Predator Puppies and some Painting

So at last my Predator hounds came today. I excitedly opened them to find that I have been sent puppies that I need grow to make them into fully fledged hounds.

They are bloody tiny! So to make sure I hadn’t imagined it I just watched the scene on YouTube and although there is no direct comparison next to a human, they definitely look bigger on the screen.

Have a look and see what you think…

So to make sure it wasn’t the tall predator making them look small I put them next to a Wey Yu Commando…

Nope they still look small, both are in rearing poses so they look quite tall when stood on boxes etc.

As there is a dead Wey a Yu Commando on the base I thought I would compare him. I reckon Wey Yu are accepting child soldiers into the elite…

Just look at the difference between the two hands. The unpainted one is closer to the camera.

I managed to just about compare two heads, apologies for the naff photo, the Ipad was struggling.

I reckon there is near enough a 50% difference between the two.

All in all I am somewhat disappointed in these… I hadn’t realised that when I got them for half the average price that they would be half size! The only reason I got them is because they were cheap!

On a more positive note…

I finished the Hussars and the bases on the commandos.

Tomorrow I will clean up the hounds and get them painted, not that I want to, as they are evidently hunt chihuahua. Luckily they don’t appear in my Aliens RPG… knowing my players they would want to pet them and snuggle them.

Weyland Yutani Commandos almost Done…

Well tonight I would have got these finished, apart from a small mishap, but more of that later…

I have pretty much finished the actual bases, apart from washes, tidying up and the black edge.still a couple of bits to do on the actual miniatures. The metalwork on the flamer guys shotgun and the headset on the one with the cap.

As I said I would have got these finished, but for the mishap. As I was carrying in a pile of figures I caught my sleeve on the door handle and dropped a box of them. Sadly a plastic box full size of plastic figures onto a concrete floor didn’t end well.

So I had to repair half of the things in the box. I then built five miniatures.

Have you ever noticed, no matter how many things you dryfit and test things, the second you add the superglue then they won’t go together… not to mention add superglue and they somehow become covered in oil or something and ping merrily across the table like a miniature Barnes-Wallis Bouncing bomb!

But anyway I now have five scouts and twelve Genestealers to paint.. the eagle eyed amongst you will spot a bit of gaming nostalgia…

I have a toss up between painting the above or the following:

The above show off pretty much the remains of my Flintloque with the exception of the elf cuirassiers. So I have two dog gun grew, five dog Hussars and five undead wraith Hussars.

I am undecided on which to go for next, it will more than likely be either of the above sets. Hints and suggestions greatly appreciated.

On a totally different note, I ordered a pair of Predator hellhounds, they popped up on EBay for £9.99, I put a bid on and was the only bidder so got them for half the normal price.

Weyland Yutani Commandos and Friends

Not much done this evening as the family were painting the advent calendar.

As for the commandos I managed to get the bases washed and the base colour dry brushed on.

I repainted the white bits, ready for painting tomorrow.

I thought I would share the original miniatures I painted a couple of years ago.

First up the marines… I added the chunky metal floor. I can certainly say that my painting has improved a bit since then.

Next up a Predator and prey

And finally a few of the fifteen first edition aliens…

I added bits and pieces to the bases with Greenstuff as well as adding on the grating.

The new one piece casts are sooooo much better. The aliens above were painted black then highlighted dark blue. I can honestly say that I prefer the paint job on the new ones.

I am now on the hunt for some unicast marines 😂

So tomorrow I will attempt to get the bases completed. I Just found my Lost Patrol game with Marine scouts and genestealers… I might have a blast at them (especially as I have purple 😉… I could do with some pink too 🤔).

We shall see where my paintbrush leads…

I watched this today on Squidmar miniatures…

Something I firmly believe in, and funnily enough was just discussing this very thing the other day…

Here is the little cartoon in the video… something I shared a while ago on Facebook…

till tomorrow…

Weyland Yutani Commandos…

Only a tiny bit done tonight as I really didn’t get in until 9.00.

The floors have had a layer of gun metal…

They could do with a thinned down layer too to try and get into all the holes. I will do that tomorrow as well as give them a wash then a highlight. Pipes and cables will have a white layer added (if needed) and then painted up to match the previous ones.

As these are getting closer to finishing, I am beginning to wonder what to paint next?

Weyland Yutani Commandos…on a Roll

Tonight I felt like I made a lot of progress, I didn’t, but it felt like a lot 😁

Not much white left on the miniatures now. I went for a black on the weapons and also did a lot of tidying up as well as painting boots and gloves.

I have been using my 20p brush for all of these…

It is beginning to get a bit of a bend in the tip, but my AP and GW ones did too.

