Saturday, April 15, 2017

New Dane Axers and their Casualties

This one is a conversion using the now OOB War Factory Games arms, well not really sure what happened to War Factory Games, maybe Warlord bought them like they have bought others.
 Your stock kind of sucky pose from GBP.

 These casualties are pretty cool.  Most are Old Glory.
Blood, I actually paint the blood in your standard red colors.  After I clear and base the models then I hit all of the blood areas with the wicked alcohol based Tamiya clear red.  Stinky stuff.

 This one in the brown is a Gripping Beast hunk of metal.

As always much more to follow.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

New Bersekers Finished.....

 For quite some time, my Vikings had the old Gripping Beast metal berserkers in it.  They are just really old and poor castings.  I had a whole bunch of Warlord Games barbarians and the Gripping Beast plastic Viking parts fit on those models quite well.
 As you can see, they make some cool looking lean fighting machines.
I've been really toying with the ideas of blood splatter in my pieces, so I did just that with this model.  He got splattered big time, with the techniques that I use in splattering pen and ink drawings, essentially a loaded tooth brush.

The effect is just landed on the front side of the model.

This one below is probably the most boring of the group, but still better than the old metal models.
I really like this one below.  I think he really looks pretty cool.

Be aware that the Warlord Games models are wee bit small for 28 mm when compared to say plastic Gripping Beast.  With Victrix Gauls on the horizon of being released, if you want cooler looking berserkers, that will probably be the kit for you.  
As always more to follow.....

Saturday, April 1, 2017

More Archers firing at Poor Will Again

Here are the rest of my archers.  These are the Conquest Games plastic medieval archers with items and heads that I used to bring them back in time a bit more.  
Here is the where's Waldo question, can you locate the metal Gripping Beast Viking archer?
A bit closer up, please ignore the movement tray, its just a photo prop to help with quick picture taking. These in my opinion are definitely the best models from Conquest Games to date.  They paint up very easy, much better detail and undercuts than their previous lines of miniatures.  As you can also see, just a ton of head choices, some of which I will not use because they really did not fit the period that I wanted.
And below a pic of the back rank.  I'm happy with them.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

More Mutant Marauders.....

 More of the mutant marauders.  These were the last group that I had done.  I still have a bunch more in primer that I will likely paint at some point.
I thought these turned out better than the previous batch that I painted in the big units.
 Lots of fun conversions.  They are up for sale on ebay at http://www.ebay.com/itm/332164935545?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Monday, March 27, 2017

Chaos Marauders are Flailing......

I've shown portions of this unit before, but not in this configuration as some of the models have not been seen as part of a unit.

This was a fun unit to create, and I think it turned out well.
I'm keeping a few models from the Chaos Warriors army to use in Dragon Rampant and in Frostgrave as well.
 But as for Warhammer Fantasy, that time has ended.

If you like these models they are for sale:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/332164937327?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Chaos Warhouds Unit #2

I'm continuing to thin out my collection of Chaos Fantasy miniatures.  This is the next unit up for sale.
 If you are interested you can find them here......  http://www.ebay.com/itm/332164916402?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
Make room and add some more.......

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Cruasders get some attention

Its been awhile since this project has received any attention at all.  I had a bunch of Conquest Games Norman infantry that sat around for awhile.  I actually painted all of the metal areas on the models prior to having surgery, noted in the previous post, then finished off the color. 

So you're probably like, hey I've seen those before and they are all Perry metals.  Well the bulk of them are, but you need to look closer.
There are few plastic Normans in there, the sames models, most everyone say are junk.
Are they great models, no.  Do they work yes.
As always much more to follow.....

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Adepticon 2017.....and my plans



Adepticon is this weekend in the Chicago area…..huge tournament scene in the Midwest.  I’ve been asked by a number of people of when I’m going to return to Adepticon and some of the other larger Midwest tournaments.  

I missed most of the tournaments in 2014 by choice as I was doing a lot of kart racing and just wanted a break from the tournament scene and I had pretty much stopped playing any miniature games on a semi-regular basis as I was just not having fun doing it.  I always planned to return in 2015.
 
