Monday, October 24, 2011

WarGods What To Paint- Episode 2

WIP pics of the two minis that were voted into the painting queue-- there was a"tie" between the Priest of Ptah and the Celtos figure that will be a Priestess of Isis (aka the nekkid chick).

Not a lot of progress yet--

Color suggestions will be tolerated and possibly used.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What To Paint Next? - WarGods Edition

I've done a couple of cool conversions (the 2 figs in the middle) lately but I've had trouble deciding what to paint next. Of these 4 WarGods-themed minis which one do you think should get the honor of paint next?

First is a Celtos Priestess sculpted by Kev White. I did one of these before and painted her up like Ororo (Storm) from the X-Men. This one will again be used as a Priestess of Isis and I'm going to try the Ororo look with better results...

Next up is a little Satyr Hero. This is another Kev White mini, converted with hair, a bow, and quiver. He was bleep to get together how I wanted, but I think he turned out pretty much how I saw him in my head.

Thirdly is a converted Priestess of Isis. I decided that I need to have another Mistress of Words available, so I went with a scorpion-theme and decided to call her Selket (after the scorpion goddess). She'll have some interesting writhing on the unfurled scroll that helps cover up the area where I removed the macehead.

Finally there's the Priest of Ptah (possibly a stand-in Master of Words too). Nothing done to him, sadly.
So vote for A B C or D (or 1-4 or a description). The winning mini will be finished in a few days of the final tally and put up for viewing.

This bonus picture is a comparison of the Satyr Hero and one of the actual Satyr figs (partially painted).

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Warhawk Captain- with and Without Flash

This guy was painted a couple of years or more back. I've been wanting to see the difference between using the flash with my lighting setup and not using it for some time. The recent request to see painted versions of it on the Wargods forums gave me the perfect opportunity to perform the experiment.

I think the no-flash method works best on some minis and the flash is good for others. Again it's been proven to me that it's a case-by-case basis. This guy looks best with the flash...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

3 GenCon Buys Painted!

...of course 2 of them were from GenCon 2010.

The 2 Ngoni Archers have been primed since soon after GenCon 2010, but the Cowboy was started and finished in a couple of hours (along with the Archers). All 3 are on eBay to help pay for GenCon 2011. But if they don't sell I'll be able to put them to good use. You can see individual pics at the MF Minis for eBay blog.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Minismith's Forge Edition "Priest of Aten Revealed" Conversion

Those brave souls who took part in the Akhenaton Heresy WarGods World Campaign Finale at GenCon 2009 got to keep one of the "Priest of Aten Revealed" miniatures.

A little background- the Atenist warbands had Priests of the new heretic god Aten. These mysterious figures were believed to be normal humans but during the big fight at GenCon their true form was revealed. I think it was after the Old Gods' 'surgical strike team' (a Typhon Assassin, an Anubi Embalmer, and someone else I forgot because it was a long time ago- sorry) destroyed the Ark of Aten. Tons of snakes poured out of it and formed a giant writhing snake monster the Firstborn of the S'syth/Apohpis. The Priests of Aten were revealed to be S'syth agents with serpent heads.

Alex Bates, the biggest WarGods fan in Alaska, has often lamented that he didn't get one of these specially converted miniatures. He's a hardcore collector of Crocodile Games' miniatures and has at least one of almost everything released and unreleased-- except for the Priest of Aten Revealed figure that only a handful of folks have. So I taunt Alex from afar with pictures of mine from time to time.

Until now...

I decided to put my considerable conversion skills towards pacifying Alex. The result is a totally unique version of the Priest of Aten Revealed. Sure he's got a cobra head instead of the slithery generic snake head, but that just makes him even cooler.

Chris Fitzpatrick gave me a few of the cobra heads a couple of years ago to use as I would. He cast them up for his own personal use for terrain projects and stuff. I, however, have used them in a few conversions to make a cobra-headed lion, a cobra-headed mummy, some other cobra-headed thing, and this Priest of Aten Revealed. I have 3 left because I sent one to Alex along with the mini.

For the paint scheme I went with a slightly more fancy version of the original (most of the originals were finished the night before the big game). The main thing is the alternating colors on his belt.

I think he turned out pretty good and I hope Alex likes him and will use him with a smile, knowing that his is the rarest of all....

I shall avoid the temptation to do up another of these- it'll at least have a different priest body if I do.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Post-GenCon 2011 Flurry

Well, maybe just a sprinkle, but there has been some progress on some stuff in the past few days.

First up we have the Aspect of the Huntress conversion that was started after GenCon 2010. Longtime MF readers may remember this post.

Now it can be revealed that the human body is indeed that of a rare Harbinger of Isis (!). Some may be upset that this figure was chopped up for this project, but she had a badly miscast foot and Fitz gave me a replacement so I didn't want to waste the bits potential.

Now she's together with stuff hiding the joint of the human body to the Huntress body. I'm not sure where the furry bit came from, but it fits nicely. To help stabilize her and make sure she stays on the base I used one of Alex Bates' sherden shields to act as a base widener for her pointy 'feet.'

On her back is a scorpion-handled sheathed knife that I also forget the source of. You can see the battle debris on the base a little better from this angle. There's the sherden shield that's broken and the Huntress has one of her feet sticking through the shield. Also, to add to the vignette, there's a spear (actually a long pole and a dagger blade glued close together to look like a spear) that's bent a little.

Then there's these bits. The mini is finished and painted, but I will hold off for a couple days to build the suspense...

