Saturday, June 29, 2024

15mm Elven archers

I painted up some more of the 15mm Joan of Arc figures I bought. I wasn't sure what these mounted archers were supposed to represent in medieval France (maybe Saracens for the crusades?). Anyhow, they looked more like elves to me, so that's how I treated them.

They are pretty decent figures for game pieces, with nice detail and no mould lines. The bases were tiny so I ended up putting them on washers.

They are notable bigger than the Risk pieces I used for light elven cavalry, although this is less obvious when you look down from above.

The Battlelore sculpts also have quite a lot of variation in size so whatever. 

Up next: Some 25mm Star Wars smugglers. Then more 15mm medievals.

Saturday, June 22, 2024

15mm Billmen and Archers

I was looking around for figures to expand my 15mm armies and ran across some extras someone was selling from a kickstarter game called Joan of Arc. Beautiful figures from an apparently unplayable game. Anyhow, I worked my way through some of the 15mm archers and billmen.

The billmen are nice and usefully posed. Like most plastic game pieces, the thin bill shafts were quite bent. I straightened them in hot water but some have bent back

The archers are also nice and very easy to paint. I didn't end up with many of these so I filled out the ranks with some horn guys.

The light washed out some of the detail in the picture below.

Overall, a good match for my existing 15mm plastics.

Up next: Maybe some 25mm Star Wars and 15mm fantasy?

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Star Trek Runabout

A couple of years back, I was putting together some 28mm STTNG-era crews and I ran across this shuttle pod.

It was from the Action Fleet series and was close enough to scale to work. I also got four STTOS shuttles in the same lot.

It included a pilot (maybe Picard?) and you could open it up to play. It looks like there is a warp core in the cargo area that you can eject (it comes out).

I was looking for another of these shuttle pods and, instead, ran across this runabout. It is much larger and was designed for the 4-inch action-figure range.

You can seat a single pilot in the front and there is a matching seat in the rear compartment.

I don't know what purpose it would serve in a game--maybe an objective? Anyhow, it sat on my shelf for a long time waiting for the right moment.

The cockpit aside, the ship scales pretty well for 28mm figures, when you look at the hatch on the side.

A few months back, I ran across some 3-D printed space-station furniture. So I bought it, pulled the ship apart (involving a ridiculous number of tiny screws) and put in a properly-scale cockpit. This was more involved than it shows in these pictures. I had to remove the old chair, create a proper floor, etc.

There were some extra pieces so I did the same thing in the back area (sorry the photos are bad--tough angles and light). I had the whole ship apart and looked at the dead area in the middle (where some electronics were) and, after some handwringing, decided against doing major surgery on the ship to open this area up.

I also gave the hull a wash to make the plating pop a bit more.

Clearly I'm not a skilled plastic modeller, but this was a fun little project. Now I just need to work this into a game.

Up next: Some more 15mm medievals.

Saturday, June 8, 2024

15mm giant eagles

Today, I painted up five 15mm giant eagles. These are from the LotR Risk game. I thought they were pretty lame sculpts at first. Black primer and a white dry brush and then I started picking out details and layering colours to create some texture.

In the end, they are not awful. 

The extra bright lights I'm using in my light box is washing out the brown a bit and the feathers look better in person.

Put with some figures and they kind of come to life. They could also be used for 28mm as just regular eagles.

Up next: Probably a Star Trek ship in 28mm. One of those unplanned projects that just kind of happened by accident.

Saturday, June 1, 2024

15mm Elven and Wraith Riders

The LotR Risk game also provided me with lots of 15mm Elven riders as well as wraiths on horses, so I decided to paint up a few of each.

These figures are nothing special (being game tokens) but they would do the job as light cavalry or scouts. These literally cost pennies each.

The wraiths are equally so-so as sculpts.

There wasn't much detail to work with here so they got a brown drybrush (rider) and grey drybrush (horse), silver detailing, and then a black wash. Meh. I guess they do the part.

Size-wise, they fit pretty well with the other plastics (from various Battlelore sets) that make up most of my 15mm medieval/fantasy armies.

Up next: Ummm, maybe some 15mm eagles?