Project Ambidextrous Toucan: Update 15 – Do over…


Have you ever painted something and it just didn’t look right?

Why did I make his coat green.

It just seems to be to much green, especially looking at it for the back.

You guessed it, Rucksack tan to the rescue.

I’m off to GenCon, so quiet for a while.

Till next time….

Just do it!!!!

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Project Ambidextrous Toucan: Update 14 – Mk3 Additions


Llaelese Resistance is what used to be Viva le Resistance…

The only models I painted in Mk2 that isn’t in Mk3 is the Precursor Knight…..

The models for the Mk3 upgrade are not my most ambitious project. I am sitting here smiling because this one will be, well it already is fun…

Caine’s Hellslingers – Have

–    Ace (1 model) Need

Drake MacBain – Painted

–    Reinholdt – Painted

–    Mangler – Painted

Lieutenant Crosse- Have

–    Sylys Wyshnalyr – Have

–    Toro – Need

Colbie Sterling – Have

Eilish Garrity – Painted

Gastone Crosse – Have

Major Harrison Gibbs & a Tuxedo Cat – Have

Sergeant Nicolas Verendrye – Painted

Arcane Tempest Gun Mages -AWOL

–    Arcane Tempest Gun Mage Officer – AWOL 

Thorn Gun Mages – Being Painted

Thorn Gun Mages – Being Painted

 

While I was roadblocked by a Monstrosity, I started pulling out these models, assembling and priming them. If anyone is checking the models, Eilish Garrity isn’t in the primed model shots, the sneaky bastard was still hiding in the plastic bag from NWPrime.

 

I decided to brush on some white primer to bring out the details.

When I would paint, I would work on the Monstrosity for a while. Then I painted the Mangler.

Base color is greatcoat gray. One shoulder is Beaten Purple. His right leg is Idrian Brown, the rest is various Metals. With Heartfire and some Sulfurous Yellow for the inside of the stacks, eyes and such. I will always make Mercenary jacks a variety of colors, Mercs make jacks work and save money on paint jobs. Not certain about character jacks…..

Next time, I worked on the Monstrosity and finished him. Then I worked on MacB and Steelhead Nic…

Nothing shocking here, metal, metal and more metal, some brown for the leather, different brown for his sword hilt. Wash this metal, wash that metal, add some highlights. Not happy with his eyes, but from across the table will anyone notice?

Steelhead Nic was so easy is was almost something to laugh about. Most of the MacB colors and some green for his “skirt” ??

One of the hardest things to  do on any hobby/painting project is to keep it going.  If you start to avoid working on that one model or a HUGE unit.. Just do something else for fun. Work on the Roadblock and use the Pallet Cleanser as a fun reward for progress….

One of the things that happened, The Mangler fell of the desk. It broke the body/waist connection. I had to drill 4 holes to remove the pin left in the body. Add a new longer pin to the hips. Then use some Squadron Green to fill the hole. I will add some photos of this at the bottom.

While I was working on that, Reinholdt and Eilish Garrity got some attention. Eilish is getting another sculpt so people who missed the NQPrime can get one.

Rienholdt was so easy, basecoat, Brown ink was, a few highlight. Eilish has many little armor plates. I wanted  blue/gold armor with contrasting blue cloth. Of course he isn’t as hard to do as Skorne with Red/Gold.

I didn’t one color on the Thorn GM units too…

Till next time…

Just do it…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Project: Clean Sweep: Update 1 – Roadblocks and Pallet Cleansers


The big news, all of the undercity models are painted. The part that sucks is the bases. They are not all done yet. Damn, 48 models and I wanted to make them look like the game board. Just shoot me in the head.

Undercity & 
Black River Irregulars – 48 models– 44

  • Milo Boggs
  • Pog & Doorstop
  • Canice Gormleigh
  • Gardek Stonebrow
  • Barl Blackheel
  • Colbie Sterlin
  • Eilish Garrity
  • Bastian Kinnet
  • 8 x Crossbow Thugs
  • 10 x Sword Thugs
  • 2 x Goblin Thugs
  • 2 x Rhulic Mercs
  • 2 x Trollkin Scouts
  • 2 x Ogrun Brutes
  • 2 x Heavy Jacks (Freebooters)
  • 8 x Drudge
  • Proto Monstrosity
  • Ringleader
  • Cephalyx (Overlord)

One of the things that can happen on a project is a roadblock. Something you don’t like, don’t want to paint or something you think you can’t do a good job on.

The last one is most frequent for me. Rather than fail, I will procrastinate to the point of doing no painting.

The Monstrosity is the example in this project. I had fun with the 8 character. The units I kept pretty basic, blasting thru a dozen models or less is pretty easy. I tried to make the models look like the cards, so people who don’t know the Iron Kingdom can easily recognize things.

