01 May, 2019

28mm Apocalypse Surviviors III

Following on from parts I and II in January, I have finished some more miniatures for my post-apocalypse games.

Listed as Smith and Colt Cartwright on the Hasslefree Miniatures website, these two gentlemen are better known to Supernatural fans as Sam and Dean Winchester.  Supernatural is one of my favorite shows.  I remember watching the first episode and never thought it would still be airing 14 years later.  7TV: Apocalypse has a monster hunter star that is perfect for them, as well as a variety of creatures for them to fight.

This is a giant mutant from Brother Vinni  I am not sure what the real name for this miniature is because it is no longer on their website.  It is made of resin and came in 4 parts: body, 2 arms and hammer.  I had to drill out the hands to fit the hammer.  You could substitute another weapon.  I spent some time deciding what color to use for the skin, with Howard Hues oriental flesh beating blue.

The revolution doesn't stop for the apocalypse!  With a Cuban cigar in one hand and an AK-47 in the other, Hector Gomez (left) from Studio Miniatures is always ready to continue the struggle for the proletariat.  Originally a free bonus miniature to backers of their Project Z Kickstarter, it is now available on the Studio website, where they seem to be continuing to expand their range of survivors.

Joe (right) is from Hasslefree Miniatures.  He may only be armed with a baseball bat but he has plenty of attitude.


In case you are curious about the size comparison.  The mutant definitely towers over the others.

27 April, 2019

28mm Vikings & Viking Ship Grave

In between big projects I often work on a few figures, a small unit or a piece of terrain for an old army.  Recently I made some additions to my 28mm Viking army that I use for SAGA.

I normally have a standard for each SAGA army I have.  Even though I don't often use them as banner in game terms, I think they look nice and add character to each army.  When I originally painted my Vikings, none of the miniatures was in the right position to hold a spear upright.  I've been on the lookout for a suitable miniature ever since.  I finally bought one by Gripping Beast at Historicon 2018 from Badger Games.  It came with a LBMS banner.  I think he looks suitably stern to be a veteran companion of the Viking leader.

The 2nd edition of SAGA allows a unit of 6 shieldmaidens.  Since I already had 4 that I painted back in 2017, why not get 2 more?    I still needed a leader and a standardbearer.  I ordered them from Brother Vinni in 2018 during one of their sales.  They are made of resin with separate arms that attached easily with superglue.  The standard was harder to attach.  The lower section was part of the arm piece, with the upper section including the banner was separate.  It was too thin to pin, but after trimming some off the lower section I was able to get it to hold together with superglue.  It appears to be a strong join now.  The top section is available separately if you need a new banner.

The two new miniatures:

 The whole unit ready for battle:

Also recently completed is a Viking ship grave from Acheson Creations.  Cast in resin, my friend Mike bought it for me at a convention and mailed it to me.   I was pleased that when I googled 'Viking Ship Grave' the images were very similar.  The burial site was surrounded by stone slabs in the shape of a ship.  After a quick run though tthe dishwasher to remove the mold residue I spray primed it black.  After that all it took were a few layers of drybrushing.  I added some static grass, shrubs and flowers and voila.  It is a good-sized terrain feature and will give my Vikings something to defend. 


06 April, 2019

28mm Post-Apocalypse Scenery

One of my goals for 2019 is to expand my collection of post-apocalypse scenery.  I already have a good set of city ruins and I want to add some smaller pieces to serve as cover and to improve the look of my games.  We had a few days of nice weather this week, so I grabbed my latest work and a few miniatures to show scale and headed to the backyard to take some photos.

This is a ruined truck cast in resin.  I bought it at the flea market way back at Historicon 2016.  It's nice to finally get it painted, it has been sitting around primed for about 6 months.  I have no idea who the manufacturer is but it is a nice model.  I like the jumble of goods in the back.  The miniatures are from Dead Earth Games.

This set of 4 barricades came together in a set.  I don't remember where I got them but the manufacturer is Foxhole Terrain.  Each of the pieces is different, 6"/15cm long and has a nice assortment of rubble.  Useful to protect my survivors against the zombie hordes.

They look good when defended.  The miniatures are from Brigade Games.

If you get past the barricade there is a giant mutant dog waiting for you.  Turn back!

I have had this model building for some time.  It was an add-on to the original Kickstarter campaign for Across the Dead Earth back in 2014.  I don't think that Dead Earth Games ever sold it later on their website, so there aren't many of them around.  Every settlement needs a bar!  The roof lifts off for game purposes.  Cast in gray resin.

The friendly proprietor is waiting for.....
...customers!  I wonder what today's special is?

The roof conveniently comes off.  There is room for several miniatures inside.  There is a small piece that fits on top of the barrels but I like it this way.

24 January, 2019

28mm Spy-Fi

This week I have a selection of miniatures I painted in 2018 to use in my 7TV games.  If you're not familiar with 7TV, it is a fun system that is usable for just about any spy, action or sci-fi setting from movies & tv.  Think James Bond style spies, Doctor Who and everything in between.  Manufacturers included in this post are Beast in the Broch, Black Cat, Black Tree, Crooked Dice, Hasslefree and Reaper.

Ape-X from Reaper's Bones line.  A great model and very fun to paint.


Three Doctor Who characters: (l-r) The renegade Time Lord Omega from Black Tree Design, the twelfth Doctor and the eighth Doctor, both from Crooked Dice though sadly no longer available.

Two miniatures from Crooked Dice to go with their Department X line: (l-r) General Gordon and Big Tam Frazier.  Big Tam is based on the character Sean Connery played in the movie The Hill, which I watched for the first time when I was painting this miniature last year.

2018 was the year for painting apes.  Just in from Skull Island is a Giant Ape in resin from Crooked Dice. The right arm and front of the head were separate pieces that attached easily.

If you are wondering about the relative sizes, here is a group shot with the Giant Ape, Ape-X, Warlord's Zombie Beast (from my previous post Apocalypse Survivors II) and a regular human from Brigade Games.

A Double Agent from Crooked Dice.  Whose side is she really on?

From Black Cat Bases, on the left  is HP Lovecraft and his cat.  Black Cat sell several versions, each with a different selection of right hands.  I chose an ancient tome of forbidden knowledge.  On the right is a priest with crucifix and pistol.  He reminds me of the Episcopal priest from the early Peter Jackson movie Dead Alive, who before unleashing his martial arts skills on a group of zombies says (in a cool New Zealand accent) "I kick ass for the Lord!"  Watch the clip now and the rest of the movie later:


The Guru from Crooked Dice is leader of the secret organization SHIVA (Secret Headquarters of International Villainous Agents).  He is accompanied by his three pet black panthers, made by Black Cat.

On the left is Horace 'Action' Jackson from Reaper's Bones line.  I've posted him before, though he is now pictured with his new colleague Destiny from Hasslefree.  I need to go watch Shaft (original 70s version only) for some scenario ideas for them.

On the left a police detective from Crooked Dice; on the right martial artist Fist of Golgo from Hasslefree.

Two more villains: on the left a Federated Security Commander from Beast In the Broch Miniatures with an alternate Crooked Dice head and on the right an Inhuman Servitor from Crooked Dice.  What nefarious plot is this alien carrying out for his masters?

On the left is secret agent Winter Morgan from Hasslefree; on the right a sniper from Black Cat.

These are the last group from my New Year's photoshoot.  Check back soon for a convention report from Siege of Augusta.