Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Blight Kings

I recently decided my Nurgle Daemon Army needed more punch so acquired some Blight Kings.

At a pinch, they could also serve as Nurgle terminators, assuming I ever play 40K again.

I like these models: they are full of character.

Of course that rather depends whether the next edition of 40K cleans it up and turns it back into a playable Fire and Manoeuvre wargame as opposed to a bloated monster.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Reaper Hydra

I am a great fan of Reaper Bones polymer miniatures.

I acquired this great Hydra for £16 of our English pounds.

I painted it as far as I could, to resemble the great Harrhausen model from Jason and the Argonoughts: still one of my favourite fantasy movies.

I am not sure yet what I will do with it: a Foundry Colchis army beckons.

Friday, 17 March 2017

IHMN Venusian Self Propelled Artillery/ AoS Oldhammer Stegadon Mash-Up

I acquired an Oldhammer Stegadon howdah without the stegadon off eBay, stripped it clean and painted it to match my AoS skink/IHMN Venusian army.

Now, as it happens, the Oldhammer Stegadon is more like a Triceratops and, as it happens, by chance I have a few very old Natural History Museum Triceratops knocking around. :)

'Twas but the work of a moment to respray the hard plastic dino toy, stick on the howdah, add a skink Mahout and stick it to one of my Venusian swamp bases - lot o' swamps on Venus, don'tchahknow.

The 'Stegadon' has stopped to munch on a giant Venusian swamp flower.

And off we go.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Review: Original Laser Designs - Dark Age Longship

While at Cavalier, I came across a new laser-cut woodkit manufacturer -  new to me, anyway - with lots of goodies on show. I was particularly taken with the 28mm Dark Age Longships as I am currently working on a Dark Age contract.

Here's a closer shot of one of the two ships on offer for the princely sum of £25.

Obviously, I had to purchase one for, err, review purposes. The above picture shows what you get in the box: a preformed hull and decking with various optional accouterments such as shields, benches, oars etc.

The hull is incredibly strong, the photo shows the bottom, with the sides already prebent (by steaming?) and stuck fast to the main base.

The great thing about this ship is that you could use it straight out of the box. The flat wide deck is perfect for standing models upon so it is more than just a scenery piece: the ship could be used for skirmish naval battles.

This photo shows what the ship looks like if you add the interior bits and pieces that you get with the kit.

And this one what can be achieved with a lick of paint in useful places.

Highly recommended and two shapes means that you can have two fleets: Vikings versus Alfred's navy, anyone?

You can buy the kits here.

Monday, 27 February 2017

IHMN Venusian Heavy Cavalry/ AoS Troglodon Mash-Up

I use GW skinks for my IHMN Venusian Native Army. These are available second hand for a song and are reasonably priced when new.

The Troglodon is, however, one of those wildly overpriced large-but-simple plastic kits that GW specialise in.

However Carnegie Collection dinosaurs are available prepainted for around a tenner and are gorgeous models. This is their Spinosaurus. All I did was reposition the feet (using boiling water) to tilt the body forward into a more accurate pose - bipedal dinosaurs did not walk upright - add a couple of skinks, and put it on a Venusian base.

I am really pleased with the result and the fact that it only cost me a tenner plus some spares I had sitting in store really appeals to my skinflint soul.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Review: Reaper Filth Beast, aka Beast of Nurgle

This is a Reaper Bones Dark Heaven Filth Beast which I have painted up as a Beast of Nurgle.

It is one of Reaper's polymer models retailing typically in the UK for about £2.75. To give an idea of scale, the model is mounted on a 50mm base.

Reaper Bones miniatures are made of a soft, light polymer but unlike polyethylene it is not greasy so it sticks easily with superglue and does not resist paint. The material is very robust but not easy to cut or shape. However the molding is excellent with no obvious  lines.

I vastly prefer this mini to the official GW model, which is currently unavailable and I doubt if it will sell for £2.75!
I love the disease/reproduction pods along the side.

It comes without a base: I modelled this one with milliput and GW slime paint or Nurgle's Rot, as they name it.

Highly recommended

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Review Age of Sigmar: Skull Keep - A Curate's Egg

Chaos Dreadhold: Skull Keep is a Games Workshop plastic kit retailing for £45.

First Impressions: when you open the box are of a typical Games Workshop terrain piece made of chunky bits of plastic.

Manufacturing Quality: Pretty crummy, as I've come to expect from GW Terrain pieces. Nothing fits together properly. If you blow up my photos you will see that the walls almost touch. I deliberately didn't use plastic filler on this build.

Design Quality: Very good, there is nothing quite like this in plastic from any one else. It looks great with lots of nobbly bits. An imaginative piece to act as a great centre piece in a variety of scenarios.

Suitability For Wargaming: Excellent, it is tough, light and has plenty of room to get models on. And it breaks down into halves to put models on the first floor. All this makes it easy to store and transport.

Value For Money: Sigh, about average. £45 is a great deal of moolah for a cheaply produced,  simple kit of dubious manufacturing quality, even if it is nicely designed and well thought out as a wargame piece.

Recommended?: Hmm, depends. If you really, really fancy it then go ahead but be prepared for a lousy build and a hole in your wallet.

Note: I used the 'Red' (second from left) Humbrol multi spray to get a shimmer effect on the model. It doesn't really show up in still photos but the colour changes depending on the angle at which sunlight reflects off the surface. I assume this is a variant of a 'structural colouration' effect - like a butterfly's wing.

The painting technique is simple: Spray with black primer, coat with black gloss, and then spray on the multi-effect.