Blog discription

What will you find here? Ramblings from an aging gamer-miniature painter. When I first started out in this hobby computers were in their infancy and finding other gamers could only be done by going to conventions or as in my case bumping into somebody who happened to see me reading "Panzer Leader" on the school bus. Look how far we have come! The internet has allowed our small community to be able to connect on a level I never dreamed of when I was but a small lad. What I do hope you will find here is something interesting from one wargamer/miniature painter to another. I paint miniatures somewhat decently, so I will be posting some pictures of my work, and perhaps a review or two of games and/or miniatures. Most of all this is just about having fun and anything I post here is meant to be for that reason.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Showcase: Saga "Steppe Nomads"

A few weeks ago an old friend and I made a trade. I picked up these 8 painted Steppe Nomads that he had gotten in a trade with someone else. He has a whole army already and didn't need them so offered them to me. Hey how could I refuse? I have so much crap to paint it's not funny. I was pleasantly surprise when they arrived. They look pretty good. So whoever you are out there that painted these, nice job!

I received them unmounted and non-based, so the first thing I did was get my handy pin vise out and went to work drilling and then pinning the riders to their mounts. Glued them on the bases and did the flocking etc. and presto change-o! I now had 8* nicely mounted Steppe Nomads to add to my Rus Prince warband. 

So I present my Steppe Nomads:

* = Skip, Skip, Skip. What am I going to do with your sudden bad memory. 8 shooters Skip, not 12;)


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Showcase: Saga "Rus Princes", Black Hoods

I finished up my Black Hood unit for my Rus Prince Saga warband. Here is a little history about the Black Hoods who they were, and where they came from. This is a quote from a source I found by "Stephen W. Richey" and here is a link if your interested in his sources Horse Nomads 

Kimaks (or Kimeks): They were a primitive people living east of the Ural Mountains along the Irtysh or Ob Rivers. They eventually became a nomad elite who settled down to rule their lands from fortified towns:

Kipchaks (or Kipchaqs or Cumans): They were derived from the westernmost clans of the Kimaks. They retained their nomad lifestyle after the other Kimaks settled down. Migrating westward in the mid-11th Century AD, they pushed against the Oghuz Turks and occupied what had been Pecheneg lands in the Ukraine. They allied themselves with the Greek Christian Byzantine Empire to inflict a crushing defeat on the Pechenegs in 1091. They were noted for their warrior women. The Kipchaks made their first major attack on the Russians in 1061 or 1062. They made periodic raids on the Russians to obtain loot and slaves and to forestall Russian settlement on steppe grazing lands. Most of the time, a state of war existed between most Russians and most Kipchaks. Still, on occasion, some Kipchaks served as mercenaries for some Russian princes in wars against other Russian princes. The Kipchaks made repeated raids on the Byzantines and Hungarians as well as the Russians during the period 1070-1100. The Russians responded by attacking the Kipchaks in 1103, 1109, 1111, 1113, and 1116, inflicting serious damage on them. Small remnants of the Pechenegs and Oghuz who had been under Kipchak control were thus "liberated" and entered Russian service. Kipchak raids on the Russians picked up again and became annual events by the late 1160s. The Kipchaks sacked the Russian city of Kiev in 1184. The Kipchaks became defensive allies of the Russians against Genghis Khan's invading Mongols in 1223. The allied Russians and Kipchaks were badly defeated by a small advance force of Mongols at the Battle of the Kalka River in that year. The Ukrainian realm of the Kipchaks was obliterated by the Mongols of Ogedei Khan, Genghis's son and successor when the Mongols returned to the Ukraine in full force in 1239-1240. Some Kipchaks served as mercenaries for the Byzantines from the 11th to 14th Centuries. They also served as mercenaries for the Christian kings of Hungary in the 13th and 14th Centuries. The Kipchaks who remained on the Ukrainian steppe as subjects of the Mongols eventually gave a strong ethnic tint to the Mongol Golden Horde . The Russians called the Kipchaks "Polovtsians," as in the "Polovtsian Dances/Stranger in Paradise" music composed by Borodin.

Finally here are some photos of my work. The figures are "Gripping Beast" and are large 28mm figures.

