Friday, 21 April 2017

Chronicles of the Wayfarer

My name was put forward by my Facebook friend and blogger James aka Jimboba to paint some miniatures by a new manufacturer. (Jame is an excellent painter and you should check out his superb blog: http://warchest.co.uk/blog/)

The makers of these figures were (still are, I believe) looking for painter/bloggers to paint some samples to help publicise the release of their "Chronicles of the Wayfarer" 15mm fantasy range. They accepted my offer and soon four exquisitely crafted figures arrived from America.



Follow up emails and posts on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Chroniclesofthewayfarer/) informed me that this was to be a competition, in fact the first of several competitions. They simply asked that in return for the free figures, we write an honest review of the figures.

 Knight of the Kiln Leader (KKL)

They are justifiably proud to produce some of the most intricately detailed 15mm figures I've seen. The only other 15mm figures with this amount of detail that I've seen are the sci-fi figures by White Dragon Miniatures (https://whitedragonminiatures.co.uk/). They are 15mm to the eye, and are realistically proportioned, although the armour is probably best described as 'heroically proportioned". They give the distinct impression that they have been digitally sculpted rather than physically.

 Shield Legion Leader (SLL)

The resin figures come with a textured base that appears to be a crevice crying out to be painted to look like lava, and it all  required very little cleanup. The detail is as crisp as you need at this scale and takes the paint very well. I did wash them in soapy water first; not sure if that's really necessary. One of their painters has said that there may be too much detail. I don't agree. Whilst the detail is probably more than you'd need for 15mm figures, a pale base coat and wash would be all you'd need to show it all off beautifully. For those of you who like to get stuck into the detail, you'll have a field day with these beauties!

 Crossbow Leader (CB1)

There is a definite pseudo-Greek look to the figures, and other figures suggest that they have a background all planned out to drop them into. I hesitate to suggest that a game may be forthcoming, but I wouldn't be surprised.

 War Screamer Leader (WSL)

I'm not sure when the range goes live, how extensive it will be or what the manufacturer's website is yet, but You can follow their progress on the Facebook link above. I'd be grateful for a vote in the competition while you're there if you feel so inclined. 😉
(https://www.facebook.com/Chroniclesofthewayfarer/)

They have previewed some new art to accompany the range by the estimable Todd Ulrich, and that alone should have you clicking away to have a look.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Prince August Orc

I came across this rather odd looking figure in a box I picked up from a friend 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 looks 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 www.badsquiddogames.com







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...