Saturday, April 18, 2015

Rehabilitated Minifig Wolves, and an Elf

I mentioned earlier that I had started posting picture of old miniatures to the Reaper forum. I have three wolves from the Minifigs Mythical Earth range, ca. 1974. All of them had a very undistinguished ancient paint job on them, and none had seen play for a long, long time. (The original goblin riders, sold separately, have been lost in the mists of time...)

As I thought about the idea of putting on a game to show off the old figures, it became clear to me that it would be respectful if I could at least try to make them look a little better. So, I quickly stripped the old paint, pulled up a good timber wolf picture from the net, and went to work. Just adding some real wolf coloration helped considerably, although the noses remain strangely long. I finished the basing last night, and put on the final varnish this morning.

The wolves are seen here with another repaint, an early Ral Partha Wizards, Warriors and Warlocks range wood elf. Despite the case of macrocephaly, these remain among my favorite early fantasy figures. I tried to do this one nicely, with the traditional green cloak of the rest of my wood elves, but with the white tunic in an effort to brighten up the whole presentation a bit.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Early Ral Partha Group

I mentioned the retrospective pictures I've been posting to the Reaper forums in the previous posting. Here's what I've been working on this week, now completed. The two fighters are both from my Cold Wars shopping; the sorceress has been sitting around in a box of unpainted older stuff for a long time.

The fighter on the left is a dismounted knight from the Ral Partha All Things Dark and Dangerous line (02-915), sculpted by Julie Guthrie around 1982. The fellow in the middle was seen earlier, in progress, and is a Tom Meier sculpt from about 1977, "Foregum", catalog number ES-24. On the right is another Meier sculpt from about the same time, ES-29, a sorceress.

These are now slated to join my latest brainstorm, the Aurora Project, a fantasy game to be run entirely with early miniatures...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Old Miniatures

I have posted about painting the Reaper Bones for my fantasy skirmish game and roleplaying game use. I participate lightly in the Reaper Forums, and ended up starting a thread displaying old fantasy miniatures from my collection recently.

I am embarrassed by my delayed Cold Wars report, but one of the reasons that old miniatures have been on my mind is that I picked up a handful of antiques from Harmony House Hobbies at the convention, and have been wondering what to do with them.

Added to this is the announcement from Iron Wind Metals that they are reviving production of the Fantasy Collector series of early Ral Partha fantasy army figures. An idea is beginning to gel, about a retro-style fantasy project, which would supplement my existing old fantasy armies, and cross over with an itch to do a medium sized medieval game (something along the lines of Lion Rampant--and if I don't end up liking it, it's the same ballpark in army size as Knights and Magick, which my brother wants to work on.)

The net result is that I spent my lunch break on Monday and Tuesday thinking about this while working up this fellow:

He's part of the Cold Wars find, an old Ral Partha ES-24. If anybody has any old Partha ES range around they don't want, contact me...

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Saxons again, and Bones II Zombie Ogre

Here are those Saxons based up:

I also finished off a zombie ogre from the recently delivered Bones II Kickstarter, to continue with the undead warband for Song of Blades and Heroes I seem to be working on...

Not one of my best efforts, perhaps, but at least it's finished. Time for a game with those guys soon...

Friday, April 3, 2015

More Dux Bellorum Saxons

A quiet lunch break today allowed me to finish painting the next batch of eight home cast figures (Dutkins and Prince August) to serve as an ordinary shieldwall or warband in my Dux Bellorum project.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Butterfly Syndrome

I still hope to type up a Cold Wars report soon. For embarrassing technological reasons (didn't empty my phone...), there won't be many pictures.

February turned out to be a really good month for painting.

Everything in this box was done in February, which made it one of my best months in a decade or more. I was, in fact, so busy actually painting that I neglected to update my blog. In addition to all of that fantasy, most of of which is Reaper Bones, I also finished a stand of Saxon skirmishersfor my Dux Bellorum project, and a bunch of 1/72 individuals for the Portable Fantasy Game.

I've decided that I don't really want to spend my hobby time worrying about quotas and deadlines, which feels too much like the real world, so I am trying to relax to the idea that I'll just go with the flow, and paint whatever seems interesting. It's not like I'm short of games to play while working on something else. However, it does highlight my problem with the Butterfly Syndrome (i.e. the tendency to flit from one project to another).

I wrote down all the things that sound interesting now, interesting enough that I've got started miniatures actually on my desk. It turns out that I'm working on 40mm Not Quite Seven Years War (which Ross and I will be running at Huzzah in May), 28mm fantasy (as seen above), 28mm Dark Ages (which I ran at Cold Wars), the home-cast 25mm Dux Bellorum project, 1/72 individually based fantasy figures for the Portable Fantasy Game, and 1/72 units for a fantasy/Punic Wars project.

Here are two stands of that, finished up on Friday. I have Armati Roman and Carthaginian armies (in the 'optimal' scale), and I'm trying to do two things with them. The first is to add enough stands to permit me to field the 'intro' scale armies for the Spanish, Gauls, and Carthaginians, who currently make up Hannibal's mercenary army.

The second is to be able to field those four armies (Romans, Carthaginians, Gauls, and Spanish) as fantasy armies in the long-delayed Myboria campaign, intended to be played with Hordes of the Things.

The two stands shown above, a magician and a shooter, will give a little flex to the Gauls, whose collections currently consists of 4 stands of cavalry (knights in HotT) and 10 stands of warbands. I also hope to do a hero stand soon, using the HaT Gallic Warrior Queen.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Back to Bones, Briefly

My box of Bones from the second Kickstarter arrived yesterday, so I decided that I had better prepare by finishing a few more of the Bones from the first Kickstarter. I think it's safe to say, at this point, that I could run fantasy skirmish games or Dungeons&Dragons with tactical displays ad infinitum...

In this first shot, the Burrowing Horror in the front is a new figure, with the balance from Bones I.

In this second shot, the basilisk, third from the left, is new, and the remainder are from Bones I.