Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Sorcerer and a Hundred Bases

Inspired by Leutenant Brittan on his Leviathan blog, I broke out my own human sorcerer from the Thalos faction.  For those who don't know, WotC did a miniatures game called Chainmail back in 2002 before they got into the pre-painted plastics business.  There were several factions, Thalos being a human and gnome nation.
Human Sorcerer, Wizards of the Coast
Instead of my "speed painting" technique of base coat and dipping, I painted him in a more traditional manner, with layers, et al.  I used some of the new Vallejo paints I bought for my birthday, instead of the super-cheap craft paints I use for a lot of rank-of-file troops like the orcs I've been painting off the Lead Pile.
I also purchased one hundred 20mm square bases.  Last year around this time I bought about 75 Numidians from Wargames Factory and painted them as part of my plan of painting 100 miniatures in a single year.  I made that goal within the first few months and coasted for the remainder of the year.  But painting those guys was one of my biggest accomplishments hobby-wise I have ever done, and gave me a big thrill.
Now, as 2011 approaches I am considering doing another 100 miniature project.  Painting down the Lead Pile is a nice thing to work on while I have nothing better to do, but I'd like to actually have a goal beyond just moving things from unpainted to painted.
What that project is, I do not know.  I thought about another ancient army like Romans or Germans, or perhaps some Saxons to go with the Vikings I did a while back.  I've got a month to decide.
In other news, it is the end of November.  It was a good month for me: I got back on the painting wagon and got more painted in a month than I have since March.  I know that December is going to be a lean month, so I feel like I am finishing pretty strong.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Zombies of Black Friday

I got a few more zombies finished up over the Thanksgiving holidays.  Here they are.
That's it for the zombies (I had another six I had painted a long time ago from the same set).  Up next is some D&D Chainmail miniatures.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Knowing when to quit (or at least change gears)

First, welcome to rousell28 and zanazaz, the latest two followers to this blog.  I'm indulging in the rare "no pics" post for this blog because I've run into a pretty common problem.  Now and then I just start to really hate painting certain miniatures.  This usually blossoms out of resentment, which in turn comes from frustration.

Let me explain.  I have many Shock Troopers from Wargames Factory, which I intend to paint in a tan-and-green color scheme.  My problem is the dark green doesn't cover well over white, and tends to be really streaky and require many coats.  Like I said before, this gets frustrating which leads to resentment which leads to "why am I doing this?"

At this point, my best advice is to stop and switch gears.  It's a hobby, it is supposed to be fun, and if you're not shooting for having X number of points done in time for a tournament, you can come back when you're feeling more patient (or when you have purchased better paint).  I'm going to set the Troopers aside and paint some more zombies, which were fun and painted up pretty well, then take a look at the Chainmail miniatures I have on the Lead Pile.

I'm sure my somewhat philosophical turn here is partially composed by my impending birthday and subsequent mid-life crisis, but lately my hobby time has been more rare, and really thinking about what I want to do with it has become a more pressing issue.
Anyways, have a good Thanksgiving and I hope you get some time to enjoy yourself.

Friday, November 19, 2010

My First Zombies

I have had these Wargames Factory figures for a while, and as part of my "get the lead/plastic pile down" plan I sat down and painted these guys this week, doing most of the work today on my day off.
Wargames Factory Zombies
Now for a quick joke: what do vegan zombies eat?  GRAINS....
The WF zombies have grown on me.  The wash really helped with the detail, which is pretty slight.  I thought I would add a quasi-celebrity from the Jersey Shore.
Hey, we got ourselves a zombie situation here!  Okay, I'm done...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Mordor Orcs looking for a new home

First of all, welcome to my newest blog follower, the Angry Lurker.  I hope that this blog makes you neither angry or just a lurker.

A while back I mentioned that I wanted to get my lead pile down a bit.  One way is to obviously paint miniatures that I already own.  But the second is to get rid of miniatures I am never going to use.  I got rid of many of them when I moved, but some came with me that I still don't need.

One of these items came from a Return  of the King boxed set.  By now the rules have changed, twice I think, and I just don't see myself sinking the money and time into this game.  I did manage to paint half the Gondor soldiers a while back, but I held onto the orcs under the concept of doing a Hordes of the Things army.  Well, I have to honestly think that isn't going to happen either, so they are going onto eBay.  You can find the listing here.
Mordor Orcs looking for a good home.  To pillage.

This isn't my favorite way to get the pile down, but it is a reasonable way to get rid of stuff that will never see a table.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Red Bows

Orc Arrer Boyz, Games Workshop
It's been a while since I managed to finish painting anything.  Sometimes I get hung up on a group of miniatures.  Maybe the paint isn't behaving.  Maybe the primer is funny.  Maybe lots of things are going on outside of my hobby time.  Maybe I'm drifting towards RPG's again, and not wargaming.  This time it was all of the above, but I finally got past it and finished these guys.
I've always been a sucker for the red-bows-on-green-orcs look.  It's just Old School 'Eavy Metal.  By the way, I managed to get 12 miniatures painted in October; not great, but not bad either, given my record.


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