The monstrosity is a flesh construct (Golum) with metal hands, leg supports and other connections to feed it and other things. Bruises, discolored skin, different metals, a ton of detail all made me wonder if I could do it justice. To be honest, I have worked on that one figure for over a month and today I finished him/it.

Mean while, I started doing Pallet Cleansers. Do something else that is fun for me to paint. I did the Ashlynn Mk2 theme a few years ago.

https://lonelymonk.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/project-ambidextrous-toucan-update-13-wrapping-it-up/

No themes for one Warcaster in Mk3. But there is Llaelese Resistance theme. Everything in my Mk2 project work in Mk3 except Precursor Knights. Shrug….

I pulled out my models that fit in the theme and started doing the two projects in Parallel. If I did some work on the Monstrosity, I could paint some Mercenaries. You get the idea.

So look for new post on Project Ambidexterous Toucan very soon.

Canice Gormleigh (Gun Mage Duelist), has a great coat over one shoulder, the arm, buckles and such have very distinct casting. Her hair is OK, the face lacks definition. Her bustier/blouse is easy to figure out. The dark skirt and coat got as much shading as I could. I gave her coat a purple liner like her game art. She doesn’t want to get into melee, but most things get shot of the table pretty quickly.

Milo Boggs (Cutthroat Alchemist) is based on Gorman. Pretty easy to paint. Grey cloak, a touch of metal.. Better at throwing knives and grenades, no melee for him either. 

Pog & Doorstop (Gobber Bodger and Steam Jack) The Gobber is Based in Cryx Bane base with other greens for the skin. Leather and other browns, metal jack with some Traitor Green. Pog is squishy, no surprise. Doorstop takes a ton of damage (DEF 10) so Pog has to repair him constantly. 

Gardek Stonebrow (Troll Warrior) is no surprise in the colors. Big Axe, Big Shield, Big Meat Wall with Regeneration.

Colbie Sterlin (Military Leader) has basic black cloths, some color for contrast. The face on the plastic is very flat and hard to highlight. Slug Gun & Axe. She does a lot for Heroes in her square.

Eilish Garrity (Arcanist Investigator), I’m not really happy with the way his armor looks, I wanted him to be a little darker. Face and hair are ok. Backpack and details look good. Sword can be swung around a corner. Upkeep spells help on player, ranges attack spell is his bread and butter. He can use the sword which can give him more Feat Cards.

 Bastian Kinnet (Morrowan Battle Chaplin) Robes make it easy to shade him. The Book on his belt and mace look good.  Feat heals two wounds. Prayers and a huge party help.

Barl Blackheel (Rhulic Pistoleer) some Sanguine cloths, a neatly trimmed beard, double barreled pistols. Dirty Fighting (choose one per turn) helps him and the party.

 

Sword Thugs look like Croe’s Cutthroats. They appear in all of the early scenarios. Die by the dozens. If they get to charge and roll well, player heroes DIE. DEF 12/ARM 12. Brown cloths, green cloak, some flesh, a little metal….  easy…

Crossbow Thugs are the other half of Croe’s Cutthroats. Brown without a green cloak. Like their cousins, they show up in a lot of scenarios, die in bunches, DEF 12/ARM 12 but the range attacks weaken player heroes. Losing 2-3 hitpoints, make you a charge victim.

Drudges show up the later scenarios. Tougher than Thugs, DEF 11/ARM 15. Most often they will be knocked down and you will need a second hit to kill them. Metal, muscles and a diving helmet.

Gobber Cutthroats – cut little guys, two knives, DEF 14/ARM 11 makes them hard to hit. They show up a lot.

Rhulic Merc Tough guys, 2 HP,DEF 12/ARM 14 with an Axe and Pistol. He prefers to charge, but will shoot if he can’t charge. That Axe is nasty. Metal breast plate, grey pants, nice looking guy…

Trollkin Scout – Axe and Throwing Axe, prefers to charge. Def 13/Arm 13. 2 hitpoints with a tough roll of 5 or 6 reduces the damage he takes by one.

Ogrun Brute is better know and a carpenter, he hits heroes like they are nails. DEF 11/ARM and 3 Hit points. The two hammer attacks are very dangerous.

Heavy Jacks DEF 10/ARM 14 with EIGHT hit points and when he hits, heroes are knocked down. It take a lot to put one down. VERY dangerous.

Ringleader is the first villain you run into. DEF 14/ARM 10 with six hitpoints. He is hard to hit, but if you hit he does down quickly. Not a melee guy, only a Hand Cannon. Nothing special, dark coat, metal shoulders.

Cephalyx makes Drudges and Monsterosity within 2 squares hit better, ughh. DEF 14/ARM 13 with 2 HP. Sacrificial Pawn make him a #%@& to kill. His Mind Blast is quite accurate and will hurt heroes with an average die roll. Dark Metallic and nasty….

