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Wales: Where the Men are Men and the sheep are Scared.

I really liking the bad squiddo Range, it’s nice to see a selection of female models that are not all T&A, even he ones that show more skin are not sexualised. You do them justice mate especially found of the double axe bead lady.



 
   
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 carlos13th wrote:
I really liking the bad squiddo Range, it’s nice to see a selection of female models that are not all T&A, even he ones that show more skin are not sexualised. You do them justice mate especially found of the double axe bead lady.


Thanks. I'm a big fan of Annie's "mission" to get more, non-cheesecake minis on the market.

I took a little break from the Shieldmaidens this week:


I was planning to magnetize the arms so I could field them as either boomers or shooters (using the KoW terms), but they came with four sets of handcannon arms and only two of heavy crossbows. They took a long time to paint, mostly because everything about them is so big, I think. After this, I have exactly one more pack of shooters, and then three or four Oldhammer metal ogres and that's it. It feels weird to be this close to finished with something.

Next up, more Shieldmaidens!

Now showing Abyssal Dwarf Immrtals from Mantic!

Painting total as of 1/11/2019: 11

Painting total as of 12/31/2018: 220 plus three sets of Osgiliath ruins and Great Cthulhu and a Japanese peasant farmhouse and a rice paddy and a whole bunch of resin Frostgrave terrain.
 
   
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Cool ogres , Annie just started up the female samurai Kickstarter, I’m tempted, but only a few models really catch my attention. Especially the dogs in armor and the knee whackers.

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
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Thanks. I'm a member of the very exclusive group of gamers who like Mantic ogres because of, as opposed to in spite of, their tiny, knock-kneed legs.

I already back Annie's KS. The only klunker I see is the models eating noodles, but the rest will fit in a warband or army somewhere.

Now showing Abyssal Dwarf Immrtals from Mantic!

Painting total as of 1/11/2019: 11

Painting total as of 12/31/2018: 220 plus three sets of Osgiliath ruins and Great Cthulhu and a Japanese peasant farmhouse and a rice paddy and a whole bunch of resin Frostgrave terrain.
 
   
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I looked the kickstarter over- man, you guys are making it very hard to stay on the straight and narrow and not branch out into yet another theme! Those figures are terrific!

"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

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 JoshInJapan wrote:
It feels weird to be this close to finished with something.


Dude! Do you want to DIE!?!?! Buy some more stuff for the hoard of unfinished projects!

Great stuff as usual.
   
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 bbb wrote:
 JoshInJapan wrote:
It feels weird to be this close to finished with something.


Dude! Do you want to DIE!?!?! Buy some more stuff for the hoard of unfinished projects!

Great stuff as usual.


I said "something," not "everything." I know better than to tempt fate like that.

Now showing Abyssal Dwarf Immrtals from Mantic!

Painting total as of 1/11/2019: 11

Painting total as of 12/31/2018: 220 plus three sets of Osgiliath ruins and Great Cthulhu and a Japanese peasant farmhouse and a rice paddy and a whole bunch of resin Frostgrave terrain.
 
   
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Catching up on a couple of weeks posts - Love the shieldmaidens again, the simple shield designs really worked again IMHO, and the Mantic ogres look great too, definitely one of their best ranges aesthetically.

   
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California the Southern

Glad to see I'm not the only one who likes the Mantic Ogres.

They're honestly my favorite of Mantic's Kings of War lines, and probably in a very close second to my favorite Ogres, only being beaten by Mierce's offerings. A shame they weren't in hard plastic but the current material serves them well enough.

Interesting skin tone choices. Anything that separates them from being just humans, but bigger and more primal.

Poorly lit photos of my ever- growing collection of completely unrelated models!

http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/627383.page#7436324.html
Watch and listen to me ramble about these minis before ruining them with paint!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmCB2mWIxhYF8Q36d2Am_2A 
   
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Those shields that you mentioned, the bit about more ornate designs? What you did is far closer to what I've seen done with those sorts of shields on various Germanic forces-- Saxons and such. Very nice work on some cool minis.

You need to get enough painted up to make a shield-wall.

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Looking good Josh, congrats on being close to finishing

   
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Slinky wrote:Catching up on a couple of weeks posts - Love the shieldmaidens again, the simple shield designs really worked again IMHO, and the Mantic ogres look great too, definitely one of their best ranges aesthetically.


I agree wholeheartedly. I have always wanted to build an army of ogres, dating way back to WHFBv3, but the metal ogres at the time were too expensive for teenaged me, and the later fat plastic Mongolians just didn't appeal to me. I like these both for the look and the price.

highlord tamburlaine wrote:Glad to see I'm not the only one who likes the Mantic Ogres.

They're honestly my favorite of Mantic's Kings of War lines, and probably in a very close second to my favorite Ogres, only being beaten by Mierce's offerings. A shame they weren't in hard plastic but the current material serves them well enough.

