Thursday, July 2, 2020

81. Yee-haw! a little bit....

I'm not dead but I admit I haven't been painting as often as I'd like.  Here's what I've finished recently.

Back in 2014 I backed a Kickstarter for Blackwater Gulch Rebels and Reinforcements, by GameSalute (who later turned into Gangfight Games) simply for the miniatures.  I backed at the level of selecting only the miniatures I wanted.  I thought they were cool and interesting enough to warrant it.  They were delivered, I think, on time.  I've never used the rules (which I think are/were free somewhere) as I have a ton of rules already, plus I just didn't care.  (I *did* back their newer Kickstarter for their newer updated rules, supposedly universal and generic, because I was feeling generous.  It is currently over a year late.  It will, I still believe, deliver.)

The miniatures were interesting in that they are of the "not-" variety.  As in, this is not a miniature of Clint Eastwood, ie, a not-Eastwood.  Etc, etc, etc.  They were varied enough and well-sculpted enough for me to get.  The others were generically-Western enough to be used as regular Cowboys if I ever wanted to.

Anyway, I got tired of painting whatever it was I was painting before and wanted to paint something different.  Therefore I give you 4 of the 5 gangs I got from the Kickstarter.  These are metal, with separate plastic bases.  Also, you know what to do:  click on the pictures to embiggen them.

On the Kickstarter, these are The Widowmakers.  First I present Lily, Oleander, Buttercup, Wisteria and Nightshade.  Yeah, those names....  Anyway, what would the Old West be without murderous, tightly-clothed-in-revealing-clothing women?  More historically accurate, for one thing, but we're not going that way today.

These aren't bad, per se, but they lack spark to me.  The body positioning is a bit odd in places, and the casting is mangled in some of the detail.

They came with cards for the game, but since I've never read the rules I have no idea what it all means.  WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN!!??  Sorry....

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Next we have Wilde's Rangers:  Corporal Thompson, Private Ambler, Private Connors, Private Watson and Sergeant Wilde.  I have no clue if those names are supposed to mean something so I ignored them.  I painted them as U.S. Cavalry circa 1880-1900ish plus a heaping helping of my own imagination.  They aren't meant to be historically accurate so I didn't make them historically accurate.

These are decent castings with not too many mangled areas.  They painted up well, although the poses still irk me.  The guy with the knife:  who stands like that?

This gang also came with a gatling gun but I didn't feel like painting it yet.

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Moving on, we have Mickey Finn, John Blackwood, Marshall Callum Stewart, Father Allen Schneidewent and The Norwegian.  These are supposed to represent, I guess, a more generic Western gang, because what Old West gang wouldn't have a Christian pastor toting a gun in it?  It turns out that Father Al and the Marshall were "sponsored" by people actually named Callum Stewart and Allen Schneidewent.  My condolences.

I attempted to give this gang a more unified look by painting them a common color.  I didn't do this with the Cavalry for obvious reasons, and I couldn't really see a way to do so with the ladies.  Again, the poses bother me.  The guy with the cards:  really?

This group was unusual in that 3 cards were actual photographs of models rather than concept art.  I don't know why.  Most of these were not in a gang, but were solos.

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Now we finally come to the real "not-" figures.  I grouped all of these together only because where else would they go?  Most of these were originally unlocked as "bonus figures" and so didn't go with any particular gang.  This group, and the 5th group (which I have not painted yet) are the primary reason I backed the Kickstarter (although the other figures are certainly useful).  From left to right, we have Clinton Wales, Doctor Kilmer, Kurt Wyatt, Rooster Morrison, Doc Lloyd and Nevada Dave.  I can't impress upon you how much I really dislike those names.  There is no consistency at all.  Some mangle the actor's first name, some the actor's last name, and / or the film character's first / last name.  Rooster Morrison?  I get the Rooster Cogburn reference, but Morrison has nothing to do with John Wayne.  Did they think this was some other actor?  And Nevada Dave?  With Indiana Jones, Jones was his last name.  Arrgh.

