Tuesday, 16 January 2018

From RussG - If you go down to the woods today (15points)

It has been a busy time in the attic this weekend, so a few items have been painted.

This first entry for the week was going to be kept back for the 'monstrous bonus round' but I finished it earlier than planned, so here it is.

This model is the Witchwood from the Grymkin range by Privateer Press, for the game Hordes.
It is used in the game to lure enemy models to their doom.

I have wanted to paint this model ever since I bought it but the push to do so was not coming.
Thankfully the challenge has brought it back, and i am back in love with painting.

For judges decision of points the tree is 65mm tall, and the alluring witch is a standard 28mm miniature.

Thank you for looking.

Another lovely entry for today Russel. The bark on the tree as well as the base are very well executed. The lady showing off here ...erm..roots..limbs that's the word, is truly lovely too. I like how you've painted her in subdued, yet  clearly visible colours. All in all this must be a great addition to your games of Hordes. I am going to score the tree as a 54mm foot figure which will net you 10 points, resulting in 15 points being added to your total tonight.

From Jez Todd - Teutonic 28mm Reinforcements (130 points)

Dear All

My first post to the Tuesday group and delighted to be participating again for the second year. To be honest not done much painting since the last challenge and a steady start but great to post up one complete mini challenge as a first post.

These are reinforcements for 28 mm Teutonic Knights based for use with Impetus rules. My original figures were all cavalry for an army size of around 300 points, based on the famous battle of Lake Peipus against the medieval Russians of Alexander Nevsky. These extras allow more options and also can be fielded for the new Basic Impetus rules armies. Typically here there are 9 to 10 fixed units per army based on a set list. I had to get a few extra units to fit this set list.

All the figures for this army are Gripping Beast. I really like the figures and range.

First up are some Foot Peasants - not going to be a battle winner and did not want to spend too much money so just bought a basic pack and added in a commander sergeant.

There are two new crossbow units.

Next are solid Teutonic Knight sergeants armed with long spear. Again just bought a basic pack of four as had a couple base camp figures already that I planned to add in.  It is a solid unit of Heavy Foot so did not want to be too skimpy with figures. You an see the 4 counting for the challenge. The T on the shield design signifies order "sergeants" as opposed to full Knights who could display a full cross - well that is according to the Osprey books ..........

Also a unit of medium Livonian cavalry. Here had a pack of four figures and as I have the same figures for light cavalry decided to use all four on a base of medium cavalry. The final shot shows a Basic Impetus Teutonic Knights army with the new units joining others. Looking forward to trying this out shortly.

Altogether that is 5 cav and 16 foot so should be 130 points. That should complete my Teutonic Knights as am Ok for Basic Impetus and up to a 450 points full Impetus army, especially if I start using available options such as charismatic generals and such.

All the best Jez

Hoi there Jez, great to see your first Tuesday entry! Those Teutonic knights do look like they mean business. I really like how you've put quite a lot of character in the different bases/ vignettes. Specially the one featuring the serfs is really nice. The snowy basing looks awesome and is of course totally appropriate for the Lake Peipus battle. It is a great looking force so thanks heaps for sharing! 130 points will be added to your total this evening along with the regular update of the summary.

From Brettm - Blood Bowl Elves, (65 points)

Finally got these guys done. I hate painting yellow as it usually turns out like crap for me. However since I didn't do to many highlights on the yellow seems to not be to bad.

Ended up just painting them the way games workshop went with.

Didn't do much detail on the faces. Haven't quite mastered the painting of the eyes yet. Without making them look freaking/terrible.

