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Steampunk Adventurer

My Gaming group is always playing around with the idea of starting a steampunk roleplaying campaign of some description.

Possibly using one or a combination of systems/settings: Abney Park's Airship Pirates, Victoriana, Iron Kingdoms.

Even if whoever decides to run a game says they won't be using figures, because the miniature hobby comes naturally, I tend to make figures of my characters anyway.

So I put together this figure in preparation, a sort of steampunk adventurer/gunslinger:

It is a very minor conversion and alternative paint-job.

The base figure is a Cygnar Gun-Mage Captain Adept from the Warmachine gameline produced by Privateer Press.

The only conversion work was to the rear of the miniature, I left the sword off and instead attached the ammo bags/satchel from the warhammer 40k Ork Boyz sprue.

Then it was just a quick paint-job and done.

The pose the original miniature is in, is to indicate he is casting a spell with/through his pistol.
I thought it looked quite dynamic and…

Samual Vimes of the Night Watch

Terry Pretchett's Discworld has many odd and wonderful characters in it.
Samuel Vimes is one of my favourites, I know that in art he has a little bit of a Clint Eastwood look to him, but in all the years I read discworld novels growing up I imagined him played in my imaginary cast by the now late and great Pete Postlethwaite.

This is another miniature that I painted for my friend Craig but this time as a sort of combined birthday present.
Our friend Jessica bought the miniature for Craig's birthday but didn't think she could do it justice and asked me to paint it for him.

When Jessica approached me and asked me to paint this miniature I was in a bit of a heavy hobby slump and had been having a difficult time sitting and painting for quite some time.

So I decided to make things interesting and challenging myself to stick to this starter box set of 8 Vallejo model paint colours...


I did allow myself the luxury of a little bit of Citadel's Devlan Mud.

Blood Angels Special Characters

I finished painting some miniatures for a couple of my friends a little while back, but I just didn't get around to taking pictures of them.

Here's some shots of two Blood Angels special characters I painted for my friend Craig for his force when he first started in the hobby.
The miniatures actually came from another friend's old collection that he gave to e when leaving the hobby.

I rummaged around in my storage boxes and found what I could, being lead miniatures there was some unavoidable softening of some details and Dante actually had both hands missing. So I decided to fix them up and give them a new lease of life in somebody else' collection.

Chapter Master - Commander Dante:

I had to scratch build a new Inferno pistol for Dante, I believe it used parts from a chaos plasma pistol, a meltagun and some guitar wire.
I built up the Axe Mortalis from an old veteran sergeant power axe from my bits box and a small section of a banner top.
I also picked up one of the awesome S…

Miniature Photography Redux - part 1

I've been experimenting with how I take pictures of my miniatures and how i would like to display them on my blog.

There are many skilled and talented bloggers out there that probably do it a hell of a lot better than me. But this method is working for me at the moment, I may tweak and change it at a later date. And I'll hold off from a tutorial until I master the way I do it.

Here are a couple of shots of miniatures I've posted before on the blog, but with the new method:

Adeptus Arbites

Khorne Berzerker

Inspiration and Research
And for the benefit of people who want to do it themselves or just want to read some great blogs, posts and articles. Here's a handful of links to sites, blogs and articles I found inspirational for this purpose, although there's very likely more I should have highlighted and I apologise for my forgetfulness:

Spiky Rat Pack

Tears of Isstvan

Rust and the City


Legion of Plastic

King's mini's

Opus Maius

Gardens of Hecate

First Point of…

Goblin Samurai

My friend Gregory had rolled up a Goblin Samurai for an all goblin D&D campaign we were going to be taking part in.

He asked me for help looking for a suitable miniature, but after a lot of fruitless searching he gave up and tried to figure out how to convert one.

Never one to pass up an opportunity, I used this problem to my advantage. I converted and painted up this miniature as his birthday gift for a few reasons:

- 1. He couldn't find one anywhere else.
- 2. He doesn't really feel that confident yet about his converting skill.
- 3. I do.
- 4. It meant I didn't have to think of something else to get him. (bonus!!!)

The majority of the miniature is citadel plastics with some scratch built elements thrown in.

Off the top of my head the parts were as follows:

- Skaven Clanrat torso.
- Goblin wolf rider arms.
- Goblin legs.
- Either a Goblin or Gretchin head.
- The armour sections were cut up Goblin shields.


A little high, a little low...

Feeling pretty good today...

Managed to finish organising all my photographs that have been uploaded to photobucket so far, which meant I was able to get several articles posted up on my Hobby blog.

Now I'm just trying to fight off a strange oppressive lethargy that's started coming over me.

I want to get on with more hobby stuff, but I'm finding it hard to focus my mind right now...

Maybe later on tonight I'll be better.

No hobby yet, but still some productivity...

