Friday, December 31, 2010

First fully painted Cthood! (Wargames Factory Shock Trooper)

The first of my Cthulhu-head aliens from the Wargames Factory Shock Troops plastics. this guy will set the standard for the rest of the Cthood Troopers to come...

Monday, December 27, 2010

Now for something mostly different...

This was a Christmas present I painted (it had been meant as a Christmas or birthday present a year or so ago, but it was only recently finished). I picked it up at a Hobby Lobby someplace because I thought it was pretty cool. It didn't turn out too bad...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tethru Slinger 8 by Alex Bates for Me

A while back (I won't say how long because I forget exactly how long) I sent Alex a couple minis to convert for me at his request. A week or so ago I got the Tethru Slinger conversion back- this makes the 8th Slinger for the converted unit (9 if you count the Captain or 10 if you count the baboon Standard Bearer) and the first done by someone other than me that I know of.

I like the 'human' body look with the 'bird' head colors. I've been wanting to do this, but since I started out the other way I didn't want to go back and change the olde figures. The conversion of the Anubi Slinger with the hair to the Tethru head is great.

And here he is in a slightly WarGods setting with an Alien Pharoah monument.

A great thanks to Alex for all the work he put into this guy. I suspect the Anubi mutant will be just as skookum when he arrives...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

TwinDay MMX Mini! (And the 2K one, too!)

The 6th was my and my young twin's (separated by twenty-some years) birthday. I've tried to do a miniature on each of our shared birthdays (since 1998) but I think I've only managed these two. Hopefully I can remedy that before Mychala become a teenager...

The first TwinDay mini was this slight conversion of an olde 40K Eldar Guardian. I managed to sculpt the little tentacled thing over a really bad miscast arm area. The inspiration came from a picture of me carrying Mychala around (and my actual memories of how tightly she would grab on since I was always the tallest person in the room so that helped her survey the situation).

The figure was named "Alekym & Truyb" which is basically "Mychala & Burt" backwards- I am known in some circles by my middle name.

And now for the latest TwinDay mini, a slightly converted "Kitty" from Hasslefree. I call it "Faith and Clarkethulu."

I really like how the Clarkethulu came out, and the Global Frequency logo shirt, and the jeans... I think Mychala will get a kick out of it.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Final Horrible Halloween Minis- Sebeki Conventioneer and a not-Superman Guy

These should have gone up on Halloween, but they had to wait until today.

From Rezolution, this is one of the martial arts master guys. I just got him because he reminded me of a grown up version of Superman in the Christopher Reeve version where kid Superman arrives in the field and he's got this Superman colors blanket wrapped around him. Well that's what this guy's 'skirt' made me think of.

He's got blue skin because he's NOT human so he's gotta have some unearthly skin color and this blue looks cool on him.

Finally the jewel in the crown of Horrible Halloween Minis painting stunt-- from Crocodile Games released at GenCon 2010-- the Sebeki Conventioneer!

He's sort of a tribute to everyone's favorite Alaskan, Alex Bates. I opted for a different head so I could do the tongue gag. When he was almost done I realized he needed an Egyptian-style flase beard, so that delayed him a little more, but I think it was worth it.

With some awesome stuff in his bag and a Ka-berry slushy (you can tell by the color of his tongue) he's ready to head back into the Dealer Hall. When I first looked at the stuff in his bag I didn't realze that there was a blister pack for a mini in the front- sweet!

I'm not saying that Alex's "Saur Wars" project will come to fruition in 2012- whoever designed the tshirt is saying that. Or maybe that's when the documentary about Saur Wars will be coming out....
One little thing that's hard to make out is the "Sandfly" tattoo on his left shin. I may need to make it a different color. Also the logo on the bag isn't as prominent as I had hoped- it's waves on either side of a seated figure (possibly Horus) and a bundle of reeds tied together. I'm not sure what it would really mean but I was going for something like "Horus' Stuff Shop."

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Companion Blog Launched & Finished Jedi Girls

Since Webshots is WAAAY too expensive for their service and there are WAAAY too many ads on it, I've canceled my "Premium" membership there and decided to launch another blog with pics of newly painted figs for sale on ebay.

Minismith's Minis for Ebay

I've been painted figs to sell on ebay for some time now and I think it's helped my painting skills enhance some.

