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 thought I’d squeeze in this little gem I finished painting a little while ago! I’m really proud of this one and it looks amazing on the table. I’ve been trying to clean out my miniatures, and replace the standard pieces with highly detailed and converted versions, and this is one of them!
The shelf and broom are from Thomarillion, the flasks and barrel are from Fenryll, the pouch of plums (to the left of the shelf) and the package on top are from Tabletop-World. The baskets and letuce box on the bottom are from Ristuls Workshop, the middle boxes are from Fredericus Rex, and the pile of goods in the bottom and the sack on the left is from Baueda miniatures. So a lot of customizing and a whole lot of time included in this one. My husband picked out the parts and assembled this beauty and I painted it. It took much longer than anyone would expect, but it looks great in real life!
I just completed another commission for a Spanish friend of mine and an excellent miniature converter, who wanted 32 miniatures painted (quite a handful, but great challenge!) The commission consisted mainly of skeletons for his RPG campaign, but also a few other interesting miniatures, including some from Dark Art Studios’ Kickstarter Campaign.
Here’s some of the many skeletons I painted!
I also painted some heroes, including an undead female warrior,a goblin hero and a female dark elf.
And the miniatures from Dark Art Studios.
Here’s an overall picture of all the miniatures I painted!
Even though it was a ton of work, I really enjoyed painting these! I got to experiment with skin tones, freehand, painting fire, vivid clothing and colour choices! And I think they ended up looking pretty awesome :-D
About a month ago I finished a commission for a British friend, who wanted some heroes for a Rogue Trader campaign. I believe it’s the first time I’ve ever painted a Space Marine’ish miniature (finished painting one that is) I believe it’s a Blood Angel naimed Mephiston. The other one, I’m not so sure. The woman is from Maow Miniatures – a limited edition one.
Just finished another commission for a Spanish friend of mine! Just need to get some picture taken!
I just noticed that I haven’t made a post in almost two months! Time really flies! Well, I haven’t been on vacation that long, but had several commissions and a busy schedule!
About a year ago, I converted an arrogant looking captain (a mix of demi-gryph knights and the Karl Franz/general on Griffon) with a lot of emblems and seals. He ended up taking space for quite a long time, before I recently decided to give him a paint job. I figured he needed like a white stallion and in this case a white demigryph!
Here’s a picture I took a year ago of the work in progress (yeah, my painting sorroundings weren’t superior back then) with some mounted charactes and a Bretonnian horse just casually thrown around in the background!
But I love the pose I gave him. I can totally imagine peasants and children running over to watch the spectacular knight, and he just gives them a snobbish look!
Phew, been so long since I last posted. But at last we have now unpacked everything, and everything in the house is working! And my painting table is all set up with loads of HobbyZone modules (pictures come later!)
And we will be picking up our new (and cutest in the world) puppy this Sunday! I hope I have time to paint, cause I have a sneaking suspicion that I will be quite occupied by the little rascal.
Anyways! A few years ago I bought a set of Fenryll’s Banquet Table to paint for a customer (I actually bought 2, because an arm was missing and the table was broken in the 1st box) a little expensive, but I thought I would have this made in a short while… Boy, was I wrong! I ended up dropping the whole commission, because the time involved making the banquet scene would make the price ridiculously high, and gluing all the tiny pieces together would take somewhere around 8 hours…
So a few months ago, I picked up the set again, because we needed something like this for our tavern scenes. I am now very happy with the decision of dropping the commission, because this took me and my husband a huge amount of time. The result however, is absolutely amazing and brings so much life to our RPG!
My husband assembled the banquet table, and since we decided to keep both sets, we agreed to go all out on accessories. While I assembled and customized the party guests (my husband helped too) The arms are ridiculously long, so I had to shorten those. And fixing them on the benches, my husband put together the table itself with the use of all our bitz boxes. We each spent atleast 8 hours that day, so that’s quite a lot!
Here’s a few work in progress pictures of the table:
As you can see, there’s a heapload of stuff on it and from so many different companies (Fenryll, Ristul’s Market, Thomarillion, Maxmini, Fredericus Rex, Tabletop-art and a few Games Workshop items).
Only slightly bad thing is the crazy amount of time it took painting it. I didn’t count the hours, but I spent many evenings painting it. I went for a dark tablecloth to highlight the feast :-)
I painted the party-goers in many vibrant colours and the man resting his foot on the bench to the left, resembled Roche from the Witcher games, so I painted him accordingly!
All the benches can be used in a variety of ways. We didn’t glue them to the table, so we can use the table alone with RPG heroes and characters for a session, or we can use the benches for street scenes, church pews with happy people, or up against walls in taverns for a more rich scene!
The banquet scenery looks amazing in our dioramas. I will need to take some more pictures along with some of our other tavern scenes!
Moving into a house wasn’t as fast and easy as we thought! We had to move both our business and our apartment into an old house with lots of plumbing and electricity problems, that made it even harder for us to get our shop up and running again! And on top of all, both my husband and I were hit by a stomach flu for an entire week! So we had to have my parents come up and help ship orders…
And despite a failing heat source (it’s freezing), we are holding up and only missing tables for our work and paint stations! So in a few days I will be able to paint again! And Spring is just around the corner, so hopefully my paints will thaw! :-P
I still have a few pictures left from before we moved out, so here is my version of the ForgeWorld Basilisk! I’ve changed my mind so many times with colours on this one, but I decided to go straight for the Monstrous Arcanum description/artwork.
I’m not deeply satisfied with the result, but he looks really cute none the less. Here is the Artwork I based him on:
I might add some more details on this guy at some point, but for now he sits in our vitrine all pretty :)
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.
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 :)