Okay yesterday, I foolishly said it was warm, but not South temperature… foolish me!
Taken in the garden at 11.00 this morning.
it was still 26 degrees at 18.00 this evening… anyway onto the elves…
They are pretty much done apart from the bases, so I did indeed manage to get them finished by the end of the weekend.
I am honestly not sure how I am going to base them…I might stick some of my home made flock into the coffee grinder and get it a lot finer. I will have to have a think.
So, apart from the shields, hair and the metallics, these were painted in contrast paint. I do quite like it for this scale, I am still a little ambivalent about it in 28mm. Tomorrow I think I will make a start on some 15mm Lizardmen. I have just remembered that I have a ‘Tin Soldier’ 15mm Aztec DBA army sitting there too. They would make a nice opposing force to the Scalians.
Shortly after taking the photo above – this happened…
These lucky ones hit the table, the unlucky ones hit the floor. I think they all survived.
Tomorrow I am helping my in laws dismantle a lean to and put another one up in it’s place. Wish me luck, if the temperature is anything like today I am not going to be a happy bunny. I have become acclimatised to a Shetland Summer.
Today has been a warm one, nothing like the silly temperatures down South, but still warm enough for us. So this afternoon, as promised, we went of for a game of hide and seek in one of our few woods up here. I am pleased to report that my Ninja skills have not left me.
Anyway…Elves. I blasted on with these again tonight and managed to get them to the nearly finished stage. Basically weapons, metalwork, hair and hands to do and that’s them finished.
Looking closely at the actual bases, I have noticed that some have bi coloured trousers that need rectifying.
Hopefully I will get these finished tomorrow, then potentially move onto some 15mm Lizardmen (Battle Valour- Scalians) that I won at the HOTT tournament earlier this year.
Well, as I wanted, I got them finished and added them to the rest…
So that is them all finished… and then like an early pantomime Joke … oh no they aren’t!
I opened a box and found another 45 sitting in bare metal… I said a nice line of expletives and got down to getting them stuck to their bases.
So tomorrow I will get these sprayed white and start getting them painted.
While I was waiting for the superglue to dry I got some paint on a parasaurolophus and some alien plants.
These were painted in Contrast paint, I thought I might as well give them a go on the dinosaurs.
Shading and highlighting to do but otherwise finished…
I am going to flock the green bits and add stippling to the brown bits to act as mud/earth.
Then onto the next lot…
Bucketloads more to go still in the bag, but progress is being made!
The printer is chuntering away in the shed making me a Starship Troopers objective 😉
I cracked on again tonight and tried to get as much done as I could.
I started painting the bases with brown and then though sod it, they are getting covered anyway!
I downloaded so much stuff from Thingiverse today that I reckon I will need a whole kilogram just for the downloads 😂.
All to do with Sci Fi and starship trooperery type stuff… aka proxies 👍
I managed to procure a ST plasma bug, cost £25 but the other stuff I was bidding on went beyond £40 the last time I looked… just checked the Rippler bugs got to £67 and the Tanker made £38.50. I had a top bid of £30, but knew I would be blown out of the water. I did find a cheap plastic toy version of the Tanker bug from the states. I have seen some people doing good stuff with these so managed to get it for £4.95 plus £10 postage. Here’s hoping I don’t get clobbered with silly charges at this end.😱
Change in scale and genre..
25mm sci fi to 10mm fantasy. I decided to get a bit more done on my elves. I am really struggling to get motivated with these, what makes it worse is I think I have the same, if not twice as many to make a start on. I have painted loads more 10mm than this lot and managed fine but these are really causing me grief.
As mentioned in an earlier post, I am doing a Facebook group challenge of 30 minutes a day for 50 days…. surely I can get these finished in that time 😱
A really short post today as I am absolutely cabbaged… long day that I have been worrying about for weeks went off pretty well…
I paused long enough in dismantling and reassembling the printer to get some paint slapped on the elves…
Still a fair old way to go but I am getting there again. I have decided that they are all going to have dark grey cloaks. I was thinking that another mass of differing shades of green on the cloaks would be a bit too much. It also groups them together as a unit.
Hurrah my bases have arrived from Pendraken… I reckon this lot should keep me going for a while 😁
I based up 6 bases of archers and 9 of hand weapons.
My plan was to have 4 miniatures to a base (I would normally go for 5 or 6 but the fantasy miniatures are a lot bigger than the historical ones). I managed 4 archers and only 3 to the other bases.
I think the 3’s will look okay, but the size of the bases caused me problems. I will work out how to base them… the Amazons had a painted base with flock so I might follow the same route.
I am calling these done apart from a bit of tidying up and then the bases finishing. I might give the faces a bit of a wash as they do look a bit pale.
It would have made my life easier if my fine detail brushes hadn’t given up the ghost.
I think they will look a lot better when they get the sand or flock or whatever I decide upon onto the bases.
Because the bases are so raised then I can’t really just paint the bases. Which is a bit of a pain as whatever I put on is going to look massive by comparison.
I eventually ordered 200 40x20mm bases so when they arrive I will blast on with the infantry. As I am on a bit of a roll with 10mm I might crack on with some more Mongols.
I also managed to get a bit of paint onto the Gigantoraptor, these dinosaurs also fall into the neglected miniatures category.
Still another 5 to go out of the neglected dinosaurs. A triceratops, a tyrannosaurus, a parasaurolophus, a stegosaurus and a hatzegopteryx (a massive flying reptile in case you didn’t know). The total bugger is that four of them have earlier ones already painted. It would be good if I could match them in.
Well when I say almost done I actually mean the first unit is almost done.
Just the skin and hair to do, along with tidying up and a bit more highlights. Not quite sure where the zoomed in image went, but this one will do. I have stopped hating these now, I still don’t like the barding but, it will have to do 😬
As I had the brown paint out for the bases I gave this chap his first undercoat. I say first as I intend to give him two to hide the printer lines. They can really be seen on the following photograph
To be fair though I reckon I could tweak the printer settings to eradicate these a bit more. This was a test print to see how it went. But I suppose to look at it another way it weighs 4 Grams and at 0.018p per gram then it cost pence… and when looked at from this distance…
The lines are a lot less noticeable. I can tell who he is and that he is armed with a bow. So to be honest I am not going to worry about it that much. I will try another print sometime in the future with the Fat Dragon miniature settings dialled into the printer.
Tomorrow I hope to finish off the cavalry. There will be a short hiatus with the infantry as my 40×20 bases need to arrive.