Monsterous Ambrose as nasty as he looks. DEF 10/ARM 14 with four Hit Points. His twin fist can end you…… I like this guy, cloth wrapped feet with metal leg braces. A modesty cloth around his waist. Tubes and hoses here and there. His back is opened, bones, muscles and skin with Tubes on either side. HUGE arms and metal fists. His head is covered, hi must  be really ugly…

Except for Monstrosity, this was pretty quick and a ton of fun. Playing a game with Red/Blue/Purple/Tan pieces just doesn’t look right. The board and such looks so good, painting the models just pushes the whole thing over the top.

To be honest, I would do it again…..

I am already looking at models for Widower’s Wood…..

Till next time,

Just do it…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Project: Clean Sweep


The CaptainCon crew has been dabbling with Undercity (UC) for a while. Quite a bit of fun. Cory showed us the Super Deluxe Huge Widower’s Wood  (WW) Trunk with a ton of Gators, Trogs and other swampy things….

Immediately, I knew I should have jumped on that kickstarter….

Being retired and on a fixed income means I have to very careful with the amount of hobby spending. After the summer conventions I decided I could budget one large purchase and I knew the kickstarter trunk would cost more than the original price. Someone was asking twice what he paid for it, I made an offer for a modest profit and he jumped on my offer. With money still in the budget I started checking the large online stores for sales. It took about three weeks to find Undercity & The Black River Irregulars (expansion) within my budget.

Love the game. It feels like miniatures and has some RPG interaction between player. The one thing that bothers me is the Red/Blue Grunts, Yellow Characters and Purple Villain plastic models.

Undercity – 44

  • Milo Boggs
  • Pog & Doorstop
  • Canice Gormleigh
  • Gardek Stonebrow
  • 8 x Crossbow Thugs
  • 10 x Sword Thugs
  • 2 x Goblin Thugs
  • 2 x Rhulic Mercs
  • 2 x Trollkin Scouts
  • 2 x Ogrun Brutes
  • 2 x Heavy Jacks (Freebooters)
  • 8 x Drudge
  • Proto Monstrosity
  • Ringleader
  • Cephalyx (Overlord)
  • Black River Irregulars – 4 models
  • Barl Blackheel
  • Colbie Sterlin
  • Eilish Garrity
  • Bastian Kinnet
  • Widower’s Woods – 43 models
  • Agata
  • Skarg
  • Vaskis
  • Olo
  • 2 x Bog Trog Mist Speakers
  • 10 x Spear Bog Trogs
  • 2 x Swamp Gobbers
  • 8 x Swamp Shamblers
  • 6 x Club Gatormen
  • 6 x Viper Tatzylwurms
  • 2 x Gatorman Bokors
  • Deathless
  • Tatzylwurm
  • Rashedonak, The Witch Doctor
  • Dead Men Walking – 21 models
  • 10 x Risen
  • 6 x Thrall Warriors
  • 2 x Pistol Wraiths
  • 2 x Boneswarms
  • Necromancer
  • Kickstarter Rewards – 29 models
  • Crede & Jagger
  • Lanyssa Ryssyl
  • Gatorman Chieftan
  • Ironback Spitter
  • Bog Trog Chieftan
  • 2 x Feralgeist
  • Swamp Gobber Captain
  • Tatzylwurm Matriarch
  • Blackhide Warstler
  • 6 x Tomahawk Gatormen
  • Gatorman Shaman
  • 10 x Blowgun Bogtrogs
  • Swamp Horror
  • Kickstarter Stretch Goals – 17 models
  • Viktor Pendrake
  • 4 x Swamp Shamblers
  • 4 x Swamp Gobbers
  • 4 x Tatzylwurms
  • 4 x Club Gatormen

158 models…….  Ughhh…

How do you eat and elephant?
One bite at a time.

The trunk is heavy, but it has laser cut trays (you have to glue them together) that holds WW & UC.

I have painted three of the models for a friends so he had the four original characters painted (he did one himself). After seeing those in a game I knew I wanted mine to be fully painted.

First I scrubbed them all with some dish-washing liquid. The a pot of almost boiling water and a bole of ice water to straighten spears and such. It does work.

I black primes ALL of the models. The I dry-brushed white primer on ALL the models. The general plan is to make the models look like the art in the game.

The black & white priming is a new thing for me. I really like it because it makes the details much easier to see.

The priming was done last  November. I did hand brushed primer. It was quite a effort to do them all. Weather force that as the only option.

I worked on four characters first, the ones we have been using.

The bases look like crap because I will do all of the UC bases  at one time.

The general plan is to paint the UC Grunts & Villains first. Then do all of the Characters. Finally jump off the cliff with all the WW Grunts & Villains.

This project was hidden away during the winter. A couple of commissions and conventions took my time.

