Wednesday, January 25, 2012

15mm Alien Hunters

Knocked out these two gents today. They have been primed up forever, and I decided it was time they got moved from the "I feel guilty for not getting around to these yet" pile, and over in the "painted and ready for gaming" pile. I plan to field them as a two man crew in games of AE Bounty.

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Sensei

 A simple miniature today, just to keep up stamina and feel productive. A wonderful character, and dead quick to paint.

The sensei, leading a band of barbarians towards adventure:

Sunday, January 22, 2012

15mm Ogres

I had been thinking of adding some ogres to my growing collection of fantasy tinys, and while rummaging through my bits box earlier today, I came upon a handful of components that fit the idea well. Using mainly GW ghoul and gnoblar bits, with plenty of the Green Stuff on top, I constructed these two terrifying behemoths.

I´m not quite finished with them, as I still want to add some details that tie them into the scale, and keeps them from just being 28mm out of context.

As you can see in these pics, they work quite well when put next to a 15mm mini. Using Gnoblar torsoes helped define an awkward bodytype and keep them from being too tall. By my math, an ogre in 15mm would be around 24-26mm tall to the top of his dome.

My undead group needed a heavy hitter, so I made one of the ogres a zombie. I wonder what zombie ogres like to eat?                                      

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New gametable started

Work has begun, slowly but steadily, on building a better table, and getting it filled up it with terrain.

As you can tell these are early steps, with barely half of the table covered. My plan is to build plenty of rock features and trees, to cover the table in basic terrain and be able to start playing. Then I will start adding more advanced features like houses and rivers etc.

One thing I am keen to add along the way is some orc buildings similar to these from Warhammer Online:

I think something like that would make for awesome terrain pieces :)

In other, similar news, my game with Christian the other day has inspired him to start working on some fantasy terrain and warbands of his own. I think it is looking great, and I look forward to get some games in on his new terrain, which will likely be quite a bit diffent from mine.

I am sure Christian will be updating his blog with more interesting progress along the way.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Get more games in!

The other night I hung out with my friend Christian and we played a fun little game of sci-fi skirmish using the Mutants and Deathray guns rules.

I first got turned on to the idea of scaling games down to 15mm during a conversation with Christian last year. We were talking about how to get more games into our busy lives, where taking whole afternoons out to play games has become more and more challenging.

By halving the measurements of the games we usually play, we have found that we are able to fit all of the terrain and miniatures into a small box, that is easy to bring along and quick to set up. The point being that we can spend time playing games and trying out rulesets, without a massive investment of time and resources.

15mills are quick to paint, allowing a lot of varied choices for games, and I can easily paint 2 or 3 skirmish warbands in less time than doing one 28mill unit. The time this frees up can be spend actually playing games.

During early 2011 I built up a basic collection of terrain and miniatures with this idea in mind. Then I lost a bit of touch with it, because we still neglected to actually get some games in. With renewed vigor for 2012, I have decided to get back into 15mm gaming and play some more games on a regular basis.

As for the game, we spent a couple of hours familiarizing us with the rules and creating small, 5 strong groups. The game itself was quick fought and decisive, with a wipeout of my group. I spent the first couple of turns running forward, after which we realised that we had misread the rules for shooting, and I suddenly found my troops in the middle of the board with no cover..Suffice to say, it went downhill from there.

It was a few hours well spent, and I look forward to the next one!

Friday, January 06, 2012

15mm Barbarian Step by Step

Having bought the minis, and reviewed them, it seems logical that the next thing to do is paint them:

 After cleaning and basing, the model is primed black and given a brown basecoat all over with the airbrush. This provides deep shading for the skin, and helps set the tone for the other elements on the model.

The next stages involve building up the highlights gradually with the airbrush, starting with a more sienna brown tone. I try to keep the deepest areas brown, and concentrate on hitting the model from above.

Second coat applied, with more offwhite added to the paint mix.

Final highlight with the airbrush. We now have a nice transition from dark to light to work with. Apart from adding colour to the skin, this process also forms a good base for highlighting the details and accessories on the model.

After the airbrushing stage, the model is a little washed out. I apply a sepia wash to give colour to the skin, as well as define the shadows a bit. The last highlight colour is reapplied with a brush.
It is necessary when painting 15mm to exaggerate the highlight quite dramatically, which can look crude when blown up on a computer screen, but helps make the mini "pop" on the tabletop.

The details are blocked in with  base colours. Where appropriate, I have worked with very thin paints, to allow the underlying airbrushed highlights to shine through ( espescially noticeable on the leather and shield).

 The finished model: Details are highlighted, and a bit of lining has been added to seperate the items. The base is finished with static grass and dusted with earthtoned pigments.

And because we are talking gaming miniatures, I painted a few of his allies up at the same time :)
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