Final Thirty Six

Today I cracked on and bit the bullet to get the last thirty six undead based (actually there were thirty eight 😉). I had to force myself to get the last dozen done.Tomorrow I am going to go to town with the rust etc…

My youngest and I are now on a count down to our trip south. Thursday will roll up soon enough, but tomorrow my hire digger arrives to get the potholes flattened out. So watch out for digger photos tomorrow.

Lots of Varnish

Today I was out the house at 07.15 to help at the Kayak symposium…it wasn’t a taxing day, but I ended up coming home at 10.30, then back out again at 15.15 so a fractured day… infid however manage to get all of the undead apart from the big beastie varnished.

I was hoping to get the last miniature finished, but sadly it was not to be… I have got two more days of helping so it may not get finished until next week.

I intend to try the oil wash on the above sooner rather than later…

Getting There….

Well, I have worked on this army for two weeks now and the end is in sight… tonight I got the Wraith cavalry done…

By my reckoning it leaves the big beastie and the rider to go….

Upon saying, nearly done, I still need to do the varnishing, oil wash and flocking… but the painting is nearly over!

I also redid the Giant and added a bit more to the build plate. I dropped some 28mm Imperials down to make some different guns… not sure why to be honest!

It has been a productive day, but I think I need a break from painting soon. Luckily Joe is coming over for a game tomorrow evening… a good excuse to have a break.

More Painted

Well I got a fair bit done today… the most boring was painting 125 bases brown… so now you know the size of my undead army. As I had the brown out I painted the last twelve that were still in their white undercoat…

So that is ninety ready to get a varnish and various other bits added like rust and ver de gris as well as a bit of grubiness. I actually bought some oil paints and sponges…just waiting on the solvent to get going…

I painted the big ghouls and was pleased with the results…

As you can see I did another Wraith…this time in red…it will be a champion or something…

I also made a decision on the Dinocrocuta, in the end I went for the greys rather than the red and black…thanks to everyone who gave some input. It was pretty much 50:50. In the end I went grey as I was going to do the mounted wraiths in the same red, so this way there wouldn’t be another colour in the mix…

Now these have got a long way to go, but they are definitely getting there.

Hopefully I will get them finished tomorrow, the Dinocrocuta that is, not everything. My wife and two eldest are off gallivanting South tomorrow evening, so it will just be me and my son tomorrow evening. Joe and I are doing a painting and gaming day on Monday again so I should get a long way with things again.

Zombies, More Zombies and a Funny Coloured Dog.

Today I cracked on and got the remaining nine Zombies finished…

This now gives me two units of twelve for Dragon Rampant, or a horde for other games.

I also spent a good while ‘building’ a set of zombie crossbows. There are nine distinct ones and three that are mirrors of some others. I know I said I wouldn’t print any more, but I still had some resin in the vat and it should be enough for the twelve miniatures. Now as I mentioned the Ian Lovecraft ones are a lot bigger than the rest so I took the height down to 92% and the other two planes at 88% to try and match in with the current batch. I will find out tomorrow if I have cocked it up 🤞🤞🤞.

And finally I need a bit of help on deciding on the colour for the Dinocrocuta… I decided to go away from a natural brown colour to something a bit more fantasyesque…

I have got the red/black or the white/grey. I like them both and cannot decide on which way to go. Both take seconds to do, so neither is harder than the other… what do people think… which would work well for an undead army?

Spectral Steeds

Tonight I worked on my spectral steeds. They were a bit of faff with all the colour transitions from the bone to grey to green, but I think it kind of worked…

I should hopefully get a good crack on with the riders tomorrow as well as finish these off… on second thoughts I think I will finish these and then get on with the zombies… speaking of which… I just remembered today that I have a pile of multiple zombies on my hard drive from the Frost Kickstarter…I may have to go and have a peek. The Frost ones though are huge, so a lot of shrinking will be required. Not that I am printing anything else until the undead are done …cough, cough!

Anyway whilst painting the above I was watching a live stream by the Basic Brush… I follow him on YouTube. It was nice to sort of chat on the keyboard… well worth a watch in my opinion. I have mentioned him before when I was talking about the issues with the speedpaints…

You may have noticed the grey ghouls I the above photo. These are the scaled ones mentioned yesterday. The 90% size is what I wanted so I am pretty pleased with them. In hindsight I should have added the head in the software rather than trying to get it glued onto some of them between a raised bone and a neck. It is a miracle that they actually all had heads… if I do decide to print some of the Frost ones then they will be built electronically and printed out as a one piece.

Talking of printing things, if you remember, the big beastie is hollow, today I got all the components to make a small device to shove where the sun does not shine…

The light is a UV one to shove inside hollow models to cure the resin inside. Unfortunately the drain holes on the big one were too small to go right inside, but I was able to shine the lights in to help. Usually I would decide on the size of the drain hole, but these were built in and it never occurred to me to check, otherwise I could have added my own.

He is now undercoated with a zenithal highlight to help with the light and dark.

Zombies and Ghouls

Today I finished the painted zombies and based another nine ready for undercoating tomorrow. I decided to go for two units of twelve hence the extras.

I only did six of the larger ghouls to go with the Silver bayonet and decided to do some smaller ones. Instead of printing the individual components like last time I went for ‘building’ them in 3D builder. I dropped them down to 90% after sticking one next to a skeleton in the software.

I did twelve, most were built individually, but by about the eighth one I decided to mirror some.

I also hunted out my Mantic skeletons to see if I could add another unit… sadly they are tiny…

I said the printer was switched off until the undead were done… as you can tell by the above post… I turned it back on again and also went for some prehistoric beasties to act as dire wolves… basically some of these both armoured and unarmoured.

I felt they had a bit of an undead vibe going on.

Boyar Completed

Well sort of…I still need to get the washes on to add some shading.

So this week I have painted 62 miniatures…. somwhat is left from the printed lot… six wraith cavalry and the mounted Liche and then the zombies… so I reckon that by this time next week I should have the whole army finished…. well hopefully 🤞🤞🤞.

The remaining miniatures are almost all undercoated so I will make a start on the zombies tomorrow.

Today we power washed the stables at the farm…

It got a bit wet in there… but we got it all cleaned off…I now ache though… hoisting twenty odd 6×4 rubber mats that are an inch thick takes its toll.

Challenge Day

To be honest, I never managed twelve hours, I got about six hours off and on as my back started to give up the ghost. So how far did I get….

So I finished off the dozen in the middle and the mage and got the next twenty four finished, apart from the white bit on the right hand banner.

I am going to carry on with the painting tomorrow and see how I get on. I got the zombies onto their bases as well as giving mr half head a new set of hair…

Still a whole load to do… a dozen wraiths, half a dozen cavalry plus a mounted Liche, the zombies and the dozen Boyar infantry too.

I then have the big Beasty to do. I got my air brush out for this one as I really didn’t fancy doing something this big with a 00 brush 😉.

I think that is everything that I have for the undead army.