Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Scots, part 1

Purchased these some time ago, but only now just getting around to the pics:

Scots, or more specifically Islemen, from Claymore Castings.  Here are a few more:

The fellow on the right of the bottom pic is a standard bearer, and he is holding a length of brass tubing that I glued in.

I am a little worried about the axes that they are wielding, as they are a bit thin and the pose is energetic.  Wonderful figures despite that.  I have others, but they had been primed black already and black primed figures just do not photograph well.


Saturday, October 03, 2015

Return to an old project?

Not much painting time here lately, just moving things around in an attempt to re-organize.

Here is a pic of the table:

The fantasy humans have been re-primed with a thin coat of gesso, and the square bases have been removed.  Unfortunately for the rest - and many other miniatures that are waiting off-stage - my stash of round slotta bases is very small, so they will need to wait for a while before getting based up again.

The Huaxtec continue to get some tattoo work, and in the rear rank one can see my Eagle warriors.  Eagle and Jaguar societies were not limited to just the Aztecs, so my Eureka Eagles have been transferred to the Huaxtec.  I am intending to make the core of my Aztec force around Foundry figures, but that is some time in the future.

And, in the foreground, are a couple of bags of miniatures that had been stored away for some time, and are going to make a comeback.  One can just read the business card in the photo from Claymore Castings, and the bags contain some of their excellent 14th century English and Scots.  As my wife is interested in her Scottish heritage, I will likely bring this dormant project back to the fore in the upcoming weeks.


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Huaxtecs, part 4

(This might be a bit NSFW, fair warning!)

A little more progress on the Mesoamerican project, with the Huaxtec pictured below:

The bases on all of them have been started, just smoothing out the base mostly.  Weapons are getting closer to completion, and the coloration of the hair is just about done, although for those that I am leaving as black (instead of dyed), I am not quite happy with the highlighting or the lack thereof.  I am not certain how far I will pursue it, as I am willing to bet that they will look different once the figures are coated with matte sealer.

The big item of the week has been putting tattoos on the fellas.  The Huaxtec were reputed to be heavily tattooed, so I am giving it a try.  So far, I am just using simple lines and designs, which should look OK from table-top gaming distances.  I will need to research some more complex designs, as well as the possibility of face/body painting...

Here is a close-up of some of the tattoos:

I am using Winsor & Newton black ink for the designs, which is why they are quite glossy.  The designs are fairly random, and I am trying to mix it up a bit for variation.  This pic also shows some of the very minor differences that I tried to have in poses, with the three that are armed with a wooden bladed weapon that I can not find the appropriate word for at the moment (!) showing where I have bent the figure.  Once I can order some more Huaxtec from Outpost, to supplement these from Lucid Eye, there will be much more variety in the troops!

A few more examples:

As I was trying to come up with more designs, it occurred to me that if I was painting these up for some purely Pulp gaming instead of attempting something remotely historical, it would be great if the tattoos were mathematical formulas instead of just random patterns...


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Mid-September Table

Haven't had much time for painting lately, but here is a pic of what is on the work table:

On the left, the Shén are getting the first dabs of paint, and on the right the Huaxtec are getting a bit of attention, mostly with some basing.  In the center is a Warbases sabot base that I am thinking of modifying by removing the right-most part to make a seven-slot base as it is currently too wide for my tastes.


Saturday, September 05, 2015

Other fantasy stuff

I have been reconsidering some of my gaming goals lately, and one of the ideas that I have renewed and brought forward to my gaming plans involves getting some skirmish groups together for some Song of Blades-type scenarios.  I have a variety of figures that can be used for this including my lovely wife's elves and my Reptus (lizard folk).

A few other groups can be formed, like orcs:

These are Old Glory orcs, from their Ghost miniatures line.  The skin color has just been started - no green orcs here!  The orcs suffer from having no magic-user types, but maybe numbers will help them out; I think that I have 18 of them someplace...

And some humans:

The sword-swingers are old Harlequin miniatures, with a musician and standard bearer included.  I am not certain if those two have an effect in SBH but they will look nice.  The crossbow types are Old Glory miniatures from their late HYW selections, and the guy in grey is a Reaper martial arts type that will be a special character.  After taking this pic, I found a chap that could work as a magic-user, so the humans have a balanced force.

The intended effect of dusting these old miniatures off and getting them painted is to get some sort of actual gaming going on here - it has been far too long...