Monday, 8 January 2018

Who Runs Bartertown?

My wasteland ladies have arrived they have been based and the few mold lines removed. All that needs doing is priming and they are ready to go. Whilst working on these I have managed to get a duo finished (Well its on a single base but they really count as a pair). 

This also the final figure from the Wasteland Kickstarter I backed a few years ago. There was another miniature but the KS owner decided the sculpt was not good enough which is a shame as it would of been spot on for Lord Humongus. Currently the molds have been sold on which is a shame as I would love to get a second set for some conversions.

Actually I tell a lie! As I still have the Post Apoc Ogre to do from that Kickstarter but I am unsure what to do with him now. Whether do do him as a large human or paint him to be be a super mutant hmmm.

I like my mini's to be functional and originally apart from his brute strength came with out any weapons. So converted this one slightly by adding a the large hammer. Loosely based on the weapons used in the Thunderdome fight scene. In hindsight I perhaps should of made a spiked mace instead as after researching images to paint them up thats what he seem to carry mostly. But never mind too late now.

When the weather is better and brighter I will dig out the full set and take some pictures of the set.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Keeper of the Seeds (Post Apoc)

My Post Apocalyptic tastes have been tickled and it continues into 2018 with the figures being worked on at the moment.

I loved the Mad Max Fury Road movie. So many great characters and themes to capture the imagination for gangs or crews. One that has struck a cord with me ever since seeing it in the cinema were the Vuvalini or the 'Many Mothers' the clan that Furiosa belongs to and whom intends to cross the wasteland and seek out.

As no one makes any models akin to them I have pondered and struggled immensely to find suitable figures (well those that can be converted easily) So I have to compromise somewhat and I am making my vision of them with what models I can. The Crooked Dice Wasteland Warriors will form a big part of that so I am very grateful for these Female Warriors being sensibly dressed.

I am promised some Wreck Age figures from a friend in the States which will also add another couple of members and I am very much looking forward to receiving that package when it comes.

The Keeper of the Seeds is played by Melissa Jaffer in the movie and is a cool character who is looking after the remaining seeds left after the land turned marshy and no longer able to grow plant life anymore. (pics of just her were hard to come by.)

Left to right Valkyrie Keeper of Seeds and unamed Vuvalini (there were 5 without name) 

A nice drawing showing the skull she use as a pot testing if the soil is any good.

As you can see they are quite wrapped up for desert travel. There is nothing I can find that is similar enough. Without having to do major Greenstuff work to achieve anything like it hence why I am going to be going for a likeness rather than exact.

So first up is Keeper of the Seeds. The base model is Madge by Hasslefree miniatures. I had painted her as a zombie hunter a long time ago and recently last year I stripped for a repaint. There she sat until I had the idea to user has as Vuvalini.

First off I trimmed the shotgun barrels down into a sawn off. I left the stock as I didn't feel confident enough to re sculpt the coat that would be exposed underneath. I had some spare bags from another Hasslefree miniature in the bitz box so filed it down and bent it slightly to fit the small of the back. Luckily there is some sort waist band that once painted looks like a belt.

I was just going to leave it at that but wasn't happy with the hair being exposed at the back. I then decided to sculpt on a hood bringing it around to the front. I then decided to add in some material to use as googles having her wear them. Which was easier than trying to sculpt them on top of her head. Finally I added some shoulder pads to take it a bit further away from the padded coat. I added on some sort of totem leather tooth thing from the Frostgrave Barbarian Sprue as some sort of trinkets or tresaures. I wanted to add another weapon but then realised I had no sensible place to put it. It then twigged where I could put one and I found a water bottle from a WW2 sprue in my bits box with a grenade and knife on. I trimmed off the knife handle and stuck in the top of the boot.

Painting was quite quick I stuck to similar earth tones. With just a spot of colour here and there as decoration and working on the lenses of the goggles which have changed colour several times until I figures out what I had not done properly.

I also made an order this week for the Wasteland Warriors (Those Post Apoc ladies in my last post)  on the Crooked Dice site LINK as soon as they were available. So I am eagerly awaiting them to arrive in the post and looking forward to getting them painted and added to my Vuvalini. Whilst I wait I am trying to keep up the momentum and have worked on a couple more Raider figures that have been lingering for two long in the to finish pile. More on those when they are finished.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year 2018!

I'd like to wish all my Followers and Friends a very Happy New Year 2018! I hope you all have a happy and healthy year.

Best of luck with your projects this year I look forward to seeing them!

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Post Apocalyptic Raider 'Eight Ball'

Ok so managed to get another figure finished before 2017 closes. I shan't say again that this is my last miniature again as who knows what will happen this week lol.