Interesting skin tone choices. Anything that separates them from being just humans, but bigger and more primal.


They were originally supposed to be grey, but Vallejo's shadow grey is a lot bluer than I thought at the time, and the Payne's Grey glaze that I use really brings the blue out. That said, I'm happy with the color, and it's easy to reproduce.

Red Harvest wrote:Those shields that you mentioned, the bit about more ornate designs? What you did is far closer to what I've seen done with those sorts of shields on various Germanic forces-- Saxons and such. Very nice work on some cool minis.

You need to get enough painted up to make a shield-wall.


I have a total of eight armored and eight unarmored shieldmaidens. Not quite enough for a shieldwall, but plenty for a larger skirmish game like Dragon Rampant.

Syro_ wrote:Looking good Josh, congrats on being close to finishing


Thanks. I may bump the final few ogres up in the queue just so I can say that I've finished them.

Now showing Abyssal Dwarf Immrtals from Mantic!

Painting total as of 1/11/2019: 11

Painting total as of 12/31/2018: 220 plus three sets of Osgiliath ruins and Great Cthulhu and a Japanese peasant farmhouse and a rice paddy and a whole bunch of resin Frostgrave terrain.
 
   
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Winter is approaching. The sun is coming up later and later every morning. The air is crisp, and sometimes downright cold. Our dog, being old, is not so insistent about his morning walk in this season, which means getting up at 4AM takes a little more effort from me. This, in turn, means my painting has slowed down considerably. I have managed to get a few models done:



Inspired in part by Theophany and all his Test Of Honor models, and in part by a 30-minute-a-day challenge via a Facebook group, I pulled out some Zenit models that have been sitting in a box for years. I'm planning on using these guys as a Koryu buntai for Ronin. I based this guy's outfit on a screen painting of a samura in traveling gear that I found via GiS. The eyes on this model (and the rest of the models in this set) are little more than slits on either side of his nose, so I feel blessed that they turned out was well as they did.




Holy crap, this guy looks horrible in these photos. He's much better in person, I swear! This guy is a sword master or something-- I couldn't find him on a cursory search on the Zenit website-- but his outfit looks more like a Noh or Kyogen actor. The big, wide field of light blue on his back was bugging me, so I tried to add some heraldry. It ended up looking like a poorly-applied patch. Also, zenit uses a really soft alloy, so this guy's sword is really bendy. I expect it to break off some time in the near future.




Another zenit model, this time a student at the fencing school. Every model that I've shown so far has come with a fiddly little bit to glue on-- the first guy's hat and swords, the second guy's hands, and this one's sword hand. It came with a sort of ball-and-socket joint at the wrist, and it looked really ugly until I hit it with some Plastic Putty. It still looks kinda weird, but only if you look closely. The stripes on her hakama were inspired by an iaido uniform. They look much straighter at arm's length.




This last one is a very old Dixon miniature. The proportions are chunky, but she fits in thematically with the other three.

Here's a group shot:


Not my best work, but not my worst, either. Next up, some Shieldmaidens that got put on the back burner for these four.

Now showing Abyssal Dwarf Immrtals from Mantic!

Painting total as of 1/11/2019: 11

Painting total as of 12/31/2018: 220 plus three sets of Osgiliath ruins and Great Cthulhu and a Japanese peasant farmhouse and a rice paddy and a whole bunch of resin Frostgrave terrain.
 
   
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I love the first guy, really wish he didn’t have the swords as he would be a great civilian. The colors are great on all of them, but like I said the first one really is my favorite out of the bunch for some reason.

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
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Great Job Josh

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California the Southern

They all look good. I know those Zenit minis can be a pain with their random fiddly bits. I think the fencing student is my favorite. The stripes on the hakama add to it. I might need to borrow those color choices...

My problem with Japanese clothing is the absolute paralysis I get when it comes to deciding on colors. There's just too many options, and despite how garish it may seem to us these days, chances are someone probably wore a horribly mismatched outfit like what I paint back in the day.

How does Ronin play? I have the rule book, but every time I try and sit down to read it my eyes either glaze over from too much text or just stare at the pretty pictures....

Poorly lit photos of my ever- growing collection of completely unrelated models!

http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/627383.page#7436324.html
Watch and listen to me ramble about these minis before ruining them with paint!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmCB2mWIxhYF8Q36d2Am_2A 
   
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Not where I should be

They look excellent, love all the Japanese stuff flying about Dakka lately, really nice change and the models have a real depth about them. Not just another soldier, each is a little character.



 
   
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Theophony wrote:I love the first guy, really wish he didn’t have the swords as he would be a great civilian. The colors are great on all of them, but like I said the first one really is my favorite out of the bunch for some reason.


I agree, he is the best of the bunch. The browns are nice and drab, like a wandering swordsman would wear.

