No Figure Today :(

Chris Palmer

  Just a heads up to let folks know that I did not finish a figure to post today.  The week was just too busy with Christmas activities and getting stuff ready for our big double-header final Frostgrave Christmas game, and our test Ghost Archipelago game.
       Tune in again, next Monday for the next figure!

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Recently Painted Stuff

Buck

Attack of the space worms from outer space with space weapons — did I mention they’re from space?

I recently received these space worms from Hydra Miniatures.  I really like them.  Service from Hydra was excellent.

When I work them into a Combat Patrol game, I may give them the ability to burrow through the ground and come up behind the enemy.

I also ordered these ducks from New Zealand.  I really like them, and I recently bought into his new Kickstarter.

My new contingent of fantasy ducks.

My duck warrior

Another duck warrior of the dragon clan.

Mohawk duck warrior

A duck wizard

One of Robin Hood’s Merry Ducks perhaps?

Female duck cleric ready to whomp someone with that hammer.  You better remember to put down the toilet seat, bub!

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Event List for Barrage Almost Full

Buck

The event listing for Barrage 2017 (which will be held January 19 and 20, 2018) is nearly full.  We can handle a couple more Friday and Saturday games, but if you take a look at the Web page, you will see many great events.

Go to the Web page, www.hawks-barrage.org, and create an account.  Then you can register for the convention.  Once registered, you can submit games or sign up for games.  If after you sign up for a game, something else catches your eye, you can change your mind.

Don’t miss out on this excellent two-day event.  Come for both days.  Come early, stay late.  Bring a buddy.

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Space Ducks Get Heavy Weapon Support

Buck

I found these two duck figures (with the white helmets) at Walmart last week.  They are from a line of metal figures with various Harry Potter, Disney, and Marvel subjects.  This one is GizmoDuck, apparently from the animated series, Duck Tales.  They are quite large, but I think they look pretty good as heavy support robots.

Star Duck robot support (and other stuff) on the painting table

I added an Assault Group bazooka to one of them and flame thrower to the other.  This Frinx better watch out.  Next time we play a science fiction Combat Patrol game the Ducks will be unstoppable!

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Some Recent Christmas Themed Painting

Chris Palmer     When this time of year rolls around, I always wished I had worked more on the Christmas themed figures I have collected over the years.   So, over the last few weeks, with my seasonal mood increasing, I decided to finish up a few of them.
     First I completed Reaper’s “Pack Reindeer”, which has been sitting half done on my painting desk since I got him last December. 

      I then painted Coppestone’s “Lovely Assistant”. This figure comes in a blister with a Santa Claus figure, which I’ve put on a washer and primed, but haven’t gotten to yet.

     Lastly, I just finished Reapers “Santa’s Helpers”; a three pack of mechanical robot ornaments.    I tried an experiment with these; painting them first with special Chrome spray paint, and then using Citadel gemstone transparent paints on them: Spiritstone Red, Soulstone Blue, and Waystone Green, in an attempt to given them that lacquered mirror look that real ornaments have.  When finished, I sprayed them with Testor’s Dullcote to give them a protective coat, and then went over them again with a brush-on glossy varnish to give them that glass ornament shine.   I’m rather plesed with how they came out.

        This will probably wrap up what Christmas figures I get done for his year; since, with the Christmas activity around the house ramping up, my painting time become more infrequent.

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Elthin Bluesteel, Gunslinger: Bones 3 Figure

Chris Palmer

   As I continue to work on my crew for Ghost Archipelago, I painted the Elthin Bluesteel, Gunslinger figure from the Bones 3 Heroes 2 set this past week.   I needed a figure to be a standard plain crewman to flesh out my regular crew, and thought this figure could pass suitably for a crewman aboard a ship.   I didn’t need him to be a gunslinger however; so I did a quick modification on him, cutting away the gun in his right hand, and gluing in a spear from the Bones 3 Arsenal weapon sprue.  I will treat him as armed with a 2-handed weapon. 
     Also, I wanted my crew to be all Elf, and I thought that with his long hair he could pass as one, assuming his ears were hidden in the hair.
    Before I made the conversion, I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.    I then added the spear with superglue, and afterwards glued the figure to a black-primed 1.“ fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then glued the washer-mounted figure to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer’s glue.

