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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Zombicide Invader teams

Here are a few of the core and expansion box teams from Zombicide Invader (as well as the companions and a few extras we've finished in between.)
The great thing about most of these minis is that they were painted by my wife; she has picked up much of my slack!

Sorry for the over-exposure on some of these; while my wife seems to improve her painting every day, I have yet to figure out the settings on my iphone camera :) 

Test of Honour 2nd edition

WOW! Has it really been a year and a half since I last posted?! Well, now that I think about it, the subject of this post does seem to coincide with the beginning of that time period (well, then there was also a year of wedding planning and then those couple months taking care of the wife after she broke her arm).
Back in November 2018, I received a message from Graham Davey asking if I would like to illustrate the 2nd edition of the tabletop samurai skirmish game, "Test of Honour." Draw samurai? Hells to the yes! I completed the first 20 or so images for the core box in a month. And then have been receiving requests for several different samurai and factions since then -- maybe 75 different illustrations plus a score or so of promo art I did for free because I wanted to have some more fun.
This marks my first fully-paid freelance job, and how sweet it is that I get to draw samurai as if I was still in the back of the classroom of my high school art class doodling samurai.
Since then, I've also been asked by Hydra Miniatures to provide a few illustrations for their upcoming miniatures game, "Atomic Tank." In the past I've also done some fan art for Space Cadets Away Missions that were published in the rules and kickstarter scenario/art book, but I wasn't paid for those. Still, I think I can consider myself an official board game illustrator :)
Anyway, I HAVE actually finally got back to painting some miniatures -- for Conan (by Monolith), Rise of Moloch and Zombicide Invader (both by CMON.) And I hope to be able to do more soon.
In the meantime, here are a few illustrations I did for Test of Honour. (I can't post anything from Atomic Tank yet since that game has yet to be published.)
Maybe, if I get just enough energy, I'll post a photo of some more minis painted these past few months....

Note: This is based on an American Civil War painting. I did this one as a tribute to that original composition.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

40mm Japanese civilians

I've been away from painting the minis for the past several weeks while working with a new deadline at the newspaper, but I managed to finish a few these past few days.
I can't remember the name of the company, but the ferns (which were repainted) and the wind-bent tall grass (not repainted) came from a set of mainstream model railroading scenery (mainstream enough to be available at Hobby Lobby.) The bush of blue flowers is also from that same company.
The flowers the flower vendor is carrying are from which recently shipped out the tufts as part of a kickstarter campaign.
It's getting to the point where I'm about to have more civilians than fighter; no problem with that -- I love a well-populated game!
I have several more figures on the table yet, mostly conversions of the same poses -- did you notice the flower vendor and the peasant walking in the wind are the same figure? They just have different heads and reposed arms (+ the flowers for the vendor.)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

40mm zen garden and WIP

My latest terrain piece for my 40mm samurai collection: The bamboo wall is made from a strip of place mat, the path and zen rock garden are sculpted from green stuff, the flowers are hibiscus shrubs by JTT scenery, the base is a 120mm round by Proxie Models, and the woman is by Steve Barber Models.

FYI, if you like Japanese minis gaming, I recommend the Fuedal Japanese Miniatures group over on Facebook. I will be posting much of my Japanese stuff there, too -- the posts here and there will be a bit the same, just in case you prefer one-stop-browsing :)

I have one more 120mm base left, so I think I will do a rocky creek with plenty of ferns. Might be a while, I still have a bunch of new converted Japanese figures to paint!

Friday, April 27, 2018

40mm painted Japanese townsfolk

Here are recent commissioned sculpts from Steve Barber Models, all painted. These are the figures as you can purchase them. Later, I'll have a few more based on conversions of these and other figures.
It was nice to do some larger scale figures after a year or so spent on painting board game figures. It was also nice to break open the basing supplies -- it might be over a year since I've actually done any scenic bases!
We have, from left, a (happy) woodsman, Komuso monk, and a peasant woman. Nothing was changed with any of them, though, the peasant woman comes with an alternate pack (smaller bundles of wood.) The packs are separate, and I made sure to have Steve sculpt every angle of the packs so that they could also be used as pieces of scenery/accessories (many packs are not sculpted on the side that will be attached to a figure.)
I have a couple more 40mm Japanese figures to paint (with another batch in the post.) Elizabeth also has a copy of a Komuso monk to paint -- her first large scale figure. And then it's back to the Rise of Moloch figures -- so much to paint!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

New 40mm sculpts by Steve Barber

New commission pieces by Steve Barber Models! Sorry for the poor photo quality, I wanted to get these posted. They are, from left, a Komuso monk, a woodsman, a peasant girl, and a conversion made using the woodsman, a spare head of an old man, and a pack option that goes with the peasant girl (all packs are separate and interchangeable to provide plenty of conversion options.) The girl's pack is a basket of persimmons.
I have more commissions scheduled for the future! The next year or two will see a couple travellers of the Tokaido road, a boy with a pack horse (the boy will also be able to hold the hand of the peasant girl here,) a Buddhist pilgrim, a running messenger, and possibly a shamisen player (walking as a busker.)

