I've been painting zombies. These ones:
Saturday, 21 January 2023
Thursday, 12 January 2023
Would you believe it, I've only gone and finished another project from my new year to do list!. Namely these:
My Turnip28 force I started a year ago is finally table ready (they need a gloss varnish but I'm running out of light so they are done for now).
Turnip28 is a great setting, sort of a post apocalyptic Napoleonic/medieval mash up with roots. Lots of roots. (you can download a copy of the rules for free Here.
Sunday, 8 January 2023
You may remember a couple of posts ago I mentioned that one of my aims for the year was to update my paint set. For those of you that weren't reading this blog back in 2019 (I mean, why would you?) when I started to dip my pinkies back into miniature painting after an almost thirty year absence I decided to make My own paint set. The reasons for this were:
1) I had only just got the painting bug so didn't want to invest too heavily into paints and equipment.
2) Mrs Sprinks is an arty sort who already had a massive selection of acrylic paints, seemed reasonable to think I could do something with things we already had.
3) miniature paints are very (and I do mean very) expensive for what you get. I am lucky to be in the position to be able to pay £3 for a thimble of paint but it soon adds up and I have far better things to spend that money on.
4) playing around with chemicals is fun!.
Now up until then I had used Mrs Sprinks' paints straight from the tube and found them a bit thick and grainy, I tried thinning them with water but that just ruined the consistency and coverage. not ideal but after a little research and mucking about I managed to come up with a good thinner formula that even I could handle that was giving the consistency and finish I wanted.
Basically I saw this video and thought to myself 'im nicking that'...and I did!.
I have been using this thinner for a few years now, making up bottles of pre thinned paints as and when but because I have been on a two year learning curve some of my paints are exactly as I want them but some...err...still need work to get the results I'm after.
So having got to the paint where I can say I almost know what I'm doing. I decided to replace my frankenpaints with a new uniformly thinned set that would always be ready to go right out of the bottle. And that's what I have been doing.
I decided to make the new set along the Wargames foundry triad system method, you make separate base, shade and highlight tones for each shade you want so you can paint in layers.
This, basically I saw this and thought to myself 'im nicking that'...and I did.
I think even if I decide not to paint with this method I will still have plenty of shades to play around with.
So I ordered far too many 15ml dropper bottles and set to swiping Mrs Sprinks' paints and knocking up a new paint set.
It took me just over a day to mix and decant them all at a fraction of the cost of your average miniature paints. If you work off of an average cost of £3 per pot this lot would have cost almost £350! And I had lots of fun mixing them, there is something very calming about the whole process, can't wait to get some minis undercoated to give them a whirl...
...'till next time ..
Monday, 2 January 2023
With a return to work looming I managed to get another 15mm pike block done for my Italian wars project. This time its a Swiss one:
As with the last lot they are all 15mm Venexia miniatures with broom bristle pikes...and lots of flags.
While I was basing them I decided to do a few extra miniature free bases as spacers to go between the pike and any victims that get in their way on the table, I mean I spent ages painting them (not really true you understand, base coat and oil wash all the way), so I don't want opposing pikes scratching it all off again.
The bases keep them just out of reach from each other while I think looking the part so as to not break the immersion for a simpleton like myself. They also gave me an excuse to get the papal pike out for some pike on pike glamour shots (oh my!). Next on the list is some hand gunners to go with each unit and some swiss halberdiers and Italian militia spears, then on to some french. ..and some landsknects...and another Swiss detachment...not to mention cavalry...at this rate I may get a game in next year!. Anyway...
...'till next time...
Saturday, 31 December 2022
Hello all, at this time of the year a lot of us bloggerists like to look back and review the whosums and whatnots they have completed or been a part of during the last 12 months. I would also do this but the past year was a bit of a bust hobby wise. It started ok, with pike and spud making an early appearance.
Honestly? No flippin' clue but below is a list of projects that 1) I would like to at least do something towards, 2) will help my butterfly brain keep some kind of focus and D) be entertaining to read... possibly.
It's a great looking set of rules, and one I'm itching to get to grips with. Again I will probably dip in and out but hope to get enough done to get some games in by the end of the year.
A simple looking game for campaigning walking dead style ( groups of survivors competing over dwindling resources during a zombie apocalypse). This could be a great intro for the other folk in the house, I have ordered some red box 1/72 minis so we can build our own groups and use some of the boys toys for terrain into the bargain. Again this probably will be during the school hols.
That should give me plenty to be getting on with, I'm probably missing something and will undoubtedly get distracted by umpteen new shiny things as the year progresses but you know what they say about the best laid plans...
Monday, 26 December 2022
Hello all, I hope you are having a restful and pleasant holiday period so far. I don't normally do this kind of post but this year the big red bearded sack lugger out did himself, as the picture below will attest:
Lots of great stuff! Yay!. 2 Osprey books covering major battles of the Italian wars period (Pavia and Fornovo) which sorts out my holiday reading and should help with next year's hobby plans ( more of this soon) and a couple of rule books for possible games with the Sprinklings in Last Days by Ash Barker, which is a zombie apocalypse survival game (providing rules for creating your own groups of survivors and playing campaigns raiding each others territory and avoiding zombie hoards) and the latest in the rampant series, this time a sci fi themed set. This will be great for sprinkling 3: the revenge as we painted up a couple of forces together last summer but have yet to do much with them so this will provide a nice simple set to game with. Also my sister gave us a Diplomatico rum gift set. Which is nice.
Oh and in case your wondering
Yes I did get some novelty underwear!..
...'till next time...
Wednesday, 21 December 2022
Hello all, long time no blog and all that (6 months, bloody Nora!). I couldn't let the end of the year pass by without putting digit to screen. I've not been completely bone idle hobby wise this whole time, I will try to do a 'what I've painted while I've been away' post before the end of the year but I had some precious minutes of daylight this afternoon so had to get some snaps of my latest 'throwpaintatsomethingandhopeforthebest' effort while I had the chance.
I was recently looking at my half finished (and in some cases half started) bits a week or so ago and came across my 15mm Italian wars stuff. I had previously painted a single pike block for it about half a lifetime ago ( well January) you can see it's original form over here. It struck me that it needed longer pikes, it was too small and needed rebasing for the rules I intend to use it for.
So now after rearming, reinforcing and rebasing it looks like this:
Sorry about the dim pictures, the light was rapidly buggering off. I'm really pleased with the way they have turned out, so much so I may even paint another one!. The pikes were originally dress making pins which were 1) too small to read as pikes at 15mm scale and C) bloody deadly to anyone that tried to handle them. I saw this post and after the great brush hunt (otherwise known as a trip to Wickes) I promptly nicked all his ideas. I think it looks more like the period length of pike (3-7 meters apparently) and they are far kinder on the fingers, they even ping back into shape if knocked which is a plus. Anyway
To the lot of you, I hope you and yours have a great festive period and with a bit of luck I will post again within the next 6 months!...
...'till next time...