28 April, 2016

Across the Dead Earth: All-Stars

The All-Stars are the most recent gang I've painted for AtDE (summer 2015), and the last for now as I have painted enough miniatures for the game and am ready to move on to other projects for a while.  I'll still be playing though, and do have one more completed faction I haven't taken pictures of yet.

The All-Stars are a group of well-known characters from television and movies that I put together for fun.  I bought them from Studio Miniatures in the UK in early 2015.  They shipped them quickly and the castings are of excellent quality with minimal flash or mold lines.  They have a lot of other miniatures available, grouped into 'Zombies' and 'Survivors'.  The 'Survivors' are a mix of generic and recognizable characters.  They have added quite a few since I ordered mine.  They were great to paint with a lot of nice details.

The All-Stars consist of (l-r):
Max (the Road Warrior series, Mel Gibson version)
Alice (the Resident Evil movies, seen here in her costume from Resident Evil:Extinction)
Snake Plissken (Escape from New York)
Daryl (The Walking Dead)
Michonne (The Walking Dead), accompanied by 2 pet zombies.
Ash (the Evil Dead movies)

In a pinch they could be assisted by Lara Croft from the Sisters of Acquisition (previous post).

Michonne w/zombies and Daryl:

Max and Alice:

Snake Plissken and Ash.  Ash's chainsaw came as a separate piece.  I had to bend his arm a bit for the chainsaw to clear the base.

15 April, 2016

Across the Dead Earth: Sisters of Acquisition

The Sisters of Acquisition are another of the gangs from the Across the Dead Earth rulebook (a post-apocalypse skirmish game set in Britain).  The miniatures are from the publishers (Dead Earth Games).  These are by a different sculptor than their other gangs and are unfortunately out of scale to their other releases.  They are so thin that to my eyes there is little sculpted detail, and I felt like I was painting most of the detail on myself.

Despite their drawbacks, I painted them in early 2015.  They may no longer be available and are not on the Dead Earth storefront.  Thankfully their other releases have been of much higher quality!

The whole gang.  From left to right, Lady Cara (Scout), Sister Sledgehammer (Assault/Scrapper), Bloody Mary (Leader), Penny (Medic) & One-Eyed Susan (Sharpshooter).  The knife in Penny's right hand broke off while I was removing flash/mold lines, so I made a new, larger one out of green stuff.  Lady Cara resembles a certain tomb raider.  You can click on the pictures for a closer look.

04 April, 2016

Dark Age Buildings

After painting multiple armies for Saga, I decided I needed some 25mm Dark Age buildings in my collection.  Enter Acheson Creations.  They produce a large range of resin buildings and terrain for various periods.  These are all from their Medieval Range.  They have a good amount of detail, are easy to paint, and to top it off are inexpensive.  I've listed the current prices below, but they were even cheaper when I bought them several years ago.  I painted them in 2014, at the same time as the Acheson bridge I posted pictures of in October 2014.

The 4 buildings in this post all have removable roofs.  I don't remember if all of their Dark Age buildings have them, but I like being able to place miniatures inside.

The first step was preparing the buildings.  I ran them through the dishwasher (gentle cycle, top rack) to remove any mold release agent.  Then I spray-painted them black.  Next I used a brush to paint black any spots that didn't get covered sufficiently.

On the left is the Timbered Saxon House ($16); on the right is the Thatched Wattle and Mud House ($15).  For the Saxon House, I drybushed the entire building twice with Vallejo German Camo Medium Brown, then did a lighter drybrush with Howard Hues Colonial Khaki on the wood areas.  For the thatch, after the brown, I drybrushed Ral Partha/Iron Wind Dun, then Musket Miniatures New Thatch.  I had bought that color years before but never used it until this project.  It is fitting that I finally used it for thatched roofs.

For the Thatched Wattle and Mud House, the wattled areas got a medium brown drybrush.  I painted the rest with several thin coats of Howard Hues Colonial Khaki, then a drybrush of off-white.  The thatch was done as described above.

I'm not sure which building this is as not all of the Acheson buildings have pictures on their website.  It was painted using the same techniques as the previous buildings, with the addition of drybrushing the stone foundation and steps with Ceramcoat Charcoal Grey, Ceramcoat Storm Grey and Vallejo Game Color Cold Grey.  This building has one difference to the others; it does not have an interior floor.  It doesn't impact gameplay though.

Last is the Viking Log Longhouse ($14.50).  I modified this one using an idea from my friend Mike Demana, terrain builder extraordinare.  He has many cool projects on his blog at http://leadlegionaries.blogspot.com/

I added dragon heads to the ends of the crossbeams on each side of the hall.  I bought a 'Toob' of plastic dragons at Hobby Lobby, picked out 4 I liked, then cut the heads off.  I used a pin vice to drill holes in the base of each head and in each beam.  I used brass wire and superglue to attach the heads to the beams, then painted everything as described for the previous buildings.  I think the dragon heads add a lot of character to the building and give it a Viking feel.