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Conan: Kushite witch hunters

These are the Kushites from the Conan board game (by Monolith.) I've also painted Ageera and Amboola here so I could make a full squad of six figures -- why? Because I'm using this set not to play Conan, but with Zombicice: Black Plague! And they cleaned house the first time we played with them.
These were also my first set of figures painted using a new tiny brush. So the beads and ornaments were easier to do. I've wanted to paint these for so long, but had been intimidated by the details -- until I got that brush (the brush is nothing special -- just a $5 student grade watercolor brush with a good point.)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

World of Smog: Rise of Moloch

When these arrived, we launched into painting them with gusto. I think my girlfriend is past learning the painting ropes and is now gaining some great experience; most of these were painted by her within a week!
I'm not going to describe these figures in detail, but this batch is enough to play the first two scenarios provided in the base game. My girlfriend has also painted a few miscellaneous figures for the next scenario(s), but I'll post those later.
Why am I falling behind? I also received my first copies of my latest 40mm samurai commissions from Steve Barber Models which I've been prepping -- it's been a long time since I've prepped metal figures. I'll post those sculpts soon (priming and painting yet to be done, too.)
For now, enjoy Rise of Moloch gallery:

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Santa for Zombicide Black Plague

 In my previous post, I showed some of the themed teams we use for Zombicide Black Plague; I also mentioned some of our custom survivors; here is my favorite customized survivor: Santa!!
If you have a little bit of skill with green stuff, here are the few steps I took to make Santa -- there was no cutting or bending; it was all adding, sculpting and painting.
I started with Arnaud from the hero box. He has that great ornate tunic. And I like his torch as an homage to fireplaces. Along with his beard, hat and fringe, I also gave him some longer Viking hair in the back, as well as a backpack and a small tribute to his bag of toys.

BUT OF COURSE, I will be giving Santa his own group: Santa and the Elves.

Zombicide Black Plague: Themed teams

My girlfriend and I have been playing a LOT of Zombicide Black Plague lately, so much so that we make our own scenarios and create many of our own characters.
One thing we like to do a lot of is to create and use teams of survivors based on a theme. Here are a few of those (there are more, but for another day):

My personal favorite, the barbarian males. We don't play zombie wolves, so we house rule Jorvak there with
"ironclad: Runner" instead of "ironclad: Zombie wolves."

The barbarian ladies simply lay waste to any horde in front of them. We love this group almost as much as our dwarves.

We love creating custom survivors (and using crossovers).  The bear starts with a double-axe, and the dwarf brewer starts with a dog! (I should have put a dog in there, darnit)

A Shortage of Dwarves: We love this group (we take only 6 at a time.) They play great, too!

The knights look fine but don't seem to fare as well in a game together; might just be our playing style getting in the way.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

40mm Samurai

Over the past few months, I've commissioned three more figures through Steve Barber Models. I look forward to adding them to my 40mm Japanese collection.
I have plenty of samurai, so the last few (and next couple) commissions have been of civilians. The first of these recent three is a woodsman resting with his ax to the ground, bound with a protective, woven blade cover. All those other samurai have plenty of grimacing and other war faces expressed in their sculpting, so I chose to have my woodsman smiling.

I've also commissioned a peasant women carrying a pack. I always look for opportunities for conversions with these commissions, so the woman will have a separate, empty-handed arm, so that a tool or bucket can be placed in it. Steve and I also talked and mentioned she could be holding the hand of a young child. Always plenty of ideas.

Steve also sculpted two separate different pack options for her: A basket full of persimmons to be sold at market, or a bundle of firewood (with which she could make a good companion piece with the woodsman.) The woodsman also has a separate pack that can probably be used with the peasant woman. So between the pack options and the open hand, you could get three or four of these figures, and convert each one into a completely different personage.

Next up will be a figure commonly seen in most Japanese/samurai miniature collections: The Komuso Monk. Now here's the thing. It seems there are quite a few 28mm komuso (and Komuso in gaming/pulp art) who carry a sword -- one of the monks in the upcoming Rising Tides game, for example. As the legend/myth goes, the costume was a great way for samurai/ninja/operatives to sneak up or observe the enemy unnoticed.

No, I want my komuso to actually be a monk, simply zenning out on his shakuhachi. All my other monks are already armed to the teeth, so I'm letting this fellow walk in peace. No sword will be included.

(Maybe I'm way off course here; Any historians out there? Did some Komuso carry a sword? It also seems, if you're using the costume as a disguise, the sword might give you away. Really, I'm only going on what I've seen -- I admittedly haven't read to much on the subject. But I know enough that the sculpt without a sword will be just fine.)

And here are some more photos of my current collection for you to enjoy :)