Greetings everyone, here is probably the last Reader's Showcase of the year and it is a good one. I actually intended to post this one before the Christmas holidays hit, but time just was not on my side. Joys of being the Christmas host means personal things such as the blog and painting must take a back seat, but on the plus side I do have some tasty gaming loot to share with everyone, anyway onwards to the figures! Sven rings out the year with another set of amazing Kingdom Death figures, this time he graces the pages of the 14th Legion blog with the Preacher and Preacher Pin-Up miniatures...
Hello everyone on this cold, wet and windy night! The fence has blown down (again) and the dog sprayed the living with mud, in typical winter fashion. Regular readers will know that I have been ecstatic with my huge order for Warzone: Resurrection arriving over the weekend. I had intended to do an un-boxing post/video, but in my enthusiasm I set about working on figures almost straight away. Despite having a massive Bauhuas collection (every figure available during the Kickstarter) I ultimately dove into my Mishima miniatures - a mere 25 in comparison. As of today, I have five Ronin and the Meka. built/primed and also five Hatamoto built, primed and in process of painting. I don't think I will be able to finish before Christmas Day, but I will be making a very good go at it, and at the very least I will have had a good practice at building and painting Warzone miniatures.
A very quick post here as I am extremely excited about what has arrive today, no less than 3 boxes taped together of Prodos Games Warzone: Resurrection miniatures, books and cards! As you can imagine I am going to be spending quite a bit of time going through and checking what is here and what is not (there is a second wave of releases coming next month). Needless to say, there will be a lot of new content coming to the blog and not a moment to soon, with Christmas a few days away.
So thank you Jarek and Rob of Prodos Games, your communication throughout has been excellent, even going so far as to phone me in person to reassure and inform me of the order status. It is the little things like that, that go a long way to building a positive reputation in the community.
Well I managed to blow it...In typical one step forward, two steps back this squad has gone from being on the verge of completion to far from done. I made the mistake of trying to do the decals today, normally not a suspicious person; it does seems that the curse of Friday 13th has struck today. So what exactly is the problem? Well today I actually managed to finish everything for the Tactical Squad bar markings, with Forge World transfers and Microsol/Microset in hand, I thought this would be a quick and easy final home stretch.
Alas not to be...Despite following the guides ie: gloss varnish area etc the transfer turned out bad, fair enough I thought, lets remove the transfer and start again. Not a chance. The Microset ended up stripping the varnish underneath and the paint, leaving the shoulders pads with scratches of plastic. I even managed to balls up the banner, with the paint turning out grainy at one end and glossy due to some problem with the drying, the other end!
So the remedy has been to carefully remove the shoulder pads and strip them completely for an re-painting tomorrow. In regards to the iconography, I am probably going to hand paint everything, as this at least gives me total control of how it looks and also allows me much greater control of mistakes, compared to using transfers and chemicals. With the banner, I am going to mask the veteran sergeant and airbrush it, so that it matches everything else.
There was a reason I stopped using transfers long ago, today was quite a bitter reminder as too why I did in the first place...Luckily no damage was done to the figures when removing the pads, but I am calling it a day, first thing tomorrow will be clean up and some free hand practice.
Our scheduled hobby announcement is interrupted today by a freshly delivered and extremely large box , that is as big as my dog. Arriving early this morning via a very pleasant courier driver is a box from UK eBay seller CollectiblesdirectUK.
Sven is back with two more complete Kingdom Death figures: The Forge Priest and the Mother. These are two very different figures and sculpts, with one being a violent hammer swinging action pose, while the other is a static, eerie ritual to bloody demonic birth. But enough from me, I will let the photos (and Sven) do the talking for me.
I am reaching the finish point with this squad of Space Marines, just a few final details and highlights to complete before I move onto the final phase of adding transfers. I have learnt a lot working on this squad so far, especially in the sharp highlight's area, which previously I had struggled with ie Minotaurs and Dark Angels. The Crimson gloves and details are just how I want them, as a rich contrast to the midnight blue of their armour. I love the description used in the Traitor's Gorge novella, where the Crimson Fist's armour is so dark that they blend into the shadows of night, a great image in my mind.
Adding the transfers will be a relatively new thing for me, I have not used decals in over 20 years, so I expect to lose some time figuring out the 'right' way of doing things. I am armed with Micro Sol and Micro Set solution, but have done only minimal reading up on the proper way to use these two solution. I am sure that after a practice run tomorrow/Wednesday I will be able to crack on and finish the rest of the squad by the end of the week. If I can finish a squad before Christmas hits to accompany my Captain, I will be very pleased.
In regards to the Captain, he won't be sitting alone for too long, I have started chopping away at some old figures in my collection and am slowly piecing together a Command Squad, with a Rogue Trader themed Apothecary, I have even managed to get my hands on the new Reclusiarch figure as an individual piece to add to the company command.
I am really looking forward to blogging about those once the Tactical Squad is complete and am far happier with my descision to work on a background base army over a gaming list.
Our weekly contributor Sven is truly turning out to be a painting machine. Not content with powering through his impressive Dung Beetle Knight in a few days, he has followed up with another trio of Kingdom Death miniatures...
Greetings, here is a list of auctions coming to end this week, there is a wide variety of second hand, brand new in box (BNIB) and out of production (OOP) miniatures from popular wargaming systems. Most auctions are starting at .99p and will be sent by Recorded Delivery (UK) or International Signed For (rest of world) for buyer confidence. So check out the auctions and catch a potential bargain this week!
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