You'll find a little of everything here. Genres covered in this blog include (so far) prehistorics, fantasy, old west, swashbucklers, pulp, Blood Bowl, Ghostbusters, gladiators, nautical, science fiction and samurai in 6mm, 15mm, 28mm, 40mm, 42mm and 54mm sizes. You'll also find terrain, scenery, basing, gaming, modeling, tutorials, repaints, conversions, art and thoughts in general about the hobby.


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.