     I began by giving the whole model a wash with heavily thinned Reaper MSP "Brown Liner”.  I then painted his face with Crafter’s Acrylic “Flesh”, and his pants with Americana “Wedgewood Blue”. After that, I painted his armor with Citadel “Snakebite Leather”.

     Next, I painted his cape with Aleene’s “Deep Khaki”, and then did the fringe of the cape with Folk Art “Dapple Grey”.  After that I painted his boots with Reaper MSP “Turkey Brown”, and then his belt, scabbard, and the remains of the holster with Americana “Bittersweet Chocolate”. I also painted his shirt sleeves with Americana “Antique White”.

    I then painted his spear shaft with Americana “Bleached Sand”, and then the spearpoint and end of the spear with Americana “Zinc”.  After that, I painted the hat on his back with Americana “Raw Umber”, and then his hair with Accent “Golden Harvest”.  I then went back and repainted the spearpoint and end with Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”. I also used this color to paint the metl parts of his knife, and his belt buckle.

     I let everything dry for a while, and then gave the whole figure a wash with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade”.   When the wash was dry, I highlighted his hair with Americana “Moon Yellow”, and then did lighter highlights with Apple Barrel “Lemon Chiffon”.  I then painted his eyes, and afterwards highlighted his skin with a mix of the base “Flesh”, and White.   After that, I highlighted the spear shaft with the base “Bleached Sand”.

     Next, I highlighted his pants next using Reaper MSP Bones “Tropical Blue”, and then highlighted his shirt with Crafter’s Acrylic “Light Antique White”.   I then highlighted his armor with a mix of the “Snakebite Leather, and some of the "Golden Harvest”, and then highlighted his cape with a mix of the “Deep Khaki”, and Aleene’s “Dusty Khaki”.  After that, I highlighted his boots with  Ceramcoat “Raw Sienna”, and his belt, scabbard, and hat with Americana “Mississippi Mud”.  I lastly highlighted the metal parts with  Ceramcoat “Metallic Silver”.
      I then painted the figure’s base with Ceramcoat “Walnut”. I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor’s Dullcote".

     I’m generally happy with how this fellow turned out.  He’s not fancy, but he gets the job done for tabletop use.

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Barrage Events Listing is Filling Up

Buck

Don’t miss your chance to participate is this terrific local convention, now two-action packed days of gaming!

You can see the outstanding lineup of games by looking here:  https://www.hawks-barrage.org/games/

TWO Flames of War tournaments!  An ADLG tournament!  Many vendors.  Great games!  This is a great way to recover from the holidays.

There are many kid-friendly games, so bring that younger gamer in your life along with you.  Don’t miss all the fun.  Come for both days!  The Barrage Web page has a listing of local hotels on the logistics tab.

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A Group of “A Christmas Story” Themed Pieces for Frostgrave

Chris Palmer    As I mentioned in my latest Frostgrave Campaign report, for December we plan on doing a Christmas-themed game.  As part of that, I decided to make a few items that were inspired by the movie “A Christmas Story”.  The first of these is based on the famous flag-pole double-dog-dare scene, and features an unfortunate citizen of Feldstad who had been dared by his friends into putting his tongue on a frozen metal pole at the time of the icy cataclysm that befell the city, and is now doomed to spend his days as a zombie who is trapped forever in an unfortunate situation. 

      Next up is a set of four treasure markers:  1) A blue bowling ball and can of Simonize, 2) A crate marked  “Fra-gee-lay”, 3) A leg lamp, and 4) A Red Ryder BB-gun.   These were a lot of fun to make and took a little thinking outside the box to put together!

       I’m really looking forward to using all these in next month’s game!