JoeRugby wrote:Great Job Josh


Thanks!

highlord tamburlaine wrote:They all look good. I know those Zenit minis can be a pain with their random fiddly bits. I think the fencing student is my favorite. The stripes on the hakama add to it. I might need to borrow those color choices...

My problem with Japanese clothing is the absolute paralysis I get when it comes to deciding on colors. There's just too many options, and despite how garish it may seem to us these days, chances are someone probably wore a horribly mismatched outfit like what I paint back in the day.

How does Ronin play? I have the rule book, but every time I try and sit down to read it my eyes either glaze over from too much text or just stare at the pretty pictures....


The stripes were a b*itch to paint. I figured I could just follow the pleats, but the brush didn't want to cooperate. Ronin is a pretty good game, I think, but we haven't played enough for me to really wrap my head around the rules. There is a fair amount of customization available to higher-ranked models, and there is a sort of gambling/bluffing aspect to melee, that I need to figure out better. In the end, it's an Osprey game, so the investment is minor, assuming you have appropriate models in your collection.

Camkierhi wrote:They look excellent, love all the Japanese stuff flying about Dakka lately, really nice change and the models have a real depth about them. Not just another soldier, each is a little character.


Test of Honor seems to be blowing up, which is inspirational without breaking the bank, considering how many samurai models I already own.

Here are some new models:


More shieldmaidens from Bad Squiddo. This time, they are Hearthguard with axes. Unlike the last batch, I painted their eyes before their helmets, so they turned out much better.



No eyes to paint on this one. I tried something a little fancier with the shields this time around. I think they turned out well.



I got even fancier with this shield. I'm not entirely sure it's historical, but it came up on a Google search for "Viking Shields," so I'm saying it counts. It's autumn here, so it seemed appropriate to use some of the Leafy Shrub tufts I've been sitting on for so long.



My son eanted to help paint a shield instead of doing his homework. He calls this design "The Sword of the Gods." I added the black lines. Also, he finished his homework, so it's all good.

Here's a group shot:


A couple of days after I finished these, my son decided that it was time to work on some Frostgrave and/or Ghost Archipelago models for use in Kings of War:Vanguard. He assembled some Snakemen, and instructed me to work on Barbarians. I hope to have those ready to share within a week.

Now showing Abyssal Dwarf Immrtals from Mantic!

Painting total as of 1/11/2019: 11

Painting total as of 12/31/2018: 220 plus three sets of Osgiliath ruins and Great Cthulhu and a Japanese peasant farmhouse and a rice paddy and a whole bunch of resin Frostgrave terrain.
 
   
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Looking good Josh. Any chance we can see some large group shots of say all your shield maidens, all your samurai, etc?

   
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I'd have to unpack the shieldmaidens, but here is a photo of a "game" my son and I played back when he was much younger:



Here we see the samurai surrounding my KoW orc army. My son likes to stack the odds in his favor...

Now showing Abyssal Dwarf Immrtals from Mantic!

Painting total as of 1/11/2019: 11

Painting total as of 12/31/2018: 220 plus three sets of Osgiliath ruins and Great Cthulhu and a Japanese peasant farmhouse and a rice paddy and a whole bunch of resin Frostgrave terrain.
 
   
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Just a nudge, but the seven samurai just went on preorder from Warlordgames. £35 for 7 metal figs and gaming accessories seems pretty good.

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
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 Theophony wrote:
Just a nudge, but the seven samurai just went on preorder from Warlordgames. £35 for 7 metal figs and gaming accessories seems pretty good.


On the one hand, they are neat models and would fit with the Koryu guys I posted last week. On the other hand, I have spent a whole lot of money on models in the last two months. Conclusion: I will probably have to wait for general release.

Now showing Abyssal Dwarf Immrtals from Mantic!

Painting total as of 1/11/2019: 11

Painting total as of 12/31/2018: 220 plus three sets of Osgiliath ruins and Great Cthulhu and a Japanese peasant farmhouse and a rice paddy and a whole bunch of resin Frostgrave terrain.
 
   
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Thanks for the battle pic Josh. Looks cool. That is funny how much your son wanted to stack the odds I've been on the receiving end of that too

   
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 Syro_ wrote:
Thanks for the battle pic Josh. Looks cool. That is funny how much your son wanted to stack the odds I've been on the receiving end of that too


He's a lot better about it now. When we play Dungeon Saga, he prefers to be the Overlord, even though the odds are stacked against the evil player. He still likes to see the good guys win, though.

I've managed to finish quite a few models in the last week, but I didn't have time to photograph any because of a school trip. First up, some Frostgrave barbarians:


About three weeks ago, my son decided it was time to work on his Lizardman army. We assembled a dozen plastic Saurus from an old WHFB starter and a sprue of Ghost Archipelago snake men. At the same time, he decided that I needed to work on some more barbarians at the same time. His models have stalled at the priming stage, but I got these guys finished. This crossbowman has one of the few beardless heads. His hair in not really the same color as his fur stole. I need to work on my lighting set up.



