Fantasy, Sci Fi and an Upside Down Walker

As it was a nice day apart from half an inch of snow I decided to get the things my mate wanted painting undercoated. So I mooched around and found some Zandri dust, now this is a lot darker than I thought it was going to be so I will struggle with the Contrast paints on them.

Now if you look at the walker you may notice that it seems to be propped up on something and that there is some definite Greenstuff in view… so there is a little story about that. When my mate originally built it he put one of the legs on backwards so with a bit of shenanigans I managed to remove it and turn it the right way round. Being extremely pleased with myself I superglued it back together and waited until it had cured enough and set off to spray it… it is true that pride cometh before a fall. I was just giving it the last squirt of undercoat then I noticed that my mate had put the light facing downwards. Now I hadn’t noticed this before, then I realised that the missile was also facing down, I thought it was a spare and turned the turntable to spot the missile on the top… at that point the horror of what I had done sunk in… never mind a backwards leg, I had put the whole bloody armoured box on upside down. What I thought were the guns were actually the twin exhausts! So it was then a case of cutting the whole thing apart and then trying to get it to go back together again. Superglue wasn’t working so I went for Greenstuff instead.

So there it is the right way up and curing… I will trim the GS tomorrow and sort out anything else that needs doing too…

I also managed to get some painting done on the Korsucan’s…

Definitely less white than there was yesterday… please note the stain below the handle… guess which pillock didn’t put the Contrast paint into the safety holder thingy. I looked like I had committed a murder.

These chaps need their boots, straps and shako done black. I will get on with that tomorrow. Whilst painting these chappies I decided to watch the film Assassin’s Creed, really wish I hadn’t what a load of confusing tosh. Not sure what to watch tomorrow, but anything has to be better than this. Now I really enjoyed Tomb Raider and Prince of Persia and various other game films but this was just way too confusing.

Tomorrow I hope the finish the elves and then make a start on the Valhallan’s.

Finished with the Sisters… I Think

So this evening I got the face masks done as well as the rim of the bases and I think they are done now…

Well when I say done, I want to add some vegetation or something to the bases and then get everything varnished, as well as sealing the sand down.

I also made a start on my elf Rangers. These are basically Corsican’s (or Korsucan’s in game terms). So they will be In green jackets with red turn backs and snazzy blue trousers.

I made a start on the mounted squire too, well I needed to test the jacket colour on something 😂. I stuck some other things on bases too. We have an Othari and a dwarf on the strip too. The finished horse is I. The background too.

Hopefully the weather will allow me to spray more things white and others things in varnish… wish me luck as I am more than likely to do it the wrong way round!

Sisters Coming to an End

Yes at last the Sisters of Battle are nearly finished. I worked on them some more this evening and got to within spitting distance of the finish line. I thought I had just about finished painting the miniatures when I realised that I had left all of the rebreathers unpainted…

I will leave the waterslide transfers for my mate in case he wants something different. So I need a quick edge done tomorrow and the masks and unless something else leaps out (which it probably will) then these should be finished tomorrow evening.

So what have I learned from this lot… we’ll a couple of things straight off… first get the bottom half painted at the very least before adding them to the base, secondly leave off the backpack thingies as it means I can get in easier…these figures have nice flowing robes, but they are a bugger for getting the basing stuff on, so maybe even do the bases first.

So anyway I hope my mate likes them and I should be able to get the next lot on Friday afternoon.

Sisters in a Row

Today I found some EPVC that was very handily pre cut, so I ended up making two ‘things’ to paint a number of miniatures on the painting handle. The problem is that the plastic base I used was rounded and doesn’t really sit that snugly in the cradle. But without further ado, please find painting strip 1.0…

Upon saying the above, the base does hold itself in there, one just has to make sure it is in the right place before painting begins. The minis are just bluetacked onto the Plastic and there is enough room between them to get the brush in. I decided to go for two smaller ones than one longer one as I felt it would become too unwieldy.

So the miniatures above are the last three to go. Okay the little weird cherub needs doing but he is pretty much there compared to the rest of them.

All of them still have bits and pieces to paint, but they are getting close to being finished now.

A Few More Sisters

I managed to get some paint done on some more of the Sisters this evening… this had the added advantage of CAKE!

Just a small piece for me 😉

So after scoffing the cake, which was very yummy, I got on with some more work on the ladies and managed to get quite a bit done, problem is quite a bit in this situation was a lot of fiddly bits. Something is better than nothing I suppose…

After a few days of feeling I was getting nowhere, I suddenly felt like that there might be an light at the end of the tunnel. They still have a very long way to go but I now feel like the corner has been turned. That is now seven of the ten are at this level of completeness. I really do think that psychologically it is because I have painted the hair.

Now I still have a whole load of things left to paint for my mate, this includes the Cadian command squad and some Ice Troopers I think, these are the metal ones (I hope) so no fiddly builds.

