On the Painting Table

Painting is still going a bit slow. I’m slowly building up my 15mm Native Americans for the ACW and managed to finish a couple more of the Union Indian Brigade. I also painted another one of the Oathsworn anthropomorphic animals.

I modeled the fur colour after the tomcat living at our place!

Some time ago, I also received Annie’s Kickstarter and I finally painted up two of the figures.

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On the painting tray are even more Indians – this time, Confederates. In the end, I want to have four skirmishers group of six figures for each side.

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In the foreground, you can see some mounted Indians. They have been standing there for a while and I’m pretty stuck with those at the moment. They are from 15mm.co.uk and are not the best sculpts and castings, so painting them is a bit of a hassle. I’ll give them one more chance, otherwise I’ll put them away. The snakey guys you can see in between are 28mm serpentmen from EM4. They will be used for our Sellswords & Spellslingers games.

Last week, I suddenly had the desire to build something. I found a nice photograph of the Hilton Head post office during the Civil War and spontaneously decided to model this building. As always, I made the shell out of plastic sheet and added cardboard strips for the weatherboarding. It’s not yet finished, but it’s been a fast and smooth build so far.

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Last but not least, I got myself some pine trees. I’ve been thinking about those for a while now, as many of the ACW actions I’m gaming were fought in or around pine woods, and I finally caved in and got two packs. Let’s see how they look on the tabletop. The tiny animals will also add some detail to the 15mm landscape.

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ACW Vignettes

I’ve recently made some terrain vignettes for the ACW. The first one is a smithy. I didn’t do much research, I just looked at images from 19th century American blacksmith shops and then built a simple hut.

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The blacksmith figures are from a medieval blacksmith set from Donnington Miniatures I’ve had lying around for years now.

 

As always, I made the building out of plastic sheet and covered it with match sticks. The chimney is sculpted out of green stuff. I’m not completely happy with it, but it looks ok.

The other vignette is a small scene that links to the topic of friction.

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A limber broke down on a road and the crew is working (more or less) frantically to replace the wheel.

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As always when such things happen, two guys are actually working on the problem while the rest is standing around and doing other – certainly important! – stuff.

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A straggler is chatting with the horse holder.

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A sergeant is stopping the traffic and securing the scene of the accident…

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… while the officers are, well, officering.

The figures are a mix from different manufacturers, mostly from Peter Pig, but the straggler is from Essex, who make a nice pack of soldiers at rest. The limber is from QRF.

 

This will be a good objective for a game of Sharp Practice or just a background scene to enliven the table.

Fantasy Stuff

During the last months, I was quite busy painting 28mm fantasy figures and terrain. I mainly orientated myself by the scenarios in the Sellswords & Spellslingers rule book. Fortunately, I already had a bunch of lizardmen which I painted up years ago for the pirates project (although I’ve never used them then). I also decided to buy a regiment of painted Games Workshop goblins on ebay – they were very cheap and look nice, and I rather spend my time painting up heroes and special characters instead of hordes of enemies. The bulk of my Orcs is from the old copy of HeroQuest, bolstered by a couple of figures Sigur generously gave to me.

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Most of the barbarians are from Battlezone Miniatures, a company I recently discovered. They offer nice miniatures for a very good price and their service is excellent. The figure on the far right is from HeroQuest, while the guy with the big horns is an old Games Workshop miniatures I got from ebay.

Painting them, I have tried to implement what I learned from Sigur and experimented a bit with highlighting. I also now routinely do eyes! However, I still paint for gaming, that is I don’t spend too much time on each figure as I want to get it on the table. For the moment, I seem to have found the right groove – I try to improve my technique a bit each time, but I don’t fuss about too much.

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Here’s a group of adventurers. The lady on the far left is from DGS Games (via Bad Squiddo Games) and is one of my favourite miniatures. I really like the pose and I’m quite happy with the paint job. The dwarf with the chain and ball and the two halflings are from the Ganesha Games range at Alternative Armies. Another very characterful range of figures! The other dwarf is from the fantastic dwarf range of Lead Adventure Miniatures. I don’t know who produces the girl with the falcon, as I got it from ebay.

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Another group of adventurers, featuring two figures from Battlezone, a dwarf from Alternative Armies and a Frostgrave wizard from North Star.

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And what are the adventurers up against? The Forces of Evil, consisting of an old Citadel (at least that’s what I think) demon and Minotaur, a Battlezone skeleton and another Frostgrave wizard.

For two of the Sellswords scenarios, you need standing stones. Initially, I just wanted to collect stones when going for a stroll, but the weather did not support this idea, so I made them myself. I used DAS modeling clay and decided to embellish them a bit, imagining that the stones had been warped by the evil powers of a demented warlock or something along that line.

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Another company I recently discovered is Hexy. They make very nice resin fantasy terrain and Virago and I ordered a couple of pieces. Among others, I got myself an Orc totem.

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I tried to give it a weathered appearance, as if it had been painted in garish colours which have already rubbed off.

The last thing I want to show is a ruin from Amera. Again, this is something I had lying around for years, but I finally decided to give it some paint. It’s made of a rather featureless plastic and takes some work to make it look decent, but I think it turned out ok.

 

Building a 28mm Barn

We’ve now played several games of Ganesha Games’ fabulous Sellswords & Spellslingers. The games are linked by a narrative campaign and I’m busy painting figures for the scenarios. I also realised that I lack 28mm terrain, especially buildings. I’ve got a few from my pirate project, but it would be nice to have more.

The obvious solution is to build some by scratch, something I enjoy anyway. However, being used to 15mm, I was a bit apprehensive about the requirements of a larger scale. So I decided to start with a simple structure – a barn – and experiment a bit with materials.

The walls are made out of a thick but very light cardboard-like material I found at home. This is perfect: it’s easy to cut but doesn’t bend or warp. It may be some sort of foamcore board, but I’m not sure; I will try to source some more when I run out of this sheet. The timber framing and the other wooden surfaces were made out of balsa wood. I weathered the balsa with a sculpting tool, which was tedious work but produced a nice effect. I also wanted to experiment with other surfaces, so I integrated a bit of brickwork (made out of cork) and stone (carved out of foamboard). I’m not completely happy with those, but they look ok and I think both have potential. I will certainly experiment more with those.

The roof shingles are individually placed cardboard squares – another batch of tedious work, but again something that produces a nice result.

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The shovel and broom were sculpted out of green stuff, the wagon wheel is from Warbases, who were kind enough to sell me a couple of spare wheels.

The wood-chopping barbarian is from Battlezone, a company I only discovered recently and which offer nice old school figures for a very good price.

It was fun making this building and I plan to make more – I want a smithy and one of the Sellswords scenarios demands a wizard’s tower…