Also I finished (basing, sealing, etc.) and presented the Hasslefree "Not-Jedi" girls to my girls. Nothing fancy on the bases, though- I couldn't think of anything that would look worthwhile other than a big "M" that was half on one and half on the other. Kinda lame.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Horrible Halloween Minis- Birthday Secret Jedi Girls

Marissa and Mychala NEVER check here unless I'm right there and say "hey, you should see this mini I put on my blog. That said I would not be surprised if they both came here before their joint birthday party and saw these. But I haven't decided what to do with the bases yet (maybe a design that matches up on them so if they're side by side they look even cooler?)- so at least that will be a surprise...

Marissa turned 16 (?!?!!?) earlier in October, so she got the older of the two Hasslefree 'not-Jedi Kids' girls. For both of them I cut off the sword and used a bit of brass pin for the lightsabers. They're so small/short that the lightsaber had to stick over the edge of the base. It looks cool but was a BLEEP! to get the length just right.

My young twin Mychala turns 12 BLEEP! on my birthday in November. It sort of fits with her having the pigtails 'not-Jedi girl' since she's youngest. Plus the mini is shouting which kinda fits Mychala well because her 'blabber is full.' She got a blue cloak and lightsaber because that's her favorite color and she always gets what she wants. ;P

I hope they like them. Now I have to find a fig that I can use as a Jedi conversion of me so we can play some Jedi duels or something!

Monday, October 25, 2010

More horrible Halloween Minis- Lots

These are all up on eBay (or recently were-- seller name- minismith) but they sort of fit the Halloween theme. Enjoy!

First up an ancient mini from Heartbreaker. He's some sort of Undead warrior-king sorceror, with a swirling orb of doom, or something. He was recently touched up to make a bit more fancy-looking and rebased on a more fitting sized base.

This is the second version of this awesome early Kev White Void Militia Chick I've painted. It's similar to the first one because the first one looked pretty good...

A horrible scuttling Arakton Chick. Half-crab half-human she's ready to eat your brain...

And from the Warmachine line of figs, one of the Witches that came with that big orb of death thing.

These are all up on eBay (or recently were-- seler name- minismith) but they sort of fit the Halloween theme. Enjoy

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Horrible Halloween Minis 2- Witch and Rock Muppets

The next installment of scary Halloweenish minis is here! This one is from the USX line of modern minis, I forget the actual name but it's something like "...Cult Leader." I prefer to think of her as a "Modern Urban Goth Witch."

I couldn't get a good shot of the back of the book- it has mean 'living' faces on each cover (with glowing eyes). This is a pretty good shot of the inside with whatever spell she's weaving...

And as a bonus, 2 To-Tanem Spearmen conversions. The first is a plain TT warrior who has a nice hat and the second is a TT Spear Standard bearer with the standard replaced with a spear. Both the spears are from the old Warhammer plastic Skeleton box set. My To-Tanem Spears are going to be a mixed equipment unit (like most of my units) because I like the feel of a group of individuals for most of my WarGods troops...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Next Unit Contest 2- Heirakonpolis Archers- Standard and Musician

This is a break from the "Horrible Halloween Minis" thing to bring you the latest figs for the Next Unit Contest 2. The Standard and Musician for the Heirakonpolis-themed Asar Archers.

I've got a handful of Warhawks (not enough for a full unit) and the musician is one of them. I figured since the Archer Unit is going to be Heirakonpolis-themed that a guy with a falcon helmet was a good idea for the musician.

For the Standard, I took the top from the female Basti MoW's staff and put it in place of the standard Asar standard (it seems a little too big to me). So now we've got a Scarab Standard for the Archers. Even though this guy looks good and fits the theme of the unit, he's probably going to be a floater once I finish an Archer chick with a standard.

This brings the unit total to 8 leaving 4 more to reach our goal! I need to go paint now...

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Horrible Halloween Minis 1 - Hareball Titan Master

For October I hope to have weekly updates of scary minis (or just minis that are finished!) to help set the Halloween mood, or something like that.

First up is a freaking massive Hareball from Fortress Figures. I don't think any of these were actually released, but my awesome secret contacts (thanks Roe!) smuggled one to me at GenCon in August. This guy is metal and just under 2" tall from the base to the tip of his ears. I decided to put him on a 50x50mm base so he could act as Titan Master in my non-traditional Titan Warband for WarGods of Olympus. There are some smaller Hareballs that will serve as his unit of Titan Slaves- I'm thinking of going with themed units for the Warband so this will make for a good start...

