Friday, 10 August 2018

Speed Painting Zombicide Black Plague/Green Horde Spectral Walkers

Wanting to get back on track for my goal of 500 figures painted this calendar year I decided to speed paint some Spectral Walkers from the recent Zombicide Green Horde Expansion - No Rest For The Wicked.

You can use the below technique for anything spirity or ghostly

The way I did this is as follows:

  • Based them.
  • Primed them White
  • Washed the bases with dark washes, Picked out debris and dry brushed it white
  • Brush on some varying skin tones
  • Washed the Spectral Walkers with GW Nighthaunt Gloom
  • Picked out eyes
  • Varnished!

About 3 - 4 hours total and knocked over 18 figures! I added the base details so I can use them for other gaming systems.

Unpainted figures... they dont belong in a box 

Recycling some spare materials rather than landfil

Zombicide Spectral Walkers
Not bad for 3-4 hours

How to paint Zombicide Spectral Walkers
The Three Poses

A Song of Ice & Fire - Stark Sworn Swords

I backed the recent CMON Kickstarter a Song of Ice & Fire.  Being a wargamer and a fan of Game of Thrones I was destined to invest in this... and I am glad I did. In this article I will show you how to paint the Stark Sworn Swords.

I would describe the figures as 32mm True Scale.  Some will disagree however they are well proportioned and easy to paint.

I did the Blue/Grey theme as I dont get to paint these colours as much as I would like to.

The recipe I used is as follows using all Vallejo Acrylics.  This is how I painted them.

Prime Black
Armour - Drybrush Gunmetal, Drybrush Silver, Drybrush Metallic Blue for Shields
Clothing - Field Blue
Underarmour - Leather Brown
Wood - Maroon
Fur and Shield Straps - Khaki
Straps and Leather - Chocolate

Use Army Painter Quick Shade then highlight with above colours adding Ivory for extra layers of highlighting

Base - Chocolate, Drybrush Iraqi Sand.  Add Citadel Valhallan Blizzard and top with Woodland Scenics Soft Flake Snow

Finish with 2 coats of AK Interactive Ultimate Matte Varnish

I decided to batch paint these as I want to get them on the table. 

a song of ice & fire stark sworn swords
There are not too many poses available how there are some subtle differences in the troops

A Song of Ice & Fire Stark Sworn Swords
A Captain and Banner Man
How to paint Stark Sworn Swords
All 26 of them painted up, I need a bigger light box!

Friday, 27 July 2018

Converting Frostgrave - Part 2 - Thaumaturge, Apprentice and Some Soldiers

I have finished painting my latest four Frostgrave Models.  I really wanted to make a Plastic Wizard and Apprentice from the Sprues available so I went for a Thaumaturge and their apprentice as I really like their school of spells. 

I made a Cultist Soldier who could be a treasure hunter or a thief and a Soldier Carrying a Two Handed Weapon for whatever you please.

Frostgrave Conversions How to Convert Frostgrave
How I did these conversions.  All using available Frostgrave Sprues

Forstgrave Converted Wizard
Cultists, Thaumaturge, Soldier, Thaumaturge Apprentice

Frostgrave Sprue Conversion

Frostgrave Thaumaturge
Converted Thaumaturge and Apprentice.  I went for Healing friendly Colours

Frostgrave Cultist
Converted Cultist and Soldier
Frostgrave Treasure
Some bonus 3D Printed Treasure

I am eagerly awaiting the Frostgrave Female Soldiers which should be coming out later this year and will also like to get my hand on some Oathmark Sprues for more conversions!

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Some Frostgrave Skeletons and lets get to 500 Painted Figures!

So you can see in my little table (view web version) I have acquired quite a few figures this year!  This is largely thanks to a couple of kickstarters arriving and some Sales/offers that were just too good to say no to.  I want to paint 500 figures this year and I am slightly below that target but determined to get it.

To help me get there I quickly pumped out 10 Mantic Games Skeletons.  These will be used an NPCs or even as a Warband for Frostgrave!  Great little skeletons however I am slightly in favour of the Old School Games Workshop Skeletons. 

I am really loving the Winter Theme

A Small Force of Austrians For Sharp Practice

With the aim of playing a game with a close friend of mine I painted up some Napoleonic Austrians for Sharp Practice.  In addition to what I had already painted, I added 4 more Line Infantry, 2 NCOs, 1 Officer, 6 Skirmishing Jaegers and an Artillery Piece.  Of note the Artillery Piece was of poor casting quality from Perry Miniatures which is usually excellent.  I didnt put too much effort into the gun as a result.  All my Austrians are from Perry.  The plastics are brilliant.

I am most pleased with this little force and SP2 is a brilliant game! I have included some bonus pictures of our 2 games.

Perry Miniatures Austrians

28mm Napoleonic Austrians

Austrian Jaegers

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Frostgrave - Creating Felstad

I have been very busy 3D printing and painting terrain for Frostgrave.  The game is based around the Frozen City of Felstad which is in ruins and the snows have melted attracting adventurers.

All the images in this post contain 3D printed terrain and everything except the bases is printed.  I will start off with some post edited photos first to set the scene.

Frostgrave Terrain
Cultists come running out of a Graveyard 

Frostgrave Warband
Frostgrave Cultists

Frostgrave Terrain
Just some of my Frostgrave Cultists available 

Soldiers fighting their way through the Graveyard

Frostgrave Soldiers

Frostgrave Witch Spell
A Witch and his Apprentice practicing the dark arts

Frostgrave Witch and Apprentice
... something disturbs them

Frostgrave Witch Hunter
The Witch Hunters Seek them out

Frostgrave Terrain
Surrounded the fight is on

Frostgrave Zombies
Zombies raising from their Graves

Frostgrave Necromancer
A necromancer in a wooded area raises some frozen corpses

All of the scenery is from Thingiverse or Printable Scenery.  The Graveyard is a particular favorite of mine.  All the Graveyard components are from Printable Scenery.  I used some left over plasticard for the path and used a tree and centre tombstone from Thingiverse.

Frostgrave Terrain

3D Printed Dungeon entrance
The tombstone slides back revealing an underground Crypt... or dungeon

Ulvheim ruins available from Printable Scenery

Ruined Gothic Abby from Pritable Scenery.  I printed it in four pieces
 and in hindsight should of just printed it as one piece

CD Terrain trees
CD Trees.  Better than throwing the CDs out I got some trees from Thingiverse
and mounted them to this now redundant technology

CD Terrain
To cover the gap I immortalised some Warlord Games employees.  Each CD has a unique
quality control slip entombed in it

This is only the start for the terrain I am creating for Felstad.  Make sure to follow me on twitter for updates!

... and finally there is only Death in the Frozen City