Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The brains of the operation

Space Brains
no fixed scale




Swooping down from space, their ray guns and menacing claws gleaming, their frontal lobes glistening, the Space Brains attack!  All they seek is total domination, the destruction of the planet, and possibly to grab and menace scantily-clad human women.
 
Cratered Hab Dome
15mm scale


I decided to base a couple of them on a resin scenery model to give them the appearance of hovering over a ravaged battlefield.  The Space Brains are Alternative Armies figures.  The Cratered Hab Dome is a 15mm scale Ion Age model.

"Aim for the squishy bits, troopers!"

Sunday, October 21, 2018

No seat in Valhalla

Shaman and Draugar
15 mm



A couple more figures from the Barbarica "Northlander Characters" pack, painted as a mystical (or maybe just deranged) hermit and an undead Draugar warrior.  Draugar, the Norse undead "possess superhuman strength, can increase their size at will, and carry the unmistakable stench of decay".  They are also supposed to have "blue and evil looking" or black skin, and possess a variety of supernatural abilities.  Possessing insatiable appetites, they envy and hate the living, leaving carnage and misery in their wake.

Background's a Kleenex box.  Pretty good, huh? ;)

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Lord of battle I pray on bended knee

Barbarian Adventurer and Witch
15 mm



While I generally don't paint a lot of fantasy subjects (do I?), I recently picked up a pack of Copplestone's 15mm "Barbarica" figures I've had my eye on for a while.  And they're great!  Classic characterful sculpts just over-the-top enough to qualify squarely as non-historical...  The "Northlander Characters" pack has a mix of burly warriors and primeval shaman types, so I started with one of each.

"You can take him!  I've seen much bigger ones around here..."
(Wolf monster courtesy of @winnipegmichael)

Friday, August 31, 2018

Wee Free Men 2

Fantasy Characters 
10 mm




I just finished up the 10mm fantasy project I've been working on.  It's been a lot of fun, and I really burned through these compared to even 15mm stuff!  Although really, the fell beast and rider are pretty much the equivalent of a small 25mm figure...  Anyway I'm very satisfied with the results, and I think the recipient will be too.

The whole gang!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Wee Free Men

Fantasy Characters
10 mm



One of my Instagram contacts recently asked me to paint some 10 mm stuff for him... I don't normally do "commissions", but I was convinced to do a favour in return for some new figures :)  These are the first four models I completed, from Copplestone Castings' 10mm fantasy range.  Still to go are a dwarf, an archer, a ranger, and a spectral fiend riding a winged beast.

There's something special about very small models, you really have to distill their essence into so little space.  These are exceptional sculpts and a real pleasure to paint.  Also, I can get each one done quite quickly, which is satisfying!

28mm, 15mm, 10mm... *rubs eyes*

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Fearless Forest Fighters

Ikwen heroes
15 mm

"The gods of my tribe have spoken, they have said 'do not trust the pilgrims'... and for all these reasons I have decided to scalp you, and burn your village to the ground."



The persecuted Ikwen return!  Hounded in their own lands by resource-hungry humans, they take up arms to strike back!  Larger and tougher than the average Ikwen, these fighters have distinguished themselves as fearless and cunning foes of the militarily superior Earthers.  While their traditional meteorite-steel kukri blades slice lethally through armour and flesh, they don't shun the powerful blasters provided by their new off-world allies.


These strikingly dynamic figures are (half of) the "Ikwen Hardened Fighters" set, sculpted of course by Eli Arndt of Loud Ninja Games.  They definitely stand out among regular Ikwen, and provide a bit of close quarters mayhem...

The most dangerous game...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Great Khanate Returns

Shia Khan Troopers and Armored Vehicle
15 mm

Sentinel of destiny
Enemy engaged
Numbered with the dead
Take your glory to the grave



On the smoky, chaotic battlefield, cris-crossed with lethal energy beams and pounding projectiles, the soldiers of the Shia Khan receive support from numerous tanks and armored transports.  Specialized for steady advance into withering fire, they help their soldiers inch towards yet another objective...



