Daily Archives: October 9, 2017

Recent painting

Rob Dean

I recently finished the basing of the speed paint figures I’d done at Gencon this year, so that gave me an idea.  I decided to accumulate a war band (for some undetermined skirmish game) using just the speed painted figures, and whatever prizes and free figures I’d gotten.  So, when work sent me to Colorado for most of last week, I took the portable paint kit and these three figures with me.  The left and center figures are Reaper Miniatures which were awarded to me for winning qualifying rounds in the preliminaries in 2016 and 2017 respectively.  The figure on the right, Mr. Spiky, is a sample of 3d printing capability handed out this year at Gencon by Shapeways.  I must say, I was favorably impressed with the smooth surface texture.  If one needed something professionally printed, I can see where it might be worth it. Given the spikiness, I painted him in an olive skin tone as a half-orc.

Since I was working up the war band, I decided that it was finally time to touch up this figure:

She is some sort of Malifaux thing that I had tried to paint in the final round of a Wyrd Miniatures event in 2015.  I had run out of time before I was really finished, and I was trying to paint without magnification, which made the rather petite little face problematic.  I just touched her up today enough to make her look like I was trying for in the speed paint.  I don’t know much about the Malifaux backstory, so I have no idea what she is, but the rest of the player/painters that time were excited by the fact that she was some sort of alternative pose not usually available, as best I recall.  Since she’s throwing a fireball and armed only with a sword, I figure I can drop her into a fantasy game without any artistic qualms…
That leaves me with just a package of Malifaux wild boars that I got with a gift certificate from speed painting in 2015. As kits of only three to five pieces, I think that I can manage that, and I don’t expect the paint scheme to be particularly difficult.

I took advantage of the federal holiday (and resulting long weekend) when I got back from Colorado to get this unit moved off my painting table.  The figures are old Minifigs DA range Carolingians, from an eBay purchase, and I just wanted them done, so they come from a clan with a limited range of hair color….I expect that they will be dropped into the fantasy Byzantine campaign set-up, as part of the “Westerners”.

The other excitement for the weekend was a HAWKs game day, so I had an opportunity to throw some dice in a couple of WWII games, for a change of pace.  Now, though, I’d like to get some of the recent painting on the table…

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Undead Halfling Rogue & Conversion: Bones 3 Figures

Chris Palmer

    This past week I finished working on my current project of painting the Elves, Dwarves, and Halflings from my two Bones 3 Add-On Undying Lords sets; and painted the Halfling Rogue; one basic one, and one I modified by changing the sword  to a spear, and removing the axe.  There are still the Undying Lord of Death, the Undying Minotaur and Undying Lizardfolk from these sets; but they will all have to wait for another time.
     To read last week’s post where I painted the two Undead Dwarf Fighters, click here: Undead Dwarf Fighters.  To see my two Undead Elf Archers from two weeks ago, click here: Undead Elf Archers
      I prepped these figures in the usual way; soaking them in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving them a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying them.   I then did the conversion work, and then glued the figures to black-primed 7/8" fender washers with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then glued the washer-mounted figures to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer’s glue under each washer.

       I began by painting the metal parts, and skeletal parts with Black.  I then drybrushed the skeletal parts with Americana “Antique White”, followed by a light drybrushing of Crafter’s Acrylic “Light Antique White”

     Next, I painted the shirt on the lefthand one with Americana “Khaki Tan”, and then did his pants with Crafter’s Acrylic “Forest Green”, and his cape with Aleene’s “Deep Khaki”.  I then moved on to the righthand one, and did his shirt with Accent “Golden Harvest”, his pants with Vallejo “USA Olive Drab”, and his cape with Anita’s “Burnt Sienna”.

      I then painted the spear shaft, and axe handle with Americana “Mississippi Mud”, and then painted all the metal parts with Americana “Bittersweet Chocolate”.  I also used this color to paint the grip on the sword.  Then after everything had a while to dry, I gave the two figures a wash with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade” wash, doing as best I could to avoid getting any on the skeleton parts.

     Once the wash dried, I began highlighting.  I worked on the lefthand one first, highlighting his shirt with Americana “Bleached Sand”, his pants with Americana “Jade Green”, and his cape with Apple Barrel “Apple Maple Syrup”.  Next I did the righthand one, highlighting his shirt with Apple Barrel “Lemon Chiffon”, his pants with Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige”, and his cape with Americana “Burnt Orange”.  Next, I worked on the rust effects on the weapons, first using Duncan Aged Metal “Iron” to apply some reddish rust patches, and then applying some Accent “Golden Oxide”.  I also did a little highlighting on the spear shaft with Folk Art “Barn Wood”.  Lastly,  I painted their integral bases with Americana “Charcoal Grey”.
     When I was done painting the figures, I used some white glue to glue a mixture I made of some fine brown sand, and courser black sand to the base.  When this was dry, I drybrushed the sand and the figures’ own bases with Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige”, and then with some Americana “Antique White”.  When dry, I glued on some bits of grass tufts.
      I let the figures dry overnight and the next day I gave them a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed them with Testor’s Dullcote"

     I’m really pleased with how these guys turned out.  I’m looking forward to having a chance to use all these different skeletons in a game at some point.

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HAWKs Host First invitational Gaming Day

Chris Palmer     This past Saturday the HAWKs hosted their first ever Invitational Gaming Day.  This came about after some regular attendees of the HAWKs BARRAGE convention, from New Jersey, asked the club if it would be possible to get together on a more informal basis this October for a friendly day of gaming, after this year’s BARRAGE had to be rescheduled to January ‘18 due to a mess-up with the venue’s scheduler.  We ended up with a nice crowd of over 30 gamers from the HAWKs, New Jersey, and some from Western, MD and Pennsylvania.

     We used the meeting hall in the church where we run our regular meetings, and set up six full sized 8’ x10’ tables, and scheduled for two blocks of games; the first from 9:00AM- 1:00PM, and the second from 2:00PM to 6:00PM.    The games offered spanned many historical periods, as well as both the Fantasy and Sci-Fi genres. It was big success, with everyone having a great time, and there’s already talk of doing it again!

Don Manser’s beautiful Pickett’s Charge game using Fire & Fury.

John Mitchell’s Operation Barbarossa game using Bolt Action.

Sam Fuson’s Sherlock Holmes puzzle solving game using G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T.

Heated pile on pile action in Jamie Davis’ Magic Carpet Racing game using a Future Race and Blood & Swash hybrid.

Eric Schlegel’s Sméagol’s Ferry game using modified Blood & Swash

Don Hogge’s Rumble in the Jungle game using Congo.

Greg Priebe’s Clone Wars game using the new Star Wars supplement for  Combat Patrol.

Cliff Brunken’s Battle of Germantown 1777 game using Black Powder.

John Hollier’s 15mm Napoleonic game using Shako 2.

Zeb Cook’s 1939 Winter War game using Combat Patrol.

     Thanks to the GM’s and gamers for making this such a success.  From the onset we decided we wanted to keep it simple, so there was no food service (we ordered some 3’ subs from a nearby Subway for lunch), and no flea market.  It really was a great low key and informal chance for gamers to get together for an excellent day of gaming.

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