30 March, 2016

Saga: Anglo-Danes

A long-finished project that I finally took out for photographing.  There is a post from January 2013 when I was just starting this army, and my best guess is that I finished them some time in the first half of that year.

I chose to build the army to represent King Canute, as he is one of my favorite historical figures from this period.  He reigned in England 1016-1035 and Denmark 1018-1035.

The miniatures are mainly 28mm Gripping Beast, except where noted in the notes to the photos.  I began with a 4-point starter army from GB, then added more units to it to make a 7-point force.   They are a nice blend of Viking and Saxon styles.  The shields are a mix of Little Big Men transfers and hand-painted designs.

King Canute with his dane-axe.  I like this figure a lot, very imposing.

The first unit of 4 Huscarls (Hearthguard in Saga).  These miniatures are a mix of Foundry and Crusader Vikings.  I especially like the ones on each end.  The banner is from Little Big Men Studios.

The second unit of 4 Huscarls.  These are Gripping Beast and came in the army pack.

The third unit of 4 Huscarls with dane-axes.  These are also Gripping beast from the army pack.

The first unit of 8 Anglo-Saxon spearmen (Warriors in Saga).  Both this unit and the other spearmen are Gripping beast from the army pack.  There is a nice mix of poses.  Unusually for GB, the shields are cast-on.  I suspect these are older sculpts.

The second unit of 8 Anglo-Saxon spearmen (warriors).

Twelve Anglo-Saxon slingers (Levy in Saga) from Gripping Beast.  I was surprised that the slings had to be glued on, but they were very easy to attach with superglue and hav a good join.

Twelve Danish bowmen.  The 2 in the middle with mail are from Foundry, the rest are Old Glory.  This unit does double duty as archers in my Viking army.

The entire 7-point army.

29 March, 2016

Across the Dead Earth: The Engineers

The Engineers are one of the gangs from the Across the Dead Earth rulebook.  In the post-apocalypse setting, they seek out artifacts to research and restore.  The miniatures are made by Dead Earth Games.  They are nice castings with a lot of little details that made them fun to paint.

I painted these throughout 2015.  The pictures were taken on a sunny spring day with an iPad.

The Engineers:

Tricky (scout), Watts (medic), Barnabus (leader):

Daisy (heavy), Chinny (sharpshooter):

07 June, 2015

28mm Wrecked & Rusted Cars

I wanted some more terrain to use in my post-apocalypse games using the Across the Dead Earth rules.  What better than old, rusty cars?  I found these online from the UK manufacturer Project Zeke Miniatures (http://projectzekeminiatures.com/).  They make a small range of wrecked cars, 28mm survivors and equipment.  I bought 6 of the 'Rusty Wreck' and 3 of the 'Wrecked SUV'.  I also bought 2 miniatures and some equipment that I will include in a future post.  Project Zeke shipped them to me pretty quickly and I was soon underway.  The models are nice and fit my needs perfectly.
I washed the cars with dishwashing soap, then sprayed the resin with Krylon black.  I wetbrushed 2-3 coats of various colors using a large brush, then touched up the black on the windshield and window areas.  To create the rust, I used 2 products that were recommended to me: Modern Masters Reactive Metallic Iron paint and Modern Masters Rust Activator.  I applied 2 coats of the iron paint with a small piece of foam, then 2 sprays of the Rust Activator.  I let it sit overnight and in the morning there was a nice coat of rust.  After some touchups where the spray had discolored the other colors, I sealed it with a spray of Testors Dullcote.

Overall I like the effect and the cars will be useful terrain pieces for my games.  They add to the atmosphere and you can never have too much cover.

After the application of black spray paint.

Colors have been added.

My fleet of cars.

A closer look at 2 of them.

Thanks for looking!

29 May, 2015

28mm Crashed Spaceship

Two years ago I spent some time looking for a 28mm crashed spaceship to use as an objective for my Doctor Who games.  The most suitable one was the Crashed Aquilia Lander by Games Workshop, which my local store ordered for me.  

The impetus to finally paint it was provided by my signing up to run a game at Storm-Con, a convention in Charleston, SC (http://www.storm-con.com/), in late June.  You can't run a game called 'Spaceship Down' without a spaceship.

It comes in 6 pieces of hard plastic; 2 of them combined to form the largest section.

I washed it to remove any mold residue then sprayed it with Krylon Matte Black.  I painted most of the wreckage with Ceramcoat Charcoal Grey, then drybrushed with a mix of Vallejo Cold Grey and P3 Black. The metal parts were painted with Vallejo Oily Steel.  The red areas got a base of Army Painter Dragon Red, a wash of Black ink, then a coat of GW Evil Sunz Scarlet.  The freshly-turned earth got a coat of Vallejo Flat Earth, then a drybrush with some White added.  A spray of Testor's Dullcote sealed it and finished it off.

Now what you really are interested in, the pictures.  First all the sections together, then a close-up of each one.  As always, you can click on the images for a larger image.


As made, there is no base underneath the broken sections on this piece, which exposes whatever is underneath. I glued a piece of black styrene under the base of this section to improve the look.

Thanks for looking!