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!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Building the arena part 3

Well, I must apologise for rushing ahead and not reporting.
You see, I was so excited to have finished my arena that I completely forgot to log what I was doing.

Last time, I only had the outer wall to add.
I had some thin cork sheets that were once IKEA placemats. They're lovely and thin, so I thought I'd use them for the curved outer wall.

The wall was built in situ to get a better fit. First the inner side of the wall, then a few strengthening struts made of the thicker cork floor tiles, followed by the outer wall sections. The tips of the wall were sized up by flipping the whole thing upside down and drawing around the top on a cork tile.

Detailing on the outside was done by adding Depron (RTM, probably) to make the arches and card for the decorative strip. I've had the Depron for many years, just waiting for the right project, and this is certainly it. It's a thin but strong extruded polystyrene as far as I can tell. It bends easily without breaking, is strong and allows you to scribe detail onto it. Lovely stuff. It made the black arches you can see in the photos.

I sprayed the entrance portico part black to get the shadows in place and then gave it all a good covering of textured stone coloured spray paint, after blacking off the bits I wanted to stay black.

The roof tiles are by Warbases, those wonderful strips of card that have you cursing that you ever decided to put tiles on the roof, until you realise that the alternative is cutting out the individual tiles yourself. Wonderful things, those Warbases roofing strips!

All that remains was a bit of paint and the jobs done. I didn't get a shot of the finished arena on its own, so I've add a few shots of it in play at the Hereward show in Peterborough at the start of the month, complete with cricket pitch and pavilion!