Saturday, June 12, 2021

2mm terrain and 28mm pulp

Apologies for forgetting to post last week; work was nuts and blogging just completely escaped my mind. So a double-post this week!

I finished off a couple of packs of Pulp Figures miniatures. Above, we have some random pulp heroes and below a group of scientists.

Bruce recently purchased some 2mm terrain for a project and slightly over-ordered towns so kindly dropped off the excess. I knocked of about 10 towns like this.

I love 2mm terrain. I'm not sure why, but it is just so cool. These villages from Irregular Miniatures would do for North Africa, the Middle East, or Central America in almost any era. If you can overlook the trees, they'd also do for your favourite hive of scum and villainy.

I put a 1/72-scale armoured car in to indicate the size of the buildings. I also dug out two European towns that I painted awhile ago.

Up next: No idea. I have one pack of 28mm pulp left, some larger Harry Potter figures, and some even larger Star Trek.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

6mm Roman command, cavalry, and lights

Continuing on with this random 6mm painting project, I finished up some more Romans. These have been awaiting basing for quite some time.

There are four command bases. I also painted up 8 bases of light troops. Light troops are always unrewarding to paint and base, but they are just so useful in games!

Finally, I did the Roman cavalry the were in the box. Six bases of three. All are on 1x1-inch bases.

Up next: Probably some pulp 28s.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Cobra weapon of mass destruction

I'm still waiting for Hasslefree Miniatures to finish their restock before ordering a couple of figures that I need to fill out my Cobra army.

In the meantime, I painted up this scientist and his death ray from Pulp Figures as a Cobra lackey. A death ray has the grandiose impracticality that one would expect from Cobra Commander.

 Up next: More pulp and some 6mm figures.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Sci-fi grab bag

My painting is slowing down as summer opens up options like cycling, kayaking, and gardening. But I'm committed to rolling out something new every week.

This week is a mixed bag of sci-fi, including two ST:TNG and one BSG figure.

These Star Trek figures are from (I think) Victory Force Miniatures and have been on my paint table for a couple of years. The outfit is sculpted as a mesh-mash of TOS and TNG so I painted them as TNG.

They more or less fit in with the other 25/28mm TNG figures I have. 

The missing Jolly from my Tangent Miniatures order also arrived. I wanted to get him painted while I could still recall what colours I used on his colleagues.

He seems to fit in okay. 

Up next: An addition to my Cobra army than probably some 6mm ancients.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

More Cobra

A second squad of Cobra goons. I wanted to differentiate them from last week's crew. Some googling showed that some version of Cobra had darker face masks. That seems like the easiest way to switch them up. 

I wonder if I should have painted their shoulder pads black? I may go back and do that.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with this set of proxies. Nice detail, the wash makes the cartoonish colouring I was looking for work.

There are a couple of more figures that I want to pick up to complete this set of troops but I will need to wait for some to comeback into stock to make the postage worthwhile.

Up next: Either 6mm ancients or some misc sci-fi.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Cobra troopers

Awhile back, I'd painted up two Pulp Figures figures as Cobra Commander and Destro. The problem was finding minions for them to command. A good option looked like these guys from Victory Force Miniatures but they never responded to me. 

I was cruising through Pulp Figures catalogue and, on a lark, looked at their German Jet Troopen. Minus the jet packs and these guys looked pretty much the part. 

The helmets are perhaps a bit too coal scuttle and the weapons are obvious WW2. But Cobra always struck me as proxy Nazis anyhow.

I painted this squad with red masks, which is what I remembers from the cartoon. I just free-handed a quasi-Cobra logo on the armoured plating. I think they'll do a pulp era baddies.

Up next: Some more Cobra

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Colonial Warriors

There are six colonial warriors in Tangent Miniatures' line. I bought them all but got two Apollo's and no Jolly (he is on his way). These are pretty good figures, 3-D casts rendered in metal.

First up, we have Starbuck, Serena, and Apollo. I think Serena was supposed to be Sheba, but looks nothing like her (the likenesses of female sculpts are not as good as the males). So I made her Serena. Who needs two Athen's anyhow?

Next we have Boomer, Sheba, and a generic guy I made by cutting the head off the extra Apollo and glueing on one of the helmeted colonial heads that came with the set. Boomer is good but had a lot of flash. Sheba is supposed to be Athena, but looks nothing like her and Athena is also left-handed. The figure looks a bit like Anne Lockhart so Sheba it is. Generic guy could be the Rick Springfield character (Zak?) or maybe Ensign Greenbean.