This guy is not as tall as the actual Crocodile Games Titan Masters, but he is very large compared to a standard 28mm human, as you can see here facing off against a WarGods Spartan Captain.

And here he is up against a Sebeki Warrior.

I have no idea what scary miniature will be coming up next time, but it will be a miniature of some kind.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

2010 WarGods Event Mini Artifex Done!

Who's this hanging out at the "Forge of the Minismith" special terrain feature? Why it's the 2010 Event Mini from Crocodile games!

It's pretty sad that this guy I picked up at GenCon a few weeks ago has been converted and painted up while the normal Artifex mini has been partially painted for over a year.

I tried to give the weapon he's working on a glowing white hot metal look. I'm not sure how good it came out but it doesn't look horrible. at least.

I toyed with the idea of putting a goofy hieroglyphic message on his apron ("kiss the artifex" or "I do it with molten metal") but I decided against it since he's kind of serious. He was really fun to paint, I think I may have to finish off the rest of my To-Tanem now (spears and the official Artifex sculpt).

Monday, August 23, 2010

Two WarGods Conversion WiPs

I'm obsessed with converting minis, I can't help myself. Often it's just a stupid little change that most people won't notice but MUST be done. Like on the "Artifex Working" WarGods 2010 event miniature. I love everything about the fig but the hammer head. So I swapped it out for what I feel is a more appropriate hammer head. Simple and it makes me very happy.

Then there's the more elaborate conversion to come up with an Aspect of the Hunter mini. Even though I only have one unit of actual Typhon (the OOP Archers) I still feel the need to do a Hunter conversion since I've done a Heru Aspect of the Defender conversion. She needs a nemesis even if it's only on a shelf.

I got a box of Starship Trooper bugs at GenCon in hopes of using one of them as the main body of the conversion. After fiddling with various leg configurations I decided to go with one leg in a "preparing to strike" pose since there's not going to be a massive scorpion-like tail.

And here is the body part loosly attached to give an idea of what the final figure might look like, but I won't reveal the exact mini it is until after she's completed. I still need to do something about the torso/thorax joint- I'm thinking of sculpting some fur to cover that area and maybe adding a weapon or bow and quiver.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Cthood Arrive- My First WF Shock Troops

After drooling over pictures of them over the last few months, I picked up a box of Wargames Factory Shock Troops plastic multi-part minis at GenCon.  I had no real plan for them I was just interested in the chance to customize some generic sci-fi troopers because converting is its own reward.

I finally got around to cutting some off the sprues and sticking them together the other night. I present the Cthood Scout Party- maybe the start of an entire army of squid-headed dudes or perhaps just a small mercenary force, I'm really not sure yet. All I know is that these were really fun to put together.

This first guy was pretty straight forward so I could get a feel for how all the pieces could fit together. Thanks to Brian Roe for the suggestion to put olde Warzone plastic Bauhaus packs on the Shock Troops- they fit wonderfully and look just right.

The second guy was also pretty standard, except for his sprue-bit goggles. Since there is only one Cthulu head on each sprue I tried to think of something to help make a simple variant. For some reason I thought goggles would be a good choice and I'm pretty happy with them. No pack for this guy since I've only got a few left and I want some variation among the troops.

For the third guy I got a little crazy. I studied the pointing arm but did not like how it pointed straight out to the left. After some planning I made a few cuts and reconstructed the arm so it would be pointing more to the front. I kept hearing him shout "down on the floor!" or "mine!" or something to that effect as he came together. He got a Warzone pack because with his action pose it seemed the best choice.

Since there are only six Cthulu heads in a box I decided to slow down and use one of the helmeted heads. I chose this mask variant because it looks like it could fit the tentacles inside, that's why it's wider at the bottom. So now I have a way to get a whole box full of Cthood without 'wasting' any of the bare heads.

I'm not terribly fond of the special weapon designs in the box so I looked through my vast armory and came across this plastic Ork gun. It looks pretty good as a heavy weapon so I trimmed a regular rifle arm so the big gun would fit and modified the left arm so it would be able to 'hold' the barrel. The extra ammo drum is another sprue creation (it's the virtually same size as the drum on the gun) along with his targeting monocle.

Now that they're assembled and primed hopefully they'll be painted soon so they'll be ready for a little skirmish.