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!
Santa’s facial expression perfectly matches the situation and we are very proud of our Diorama!
We learned one thing this year though, and that’s the walls. We used a thick plaster on styro and it ended up looking a bit too messy. Next time we will file down the layer and make it much more smooth, especially when using colours on the walls. It looks great in our lighted vitrine however, and will stay there all year (every day is like Christmas in our home!)
This has been our second Christmas Diorama and we plan on making a new one each year! Next year it’s either the Frog Christmas or the Spooky Diorama (with a creepy santa!)
One of my favourite projects (and most time consuming so far) the Marienburg Class Land Battle Ship is slowly coming on, and I recently bought a plinth for it. I actually plan to use it in my WFRP sessions (epic ones indeed!), so I won’t be permanently mounting it. The plinth is LARGE, and I first thought about making a scenery base on top of the plinth, but something tells me it will take a while. Already put more than 50 hours into the ship alone which is far from finished!
Here is the plinth in its “nude” form :-P
And here it is with what little of the ship I have completed! The missing parts are almost fully painted but I am missing the shield crests as I haven’t finished the colours yet. Oh, and obviously the mast and 7 crew members whose uniform colours I am breaking my brain over! The ship looks a little small for the plinth, but the sides and front (including figurehead) is yet to be attached :)
The wheels were excruciating to paint and I really wish I had an airbrush for it! I really wanted the ship a bit toned down, so no shiny metal parts on the wheels. I used black and blue/grey highlights instead. Let’s see how that works out :-)
Stay tuned for more updates! I hope to finish the ship in 2016, but you never know! Atleast I have finished the Tabletop World Gate :-D
As mentioned in an earlier post, I have coveted this treasure of a monster for quite a few years. Since it is pretty expensive I have continuously post-poned purchasing it. But I sold a lot of pre-painted miniatures recently and thought I deserved it! ‘Cause you know… Chimera!
Quite a big awesome box! I have seen some of Mierce’s smaller miniatures unpacked and they looked really brittle and painful to assemble, so I thought that this big fella would be easy enough….. Oh well…
Every single claw on the miniature needed to be individually glued on. Don’t get me wrong, it looks wonders, but damn… I had to file and drill into each claw “socket” to make them fit!
On the bright side, the rest of the miniature was really easy to assemble!
I officially gave my first pedicure to a miniature! (even using Citadel thin superglue which has a brush attached, making it look exactly like a nail polish!) The claws were flying everywhere when using tweezers, however and I managed to glue them to my legs and arms twice! Don’t ask why :-P
As you can see in the pictures, there weren’t even space enough for assembling this guy, so I ‘carefully’ shoved all the miniatures away that I am currently working on :-P
And of course, the day after I assembled it, somehow a claw was missing… But it doesn’t seem too hard to sculpt something similar, though I would prefer not to!
I just purchased a base for the miniature. a 120mm round base will do, but I have to paint the stomach first before gluing on the wings, else there will be no space!
I wanted to show you all a little WIP picture of a Shop Counter to be used for a Jewelry store in Middenheim (In my ongoing WFRP campaign). I ended up switching the bits around – I added A LOT of gems and fancy stuff and I guess I’ve already used way too much time on the project, but what the heck – As long as I’m having fun. Expect pictures of the finished result soon :-)