due to the fact that I primed him grey and not my usual white prime. I really like Julie Guthrie's work for Grenadier. Great line of figures in my opinion.
I struggled with the freehand on the shield. I wanted it to look hand painted on wood, and I guess I achieved that, but it was tough painting on such a small surface. I've always been impressed by other painters' ability to paint amazing little shields and banners, but I usually avoid it myself.
In my imagination he'll be part of an army with green, white, and brown heraldry, but in reality I am unlikely to fulfill that project, at least any time soon. There are plenty of other things filling up my painting queue though, so stay tuned.
This is one of those minis that just looks way cooler in person. Sometimes you photograph a miniature and it just doesn't quite do it. Anyway, it was fun to paint, and I can't wait to play the game sometime soon.
I still have lots of Daleks to paint and no matter what I'm hoping to stick to my plan of at least one finished miniature a month. Stay tuned.