A couple of weeks ago I pulled out the Sword & Crossbow Thugs. Take the biggest part of that set first.

You probably noticed the fresh cut wood look is gone from my trays. It was easy with a can of waterbased wood stain. Two coats and a little bit of sanding seems to have done the job.

Tracking down and buying plastic sleeves for the cards that get a lot of use in game play. Plastic sandwich bags for some of the tokens and dice helps too.

Well, there is a Monstrosity on my painting table and something is growling. It’s not the dog, is it my stomach?

Till next time,

Just do it.

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Project: I never did get new HAT!!! #3 – This isn’t easy


This is not an easy one. This will probably read like a project plan.

Shrug, I guess it is….



Here are my plans.

I hope to put this on a mud & water (swampy) base. I have a “deep blank” base from Dragon Forge.  The idea is do have ruts the Vault wheels made. Mud on the wheels. Paint the mud, then add water effects to fill in the ruts. The pushing gators will have their feet in the mud and water covering their feet too.

The Vault & Wheels are stone. I am not doing a mono color store. This means I have to detail the wheels at least part of the Vault before gluing on the wheels. I think I need to paint the gator head, snakes & candles totem on the front of the vault first too.   Making ruts in the material I am using for the mud won’t be possible, until the wheels are glued on.

The Wheel skulls and snakes might get a little color too.

The vines are starting out as a light grey. The will have some shading texture added. Leaves on the vines will be a bright green.

There are two sections on the Vault that have textured area. The base has the wheels. The middle and the platform.  There are Runes on every part of the Vault. The will be a yellow or green glow. I will test the color after the stone gets more work.

The Base has vertical panels with a snake design. The panels will be stone and the design maybe getting some highlight color. Between these are skulls. That will have bone with a light green/yellow magic glow in between them. Above the panels are gaps that will be stone with the same glow as the skull areas.

The middle has panels with Runes and spaces in between that look like spirits. The panels will be stone. The spirit area will be light yellow going to green (like the Federalist).

The platform is pretty straight forward. Stone, Runes, Vines. The unique part is the blood gutters and faces connected to them. I will try some of the Rune glow around the face. I’m guessing the sacrifice and blood helps fuel this thing.

.  The upper totem that hangs on a rope will need pins to keep that in place. The dozens of place as desired items will be added at the end.

The witch doctor gator on top will be magnetized for easier transport.

This is big one. A lot of different sections. Part of this is doing things in an order that doesn’t cause anything to get reworked.

I have started to basecoat the Gators. The Pushers are very straight forward. The Witch Doctor is full of details, necklace, feather, bone knife, severed head and on and on…..

Basecoat on the stone is a mix of Coal Black and Gnarls Green. The wheels give you a better idea of the color.

The Vault is wash out by direct light, panels for spirits/skulls and the runes.

I have a choice on what next. The wheels to test the stone concept or work on the Gators.

I’m not sure this counts for work on #HobbyStreatDay, so I guess I need to do some painting.

Till next time…

Just Do It!!!

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DiceWraith’s Pigs Update #3 – HobbyStreakDay works – Going Home!


After I made the Helga post, I saw a post with #hobbystreakday(number). It didn’t take long to figure out that, it was a motivational trick, do a half hour of painting, assembling or whatever and post it…

So, I started on Monday. A couple of hours on 6 light piggy beasts seemed like enough. Tuesday was more work on the six pack-o-boars. All the base colors are done. Just needs some details and touch ups.

Wednesday was busy, but I got an hour and started basecoating 11 Brigands.

Thursday got the Brigands almost done. Friday the Brigands got Blue Mohawks.

Saturday the Brigands got some brass and touchups, done. Two Gun Boar got done too…

I like #HobbyStreakDay#

“Let’s do the time warp again”…..

That stuff was a month ago. I have painted pigs every day. Here is the list of what I have and it is ALL painted !!!!

Purple = done
Blue = Painted needs touchup
Green = Partially Painted
Orange = Assembled & primed
Red = Have the model
Black = Need the model

  • Lord Carver, BMMD, Esq. III – WB: +28
  • Dr. Arkadius – WB: +32
  • Sturm & Drang – WB: +28
  • Midas – WB: +30
  • Helga the Conquerer – WB: +29
  • –    War Hog – PC: 15
  • –    War Hog – PC: 15
  • –    Road Hog – PC: 16
  • –    Road Hog – PC: 16
  • –    Gun Boar – PC: 9
  • –    Gun Boar – PC: 9
  • –    Battle Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Battle Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Splatter Boar – PC: 8
  • –    Splatter Boar – PC: 8
  • –    Gorax – PC: 7
  • –    Gorax – PC: 7
  • –    Razor Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Razor Boar 
  • –    Razor Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Razor Boar 
  • –    Razor Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Razor Boar 
  • Meat Thresher – PC: 16
  • Maximus – PC: 4
  • Rorsh – Rorsh & Brine: 15
  • –    Brine
  • Farrow Bone Grinders – Leader & 3 Grunts: 5
  • Farrow Brigands – Leader & 9 Grunts: 15
  • –    Farrow Brigand Warlord – PC: 4
  • Farrow Brigands – Leader & 9 Grunts: 15
  • –    Farrow Brigand Warlord – PC: 4
  • Farrow Razorback Crew – Gunner & Grunt: 5
  • Farrow Razorback Crew – Gunner & Grunt: 5
  • Farrow Slaughterhousers – Leader & 5 Grunts: 11
  • Farrow Slaughterhousers – Leader & 5 Grunts: 11

