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Japan

Thanks for the kind words. Painting whole units has been somewhat liberating. I know I won't be getting a Slayer Sword or whatever trophy the Crystal Brush guys give out, so I can concentrate instead on quick and effective. It's nice to see the army grow week to week.

Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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Japan

In my last post, I wrote that I would be taking a break from the samurai, and would start working on my Forge Fathers for Deadzone. I got as far as assembling one Forge Guard model before realizing that I had no idea what color scheme to use. So, I painted these guys instead:







Since samurai will be centerpieces of the army, I put a lot more care into these than the ashigaru. Apart from the faces, I didn't use washes for anything, opting instead to use layering/highlighting. I even painted their eyes, although they turned out a little funny since the sculpting on the faces is a little inconsistent. I have another set of these guys, plus a giant pile of old Clan War samurai to mix in to the unit.

Next up: sohei.

Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


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

They look nice mate. I like the faces. Havent worked up the courage to do eyes myself yet.



 
   
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Japan

Thanks . The faces are pretty characterful, but the eyes are a little lopsided, which makes them unnecessarily difficult. Well-sculpted eyes are usually pretty easy. Give 'em a try.

Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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Violent Enforcer




Northern Ireland

Those are lovely. Good work.
   
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Wales: Where the Men are Men and the sheep are Scared.

I think i will in my next batch of models once I finish the ones I am working on. Unpacked them yesterday and they were pretty close to done but got scratched up in transit so are going to need a little extra work. Might spend tomorrow painting before judo.



 
   
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Japan

The Kensei Indiegogo campaign netted me quite a variety of troops for my samurai army. Having slogged through 60-odd ashigaru, I decided to reward myself with something more interesting. Last week, I showed off some samurai. This week, I finished off a unit of sohei:
Spoiler:














With these guys and the samurai before them, I decided to use layering and highlighting rather than the basecoat/power wash technique I've been using on the ashigaru. I'm not sure the difference is all that visible, but they sure took a lot longer than I'd originally planned. I have another set of these models, and probably a dozen Perry sohei that I can use to build a full regiment of 20. After that, I'm not sure what I'll work on next. Maybe some orcs or undead? I dunno. I'll have to decide by tomorrow morning.

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Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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Violent Enforcer




Northern Ireland

The layering looks good, lovely whites on the headgear things!
   
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Wales: Where the Men are Men and the sheep are Scared.

Good job on the sohei mate.



 
   
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Terrifying Doombull





Melbourne .au

Great work on the new batch of Samurai and also the Sohei. This army is coming along in leaps and bounds.

   
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Japan

Thanks, everyone. I'm pleased with the sohei, and I have something planned to make their unit more interesting. Right now, I'm working on some Tomb Kings skeletons, but not enjoying them at all. I'll have photos and a brief discussion of why later this week.

Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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Japan

Having cranked out so many samurai and samurai-related minis, I felt like a change. After a little hemming and hawing, I decided to pull out some skeletons. Here we see a troop of "Tomb Guard."


Note that "Tomb Guard" is in quotation marks. I started building an Undead army way back in 1986 or '87, with the first box of plastic skeletons that GW produced. When they split the army into Vampire Counts and Tomb Kings, I opted for the latter because of my long-standing distaste for vampires (a reaction to the goth spankers I knew in high school). I got my first Tomb Guard models at the GW store in Tokyo, at Japan prices, which is why I only have 16 of them. I wanted to get up to a unit of 24 (6x4, a good-sized WHFB unit at the time), but I could never justify to prices. Then they revised the army book and released the current plastics,which look nothing at all like the ones I already had. I checked Ebay periodically, but couldn't find any for a price I was willing to pay. Then, one day, I found someone offerring OOP Tomb Guard for something like $2 each. I ordered 20.

Canny readers will have already realized my mistake. What arrived was not 20 metal Tomb Guard, but 20 recast resin skeletons with Tomb Guard torsos instead. Having already spent the money, I couldn't bring myself to throw them away (that's the appropriate reaction to receiving recasts, right?), so I stuck them in a box and ignored them. Those are the models I decided to work on this week.

They were a hassle to put together and rank up, and something just seemed off about them. Partway through the painting process, an Undead Army box from Mantic arrived (I bought it off a guy on the Mantic Trading FB group for about as much as it would have cost direct from Mantic, but with a catapult thrown in), and I realized what was so weird about the GW skellies: there is no way those bones could fit inside even a GW human model. Maybe a Space Marine, Chaos Warrior or neanderthal, but nothing regular human-sized. Still, I soldiered on and got through the unit. Here's a comparison shot with a real TG model:


About the same time I finished off the unit, I completed this guy:




The guy with the shield has been finished for probably eight years. The guy on the right is the one and only Finecast model that I own ( I had the 25th anniversary SM, but sold it at cost a couple of months ago). I have always thought that the bright, shiny models in both of the TK army books that I own don't really seem like the reanimated remains of a millenia-dead culture, so I paint everything as dusty, faded, and corroded. I gave the new guy gold-plated rather than bronze armor just to see what it would look like. I'm not entirely certain I like the result.

Up next: Mantic skeletons. I have ten assembled and based, ready for priming. I can tell already that they will be fun to paint.

Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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Northern Ireland

I like the faded look on the old model better but, a character should stand out more. Both look good, I can see your dilemma.

The unit looks good, nice tones.
   
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Melbourne .au

The new-old-recast TG look good, I still have to say. The faded scheme works for them, as well. The golden-bronze on the character works, and makes sense in that his gear would probably be nicer then that of the peasantry. The TK skellies' issues are basically legacy-based, in that they're based on models that are based on the original Skeleton Horde/Army models that we started with.

