Saturday, January 23, 2016

Derro Trio

The notion of gathering a team to explore the slowly-thawing ruins of a once-great city seems a little on the nose today, given the blizzard that's currently hitting the East Coast. None the less, here are the latest additions to my growing band of adventurers--a trio of rather grumpy-looking dwarves.

(OK, technically they're listed as "derro," which in D&D are some demented subspecies of dwarves, but I did not bother to look this up before painting them, and thus they lack the distinctive coloration of derro. So--dwarves.)

First, we have just a regular Derro, apparently one of a set of three, though I didn't end up with either of the other two. I had a bit of fun doing his hat. He doesn't seem particularly heavily armed or armored (just some sort of hook/club thing and some rope) so I'm thinking he'll be a rogue or thief.

This guy is the Derro Leader, a little more heavily armed than the first. He's kind of asymmetrical; his left arm has some sort of padded protection and a thick leather glove, while his right arm is bare except for an oddly-shaped buckler. In Frostgrave terms, he'll probably end up as a Thug.

And here we have the Derro Mage. His pendant strongly suggested an eye, so that's how I painted it. Between that, and his demon belt-buckle, his Frostgrave role may be a Summoner.

And here are the three of them together! The Derro Leader's scale armor is a little more apparent from this angle. All in all, I had fun with these guys--as Bones go, they didn't have too much extraneous detail, and their somewhat exaggerated features give them some character. I ended up playing around with some unusual color choices as well, especially with the first two.

I have some more Bones in my queue, but I think I'm ready for a change of pace--my next goal will be to get some officers and flags painted for my 19th-century imagi-nations...

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Librarian and Barbarian

Finished two more of my stock of Reaper Bones in the last week or so. The first was "77089: Halbarand, Cleric" who initially caught my eye due to the book that he has chained to himself. (Or perhaps that has chained itself to him?) In any case, I ended up using the book as a theme of sorts, styling his cloak after a leather book cover, his surcoat some pages with writing, and his breastplate decorated a bit like an illuminated text. I'm thinking he may see action as a Sigilist in Frostgrave...

The second was "77199: Thund Bloodwrack, Barbarian". I'm not sure why I originally picked this one out--possibly with the notion of using him in the D&D campaign I'm playing in at the moment. He's a rather odd-looking fellow with a tiny head and a huge sword--not exactly my usual style. (And his wide-legged stance required an oversized base.) I decided to go with a similarly over-the-top paint scheme...

Yes, I painted him red. It seemed like a reasonable idea at the time. And rather than making his fur cloak the usual wolf/bearskin, I decided to try for something a little more... exotic. The shading and stripes on the tiger skin were probably the most interesting part of this guy. I'm actually pretty pleased with how he came out--painted, he seems a little more a character and less a caricature.

Next in the queue will either be some short unsavory fellows, or possibly a return to Elabrün...

Monday, January 4, 2016

Catching up with 2015

While 2015 was a very bad year for posting on this blog, it was actually not the worst year for painting. For the most part, I worked on my two 19th-century Imaginations armies, but a burst of productivity in late November saw me finish up a number of Reaper Bones plastic fantasy figures.

This paladin has actually been sitting around mostly complete since 2013, but I finally got her based:

This alchemist had been sitting half-painted for a similar period of time. The various bottles were probably the most fun part of this one:

I tried for a sort of seedy, unshaven look for this two-weaponed fellow, though it might not come through so well in the picture:

This lady ended up giving a rather fierce glare. I decided she was wearing some sort of tight leggings rather than painting her outstretched leg bare:

 As for my Imaginations troops, here are some Occiterran infantry in progress. I've been using the Emhar French Infantry for these guys:

A couple of shots of Elabrüner Uhlans on my painting table (originally Lucky Toys Austrians). These are not the most inspiring figures when seen on the sprue, but I was fairly pleased with how they painted up. I had to carve away some of the weird lumpy "grass" from around the horses' feet, and I used wire lances with paper pennants in place of the ones provided.

These Occiterran artillerymen were completed sometime in late 2014 or early 2015. They started off as ACW Union troops.

 And here's a few shots of all the units I have completed so far:

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Imagination Maps

And possibly at some point I'll have a chance to post some pictures of troops...

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Better late than never

Well, I have missed the third anniversary of this blog by about a week--life has been pretty busy for the last few months. However, in the last few weeks, I've finally started to get some painting done again, working on the new imagi-nations project I started back in March:

The forces of Elabrün are looking a little out-numbered at the moment, so more of them next--then maybe some cavalry and artillery...

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Opening a new front

As I alluded to in my Cold Wars report, it looks as though I have a new project on my hands. (A new miniatures project, that is.) It started with a flea market purchase: my dad and I ran across a set of blocks called "CastleBlocks," seemingly intended for building somewhat stylized castles and towns. For the most part, they are little pinewood cubes, printed with doors or windows, but there are a fair number of cylinders and arches to liven things up a bit, as well as a variety of roof pieces, all a nice cheerful red. They didn't exactly seem historical, but they sure looked fun.

All 102 CastleBlocks, along with the helpful diagram showing how to fit them back in the nice wooden box.

As I mused over these, it all just sort of coalesced. The blocks might not work for any of my existing projects, but they had a nice toy-like look to them. They would fit right in with a "classic toy soldier" armies--stiff poses, glossy paint, plain green bases, etc.--which is a look that I've idly considered exploring before. The size is about right for 1/72 scale, and I had a box of Emhar 19th century French infantry left over from a previous project--the red-roofed buildings had a vaguely Mediterranean feel to them; I could pit them against the Lucky Toys Austrians in a sort of "Italian Wars of Independence" setting. One problem, easily fixed: I know very little about the Italian Wars of Independence--but I'd much rather do it with "imagi-nations" anyway. And so the imaginary nations of Occiterre and Elabrün were born. (The other two are more notional for now, but it's surprisingly hard to leave empty space on an imaginary map...)

Now, painting time since the convention has been pretty scarce, but yesterday evening I finally had time to sit down and start working on first of my Occiterrans. They aren't quite finished yet, as I'm planning to do the bases somewhat differently than my usual sand and flock--that will probably get done sometime after next weekend, when I pick up the shipment containing their Elabrünese opponents.

There is one additional touch I have added so far: town bases. I was at my local craft store this morning (who doesn't need a couple more bottles of paint?) and noticed some little pine boards. Recalling a similar sort of thing from H.G. Wells and his "Floor Games," I picked up a couple to use with the CastleBlocks. With a little black line decoration and some varnish, I think they fit right in. (I'll probably leave the other sides blank for flexibility's sake.)

Anyway, I'm looking forward to this--hopefully I'll be able to squeeze in some time to work on it over the next few months. I still owe a post to the few units I finished before Cold Wars, so look for that sometime in the next few weeks, along with more from Occiterre and Elabrün...