I visited the Game Kastle store in Mountain View, California for the first time a few days ago and saw some neat miniatures in their display cases. I particularly liked this space ship. It reminded me a little of an Omega class destroyer from Babylon Five, which was one of my favorite television shows some years ago.
No idea what game, if any, this ship is from or for, but I like it. Looks like it might be scratch built/kit bashed?
This ship is going to stick in my mind whenever I talk about the inept orbital bombardments, sketchy teleportation near misses, and the like for which my evil Space Wolves are known thanks to their ‘good enough … they’ll figure it out’ philosophy concerning all things relating to space and to a lesser extent technology in general.
I recently finished painting this goblin miniature from Maxmini, which they call a Mean Green Gobbo. I’ve had him for a few years now. I originally bought him when many of my opponents were using Marbo and I thought this guy would make for a humorous answer to that worthy super commando.
I considered trying to do some pupils for his eyes. In the cell phone pictures I think he could use some, though from table top distances I doubt anyone is going to notice. I might do so one of these days when I’m painting something else, but I’m not too worried about it.
I also tried out some Vallejo gun metal blue for the first time on his left gun. I used Nuln Oil over it, but decided I didn’t like how dark it was, so I did a heavy second layer of blue. Then I added a little silver to the blue for the highlights, and just a very light touch of silver only to a couple of places I wanted to be very light, such as the muzzle tip.
I’ll probably use him to keep some of my artillery or foot gretchin in line when my commissar is too busy for such mundane duties. (He usually is to be found these days among the boyz.) He’s kind of short for a gretchin minder, but I think if I allow my opponent to draw line of sight from the top of his right thump gun, then that’ll be about the same height as a standard runtherd.
Further, his Moar Dakka approach to things certainly gives him at least the same shooting and close combat power as any goblin leader, though trying to fire everything at once, like I’m sure he inevitably does, isn’t going to be too great for his accuracy.
I painted some terminators a couple of years ago now. They were re-purposed Assault on Black Reach models I inherited, and then I magnetized the arms that weren’t already cemented on. So right in time for our last game I finished a magnetized Power Tentacle arm!
I did the crux terminatus on the shoulder pad a little differently this time too. When I first painted them I conceived that these guys were sort of “no nonsense” and went for a basic color scheme. So their armor is mechanicus standard gray with a black ink wash with the crux being the old charadon granite color. Looks ok, I guess, when you look at it three inches from your eyeball but on the table, when one is playing, it blends in too much and the whole model seems like maybe they are taking their spartan aesthetics just a bit too far.
So for the power tentacle pad I used fenris blue, drowned it in black ink, then relayered with blue. Highlighted with a bit of lothern blue and then a touch of white. I thought this might be a bit more noticeable and add a bit of color and interest while preserving my original ideas. I probably won’t bother to go back and redo the old guys, but going forward I think I like the new crux much better.
So I completed a unit of five Kromlech gnaws well over a year ago, but I recently found the first two pictures in my drafts folder and thought I might as well post them. Five is sort of the magic number (in addition to eight of course) because I use them as a stand in for flesh hounds of Khorne and that is the minimum number to form a pack of these gribblies.
The gnaw with the ring in his nose is the serious one of the group.
I wish Kromlech had more than six different sculpts of gnaws so I could buy more different looking ones and expand my pack of giant squig daemon thingies. I’ve used them in games a lot and they’ve died a lot (perhaps I should call them flesh hounds of Distraction?) and as expected massacred more than their share of imperial and xenos scum alike. I’m sure Khorne would approve for “Khorne cares not whe-” … well, you get the idea.
One thing I like about these guys is how happy they look, except for that one guy.
The third picture below is much later, from the most recent game of 40K I played in February 2017. They are pretty meaty beasts; I could almost see an ork, bloodletter, or human sorcerer riding one into battle. Maybe not the one with the ridge of dorsal spines though.
They always seem to end up in a conga line for some reason. Too bad they don’t have arms!
So I have one one gnaw left that I’ve never painted; the only one coincidentally who has a proper nose. I have avoided the official flesh hounds for a number of reasons. Foremost is because I don’t care for the daemon meets ceratopsian look. I figure at about $10 per model I should at least like the sculpts. Also, I’ve found GW’s resin to be very hit or miss in terms of quality.
Not sure if I’m going to need more flesh hounds, but if I do I still have the gnaw with a nose to paint as well as a box of chaos warhounds I put together but haven’t primed yet. For now though the small pack of five is fulfilling the role I want for my giant daemon dog grinning squig thingies. Lord Khorne and Lady Distraction are both well pleased!
I recently finished another mouse miniature from my stocks of Netherworld’s Edge miniatures I purchased back at a gaming convention in 2015. The background is a Doctor Seuss-like forest my friend’s daughter made and was kind enough to gift me with. Seems an appropriate setting for a party of mouse adventurers.
Boldly leading the way with sword and torch!
I thought the bases on the other three miniatures could have used a little more color to contrast the brown, so on this new guy I added a little bright green as well as a rock I picked out of my shoe at the gym.
The photo makes my newest mouse appear a bit more glossy than he is in person. As usual with metal miniatures I plan on using for gaming I brushed on one coat of glossy varnish and two matte coats. While I do like how they look (especially the bases) without the varnish, I have found it necessary to protect my metal miniatures after some hard-won experience with my metal, gretchin artillerists.
Posing with three other mice I painted some time ago.
These miniatures were originally produced for the Netherworld’s Edge game, and I bought them from Zombiemsith at Dundracon 2015 in San Ramon, California. So far I have only used them in as artillery mice in Warhammer 40K. For opponents who won’t have the verisimilitude of the game disrupted by substituting mice for goblins, they are about the same size and they do offer the advantage that my opponent won’t get my artillery goblins confused with the one or two squads of goblin infantry I often include in such games.
My friend, Warboss Mark, was kind enough to allow me to post a picture of a figure he recently painted from the Talisman board game: the Sage. I thought he came out looking pretty good and it is always more fun to play board games where the figures are painted.
In the spirit of working on projects I had left half-finished when I took my break from miniatures, I recently completed this goliath mine from Kromlech. The first time I had heard of a goliath mine was when I saw one at a military museum many years ago.
Goliath mine aka “Mecha Bomb Squig”
I also started a building a unit of tankbustas. The nob, with the mine controller, is again from Kromlech. I might do a little more dry brushing on the nob, but I haven’t decided yet. If I had him to do over again I would consider experimenting with liquid green stuff and see if I could hide the seam where his arms attach to his torso.
I might also try adding some dust to the treads on the mine, but then again I might not.
Tankbusta nob with goliath mine controller and a couple of his toadies.
So moving forward the plan is to build some more rank and file tankbusta boyz. After more than four years of using nothing for elites in my army except nobz, I think it is time to add a little variety.
I’m not sure why they wear great coats and winter hats in the desert. Perhaps they are in a cold desert or more likely being orks they are just crazy and/or the heat doesn’t affect them like one would reasonably expect, because everyone knows (when they think about it) that orks are much tougher than weedy gits like humans and eldar and such.