I have spent the majority of the past two days painting bits of the large D&D scenary commission for Stronghold Games. Mostly what I have done is wooden items – barrels, beds, chairs, tables and that sort of thing. While it is not the most interesting thing I have ever had to paint (that’s Ahriman and the Ahrimen if you want to know), it has been fun. Most of the bits don’t take that long to paint, so it’s a ‘quick’ win in that regard and I like the idea of people using the bits to create scenes for their games. It will add a big visual element to playing and I know that is a good thing as I have done so myself.
I created a small scene in the light box using some of the bits I have painted today and one of the Mighty Nein who is awaiting basing!
I really like the plush looking chair, though I am not sure how comfortable that bed would be!
I won’t lie, I bought this miniatures with the intention of painting them and selling them on. I am not a fan of the show particularly, though the bits I have heard were amusing. I must say I prefer playing table top than listening to others do so. That said, I thought the miniatures would be different to paint and a break from what I usually do.
They were a break. I was not all that impressed with the quality of them however. The quality left a bit to be desired in my eyes. Most of them needed heating and bending back into shape and the mould lines on some of them were particularly bad. If I had backed this on the original kick-starter, I would have been disappointed with the result. I even found air bubbles on one of the miniatures, which is never a good thing! At least it was a relatively small one and didn’t affect the overall look of the miniature.
I did my best with the painting on them. Some of the details were so shallow in the design that they are absent from the finished product. I know Grog is meant to have tattoos on his head, but they just don’t show up. Scanlan’s facial expression is also a little amusing if you look at it closely. One side seems to be smiling, the other seems to be fixed in an evil grin! Anyway, here they are all finished:
I know the show is popular so it is a real shame that the quality in these miniatures is lacking, especially with the high standards that are around from other companies.
I have just finished painted the Cypher Lords for Warcry, and I must say they are amazing miniatures to work on. They are detailed, interesting and not too fiddly to stick together either. Easier than the Corvus Cabal for definite. I stuck to the colour scheme on the box as I have painted these with the idea of selling them in mind and wanted to stick to what I know is popular. Here they are:
I am also going to add a page on this website with miniatures I have painted that are for sale. They will have a price next to them and people will be able to contact me if they are interested. This blog gets a fair bit of traffic now, when I post things and it might be another channel for me to sell bits and bobs – has to be worth a try!
I made the observation the other day that I have got a lot quicker at painting miniatures to a good standard. It may be fairly obvious, I am doing so every day after all, but I have never been that quick to make realisations of this kind. So far this week, I have painted and assembled 9 Warcry miniatures and 34 Kill Team miniatures. I have also painted the Death Jester to a very high standard and another Eldar miniature with freehand on as well. That’s 45 miniatures, which in my eyes are pretty reasonable in quality. I understand that I have to be relatively swift, otherwise I am not going to be able to make much money. I would never have been able to complete them so quickly six months ago. I have started painting by colour for each group, which has speeded things up a great deal.
Here is this week’s worth of work:
The two kill teams I have painted before, so maybe that sped things up a little too. I already knew the details and where they were. However, I think the batch painting by colour has also helped as well. It seems a more efficient way of doing things and that can’t hurt.
If anyone is interested in any of these minatures, they are for sale. They can be found on my ebay site, though you can also contact me here, or on any social media, as well.
I bought these models with no intention of ever playing Warcry. I did so because I saw them and thought they were cool. I’ve not done that for a long time, and never with the intention of just selling them afterwards but I am so glad I did. The Corvus Cabal look so cool and are really fun to paint. Here they are:
I did something new with these miniatures and that was use Steggadon Scale Green through the airbrush in order to base coat them. I was unsure how well it would go through the airbrush as it’s not made for it, however with a bit of thinner, it worked out really well.
Next step was to block in the other base colours. Rakarth Flesh for the skin tone and Negro gold and Black Metal (Scale 75) for the metallics. I used Dryad bark for the browns. For the feathers, I used a mix of 50/50 Steggadon Scale Green and Fenrusian grey to drybrush them and then Fenrusian grey to highlight at the end. The flesh tones were either picked out with either Kislev flesh or Palid Wych Flesh to give a little variety.
Skulls were done with Ushabti bone, washed with a watered down Seraphim Sepia and then highlighted with Screaming skull. The hoods were highlighted in Incubi Darkness and then again with Kabalite green to give a subtle variety in the colours of the miniatures.
I am most pleased with how they have turned out, now just to find a new home for them! If you are interested, feel free to get in touch about them!
I think I might make this a weekly feature. For my own records and goals as much as anything else. I love lists, they help me to focus and give me something to work towards as well. Nothing feels quite so good as being able to cross something off and to move on. I oftem do a daily list on twitter – which I then cut into paint tool so I can cross things off. I want to see if this works as a method of being productive or not. It’s always good to have a focus to help achieve things I find. Here we go then:
1 – Corvus Cabal – Warcry. I literally bought these models to paint and sell as they look really cool and I want to paint them. I have no intention of ever playing Warcry at all, but these guys are so neat
2) Elucidian Starstriders and Gellerpox Infected Kill Teams. I loved painting these before and managed to pick up the boxed set for a good price. I know they sell well and sell quickly, so I want to get them done this week to make some money for the bank holiday.
3) Eldar miniatures. I picked these ones out of a job lot that was purchased as miniatures I want to pratice skills on, prove I can do things other than Imperium and Demons and generally to push myself with. One of them is a Death Jester, which should be fun!
4) Work on this guy a bit more
5) I also have a HORDE of D&D scenary miniatures to look at and work on for Stronghold Games.
I am sure there will be other bits and bobs as well, but those can be added and crossed off as the need arises. I think for now, this will be enough!
I have made an addition to the commission page today. As well as adding in some more recent pictures, I had added Tournament standard to the list. This is a most basic painting scheme aimed at those who want to play in tournaments but cannot be bothered to paint thier army, or who want it doing super quick.
Here are the details:
Tournament minimums are three colours and bases, so this is what this tier gets. Three colours and basing. Price will vary depending on how many miniatures need doing and what minatures they are. Cost for infantry/troops will be from £1 per model. Larger miniatures will cost more. If you want to try out the new ‘hot thing’, this is the scheme for you.
Here are some examples I have done recently:
It’s basic, and quick – perfect if you need miniatures doing swiftly in time for the tournament at the weekend!
As always, feel free to get in touch if you are interested.