Commission Work – May

Last month I did a commission for a Danish customer! I was lucky enough to work on a rare miniature from the now former company Illyad Games, who shut down a few years ago. I had fun painting these minis especially the Swamp creature from Brother Vinni’s (yes, they make other minis than torture victims! And they have the entire business’ slowest shipping and communication) which is painted to resemble a Water Hag from Witcher 3. I used a variety of Skin colours mixed with blues and purples.

The werewolf was painted using Scale75 paints mixed with homemade glazes and washes. A very large and scary miniature! He is mounted on a 50mm base from Scibor Miniatures.

Here are some of the minis I painted:

 

Dragon Ogre Shaggoth!

I have always thought the Dragon Ogre Shaggoths from the Warhammer universe were awesome creatures. The fact that they grow stronger with every thunderstorm and they can grow as large as mountains is really fascinating! Krakanrok the Black is the father of all shaggoths and is literally the size of a mountain. How cool is that? The good old regular shoggoth is not quite as large, but still an ultimate enemy of any dwarf slayer!

Dragon Ogre Shaggoth

I absolutely love this mini! My husband gave it to me for Christmas 2 years ago (metal version) and mounted it on a 60mm round base filled with slate rocks to give it an awesome look! It weighs a ton though, and my wrists were thoroughly worn out by painting this giant.
I actually prefer the original colours of the Shaggoth, so I used the same colour scheme throughout the mini. Why does he have two bellybuttons, though? It can only be seen from a certain angle, so it’s not a distraction! And it means he was born and not hatched! Well, the nipples gave it away too of course.

One thing I never noticed before painting it, is the tiny creatures braiding his hair (yes they are literally braiding his hair) Most people paint them brown, but I thought it would be really cool if they were the sons and daughters of the Shaggoth, clinging on to him until they are strong enough to make it on their own!

I struggled a bit with the axe. I actually finished painting it in a very worn palette , but then started over again, since I thought he needed something more suitable for someone who enjoys being electricuted. So I painted it lightning blue/teal with purple tones and shadows. Not 100% satisfied but close! Let’s say 89%!
Looking forward to someday painting the plastic normal dragon ogres too :)

Here is some cool artwork of the creature decaptitating a Greatsword hero. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen to our heroes if we meet this guy some day :-S

Dragon Ogre Shaggoth

Quick update!

Jeez, it’s been almost a month since my last post! Long story short; Commissions, pre-painted launch, and a week with a throat infection. So nothing super exciting! Today is my first no-more-sick-day, which means I can finally do some painting! Got so many exciting things on my paint station! Just need some finishing touches and photos of course.

Oh, and my package from Tabletop World (from the competition gift certificate) arrived while I was sick with the fever, so that was a really nice surprise!

I bought a few extra accessories now that the shipping was free :)

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Finally got my Windmill, Noble Townhouse, Cottage II and a bunch of River Sections! Oh, and my dog insisted on being in the picture. She likes being the center of attention.. always! So we can say she is a size reference!

Now that I was at it, I thought I’d add all my unpainted Tabletop-World stuff to the table, so I could (hopefully) be inspired to start painting some of it. But oh boy…

Brunnhilde with Buildings

I managed to prime the city walls a few weeks ago, so I’m planning on painting them this week! Still missing Merchant’s Shop, Watermill (to the left behind the townhouse), Fortified Tower (in the background) along with Townhouse III, Ruined Townhouse (already painted one of those) Hmm the only thing I don’t have from Tabletop World is the Wizard’s tower. Decided it was way too big for any display case. Maybe for Christmas, who knows :-P

Again, my dog thought it was all about her.

New Pre-painted on the Block!

Or rather on the blog! But who doesn’t love 90’s music, ahemm! ;)

I’m putting some things up for sale at www.kinggames.eu at my pre-painted section. Some of the items are things I painted a while ago (this section has been upcoming for quite some time), and some of them was painted very recently. Here is an example of the newest ones :)

First off is Corim the Kestrel – Gnome Sorcerer from Reaper miniatures. I painted him very simular to Derek Schubert’s version as I thought the colours were really nice and it’s something I haven’t combined in a while! I used some pearlescent paint for the “magic” and I used a little bit of the blue from the magic parts in his hair to simulate the light it shines on him :)
Main colours used are: Ocean triad from reaper (Deep Ocean, Marine Teal, Surf Aqua) on his magic twirls, eyes, sword and belt. And Violet Red with Brilliant Red highlights for the Robe and shoe decals. I used tiny dots and small strokes of Emerald Alchemy on the Sword and on the glowy magic twirl thing :-P

Next off is Juliette, Female Wizard. I’ve had this miniature for years and only finished it a week ago for the pre-painted section. I decided to go for the colours I liked instead of what would look “best” as colour choice is a struggle for most painters.
Main colour for the dress is my favourite paint: Burgundy Wine mixed and highlighted with Pale Violet Red. I did some freehand on the dress, though it’s a little hard to see on the photos. A very cute and fun miniature :)

Here we have Spirit of Spring also from Reaper Miniatures. Some of the flowers on the base are from my garden, painted to match her dress. The dress is painted with Griffon Tan and highlighted with Sun Yellow and Lemon Yellow and hair is the Warm Deep Browns triad: Muddy Brown, Earth Brown and Leather Brown.