I gave them a somewhat similar color scheme when I could, but mostly I went with a more film-accurate rendition.  Although the not-Indiana Jones looks like it was sculpted by someone completely different than the others.  It's actually quite horrible.  It's practically a different scale.

So yeah, those names....

I'm a bit burned out on Western figures now, especially these.  They really aren't that great and I painted them to a level I felt fit their quality.  It was a bit more slap-dash than I usually do.  If I ever get around to the 5th group I'll be sure to link it to here.  Oh by the way, the 5th group is not-Firefly.  They're called the Tranquility Crew.

It only took me six years to paint these, maybe I'll get to the 5th group before the end of the decade.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, November 30, 2018

80. Back to the Dungeon!

Hello.  I vaguely remember writing things on this blog, long, long ago.  You know the drill:  Real Life.  Meh.

I've had the following things painted up for a while, I just never quite got around to photographing them.  So here they are at last.

I backed the Acheson Creations Dungeon Worlds Kickstarter way back in March of 2015.  I didn't paint these dungeon tiles up for a long while, because I wasn't sure how I wanted to mount them.  They're made of hard urethane plastic, but they're not completely square.  More importantly, they're not the same height as the Dwarven Forge dungeon pieces I have that I want to mix them in with.  In order to have any chance of using them together, I added Litko's plywood bases underneath.  Those are all 2" square, and the 3mm thick plywood raises the plastic tiles high enough to be mostly compatible with Dwarven Forge tiles.  (I don't link to Dwarven Forge because everybody knows who they are, plus they annoy me.)










Here you can see the 3mm-thick plywood base I added to raise up the tiles.
Another view of the plywood base.

I used three different colors of filler, just to add some more variety.


These pieces are pretty nice.  They're a little more "organic"-feeling than Dwarven Forge, and their casting process is not nearly as pristine as D.F.:  ie, most of the pieces are not perfectly 2" square, so even with the plywood bases, they don't fit together perfectly.  They're also a trifle lighter in weight than D.F., so seem to move around more easily if accidentally bumped.  But there's a good variety in floor designs, and some of the unique floors are pretty neat.  I don't particularly like the walls, because they don't really line up well with the bases, so it's difficult to actually make things fit together, but it's still possible.  What's more, they were marginally less expensive than the Dwarven Forge pieces, with more unique pieces.  Overall, I'm happy enough with them, but not so much that I backed Acheson Creations' next two Kickstarters.

In that same Kickstarter, I added some 28mm metal miniatures of dungeon adventurers (links here and here).  At the time, they were $10 for a pack of 4.  Here are the first two packs I have painted up; I have a further few still unfinished.

Adventurers #1 miniatures 4-pack, I assume they are (L to R): Thief, Fighter/Paladin, Magic-User, aaand ... I want to call him a Hireling, but he's carrying a pretty big hammer.  He's also the only one with a lantern, and a cooking pan.
Adventurers #1 miniatures 4-pack
Female Adventurers #1 miniatures 4-pack, again I make assumptions (L to R) Magic-User, Fighter/Paladin, Ranger, aaand ... maybe another Fighter.
Female Adventurers #1 miniatures 4-pack
I admit, I didn't spend as much time on these as I could have.  I'm more interested in assembly-line painting, and just getting as many finished as possible.  Even so, the next set are still only partially done.  They're nice figures, not the greatest but not close to the worst.  At $2.50 per figure, they're really nice.

Another item I added on was this very nice waterfall and underground pool.  The water in each was a blue plastic, one darker than the other.  The only thing I did to the water was paint the base-under-the-water a blue, and then highlight them with white.  You can see the blue underneath in the second picture with the waterfall removed.


The top rocks and waterfall come off, so that you can, you know, actually use it with miniatures.
A rear view.
And now for some glamour shots.

"What do we have here?"
"You're the hired help.  You go first!"
Gaudy jewelry for gaudily-dressed adventurers!
"I'm the biggest one of the whole group.  I'm hungry!"
"Ranger-girl!  Where are you?!"
"Peek-a-boo!"  "Oh, there you are."

