Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mayan Vampire Priest and Brother Ernesto

A Mayan Vampire Priest, along with two Vampire Maidens have just completed a sacrifice to their dark and twisted gods.  He holds a still beating heart above his head, triumphantly.

Having heard of these dark rituals and evil creatures, the Vatican dispatched one of its most unlikely monster hunters; Brother Ernesto.

These are figure from Pontoonier Miniatures, sold at Newline Designs.  I painted up a bunch of these for Two Hour Wargames to use for an upcoming rule set.  Even though I posted them on a couple of forums, I'll have to get photos posted here.

Hmmm, I need to hit the Juan Deogo with some dull coat, as I missed the folds in his frock.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

TEOTWAWKI - More Blasted Ruins Painted

Here are three more ruined building pieces, made from the Gamecraft 6 story foam board building.  This line of pre-cut buildings is a great base to use for your ruins.  The uniformity of the doors and windows are a good contrast to the broken edges of the ruins.

Corner piece with bricked up windows.  The rusted cellar doors are carved in to the base. 

Large three story ruin.  The bank signage letters are cut from a cereal box to give them a bit of relief.

The last piece is a simple corner piece, with the details and floor slab made from pink foam.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Dire Wolf

Collectible miniatures are a great source of inexpensive figures.  I like rebasing/repainting them for reuse on the table. Here's a great example.  It's a dire wolf from Horrorclix.  I rebased it on a 30mm round and gave it a new paint job.
Here it is with an old 25mm Ral Partha monk for size comparison.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

TEOTWAWKI - Blasted Ruins WIP, Pt 3

Four more pieces ready for the paint booth.  Three are based on the Gamecraft foamboard pieces I've been  working with the past several posts.
I used DAS modeling clay to make the bricked up windows on this piece.
A plain corner piece
Large ruin using letters cut from a cereal box to give them relief.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Horrorclix Scarecrow Conversion

This is a re purposed Horrorclix Scarecrow figure.  I swapped the head with a Mantic Ghoul head; the least ghoulish one in the lot.  He's based on a 25mm slotta base and repainted.  The fig turned out pretty nice.  I like the dynamic pose, and the face has a suitably demented look about it.

I think it is going to find a place in my PA world, as a sort of whacked out homicidal maniac.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

TEOTWAWKI - Blasted Ruins First Look

Here are the pieces from the last week's TEOTWAWKI post painted and ready for the table.
A simple corner piece

Multi-story piece with removable upper level.

Corner stairs piece

Someone doesn't have a very positive attitude

Someone, or something, created that hole in the foundation...

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

On the Workbench 01/12

I hope the new year finds everyone in good health.  Big plans this year, so let's get started.  Here's this month's "On the Workbench" post.  Despite all that went on last month, I did manage to complete several items.

The new items and projects that I added stuff to are denoted by an * next to them.

On the Workbench for January 2012:
(This is all stuff that is partially finished; in no particular order)

15 28mm PA Survivors - 3, 5 man packs from Lead Adventure Miniatures 
20 Mantic Ghouls - Mantic Ghoul Regiment 
20 28mm Zombies - Wargames Factory Plastic Zombies
6 28mm Survivors - Obelisck Nighthawk gang 
5 28mm Vampires - Pontoonier Wierd West vampires for Two Hour Wargames.  Unfinished commission work that is grinding along on no certain timeline.
5 x MegaMinis Forest Creatures* - More commission work
11 x Pulp/Steampunk Minis* - Commision painting of some Fiendish Fabrications figures
8 28mm Survivors - Atcheson Designs ATZ figs.  Four down, eight to go.
28mm Post Apoc Ruins Project - Ruins made from Gamecraft's Foamcore 6 story building.  This one is half done.
10mm Ruins Project - Foamcore ruins for a BTech style game using Mechwarrior figs; another half finished project. 
28mm Vehicles* - 6-8 vehicles for my survivor; added another vehicle in November
15mm Suburbia - Paper/foamcore houses for suburban Lazarus. 
50 20mm WWII Russians - Minis for a semi defunct NUTS! East Front project I planned
2 T-34/85s - Same As Above
Various Fantasy/Sci Fi minis* - I have a box of old minis I use to try out techniques and hone my skills.  I have quite a few half painted figs that I'd like to finish

December's Finished Projects/Minis 
 (I will be posting these up through out the month, as I get photos and such)

20 Clicky Zombies - These will be up at Welcome To Lazarus this month.
2 x Ral Partha FantasyA Ranger and a Rogue
2 x Pontoonier Figures -  Mayan Vampire Priest and a Spanish Missionary, coming soon
3 x 28mm PA Ruins - 3 more ruins for my PA project on this blog
1 x Zombie Reindeer - Christmas greeting from WTL and the first mini in my 2012 FCM Challenge
4 x Acheson Creation ATZ Minis - Post over on WTL, as well
28mm River Barge - Post Apoc watercraft

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 Fifty Cent Miniature Challenge

Every year I challenge myself to do something hobby related.  You know, just to keep myself motivated and focused on something.  It varies from year to year.  Well, several years ago I did what I called the "Fifty Cent Miniature Challenge"  That is I take a miniature I acquired for fifty cents and see what I can parlay it into over the course of  year. Some times it was painting and selling a fig, other times it was horse trading for something, and still at other times reselling items I'de acquired.

Two years ago I did this with the figure you see to the right.  By Dec. 31st, I had managed to turn that fifty cent investment into a 36' flat screen TV; purchased with cash raised throughout the challenge, along with about $400 worth of gaming stuff.  That included miniatures, terrain, supplies, and what not.

I really enjoyed doing it and had a lot of neat gaming stuff pass through my hands in the process.  In the same spirit, I am announcing the start of my

"2012 Fifty Cent Miniature Challenge".

I've rummaged through my collection and found what I think is going to be a smashing figure to start with.  It's a great sculpt, and fits into a niche that even with today's economy seems to be doing well.  So, without further adieu, I unveil the first mini in the 2012 FCM Challenge:
This is a re-purposed Horrorclix mini that I used for my Christmas greeting over at Welcome To Lazarus.  I have a small case that will go with it, turning it into a nice little display figure, which is still gamable, if desired.

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