Sunday, 30 August 2015

Skaven: WiP Converted plague monks

Evening guys and girls,

Actually getting an update out on time this week, shocking isn't it.

I'm still quite "in the zone" sculpting wise of late so this update is again quite GS heavy. I have been converting a set of Skaven clanrats into plague monks for what was planned as a christmas gift for the diabolical Mr Feral...

He however has found out and I have blasted through nearly 5 of them already so figured I'd pop them up here:







I have really been enjoying these, the small scale of the skaven plus all the fabric work makes them quite quick to do. Hopefully they will encourage Feral to continue on with his rather great looking skaven as seen HERE.


In other news in my never ending quest of getting more games that will likely rarely be played I picked up this:


I have read an awful lot of positive things about the game online and for a tenner on amazon I think it was well worth the punt. After having a bit of a flick through it looks like a really nice little RPG skirmish game.

I'm planning to make 2 warbands, 1 will be a necromancer themed one and the other will be a chronomancer. More on these soon.........

I should have an update mid week with the first finished stormcast unit, as I type they only need last few finishing touches.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Dungeon Saga: Converted Liche King

Afternoon guys and girls,

I've been kept busy in real life again so haven't had too much to show hobby wise. Today will hopefully change that as I have a real labour of love to show and even some process pics.

A while ago now Nife suggested that it may make an interesting post to show a stage by stage almost, break down of how I convert. Given I am still slowly working away on models to supplement what I'll be getting in the kickstarter I figured a dungeon saga model would make a good subject.

I decided to make a Liche King whose rules should hopefully be in the adventurers companion, he will be a boss type monster. The 2 wraiths I have shown before will sort of be his body guard who will spawn with him.

First up here is the near finished model:





He needs a few finishing touches and I plan on having a few spirits flowing off his base.


Here is how he started:




Given Liches are almost zombies just with full intelligence and magic power I figured a mantic zombie torso would be the best place to start.the one reaching out being ideal to show him casting a spell.

This movement influenced the flow of his robes and the like, after my experience making the wraiths I knew i'd be able to pull of the flowing robes, so a few sculpting sessions later I arrived at this:


With the lower body sorted from here it was just a case of adding the armour and other details to the torso, sadly I don't have any pics of that process :(

I have found these dungeon saga pieces to be a really good outlet for my creativity, I can go to town on stuff without having to worry about having to replicate it across an entire army. My next project for it after finishing fleshing out the additional undead choices will be some Twilight Kin(Dark Elves),

For these I plan on converting some plastic Perry miniatures foot knights with some GS additions, and if I feel brave scratch sculpted heads.....wish me luck :P


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Right in my final shout out of this post and old friend of mine from back in my days of being Active on the Ammo Bunker and who was one of the ones to talk me into a blog has returned.

After 3 years of hiatus Foot_of_Adhesive_Tape has finally returned to blogging:

Feel free to go and hassle him :)

Monday, 10 August 2015

5 years of blogging

 Evening guys and girls,

I have been quiet of late, again due to having a lot going on in real life. Including a week in Scotland for the wedding of 2 very good friends of mine.

In that time a milestone for this blog has passed. My little corner of the internet has been going for 5 years now, give or take a few hiatuses which im sure can be forgiven. scary how fast time flies by I remember the day that Mr Feral and Foot_of _adhesive_tape first nagged me to start a blog like it was yesterday.

Since then I have withdrawn from the forums along with most of my original hobby mates, most of whom have blogs now too.

5 years has seen me drift away from GW being the core of my hobbying and has seen me start and fail a legion of projects, but the enjoyment of toy soldiers is still there. I'd like to thank anyone who takes the time to read or comment on my ramblings, know that it is appreciated.

Obviously due to being busy the past few weeks I haven't had much hobby time however here is the state of my stormcast eternal production line:





I picked up  the new gold base paint which is helping speed these guys along. I should hopefully have this first unit of them done quite soon.

In other news whilst up in  Scotland I had chance to grab a quick game of FoW and got talking to Dave about visiting more often and actually gaming. This lead to a purchase:

                                     

Dave has moved more to the historical side of the spectrum so I've decided to paint up a very small bolt action force. likely to be the above boxset plus a few bits and a single tank. To spur us on we have a gentlemans agreement to complete at least 1 bolt action model per month (given how easily distracted we both are 1 will be hard).

I've gone with the SS as I have a force of them for FoW and camo is rather fun to paint. Go check out Daves Blog and spur him on HERE.

Well that is it for now, I may have an update in the coming days as my Anvil Industries Kickstarter has been dispatched :)

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Stormcast Eternal

Evening guys and girls, apologies for my absence the past weeks had a few things on my plate in real life.

So today sees me entering rocky territory, never in all my years in this hobby have I seen the level of sheer hatred and venom online that the Age of Sigmar release has caused. I watched it from a distance having only a passing interest in fantasy, I figured I would wait and see how it turned out.

Having read a lot of the fluff I must say I don't mind it, certainly a blank canvas to work with and has actually captured my imagination. Its been a long time since GW did that for me, its been more the territory of Mantic and Corvus Belli over recent years.

Now at the FW open day I had a good look at the models and really liked them, the stormcast eternals heavily remind me of the Angels from the Darksiders series of games (HERE) I  loved the art style of that series.

Now one of my normal partners in crime appeared at this point. Nife wanted the chaos models to paint so it was agreed that we would split a starter set. As it turns out we have both bought a starter set............





This has been really fun to work on, I've never painted a model virtually entirely in metallic. I have tried to go a bit darker and grittier on these instead of the ultra bright gold of the GW studio ones. A nice turquoise for colour and we are all good.

I've added some broken arrows, blood and cut some damage into the shield again to help with the more gritty aspect.

I will be working gradually on the sigmar side of the starter over the coming months, will use them as  a test bed for some techniques I want to try.

However I am off to Scotland tomorrow for the wedding of a very good friend of mine High Marshal Dave, so will be a week or so before any more painting progress will be made. Until then feel free to let me know what you think :)