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Galadanoth, Elf Sniper: Bones 3 Figure

Chris Palmer

    This past week I painted the Galadanoth, Elf Sniper figure from the Bones 3 Core Set, to use as an Archer for my new Ghost Archipelago crew I’m currently assembling.
     A little while ago I had converted this figure to hold one of the clear weapons from the new clear weapons sprues that I also got in the Bones 3 Kickstarter.  You can see the conversion article here:  Weapon Conversions.  While I don’t particularly need the figure to be wielding a magic bow at this point, I saw no reason to be switching the figure back to a standard bow.  Who knows, maybe I’ll find a magic bow for him to use on one of our Ghost Archipelago expeditions.
      I couldn’t remember if I already washed the figure before I did the conversion, but assumed I did.  So, I went ahead and glued the figure to a white-primed 1.5" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then glued the washer-mounted figure to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer’s glue.

     I began by painting his loin armor Black.  I then painted his face, ears, and hands with Crafter’s Acrylic “Flesh”.  When the Black was dry, I went back and drybrushed the armor scales with  Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”.  I then passed over them with a lighter drybrush of Ceramcoat “Metallic Silver”

     Next, I painted his leggings with Americana “Avocado”, and then painted his chest and shoulder armor, wrist guards, knee guards, shoes, and the border around his loin armor, all with Citadel ‘Snakebite Leather".  After that, I painted his shirt with Crafter’s Acrylic “Storm Cloud Grey”, and then did his cape with Reaper MSP, “Christmas Wreath”. 

 I then painted the body of his quiver with Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige”, and did the top and bottom edges with Anita’s “Burnt Sienna”.  I also used the “Burnt Sienna” to paint his dagger sheath, and his belt.  Next, I painted the  pole above the quiver with Folk Art “Teddy Bear Brown”, and then metal point at the end with Accent “Mustard Seed”.  after that, I painted the fletchings with Folk Art “Barnyard Red”, and then went back and painted the metal point n the pole above the quiver with Ceramcoat “Bronze”.

      I painted his hair with Americana “Bittersweet Chocolate”, and then let the figure dry for a while.  When it was good and dry, I gave the entire a figure, except the loin armor, a wash with Agrax Earthshade" wash.   When the wash was dry, I painted his eyes, and then highlighted his skin with a mix of the base “Flash” and White.  I also highlighted the hair with Crafter’s Edition “Spice Brown”, and Americana “Sable Brown”.

    Next, I highlighted his leggings with a mix of the original “Avocado” and some lighter Americana “Jade Green”. I highlighted his shirt after that with some Americana “Dove Grey”, and then did his chest and shoulder armor, wrist guards, knee guards, shoes, and the border around his loin armor with the “Mustard Seed”.  I then did highlights on his cape with Folk Art “Hauser Green Medium”.  After that, I highlighted the body of the quiver with Americana “Khaki Tan”, the top and bottom of the quiver with Crafter’s Acrylic “Orange Spice”, and the fletchings with Reaper MSP “Holly Berry”. I finished up the highlighting by painting the tip of the pole above the quiver with a little Ceramcoat 14K Gold".
    I then painted the figures base and the washer with Ceramcoat “Walnut”. I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor’s Dullcote".

     I’m happy with how the figure turned out.  It’s not the greatest casting, with some smooshiness in his face and a big mold line running directly across his chest and thigh, but for a gaming figure it’s not too bad.  The bow fogged a little when I sprayed it, and I could clear it up with a coat of gloss varnish, but I think I like how it looks better this way.

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Barrage is Getting Closer; the Event List is Filling Up

Buck



Barrage planning and preparations continue.  Barrage 2017 will be held 19-20 January 2018.  (Yes, Barrage 2017 will be held in January 2018.)  Our inclement weather day will be the following weekend.

Take a look at www.hawks-barrage.org to see all the great games on offer.  While the schedule is filling up, there is room for more games.  If you are interested in running a game, you can register your game and even update your description through the Web page.  Come for both days.  Bring a buddy.  Come and enjoy a great two days of low-stress gaming in a friendly venue with no politics.

… but not just men 18-19. HAWKs events a kid friendly, and we welcome ladies as well as men.

There are many kid-friendly games, so bring your younger gamers.  See a snapshot of the current Saturday schedule.  The games in purple are kid friendly.  More are being added every week.

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