Monday, October 19, 2015

Kit Bashing a Rare Mordheim Carnival of Chaos Plague Bearer 1 - PART 2

Last week I tried to replicate the rare Mordheim Chaos Carnival Plague Bearer 1.  Once the kit bashing was done, it was time for painting.  Here's the final product:





I added a wee nurgling to the base for extra effect:



Here he is with a Brute and the Carnival Master, for scale:


I think he matches up pretty well, for being based off a random non-gaming mini.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Littlest Space Marine

I was prepping some of the Epic 30k forces I painted up a while back, figuring out how to play a simple game with them, and came across a tiny metal space marine among the extra, leftover stuff.  The rest of the space marines were all plastic, so he stood out a bit:
He's not heavy, he's my brother.
As I looked him over, I realized the metal guy was a much more detailed sculpt than the plastic lot.  I felt he needed to be honored, and so I painted him up as a one-off Blood Angel, giving him way more attention than the rest of the troops got.  Here's the results, as best as I could capture in photos, given the tiny size of the dude:

No ideal how I managed to get the eyes to look halfway decent, but somehow they look like two eyes instead of one glob.
The pauldron has about as simple a Blood Angels logo as one could have. 
I love the old style backpack.
I applied about four layers of red to orange highlights.  Not sure you can tell, or not, but it's there.  Trust me!
It still amazes me just how small this thing is!  I can't imagine how the heck they sculpted this. 
Its really a shame GW killed the Epic line, as there's lots of fun to be had at such a small scale.  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Kit Bashing a Rare Mordheim Carnival Plague Bearer 1

So, I've got a nice little collection of the Mordheim Carnival of Chaos.  But, I don't have any of the really rare pieces.  In particular, the guy below, on the left:

To Be or . . . wait, is that a maggot on my lunch?
I used to have a bit of a love/hate relationship with William Shakespeare (long story), so the Hamlet-esque sculpt really appeals to me.  However, I'm not shelling out mad cash for an ounce of old pewter:
WTF. 
So, what's a cheapo hobbyist like me to do?  Make one!

After a few days of searching eBay, I came across this Shakespeare keychain, which appeared to be roughly the correct size and selling at a price far, far less than any Mordheim mini you'll find on eBay.
The bard himself.
I'd estimate he's about 35mm scale, a hair larger than "heroic" scale.  If he were to remain human, he'd be too big to fit in with the local villagers.  But Nurgle knows no scale! So, off with his head!

Reminds me of Nearly Headless Nick.
At first, I thought of using a '90s era metal Plague Bearer, to match the other Mordheim guys, but I didn't have the patience to go eBay fishing again, and I just happened to have a few spare modern-era Plague Bearer bits laying around.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Labor Day Terrain Fest - Part Deux


So, having a long weekend allowed me to not only complete a longstanding goal of basing some terrain, but also allowed me to engage in an entirely new endeavor.

I bring you, the Inquisitorial Dark Column of Grimness:
This is a column, as it doesn't support a roof.  If it did, it would be a pillar.  But how did this awesome artifact come to be?

Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Day Weekend Terrain Fest

So, here in the states, we have something called "Labor Day", in which we celebrate the organized labor movement by not working.  Ironic, no?

In any event, it also signals the unofficial end of Summer, so it's always a bittersweet affair.  This weekend, I committed to start AND finish a long-standing terrain project, AND start and finish a completely new one.

First up, basing and painting a set of the older 40k ruins!
I bought 6 corners of the old 40k gothic ruins off eBay some time back.  I also got six small MDF boards from the Michael's craft store.  I cut a bunch of one-inch cardboard squares and two-inch poster board squares and glued them down as walkways and tiles.   Added some small bricks - made of pink insulation foam - and cork bits, as well as sand.
Placesetting of six.