Scalians… Just About Done

I didn’t get in until 21:00 tonight so didn’t get as much done as I wanted, but apart from a bit of touching up, (including highlighting the shield rims) and getting the bases done then I reckon these are pretty much finished (I know John is desperate to hear the news of their finishing 🤣).

I would have potentially got more done this evening if I hadn’t chucked some of the scabbards away. I was tidying up and binned what I thought were spares only to find I had missed them off the command base… I swore 🤬. Luckily the dog had stolen the butter and cleaned it out as the bits fell into the tub. This meant I didn’t have to empty the whole bin bag.

There is a bit of contrast on the shield faces, but it would seem that Contrast paint doesn’t work as well on bleached bone as it does over white.

Hopefully a bit more of a sensible finish time tomorrow night so I can get the Aztecs sprayed and these finished off. Once I decide on a vegetation style I will get everything flocked together.

I think I am going to go with a Samurai Army next, with the potential for a couple of clans for Ronin in 25mm (well after the Conquistadors are done – the Aztecs and Scalians need someone to fight).

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Scalians… Back to Work

So after my wibble the other day I cracked on again tonight…

I managed to pretty much get the bits and bobs done. The cavalry are observing progress… Regarding the blue things, I thought they were bits of sprue… evidently not. They seem to be some sort of scabbard so I painted them up even though only the orange one actually has a sword. They will add a bit of interest to the spear armed troops. I will get them all glued onto the minis tomorrow.

I will get the Aztecs sprayed tomorrow too.

I have been having a mooch at the Tin Soldier website again. They also do 25mm Samurai… but I must resist and keep with the 15mm, however the 25’s would make a nice skirmish force for the Ronin rules 🤔.

Scalians… Bored Now

I am getting a Little tired of this lot just about now.

I don’t know why but I really can’t be bothered with these right now… Probably because I wasn’t too struck on them to begin with. I really had to force myself to do anything on them today, but I managed something, probably 20 minutes in total.

The mounts got a dark eye added and the same colour to the mouth of the riders straps were painted in and the leader had his gold armour painted.

I need to do the shields and quivers, but I reckon I will not be going overboard on highlighting etc. I want them done and out of the way.

We bought a cheap caravan yesterday, so I will be able to enthrall you all with more photos of Shetland (other Island Archipelagos are available).

Scalians… A Smidge Done

Not really much done tonight, or it looks like not much. The time was taken to paint in the white, let it dry and then paint over with the Contrast Paint.

I also repainted the underbelly of the mounts then gave them a blast with a green/yellow.

I am having an early night tonight so will have to carry on with these tomorrow.

Scalian Cavalry… A bit of progress

Tonight I spent ages trying to work out what colours to paint the riders.

In the end I looked at what contrast paint colours I had, in the end it was down to Blue, green or yellow… obviously yellow won 😉. The command mini with the sword is done in orange to mark him out as a leader. I will need to tidy up the skin on them with white to get the yellow to cover over the green splodges.

Because I want these out of the way I am pretty much throwing the paint on. Problem is I can see where the green was and it is bugging me, otherwise I reckon it would have been left the way it was.

Shortly after taking the above photo I decided that they looked boring, so made changes to the command bases.

I used the Black Hat back banners to make the standards and also to give the leader a back banner too.

I will get them painted white when I tidy up things.

I eventually got the last statue sprayed.

I really do need to get the printer dialled back in. The lines on this are really obvious. The printer sat for about two months so it might need a bit of TLC to get it back on track again.

Friday tomorrow so hopefully I can get these lizards finished over the weekend.

Scalian Cavalry…now with paint… Sort of

I managed to get the mounts painted green, again I just blasted some Contrast paint on them.

I do like this green colour, I am thinking of doing the mounts a different colour to the other two types I painted previously. It will need to be something that goes well with the green.

To be honest I was getting a bit bored by the green in the end. I will repaint the bellies on the mounts in a light grey and then get a yellow colour on there to add a bit of differentiation.

I hope to get the riders painted tomorrow too.

Scalian Cavalry….. Arghhhhhhh!

So tonight I decided to put these together… sixteen miniatures – legs, body and tail.. how hard could that be… A bloody nightmare actually.

