And here's a little action scene with some terrain and a couple metal minis...
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
As a short interlude from the undeclared Victoria Miniatures series, here is a Heroforge printed miniature for a friend. Much better texture than the few I painted for another friend last year because this guy is the better quality printing method.
Monday, November 27, 2017
The first criminals are ready to fight! A while back I ordered the Victoria Miniatures Penal Guard unit. These first three have been built and primed for months. My current focus on getting some of my Victoria miniatures that were already built painted so I can build more of them in good conscience to help clear off the painting table (an impossible task!).
Since they're Penal troops I decided to choose yellow for their prison uniforms because I havent really seen that from anyone else. I think it turned out well, but the next batch might get different knee-pad colors than the darker brownish yellow I used on these. I also decided to do some slight conversions on the middel one and he one on the right because I like to make even basic troopers into characters to add to the diversity of minis in a unit.
First up is a pretty straightforward build I've dubbed "Bulldog." I decided to leave him with a blue trooper jacket that he maybe was allowed to keep or he scavenged from the battlefield.
"Cobra" has a head from the Void 1.1 plastic Convict Legionnaires (fitting) to help give him a mysterious battle hardened look.
Finally, "Byrne" got a metal beastman shotgun arm and a plastic arm from a Mantic robot. He was probably a space pirate because just look at him...
A look at the rest of the built but unpainted Victoria Miniatures I hope to complete by the end of the year. From left to right: A metal beastman with a resin AK from Victoria Minis and a resin pack from Maxmini (this guy is going to be named Krampus because it seems fitting); "Col. Warden" one of the custodians for the Penal Troopers; the other custodian of the Penal Troopers with a plasma rifle; heavy weapon Highland Guard with an old GW metal backpack (this might get swapped before he's done); Highland Guard trooper (the first Vitoria miniature I put together a couple years ago); and, a female Trooper with an AK.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
I've got a few sets of various Victoria Miniatures' figures that haven't been put together (some have but they haven't been fully painted except for a couple of the awesome Beastmen Guard) so I decided it's was time to battle that deficit. Thus, Olde Quinzell (a retired scout or something?) and Trooper Maria (not her real name, just something I came up with on the spot)...
With tons of bits from various sources, I derided to use this Toughest Girls of the Galaxy alternate head for one of the figures I had already put together to give some more variety to the Victoria Female Guard figure. This is the newer resin with multiple arm and weapon options. The other one I built at the same time has the AK-looking gun that I really love.
Olde Quinzell got a non-Victoria head (I think it was from Maxmini, on a sprue with some other "Rasta" heads) AND some GW Mechanicus arms. I trimmed off some of the parts of the rifle to make it something different. He was tossed together with a vague idea to use him as some sort of grizzled elite Veteran character.
I love scale comparison pictures because it helps me figure out about how big the minis are to something I might have or have at least seen up close in the past. With that in mind I decided to take some quick comparison shots with something other than GW Imperial Guard (plus I don't have any IG because I'm not a fan of those models).
Left to right: Ikore Viridian Marine; Victoria Miniatures Male Guard; Wargames Factory Shock Trooper; Victoria Miniatures Female Guard; Ikore VASA Marine (female).
Left to right:Games Workshop Imperial Army; Victoria Miniatures Male Guard; Mantic Dreadball Robot; Victoria Miniatures Female Guard; Hydra Miniatures Valkeeri (female).
Left to right: Heresy Miniatures not-Riddick; Victoria Miniatures Male Guard; Toughest Girls of the Galaxy (female); Victoria Miniatures Female Guard; Hasslefree Miniatures Space Girl.
I hope those comparisons help someone who's on the fence about the Victoria Miniatures decide to get some- they're really nice to work with and there's almost limitless customization possibilities. Next up will either be some Gubernatorial Guards (not Victoria Miniatures) or some Penal Legionnaires (from Victoria Miniatures, with a couple of their guards!)
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
First up, an Infinity miniature from the Paint'n'Take at GenCon this year. It's been a coupel years since I was able to get in at the Paint'n'Take, but it was worth it. The state of the mini after about an hour at GenCon (above) and after about another hour of touchup and finishing (below).
From the Bones 3 Kickstarter, the Cthulhu Obelisk.
Above, the minismith and Mr Brown investigate...
Below, Uncle 'Thulhu examines a family heirloom...
I came across one of the Scibor Monstrous Dice at GenCon and snatched it up without a second thought. The first bit of GenCon loot I've managed to paint.
Below a comparison shot with the GenCon 45th Anniversary D6 from 2012.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
An odd trio of figs this time from various Kickstarters.
First up the cyber Pig from the Astropolis KS. I love this fat little pig with his doodads.
Next a conversion of one of the Salvagers from a Johnny Lauk KS. The head weas a bit too cartoony so I swapped it for a resin Rasta Head from someplace. He looks much better with the more realistic head.
Finally a PreePree from the World of Twilight/Anyaral KS from a few years ago.
Friday, July 7, 2017
Not terribly productive, but at least some things have gotten painted in recent weeks.
First up we have some scatter terrain or objective markers in the form of the ammo crates that came with the Dreamforge Eisenkern Storm Troopers set. These were quick and easy and I went with different colors so they could be more versatile as objectives. I had originally thought about making 2 bases with 3 or 4 on eachThe Governor a, but they seemed more useful as single pieces.
"Pay no attention to us! We are no threat to you, citizen!" These nice Malignancy guys do not seem to be a threat...
This next objective is from the recent Data Targets Kickstarter. These are 3D printed objectives specifically for Infinity, but they're also generic enough for anything. This one is a beacon. The detail wasn't great and there are some visible striations, but on the tabletop this should not be too noticeable. I hope to get a few more of the pieces from this Kickstarter painted soon.
And another objective piece, this time one of the computer terminals from the Sedition Wars terrain pack. I have started cleaning up various pieces from that set to help add to my techy scatter terrain collection, so there should be some more random Sedition Wars stuff soon.
Finally, a figure one from the first Colony 87 Kickstarter (I think there's only 1 left to paint from that first KS). This time it's the fancy Lord-Governor figure- Governor Tashkent. I had him partially painted for months and just hit a roadblock. Inspiration finally returned and I think he turned out pretty nice.
Below we have Governor and Madame Tashkent, together with paint and matching Sedition Wars plastic scenic bases. Time to oppress the populace.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Finally some finished minis to show off!
I had long been wanting to do something like Warlock of the New Mutants to add another batch of aliens to the never-ending spaceport project. to that end I got some Woos Elf plastic Dryad bits and started playing around with them. This was the first attempt, a Technarch Civilian. I didn't like how it originally turned out,so it's been sitting around for a year. I think it's better now, but I still don't love it. I think it needs more black, but i can't get the "circuitry" look I'm going for.
Then I stole an idea I saw from someone else who combined the Dryad bits with some Tyranid bits. This gave me a couple of Technarch warrior class (a Catafrakta above and a Hoplikta below, because bastardized Greek for space stuff is cool) types. They have a color scheme closer to Warlock, and it seems to work better than the blue for the civilian. More of these guys are coming...
Finally, the Heresy Miniatures "Dr. Hugh" painted up as a birthday gift for my mom who's a big Tennant fan.
Based him up on a fancy pipeworks base with some sort of glowy molten hole thing, because that seems like somewhere he'd be nonchalantly standing.
...and the obligatory shot with the Reaper Bones Tardis.