Song of the day : The Prodigy - Spitfire
Now I've got the blog back I decided to get some work done around my workspace.

Mess is always a problem and I like to get organised before I throw myself into any creative work.

We had/have a damp problem, can't be helped with big old houses. And we had some furniture too damaged to save. Among them were several bookcases, i managed to salvage many of the shelves, which have just been sat around taking up space.

So armed with some screws, a few nearby tools and a nice cup of tea, I managed to crank out some new bits of furniture for the hobby room.

Starting with this:

Then this:

They've turned out a lot like me... Not very pretty, but sturdy and functional...

So they should help with a little more storage space around the room.

I also decided to whip up a treat for the kids dinner:

Homemade crisps,garlic and herb potato wedges, with a ham and cheese BBQ baked bean dip.

'twas very nice :)

On the hobby front, I'm just moving a couple of …

We're half way there...

I haven't done anything hobby related for a little while,but I'll soon change that.

I still have the tables to clear off and I've been quite busy looking after the pregnant rats.

We have 24 rat pups at this moment in time, all seem to be quite fit and healthy.

So that's 3 females delivered, 3 more to go...

Take care everyone,


Khorne Berzerker : army concept figure

A few years ago I converted and painted this is a miniature with an eye toward doing an entire Khorne Chaos Space Marine army, possibly World Eaters.

Unfortunately it never went further, I had a hobby slump of a couple of years and never went back to it.

I still like the miniature, even though I can see rough spots that I could do better now.

He just sits up on my shelf looking at me now, a lone berzerker....


I may go back to this project yet... We'll see.

See you around,

Gaming terrain : Field Stone Wall Sections

I'm getting around to populating my tabletop with some terrain I've had on a back burner for a while.

Soon I'm hoping that there will be no more "counts as" props for landmarks on the battlefield.

I actually made these wall sections a months ago, but I've only just got around to painting and flocking them.

The wall sections are each 6" inches long, in Warhammer you roll for D3 6" obstacles on terrain set-up.

These wall sections are pretty versatile for table set-up. Whether it is for wargaming or roleplay. They can be random obstacles and line-of-sight blockers, or placed to make larger terrain like gardens and pastures alongside any buildings and other terrain is placed on the board.

Here's a scale shot of them, I just grabbed a nearby miniature to illustrate it. As you can see, the walls come to slightly higher than waist height on a 28mm miniature, but the process of making them could be modified for different scales very easily.

Since I made these…

My appreciation of the Games Workshop hobby, the many staff I have met and my random quest of randomness...

This is an article I was supposed to post up last week-ish, but I fell ill and that disrupted things...
Here it is nonetheless...

Hey everyone,
this is going to be an odd one. But maybe it will give you a bit of a peek into how my head works at times and the difficulties I sometimes have to break through.

It is a bit of a ramble, but please stick with it.

Forewarned is forearmed...

The other day whilst I was stripping the Realm of battle boards I had a torrent of thoughts and ideas rolling around in the maelstrom I call a mind.

It happened pretty much like it does whenever I partake in monotonous duties of some kind, for instance when I worked as a packer in a warehouse, padding shelves at Virgin Megastore, when cleaning, peeling vegetables or preparing dinner in general for the kids and in this instance whilst washing and scrubbing the boards.

At moments like this my mind gets to roil with ideas, half-formed thoughts and day dreams. It can be a blessing or a curse at different time…

Stripping my realm of battle gameboards...

Hi everyone, the stomach bug seems to be abating, so I can finish editing some of my articles and get back to normal...

Well... As normal as I ever get to be...

I recently found out that static grass aggravates my allergies leaving me very sore in the throat, nose and eyes.

Now that's a bit of a problem considering that much of the terrain I still have has it on there, including my Realm of Battle gameboards and the stuff tends to shed.

So a few days ago I decided to do something about it...

I quickly popped out to the supermarket to buy a cheap scrubbing brush. And as soon as I got back home I strapped on a dust mask, welding goggles, grabbed my brush, grabbed a couple of small tea strainers and put on my slippers...

(Don't look at me like that... we have tiled floors in the bathroom and my feet get cold...)

Then looking like a strange cross between Mr Muscle and a fat road warrior, I took my Realm of Battle boards into the bathroom to face their fates.

How I went about stripping the…

A visit from Father Nurgle...

I would have been finishing the editing on a couple of articles to post up...

And yesterday I was to be roleplaying with my games group, for the first time in a while we had pretty much everybody there...


My children decided I was to get the nasty stomach bug that kept them off school all week...


So I had to skip out on roleplay...

And my guts have been twisting all day...

Sometimes Nurgle's blessings can be quite a hindrance...

Take care everybody.

I'll try to...


How I Strip Painted Miniatures...

Sometimes you may have old miniatures lying around that you want to refresh with a better paint job.

