Saturday, March 18, 2023

Imperial Assault rebels

I finished a few more Imperial Assault figures this week. First up are three rebel troopers. I fiddled the uniforms some to give them a bit of variety. I happened to have a Star Wars Legion figure in essentially the same pose and put him below (with a washer to even out the bases) for comparative purposes.

I also completed two rebel saboteurs Basing as per the owner's request and again a comparison with a similar Legion figure. 

Up next: Some Scooby Villains and then back to Star Wars.

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Secrets of the Lost Tomb figures

A fellow asked me to paint the figures he got with the boardgame Secrets of the Lost Tomb. There were 15 plastics figures in the set and they are pretty typical 1930s pulp figures.

They are fairly thin sculpts with soft details. I painted them up to match the character cards.

The sculpts are a mixed bag. Some are quite nice, some are a bit off in their pose or proportions. For game tokens, they are pretty cool.

I picked a couple of 28mm Pulp Figures off my shelf to compare. The game tokens are a bit shorter than 28s and thinner. Akin to 1970s 25mm, I'd say.

They are a bit bigger than 1/72s but hav proportions that match them. Overall, an interesting diversion.

Up next: More Star Wars, I think.

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Star Wars and Cobra

I'm continuing to work my way through a bunch of Star Wars Imperial Assault figures. 

Today I have three, based as per the owner's request. Lando is nice and painted as per the movie stills. Ben is also fairly dynamic. Luke is so-so.

I happened to have a Luke from Star Wars: Legions to illustrate the scale differences between the two games. The Legions figure is on the left below while the Imperial Assault figure is on the right. I used a washer to adjust for the thinner Imperial Assault bases.

I also finished a figure from Hasslefree miniatures as the Baroness. I was short a leader figure for my Cobra army and she was one the few characters I could remember from the cartoon beyond Destro and Cobra Commander.

I'm going to call that army finished. There are enough figures to skirmish with and buying anything more (e.g., HISS tank) is stupid expensive.

Up next Some board gaming figures and more Star Wars.

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Horrified: American Monsters

A few years back, I painted up the classic movie monster figures that came in the boardgames Horrified. A second version of the game was released that focused on North American monsters. A fellow asked me to paint his and I finished them this week.

Above, left to right, we have the Banshee of the Badlands, Mothman, and Sasquatch. Below, left to right, there is and the Jersey Devil, the Ozark Howler, and the Chupacabra. These are putative 28mm (how big is Mothman, really?).

The pose of the Jersey Devil made it hard to get a decent shot of it, so I have included a few angles below.

The only monster I really recognized was Sasquatch and I have compared the Horrified version (right) with a metal version plus a Steve Austin. The plastic version compares well!

Up next: Some more Star Wars.

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Random Star Wars Imperial Assault

I moved a few more 28mm Imperial Assault figures off the bench today. Bases are as requested by the owner. First up are 0-0-0 and BT-1, sociopathic assassins who delight in the termination of "meatbags". I guess? These are from some comic book featuring Darth Vader. Seems like they're just milking players at this point, though.

Then Jabba. This was a nice sculpt and an easy paint.

Finally, there is a boy and his Bantha. This sculpt is big and had a nasty bend to the rifle that straightened right out using hot water. Then came back. Then straightened again with more hot water. Then came back. Got it as straight as I could after an application of heavy cursing and holding it as it cooled.

For whatever reason, the lighting washed out the water, yellow tone in the top and bottom pictures. The picture below is a truer sense of the tone of the figure.

Up next: Some boardgames figures I'm painting for another fellow and then back to more Star Wars.

Saturday, February 11, 2023


I finished up the Scooby gang this week. These are 28mm figures from Hasslefree Miniatures.

Overall, nice figures. It is tricky to render the simple 60-style cartoon drawings into 3-D with enough details to make a good figure. 

I'm not sure why Daphne's face is so washed out here (might be a lighting thing). Or what the hell happened to her legs (although she is probably 70, so I guess wrinkles are to be expected).

If I see one at a sensible price, I will pick up a Hot Wheels Mystery Machine.

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Star Wars AT-ST

I have been working my way through a small collection of Star Wars Imperial Assault figures for a friend. This week, I managed to get the AT-ST chicken-walker done.

The model comes with several options for the top hatch, including a commander (a named character I can't recall), and a closed hatch (ALWAYS CLOSE THE HATCH!).

There are also a couple of weapons options, including the pop-up gun below.

 Overall, a nice model.

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.