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!
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
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!)
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!
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)
Just finished painting the new heroes for our WFRP campaign! This time in Talabecland (the latest ones were in Middenland and Nordland) I know Cubicle 7 is going to release both a Fantasy (old style) and a Sigmarine rpg ruleset, so I’m looking very much forward to this! (not so much the Age of Sigmarine one)
Here we have our first hero; The Dwarf Shieldmaiden Dagna:
I painted her in very subtle colours (with lots of purple shades), now that the party is a shady bunch (for a change), so heroes is a vague word for them as they dabble in thieves’ guilds and much more! The miniature is the very cool Freja Fangbreaker from Reaper Miniatures (Sculpted by Werner Klocke)
Only 6 days before we move into our new house! And I honestly don’t think I can wait much longer!
Our tiny apartment is already completely cramped with boxes and I stopped counting my various bruises from bumping into furniture and doorframes trying to get around… And we still have all of our inventory from our shop we need to move aswell!
But I promised myself that I wouldn’t neglect my blog!! So here is a little post with some of my odds and ends that I snapped pictures of before they were gently placed in moving boxes! (In foam of course!)
Here is a group of Press Gangers from Privateer Press. They were some of our very first miniatures for rpg’s, and I recently stripped them of paint (from a rather shabby paint job) and gave them a new coat of paint and new bases.
I painted the female press ganger before the men and had already photographed her, hence the different backgrounds. The female is a very unique and humorous character with a luring expression and a firmly gripped mace hiding in her back hand! I painted her in Marienburg colours using Breonne Blue with the Ocean Triad for the blue parts and Rust Brown highlighted with 50/50 Rust Brown and Sun Yellow.
I repeated the combination on one of the male press gangers. I even had my first try on facial “stubble”. It ended up okay, I think. Definitely need more practise! I still haven’t finished the last one of the group, a guy with a sack which suspiciously look like it contains a man trying to break loose!
Black Chapel Steamheim Veteran
I stumbled upon a Spanish company named Black Chapel which produces a variety of miniature that fit perfectly with Reaper and Games Workshop’s minis. I bought different models from them including their Altreich Engineer, Alchemist, Guard of the Ancestors Chamber (dwarf champion), dwarf Blacksmith, and this Steamheim Veteran. I can greatly recommend these minis. Lots of character and very unique minis!
It was a rather “speedpaint” job, but none the less, he turned out pretty cool. I assembled him in a “pointy finger pose”, rather than pistol wielding (he comes with two arm options and two head options)
Since I bought this bunch, they have released several new minis including some very interesting Wood Elves, which I will definately pick up at some point!
Oldschool Tzeentch Sorcerer
Last but not least a good old Chaos Sorcerer! I decided to go nuts with blues, pinks, purples, greens, and my favourite colour: turquoise! (which proved difficult to spell in English!)
It shows through that I spent most time on the facial features than on the rest, but it actually just started out as a fun test and practice with colours! I have recently shown progress with gold and non metallic gold techniques, but not on this one :-P I even painted a tuft on the base in different purples and blues and added some nail-glitter-thingies shaped as beach shells and starfish on the base and painted them in the same theme.
Pretty psychedelic and matches my passion for Led Zeppelin :-D
I used one of my old Games Workshop Screamers from my Warhammer Daemons Army as a reference.
We are almost packed and ready to move into our new house! We still have to wait 12 days, though. It’s going to feel like a looong time!
In the meantime, I thought I’d catch up with a post about 3 Fenryll Facades I painted some time ago. Since our gaming table isn’t very big (until we move!) Facades (or house fronts) are great for an easy set-up without filling the table with buildings. I made one of them a Jeweler’s Shop for our WFRP campaign! Used a lot of old bits and pieces to customize all the facades. Including some real jewellery for the sign and bits from the old Manor House Set from Games Workshop.
The House Fronts were painted using Scale75 gold and metallic paints (from this Paint Set), Reaper paints and Citadel Paints (for the stonework) Also used a couple of posters for the shop sign and wall on the staircase version. I chose not to use the street diorama parts that came with the set as I deemed them too big, so I used some sidewalks from the Canadian company Kobblestone.
Next project is converting them to 1 large street piece, by converting the roofs or adding a background in between. Will look really great for showcasing miniatures!
Oh, and by the way! These looked really cool next to our Christmas Dioramas with a few “seasonalized” miniatures (dwarves with white beards and such) All three houses are available here: House Front # 1, House Front # 2, House Front # 3.
The bases are pieces from Freebooter miniature’s metal bases filed, rounded and glued on 20mm bases. I even put two kids on one base (yes, they are really small). They were a joy to paint however, and ended up super cute. The “little red riding hood” ended up with a freehand check-patterned blanket. They look really nice “in person” as they are so small that taking pictures involves very close-up shots!
Before Malifaux/Wyrd went on to produce all their products in plastic, they were all small metal kits. I recently found this discontinued set with 3 Stolen (which is creepy pale kids inflicting disease and causes blight to foes)
I’ve been searching for some street kids (already have the Hasslefree medieval ones) but I really lacked some urchins. After seeing these I immediately had the idea to make them not-so-creepy versions :-D
The girl has already had a part in our Nordland Campaign as a nobleman’s daughter. The two boys are a lot more street urchin looking and there’s an orphanage in our upcoming adventure :)