It's been a hot, slow painting month, but I've revisited the Shia Khan, the grinding trench warriors of my SF universe.  Their transport is Alternative Armies' Charger APC, a nicely high/low-tech model which I've up-armored with some sort of force field emitters or cage armour.  I have no idea what that long pole device the one guy is carrying is... a weapon?  Teleport beacon?  Reverse-phase matter depolarizer?  Anyway, it looks cool.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Iron Lady

Feminine Navigational Droid
28mm

Cabin's purged by satellites, now we're flying high
We've got a lady pilot, who's not afraid to die









This figure started life as a Space Bunny Arts sculpt.  It was a fun conversion, and an extensive one:


I liked the original, but after seeing "Solo: A Star Wars Story" its passing resemblance to Lando Calrissian's passionately droid-emancipating co-pilot L3-37 prodded me to do a conversion.  L3-37 was one of my favourite supporting characters in the movie, partly because "she" finally addressed (in spades) the awkward question of droid ownership in the SW universe, and partly because she was just well-written.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Man of the World

Corto Maltese
28 mm




I won this figure a few months ago from North Star figures in a (very unexpected) random draw at Lead Adventure forum.  This Mark Copplestone sculpt is an homage to the 1970s Italian comic book hero Corto Maltese, a sort of Han-Solo-like roving ship's captain and adventurer who meets exotic people, defends the underdog and generally champions liberty and fairness wherever he goes.  I'll confess I wasn't familiar with the books, but I should be; the art is stunning:

Monday, May 21, 2018

It Followed Me Home

New friend
15 mm

"Hey guys, this is Genet-Subspeaker Slaa, I think he's like, a kind of plant or something.  But he's cool... can he come in?"



Just a silly project I put together from some figures (girl: GZG; Slaa: Ion Age) I've been trying to decide what to do with.  Inspired by the possibility that First Contacts might not always be the exclusive domain of giant inscrutable spaceships showing up and asking to speak to the leader...

Friday, May 11, 2018

Sinister Synthetics

Android Hunter-Killer Team
15 mm

Ja tvoi sluga, ja tvoi rabotnik


Sigh. I remember the good old days, when a google search for "killer robots" led to popular movies, and not news articles...




These Khurasan figures are ostensibly "police bots", but I think adding skull masks gave them a really menacing military look.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Huey and Dewey

Horticultural droids
15 mm scale



Back to 15mm for a bit here, with a quick couple of GZG robots...

When you're a scientist on an ecological preserve ship in space who's mutinied against orders to destroy your cargo, murdered your crewmates, and set off for the rings of Saturn, sometimes it's handy to have a few mechanical sidekicks along to help with the gardening:


"Not wargaming"?  The battle against aphids NEVER ends!

 Obviously, these are not- versions of the funny little bots from "Silent Running" (1972):

Kind of hokey, kind of preachy, VERY 70's, but still surprisingly enjoyable...

Monday, April 16, 2018

Poe's Law

Edgar Allan Poe
28 mm

Out- out are the lights- out all!
And, over each quivering form,
The curtain, a funeral pall,
Comes down with the rush of a storm,
While the angels, all pallid and wan,
Uprising, unveiling, affirm
That the play is the tragedy, "Man,"
And its hero the Conqueror Worm.




I learned a lot about Poe doing the (unnecessary) research for this figure.  I read stories like "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Telltale Heart" in school, and I'd certainly hope any North American with a TV is familiar with his Gothic poem "The Raven".  His financial struggles would be unsurprising to anyone familiar with the publishing industry.  But I did not know that he was in the army, or that his story The Murders in the Rue Morgue was the first modern detective story, or that when he was 27 he married his 14-year -old cousin...

As I posted earlier, this is another excellent figure from the Bears Head Miniatures Kickstarter.  It's obviously based on the well-known portraits from later in Poe's life, with impressive accuracy.  I doubt he regularly carried a skull and raven about town, but I think the figure really captures Poe's literary character very well.

"Howard, I know they said we could bring a pet, but I brought, well, a bird..."

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Scribe of the Unspeakable

H.P. Lovecraft
28 mm




This Bears Head miniature was a real pleasure to paint!  Part literary caricature, part dramatic fictional character, it's an excellent sculpt, crisp and dynamic.  Waving his unholy idol and clutching his dog-eared copy of the Necronomicon, the author unleashes the creative process on an unsuspecting world...

I learned a few new things about Lovecraft in the painting process, like his hair colour, for which I had to consult professional Lovecraft impersonator Leeman Kessler, as no colour photographs of the author seem to exist.  I've always enjoyed Lovecraft's lurid works, and despite his personal shortcomings and the fact that many of his creations have reached the status of self-parody in recent fandom, I truly think he was a man of remarkable imagination who contributed a lot to the fantasy, horror and SF genres.

Late night rites at the Miskatonic University library...