As always thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Showcase: Infinity: Nomad... Szalamandra

I've had this model in my inventory somewhere around eight years now. Animie, robot, mecha cool looking thing that caught my attention, and of course, had me buying at a convention I was at back in the day. I had no idea what Infinity was and really didn't care cause I just wanted to open the box and look at this all so cool looking model. Yep something cool just so I could add it to my giant unpainted lead pile. It turns out that the "Szalamandra" is a TAG (Tactical Armored Gear) or a parabot where a human pilot sits in side and controls it. It has heavy armor and of course carrys heavy weapons and can move around quicker than a foot soldier.

 Fast forward to today and as you know I began painting Infinity models for the sake of actually playing Infinity. This because of my friends sudden interest in also wanting to paint some figs and play the game. All good stuff for me! So here I am with this primed but unpainted behemoth calling out to me saying, "Kevin paint me, don't buy more figures until you paint me"! Well I caught myself saying out loud "okay, okay" only to have my wife step into my paint room and ask, "did you say something honey?", .... ahem "no dear" was my reply, you must of heard me cough or something.

So I sat down and painted this little gem based off the original paintings from Corvus Bellis. It's a plain simple paint job, not a lot depth from my brush stand point, but enough to make it a nice gaming piece I think. It was overall fun to paint, but if you look at the belt fed weapon THAT was a super pain (and poorly designed) in the butt to put together. I'm not going to allow anyone to touch it for fear of it breaking off. The belt came in two pieces and I not only had to glue these together but also to the leg feed and to the weapon, which meant I had to carefully bend and shape said belt to actually go between the two in a way they would line up. On top of that you didn't have a slot to glue the ends to but a knob instead. But in the end I did it and even got a little inspired to attempt some weathering, though I could and should have done more I was ready to be done.

So I present for your viewing pleasure my humble attempt at a Szalamandra.


Cheers and thanks for looking

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Showcase: Infinity: Nomad... Reverend Healer

This is a really nice sculpt from Corvus Belli's "Operation Icestorm" set. I love the animie nun look, and the color scheme done by CB's painters. I pretty much thought I had this scheme down, but in the end it always seems to be a struggle to get it right and I almost screwed it up. Thank god I kept the paints thin so I was able to do touch ups without making it worse.

I am super impressed with how some artists are able to do smooth transitions around the face and do almost real looking eyes. I seriously am in awe because the face is so bloody small. I did my best so that will have to do for now. Doing it drove me crazy but I finally came up with something that satisfied me for time being. I wish I could get a tutor for a day to show me some secrets.

After coating it seemed to bring out some luster in the colors and that pleased me. So here she is and hope you enjoy it.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Showcase: Infinity: Ariadna... Devil Dogs Team, Antipode K-9

Well I finally got this little beast done. I was a little more stressed about how this was coming along as it is a gift for a friend, so it had to be a little better than I would except for my gaming purposes. I hope I've hit the mark. I need lot's more practice to get smoother transition with the highlights and shadows, but still I am pretty pleased with how this came out. The next thing I need to do is buy a little portable shooting booth and light set up. Looking at the figure in this picture and in person is definitely different. Mostly I think it has to do with my light set up. Another hobby related skill I need to acquire. Anyways I hope you enjoy the end result.


Monday, January 16, 2017

WIP: Infinity: Ariadna... Devil Dogs Team, Antipode K-9

Well I've been knocked out by the flu for a few days and couldn't stand being in bed any longer so I got up and put some paint on a figure. This is the partner to the Devil Dog of the Devil Dog team, the Antipode K-9. I've worked around the face and other furry areas, as well as inside the mouth etc. It's coming along. Still quite a bit to do yet.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Infinity: Nomads... Mobile Brigada

Not sure if I like the direction I went with this one. I wanted more Red to Orange highlight instead of the red to white. The last picture here shows a size comparison to give you a feel of the different pieces in the range, but also shows an Alguacile so you can see what I mean about red to white highlights etc.

I am having fun painting these as well as experimenting. Sometimes I feel like I am on the edge of a breakthrough with my painting, that I am discovering something new, and then it fades away. Just have to keep tooling away and hope I get better with the practice. What is fun is painting just one figure and moving on to a different one. Hopefully it will help me when I need to paint a dozen at a time. Time will tell.