Thursday, July 11, 2019

Dionysus Warband Build Part 2- A Smidge of Progress

Less than a month and there are about 24 minis to get painted for my Warband to use at GenCon. Slow progress, but I'm overly optimistic that I'll get everything done.

Let's start out with some Work In Progress pics of various miniatures from a few of the units I need to flesh out:

And now for the stuff that's been completed (except that one black-furred Satyr- the pics revealed that horrible white patch that I will be doing something about right away).

From Dark Fable, an Egyptian Vampire. Since she's holding a little cup, she's a great addition to the Maenad Unit.

The 7th and 8th Satyrs bringing the unit closer to the goal of 10 of the party animals!

And finally, the Mother of Serpents! She's a Snake Priestess from Forge of Ice. Not as good of a paintjob as I wanted for her, but I think it's passable.

Now to get some more paint slapped on metal!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Archive 1- 3 Monster Conversions

Long ago I used an image-hosting service that had all the WarGods (and other) miniatures I had painted from the beginning of time. About 10 years ago that image-hosting service changed hands and all my stuff was lost in that transition. But I've still got the minis and I've decided those older miinis should be photographed again with my much better lighting so that they can be enjoyed again and hopefully make me paint more miniatures to fill the various gaps in my collection .

I decided to start with a few Ægyptus monster conversions from the golden age of my output.

First up, the Wedjet, newest of the 3 monster conversions. This one has actually appeared here before back in Wedjet- Winged Cobra - Olde monster conversion from 2011. The conversion was a simple one but I like to think it turned out as something you don't see everyday.

Next, the half hippo, half lion, half crocodile (it's ancient math!) Ammutbeast! The main body was supplied by Chris Fitzpatrick and came from Monolith Designs. We both agreed that the original head was a little wimpy so it got a head from one of the Crocodile Games Sebeki (the hero/character 'the Butcher'). My favorite part of this figure is the broken canopic jar with the bright Ka juice oozing out. The Ammutbeast has a little taste of the Ka juice on his tongue.

Finally, my favorite of all 3, the cobra-headed lion known as the Apophisphinx. Another simple conversion- just a Crocodile Games lion with the head removed and replaced with a cobra. The green stuff work on the mane is not great, but the overall figure is still something I love to look at.

I guess I had forgotten that all 3 of these monsters were converted because of the the Croc Tales monsters article I wrote. The article came about because of the limited choice of monsters for the Lair of the Monster sub-plot for games of WarGods.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Dionysus Warband Build Part 1- Absynthia Amazon Demigoddess

It usually helps to have a deadline for getting miniatures painted. What better deadline than GenCon 2019 for the Arsenal of Ares WarGods event! The sad part is, I've neglected painting the mounds of WarGods of Olympus stuff from the Kickstarter and after. Sure I could run an Aegyptus warband (at least a half dozen options for that- not counting the Eater of the Dead options) but I wanted to try something new.

So I came across the Dionysus entry in the rulebook and decided that would be cool- with Amazons. Since I've already got some Satyrs painted there was a good start. But I needed a female Demigod to use Amazons... luckily I had the same thought last year while painting the male Demigod and looked on ebay for some options. More on the Demigoddess later.

Above are all the already completed minis I felt would work for the Dionysus Warband. Below we have the aforementioned Satyrs. I thought there were more of them done. We have the champion and 6 archers. I've decided not to go with a musician, so I'm going to need 4 more of these guys to complete the unit.

Below we have a Foundry centauress who will be part of the Amazon Outrider unit (along with 3 more that are partially painted). To finish out the unit I'll get one of the Croc figures together and another for the champion.

Below we have a Minotaur (he may be swapped for the one with the stone flail) and 5 minis to represent Cretan Pirates. I'm going to need 12 total, so that's going to mean some raiding of other Aegyptus minis and some other ranges to get the rest of this unit done.

