Saturday, November 28, 2020

More tree rehab

Continuing along with some tree rehab, these were a set of plastic orchard trees that also came in box of stuff I was to use or disperse. 

These were one-colour green plastic trees. Maybe dollar store, maybe expensive GW--who knows? I painted the trunk, applied some flock (poorly) and glued them to washers and textured. (No idea why this text is suddenly centred?)

Overall, they look okay. They could use some more flocking to cover up some of the green fronds. I give them one in chance in three of receiving additional time on the workbench.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Tree rehabilitation

Every year or so, a random box of gaming stuff appear on my step (someone getting out of the hobby, usually). I then sort it and pass it along to whomever seems most appropriate.

Last year, the box included a bunch of broken trees. I set them aside, thinking I would rehab them for use. And I finally got around to it. 

I removed the trunks from the old bases, attached them to washers (old bases were too light to secure the trees), then textured. Then gave the trees a dry brush to tone down the glare and give them some depth. 

While I was going that, I also finished off this one stray piece of GW fencing that has been on my table (the rest was painted five years ago.

Not a bad little project. I can always use more trees and these (despite being cheap... and free!) look the part for 28s and 54s. I have some more trees (orchard style) under way. Not sure what will follow them.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Dames and punks

I finished up a recent order or figures from Pulp Figures, including package of gangsters and some young thugs.

I like how Pulp Figures has a lot of diversity in their sculpts--with a bit of paint, it is possible to have a more diverse set of figures. Not sure why the guy below is wearing a Hawaiian shirt.

Up next: Probably some terrain I am rehabilitating.

Saturday, November 7, 2020


With the end of Zombtober (probably my last since I'm out of figures), I'm back to whatever strikes my fancy. This week, it is some 28mm cops from Pulp Figures.

I did bunch of coppers last year (?). I spent some birthday cash this fall to buy some reinforcements. The only pack I didn't have was the heavy weapons group. Not sure Commissioner Gordon really needed these fellows (and the worry is always that he's use them to suppress the poor, rather than against super villains), but I had the cash, so... .

The machine gunner was a surprise. I see (suddenly, in this very picture) that he has a shoulder patch that none of the others have. So I will go back and paint that (argh). The crate is from a "clues" pack that I have underway.

I can't tell what this guy is supposed to be holding? Just a large calibre rifle? Doesn't look like a shotty. 

Perhaps Chief O'Hara from the original Batman TV series?

Buddy with a scoped rife.

I was trying to match these to the colours I used last year. I think I was close on the blue (chose one paint pot to the right, I think). The basing is different but I have since gone back and matched the darker grey.

I also painted up this set of "clues". This was a fun little pack of terrain. I wonder, though, if the tray wth brains was from the Frankenstein pack instead?

Up next: Maybe some lady gangsters and youthful thugs?

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Zombtober: Week 5 and Happy Hallowe'en!

To finish out Zombtober and celebrate Hallowe'en, I painted up some Pulp Figures monsters (who are technically undead so close enough to Zombies to count).

I bought these (plus a few more pulp figures) with some birthday cash. The gravestone will join the rest of the Gotham graveyard markers.

Dracula has a real Monster Squad look to him. I was less thrilled with how girlfriend turned out.

The Bride is lovely sculpt. I'm to sure where the pink came from on her dress. And this is my second Frankenstein from Pulp Figures. 

The packs also came wth various flunkies, foes, and victims. Now onto some coppers, dames, and punks. Happy Hallowe'en!

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Zombtober Week 4: Last of the Zeds

We're not quite at the end of Zombtober, but these are the last of the Zombicide figures (three boxes worth!) that I have.

Jessica Fletcher from Murder She Wrote made me laugh.

There were also these dogs in the boxes that I painted up.

Up next: For the last post of the month (on Hallowe'en no less), some movie monsters!

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Zombtober: Week 3

Almost finished with my Zombicide figures (six more to go--will be done next week!). A few more "not" characters and their Zombivore counterparts.

I've been fiddling around with washes on these characters to take advantage of the detail on them. 

Super disappointed how this last one photographed. My camera doesn't like red, and Jack has a lot of red on him. Jeans turned out okay, though. Two more weeks of Zeds: next week will be the last of the Zombiecide and we'll finish out October with some classic movie monsters.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Zombtober: Week 2

 Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! A few more Zombicide survivors this week.

Work was crazy this week so only two figures, neither of whom I know the real names of.

Up next: More of the same, I think.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Zombtober: Week 1

I'm working my way through the last of the Zombicide figures I have this month. These are survivors and their zombivore counterparts. First up is Hannibal Lector.

No ides who this lady in the evening gown is supposed to be.

And Dirty Harry. These figures have really shown me how I have opted out of pop culture the last 15 years. Most of these "not" figures are unrecognizable to me!

Up next: More survivors.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

So-so Harry Potter

A few more of the Harry Potter figures that I painted up. These are a so-so batch.

First up is Harry with the philosopher's stone. Meh, kind of lame. The red sweater is as it was in the movie. Seems pointless and the pose would have been better used to have another faculty member (Professor Sprout?),

Mr. Weasley.

Percy Weasley. Happier with this one.

One of two Voldemort poses. Meh.

There were also four Quidditch poses (and a fifth one in later set).  Draco Malfoy, Marcus Flint, Harry and Ginny Weasley. 

 Onto Zombtober next week.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

ST: TOS Rogues

For a change of pace, some Star Trek: the Original Series rogues.

These are Heroclix repaints with a base swap. They are pretty big 28mm figures.

Salt Vampire. This is a huge figure.

Orion slave girl. Meh. Interesting story line in Star Trek Continues that had a slave girl with more agency. And also Lou Ferrigno in green body paint! 

Loki and Bele. And then the Horta and some tribbles to round out the group. I have a few more of these to paint up later this fall.

 Up next: More Harry Potter and then Zombtober starts. 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

More Harry Potter

Some more of the Nanos Metalfigs Harry Potter figures. First up are Harry, Dumbledore and a Dementor. 

I think this is Year 4 Harry. So still in a school uniform but a bit hipper. I will be thrilled to be done painting bloody glasses.

Next up is this dementor. I don't really recall what they looked like in the movies. Kind of like this? I would have thought more of a reaper peak on the cloak, but whatever.

And then this red Dumbledore. He's looks like Santa Claus. I hate painting red. It looks better in person.

Then we have the kids in Year 7. 

I'm so disappointed in these pictures. Ron looks way better than this in person!

Harry, looking a touch Hitler after the wash. Happy with the jacket, though.

Hermione. Not sure why her face is out of focus.

And Neville Longbotton. I think this is Year 7 (he was in school while the rest were on the lam). Could also be Year 4? I dunno.

Up next: Back to some Trek.