Last but not least! Vaeloth, Hellborn Paladin (Tiefling) from Reaper aswell. Tried out some Non-metallic parts on this one with a few shiny bits, since it’s for pre-painted, and it has to look good in the hand aswell :) Also, if you want to paint Non-metallics, but lack the paints, Reaper’s Sepia Wash completely removed the shiny stuff from metallic paints. I used that for all the shadows on the shield and I think it came out pretty neat! Besides, metal “don’t shine” where the sun don’t shine ;)
The tiefling Skin is Red-Brown Triad from reaper: Mahogany Brown, Chestnut Brown and Rust Brown.

All of them are up in the pre-painted section.

The Alluring Sisters (Witchcraft Coven)

Update: I won 1st place! Still haven’t fully processed it, and I’m in complete awe! But can’t wait to spend the €300!
Big thanks to Tabletop-World!

Okay, so recently we decided we would join the annual Tabletop World competition with a building in their single building category (there is also diorama) and we decided their Townhouse II as our entry.

Since their houses are barely 28mm scale, we chose some miniatures from Dark Sword’s George R.R. Martin Masterworks (Game of thrones) miniature line. Tom Meier doesn’t sculpt in heroic scale like Reaper, Games Workshop and Dark Sword’s other lines (heroic scale is larger heads/larger hands etc) and his miniatures tend to be a tad bit smaller than the other sculpters, so they fit perfectly into the building. For the interior we chose Irri – Handmaid and Female Courtesan, and for the bottom of the building sitting on boxes we chose Female Mage on Stairs sculpted by Patrick Keith, and she is quite bigger than the other 2 ladies, but we figured it wouldn’t matter :)

It’s the first time I ever take part in a painting competition, and I have no hopes what so ever of winning, but as I wrote in a previous post, you get 20% discount code just for participating :D which I will need for my river terrain board.

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It actually started out as just being 3 beautiful women in a house, but when my husband decided it needed a bench with a book on the balcony, the only book that looked good was a book with a chaos star symbol on it. And so the story of the Alluring Sisters were born! They are actually witches luring men into their cozy townhouse which always smells like fresh baked pies (wonder what is inside the pies!!)

It wasn’t initially part of the plan to paint the interior, but we decided it would be cool to show the theme of the project. So first off is the middle floor with a nice desk and furniture from Tabletop World, a large candleholder from Tabletop-Art, a Grandfather Clock from Zealot Miniatures and a cat from the set Edna, the Crazy Cat Lady from Reaper Miniatures.

Last but not least, the attic! We all have a creepy attic ;) and these ladies sure know how to decorate the top room of the house!

My husband really outdid himself with the altar! He used a ton of skulls for the base and half a table from Grendel for the altar. Book, candlesticks and most of the skulls are from Tabletop-art.
The wooden spikes are from Grendel aswell and the chain/heads are from our bits boxes.
I had a blast painting the altar, the summoning circle and the small table. The walls are painted with a mouldy effect, which gives the room a very eerie look!

We really wanted to paint the bottom room of the building too with a cauldron full of meaty bits and fresh baked pies, but we ran out of time and finished the day before the competition, so maybe some other time, who knows :-)

Townsfolk Galore!

The past week I have made posts about townsfolk for our RPG, and I thought I’d squeeze in a few more, before I call it a day!
I’m going in for surgery this week and will be needing some time off afterwards :) nothing too serious, though. But probably for a week or two! Lots of time to play Divinity Original Sin 2 on our TV, and Gloomhaven Boardgame :-D

First off is the Middenheimer Young Blood. I already painted one of these with blonde hair and red dress and removed her weapons as an Npc crowd agitator. But I wanted to test my skills with subtle colours.

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I used the same colour palette throughout the process. Darkest leather, shoes and fur is Muddy Soil, highlighted with Basic Dirt and Brown Sand. The dress is Brown Sand highlighted with Driftwood Brown, Stained Ivory and Yellowed Bone (and a bit of Khaki Highlight too) I used Tanned Skin mixed with Burgundy Wine for sharp contrast. All Reaper paints! I wanted her to look a bit dirty and not very polished and I believe I achieved that :)

Next off is “Lady Olenna “The Queen of Thorns” from Dark Sword Miniatures.

