August Commission Done!

Despite the scorching heat this summer (We had 34 degrees last week, along with most of Europe) I managed to finally finish a commission for a Spanish friend! There is always a fun challenge ahead when doing commissions and this was no exception! Lots of customized minis!

A Dark elf sorceress an undead hero and a group of mummies all ready to rumble in the dungeon!

Disgusting zombies and fierce skeletons!

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Here is the whole crew ready to take on brave adventurers! Again, really fun to paint, albeit quite difficult when painting in a studio without air condition, making the paints dry up before they hit the mini!

 

Forest Goblin Village – Part Two: The Spider Heist

Time for the second part of my Forest Goblin Village! In the first post I showed off a diorama with a brave goblin stealing cobwebs from a bunch of nasty red spiders.

Now the goblins need the spiderlings aswell! This time for breeding vicious pets to attack trespassers. An even more dangerous “job” and a brave warrior is doing his best to tackle the spider.

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As you can see, there are already several unfortunate goblin victims. I guess the spiders don’t like giving away their babies!

Lots of cool terrain pieces were used for this diorama! The spider cobwebs and spiderlings are from Ristul’s, the totem (with the evil eyes!) is from Scibor, the crooked tree is part of a larger tree from Tabletop-World and the goblin carrying the spider aswell as the unfortunate goblins strapped unto the log are from Games Workshop’s Arachnarok Spider set.

Next up is a hut! And I’m going to list the paints I used for the spiders, the webs and the goblins!

Forest Goblin Village – Part One: The Egg Snatcher

So I finally got around to take some pictures of our exciting Forest Goblin Village!

A very time consuming but overwhelmingly fun adventure! I painted all the pieces, which my husband built out of a ton of boardgame boards (as bases) and bits from our many collections. We bought an extra arachnarok spider and a citadel forest just for bits!

First off! The infamous egg-snatcher goblin. This little guy had the nasty job to steal fresh eggs from the many spiders sorrounding the village.
They use the webs for building huts, the eggs for food and for breeding spiders, which they use in combat, and they use the venom to coat their weapons.
He is one of the many goblins who risk their lives every day interacting with venomous spiders. Casualties are plenty, but so are fresh recruits! There is always another goblin ready to prove his worth!

Egg Snatcher

I painted the goblin with tattoos and feathers in shiny colours. A sharp contrast to the red and orange colours of the spiders. Lots of tufts from MiniNatur and Gamers Grass were used along with Spider scenery from Ristul’s Market, which sadly closed down. Goblin and loose spiders are from the Arachnarok Spider kit from Games Workshop.

Here are some additional pictures of the diorama piece:

Stay tuned for more pieces!

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

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.

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.

Mordheim Zombies

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!

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:

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Next up: The Dwarf Brewer and the Dwarf Butcher!

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

Arrogant Demi-gryph rider!

Back from vacation!

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!

Demigryph Knight

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!

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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!

New House and lots of Projects!

Phew, we can now call ourselves House Owners!

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

Creepy Basilisk!

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:

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I might add some more details on this guy at some point, but for now he sits in our vitrine all pretty :)