But, then I was diagnosed with an Acoustic Neuroma on the left side at the end of 2014/early 2015, essentially a benign growing tumor in my head, pressing hard up against my brain stem.  That turned my world upside down.  I was given the option, to put off the surgery for as much as a year, but like I do most things, I said what is the next available date, I'll take that one, and meet it head on swinging.  At the time we did not know if it was benign or a malignant cancerous tumor, the expert thought it was benign but growing.  And, it led to one event of 11 hours of major surgery on my head.  The closest thing to brain surgery that you can probably have without it actually being brain surgery, involving 5 wonderful doctors and many nurse from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, along the way.  The surgery left me a lot of problems from recovery and relearning how to do many of the things that we take for granted day to day.  It also led to nerve issues, to left eye issues, depth perception problems, to 100% hearing loss on the left side, to headaches, to having 6 screws in my head, to having a loud continuous infernal hissing in my deaf ear that will never go away, to balance problems, etc.  I’ve had a lot of issues especially in loud and noisy environments that make it to the point that it’s like sensory overload for my right ear, where I just can’t hear anything.  That is getting better, I am adapting to all of that.  It is however likely that I will never be out of the woods escaping what is left of the tumor on my facial nerves next to my brain stem. 

All that happened and kept me away in 2015, then the last remaining gaming system that I frequently played, Warhammer Fantasy Battles completely changed to something that I’m not really into.  Somewhere in there the local hobby store closed, because the Owner died of a heart attack and caused the loss of our major congregation point in the city.  And then a new place took over the scene, but has a history in the area of being the place where you go for illegal drugs, I want and can’t have anything to do with that.  So, I was and as far as that goes still am kind of stuck without anything really ready to play, at least anything that is currently popular at the moment.  I still know I will have issues in those noisy convention halls and probably always will.  I don’t really have an answer for when I will return, if I return, and to what degree do I return.  2016 came and went and you did not see a lot of activity from on the blog as I was still having issues with the left eye, but it was improving, ever so slowly.

I do miss the tournament scene, hanging with my buddy Mike Butcher and others, playing games with friends and acquaintances from across the Midwest, competing in the paint competitions, etc.  I have some major things that I still want to do.  I believe that I have adapted to a point that I can at least function in those noisy environments.  

So, with that all said, there are some changes planned in 2017 as to where I’m going with things.  I’ve begun thinning out my Warhammer Fantasy collection and have many things that I will be selling including bits and partially converted items.  I’m going to concentrate on projects that I seriously want to do.  The historical’s aspect of the hobby is not changing for me, that is something that I enjoy doing still and will continue doing.  I’m also exploring the possibility of returning to the 40k world, which means I need to step my airbrush game, which is something that I do want to do as well.  I’ll still be racing karts just about every weekend from April to the end of September, that isn’t going to change, even though my lack of balance is hurting my performance on some tracks in particular, and my physical fitness is probably at an all time low. 

I may not travel to Adepticon 2017, Mike will be there, but I hope to triumphantly return in some manner in 2018.

As I move forward, I’m always reminded by something Teddy Roosevelt was credited with saying…its sort of been my creed of recovery...and I am still recovering albeit slowly, and in defiance of people who did not think I could some of the things that I'm doing... “....The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievements; and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither defeat nor victory.”  
I don't quit being who I am....as always much more to follow....and thanks to those of you who read and follow my blog as well.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Archers! Fire at Will!

Poor Will always gets shot at. 
These are my archers.  I have quite a few more archers now with the addition of the Conquest Games plastic archers to the Gripping Beast Metal ones.
The movement tray is just a prop, that will be used for the rank and file Vikings coming soon.
I do like the Conquest plastics.  I think they look good and mix well with these.  And by looks of the new Gripping Beast Plastic dark age archers, I'm glad I did not wait for those to come out.



 I think they turned out well and fit with the rest of the vikings.

As always much more to follow.....