Friday, December 16, 2011

More Wild Men, plus a shaman

The Shaman, powerful with the spirits
A mob of wild men crashing out from among the paint bottles!
 I finished these guys up last night. Another five to round out the posse of ten, along with a caster-type shaman guy to make things interesting. I could really use a hideously badass warrior chief to lead these guys, but didn't see anything in my collection that would fit.

This gives me: 1 musician, four spears, 3 axemen, 1 pick, and 1 sword-wielding crazy man. Its nice to have some differentiation among your bad guys. :-)

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Here are some Wargames Factory plastic vikings, for my Sunday D&D game!

I bought a 32 pack of both the armored and the unarmored vikings from the Warstore recently, and they were quite cheap. The figs are a bit fiddly to put together, and I was scrambling to find enough round bases to fit them on for game purposes (I had assumed they came with some sort of a base, and I was wrong!).

There are so many arm options on the sprue, but many of the poses I've come up with feel awkward to me. After handling these figs and the Gripping Beast Dacian War Host, I'm liking the "less posability/more natural" look that the Gripping Beast stuff offers more and more. I might have to pick up a box of the Gripping Beast vikings as well.

The detail of the figs is quite decent, and I found them quite easy to paint. There is a bit of detail smear on the sides of the chests, noticeable primarily in the smoothing of the chainmail in that region, but far better than the Warriors of Rohan figures I painted earlier.


Friday, December 2, 2011

Wild men from the forest!

I think these wild fellows are about as finished as they are going to get. I have five more in progress, including a horn blower and a champion type with a rad sword. The whole posse is just about ready for a night raid from the misty forests!
Shield designs were inspired by a cool African shield I found on google images.
I have a few boxes of Wargames Factory Vikings en route from the Warstore, and a box of Warlord Games plastic Dacians (which are their celts with some metal pieces included). I'm really looking forward to that package arriving!

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Experimenting with tartan

...or at least a sloppy facsimile. :-) My Wild Men of the Forest need some extra oomph, beyond terrible tattoos. I found an old tutorial on Brushtralls and decided to give it a try. Here is a quick "Honey-its-time-to-go-to-work-are-you-painting-hurry-up" take on it.

I used Greatcoat Gray for the base color on the guy to the left, and Cygnar Blue Base on the fellow to the right. The gray doesn't show up very well in the pictures, but is decent in person. The fig on the right needs to have one more light tone painted in the inside of the Desert Yellow stripes, and a little tidying done around the edges.

You can see the rough idea of it, though. I'm happy enough with the effect, considering that these poor bastards are mostly going to be hacked apart in the first two rounds of combat. At least I get to recycle them! :-)

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