Friday, May 30, 2014

Duelling Gamers and the High Speed Zombies

Well the heading is a little misnomer in that there is no such thing in most of the games I play as a high speed zombie so why then have I called it thus?

I have way too many miniatures to paint and even though the Mantic Zombies are worthy of a better paint job I just can’t warrant the time. So below is a little tutorial for speed painted Zombies my way.

First a good thin coat or two of Army Painter Skeleton bone, good for um yep skeletons and zombies and ancient Greeks and anything else that needs a  nice pale beige colour.

Then I use the old games workshop washes, a green, a red, a blue and the ogren flesh wash.

Next is base coat the cloth, greys, tans, off yellow etc. Keep it neat but don’t take forever with this lot.
A thin brown ink style wash, army painter Vallejo etc. only on the cloth. This adds a small amount of depth but not over the gruesome flesh. Enough depth there already I hope.

Red eyes, the odd bit of protruding bone an off white colour and they are done.

Basing I enjoy as it sets the miniatures in a scene, yet this is still a high speed example.
PVA glue (white glue or Elmer’s if anyone overseas reads this) covered in local beach sand and don’t worry about the extra height, none of this basing gunk to bring the feet down to earth for me so sir.

Once dry I use a proper brown artist ink and wash it over the sand. This soaks in and adds a depth of its own. Then mix a nice dry brush colour out of off white or beige colours and heavy headedly apply trying to keep it off the feet and legs. Flock is in keeping with other units and so PVA with a blob of green flock. Tap it all off.

1 Unit of 20 split into 2 X 10 so that I can add them to other units of 20 Zombies already painted beforehand. So I can field a unit of 60 for KOW or WFB or any combination thereof.
If anyone wants further details of specific paint colours just ask.
Thanks for looking and oh May Quota now complete yay.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Magic The Gathering Takes a back seat while RPGs capture the clubs attention

A small gathering of the hordes last Friday down at the club with Pathfinder and Saga Star Wars holding the majority of members attention.
A three way 40K game using rules from 2 editions ago, proving that you don't have to keep up to date with the latest incarnation and still have a fun evening. Cheaper too.

Space Wolf Scouts with Bows and Arrows??? Nice painting though.

Nids vs Marines vs Space Wolves, not sure who won but I did notice that the Wolves let the other two go for it first and thus was able to mop up at the end.

Another shot just because I like minis and the RPGs don't use as many.

Blood Bowl, Chaos Dwarf vs Gobblin/Skaven team.

Orcs Vs Dark Elves

Pathfinder with finger of doom pointing at the next victim of the whirlpool.

Smiles all round as something becomes untuck in the Star Wars RPG.
11 likely lads and lasses playing RPGs and 7 on miniature games. Like I said quiet night but fun never the less.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Zombies begin the stagger towards the paint pot

Early in the morning assembled ready for priming

Primed this afternoon (army painter skeleton bone, love this colour)
Also on the bench are four more Morat Infinity miniatures

The bench as it were, yep Warlord games Vickers, some Old Glory? Norman spear and tucked up the back is an odd old Cthullhu miniature from RAFM???? None of which have anything to do with the Duelling Gamers painting competition that I am trying to play around with. Still clearing the desk as it were.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Duelling Gamers May "The werewolves" ooowwwwwww

I was in a little rush to get some stuff done at the end of April but was gently reminded to keep the pace steady. So I slipped into doing some other miniatures and clearing the desktop so as to paint the upcoming Zombies. Well it is now time to show off the May Werewolves.

You have seen these before, black undercoat over the hard resin like Mantic Plastic.

The complete unit of Mantic Werewolves, in this case used as Crypt Horrors for a Vampire Counts army.

Werewolf Number One, there is a small issue with the plastic that these nasty beasties are made from in that it is actually a little bit brittle. I broke the hand off with a drop from about 1.5m. doh.

Number 2 love the animation of these miniatures.

Number three. It is a little hard to tell but there is 5 + coats of various greys and blue greys with a little highlighting. Got to sort out my photography skill and get a cheapppppppp light box.

The Mantic Zombies. For those of you in the know there are a couple of Mantic Ghouls in here to as I want to do some very minor kit bashing. I actually really love the zombies as they are probably the best of the older mantic undead with, I know it is hard to believe but, a lot of animation. Or should that be re-animation.
Some of the May desk clearing again. 1/100 scale Zvezda  Panzer 38Ts I really like these little models and they make great editions to my new Battlegroup Barbarossa rules. I just need to find some red number decals....any thoughts out there please, as I need a few? 

This was the piece that inspired my above purchase. Second hand fully painted from CanCon around $5.00 from memory. I think it is a GaModels resin piece but I am not sure. I also picked up a 35T as well but it is not much chop really but I will use this one.
Well club update is a non-event this early as I completely forgot to take photos which is a pity as there where 2 large roleplaying games happening, Pathfinder and Saga StarWars. Plenty of Magic The Gathering gamers, 2 games of Bloodbowl and a 40K marine vs marine slugfest. Sorry lads that your pictures are not immortalised this month. I'll try later.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

15mm Russian WWII Ancient Germans and Clearing work of the paint desk

Clearing the Paint desk
DBA army 15mm Ancient Germans (Essex? minis) Completed April but I need 3 cavalry minis can anyone help??????

28mm Handgunners for .................?

15mm WWII Russians completed in early May for Battlegroup rules and Chain of Command

Close up of how I differentiate between the units

Close up II

Saga Knight WIP

28mm Ancient Germans I am trying to finish but started by a friend.
What about duelling paintbrushes you ask, well as I was almost going to jump the gun and paint up some werewolves, instead I decided to finish some stuff on the desk and in boxes that was waiting to be done. So coming up this May is 3 mantic werewolves used as crypt horrors in WFB and a unit of 20 zombies, again mantic minis as I have them in bags ready to go. Wish me luck. Costs in GW terms $79.00 + $55.00 so with my left over funds from April I think I am still $6.00 in front and have not gone over the budget. Sorry I just can't do the whole spread sheet thing like Owen but I can blog occasionally.