Overall, these were fun figures to paint. I am still waiting for Jolly to arrive. The figures match the Crooked Dice Cylons that I have pretty well. I also have an MDF RAM APC from Warbases. It looks complicated and ultimately not that great so it goes to the bottom of the project pile.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Galactica Bridge Crew

Tangent Miniatures has two groups of colonial figures. These are the bridge crew that I am super pleased to have. Again, 3-D sculpts cast in metal. 

Athena and Adam look the part. Athena sort of looks like Maren Jensen. Adama looks more Ernest Borgnine than Lorne Green. These painted up well. 

Cassiopeia is a pretty good likeness. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what Cassiopeia's footwear was in the show. Lots of stills show bare legs but none showed her shoes. Since she is planet-side, I gave her books like the mom's at pre-school wore. Col. Tigh is a good likeness.

Up next: Colonial warriors.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Some leadership for the Cylons

A few months back, I painted up some Cylons from Crooked Dice. Nice figures and fun to paint. I was bemoaning the limited range when I stumbled across Tangent Miniatures' new range that seems designed to fill in the gaps.

These are 3-D rendered models that are cast is metal. Today, I have some leadership for the Tin Can. The Imperious Leader is kind of useless from a gaming perspective but he came with the bundle. He really needs to be on the top of a column (like a old film canister or something).

Lucifer was one of my favourite characters (better in the books than on TV). He posed two challenges: first his outfit is pretty plain. I used ouse highlight and washes to try and give him some depth. The second was his electronic brain (which was a clear dome filled with 70s electronics and glowed a bit). I decided to use a wash over the silver and that worked out okay.

Baltar is meh. The figure sort of looks like John Colicos. I used an old still to paint him. Again, meh.

Up next: Some opponents for the Cylons.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Field hockey team

I was looking for some female characters to add to my pulp/sci-fi collection. A challenge is finding female poses that are not either sex workers or wearing chainmail bikinis.

Crooked Dice has a nice set of school girls holding sports equipment so I bought some. Overall, great figures except the faces lack definition.

What I like about these figures are their versatility. Are they a modern sports team caught in the apocalypse, battling zombies or neo-Nazis? Note the small tears in some of the clothes. I played this up by dirtying the clothes with washes.

Or are they a street gang from the 20s or 30s, protecting their neighbourhood from gangsters and lizard people? Or are they a bunch of Slayers, activated early to help Buffy close the Hellmouth?

The figure above on the right is either summoning someone closer or making a rude gesture, but with two fingers. I was pretty happy with the colour palette I chose and thrilled to not be painting tartan.

There is quite a range in ages in this set. The figures below seem to include a teacher (left) and a very young pupil (right). The red head is holding what I think is a lollipop but I painted it as a ping-pong paddle. A tiny bit more depth on the faces would have been useful for the washes to catch on.

There is some very nice detail on the backs of the figures, including the teddy bear and someone's go-bag. The field hockey player has both some cobbled together armour and a wicked-looking knife (perhaps field hockey has changed since I was in school?).

Up next: Probably some 6mm and maybe also some more sci-fi. 

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Last of the pulp

I'm finishing up the last of some 28mm Pulp Figures gangster that I got for Christmas. First up are a boss, his safe, and either his secretary or a reporter (pose could work for either).

There were also some henchmen. I hate the paint job on the brown guy. The middle guy looks like Vincent price (I think he was supposed to be a doctor or scientist). Our friend on the right is an accountant but looks vaguely like everyone's favourite failed Austrian painter.

Finally, I have two pulp villains (skull guy and the red hood). I've been thinking how much I enjoyed Gotham and having non-super villains so painted these with that in mind.

Up next: Probably some 6mm ancients.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Get your hands off of me...

Today, some 28mm Apes from Crooked Dice. These were a Christmas gift that I am just getting around to painting.

First up is Dr. Zaius, suspected of holding anti-human views. These figures were part of a character set with all of the figures having only one piece.

General Ursus. Not a bad pose for a one-piece figure,

This is Zira. I'm not sure why so looks so flat in this picture--her face has more character in person.

And Cornelius. Probably the lamest of the character poses. Very two-dimensional.

Then there were these two-piece hench-apes pack. The heads and bodies were separate, with the usual divot in between the shoulders to take a neck. The problem was the heads had no corresponding pin and all of the contact is made by the fringe of hair at the bottom of each head.

Overall, pretty dynamic poses.

The only bad head attachment as the fellow with the pole.

Overall, this was a fun project and I look forward to getting these guys on the table in some kind of pulp game.