Friday, 3 March 2017

Prince August Orc

I came across this rather odd looking figure in a box I picked up from a freind a while ago. Not knowing who made it, I asked the experts on the Vintage Miniatures facebook page and got an immediate, if unexpected reply.

It seems the figure is one of the old Prince August "cast your own" Orc. I remember these kits from back in the day. The kit included three different moulds, a block of lead, a clamp and a metal crucible to pour the lead all over your fingers, as it seemed to me back then. I was never brave enough to buy one.

Well, imagine my surprise to discover that the kits are still being sold!
I still don't really to buy one, but more because I can't be bothered than any sense of fear for my hands.

The denizens of facebook pointed out that the figures don't have the best reputation for quality. Whilst I agree with that they're not the best, I thought a lick of paint would bring out its hidden quality.

I think he look pretty good if I may say so. I had to give him a moustache because what I assume is a jowl or perhaps just a protruding top lip actually protrudes so much that it looked really odd painted in the skin colour, which as we all know, should never be green...

I'll leave you with the painted pictures, and a link to the Prince August "cast your own" website.
Let me know if you try them out, but I accept no responsibility for burnt hands.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Ghoul queen

Painting for the Cthulhu Wars game is coming along nicely, but there's nothing finished to show yet. I've decided to start with the cultists to get the mental obstacle of painting 24 nearly identical figures out of the way before launching into the weirdness of the bigger models.

I did bump into Annie at Vapnartak last weekend though. Hardly surprising as she had a vendor stall there! She very kindly gave me a couple of her new sculpt, the Ghoul Queen to paint, one of which will be winging its way back to Cardiff so that she can take some decent photos of it!

So here is the as yet unnamed Ghoul Queen. A lovely clean resin cast of a great sculpt. The left arm comes unattached and there is a small amount of leeway in how you attach it.

She should be available by the time anybody reads this, from

Now back to the Cthulhu stuff...

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Cthulhu Wars

My first project of 2017 is to paint my friend Mark's copy of Cthulhu Wars, and I promised him that I would blog my progress, so here goes.

First, an overview of the task at hand.

The game pieces are divided into four factions: Great Cthulhu (green), Crawling Chaos (blue), Black Goat (red) and Yellow Sign (yellow). Each faction has six cultist models.

In addition to the cultists, the Great Cthulhu faction includes: four Deep Ones, two Shoggoths, two Star Spawn and the great sleepy dreamer himself.

Crawling Chaos has three Nightgaunts, three Flying Polyps, two Hunting Horrors and Nyarlathotep.

The Black Goat of the Woods faction is represented by: two Ghouls, four Fungi from Yuggoth, three Dark Young and Shub-Niggurath

Madness will be dished out by the yellow faction in the form of: six Undead, four Byakhee, The King in Yellow and Hastur.

That's a total of 64 figures, some of them absolutely huge, and 8 faction markers.

I've been asked to paint them as game pieces rather than wargaming miniatures so that they are easily identifiable as part of their faction by colour.

Should keep me going for a while; I'm looking forward to this...

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Ghosts of Gaia

Annie of Bad Squiddo Games has a Kickstarter running at the moment. The Ghosts of Gaia is a range of "Post Apocalyptic Badass Female Miniatures" in 28mm. She kindly gave me a couple of the figures to paint: Abra and Angel.

Abra is a Psyker who has channeled so much energy through her psi-orbs that her body is covered in weeping pustules. Apparently if she were to remove the bandages, her skin would come away with them. Nice.

Little is known of Angel. She's been around a while and she's the stern but loyal leader of the Ghosts.

Sculpted by Shane Hoyle, the figures have lots of lovely details without being over-fussy in the way some big companies' figures can be. They're well cast and paint up really nicely. The detail is crisp and little cleanup was required.

The kickstarter funded in well under an hour, so these figures are definitely coming. All 10 Ghosts are now unlocked and you can also get some Guinea Pigs with guns. You know they'll come in useful sooner or later! Rumours of a gun-toting capybara may or may not be true...

In honour of Annie's chaos army (see here: ), I decided to give Abra bleeding eyes!


Monday, 14 November 2016

Have Fun Storming the Castle!

I recently saw this set of Pirate Miniatures on the Antediluvian Miniatures' website and panic bought them. They look familiar somehow...

I asked my wife how I should paint them; she just said "as you wish", so I just used my imagination.

Tempted as I was to paint them with my left hand, I thought the results may not be quite what I would want from such a beautifully sculpted set of miniatures, so I used my usual right hand, and starting with Bonetti's defense, reached for the paint.

I look forward to devising a scenario for these chaps. It'll probably involve a land war in Asia.

In case you must know who makes them, get used to dissappointment.
(or look here:  )

Please understand I hold them in the highest respect.


Monday, 31 October 2016

Simon de Montfort

I received this figure of Simon de Montfort when I attended a Lion Rampant day at Wargames Illustrated HQ in January of last year. I'm not sure what the history of the sculpt is, I seem to remember it being given away as a freebie in WI around that time. He looks a bit like a Mark Copplestone sculpt, but I may be wrong...not sure about the face. If anybody out there knows more, I'd love to hear.

Anyway, he's finally worked his way up my lead pile and is ready to lead my Lion Rampant army. I shied away from painting the white lion on his tabard out of sheer cowardice. I was rather pleased with how the red turned out and didn't want to spoil it!