Can’t get enough of them Bandits!

For our newest campaign (WFRP) we wanted some bandits (some shabby/suspicious types) and I spotted the Dreadmere Mercenaries that fits right into our campaign! I did however, find a miniature suitcase (that’s a suitcase with miniatures inside it, not a very small suitcase!) filled with bandits we haven’t used in a while and now the town is swarming with thugs! Since our band of heroes are all shady and no strangers to crime, they suited the purpose!

Dreadmere

I painted one of them as a woman even though I was unsure if this was the case! But it is nice to have a bandit type female to have a more realistic look than a lot of other miniatures which are usually bombshells wearing a corset with cleavage, visible bellybuttons or highly inconvinent bare skin mixed with pieces of armor. So I tend to go for it whenever I see a more unconventional female miniature!
I also gave the individual minis some character by adding scars and patterns. Had a real good time with these :D

Halflings from Dark Sword Miniatures

Dark Sword Miniatures creates so many awesome miniatures, but few halflings and dwarves. Other than their DiTerlizzi line, there are only 2 halflings. Both of them sculpted by Derek Schubert, one of my favourite sculptors! Derek painted the product pieces himself, and I was heavily inspired by the colour palette.

First off, the Female Halfling Ranger with Bow:

This one was painted mainly with Reaper paints. The Cloak was my favourite paint Burgundy Wine highlighted with Pale Violet Red. The greens were Olive Drab highlighted with Ghoul Skin and Pale Olive. Great miniature to work with!

Next one is the Halfling Rogue with Daggers:

I used the same purple colours as the ranger on his vest. The coat was Muddy Brown, highlighted with Earth Brown and Leather Brown, while the pants were one of my favourite paints, Ancient Oak from Reaper’s Bones Paints line highlighted with various greens :) Daggers were painted with Heavy Metal and Emerald Alchemy both from Scale75. Hair on both minis were painted with Muddy Soil and Highlighted with Shield Brown.

I really love these minis, and I hope they will be of use in our RPG :)

Another commissioned Elven Ranger!

A while ago I painted an Arcane Ranger for an Italian customer, which I really enjoyed painting! And I couldn’t turn down another chance of painting this guy, when an Australian customer wanted one for an RPG!

The miniature is the amazing Male Elven Ranger with Bow from Dark Sword Miniatures (yeah, their miniature names aren’t that inventive!) Sculpted by the talented Jeff Grace.

This time I pushed the envelope and he turned up great! I painted him in a black/silver colour scheme using mainly Reaper and Scale75 paints. I dabbled with both NMM and some Alchemical paints from Scale75 which looks a little like metallic paints, but with a super fine pigment that dries in a satin finish.

Male Elven Ranger

Again, it is a little hard to see on pictures, but he looks amazing in “person” and I’m pretty proud of how he turned out :-)

He arrived safe and sound, so that’s a relief. People really underestimate the nerves artists have when shipping miniatures this fragile around the world! I did manage to seal the bottom (this one was painted without a plastic base) dozens of times, just to be sure! And his cloak, dagger and bow were also sealed many times, and I am happy that the many layers didn’t decrease the overall look :)

Happy New Year! With Pre-painted section News!

Happy new year! 2017 was the busiest year of all time for us! New house, new dog, new cat and a whole lot of work! So hopefully 2018 will prove much more fruitful, atleast regarding getting more posts up!

I’m planning on re-opening my Pre-painted section in March on www.KingGames.eu, and I already have quite a few items ready :) I really wanted to have it up and running in 2017, but then we found our dream house, and well, that took most of our time! So this time it is for real! :-D

And the first miniature of the year is! *drumroll* Dark Nick from Freebooter!

He is a member of a gang our rogue Ozzy was once a part of, so I painted him in dark colours using the Dark Elf triad from Reaper and Eclipse Gray from Scale75. All dark grays with hints of purple. Did some subtle freehand on him aswell. Think he turned out quite good. He bears a striking resemblance with Nick Cave, which can’t be a coincidence! Gave him some gray strikes in his hair to show he has some years of kicking arse behind him ;-D

My first painted Bones miniatures!

Even though I have backed the last 2 Bones Kickstarters, I haven’t actually painted the miniatures, only some terrain. I have given most of the miniatures as extra gifts to customers in our shop :)

The Kickstarter for Bones 3 was a bit of a mixed sensation. I didn’t receive my order before their next Bones 4 kickstarter was done. So it was really delayed and I wondered how they started another Kickstarter when a lot of their backers (European mostly) had not even received their previous Kickstarter orders. A shame really, because the quality is 200% better than their previous kickstarters. Much better casts with less mould-lines to take care of, and a lot more unique figures. But by the time I opened my box, it was too late to back the next :-/

So while I wait the 2+ years for the next batch to come out in the Reaper store, I’ll paint some of the stuff I have now :)

First off: The Halfling Chef!

