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.