Or maybe you bought some second hand from Ebay or elsewhere and the paint job is either not what you'd like or too thick to try painting over.

If so then this may be just what you need.

I've had a few people talk to me about this recently so I decided to quickly put this article together.

I grabbed a couple of old miniatures from my bits-box (one metal, one plastic... I have not used this on resin/finecast) to go through this step by step.

What you WILL need:

- miniatures to be stripped
- a suitable container (I use old jars, tupperware, take-away containers...)
- a cheap/old toothbrush
- Fairy Power Spray

What you MAY need:

- a pin/needle or fine tipped scalpel
- somewhere safe to put the miniatures to dry (away from small children and such.)

First I usually coat the bottom of the chosen container with a little of the spray, just to ensure even coverage of the miniatures.

The miniatures are…

Dagan Learns to Paint Miniatures - part :02 - Finished her first lesson...

Right... Finally got around to taking some pictures of Dagan's first lesson...

So here we are, Dagan's Ork on the Left, mine on the right.

In the previous two posts we had gone over:

- painting a neat base coat

- laying down a wash coat

And this was the final step for her first lesson:

- Using the original base colours to highlight the figure back up

I think she's done a awesome job, she was very pleased with it too.

A very neat, tabletop level.

I said her,

"If at 11 years old she can paint like this with just a little effort, then when she's older she'll be a fantastic miniature painter..."

Take care,


Terrain : Temple Rock - w.i.p. part:1

I haven't made any large pieces of scratch built gaming terrain for probably going on years now.

So when I finally had some space to work on on our tables and had some drive, I had a quick look through my junkyard of collected bits and got to work without a plan.

Quick rundown of materials I grabbed:

Hot glue gun
Extendable craft blade
Insulation foam board
MDF board
Plastic temple

Please excuse the slightly blurred images, I took quick snaps as I was working...

The MDF base was one I had already cut to shape some time ago when I was going to make a large hill, it got put to one side but handily was just the perfect size for this project.

The building itself is the temple from the Dark World board game, it's been just sat waiting for the right project and I hot glued it to the thinner end of the base before working on the rock face.

(I grabbed a nearby figure to give a sense of scale.)

The rock face is constructed out of chunks of insulation foam, it is built up around some blocks of th…

Why has it been so quiet..?

Hello out there...

Sorry that it's been a bit quiet around here recently...

But life just has a way of taking you by surprise with a swift kick to the happy sack sometimes...

My mother and I both were really ill with an unknown Streptococcal infection, I was completely delirious for near on a week and quarantined from the rest of my family. But the anti-biotics the doctors prescribed did the job and we're a hell of a lot better now...

Also during this time we had a series of water leaks pouring through the light fittings of the kitchen, the ceiling has been gutted and the place re-plumbed and more work is being done (plastering etc).
So the house is a bit of a disaster area, the room with all my hobby materials has been used as storage for pretty much everything from the kitchen...

But once the madness has settled down I'll try and get back up to speed and get some more articles posted up...

Until then, take care everyone.


Mask of Death Arrived!!!

I got an awesome parcel delivered today...

I backed the Kickstarter project that was based upon the hilarious movie The Gamers:Dorkness Rising and have just received the adventure supplement The Mask of Death, which the protagonist are playing in the movie.

It is full colour and signed by the cast and has some quite fun but quite ridiculous pieces of custom content for Pathfinder (Feats mentioned in the movie that didn't exist in the "Core Rules").

I also got a "Mound of dead bards" miniature along with it...


I'm looking forward to putting it together and painting it up, but i know I'm going to be tempted to use it sometime...

Maybe a kingdom where bards are forbidden... Or a rough tavern that doesn't take kindly to joviality...

Anyway... that's all i wanted to post up...

Take care everyone.


Dagan Learns to Paint Miniatures - part :01.5?

I managed to take a couple of snaps before the school run of the miniatures post-wash but pre-highlight.

(apologies for my image quality of late... I've not really had time or space to set up my shots properly...)

Dagan Learns to Paint Miniatures - part :01

As I mentioned in an earlier post, it was my daughter's 11th birthday recently.

Dagan had expressed an interest in getting into the gaming hobby, so for her birthday my gift to her was a new set of brushes and one on one personal tuition.

I am by no means a master figure painter, but I know enough to teach her the lessons many of us only discover after many years of trial and error.

I decided to keep things as simple as possible so I don't overload her with too much information and to combat the notorious short attention span of a child.

So, it had to be quick, relatively easy and at least look half-decent afterward.

Therefore I'm going to teach her these basic steps:
- neat basecoat
- wash layer
- simple highlight with original base colours

(And during this session I've also been slipping in little tid-bits about brush control, brush care and shown her little examples of different techniques...)

I dug out two Warhammer 40,000 Ork boyz from the many I have lying around, she has …