Wasn't sure if tokens counted as well for painting or not. They came with the models and are counters when you play the game. Figured at most maybe count as one extra mini if anything at all. All together counting just minis we have 12 Elves ready to hit the field. 
12 X 28mm, Games Workshop 60 points

Brett, I do think you are being too hard on yourself! I would gladly take these figures onto the pitch and be right content about them, nothing wrong with their paintjob. Yellow is a devil to get right, I usually use a yellow ochre (Valejo Model Colour) as a base and when highlighting I mix in a broken white (like pale sand) rather then white to lighten the base colour. This makes for less harsh colour changes. As for the eyes, in my opinion if you want to get figures done fast and onto the table it's enough to let the wash or ink do the business. But if you do want to go a bit further, I found the following quite handy: instead of painting the entire eye white and try to get a decent round blob in for the iris, reverse the process it's far easier. Make the eyes black and put a very tiny dot of white in each corner. 
Anyway, I am pretty particular about yellow-and-purple schemes so well done here! As far as the tokens go, I think the hands with the balls on are looking like half a figure on themselves so I will be giving you the benefit of the doubt and score the tokens as 2 figures and give you 10 points for them making the total 65. 

From NoelW - ECW, fantasy and the Alamo (320 points)

Luckily for me, I’ve been ill this week. So I’ve not had enough energy for much, other than sitting in front of the painting desk. Consequently, I’ve managed to finish a mass of figures that I thought would take me much longer. I’ve also made a first foray into the backlog of terrain. Apologies, though, for the quality of photos here. I've not figured out a decent setup yet and some are horribly dark.

First then is the Perry/ Renedra shack. This model is simple to build, and easy to paint – you can get a very effective job with relatively little effort (which I’m all in favour of!) Should be useful in multiple periods and theatres. I'm not sure what its points score should be, though. It’s roughly 4 inches * 4 inches * 5 inches, so perhaps worth 10 points? 

Next are seven more EMP figures I've painted for the display cabinet at Wargames Emporium. These are Texians from the Alamo, including Bowie and Crockett (sounds like a duo of TV detectives). They’re larger and chunkier than your average 28mm figure, and full of character. I enjoyed painting these, especially as they made a change from what I'm mainly doing.

Which is English Civil War. I’m pleased to making such good progress with these. As a result of this week’s work, I’m a good distance along the way to having an army completed well ahead of schedule. As I posted before, I’m trying to hold back on quality in order to push on with as many figs as possible, so there are quite a few weaknesses in this collection, but I think they pass muster in the mass, which is the aim. Firstly there’s the six missing musketeers from the green regiment, previously posted.

Then a Blue regiment of 18 figures.

Then a Grey regiment, also 18 figures.

Then four more cavalry 

and a couple of spare command figures.

You’ll notice that there’s currently no ensign in the grey regiment. I’m basing all the figures on individual bases, and using sabots. This way figures can readily be reconfigured for different purposes, such as changing the proportion of pike to musket, or creating deeper formations (e.g. if I stray into the Thirty Years War). It also means regiments can be used either as Parliamentarian or Royalist, merely by switching command figures. So my plan is eventually to paint up a selection of ensigns who can be used in different units as needed. Obviously, there may be some regiments limited in this way – I plan the King’s Lifeguard to be distinctive in some way, for example. But the aim is to get the maximum flexibility from the minimum array of figures.

All the ECW are a mix of Warlord and Perry figures.

Next, in order to give myself a bit of variety, here’s an invisible woman. Perhaps an adventurer under a spell. Or possibly a spirit or demon of some kind. Either way, she goes into the Frostgrave/Archipelago box. I was really pleased with the red shading, but this was muted a bit by the varnish, and even more so in photographing. I've no idea who makes this figure - possibly Reaper.

And last in this week’s offering, especially for Curt, is a boardgame figure: Shyla Varad, from Imperial Assault. My eldest son is running these campaigns for a group of us within the family. He paints up the dastardly Imperials (and does a brilliant job of it) whilst I paint the occasional heroic Rebel character (huzzah!) I was pleased with the core figure, especially the silver-blue metal, which perhaps doesn’t show up as well as it might in the photos. But I couldn’t get the cloak right – it looks too plastic-y to me. (There’s a reason for that, of course).

If I’ve got my maths right, that’s more than enough to now take me well over my target of 500 points, so everything from this point is a bonus! I make it:

4 * 28mm cavalry @ 10pts, 53 * 28mm inf  @ 5 points and 1 shack @ 10(?) pts = 315 points

After all that lot, I need a lie down...

