Necromunda – Statuesque ‘Eschers’

The very day I was leaving town to visit a friend of mine, what should arrive in the mail? My Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago Nickstarter, courtesy of Bad Squiddo Games. F:GA will make a larger appearance in some future posts, no doubt, but the reason I went with Bad Squiddo was to add in a few additional miniatures, including a couple of Statuesque miniatures for use with my very unofficial Escher gang.

Rosa the machinegunner was first to get built upon my return to the frozen North, and of course I opted to do some pinning. Her joints varied from a light ball/socket treatment to flat pairs, and I don’t like to take chances. Plus I generally enjoy pinning. That said, Rosa is not a big model (Statuesque is a true scale sort of deal), so we went with staples. Having a smaller bit has been wonderful in terms of being able to pin truescale miniatures without putting them at huge risk (some of my Infinity miniatures are almost more pin than model at some joints).

Fortunately the staples have some give to them (just like the copper wire I use for bigger pinning jobs) so the opposed angles of the arm and wrist didn’t prevent this from working at all. That said, I was definitely wishing I’d thought the angles through a little more before starting.

Yep, those are standard office staples. Should give you an indication of how thin those limbs are.

I’m definitely pleased with the end result. Rosa is a mini I looked at ages ago when I first started looking into Necromunda, but looking at only a couple of miniatures direct from Statuesque meant shipping was going to hurt a little too much too justify. Not that it was outrageously high, but split across only a couple of minis it just didn’t go far enough for me.

I also picked up a second Statuesque mini for use as an Escher juve:

I’ve got lots of gangers and quite a number of heavy options, but I’m pretty short on appropriate juve miniatures, so I’m looking to increase my options there. I also picked a up a couple of girls hauling guns and teddy bears from Hasslefree, but no doubt they’ll make an appearance later.


Infinity – Building Ariadna: Blackjack WIP, Desperado #2, some Grunts, and more!

This guy consists of some *very* big chunks of metal. There is definitely some pinning involved in this, and i’m leaving some parts off for now.There are front and back armour ‘plates’ that will get added later but i’m holding off as there are some large paintable details on the back side of those. I’m sure this thing will be awkward enough to paint as it is. That right arm with the guns is big enough that I can barely place that back armour plate as it is.

The pieces for this desperado were trimmed and cleaned up about the same time as the other one; he’s just been sitting in a box waiting for me to be in the mood. That finally happened the last week. A while back, my youngest son found his way into my workspace, and managed to knock a whole bunch of prepped and cleaned – but unassembled – infinity miniatures onto the floor. 2 grunts, this desperado, the dismounted maverick, and a couple others. Between one of those mottled rugs that hide everything you spill on them, loose hardwood flooring with very wide cracks, and the space just generally being overpacked with random hobby stuff, it took me a long while to find everything… almost everything. One Grunt arm stayed missing. This was probably a year or more ago now.

Recently I was tidying up some of the random pile of hobby junk, and decided to really search every square inch of the space in the hopes of turning up that arm. At one point I reached into a bag of Atari cartridges and similar stuff and pulled out a plastic bag full of 72-pin connectors and other loose NES parts. I emptied the bag, but didn’t see anything. This is the part where my desperation really began to show; I reached in and pushed out the corners of the bag, and broke out my flashlight… and there it was! The missing arm!

The downside of this discovery is that I promptly abandoned by cleaning efforts, but I was also overcome with the desire to build infinity models so I’m calling it an overall win (and thus began sudden burst of assembling unbuilt models).

There’s a fair but of pinning in this one, although less than my previous Desperado (I’m giving the gorilla glue a little more credit these days, now that I’ve got more use under my belt). The big example is the exhaust. I have no idea how anybody thinks that thing will stay on without some serious help, so it’s pinned at the tire edge. Pretty sure I also pinned that little crosspiece that runs through the bottom of the bike (little footpedal things? I’m obviously a real bike expert…); it seems like something that shouldn’t need pinning, but it’s just a little too loose in that hole and doesn’t want to stay where it belongs. I had the same experience with the first one, months ago.

There’s also a pin in his butt, that’s not currently glued into the seat, so that I can more easily paint him separately and attach him later.

Some of these are less in focus than others, but there you have it. My first Infinity building blast in a while, including my Outrage sniper whose name starts with a K. Can I just say I really enjoy how Infinity miniature generally piece together really well? I think I take it for granted sometimes, but the whole process just goes so much smoother than with some other stuff. More on that when I eventually get around to telling you about my recent Freebooter pickups.

