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Monday, 26 June 2017

Forgotten Heroes: Leopard Girl #2

I think the photo's tell the story, really. I filled in the gaps between boots and legs. Removed the belt and filled and smoothed. Some Green Stuff was used to bring the collar of the suit up under the chin. PVA white glue was used to fix talus grit to the base. When that had completely dried I applied more PVA white glue atop the dried grit, and now it has dried rock hard. Primer/undercoat is some Vallejo Flat Brown.
I've also began work on the Crossover Miniatures model that I'm going to base my work on for Retro Girl. But I'll go into further details in a separate post once I've finished converting it.

Here's the LINK to the Forgotten Heroes blog, where you can view all the participants great work!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Forgotten Heroes: Leopard Girl #1

Forgotten Heroes 2017 entry number two. Leopard Girl.
I started off with a Crooked Dice 'Classic' Pandora King stock figure.
Sawed off the top of it's head with a razor saw.
Then used a scalpel and warding file to shape and smooth the metal - then I washed it in warm, soapy water and scrubbed the miniature clean with a toothbrush (bought for that purpose).
Using Greenstuff modelling putty I sculpted the Leopard Girl hood onto the miniature. Don't ask me how I did it, as I'm still learning as I go and am surprised it turned out as well as it did!
The tools I used were a pick (imagine the thing a dentist uses) and a shaper bought from Games Workshop years ago. I use clean tap water to help lubricate and smooth the putty while working.
I sketched out a rough image of what Leopard Girl's hood should look like - as my stupid phone wouldn't display the photo I'd taken from off the computer. Stupid technology! 
Wanting to go all fancy, like a certain Mr Awdry, I began working on the base. Supergluing some garden gravel to the base, and atop each other, smoothing out the joins and joints with modelling putty. I've even gone to the extreme of purchasing tiny 'leaves' basing material to make the basing look good. I can see I'll have to keep buying scenic basing material from now on.
The only thing I might add before painting is a couple of large teeth to the leopard, hanging down and atop Leopard Girl's forehead. But I'll make that decision next time. I've also spotted the leopard suit's neckline is right up under the chin, so I'll need to model that on, definitely. Oh, and then there's the fact the model has a belt sculpted on and boots, whereas Leopard Girl doesn't. Damn. More work.


Friday, 23 June 2017

Colonel Bill's: Great Little Army For Sale*

*I didn't know what to call this, in case a Google search for extremism linked to this. Stranger things have happened!

Quoted from Colonel Bill's Facebook:

Currently for sale in our online store is a beautifully painted 28mm Islamic Crusades skirmish army. We understand that these are Black Tree Design metal figures and, they would equate to a 6 point Saga (cross & Crescent) army. They would also be very suitable as the basis of a larger Hail Caesar army. There are 51 pieces and we have them for sale for £265

LINK to the sale
Cheers for looking

Monday, 19 June 2017

Steel Fist Miniatures Samurai Finished

I managed to finish off the basing of the four figures after I returned from yesterday's outing to the local gaming group's game (see last post). All that is left to do now is varnish and hand over back to Stu at Colonel Bill's - and hope there's no complaints!

The fourth figure:
another spear-armed figure
Yari (槍?) is the term for one of the traditionally made Japanese blades (nihonto) in the form of a spear, or more specifically, the straight-headed spear. The martial art of wielding the yari is called sōjutsu.

Sasaho yari, a bamboo leaf shaped yari.
It was very sunny when this photo was taken, so please excuse the sashimono
banner being effected by the glare
The finished four:
Back when I started work on these figures, I mentioned I'd leave off commenting on the price of the miniatures till after I'd finished painting them. Well, to be honest - speaking as an individual who has no vested interest in sales - I think they're expensive. 

Yes, they are beautifully sculpted and the casting is excellent. The poses and ornate armour of each individual figure is great. They paint up really well and the task of painting was made all the more easier thanks to the good sculpting and casting. But, at £3.75 a figure, - purchased in pre-selected blister packs of multiple miniatures - they're expensive if viewed as an option to collect as wargame army troops. 

For such games that only require a handful of individually based Feudal Japanese figures they could, possibly, be considered an option, I suppose. But would I buy these figures to use thus, or would I go with Perry Miniatures? (for sake of argument, and picking a rival range at random - that isn't linked to Col. Bill's). To be honest, that would be a really difficult question. If I wanted a small 'warband' of figures that I was going to paint to best and play with regularly (to justify the expense) I might just go with Steel Fist Miniatures. They look great, even unpainted! And the majority of my (hypothetical) opponents probably wouldn't be using the company's figures for their own troops, so my collection would be all the more individual. 

I think the price question comes down to how the buyer makes use of the miniatures. If you get use out of them (however they'd be used) and enjoyment, then they're worth the price. I certainly can't find fault with them when talking about my experience of painting these four. Would I recommend the range? Yes. And then let the person make up their own mind. 

Cheers for looking

VBCW game - The Battle of Scruton, North Yorkshire

Just a quick post to show that I do get out and socialise. I went over to Scruton, yesterday, as a visitor to the Old Guard gaming group's Sunday gaming session. There was a big VBCW game being played out and here's a few links to other blogger's reports on the day for those interested.
used without permission of D.Docherty
Martin Cooke - the man behind the game

Dave Docherty - the man commanding the Anglican League

Matt Crump - the man commanding the Cumbrian Royalists

Steve Kelly - again, no blog report yet, but the man commanding the British Army troops

I wasn't playing, but did join in with the laughter as the comedy of events and double-triple-crosses played out (yes, it was that type of game). I don't know if the gaming group is open to new members, but it is worth checking out the blog reports to see the carnage!

Just to link this to my own output - I am, intending, to take part in this year's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge with a 28 man, 1 horse, 1 cart, 28mm VBCW force designed around a British Army regulars platoon, who've still not received the latest equipment of '37 Pattern nor Section and Platoon support weapons. In other words, '08 Service Dress, Stokes mortar and a single Lewis Gun, no SMGs. But certainly should be classed as better trained and disciplined, even if at a disadvantage of numbers and firepower.