He is a really tiny fellow, so there were even space for a few grocery items on the base. His nose turned out a little weird on the pictures, but you really don’t notice it when holding him. Especially not on the table! The colours are based on this picture from the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 3rd Edition Halfling Chef Career card:

halfling-chef2

Next up: The Dwarf Brewer and the Dwarf Butcher!

dwarves_bones

I cut off their bases and painted them without, so they can be used for street scenes and city dioramas :)

Amazingly Detailed Terrain from Zealot Miniatures – Part One

Just as we thought our dog’s puppy stage was over, she decided to “adopt” a stray kitten. So we have had a lot of work to do at the moment!
We initially didn’t want a cat (Brunnhilde our dog is a lot of work herself) but she would constantly bark in our yard calling for the kitten. It got to the point where she couldn’t eat or sleep unless that darn cat was with her, so we decided to keep the cat (now known as Bertha) And they rarely leave each other’s side. They are so sweet together :-)

We live by the beach close to vacation homes, so often people “adopt” stray cats, only to leave them when summer is over. So she was a little scrawny thing just a week ago. We investigated the area and made 100% sure no one owned her (she was in a pretty sorry condition) And today we are going to the vet to check her out and to make arrangements for sterilization and earmarking.

Up next: Zealot Miniatures Furniture!

However, I still find time to paint! And I just finished painting half of the items I recently bought from Zealot Miniatures! They are 3D designed in very fine resin, and they look amazing on the board! The items vary in size though, for example, the food supplies and cutlery are more suited for ogres and orcs while the grandfather clock is probably more suited for gnomes and halflings.

First item on the list is the spinning wheel, which is a very delicate piece and I ended up with more glue on my hands than on the mini! But totally worth it in the end. It’s both tiny and cute!

Spinning Wheel

Next on the line is the map table, which is very cool and very unique! It fits perfectly inside a war room! I might have painted the ocean a bit too shiny, but it still looks very nice! It has a diameter of 32mm.

Map Table

The final piece for today (still have quite a few left) is the amazing and beautiful Alchemist’s Bench. I really love this piece. It’s 28mm scale but very delicate (40mm x 20mm) but it looks fabulous on the table! I added extra bits and pieces, though it has tons of details already!

Alchemist's Bench

I’m about to take a lot of pictures today, so expect a couple of posts next week! Oh and here is a little peak of the two lovebirds!

Hilde-Bertha

 

Carol, the not-so-Christmas Bard

Phew, time just flies when you are having fun! Been spending a whole lot of time playing Divinity: Original Sin 2 (the best game I have ever played in my 25 years of playing computer games!)

I’m totally blown away, and I have already gotten so much inspiration from the game for Rpg sessions, characters/npc’s and miniature colours!

I do have this mini ready for display! This is the Carol, the Christmas Bard from Reaper sculpted by Bobby Jackson. I chose to not paint her as a Christmas elf and instead painted her in vivid colours, worthy of a true bard. The colours are actually inspired by Dandelion from the Witcher franchise. The outfit from the 3rd Game installment to be precise!

She is perfect for our new campaign! And looking forward to having her around in Talabecland!

I didn’t notice the monkey until after I started painting her, so I painted a little subtle :)

A Boat for the Heroes!

As mentioned in an earlier post we are currently working on a small fishing village for our Talabecland Campaign. The village is one out of three towns (in close proximity) and we were largely inspired by the river town of Flotsam from the Witcher 2 game series and Laketown from The Hobbit. So far we have built and painted some of Game Workshops Laketown sets along with villagers from Reaper Miniatures’ Dreadmere setting such as the Fishwife + Crone, three Mercenaries and Jakob Knochengard. Pictures will come as soon as I have some time to snap them!

We’ve also begun (and finished) a variety of boats for the campaign including the docked Merchant Ship and 3 different Freebooter Boats. One of which is the Piñassa which have room for 4-6 miniatures (a little less since we decided to put a few crates and stuff in it!)

Medium Freebooter Boat

I painted it very worn down with lots of weathering (this isn’t the finest boat!) I started off with Dark Shadow from Reaper, then a heavy drybrush of Brown Leather, and a little bit of Golden Skin, Thar Brown and Ardennes Green from Scale75, along with some Citadel Camo Wash and Ashen Brown from Reaper.
The accessories from Tabletop-Art were painted using Scale75 and Reaper paints aswell. Both paints have a delightfully matte finish, which looks amazing!

To show the scale of the boat, our new hero Oswald jumped into the boat for a photoshoot!

Medium Freebooter Boat with Ozzy

Final Hero For Our Campaign!

Last week I made a post about our Shield Maiden Dagna and our Ranger Max for our upcoming campaign in Talabecland!

Time has now come for our final hero Oswald (Ozzy) who is the Rogue of the party (and also the leader) As I wrote earlier, the heroes are bandits and part of a Thieves’ Guild, and much different than what we usually play! They aren’t murderers, but they aren’t saints either!

The miniature is the Collector’s Edition 25 Anniversary Edition Eli Quicknight from Reaper Miniatures. His hooded cloak is a bit dodgy on the pictures, but I had to seal the mini thoroughly with varnish (cloaks are really fragile when handling them throughout a campaign) it looks great in real life!

Here’s all the “heroes” in all their splendor!

The Heroes

Another Hero for our new Campaign!

Last week I made a post about our first hero for our upcoming WFRP Campaign set in Talabecland.

This time I present to you our Ranger hero! Born in Kislev and immigrated as a young lad to Empire with his father, this rugged and mysterious hero has now joined a band of thieves and thugs to lend them his expertise!

The miniature is part of the Frostgrave set “Barbarian Crow Master and Javelineer”. I had a hard time finding a suitable ranger miniature, so I picked this one and gave him a quiver and bow from a High elf set (cut off the fancy gem attached)
I painted his leather armor worn and dirty with some stitches attached from every time he rips it in battle (He has had this armor for a looong time) and whether he has ever washed his clothes, only time can smell…. I mean tell!

 

Next up: The Sneaker Rogue (And leader of the group)