Monday, 10 December 2012

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 just makes me think of a gunslinger caught mid-motion as he draws and spins to face his attacker.


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.

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Discworld samuel Sam Vimes miniature micro art studioDiscworld samuel Sam Vimes miniature micro art studio

I got to try out the Vallejo Model Colour starter set for the first time and they were really nice to work with. I did still use a touch of Devlan Mud too, but otherwise, very pleased with the Vallejo paints.

Blood Angels: Commander Dante and Captain Tycho

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 Sanguinary Guard jump packs to modernise him a little. Then it was onto a 40mm scenic base and into the paint queue.

3rd Company Captain - Erasmus Tycho:

Tycho was a little more simple, just some cutting and filing of damaged/squashed details and had to re-sculpt a small section of his nose/cheek, purity seals and other small bits.
Then I added one of the drop pod chapter marking plates to a section of rod for a small banner.
Once again, onto a 40mm scenic base and into the paint queue.

I still have to paint up The Sanguinary Priest - Corbulo, he's in the paint queue somewhere down the line though.


Trying new things with miniature photography

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

Adeptus Arbites Arbitrator Conversion Inq28 Dark heresy 40k

Adeptus Arbites Arbitrator Conversion Inq28 Dark heresy 40k

Khorne Berzerker

Khorne Berzerker Chaos Space Marine Conversion 40k

Khorne Berzerker Chaos Space Marine Conversion 40k

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 Ares

Massive Voodoo

This is all completely off of the top of my head, as i said it's likely I've forgotten someone unfortunately.

I just wanted to point these out and say it is not necessarily the method in which any one of them displays their models.
Be that lush photography set-up, useful advice, interesting set pieces, inspiring backdrops, awesome dioramas...
But the dedication, feel and general atmosphere that I was seeking.

I love getting lost in the creation of a characters, miniatures, units and armies. The miniature hobby has been such an amazing portion of my personal and social life and I just wanted to take the time to try and showcase my own miniatures in a more loving and thought out way.

I do not think my photography method is perfect, but I like where it is going now. It is probably always going to be an evolving process.

But thank you to those I've mentioned above for the inspiration (and to those that may have been overlooked too.)


Goblin Samurai miniature conversion for D&D

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.

Goblin samurai conversion D&D character

Goblin samurai conversion D&D character

Goblin samurai conversion D&D character

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.