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

79. Adventurers, Ready and Waiting...

...and waiting.  And waiting.

It's been a long time between updates, yet again.

Here are some Lost World style adventurers I recently painted.  They are from Copplestone Castings, specifically "AF04-Big Game Hunters."


This group is from Brigade Games, and is from their "Africa and the Lost Worlds" range.  This is "Hunters I."  I like that there is one lady who is willing to give this big-game-hunting-thing a try, and then there is her stern matron, watching disapprovingly (but who would probably be more dangerous wielding her umbrella than a rifle!).


This group is from Brigade Games, too.  This is their "Archaeologists & Assistants I" group.  Brigade Games has a lot of varied and interesting figures.


Finally, this is Captain Krustache and Erin the Archaeologist.  The Captain is from Pulp Miniatures, and was their Movember offering a year or two back.  They offer a new limited-run figure each year.  Erin is from Brigade Games, again from their "Africa and the Lost Worlds" range.  She stuck me as dressed less like an archaeologist and more like a dancing girl who got fed up being a slave and escaped.  So I painted her in silks (or at least I tried to).



That's about it.  Maybe someday I'll use them in a dinosaur-hunting game, and post pictures here to prove I still play.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, August 15, 2016

78. The Power of a 5-Year-Old's Imagination

I backed Dwarven Forge's first Kickstarter, their Game Tiles Dungeons.  I got them unpainted, then painted them myself.  They arrived in October 2013.

I also backed their Caverns Kickstarter.  I painted them myself too.  They arrived in December 2014.  

Somehow, my then-5-year-old son Henry started building Caverns with my newly-arrived, unpainted tiles.  So I took pictures of his creations, thinking it would be a short-lived interest.  Not so!  I suddenly realized that I've got a whole lotta pictures of Caverns he created, and then the Dungeons when I let him play with the now-painted Dungeon tiles.

So here are the pics, all in one place, mostly so I can revel in my child's imagination.  This first set of pictures were actually taken four days before his 5th birthday.  He got more use out of them in one day than I have ever!

If someone helped him build something, then they are included in the photo, otherwise it's all Henry.

No design is like another.  They're all unique.  It's so cool.

December 10, 2014







Henry and my older son Evan, then 16.


December 11, 2014








December 12, 2014

December 16, 2014




December 17, 2016
Then I started letting him play with some of my unpainted Reaper Bones figures from their huge Kickstarter.  There are also some "green Army men" in there, as well as some Cowboy figures....

December 18, 2014



December 24, 2014
And now, my daughter, Felicita, age 14.


January 6, 2015

January 7, 2015

January 12, 2015

January 13, 2015


February 3, 2015

February 5, 2015

February 7, 2015

February 8, 2015

February 9, 2015

February 10, 2015



February 11, 2015

February 12, 2015

February 14, 2015

February 18, 2015



February 19, 2015

February 20, 2015

February 24, 2015

February 25, 2015

February 27, 2015


March 5, 2015



March 6, 2015

March 7, 2015

March 16, 2015

March 24, 2015

March 29, 2015

March 30, 2015

April 1, 2015

April 14, 2015

April 15, 2015

April 24, 2015



May 5, 2015

May 21, 2015

June 30, 2015

July 7, 2015


August 7, 2015

August 20, 2015

October 6, 2015

I also backed the Acheson Creations' Dungeon World Kickstarter.  These remain unpainted (sigh).  They are not quite at versatile/durable as Dwarven Forge but they are still cool.

December 10, 2015, one year later exactly.

February 23, 2016

February 24, 2016
He wanted to take my picture.



May 3, 2016



June 6, 2016
Making that silly face....



August 10, 2016

And that brings us up to date!  I knew things would taper off eventually.  He goes back to them every once in a while now.

Somewhere along the line I let him begin playing with both my unpainted AND painted Reaper Bones figures.  That's the good thing about both the Dwarven Forge stuff and the Bones stuff:  they're practically indestructible!

Thanks for stopping by.