I took the opportunity to experiment with texture, and this is a rough example. I didn’t have much of a plan with this miniature, only that I wanted an old cranky noblewoman, and I got what I wanted, hehe :) The Base colour of her dress is Deep Red highlighted with dots of Fuchsia. The purple cloth is Violet with Sandalwood highlights. The golden embroidery is Walnut with dots of Victorian Brass and Citrine Alchemy. Dots everywhere! All paints used are from Scale75.
I didn’t spend a whole lot of time on the miniature apart from the dots, but she worked out okay. Not a masterpiece (like Jennifer Haley’s version which is absolutely breathtaking) but she looks great on the game board, as the dots intertwine from a distance!

Even More Townsfolk!

A few days ago I made a post about some townsfolk for our RPG – a blacksmith and a halfling nobleman. This time I painted a couple of real oldschool Bretonnian Archers and a small child from Freebooter.

The archers were really fun to paint. We found a bunch of these stored in my husband’s parents’ attic and I decided to paint 2 of them as archers for our town scenery. I already have one  practice target from Zealot Miniatures and I have several extra targets from Mantic Kickstarter due in May.
I painted them in 2 themes. One standard Archer with the Colours of Talabecland and some freehand “embroidery” and a little moustache :) the other is in Hochland Attire with a little Bretonnian Lily icon (Fleur de Lis).

The kid is from a Freebooter Miniatures: Lobo the Old Warhorse set. I added a large feather to his (or her) hat, though it is a little hard to see on the picture. The base is the original metal base customized to fit a 20mm base. I painted the child androgynous, so we can use it as either a girl or a boy squire, helping the pc’s carry their luggage and other necessities.

More RPG Townsfolk!

I’ve had some time to take pictures of some of my many npc’s and monsters used in our RPG lately. Last Week it was the Warrior priests and Mordheim Zombies.

Now it is time for some townsfolk!

First off is Laril Silverhand, Female Elven Blacksmith sculpted by Bobby Jackson. Finally a miniature that’s not a macho dwarf or human! A female elf without boob armor and toned muscles from the hard labour is a rare sight indeed, and she was fun to paint! I am still learning how to paint white hair, but she looks great in real life! My husband was able to mount her on a cobblestone base, which is always a challenge since the miniature comes with a large chunk of metal as a base.

 

Halfling Dungeons and Dragons

Last not but not least, we have the tiny halfling/gnome from a Dungeons & Dragons Collector’s box called Qesnef, Ogre Mage. The miniature is long out of print and not even on the front of the box, but he is so cool and has got so much character, that I just had to paint him! I haven’t even assembled the Ogre :)
He is actually the Ogre Mage in halfling disguise/form. He was a bunch of fun to paint, and I hope we will see his character unfold in our RPG!

Here is the cover of the box.

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The resin varies a lot between the collector’s boxes. I have quite a few boxes in storage and the quality is close to Forge World on most of them. This one was very soft and was like a weird combination of Forge World resin and Reaper Bones. He can bend around the base, but is still incredibly detailed.

Warrior Priests of Sigmar!

I simultaneously painted these two Warrior Priests using the exact same colours and techniques, which was really fun. They both work at the local Temple of Sigmar :)

The female Warrior Priest is the resin master of Mother Morrigan from Hasslefree Miniatures. The sculpt is an older model, as they later made a second version of the mini with scars and a pouch since Kev White weren’t 100% satisfied with the original version. I still think it’s cool, though. Mine didn’t come with several weapon choices, but I would have picked the 2-hander nonetheless :)

The male Warrior Priest is an old metal Games Workshop miniature. I gave him some stubbles and again, the same colours as the female model. I freehanded the texture on the cloth as a wool, but it’s really hard to see on the photos.

The colours I used were: Metal armor is Black Metal drybrushed and then highlighted over Black surface primer (both from Scale75) and finally highlighted with Heavy Metal. The leather parts are Muddy Soil with Basic Dirt highlights, and finally, the cloth is Burgundy Wine with Pale Violet subtle highlights.

Mordheim Zombies!

Finally finished painting all the Mordheim Zombies!

I was lucky enough to find an original set a few years ago, but I only painted a couple of them, before I put the rest in the box of shame (unpainted, based and primed minis) We even made custom bases for them, but for some reason I didn’t finish the miniatures.
Most of the zombies have living counterparts except a few of them (a dwarf and a Reiklander i presume) I finished the last 3 in an evening, so not exactly a super detail job! But they ended up quite good, and I used some of the blood techniques from the Zombicide minis.

Mordheim Zombies

My husband chose the Autumn theme for the bases and painted + based them with tufts and leaves, while I painted the miniatures.

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From left to right: Witch Hunter Captain, Reiklander, Sister of Sigmar and Marienburger!

Mordheim Zombies

And the last batch! From left to right: Witch Hunter Hound, Elf Ranger (Hired swords) and Dwarf Treasure Hunter. The Dwarf is particular nasty due to his eyeball dangling from his empty eye socket!

I chose to paint them as “recently deceased” instead of a classic greenish colour, as I believe it makes them a whole lot creepier!