There is the full list of Dicewraith’s Pigs. It might get models added down the road, but today I shipped them all back to him. Piggies go home 🙂 Not all of the pigs, but it is enough to play some games with.

Carver got some metal and other upgrades, he was all steel, so I added some brass & bronze. His fur on his shoulder was flat so I added some highlight. Made his talisman look like stone. Carver does NOT have a pink Mohawk. He is the boss, he doesn’t get marked.

Dr. A got more color. I made his three tanks different colors. Metal upgrades and no Mohawk on the  old man.

S&D got a major change. Steel all the time got different metals. The tanks on his back got Pink & Blue. The fur is brown (not pink). Each head has a Mohawk, well kind of, pink & blue.

Midas didn’t need much. He got a Mohawk and so did his weapon.

Helga got painted, she doesn’t like the be bossed around. An independent woman. She has Red cloths not Purple. Well, her Red has Purple accents. She doesn’t like the Mohawk, but puts a little bit of pink in her hair.

Dicewraith already has a Targ that I painted for him years ago.

All of the beast now have pink or blue Mohawks.

The War Hogs didn’t need much more that a touch up, one blue Mohawk and gluing an arm.

Road Hogs got metal changes, pink and blue Mohawks and pinned the broken weapons. Shipping them loose to be assembled later.

Light beasts all needed painting, Mohawks such. I tried to do different skin color on all of them.

Two Gorax for Dr. A had some paint on them, I finished them up and gave them Mohawks.

Razor Boar need pink Mohawks on half of them and some small highlights.

Piggy Roller was assembled and painted. Fun model to do. A lot of metal and some wood. Left the turret loose for dicewraith to glue or leave as is.

Maximus is a pain in the ass to assemble. Those tiny little tusks are so hard to attach without making his face into a glue glob. I’m happy with him and his sword. I fully painted him.

Rorsh & Brine didn’t need much

Bone Grinders got fully painted,

Brigands started with 6 pink ones, I added the UA and painted 4 more. Then added 11 blue mohawks for the second unit.

Slaughterhousers started pretty well done. I made one unit blue mohawks. Then added some reddish bronze all of them to make the metals not so uniform.

The piggies are gone, but have no fear, there will be more. Well, if Dicewraith is happy with them.

Just for the record, #HobbySteakDay is at day #40. I think it works.

Till next time,

Just do it…..

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DiceWraith’s Pigs Update #2- This makes me happy!!!


It is funny sometimes how life goes in circle.

18 months ago, I picked up these pigs for a very selfish reason. I didn’t want my friend to give up his ‘favorite’ army. Many gamers sell things they do not want to when time get rough.

Recently DiceWraith has talked about getting back into Warmachine/Hordes. After a long and relatively boring conversation, we agreed on him getting his pigs back. I have a month or more to finish the changes I wanted to make and paint a few models I have added.

The list is shorter now. It is just pigs. No need for all of the other Minions as options. DiceWraith can add those if he wants. Maybe that is something I can do as a gift once and a while. Honestly, they work for Gators and Skorne and those are long term projects of mine…

I painted Helga a couple of weeks ago. Why does she only have a little bit of pink in here hair. Do you think she really take orders from Carver? She did a bit of pink to shut him up. Her style.

Six Boar are on the painting table. Two each of Battle, Splatter and Gun….

Purple = done
Blue = Painted needs touchup
Green = Partially Painted
Orange = Assembled & primed
Red = Have the model
Black = Need the model