Oh wow, Noel that is worth a lie down or two ;-) I do hope, however, that you are well on the mend by now. This entry of yours does contain quite an eclectic spread of subjects. If I really had to choose a favourite I would say either the ECW cavalry or the invisible woman. All your ECW troops are ace, but these troopers really look the part, great work. The invisible woman is a rare figure indeed, it makes you wonder what use it is to be invisible if you're going to wear highly visible red clothing anyway, but that said, the figure has turned out wonderfully well. 
Your Texians (Texans?) are very nice too by the way as is the Imperial Assault figure which must tickle Curt's fancy no end for sure. 

I just did a card mock up of the shed with the dimensions you've mentioned and I think it rather comes to 2/3 of the 6x6x6" box and thus I will award you 15 points. That makes your total 320 points.  

From AlexK - More 15mm goodies (64points)

Hi all,

Another week, another post. The challenge is working out perfectly, my painting production has increased dramatically. It turns out I quite like a deadline and no one is more surprised than I.

So to this week's offering. I have for you a selection of 32 x 15mm Sudanese archers from Legio Heroica which have been sat on the painting pile way too long. I'm assuming my lack of commitment will be rewarded with awful die rolls when they see battle for the first time.

As always the Legio sculpts were nice and full of character. They mix very well with my Essex figures.

Thanks for looking.

These are some awesome archers Alex. I love the way in which you have painted each one of them an individualized paintjob yet have maintained an uniform look for the unit as a whole. One can imagine wave upon wave of arrows flying from them into the enemy ranks. Well done!

From RussG - Painting desk flotsam and jetsam. (35 points)

This weekend has seen one big miniature completion already, but I did squeeze in some poor figures that have been floating around the desk for ever.

Here we have 2 ladders and 2 battering rams I have had since Warhammer 3rd edition.
The Viking is for scale purpose.

They were fixed to the bases this way so they could be placed inside a unit so as to appear as if they were being carried. The ladders also conveniently will appear as if leaning against a wall.
They came with a covered battering ram in the box set, this may appear later in the challenge.

Next up we have a dark age warrior from West Wind, 3 villagers from Midlam, and another plastic gripping beast Viking (I will finish all of them one day, I promise).

The west wind model is very nice but they are always on the big side for 28mm.

The villagers from Midlam are nice enough. I did notice that both the gents have what appears to be a beard on one half of their face only, I thought it was meant to be a pony tail on the figure with the hat, but pitchfork man has it too. As they are from a fantasy range it may be from a specific background story or something, if you know what, please enlighten me.

Thank you for looking.

 A very nice bunch of figures Russel! The siege equipment looks very well painted, but I really would like to see a picture with some figures to show us how they look in working order. I agree the West Wind figure looks far better than the Midlam figures, but the paintjob is great on all of them. 
The figures will be worth 25 points and I am going to set the siege equipment at 10 points. The total will thus be 35 points for this particular entry but you will be back later today for more!

From Kent G - 28mm Napoleonic french infantry (540 Points)

So since the beginning of the competition I've been working away on my French
while I've been doing the other submissions. This entry is the first big block of infantry
comprising of 18 stands of 6 figures each, so a total of 108 figures, they are made up of both metal and plastics Perry and Warlord Games.

These figures, plus the ones I have already submitted, mean that I've now completed five and a half of the 22 units of infantry so still quite a few to go but all of which I've done the skin all coats are complete but still a lot to paint and keep me busy. The big thing is as I grind through them to keep the quality at my normal standard.

Curt mentioned that I didn't have any light troops in my last French submission so this time I've added in some light infantry, Voltigeurs & Grenadiers 

 In this grouping there are two stands of the 10th light regiment in the middle, I'll need to do 2 more as the regiments will have 4 stands in them.

And here we are first big block of infantry
After this I'm taking a wee break from  the foot and started French cavalry instead.

 Must admit I'm really pleased to see these chaps rolling off the assembly line, 
looking at this i might need to increase my storage space again.

And Kent strikes again! What a whopper of an entry. That huge solid block of infantry does look exactly as one would imagine the assault columns of the 1813 or 1815 campaigns to look. The addition of light troops is a very good one, as one would expect if it is inspired by the Snowlord himself. They all look marvellous Kent, now I can't wait for the cavalry to come charging in!