The legs are fastened to the mount so the body goes onto the little peg…yeah right. The peg is, firstly too long and secondly too wide. So I trimmed them down. Get the body ready…..

the body’s cavity to shove the peg in was blocked with pewter!

The other issue is that the leg bit is flat and the body part is domed, so without any major surgery there is a ruddy great gap.

The tail then affixes to the bum… this went surprisingly smoothly, however I did cut the peg down and widen the hole.

Eventually after a lot of swearing and super glueing myself to miniature Lizardmen I got there!

I am used to removing flash, mould lines and vent excess but this lot took things to a whole new level. The thing it reminds me of is when you buy stuff off Ebay and it turns out it is a collection of recasts.

As I got them from the only seller in the Uk (well I think he is… and he lives on Shetland to boot 😉) and I know him personally then this is not the case. I reckon they will paint up fine once the superglue has cured properly. I actually wanted them sprayed tonight, but tomorrow will have to do.

Battle Valour Games do a whole host of races, but because of the problems with these and then the big beastie, it has kind of put me off. I could ask Martin to have a look at some of the others, but right now I want these and the Aztecs finished…

Regarding Aztecs, my couple of packs very quickly turned into five…or possibly six.

Command, peasant slingers x2, peasant with hand weapons x 1, jaguar captain and eagle captain one of each…oh yeah six!

I also asked if they would send me some samples of their Samurai range 😱.

I must be off my rocker, as if I haven’t got enough to paint.

Tomorrow the kids come back from the holidays. I thought I would take a photo out of the office window…

I reckon there might be worse views out there.

Scalians… Pretty Much Done

I got the shields stuck on today and slapped some paint on. The rims could do with a bit of a highlight, but other than the bases I reckon I am finished with these.

Apologies for the lighting, we moved our house around today, where the table ended up had pretty naff lighting. I will get them all out tomorrow for a photo shoot.

I also hunted out my Tin Soldier Aztecs. It is a DBA force so only 36 miniatures to paint. I am pretending that I haven’t seen the Box full of Black Hat Aztecs or the Tin Soldier Conquistadors that I forgot I had. I will base these up as I normally do. 20 x 40mm for them all 😂. I am playing more HOTT at the minute so they will match in with the Conquistador army I played in at the last HOTT tournament.

The printer whirred and squeaked and yodelled it’s way through som3 more bits today.

I have 5 jaguar heads, 5 pillars as well as the altar and bowl. Total time 7 hours 40 minutes (I remembered to look today). I have downloaded some more stuff from Thingiverse from Terrain4Print. I will slice them tomorrow and set it running again.

Scalians… Something a Little Different

What with one thing and another today then I never got anything painted. Technically I went into work today to clear out my desk before starting the new job and ended up chatting to colleagues who I haven’t seen for about 10 weeks so… I will need to go in and sort out my desk another time. I then went out this evening with some of my colleagues for our regular catch up meal, just back in to get this written up.

Modelling wise my day wasn’t wasted. I got thinking of the Scalian Forces and how they would need themed terrain. So off I went to look on Thingiverse. It was then that I remembered my humble bundle I bought way back in March. Something was making me think that there were Jungly things in the pack. I fired up the computer and had a look.

Apologies for the naff photo, but it was moving quite quick and the iPad couldn’t keep up. I found two pyramids, a jaguar temple of the moon and various scatter pieces too.

The other thing I found were some 3D printable Lizardmen. I took a guess at reducing the size to 70% and I ended up with this size.

You can’t really see him properly as he is black PLA but he does fit in nicely with the general figure. He will be joined by a few more to make a unit of larger lizard warriors akin to Kroxigor in Warhammer.

I also printed off some carved disks. Because I printed them flat the detail isn’t as good as it could be had I done them vertically. Problem with a circle is that it needs a whole lot of support to go vertical.

So no painting done but still something to show at the end of the day. The lizard is from Fat Dragon Games and for the life of me I cannot remember the maker of the terrain stuff. Lizard took 45 minutes to print, whilst the pyramid is just over 6 hours.

The jaguar temple is going to be nearer 10 hours. I will set it away tomorrow morning and see what appears at the end of the day.