  • Lord Carver, BMMD, Esq. III – WB: +28
  • Dr. Arkadius – WB: +32
  • Sturm & Drang – WB: +28
  • Midas – WB: +30
  • Helga the Conquerer – WB: +29
  • –    War Hog – PC: 15 
  • –    War Hog – PC: 15 
  • –    Road Hog – PC: 16
  • –    Road Hog – PC: 16
  • –    Gun Boar – PC: 9
  • –    Gun Boar – PC: 9
  • –    Battle Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Battle Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Splatter Boar – PC: 8
  • –    Splatter Boar – PC: 8
  • –    Razor Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Razor Boar 
  • –    Razor Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Razor Boar 
  • –    Razor Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Razor Boar 
  • –    Gorax Rager – PC: 7
  • –    Gorax Rager – PC: 7
  •  Maximus – PC: 4
  • Rorsh – Rorsh & Brine: – PC: 15 
  • Farrow Brigands – Leader & 9 Grunts: 15 – Farrow Brigand Warlord – PC: 4
  • Farrow Brigands – Leader & 9 Grunts: 15 – Farrow Brigand Warlord – PC: 4
  • Farrow Slaughterhousers – Leader & 5 Grunts: 11
  • Farrow Slaughterhousers – Leader & 5 Grunts: 11
  • Farrow Razorback Crew – Gunner & Grunt: 5
  • Farrow Razorback Crew – Gunner & Grunt: 5

Motivation changes as frequently as the weather, but now I have a deadline of sorts.

To be honest, I have had these models for 18 months. They have never been mine and returning them to DiceWraith really is the best.

This makes me happy!!!

Till next time,

Just do it….

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DiceWraith’s Pigs Update #1- kick the tires & light the fires!! Time to get moving..


It has been quite a while without doing anything for this project…

Last Oct/Nov I painted a BUNCH of pigs for a Colorado charity tournament. I painted Targ, 4 Brigands and Maximus for Kater’s Pig too.

There is a lot more work to do ….

The models I have are a random mixture of Blue and Pink Mohawk hair on the units, solos, Warlocks and beasts. I will make this into 50%. Two Road Hogs will be one pink and the other one blue. Units and Beast. Solos and Warlocks will have pink Hair or highlights. Non Farrow solos and Units will have some pink highlights.  I like the secondary purple on the cloths on some models, so that will stay as a painting plan color.

 

Dr Archadius has three tanks on his back and weapon, Strum & Drang has two tanks on his back. These are all blue. I will mix the colors. Dr. A pink, green, blue, S&D blue & pink.

Add some fire/smoke to the Beast Boilers and the same to Strum and Drang. They sure look like there a small boiler that they share.

The current status….

Purple = done
Blue = Painted needs touchup
Green = Partially Painted
Orange = Assembled & primed
Red = Have the model
Black = Need the model

  • Lord Carver, BMMD, Esq. III – WB: +28
  • Dr. Arkadius – WB: +32
  • Sturm & Drang – WB: +28
  • Midas – WB: +30
  • Helga the Conquerer – WB: +29
  • –    Targ – PC: 4
  • –    War Hog – PC: 15 
  • –    War Hog – PC: 15 
  • –    Road Hog – PC: 16
  • –    Road Hog – PC: 16
  • –    Gun Boar – PC: 9
  • –    Gun Boar – PC: 9
  • –    Battle Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Battle Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Splatter Boar – PC: 8
  • –    Splatter Boar – PC: 8
  • –    Razor Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Razor Boar 
  • –    Razor Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Razor Boar 
  • –    Razor Boar – PC: 7
  • –    Razor Boar 
  • –    Gorax Rager – PC: 7
  • –    Gorax Rager – PC: 7
  • Meat Thresher – PC: 16
  • Agata, Queen of Carnage – PC: 5
  • Maximus – PC: 4
  • Rorsh – Rorsh & Brine: – PC: 15 
  • Farrow Bone Grinders – Leader & 5 Grunts: 8
  • Farrow Bone Grinders – Leader & 3 Grunts: 5
  • Farrow Brigands – Leader & 9 Grunts: 15 – Farrow Brigand Warlord – PC: 4
  • Farrow Brigands – Leader & 9 Grunts: 15 – Farrow Brigand Warlord – PC: 4
  • Farrow Commandos – Leader & 9 Grunts: 15
  • Farrow Commandos – Leader & 9 Grunts: 15
  • Farrow Slaughterhousers – Leader & 5 Grunts: 11
  • Farrow Slaughterhousers – Leader & 5 Grunts: 11
  • Farrow Razorback Crew – Gunner & Grunt: 5
  • Farrow Razorback Crew – Gunner & Grunt: 5
  • Alten Ashley – PC: 6
  • Efaarit Scouts – PC: 6
  • Efaarit Scouts – PC: 6
  • Gudrun the Wanderer – PC: 5
  • Hutchuk, Ogrun Bounty Hunter – PC: 6
  • Lanyssa Ryssyl, Nyss Sorceress – PC: 4
  • Raluk Moorclaw, the Ironmonger – PC: 4
  • Saxon Orrik – PC: 4
  • Swamp Gobber Chef – PC: 1
  • Viktor Pendrake – PC: 5

Today I will do some assembling and basing, maybe some priming too….

I am listing the non Piggy Minions as part of this project, but they work Skorne and Gators too. So, they are icing on the cake. This project is about PIGGIES…..

Till next time…

Just do it….

