Another lovely delivery arrived the other day, this time of some round lava style bases I’m going to use for my Black Talon elite in Heavy Gear Blitz.
I purchased these from Daemonscape, a wonderful company you’ll probably recognise from my List of 15mm SciFi Stores. I have actually never bought prepainted minis or bases before but I’ll let you in on a secret: while I like painting minis I’ve never really enjoyed painting bases or terrain that much. When I saw the paintjob Daemonscape had done on these new resin bases I really liked the look of them and got in touch privately to purchase some prepainted in that style. I’m very glad I did because they were very affordable indeed and look great.
The regular store entry, here, is for unpainted versions.
A nice little parcel arrived yesterday containing three miniatures from the awesomely titled Gripping Beast Jugula range. A Scissor, a Retiarius, and a Hoplomachus.
I’ve always been quite fascinated by gladiators but so far the only miniatures I’ve had have been the ones from the Spartacus board game by Gale Force Nine. Those were somewhere between 28 and 32mm and were very much truescale, having pretty much correctly proportioned bodies/heads/weapons.
These new miniatures are much less realistically proportioned, in the ‘heroic’ style. In fact they’re quite chunky but I rather like that aesthetic. In terms of scale they look to be more like 35mm.
I assembled the Scissor and gave him a quick black wash to better show the details. There was little cleanup needed and the model slotted together well, but I wish they didn’t have the integrated bases (in sort of green army man style). I’ve actually removed the metal integral base from this one but it was a lot of work snipping and filing.
A long while ago my duck brother and I backed the Cool Mini or Not Rising Sun Kickstarter and a not so long time ago all the lovely minis etc arrived. Until now I’d been holding off on painting anything, but my bro inspired me to get cracking so I picked the Komainu, which is pretty much the same as the Chinese Shishi, a sight I was rather fond of when I lived in Shijiazhuang.
Here he is, pictures taken in my newly bought lightbox:
In game he’s a fairly cheap Monster, but can act as a priest to help gain favour from the Kami, so he’s versatile and useful throughout the game.
Just wanted to show off some bits that arrived in the post today.
One order from Russian site Klukva Miniatures, which has really impressed me. I went with the Demon Warrior, Bloody Vampire, and Soul Vampire all in 35mm scale. You may recognise them from their respective games Kingdom Under Fire, Legacy of Kain, and Soul Reaver.
They came packed in a lovely little lasercut box and nicely padded with cotton wool. The detail on the miniatures is superb and they’ve gone through some seriously good QA too – virtually no mold lines or defects of any kind, which is rare for resin miniatures, especially of this level of detail.
Following up from the barricades I posted previously, here are some more terrain pics. I haven’t felt motivated to finish any actual models recently, but painting terrain I hold myself to a lower standard and that’s been better better for relaxing recently.
I finished off the pack of barricades from White Dragon Miniatures. Plenty of graffiti which was fun to do and didn’t take much effort to look about right. I’ll use this as scatter terrain in 6mm, 12mm, and 15mm on any map where I can justify some big blocks of tatty looking concrete.
Then I quickly slapped some paint on a 10mm scale objective marker from Firestorm Planetfall. These objective markers are really great. Sadly Spartan Games went out of business, but you can still find the objective markers and terrain packs out there on the secondary market. I believe the Firestorm range was purchased by Warcradle Studios, but they don’t have a webstore.
Finally I painted up some OKI Corporation modular terrain from CP Models (originally from Angel Barracks, but he recently sold his 6mm range). Again these will work in 6mm-15mm just fine. I decided to go with a sort of Halo Covenant purple paint scheme. I’m imagining that these are prefabricated fortifications that a highly mobile force can just drop in when they need them.
Just a quick post to share a couple of pictures of some concrete barricades/walls I’ve been working on to use in Heavy Gear Blitz. These are mainly for infantry to hunker behind, but they can also slow gears down a bit and add to the scenery in an urban or industrial map.
The barricades are from White Dragon Miniatures. For a low price you get good quality resin casts and 19 pieces, so definitely recommend these to anyone in the UK. They’re intended for 15mm but there’s nothing on them to indicate their scale so they can happily be used for 12mm, 10mm, or even 6mm. Very little work was needed to prep them, but I didn’t care about minor imperfections anyway. I added a little bit of battle damage myself with some drills and sculpting tools, gave them a quick prime and drybrushing, then quickly scrawled some graffiti on there. Doing neat or quality work is never really a focus for me when I’m doing scenery, because I feel as long as it gives the impression of urban walls at a glance it’s fine. I’d rather spend time working with the actual minis all things considered : ]