Friday, 27 November 2020


This is a gift for a friend who is really into Elvis. She took me to an 'Elvis tribute artist' show a few years ago- apparently 'Elvis impersonator' is an offensive term, i.e. someone who is doing identity theft. We went to an Elvis pizzeria for her birthday many years ago as well.

The figure is from Slave 2 Gaming, who have a whole range of Elvises. Elvii?

Sunday, 22 November 2020

Happy 9th Bloggiversary!

So. 2020, huh?

This year's retrospective is brought to you by the colour Tolkien. I've also knocked over some older projects that have been lingering too long, and painted some quirky individual miniatures.

Tolkien points

I had an unexpected resurgence in my interest in all things Middle-earth. I played in a tournament (remember those?) in January. I have enjoyed Journeys in Middle-earth. I dusted off (and was pleasantly surprised by) Battle of Five Armies. I got in a game of War of the Ring. My favourite piece of the year is my Sauron vignette. Not to mention the travelling Gandalves.

Orcs versus dwarves

On the slopes of Orodruin


Battle of Five Armies

Other projects

I'm glad to have finished all my Batman figures, and the 40K Assassins that were an albatross around my neck. Also two more Blood Bowl teams. I'm secretly relieved that GW has called 'time' on Blackstone Fortress, as I wasn't able to keep up with the admittedly slow pace of releases. I've still got a few more to paint, and many hours of gaming to go.

I'm Batman!

40K Assassins
The Green Streaks
Blackstone Fortress: Escalation
The Dunwich Hoppers

Other quirky figures

Unexpected Inquisitors

Intrepid archaeologist

Undead emperor

Drunken pirate

Rogue Trader Trooper Chow

La Légion Étrangère Camel Sousaphone

Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

I particularly enjoyed the Skullfight I had with Paul of the Mancave during AHPC X. I painted 200 skulls, but Paul pulled out all the stops and smashed me with 543 skulls on the Skull-o-meter™. STOP THE COUNT! I conceded, and handed over Skully McSkullface, who I was very pleased to see star in a later battle report.

Skully McSkullface

The coming year:

  • I'm looking forward to AHPC XI.
  • There will be no CanCon in January, because of the Pangolin's Revenge.
  • I'm working more on 3D printing.
  • I await some crowdfunded boardgames.
  • Can I resist the siren call of Necromunda and the grim darkness of the far future?
  • Time to revisit WW1.
My AHPC X output

My journey across Challenge Island

Friday, 13 November 2020

Nurgle Plague Marines

I painted these Plague Marines at the start of the year, but the six pox-walkers took a lot longer to get done.

I wanted yellow armour with black trim, reminiscent of biohazard suits. I am quite pleased with their appearance. They are absolutely festooned in disgusting details. I wouldn't mind getting some more for Kill Team shenanigans, but then I recall how long they each take to paint...

Plague Marines

Champion with Plague Knife, Power Fist, and Plasma Gun

Plague Marine with Blight Launcher

Plague Marine with Boltgun

I wanted a waxy pallor for the poxwalkers, and used thinned green and purple washes to bring out Papa Nurgle's gifts. They're a bit brown and lack a je ne sais quoi. For zombies, I have no desire to spend more time on them.


Friday, 6 November 2020

Journeys in Middle-earth: Dwellers in Darkness

 I picked up a few characters for JiME:

Supplicant of Morgoth


Ollie the Cave Troll

Dwellers in Darkness

I think they came out OK and were quite nice to quickly paint up. I like the sculpts but I'm not sold on the names Ursa and Ollie.

Friday, 30 October 2020

Blood Bowl Slann: Staff and Stars

Has it really been two years since I last painted my Slann team for Blood Bowl? Yes it has, other Barks, yes it has.

I have now finished the Coaching Staff and Star Players from J-Bone's crowdfunded Fantasy Football Frogmen. I may go back and add some transfers. There are a few cheeky pop-culture references in these lovely metal sculpts.

Here's the whole team:

The Dunwich Hoppers

Coaching Staff

Team owner/ manager





Star Players

Big Guy

Guard Star Player

Assassin/ Catcher Star Player

Blitzer Star Player

Ninja/ Catcher Star Player

Chainsaw Star Player

I am looking forward to getting these frogs to the heights of sports glory.


Friday, 23 October 2020

Suicide Squad

Task Force X, better known as the Suicide Squad, is a shifting team of villains forced to do the US Government's dirty work in a deniable fashion. They've been captured and implanted with brain bombs so if they go off-piste- kablooie! The carrot to that stick is, ostensibly, a reduced sentence. I was surprised to find out how much I liked the ridiculous concept, as it allows any sort of game with any of these disposable antiheroes and their shifting loyalties.

This is the last of my Batman collection; I confess I don't know a lot about many of these villains.

Suicide Squad #50 (2018)

Suicide Squad #34

Not all the Task Force members are villains per se:

Task Force X Command

Amanda Waller

The utterly cold-hearted bureaucrat who directs the Task Force and lives by the maxim 'the end justifies the means'.

Amanda Waller

Suicide Squad #8 (2017)

Rick Flag

He's the model soldier who leads the Squad into combat. I experimented with some digi-cam on his trousers.

Rick Flag

Suicide Squad #50 (2018)

Bronze Tiger

With most superhero comics, the suspension of disbelief required is large. Humanoid animal characters like Bronze Tiger easily shatter the illusion- I am not a fan. He was strangely fun to paint, though- reminiscent of Kung Fu Panda.

Bronze Tiger

Red Hood and the Outlaws #26 (2013)

I know nothing about Bronze Tiger, but I'm getting serious Colonel Chestbridge vibes:

Suicide Squad


The world's greatest marksman.


Suicide Squad #1 (2016)


An evil mercenary.


Deathstroke #16 (2016)

Black Manta

Aquaman's nemesis. The eyes came out pretty well.

Black Manta

New Suicide Squad #16

King Shark

I don't like Bronze Tiger, but King Shark is ridiculously enjoyable.

King Shark

Suicide Squad #1 (2011)

Joker's Daughter

She claims to be, well, the Joker's daughter. She found his cut-off face and wears it. I think she tries too hard to be a female Joker.

Joker's Daughter

Joker's Daughter #1 (2014)

El Diablo

He's a Latino gang member who has some sort of pyrokinetic power.

El Diablo

Suicide Squad #4 (2014)

Captain Boomerang

As an Australian, I'm quite happy with the portrayal of Digger Harkness as an amoral, cowardly, backstabbing, lying character, whose sole ability is being good with boomerangs. Oi oi oi!

Captain Boomerang

Suicide Squad #25 (2017)

Other Squad members have included Katana, Killer Croc, and Harley Quinn; all of whom I painted last year.


Harley Quinn

Killer Croc