 

 

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Project: I never did get new HAT!!! – SOO update #2 – Packing up


A couple of weeks ago, I posted some goals to paint and take to SOO.

  1. Blind Walker – done
  2. Croak Raiders – two units done
  3. Mist Speaker – two done
  4. Thrullg – two done
  5. Wrastler – done
  6. Trog Harpooner – three done

 

When those goal seemed achievable I added some stretch goals.

  1. Ironback Spitter – done
  2. Croak Hunters – three done
  3. Gobber Chef – assembled and primed
  4. Gobber Tinker – assembled and primed

The Smurfs got done first.

I base coated them with Cygnar Blue Base. Then drybrushed on frostbite to lighten their backs, arms and legs. Exile Blue was used for the dark spots. I mixed up a Blue ink wash. It was a little thin so I applied it twice.

The Bumblebees are different in the skin, the rest the details are the same.

Basecoat in Heartfire, drybrush with Cynus Yellow. Wash with a mix of red & yellow ink. Then Thamar Black on the “front”, his belly, legs and arms. The back of the arm, legs and torso are yellow patches with black spots

I used Gun Corp Brown to start the ropes, grenades and quivers. Then I thinned out Umbral Umber with flow improver and a little Mat Medium to bring out the details. Hammerfall Khaki was the final step on the ropes.

The quivers got some Wurm green for the ropes. It needed some color. Feathers on the darts are Beaten Purple or Sanguine Highlights. I mixed in some MWH to add some high lights. The flames started with Sulfuric Yellow and ended with Khador Red Base. Arrow heads are Greatcoat Gray with MWH for cords. The weapon is Battlefield Brown and the dart shaft is Gun Corp Brown. Bone Jack, a brown wash and some MWH on the bone weapons. Khador Red Base on the crab claws around their necks.

The Blind Walker is a concept piece. I had an idea based on the fluff. This guy would be bleached out from the frog toxin and the rest of the ritual. Bastion Gray base and lighted almost to Morrow White on the skin. Claws, teeth and bones are Bone Jack ->MWH with some shading washes. Beaten Purple and Heartfire for the ropes. Blighted Gold & Brass Balls on the metal. The Fire goes from Sulfurous Yellow->Ordic Olive. The candles are the same colors as the ropes, just mixed them with MWH. Really proud of him, better than I hoped for.

Thrullg are really easy for me. Beaten Purple base. Wash with a thin blue ink wash. Brush with more purple and more purple with some MWH.  Claws, eyes and done..

The Wrastler was based in Battlefield Brown, brushed in Thronewood Green. The add some Rucksack Tan. Rope are Hammerfall Khaki. Pig Iron on the metal. Some Bloodstone for rust.  Nothing exciting.

The Trogs had their skin done with the FoH Minion formula. I did a different color for the fins and rough skin on all of them.

Harpoons have a bunch of metals and armor wash mixes on them. The leather cape also has some claws and hooks. Metal weapons started with Pig iron and Bootstrap Leather. There are a lot of ropes on them, Hammerfall Khaki and a wash did most of that.

Mist Speakers to some work. The kilt/skirt has a net of ropes with what I took to be stones attached. The weapon looks to be a stone axe. The handle looks like wood wrapped up and in between seems like bones and rope/vines. The left hand has a totem? On top is a fish? Below that are bones, ropes, beads, feathers. At the bottom is a bird claw holding a crystal? These details are interpretations. I hope they work. Bones here and there. The other one has a different stone & totem colors.

The Ironback Spitter was based on a painted turtle. Google painted turtle and you can find plenty of picture. Based in Cryx Bane Base. The legs, arms and head are striped with Wurm Green & Sulfuric Yellow. The belly pattern is based on these turtles too.  Khador Red Highlights, Ordic Olive and Sulfuric Yellow. Some Khador Red Highlights on the edge of the shell. A Drybrush of Ordic Olive on the back of the shell and this guy is done.

Three Croak Hunters…  After doing 2o Raider, this was pretty easy. One Blue, one bumblebee and one studio. Weapons are Greatcoat Gray, Bastion Gray and Wurm Green. Turtle shell is Ordic Olive.  Overall, pretty easy compared to some of this stuff.

The gobbers got left for last. Basing was the reason. The swamp bases for amphibious take two days to do 3-4 layers of water effects. The green swirls are from putting a think wash of cooler between the layers. Love these bases and the way the come out. Thanks Jeff, from Dragon Forge.In Mk2, I used to do complete theme lists. Most or all of the legal options. Blindwater looks like it will be my first Mk3 theme list finished to that level. I won’t bore you with what I have painted. I have already done that. Here is what can still add to this.