Hopefully tomorrow I will get the bases done 👍

Wey Yu Commando…Further Work

Tonight was a slow, slow…slow white painting session… but eventually I got all of the white recoated…

As can be seen from the above, I managed to get some other colours on too. These are now at the ‘I hate them’ stage. Still a lot to go on these, but getting there. The floors will be the same colours as the prisoners and aliens. The elbow cup is a bit annoying as it is in the wrong place, it is still on the elbow, but it just annoys me, not sure why.

Boots and gloves tomorrow as well as the weapons. I am going to repaint the smart gun tomorrow as I want it to be different to the the green pouches. I will do the same colour for the pulse rifles and flamer. Not quite sure what colour yet, I will see what colours I have got. Possibly black and gun metal.

Wey Yu Commandos

Tonight was a bit of a late one so not much done, but I did manage something.

I also decided on a colour scheme of sorts…

This is the state of play so far, the other armoured sections will be the same colour as the upper body. I just needed to repaint the various bits back in in white.

I am quite intrigued by the galerus on the left shoulder. Definitely gives protection to the neck on that side, especially when firing. Pouches etc will be a military green (I think) happy to hear people’s thoughts on that.

I decided on this colour scheme as I wanted them to be in a different uniform to the marines (camouflaged), one that stood out. Meaning no confusion on the tabletop.

I really should get the marines out to see how this lot compare size wise. The originals were on a recessed base (as were the aliens and Predators).

So plans for tomorrow is to repaint the white bits that need it and then get on with the armour. I painted these in one of my new 20 pence (size 0) brushes. It seemed to survive unscathed.

Crusher and a Parcel from Wish

Tonight, when I got in, I found a small parcel that has come from the other side of the world. I decided to give Wish a try on some paintbrushes.

So for the grand total of £2 I got this lot…

I haven’t given them a go yet, so cannot comment on how good they are.

I managed to get some paint on the Crusher.

As can be seen from this photo, the paint isn’t dry yet.

Not as much progress as I wanted this evening, but it is definitely a start. I was going to do the bases on the commandos. I still haven’t decided on a colour scheme yet so that was a safe place to start 😁.

Our School Sunday Teas made £630 for our nursery outdoor area. The rest of the school made £120 with their craft stall. So it was worth it in terms of financial gain. Not really having a weekend was a bit of a pain in the bum to be honest though.

Hopefully tomorrow I will get something painted. I have parents evening Wednesday and Thursday so will need to make some notes to keep me on track.

Commandos and Crusher… Sprayed and Ready to go

So tonight I am knackered, we had a really successful Sunday Teas, my humble offerings…

Top left Nigella Lawson’s Brownie recipe:

Top right a random rocky road recipe

And bottom left Hugh’s flapjack recipe:

It was quite a good spread, this is about a quarter of the stuff we had brought in…

We haven’t totalled up how much money we made overall. My classes will count up the money tomorrow to see our profit over all.

Anyway tonight the Commandos were sprayed white and are curing, ready to have some paint chucked on them (still not sure what colour I intend to do). Most shots of the Wey Yu commando is them in white and cream. Personally I want to do something different. My Marines are in full camouflage. I am thinking some kind of blue or grey, but will have a mooch to see if I can find any reference images.

I also triple sprayed the Crusher too. Black from underneath, then grey and a final highlight of white. I will get on with them tomorrow.

The crusher will be painted the same way as the smaller xenomorphs. To be frank they are totally different to the original ones. They were painted black then highlighted blue. This looks a bit powdered on the white, I didn’t warm up the paint and probably didn’t shake it up enough. Lesson learned!

I am still after some more Alien warriors, some are appearing on EBay quite regularly. I also really want the sergeant who is sort of Apone from the Aliens film.

I will avoid the ‘Dutch’ miniature, as I really do not like the sculpt. He basically has, or seems to have a power fist???

The other thing I am on the hunt for is, as mentioned before, are the Predator hounds. Now there are two options here. The original twin pack of the hounds, which come without a textured base and then the unicast edition which has them clambering over some rubble and a marine with his intestines hanging out. Which is a bit over the top in my opinion especially if you are only hunting aliens!

The upside with the unicast edition is that they are, as the name implies, a single cast miniature, so no glueing needed. I will have to see what price things are coming in at and make my choice based on cost.

Predator…Almost There

So tonight after a day of baking (well okay and afternoon of baking) I managed to get my Predator close to the finishing post…

Still some tidying up to do on him and finish him off, but the end is in sight.

I also received my parcel today. Once this lot is finished, I will have to make a start on these chaps…

A smart gunner, flamer and three with pulse rifles. I really do like the poses on these.

I do like the Weyland Yutani Commandos as they will give a nice ‘bad guy’ force to the game without being Xenomorphs or other gribbly things.

A few of these are a bit shiny which would indicate they have some mould release on them, so tomorrow they need a bath and and then a spray.

My school is having some Sunday Teas tomorrow… a Shetland tradition. So today I have baked flapjacks, rocky roads and brownies. They turned out rather nice.

Hopefully I will get a chance to get more done on these tomorrow. Wish me luck!