I really do think that I need to come up with a process or some kind of organisational system to get things painted in a sensible way. Whereas I quite like jumping about it means that things don’t get finished. I have a box of resin prints still sitting there, the printer hasn’t been on for weeks now and I am making a conscious effort not to turn it on as, truth be told I have too much crap printed already. I did have to slap myself a few times to avoid printing the new Wargs and Goblins from the Printing Goes Ever On…

Work on the Sisters

Tonight I didn’t really get a lot of time to get some painting done as I was playing Tiny Epic Dinosaurs with the kids…

I then managed to get a smidge done on the miniatures… sadly when it came to the red, I was merrily shaking it only to find that the top wasn’t on properly. My hand looked like I had severed an artery somewhere!

I bet you cannot tell where I placed the pot when I realised it was leaking everywhere. Anyway, as I said not a huge amount done, but I did the leatherwork and added some more red to things. The yellow monstrosity on the right hand miniature will be repainted with alacrity!

Sadly I still have another six to paint, and I also forgot to use the mini holder… in hindsight this was the reason I didn’t get one in the first place.. it had dawned on me then that I tend to batch paint colours and in dosing so would probably spend more time getting miniatures in and out than actually painting them.

So I have this conundrum and would like to know why no one seems able to cook umber properly…

Another week of teaching from home begins tomorrow, going into work first thing, but mainly a week sat at the kitchen table answering emails and messages from the kids.

Ladies with Small Heads

So both Eric and Roger commented to say That they thought that the Sister of Battle had very small heads, now I had wondered that when I was building them and though that in my case it was an optical illusion due to the wide shoulder pads…(flashback to Dallas and Dynasty there)… anyway I had a mooch in my miniatures and came across a plastic Space Marine Scout and a Primaris and put them next to each other for a comparison…

They do indeed have teeny heeds! Now to start off with I couldn’t find the Primaris, so thought that the older chunkier miniature might have a bigger head due to the moulding process, but nope the little sister has indeed got a smaller head than the Primaris. Now I have no idea as to why this is, my good lady is 5 feet tall and I am 5.10 yet we still wear the same sized riding hat, must be all her PhD brains in there. So why do sisters of Battle have little heads? I will compare when I get the guardsmen to paint from my mate and see if their heads are any smaller.

Tonight, whilst painting, I watched Doomsday, a rather silly post apocalyptic film, but enjoyable nonetheless. It did mean that I got some more work done on the Sisters…

As you can see I got some armour wash onto the back two weapons, I will sort the others tomorrow. Mainly tonight was painting white. I learned an important lesson in this process. Leave the backpack thingy off until the end, to make painting easier. I would have done the same with the arms, but as they were an absolute nightmare, I stuck them down. The other thing to remember is actually leave the base off too, that way getting up under the robes is a whole lot easier… we’ll we live an learn as the saying goes.

Today I had to go into town and decided to get a pot of GW white paint 🙄 as it is a bit thinner than my craft paint and would be easier to paint on, I noticed one of those GW painting handles and thought that as I was painting a lot of 28mm at the moment then I would give it a try…

Problem was I forgot it was there, and I forgot about the white paint too! Me excuse is that I am a knacker!

It is quite comfy in the hand, what I am going to do is is somehow fasten a piece of wood to a plastic base and then use it to hold a number of miniatures as taking them in and out is annoying… wish me luck.

As my kids are still awake, I may have to use this Larson Technique from the Far Side.

Back with the Sisters

Tonight I made a bit of progress on a couple of the Sisters of Battle. I didn’t get started until late so progress was limited…

Still a very, very, very long way to go. Next thing I need to do is find my armour/black wash so that I can get going on the weapons a bit more.

Hopefully I will get back to them tomorrow night, that is if I don’t get sidetracked by my new toys.

My Alternative Armies order has arrived…

Third from the left was a freebie 😀 but the one I have searched for for many a year is in the centre. At long last I have lady Anna Willorcby…

She is the wife to this chap…

Paint it Black

Technically it should be Paint Them Black, but I like the song so now you know.

Yes tonight I decided I had better make some progress on the Sisters of Battle…

That seemed to be the longest painting session ever, Ten miniatures painted black. I would seriously hate to do an army… on the up side the Contrast paint went over the white craft acrylic without a problem.

These things have annoyed me from day one of their builds, hopefully things will improve soon. I am now off to watch a video on how to highlight black.

I was going to get some colour on either the squire or knight but decided that I really couldn’t be bothered.

As I love the far side, I thought I would share another one that I got sent… pretty much sums up my day today…

A Dodgy Lady (and a horse)

If this title doesn’t get a sudden influx in views the. Nothing will 😂😂😂😂.

This evening I sort of finished this little lady off…

The other thing I managed was to sort out the mess of the metal horse…

This took a lot of Greenstuff to fill in all of the gaps. I don’t believe this head was meant to be on this body, but I had it and it worked. I was going to put a knight on it, but now that I have this lovely lady I think a change of rider is in order…

SadlyI cannot find the original lady for the mount, so needs must….