I've not been doing much blogging recently - either writing my own articles or reading other people's. Here's a nice, simple posting to try to get me back into the swing of things. It's just a catalogue of recently-finished models, but still I home you enjoy it.
|Everything in one picture. These are all the models I've completed in the last 3 or so weeks, I think.|
|A Torii gate from Sarissa Precision, with a lot of filler added to hide the "steps" between the layers of MDF. This is a ceremonial gate associated with a Shinto sacred place (it might be a temple, but it might equally be something else). It's a huge and very imposing model that could be used as a less dramatic structure for 54mm or even larger models, I think.|
|After Sir Henry's achievements in our most recent campaign game of Pulp Alley (see here for details), I decided that I needed to be able to represent him in his diving suit. Well, here he is...|
|Hippos from Wargames Foundry. I dithered over these for quite a long while as they're quite expensive. In the end, I decided that (a) they're good representations of the animal [not necessarily true of all manufacturers' hippos] and (b) I liked the idea of the waterline and half-submerged versions as well as the one on dry land.|
|More Greek Mythology, also courtesy of Wargames Foundry. On the left is the winged hero and Argonaut Zetes, son of Boreas, god of the north wind, and on the right is the Hydra. I wasn't convinced by Foundry's hydra model when I saw the picture in their catalogue, but with a different colour scheme and camera angle, I think it looks impressive!|
|It's been a while since I finished any new stuff for Frostgrave, I think. Here are a wizard and apprentice, colour-matched and ready for adventure. Both are from North Star, though I forget which school of magic they represent.|
|More Test of Honour figures now. This is Tadashi the Dishonoured (sp?), leader of a band of ronin. He's followed by 3 more thuggish, disinherited samurai.|
|To add some missile power to my "bushi" samurai, I've recently painted these arquebusiers from Perry Miniatures. 3 are in red for use by my Takeda clan, whilst the 3 in black have Oda clan markings.|
|I've painted some other Perry Miniatures samurai. Here are 5 bases of casualties and I think that these are some of the best figures I've come across in a long time. The poses are life-like (or "death-like", if you prefer) and the sculpting is excellent! I particularly like the wounded samurai being helped to leave the field by one of his faithful retainers whilst using his sword as a walking stick. The grimace on his face hints at the pain the injured man is feeling, though his code of honour requires him to hide such weakness.|
|I like the samurai casualty models so much that I've added another picture of them. The slightly different angle shows the detail on the fallen figures much better.|
Well, that's it - for now! Please let me know what you think of these models. Also, feel free to ask questions about anything I may have missed.
Prolific output and some fantastic looking figures.ReplyDelete
It's difficult to pick a favourite since quality is so good across the board.
I'd like to know how you painted the hippos, the colours look really good, and creatures like that are so difficult to get right.
It will be nice to have to have an option of some additional ashigaru firepower.
The casualties look superb, as does the Ronin leader with his kanabo and manga haircut.
Thanks, Steve - I like them all as well! I just noticed that I didn't do a close-up of the ox cart :-( ...Delete
Eye Candy indeed right across the board Hugh - though I especially like the Torii gate and buntai additions since they act as inspiration for my current project :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks! I'm very much on a "samurai" theme at the moment, but my terrain is lagging behind my soldiers a bit. The torii gate is huge, but distinctively Japanese; it will be very useful as such.Delete
Absolutely splendid. I really do like everything here. (tiny bit jealous as well!)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Clint. It's not my intention to make anyone jealous; my apologies if I have unwittingly caused such emotions.Delete
Wow, you have been a busy chap ! Somestunning artowk on the Samurai (the helmet mons especially).ReplyDelete
I'm also pleased to see the Argonauts getting a reinforcement too - they'll no doubt need him!
Thanks, Joe. The insignia on the samurai & ashigaru are decals rather than hand-painted, of course.Delete
Yes, the Argonauts have a new hero. However, in the original stories Zetes wasn't a particularly high-powered guy [at least, when compared with the likes of Jason or Heracles!] You would think that being able to fly would have made him a more major figure, but no...
Very nice, I especially like the hydra!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Skully. Glad you like them!Delete
Just three weeks and you already have an impressive collection of minis painted. Those hippos look especially nice.ReplyDelete
Thanks. I spent quite a while agonising over what colour to paint the hippos, before I discovered the secret: they're purple! Not pure purple or anything like it, of course :-) - but the blend I made did have some purple in it...Delete
Everyone looked amazing, but the hydra and the arquebusiers are beyond amazing.ReplyDelete
That's very kind of you to say so, Baconfat. Thanks!Delete