Monday, October 23, 2017

Moving along in the studio

My studio is nothing elaborate.  Just a spare room in my house.  But, from time to time, we change things around in the house.  Invariably, that causes me to make changes in the studio as there is either a complete change in the layout of my space or the extra influx of items causes a reorganization of my space.  As my space is limited, this usually forces me to make decisions on what to keep out and what to pack up and put into storage.  As of this writing I am still trying to clean up the studio from a move of about a month and a half ago.  Ugh.  Of course, when I'm in the studio it's always easier to pick up a paint brush than to clean and organize.

Let's see what sort of work I've done instead of organizing, shall we???

 Above are some 25mm Old Glory British commanders for the colonial era.  
 Large scale resin pirate ogres.  This is a special commission and I'll give more details on these later.
 28mm Trojan War figures.  From left to right, Foundry, Black Tree Designs, Black Tree Designs, and Redoubt.  
 28mm Gripping Beast Normans.  Hand painted shield designs.  

28mm Warlord Polish for World War Two.  

That's it for this week.  Next week shall be more of the same.  But I am working on a special commission that needs to be done in a week's time.  Wish me luck.  
Until next time, keep painting....

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Another week...

Miniature painting is a bit like meditation for me.  It can be very relaxing and I sometimes find myself doing some odd things that I wouldn't normally do in a public setting.  Singing being one of them.  I usually put on some music to paint to and find myself singing along to a song all the while applying paint to a figure.  My music choices vary.  I'm not sure if it affects my painting.  If it does I apologize for painting country on a death metal, spikey bit figure!

 Above you'll find an assortment of fantasy figures.  I couldn't tell you the manufacturer but I can tell you they are 25mm.  These are for a gentleman who was just looking to get a few things painted.
 A Gripping Beast 28mm Norman knight.  He will be part of a larger unit for the game SAGA.

 28mm Warlord.  World War Two Poles.  I would be curious to see how these compare to the new Polish range from Crusader.  
 28mm Wargames Foundry.  World War Two Luftwaffe Pilots/Aircrew.  I quite like these figures.  Perfect for any scenarios where a downed aircraft is in play.  
 28mm Warlord Early War Germans.  These figures are from the plastic set offered by Warlord.  Plastic figures seem pretty durable.  And they paint up just as easy as metal.  My biggest complaint is the lack of variety offered in box sets.  6 torsos per frame.  One is prone.  Another is in a silly running pose.  One is kneeling.  So that leaves 3 in an upright and sensible pose.  Only so much you can do with those unless you want to start cutting legs to get other positions.  But I am probably being too picky.  I'm sure Warlord sells plenty of sets and others make them work just fine.  
Lastly, something different.  I painted up this dragon to use at our local school.  It is made out of rigid foam.  The same stuff we gamers use for scenery.  I thought it came out pretty cool so I'm including it.  Until next time, keep painting!

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Return....

I'm back!   After far too long I have decided to get back to showing off some miniature work and to get back to adding things to this page.  I won't go into details on my absence.  There were many reasons but mostly it was probably laziness.  A terrible excuse, I know.  Let's get into the miniatures...

 Above you see some World War Two Polish figures from Warlord.  Nice figures.  Good detail.  I found several painting guides and took the ideas that I thought best when it came to choosing colors.  These guys are part of a squad I am painting for skirmish gaming. 
 These are 28mm Gripping Beast Bretons.  They are mercenaries for the game SAGA.  They will be part of a Norman force.  All shields are hand painted.  Sure, I could have used decals.  But then, they would be the same as everybody else who uses the same decals.  Go for individuality if you have the chance! 
 More Warlord 28mm World War Two.  This time a German SS sniper team.  These guys are just an added unit to a platoon of SS.  No political statement is being made here.  Just painting some miniatures. 
Finally, for something different, here are some Games Workshop Lizard Men.  These are Fire Salamanders and their Skink handlers.  Games Workshop makes some really nice figures.  But they are pricey.  Second hand or on sale is what I recommend.  But I have many interests and limited funds.  These guys will actually wind up in a force for the game Dragon Rampant. 

Well, that's all for this week.  I hope to have more completed next week and get pictures posted then. 
Until next time.....Keep painting!