Saturday 29 September 2012

Pirate civilians

This is a Part 2- read about how they were painted and varnished here. I didn't do anything more to them other than touch up the bases.

These are the Village Mob from the Old Glory pirate range. I got them for pirate gaming but they could be used for other genres with ease. One (the black coat with red trim) was from the OG European Sailor pack who didn’t look the part for my RN crew (seen a little bit here).

Crates are from Battle Works Studios (Out of business...). Barrels and fences from Renedra. Buildings homemade.

Monday 17 September 2012

15mm 'The Department' figures

Effigy Miniatures- excellent casting and sculpting.
"Rick, show this rookie around. I'm going to chat up that new nightclub singer."
"Vanessa! You're a fembot!"
I see the, well, fat detective as mostly Lieutenant Eckhardt from the 1989 Batman with a little of Blade Runner's Captain Bryant.
"Hey, Eckhardt! Think about the future!"
"If you're not cop, you're little people."
I was originally going to have the fabricants in different colours (like the 1990s iMacs!), but went for white instead, similar to the I, Robot and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence films.

I, Robot
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
My cops need transport. Also, my wishlist for future miniatures would have to include a Roy Batty, Pris, Leon, Rachel and Eldon Tyrell. And a GitS range. And I'm going to have to make some roof fans. And a lot of signs. This is why I shouldn't do new periods.

Saturday 15 September 2012

An experiment with matt varnish

My ongoing experimentation with dipping continues…



These pirate-era civilians (Old Glory Village Mob and a pair of Reaper barmaids) were undercoated with Army Painter Leather Brown. This gives a good hard coat without the need for primer, but it has quite an amount of shine and very low ‘tooth’. I block-painted the figures, spending a bit more time on the females (especially their faces). With the males’ faces I left dark areas around the eyes/ nose/ mouth and under the cheekbones. The sculpted faces are really nice and somewhat cartoony, and I don’t know if this was a necessary step. My feeling is that the face is the focal feature of a miniature and time spent here is not time wasted.

Anyway, I pressed on (they were really fast to paint, 5-10 minutes per figure tops) and painted over them with Walnut stain and left them to dry. I didn't water the Dip down far enough, and the miniatures are a bit dark for my tastes.
I’ve divided the figures up and given each group a matt spray with either:
Army Painter. $A25 for 400mL
AKA 'Dullcote'. $A11 for 85g
Micador Mat Spray. $A11.95 for 450g

Here they are:
Testors Dullcote. NB The barmaid is not matt varnished.
Army Painter. NB The scullery maid is not matt varnished.
My clear preference is for the Testors Dullcote. It's the most expensive and hardest to find in Australia. I'll respray the others and have a finished result post in the future. I can't confess to be entirely happy with them so far. I think I'll add a few highlights, which somewhat negates the point of dipping in the first place ie speed.

Saturday 8 September 2012

Dirty Deeds

When I first got these, I painted them a dark blue for use as SWAT (above), but recently repainted them as contractors. I'm happier with them now. They'll see use as contractors, MNU, SpecOps, etc. They need some transport.

I've painted a few guys' helmets tan to mark them as fireteam leaders.

The figures are OK; not much variety in equipment or poses; a smidgen on the small side when next to other figures, enhanced by the crouching poses. You don't really notice it on the tabletop.
Aren't you a little short for a SWAT trooper?
Incidentally, I noted a comic coming out next year, 'The Blackwater Chronicles':

Semper fifteen!

Peter Pig 15mm USMC. These have been sitting in my lead pile for ages, despite being a crucial part of my modern gaming needs. I summoned up the guts to get into them, and am very happy with the results. Want... more...
I'm not in a position to comment on the time period they're appropriate for; I'll be using them as USMC and US Army from 1990-2005ish.

The tufts are from Noch- I use them to mark support weapons that grant extra dice for 'Force on Force'. It is a bit of a struggle to ID the SAWs (let alone the M203s) at gaming distances, and these make it easy.

Keen eyes will note that the leader figures have M203s but no tufts- I'm using them just as assault rifles, they're too busy directing the battle to really add their extra firepower. That's my position, anyway.