Saturday, January 28, 2023

Vive le revolution!

A friend dropped me by this 54mm figure that he picked up in, I think, Cuba (that is the marking on the bottom, anyhow). It is a pre-painted collector figure.

I assumed this was Che or Trudeau's dad, but I was assured it was just a simple, freedom-loving peasant.  I did a quick highlight and wash (like 5 minutes?) and I'm super happy with the result.

Up next: Some Star Wars and then some Scooby-Doo!

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Ruh roh

Santa brought me some Scooby-Doo figures for Christmas and I'm working my was through that. First up are Shaggy and Scooby from Hasslefree miniatures. Nice figures. The rest of the gang (but no Scrappy-Doo, thank God) are underway. I also have some villains from Crooked Dice miniatures.

While I was painting these, I also decided to redo the basing of some of my other Scooby gang figures to match what I do now. I don't recall who made these 25mm Buffy the Vampire Slayer figures (maybe GZG figures?). 

I think the sculptor did a creditable job on Giles, Buffy, and Willow. I'm less taken with Tara, Xander and Cordellia (I think Xander was a converted generic vamp and I do like his bowling shirt).

Spike, Drusilla and Angel are okay.

And then a couple of random vamp sidekicks for the Master.

Up next: More Star Wars Imperial Assault and some Scooby stuff.

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Imperial Assault... errr... imperials

A friend found some more Imperial Assault figure sets for me to paint so, from the blighted wastes of Tatooine, here are the first figures. Basing is as requested by my buddy and, I presume, has something to do with the scenarios in the game. Or he's just screwing with me. Whatever.

Three storm troopers for the desert plus the Emperor for indoors. Then a jawa for the desert, naturally.

Then there was a Dewback rider. There are two torsos for this figure. Buddy with the long stick (which was warped and responded well to hot water) gets a grey shoulder dealie.

There is also a named character (Captain something or other) with an orange shoulder dealie and a rifle.

As usual, nice figures. More are underway and I have a couple of poses that match some of the Star Wars Legion figures I have for sale so I should be able to do a size comparison. Up next tho, the Scooby gang.

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Random GW dudes

I spent most of the holiday season outdoors so not much painting got done. I did finish these two GW dudes for a friend.

They are huge and I imagine that is somehow important in the GW universe.

Nice enough figures and I'm happy to have them done and off my painting table. Next up: Some Star Wars Imperial Assault figures.

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Finishing up old projects: Harry Potter

As the year winds its way to an end, I'm working on clearing off some old projects. A few weeks ago, I finished some Harry Potter figures and decided to give them an outdoorsy base. 

I was happy enough with the results that I decided to go back and give the rest of the figures a similar treatment.

The integral bases on these are large and oval. They were too difficult to remove so I originally just painted then grey, which sucked.

The grass and sand is better, even if it doesn't really make a lot to sense given how much of the action was indoors or for the Winter Ball figures.

Oh well!

Up next: Absolutely no idea.

Saturday, December 24, 2022

The man in the red shirt

No, not that guy. Just regular old red shirts. I picked up twenty-odd Heritage 25mm Star Trek figures from the 1970s on fleabay. They came on nasty 1970s wooden bases and were a bit worse for wear.

A soaking, some lotta bases, a bit of a paint touch-up, and some texturing and they fit in with the rest of my ST:TOS crew.

Tucked in the box were some figures I didn't recognize. These five turned out to be unlicensed Scruby figures from the mid-1970s. There were 12 figures (6 federation and 6 alien). I seem to be missing the Kirk figure. Plus the phaser rifleman on the left has had his arm repositioned away from his body (a big improvement).

The Scruby's (wings below) fit in well enough with the Heritage figures (centre below). They are just a bit thinner, taller, and more static (they have a 1/72 vibe). The bases are also smaller. In a group you can't really tell them apart and I'm always happy for some different weaponry.

Up next: Hard to say. Maybe some British flank companies for the Crimea

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Last of the Harry Potter

I finally finished the last of the Harry Potter figures I bought years ago from Metal Magic. These guys have been staring up from the edge of my painting desk for ages.

Even after stripping off the factory painting, the figures were pretty so-so. But the only other range I have seen is from Spain in resin and cost the moon. These are about 40mm tall.

They have an odd, oval-shaped integral base that proved too bothersome to remove. I have been painting it a simple grey and it looks yucky so I decided to just texture these. I was happy enough with the outcome that I'me going to go back and redo the bases of the other figures.

Up next: Some very old Trek figures, including a couple of 1970s Scruby figures!