Friday, June 23, 2017

Dungeon Degenerates Nasty Naga

I have painted the next of the Dungeon Degenerates figures, the Nasty Naga.
 

I imagined it as a Dark Naga when I came up with its color scheme.  It was hard to photograph and is one of those minis that just looks better in real life than in a photo for whatever reason.  It was a fun and easy to paint figure though.




I will be back soon with the Cock Goblin.  Stay Tuned!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Archive Miniature Mystery Solved

Maybe nobody else cares, or maybe everyone already knew this but for me a mystery has been solved.  Back in 2012, I painted an Archive Fuzzy  from their Star Rovers line of miniatures.


At the time I wondered: "It's interesting because if you know anything about these minis, you'll know that many of them are rip-offs of Star Wars characters.  For example, "Hans Self" instead of Han Solo etc etc.  I always assumed that this one was supposed to be an Ewok, but if I'm not mistaken this figure actually dates to around 1977 and as far as I know Ewok's did not appear until Return of the Jedi in 1983. So I guess not."

Then today I saw a book cover illustration that cleared it all up.  This miniature was clearly based on the following illustration of H. Beam Piper's book, Little Fuzzy.



I love revelations like this one and just thought I would share it in case anyone else would get a kick out of it too.



Monday, June 5, 2017

Dungeon Degenerates Salamander - Big Lizardman

I'm back!  It's been almost six months since I finished painting a miniature and updated the blog, but I never stopped wanting to get back on schedule.  So here I am with a miniature I managed to finish this weekend.

He's the "Salamander with Sword and Shield" from the Dungeon Degenerates Monster Miniatures Set.  Despite the name, he looks like an overgrown Lizardman to me and not the classic D&D salamander.





These figures are ostensibly 32mm in scale but seem like they might even be a bit bigger than that.  This fellow is on a 40mm base.  Here is a picture comparing him to a D&D pre-painted miniature for an idea of scale.


I'm pretty happy with how he came out and I plan to paint the three remaining figures in the set shortly.  Fun miniatures with a lot of character.  Stay tuned!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Gamma World Player Characters

So this month I quickly painted up four minis to represent the characters in a Gamma World campaign I'm playing in.  After running games behind the DM screen for years now, I'm psyched to be playing again.  Here's the crew:


Golgotha is a "Giant" Android.  Giant in quotes because she could really use a slightly larger mini to represent her 8' height.  This figure is Reaper's "Incredible Woman" (50212) painted with mostly silver and gold metallic paints.


Next up is my character: Proty, who is a Gelatinous Electrokinetic.  This figure is Ganesha Games/Alternative Armies' "Plasmoid Exterminator" from their recent Project Simian X kickstarter.  (The mini was clearly intended to be a Star Frontiers Dralasite.  I have two more of them, which I might paint in the classic grey for that race at some point.)




Amadeus Redbutt is a Simian Mindbreaker, whose player described him as looking like an orangutan.  I used a miniature from Dreamblade called the "Rainforest Shaman." Dreamblade figures are notoriously tough to remove from their bases and I had to sculpt him a new rock stand on.


And the fourth character is Rybot, a Felinoid Android.  I used a Wildcat Heroclix figure and repainted him with some metallic silver accents and pink eyes.



Unrelated to the group, I also rebased a Heroclix Aleph, and then just added a couple washes, and repainted his eyes.  He makes a pretty good evil robot.


 That's it for now.  Happy New Year!





Monday, November 28, 2016

Asgard Gargoyle / Weird Blue Demon

It's been a while!  I haven't posted a miniature since August.  But I'm back and hopefully back on schedule.  Here is my latest mini:  Asgard Miniatures FM8 Gargoyle.  There is something I love about Asgard's crude yet weirdly appealing sculpts.  I realize that this figure was intended to be a gargoyle, but I couldn't bring myself to paint him grey (or brown?) so instead I turned him into some kind of weird blue demon.  I tried to blend from red to purple to blue on his skin. 


I'm reasonably happy with this figure.  I didn't realize how noticeable the gash on the left side of his stomach was until I was happily painting away.  If I had noticed it earlier, perhaps I would have filled it with a bit of green stuff before priming.  Oh well. 

I have lots of minis primed and based and waiting for me to paint, so hopefully I will be back soon.  Stay tuned.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Drawings but No Minis

Unfortunately, I haven't finished any miniatures this month, but rather than skip my monthly posting entirely, I thought I'd share a couple of quick fantasy-related drawings I did: a "ratling" and a "fishoid."




I do still have an Asgard figure in progress on my painting table so hopefully I will be posting that one soon.  Stay tuned.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Splinter from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I felt like my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were incomplete without their master, Splinter.  So here is the re-based and repainted Splinter Heroclix figure.





I have an Asgard figure in progress so that should be my next post.  Stay Tuned!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

A Quickly Painted Yeti

I'm DMing a Dungeons and Dragons campaign right now and the PCs have a potential encounter coming up involving more than one yeti.  Unfortunately, I only have one yeti mini so I grabbed a Sasquatch Heroclix figure out of my pile and painted him in tints of blue.  A quick job of mostly drybrushing, but I figured why not take a pic and share him on the blog. 


He doesn't really "match" my Reaper Miniatures yeti (seen below) but he'll be better than using a counter or paper mini or something. 


http://www.coolminiornot.com/76705

This Reaper yeti was actually one of the first miniatures I painted as an adult.  I can't believe it was almost 12 years ago now.  The paint on his chest got a little thick (I was using artists' tube paints at the time) but overall I'm still pretty happy with him.

Hope to post again soon with something I put more time into.  Stay tuned.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I feel like these took forever to finish, but here's what I've been up to: painting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Heroclix!


I've wanted decent miniatures of these guys for a long time.  The old Dark Horse figures are somewhat hard to come by and can be rather expensive on Ebay, so when Heroclix recently put out a set based on TMNT, I had to to jump on it.  I'm pretty happy with these guys. I tried to paint each one's skin with slightly different greens for variety.  I debated painting the bandanas different colors but decided to go with the classic red.  I used this Kevin Eastman illustration for inspiration.




Here's how they looked when I got them. 


I pinned them onto Secret Weapon "Town Square" bases.  I like these bases for superhero-type figures in general and sewer manhole covers really sealed the deal for the Turtles.



I thought I would also share that I played a really fun Land of the Lost themed game using Golgo Island rules and the Sleestak and "Pakuni" miniatures you may remember from my past blog entries. (I can't believe I painted these Sleestaks all the way back in 2014.)  Good times.


I hope to post again soon.  Stay Tuned.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Heritage Gnome and Grenadier Dwarf Archer

I didn't manage to post anything last month, but this time I have, not one, but two vintage miniatures for you:  a Heritage Miniatures gnome and a Grenadier dwarf archer. 

This gnome is from Dungeon Dwellers set 1239, which apparently came with three of these figures and three with a spear.  They were sculpted by Steve Bissett. 




The Grenadier figure is from AD&D set 2003 "Dwarves," which came out around 1980, if I'm not mistaken.  I chose him for his gnome-like hat, as I intend to have him stand in for a gnome.



And finally here are both figures with my Ral Partha Gnome Illusionist, as the start of my mighty gnome army.


I'm pretty happy with both figures and hope to post again soon.  Stay tuned.