Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Another Black Quill and some Scroll Objectives


I got these scrolls from Last Stand Convertibles, they make lots of interesting bits for scenery and conversions. It was one of those "I don't have any specific ideas right now, but I'm sure these will be useful sometime" purchases. I've used a couple on some conversions but then it hit me these would be great as some objective markers. PLUS I could make another Kekooee Seshket (Black Quill) for no particular reason.
These were tossed together with minimal planning then primed and left overnight. The painting went pretty quick.

Below we have the newest Kekooee Seshket/Black Quill with a scroll and a scroll tube.
I cannot paint too many specific hieroglyphs with a paintbrush at this small a size, but I try to make them look vaguely like something. 

These could be magical scrolls, reference scrolls, or even great works by Shefdu Sootootma himself.

Shefdu and an unnamed scribe prepare to consult the scrolls for some reason or other...

Here we have a Tomb Raider of some kind looking at some new treasure to loot...

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Trio of Undead- Lion, Queen, and Ancient Vampire

Three minis to join the ever-growing hordes of the undead.

From Dark Fable's line of miniatures is a skeletal lion.


Next up is a miniature from an old RPG supplement. She's an Undead Queen on a 25mm base because she had an integral base of a tomb floor.

Finally, from Pulp Alley comes their "Apophis" figure. I mounted him on a resin scenic ruins base. I painted him with the thought of using him as an ancient vampire or sorcerer of some kind. 
Below is an overhead view of the 25mm resin base.

Monday, November 25, 2019

S'syth Lord Muusmahtua Winged Serpent

From a time long before Aegyptian civilization comes the S'syth, ancient malevolent serpent beings seeking to regain lost glories as rulers of the Antediluvian world- at least in the fluff of WarGods. Ever since the mind-blowing reveal at the end of the Akhenaten Heresy World Campaign I've wanted to do some S'syth. This slight conversion (really just the addition of the wings) has been sitting partly painted for quite a long while.

The wings come from an old Celtos Dwarf Valkyrie mini. I wanted to have this monster evoke images of the Wedjet (winged cobra) but in a more disturbing way. 
The miniature itself is an old Ral Partha figure. It has a solid base that proved too difficult to remove so I used a chariot style base (50x100mm) with some textured paint and chunks of ruined temple bases to hide the original base. You might notice the slight slope around the S'syth now that you know what to look for.


I thought it would be fitting to show Muusmahtua with one of the "Priest of Aten Revealed" event minis from that awesome GenCon Campaign Finale.

And here we have Tebbi and Blackclaw getting mixed up with the S'syth Lord- that would be a pretty interesting fight.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Three Olympus Demigods and Helen of Troy

All four of these have been partially painted since I got the Amazon shipment from the WarGods of Olympus Kickstarter a couple years back. As sometimes happens with some really well-sculpted minis, I was afraid I would would ruin them with my not-stellar painting attempts. But I finally just went for it and they turned out okay.

Prince Vultan of the Hawkmen the Demigod of Dionysus. This guy is so characterful! I may have gone overboard with the grape stained feet, but I like it. The white in his beard was to distinguish him further as a character (there's probably a story behind it that he delights in telling revelers).
I've got two Dionysus Demigods in my WarGods collection. To lead an Amazon warband for the 2019 GenCon Arsenal of Ares event, I found a female mini who would fit the bill. She represented the Demigoddess of Dionysus, Absynthia in my Amazon warband well. She doesn't look too bad next to her cousin Demigod.

Next is the Demigoddess of Artemis. This sculpt is so perfect that I was especially concerned I couldn't do it justice. It turned out okay, I guess. She is the second Artemis Demigoddess mini from Crocodile Games, my painted version of the original mini can be found here. I like this one better.

Another perfect sculpt that I feel my paint has failed, the Kickstarter exclusive mini for Helen of Troy. 

Finally, yet another perfect sculpt that I actually had a pretty good idea of the colors I wanted to use from the very start, the Demigoddess of Hecate. I actually feel pretty good about this paintjob. She turned out pretty much how I envisioned. I think the toughest part was the pale skin. I really like how the magical hair turned out. The pictures don't adequately show the difference between her skin and dress, I assure you they are not the same color.
Now that these four are finally off the painting table I can move on to all the other Olympus minis from the Kickstarter (as well as the new stuff from GenCon this year).

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Nomarch and Mummy Archer

An odd pairing. From Crocodile Games- a non-converted Warrior Mummy Archer to add to the ranks of the Eater of the Dead. From Dark Fable- a Royal Adviser that I think looks more like a Nomarch (regional governor) so that's what I've been calling him.

This guy took a couple hours altogether from cleanup to completion. That was over the course of a couple of days, though. He will now take his place in the Warrior Mummy Archer unit or maybe even act as a Crypt Lord. I almost forgot how fun it was to paint up a well-sculpted mummy.

I often snip the slotta tab on the Dark Fable minis and pin them onto laser-cut MDF 20mm bases because those tabs are sometimes far too thick to fit into the slot. That happened to this guy too.

A comparison shot of the Nomarch and the Sleazy Merchant from Forge of Ice. It's hard to tell which one is shaking down the other for their cut of the profits...

Friday, October 25, 2019

Forge of Ice - 3 Sleepy Sentries

From the Forge of Ice "Sleepy Sentries and Sleazy Merchant" Kickstarter, the first three of the six Sleepy Sentry figures. I decided I needed to get some more Forge of Ice stuff finished before the latest Kickstarter (the Eye of the Cyclops) stuff gets sent out. I've put off dealing with these until now because of their large integral bases (I kinda hate those) that had to be removed to get them based on more uniform 20mm square bases. This was a bit of a pain but I've been able to remove those integral bases a bit more easily lately with practice.
This Sentry (above) has the special ability to sleep standing up. 
While working on the guy above I couldn't help but hear one of his buddies telling the Sleazy Merchant "...he's praying to the goddess of protection, he's not asleep."
This one is probably my favorite pose of the Sleepy Sentries. I wasn't confident he'd fully fit on a 20mm base but he's snugly on it and now he can sleep through some skirmish battles.

Above, Tebbi and Blackclaw prepare for an easy victory over the Sleepy Sentries then they can get some loot... Below, the Sleazy Merchant from Forge of Ice shows off part of his crack security team and part of his treasure horde...