Eight Ball joins my raider clan and is a conversion from a Hasslefree Fantasy Football figure. It was a simple conversion. I drilled a hole in the top and bottom of her left hand and then added a plastic baseball bat from the old Wargames Factory Survivor sprues. I clipped it in half then glued it in the holes in the hand to make it more secure. The top of the bat has been made more post apocalyptic by adding some barb wire that I picked up online. I had planned to used it for adding to scenery. I shan't say that the Walking Deads Negan character bat Lucille had any influence over this choice as I built this model a good while before having seen him on the show back in this Post from Feburary 2016!

My Raider clan is coming together nicely I still have a good few more to add. Mostly the Classic Grenadier Scavengers. Though I still have the not 'Master Blaster' to paint up and is sitting looking at me on my paint table at the moment.

Also in the New Year there are some awesome Post Apocalyptic Characters coming out from Crooked Dice as well as a boxed set expansion for second edition. Rumours are there are some new Vehicle rules in it and it will cover Post Apocalypse in broader terms than just focusing on zombies. I am really excited for it.

These Gorgeous girls are due for release January 1st 2018

This Dastardly looking Apocalyptic dog was teased on Christmas Day. I haven't a pigeon when he will be released or who will accompany him.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Crooked Dice Henchmen

Probably my final two miniatures of 2017 as the Christmas holidays are now upon us and its time for family and not for hobby (well maybe a little bit lol). I didn't really plan to finish this duo from Crooked Dice I started work on Jaws as the pallette was rather similar to Minerva whom I finished last week. Nick Nack was finished quite quickly mostly painted in black then picking out the a few bits of his shirt hear and there and his after squinting a lot at him his tiny derringer.

Jaws is my favourite Bond Henchmen and my third version I have done of him now. This has to be my favourite version it captures him perfectly. I mounted him on a larger 40mm base as I plan to re-skin a Marauding Monster archetype as the infamous character. Switching around some effects and printing a new card using the card generator on The 7TV Studios Casting Agency 

 Nick Nack is just one of the memorable henchmen. This again capture him perfectly. I am not sure which archetype to base his character on I have got to put my thinking cap on for this one.

 Just to show the size of the duo next to what I would call an average 28mm figure.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Statuesque Miniatures Minerva

Finishing off some odds and ends on the paint table this week. This is Minerva from Statuesque minatures Pulp Alley range. Single piece casting and comes in as part of a duo with Captain Wolf. I really love the Pulp Alley range done by Statuesque figures the miniatures are just stunningly done. I believe sculpted digitally.

I don't have any plans for Pulp gaming as such but Minerva shall be joining some Sky Pirates also from Statueqsue miniatures as a cast for 7TV. I am kind of thinking of some sort of Octopussy type venture but more on that at a later date as its all still rather vague lol.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

The Three Lions (Version 2)

Bit of a random figure finished this week. I have picked up many bits for a number of Alpha Squad conversions. Some needing that perfect bit still. Now this is not about the conversion I'd intended but a happy accident in the process of removing the head from the body I needed. The figure I was converting was Widow from Hasslefree miniatures I'd intended to add a new head to the body to create the miniature I needed.

However the head came off in great condition. Then it struck me years ago I had done a New Avengers cast. Steed and Gambit were easily done but I couldn't find the proper bits to do me a Purdey conversion (Joanna Lumley) her hair is such a unique style in the reinvented TV series that you just don't come across models with that style of hair. Widow's hair style was perfect! I just need a a new body for this head.

 I had a rummage in my lead pile going through various Copplestone, Artizan and Crooked Dice figures I had spare but sadly many were to large in features for the more delicately sculpted Hasslefree head.  Then I remembered I had stripped one of my Classic Pandora King minis (lol I had 3). A removal of the head was simple enough. However I paid a blood price on this one (So you know the conversion is a good one!). Once a Plaster was applied to stop the bleeding all that need doing was just a bit of trimming and reshaping the remains of the neck into like a collar of sorts. Drilled and pinned the new head and job done.

Paint scheme was trickier I didn't fancy doing black on the body suit as its always trickier on these sort of clothing to get it looking right. So I spotted another outfit in a dark blue. So I decided to follow that line of thinking. I added some red on the belt and some white piping to get the Union Jack colours squeezed in. I am quite pleased with how it turned out though my photo skills are lacking this week with such poor lighting outside and my shoddy camera phone.

Rewatching some episides of The New Avengers I think the pose of Pandora is pretty perfect now.

Left to Right Mike Gambit (Copplestone agent with Crooked Dice minion head,) John Steed (Crooked Dice Flamboyant Agent) and of course Purdey (Crooked Dice Pandora King Classic and Hasslefree Widow).

I am quite pleased with results and think they look quite good.

More on the Alpha Squad conversion another time as I have got some putty work to do on that one.