Monday, August 8, 2011

Shining Chariot 3- Blazing Horizon FINISHED!

Based, sealed, and ready to go. Blazing Horizon took part in the WarGods Pandora's Box World Campaign Finale at GenCon on Saturday. It didn't die right away and it looked great...

The Phoenix Banner with my unpatented 'strawsheath system' to hold it in place. The banner pole slips into the strawsheath which is over the chariot's short banner pole. This makes storage very easy and the banner can be used as an objective or something when it's in the "base-sheath."

Coming very soon, Shining Chariot 4, Sidereal Gloam. Also a little something for Alex? ;)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sebeki Priest and Guardian of the Delta

Two miniatures meant mainly for WarGods of Ægyptus usage.

First up we have "Min, Guardian of the Delta."

An old Chronopia miniature that I've rebased and touched up so he can be used as an Asar Hero- especially in the Traveller's Luminaries warband.

It's too early to tell if he will be available to the Luminaries for the Pandora's Box Finale at GenCon but this way he's ready to come right off the bench and into the fray...

And finally, after several years sitting on the painting table (and elsewhere) partially painted, the Crocodile Games 5th Anniversary Sebeki Mascot/Sebeki Priest!

He's done and I'm always mad when I remember how fun Sebeki are to paint up. I usually avoid my Sebeki backlog because I think they're going to be tedious and hard. But once I finally focus on one they're a snap.


 Yes he's got an Ork pouch with 2 bullets on it on his left hip. I figured that can represent his sling or some special religious gear (like the holy hand grenade).

This guy turned out much better than expected. I want to paint another Sebeki now...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

More Blazing Horizon Progress and an Alteration

Just more painting progress.

I've attached the whole thing to its base now (slightly larger than a standard chariot base- 60mm x 110mm).
The base is one of the "taskboard" samples I got a few years ago from a posting on TMP.

As you may notice, I snipped off the flagpole. It was getting in the way and I realized that it was way too tall for easy storage/transport. I've got a few ideas about how to proceed so there will be an awesome banner pole, but they are still in the planning stages at the moment.

The floor of the chariot is completed and has a few coats of matte sealer to protect it from any clumsy handling. I think it has come out very well and I can't wait for the 4th Shining Chariot to do something similar...

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Blazing Horizon Painting Progress

Okay, the name has changed from "Burning Horizon" to "Blazing Horizon" because it sounds better. Some painting has taken place, including a nice surprise on the floor of the chariot. Enjoy...

Friday, June 17, 2011

Shining Chariot 3 “Burning Horizon”

First came Dawn’s Searing Rays. An insane undertaking to make a Mage Knight chariot into something useful- a Shining Chariot for WarGods. They said it couldn't be done but it turned out pretty good. So good that my nemesis, Jordan Banisher of the Dead, decided he needed one too.

 Thus Hetshepsu’s Shining Chariot was constructed. I got input from Jordan on what should be done and he approved the progress pictures I sent him, offering suggestions. I think it turned out even better than the first. I especially liked how the flagpole turned out and cursed myself for removing it from DSR...

Now we have Burning Horizon. This will be my attempt to make a Shining Chariot I won’t decide to sell on eBay in a few years because it's just not as cool as I will have hoped it could have been (sorry about the tense madness there).  

Burning Horizon will be the ultimate power on the battlefields of the Antediluvian World. She shall crash through weakened units, harass the enemy’s flanks, and sieze scenario objectives with impunity. She shall truly be an awesome sight— or at least really cool. 

 Once again we start with a Mage Knight Charger Chariot acquired for a wonderfully cheap price at one of my FLGS’ in anticipation of another Shining Chariot (I actually picked up TWO of them so I can have a companion Shining Chariot for later). It has a single horse, but that head is not a normal horse—painted correctly it will look like a hawk-headed horse. Sure there’s only one but it’s magical so the one horse has the power of 2 lesser horses.

Wings from a plastic wedding dove replace the wheels. They've been pinned to keep them attached for good. 

On the undercarriage I've attached the tail from a smaller plastic dove to help cover the plastic support. I've added two Warhammer High Elf streamer bits around the support too. And I think I may have inally discovered the best way to attach the chariot to a base-- by securing the support in a 20mm round base that will eventually be affixed to the chariot base. This will make it easier to paint the whole thing.

 Finally a little more Ægyptification of the chariot by adding the top of an old Tethru Master of Words' staff as a sort of hood ornament.. The rest will just be paint, I think.
Progress as it becomes available...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Lame Terrain 3.5- More Market Bases

An extension of the previous Market Bases project. I'm mostly out of the beads now, so future expansions of the market terrain will have to wait.

This time I measured the card so I'd have 2 40x40mm bases. But the gift card shape is more than 80mm long so one is actually a little bigger because I didn't want to waste it and it's only off by a few mm. Then there were the 2 short strips that I decided would be a nice addition to the whole market base set. I have no idea how big they are because I didn't measure them.

This is the 40mm square base with Memnon the Blameless.

Here we have the 2 small bases (they're probably about 40mm long and 10mm wide?) with the Priest of Aten Revealed mini from GenCon 2009. He can't believe the prices!

Finally the 43x45mm (or whatever it is) not quite square, again with Memnon.

I set up a small market scene with Memnon and the Atenist Priest vying for the Stone Age Venus Figurine by Forge of Ice.

A mini's eye view of the confrontation.

These should help break up easy avenues on the tabletop, but I think more are needed if only for variety's sake. Hopefully I'll have a battle report or two soon with these in the pictures...