Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Tales of the Reaching Moon

This post marks a change in direction for this blog. I will still post photographs of my painted miniatures, but I’ve been inspired to write more, rather than just upload photographs.

That inspiration came from listening to the recent episode of  The Grognard Files, a podcast about roleplaying that mostly covers games from the early days of the hobby, a time when I was getting started, and my own experience runs very closely to that of the host and his group. Check it out, it’s a real “cup of tea and a chat” style podcast that makes for easy and compelling listening.

In the episode in question, number 22, we hear about the Runequest Renaissance of the mid 90s, which is when my interest in the game was at its most... acquisitive, shall we say. The host, Dirk the Dice, was chatting with Michael O’Brian, Vice President of Chaosium, the game’s publisher, who mentioned that his break into writing for Runequest came when he received a copy of issue 1 of the fanzine Tales of the Teaching Moon.

Having not read my copies of these magazines recently, I thought it would be a good idea to go back through them, and while I’m at it, why not post my thoughts.

So that’s what I’ll do. Maybe one a month at first, in chronological order without looking ahead to later issues so that I can try to comment on them as if they have just been released.

Watch this space...




Friday, 11 August 2017

First ever Space Marine

I don't know quite how this happened but I played my first ever game of 40K this week.

I really enjoyed it. 😱

I had a box of Blood Angels that I'd recently bought to paint and sell. I think I'll be keeping them now. A friend at my gaming club is also building a Blood Angels force, so I'll be switching my focus to Thousand Sons, but I do like the Blood Angels. Some of their elite units look rather good.

Anyway, here's my first ever 40K figure. It's still wip, I need to finish his jumppack and standard whilst I think about what should go on his right shoulder.







Monday, 7 August 2017

Games Workshop Undead

These two figures are the first 'modern' Games Workshop miniatures I've painted and I'm impressed.

Small kits of around 6 parts on a single sprue may be common knowledge by now, but it's a real novelty to me.

The figures go together easily and are a joy to paint. The plastic kit format allows for sculpts that would be impossible to cast and otherwise far too chunky to properly represent a spectral being like these.

Luckily I had the presence of mind to undercoat them while still on the sprue. It saved a lot of potential awkwardness trying to get the paintbrush into places it won't fit easily! That more than compensated for a bit of scraping to ensure a plastic on plastic bond when they were glued.

I am selling both of these on eBay at the moment, the links are below.

First up is the Cairn Wraith. A truly horrific sculpt that really is the best wraith type sculpt I've seen. This was the figure that tempted me back into a Games Workshop premises.








The other figure is the Tomb Banshee. Having been drawn in by the Cairn Wraith, my eyes wandered until they landed on this spectacular model. Another really creepy figure that uses the plastic kit format to good effect!







Saturday, 15 July 2017

Cthulhu Wars - Hastur



After a brief hiatus, I am back on the Cthulhu Wars trail, this time with Hastur.



I probably enjoyed painting this chap a bit more than I should have; for a predominantly yellow beast, I used a surprising amount of green, purple and red washes. If I didn't have more to paint, I'd probably still be adding to him now!



Petersen Games are about to start their third kickstarter for Cthulhu Wars, so this is quite timely.
http://cthulhuwars.com/

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

The Beast Handler, finished

Finished.



At just over 70mm tall, the biggest head I've painted if you don't count my own, and let's not go there.



Really enjoyed my first bust and I know which one I'll be painting next. Watch this space...



...or don't, it doesn't really matter.



You can get The Beast Handler from http://thegoldfishofjustice.com/shop



Monday, 26 June 2017

The Beast Handler

Still a work in progress, this is my first attempt at painting a bust. It's something I've wanted to do for a while but haven't been able to decide which one to try.

This piece came up on my Facebook feed, I think it was the first bust by this company. It was quite inexpensive and available for pre-order so I thought I'd take the plunge.

 

This is the result of the first afternoon's work. I'm pleased with it so far, but the photos highlight parts that need improving more so than simply looking at the model does.

 

I may not get back to this piece for a week or so, but I hope I can then patch it up, particularly the five o'clock shadow, smooth out some of the skin tones and finish off the clothes.

It's been good fun so far.

 

The Beast Handler is available from http://thegoldfishofjustice.com/



Thursday, 8 June 2017

Bianca, Ghost of Gaia

Another Ghost of Gaia finished, Bianca this time. I love this sculpt! 

I went for a bit of NMM on the power sword, not perfect but I'm getting there.

I'm trying to get all 10 finished in between other projects before the current kickstarter ends and I have 13 more to paint!

 

Current kickstarter campaign is here: