Saturday, January 30, 2016

My First Unreleased Miniatures Miniatures....Unreleased Miniatures^2 ...Miniatures from Unreleased Miniatures

Its been a long time coming for this post. I have had these minis for a while, painted for a while, but see previous excuses for my litany of reasons for not getting stuff posted on time. Anyway, on to the models. These two were from the first wave of Unreleased Miniatures work.

First up is the foot version of the "Absolutely Random Dwarf Lord". I like the pose, sort of a "bring it on you woodland sprite" look to him. Detail was good, and there was some opportunity to embellish it with paint. All in all a good model. I have yet to start the mounted version, but it's sitting on the paint table, so its not in the too distant future. However, if you have read any of my other posts and know about my Rivendell knight, you will know the previous statement is completely meaningless. Anyway, here he is:

Next up, Fat Medieval Bismark. Again another fine miniature: hair, beard, cloak, all good. If I had one complaint it would be the proportions of the horses neck, its a little fat. But hey, this is light years beyond anything I could ever accomplish so I have no room to say too much. Over all, another fine sculpt. I took the opportunity to do a bit of freehand and an alternate color scheme.

I have a bunch more of their line to paint, I just haven't got to it yet, but you can see decided improvements in what they are coming out with. All in all I liked these. The resin material was lacking, leaving lots of holes to be filled but they quickly moved away from that. In fact, I think even the first resin waves can now be obtained in metal, and I would highly suggest it. In fact, I may replace my remaining resin models with metal.

That's all for this one. I'm still not caught up. I can think of at least one more post that needs to be made, I'll get to it....probably.

A couple Miniatures from Shadow and Flame

Wooohoooo. Internets are back up and running after a few days of being down. Yes, that's right, those two days without internet is the reason I haven't been able to post pictures of miniatures I painted last year. hahaha. True story, at least the parts before "Internets" and after "year". But my internets was down and now its back up again and so here are a few miniatures from Shadow and Flame. First up is Mindless Theoden. This is actually the first human scratch sculpt that Dave ever did. The progression of his skill is inarguable, but still this was a nice miniature to sling paint at. So I am a collector and for those of you like me who are in to the history, this is not Dave's first scratch sculpt. I wonder if any of you who actually read this blog know what Dave's first scratch sculpt was. I have it, but I have yet to paint it. Feel free to guess in the comments below (excluding Dave and Kev). If I get ten correct guesses, I'll drop my current painting projects and start on it!

On to the next one, this is another early sculpt from Dave, Mr. Albert Dreary as he appeared in "The Fellowship of the Ring". There is not a whole lot to go on from movie stills and artwork so the artistic license Dave took in sculpting him, I also took in painting him. Still its an awesome miniature to have in the collection.

I am still slowly working my way through Iron Hills Dwarves, Helmingas, and a Saruman conversion. The conversion is incredible I just don't feel like I am doing the model justice. It has been a struggle from the very beginning for me. Its going to need alot of touch up work. the dwarves and helmingas are a joy to paint, if not a little difficult to reach in some spots. I just don't do well with repetition, so I have slowed a bit.  I have an idea for some freehand work on a Dol Amroth banner so I may dig that out, or, since that in itself is a chore, buy one off the trade thread, hahaha. 

Well, that's it for this post. I have one more post to follow up this one today, then we will see where I end up at weeks end.

HGave fun slinging that paint.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Dunland Captain

To quote Tommy Boy, "Holy schnikies", I got another post up without a month going by. I'm n top of the world. While on the search for a Gundabad Captain I happened across the Dunland Captain blister pack. They looked like excellent models and I haven't painted a Dunlander in probably ten years.  So I did the Captain and the banner (which will follow in another post). This was another first for me in that I actually used a stick to make a tree trunk and greenstuffed the root pad. I think it came out alright. And skulls. Skulls, skulls skulls, haha. I really enjoy painting them. Anyway, got another Helmingas done and working on a SWIA rebel soldier among other things that I continue to procrastinate on.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Azog On Ice... its not a Disney skating play, but agreed, it sounds like one. No this my friends is another Shadow and Flame conversion and I think its my favorite Azog pose yet. Granted it is, out of all the official GW releases and Shadow and Flame conversions the first one I have painted, but it does remain the first on that as soon as I laid eyes, I thought, I need to paint this now.  So therefore here his is. It was actually painted some time ago but issues with the internets have kept me from making posts as often as I would like. But fear not (I am sure you were all waiting with baited breath, hahaha) I have been slinging paint, and lots of it.

Also, many thanks/blame to DMS I picked up the Star Wars Imperial Assault line. I painted a Nexu up. Even though this is a Middle Earth Blog I'll probably add a Star Wars page because, well is my blog and I can do what I want. hahaha. Pretty nice models. Not GW quality but pretty damn good.

Other than that I have been working on the Shadow and Flame Iron Hills conversions and you can see pictures of them assembled by Dave and painted by Kev here. I have been panting them alongside my Helmingas conversions Dave did which you can find pictures of on their Facebooks page. I'll have group shots of those once they are finished.

I got loads more pictures to upload so I'll get right on that at some point, when I feel like it, maybe. In the mean time, thanks for looking and enjoy slinging the paint!