I like this guy's Conan helmet, but I wish I had gotten his left hand to line up better.



The barbarian sprue comes with two shields. This one works great with all the viking shields I've been doing for the Shieldmaidens that I've been sharing. I'm a little surprised at how good his eyes look in these photos, given how terrible they look in person.



This guy has the other shield from the sprue. The freehand raven turned out well enough, I suppose. Also, not the bushes-- it's autumn here, and in Kyoto (where we went for the school trip), the trees are this same vibrant orange/red/yellow. In spring, I'll probably switch back to green basing for everyone.



This guy's shield came from the Ghost Archipelago crewman sprue. I used essentially the same colors that my son chose for the barbarians he painted a couple months ago, so they should mix in well.

After the men here, I decided to work on some more shieldmaidens:


These archers are the last of the infantry that came with the KS. I went with more muted colors with this set to help tie them into the barbarians. Their eyes were really, really hard to paint.



I really like the pose on this one.



Look at how thick their bows are-- they are as big around as their arms. They must have one hell of a heavy pull.



This is the only one of this set whose eyes came out to my satisfaction. I wonder how much protection she gets from that studded apron...

Finally, a group shot, along with a bit of scatter terrain made with Grabblecast trees on a Miniature Scenery scatter base:


As always, I welcome comments and criticism. Thanks for looking.

Now showing Abyssal Dwarf Immrtals from Mantic!

Painting total as of 1/11/2019: 11

Painting total as of 12/31/2018: 220 plus three sets of Osgiliath ruins and Great Cthulhu and a Japanese peasant farmhouse and a rice paddy and a whole bunch of resin Frostgrave terrain.
 
   
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Terrific work- what a great group of figures! The eyes are great, what you have here is what I'm trying to get to. Very much like the colorful fall leaves/bracken on the bases, but wonder if a bit of wash or points of color in the otherwise very green grass might help? To add the look of fallen leaves or grasses going sere?

The basing is very nice as is though, I might be suggesting adding lipstick to the Venus de Milo!


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Basing is really great as said above. Love the orange foliage. The braveheart facepaint is awesome too .

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
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Those barbarians and shieldmaidens look wonderful. Colour choice is spot on, the eyes absolutely set them off, and I love how you have done the patterns on the shields with the "wood grain" showing through. Awesome stuff.

   
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Yet another great bunch of minis, really great work.



 
   
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Great looking barbarians, and I have to repeat what so many others have already said: the basing really looks nice

   
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Hi, everyone. I hope you have all had/are having a wonderful holiday season. Christmas here is even more commercial than back in the US, but we still had a lovely time here at home. New Year's is much more important, and we'll be celebrating that in a few days' time. I've been keeping an eye on everyone's P&M blogs, but haven't had a lot of time to comment on anything. Painting has slowed down, but I did manage to knock out some more models. I photographed them yesterday, but the camera on my cheap android phone refused to focus properly, so I had to find and charge my old iPhone instead.



I have spent quite a lot of money on new models this year, despite playing very rarely, and yet I still find myself drawn back to Oldhammer stuff. This batch of elves had been soaking in alcohol for months before I got to them. This one has a javelin, which was an option way back in WHFBv3 or so. I have only ever had this one, though, so he never say much action.



I have enough copis of this model to field a small legal unit of them. The shields on every model in this post came from a Kickstarter for shields compatible with Oldhammer models. No more huntig for plastic shields for me!



Wardancers were always my favorite unit the any version of the Wood Elf army. I gave this guy some warpaint, but have no idea where that spot on his shoulder came from.



Another wardancer. I tried to model his warpaint on David Bowie's Alladin Sane look, but the face on this model is too long, thin, and craggy for my meager freehand skills.



Two more essentially identical wardancers.



Finally, a wizard. Did you know that Jes Goodwin only sculpted to male wizards for his wood elf line? And that one of them was only available with the Attack Chariot? The dress on this model didn't come out quite as white as I'd planned, but I'm happy enough with the results.

Last, a group shot:


This will probably be my final post for 2018, so the numbers in my sig will be my final count for the year. I currently have some very old Chaos Dwarfs in the works, and after that I think I'll try to kitbash a ranger for Rangers of Shaow Deep. Happy New Year to you all!

Now showing Abyssal Dwarf Immrtals from Mantic!

Painting total as of 1/11/2019: 11

Painting total as of 12/31/2018: 220 plus three sets of Osgiliath ruins and Great Cthulhu and a Japanese peasant farmhouse and a rice paddy and a whole bunch of resin Frostgrave terrain.
 
   
 
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