   
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I agree. I like the faded, more realistic look over the bright colours.

   
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Japan

Thanks, everyone. I agree that undead generally look better with either faded or rotting gear. I think I have another copy of that model which came in the Tomb King on Chariot set I have lying around somewhere, so I have another one to paint up to match the rest of the army.


Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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Japan

This week, I have a troop of Mantic skeletons to share:



Unlike those bootleg GW skellies, these were a joy to assemble and paint. They go together like a dream, their hands and heads (but not their feet) seem like they would actually fit inside a human body, and the helmets are a pretty good match to the Men-At-Arms as well. I painted their clothes to match the dog(rat?) handlers and army standards I painted last year to give them a sense of unity. I have another ten assembled and based, awaiting primer later today.

Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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Terrifying Doombull





Melbourne .au

They've come up really nicely. I've got an assembled unit of them on my painting desk that never got any further. I should get back onto them sometime soon.

   
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Japan

They are really nice models. I much prefer them to my GW plastics.

Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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Northern Ireland

Very nice, indeed.
   
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Richmond, VA

 JoshInJapan wrote:
Canny readers will have already realized my mistake. What arrived was not 20 metal Tomb Guard, but 20 recast resin skeletons with Tomb Guard torsos instead. Having already spent the money, I couldn't bring myself to throw them away (that's the appropriate reaction to receiving recasts, right?), so I stuck them in a box and ignored them. Those are the models I decided to work on this week.


They are actually the charioteer torsos from the TK Chariot. Back when TK first came out I was miffed that infantry had the option for light armor but GW only sculpted armored torsos for the charioteers - so I bought like 15 chariots and then another 30 charioteer bodies from ebay bits sellers so I could make armored skeleton regiments.
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Thanks for the kind words, judgedoug. Infantry-sized Tomb Kings are really nice models, although I prefer the proportions of the metals over the plastics. I never got any of the large cav or monstrous creatures that were released with the hardback army book.

I had an amazingly productive week-plus since my last update. First, I finished ten more Mantic skeletons, bringing me up to a full regiment:


I love that guy with the bell.

I added in one of the dog handlers I got from the first KoW KS, leaving me two guys left over to start the next regiment:


Ive decided to color-code the units to go with the army standards I painted last year, which is why these guys are blue. I have to more dog handlers, as well as the dogs (rats?) that come on the sprue, so I will have enough models for three regiments when my DKQ stuff arrives later this year.

I really, really like these skeletons. I used my labor-intensive technique for bone (base coat of very dark brown, layer of ochre, layer of ivory, layer of white), followed by a wash of Ogryn Flesh/Soft Tone. For my money, Ogryn Flesh is the best of all the original Citadel washes, and possibly the best of everything they ever produced. It dirties up anything it touches without overwhelming it like Devlan Mud did/Strong Tone does.

Finally, a quick teaser of what is coming next in this space:


For the rest of this update, head over to my other plog.

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Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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Northern Ireland

Skeletons look great!
   
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Melbourne .au

I really like how you've done those Mantic Skellytoons. I've got a bunch here on my desk, but I'm constantly put off starting them properly because they look so damned fiddly.

   
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Japan

They only look fiddly. I paint them in four stages: bone, cloth, armor and weapons, and belts. Base coat, one highlight (at most), then a wash. 楽勝。

Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
Made in gb
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Wales: Where the Men are Men and the sheep are Scared.

Shrine looks great. I want one.



 
   
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Japan

It's a 1/150 scale (N gauge) shrine by Sankei, like this one. The shrine itself is shorter than a 28mm mini, so I think it will work for what I have in mind. Watch this space.

Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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NC

Watching this space.

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This update took longer than I had originally planned, for a variety of reasons. Let's see if the delay was worth the extra time. Up this week, Sohei (Japanese warrior monks), from Perry miniatures:





Remember my complaints about the Perry ashigaru? Those apply here as well. I'm convinced that the molds for this line are wearing out, because all of the guys whose arms are held close to their bodies had big, ugly, spiky chunks of metal in their armpits that I had to carve out. Their naginata looked weird, so I replaced them with some Dixon weapons I had lying around. Also, I didn't bother painting their eyes, as they don't really have eyes. In fact, most of their faces look like Jizo statues, which may be thematically appropriate, but are not a lot of fun to paint. Finally, only two of six poses has the hood. The rest look more like Ikko-ikki fanatics than warriors from Hiei-san. On the plus side, they are finished and I don't have anymore to do.

Here they are ranked up with a few of the Zenit sohei I posted a while back:



"Wait a second there, Josh," I hear you say, "even by Mantic's loose standards, that's not a proper KoW regiment!" And you are right, that's not the whole unit. When the leaders of those temples which used sohei wanted to make a point, they would send out troops carrying a mikoshi (a portable shrine), containing a sacred relic from the temple, as a demonstration of their spiritual (and therefore temporal) power. Knowing this, there was no way I could not include at least one in the army:




The mikoshi itself is an N-gauge shinto shrine (from this set), mounted on a couple of toothpicks, painted up in gaudy gold and red like Japanese Buddhist temples like to use, and carried by the last four of the Perry sohei. If I had to do it over again, I would have picked up a couple more of the hooded guys so the mikoshi wouldn't be so tilted.




As a part of the unit, though, it all seems to blend together. Overall, despite my disappointment with the individual minis in this update, I'm glad to be able to add this unit to the army.

Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


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

That looks great mate. I don't mind the tilt I would have kind of expected it not to be perfectly straight if four people were carrying it anyway.

Is the shrine glued into their hands?



 
   
 
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