  1. Bog Trog Ambushers
  2. Victor Pendrake
  3. Gobber Tinker (in progress)
  4. Swamp Gobber Chef (in progress too)
  5. Swamp Gobber River Raider (pirates too) x 6
  6. Raluk Moorclaw, The Ironmonger – why do I want a troll jack marshal?
  7. Feralgeist – would I ever need more than one?
  8. Sacral Vault – Here is the 2000 pound gorilla sitting on the shelf looking at my painting table. I have two of them. I have an idea for a mud shallow water base. I have two 120 mm Dragon Forge deep blank bases waiting for this one happen. I guess  this will get done soon.

They are all coming to SOO and I hope to put them all on the table at one time or another.

Till next time….

Just do it…

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Project: I never did get new HAT!!! – SOO update #1


A couple of years ago, I painted a bunch of Gators. The last time I even pulled any of them out was last June just before Mk3 dropped.

Previous updates #1, #2, #3….

I organize or work conventions more than I play. Simple fact from the last few years. So when Snakeman asked, “you want to go to SOO?”. The hard choice was what model to bring.

My initial plan was to bring Mercenaries. Then the Gator theme list dropped. Well, after a little research and a few messages, I had Maelok and Calaban lists. The next step was to a short list of the models I would need vs what I have painted. Yes, I made a painting list.

  1. Blind Walker
  2. Croak Raiders
  3. Mist Speaker
  4. Thrullg
  5. Wrastler
  6. Trog Harpooner

Not a huge list, two beasts, a unit and two solos. I have two unpainted units of Croaks, so add those in as a stretch goal. Thrullg are mostly purple, so a 2nd Thrullg. What’s another solo, another Mist Speakers. Well, Bog Trogs are easy, suuurrrree they are…  So, another stretch goal of THREE Trawlers (I call them Trog Harpooners)… So my two beasts, two solos and one unit – 14 models exploded into Two beasts, two units and seven solos. 29 models. Of course there are a couple of options that I am not adding to the list, just in case I reach all of the stretch goals….

I had ConCrud after AdeptiCon, so I didn’t even dig out models until 7 April. That weekend it was assembling, priming, pinning and thinking about paint schemes.

Croaks had a solid plan. Blue Poison Dark Frog. A rich dark blue with very dark blue spot on a lighter blue back. Not bad. The other unit was going to be the studio green/orange. Paul called me up one evening. Talking about painting. He said “take a look at bumblebee poison dart frog. Bingo!!! Second paint scheme. Black front and his back is black with yellow/orange patches and black spots.

One hint about building Croaks. The quiver will not glue well unless you glue glob the hell out it. It is a pain-in-the-ASS to pin 20 quivers, but you will never have them fall off if you do that work.

The Trogs will be the same ocher base color I have used before with color on the fins and a ton of details on the weapons cloths and such.

The Wrastler will be dark brown base with brownish green accents.

The Blind Walker!!! I don’t want him to look like a healthy normal Gator. A Blind Walker is created by a ritual. Subjects it to toxins derived from a species of tree frog. Does that sound like poison? Then buried alive for several days. If you bury a body in the ground for a week what does it look like when it come out. I fell back to a saying I have used before.

Anything worth doing is worth overdoing!!

I am basing the Blind Walker in Grey. Then lightening it until it is almost white. The ropes, Candle and medallions are part of the ritual. The ropes will be bright colors. The candles will be a muted lighter shade of those colors. The medallions are dark bronze. The fire will be yellow/green. Like the Feralgeist.

By Monday I as into base coating. Have not touched the Trogs yet. I did some gray on the Blind Walker to prove that much would work. I have not touched him since. That scheme is intimidating. Quite different from the other gators I have done. Well, shouldn’t he be?

Base coated the Croaks and quivers (not glued on yet). Dry Brushed on lighter colors. Ink wash to make the shine. Added Black to the bumblebees. The ropes, wow, so many ropes got a light tan and a dark wash.  The quivers started with a dark brown thin wash. That made the details pop. Dry brushed on a lighter tan. Did a green brown on the grenades. Last will be an olive green on the net holding the grenades. Then I should be able to glue them in place. After that, the feathers on the dart will get done. There are some medallions on the ropes, they will be the same colors as the blind walker.

I finished up the Thrullg brothers today. Purple, then are dark blue ink wash. Purple and white drybrush to bring out the highlights. Pretty straight forward. 

Wraster 2 ( I already had one painted) is dark, but not black. Brown base, brown green shading. Lighter shading a mix of brown green and tan.

The new water effect I am using has dried over night. Very smooth too.

I will some green and brown shading to this layer of water. I dried at about 25->30% of the desired thickness. So I will will thin the paint a lot will a mat-medium mix and give it a swampy look…

The bases are from Dragon Forge. They are ‘hollow black” bases and the are not in the catalog. Not sure why. If you want them just ping Jeff. The bases are soaking in dish washing liquid. Something I always do to clean resin.

Tomorrow, we will see….

Just do it….

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