Another draw for a Dionysus warband was the Maenads. Sadly there are no official minis for them, ut I have several Dark Fable minis that I think might work as stand-ins. Only 5 seemed suitable enough for this task so another 9 to flesh out this unit.

One of the character slots will be the Mother of Serpents. What better choice than one of the Forge of Ice Serpent Priestesses?

Finally to the Demigoddess! I came across miniatures from a Kickstarter Mythic Battles: Pantheon and this Circe figure looked like a good female Demigoddess of Dionysus because of the cup. So there she is- now I have a reason to get her painted up.

The rest of the Warband will consist of some Amazon Raiders (a unit of 5 from scratch), possibly an Amazon peltast unit as reinforcements (10), 2 Amazon Honor Guards, and some alternate choices depending on the whims of the fates. All that before GenCon will be an exiting painting journey.

Updates to follow.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

WarGods Minis Month 2018- Basti Backlash!

We continue with WarGods Minis Month and a batch of Basti Camp Followers! All of these have been sitting partially painted for over a year (some longer) so I forced myself to focus on them since they were already in progress.
I love the Basti figures, they were the first figs that drew me to WarGods of Ægyptus in a bygone epoch. Those Basti sword girls are still some of my favorites- but I've only painted a couple of them because I'm always afraid to get them wrong somehow. But when I focus and force myself to make the hard choices (which color for this part?) they turn out OK.

These two (the tambourine girl and the bongo guy) will serve as part of the band for the King of Memphis or one of the Duelling Bards in some skirmishes, hopefully.

I think I've got another of the fish eater that I now have a great conversion idea for...

I've painted the piper girl before and used her as a musician in a non-Basti unit because she looks so good. This one turned out fine, just don't look too close at her right leg...

I've also painted this harem girl before. I think the previous one has darker skin and a purple outfit. You can never have enough cute Basti hanging around.

Next time which one or more of these minis will be completed? Or could it be something completely out of left field?

We'll find out in abut a week or so, if I get some painting time in.

Monday, August 6, 2018

WarGods Minis Month 2018- Serving Girls and Criminals

Even before hanging out a bit at the Crocodile Games booth at GenCon, I started painting these WarGods-related minis and thought about trying to get another WarGods Minis Month together for August and beyond (the"month" is a fluid measurement of time that could last akk the way into October if necessary). These will not all be Crocodile Games' WarGods minis but miniatures that would easily fit into the Antediluvian setting of Aegyptus, Olympus, Hyperborea, etc.
Not a single Crocodile Games figure in this installment! Hopefully next week will be either a bunch of Basti or some Priests.

From Dark Fable's many campaigns, first up we have a trio of Egyptian Serving Girls...

All three of these were started a couple years ago but sat partially painted until just recently because I lost focus and they all have so much skin to paint I lost faith in my skills.

I really love the apples or whatever fruit it's supposed to be on her plate.

Another Dark Fable miniature, the Egyptian Goblin. I've decided he will be part of the Nile Pirates Warband for the epic skirmish campaign I'm always working on starring Tebbi and Blackclaw.

A converted fantasy football mini from Impact. This is a slight conversion into the live version of a Crypt Lord from some of the old World Campaigns- Sejetmu Dread Axe of the Nile. He's the head of the slowly growing Nile Pirates Warband. I love him...
Below we have comparison shot of the live and undead mummified versions of Sejetmu. The Crypt Lord version was a random conversion just to make sure that my mummies weren't all Asar (humans) or Heru (hawk-headed guys). His backstory evolved from everything else going on in the campaigns and then I realized that he would be a great character to have show up in the Tebbi and Blackclaw scenarios...

Finally, from Alex Bate's Forge of Ice, we have the sleazy Merchant Häbo! This guy has been sitting partially painted since soon after I got him (early 2017?!). He will also make an appearance in the ongoing Tebbi and Blackclaw scenarios as a crime lord (spoiler alert!) or maybe he's just a misunderstood legitimate businessman...
Below, Häbo with some of his loot and a serving girl to bring him another drink.