Judge Dredd – the Dark Judges WIP I

Ugh. I like these minis, but the slottas are hot garbage. I wish I’d thought to take a picture. Awkward shapes and sizes, some of them were more like thick flash or chunks of bad sprues. I’ve almost never used green stuff for bases, but I used it for every single one of these. Gross. Don’t know when I’ll get around to painting any of these (I haven’t enough free time to actually try/play Judge Dredd these days, so right now they’re more of a curiosity than something I’ll actually make use of).


Shadow War – Steel Legion WIP

Started painting my kill team for Shadow War: Armageddon a week or two ago. The goal was to get one of these guys into shape for the Science Fiction / Modern painting competition, but I just didn’t sink the time in this month, so my Caledonian Volunteer will be taking on that role. My partially painted kill team *did* see some Shadow War action this past weekend, though. Sergeant Jaeger Hel led Hel’s Half-Acre into Von Stravo Spire on Saturday and faced off against some Tau.

I didn’t take a single picture.

The Tau had a few missions under their belts already, but the previous one had gone south, so I was facing a field-promoted leader. They had a few tricks, but I outranged them by a significant margin and was able to use that to my advantage. My sniper and a lasgun Veteran were able to knock the Tau rail rifles out of commission within the first couple of turns, and the only guy I had go down to enemy fire rolled a 1 in the recovery phase and got back up with a flash wound. My favorite moment in the game was probably when one of my Specialists managed to hit the enemy leader with a krak grenade from his launcher, only to roll a 1 to wound. Lucky guy.

I captured one of the rail-riflemen, and earned 200 monies to spend on recruiting/rearming, so I hired a new guy and kitted him out.

I spent the full 200, so this guy is as ready as he can be for whatever comes his way.

‘Til next time.


SAGA – Building my Vikings

Spent a couple evenings just cleaning and assembling Vikings (plus a couple random Hasslefree minis).

Started just thinking I’d get a couple prepped for future Historical-themed painting contests, then got into the swing of it and did a bunch. Even then I was still planning to leave the spear wielders until later (I’m going to be ordering some wire spears as soon as Gripping Beast have their Viking dice back in stock), but just kept going.

‘Twas a strange mood for me, but I figured I’d take advantage while I was feeling it.

I’ll have to post the whole lot of them at some point, but this’ll have to do for now…


Random Miniature – Shaggy

Finally, my third September miniature, and my entry into the SciFi/Modern painting competition at ThunderCon.

This one was never likely to make the top 3; SciFi/Modern is our toughest competition, but I often like to use these competitions just get some cool miniatures into peoples’ faces.

It’s a pretty simple miniature – not a lot of bells and whistles – but it looks really good. Another brilliant miniature from Hasslefree.

I did have one unfortunate disaster. I was basically done with Shaggy and was working on Qadira when I spilled about a half bottle of Reikland Fleshshade. Shaggy took the brunt of it, and wound up soaked to about the knee.

I used a paper towel to stop the pool from spreading and ran Shaggy down to the bathroom for a quick rinse, which as you might expect did a number on some of the previously applied washes. The figure I just touched up, but the base had been basically finished and I didn’t want to mess up the lower portion of the figure any further, so I didn’t do much recovery on the base. Most of the paint held okay, but I lost some of the deepest shades.

Regardless, I’m endlessly entertained by this miniature, and it got a lot of comments and attention (even if it didn’t win anything). It generated less of discussion, and that’s really the most I can generally hope for is some conversation and newly-sparked interest.


Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago – Qadira

This miniature has been sitting on the shelf for a while now, waiting for me to be ready for it.

Each arm was a separate piece, with the join being just under the bangle – looking item on each upper arm. I knew I was going to want to pin them in place, but I’ve never had a small enough drill bit for the task. I’ve used a coworker’s on occasion, but I wanted to be able to work on this one at home. A while back my last micro bit finally broke, and I found myself ordering more. I bought a whole pile of them at once, and when they finally arrived a few months later (ah, international shipping), I decided it was finally time to tackle this model.

I used a 0.6mm bit and a piece of a staple for the task, and I’m very happy with the results.

I painted this one at the same time as I was working on the viking Bondi and Shaggy. I was originally planning to base it for use in regular Frostgrave, but in the end I decided that was probably pushing the ‘insufficiently dressed for the weather’ thing a bit too far (I already have a bunch of those, haha), and decided she’d make a pretty great Heritor or Warden for F:GA.

I definitely ran into some hiccups applying the washes, and had to repaint/rewash a couple of flesh areas, but came out pretty decently. Used a lot of different shades on this one, which is something I’ve been making an effort to do; I used to just wash the whole miniature in a single shade, and with a few exceptions, this is well worth the effort.

The water ended up drying a little further (and hence more clear), but I definitely should have kept the matte clear coat off of it. Something to keep in mind for next time.