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Foehammer’s 2019 New Year’s Resolution

Foehammer’s 2019 New Year’s Resolution

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About the Project

Half way through 2018, after over 10 years in my previous house, my family and I moved to a newer, bigger house, driven mostly by the increasing size of offspring. However, a side effect of moving (particularly packing and unpacking) was the realization of just how much gaming/miniatures stuff I have, particularly of the unpainted variety. Fortunately this pile of hobby stuff didn't significantly increase over the holidays. Thus my mission: New Years Resolution - make a significant dent in my pile of unpainted minis. The reason I chose to do this as a new project is there is going to be no consistent theme to these painting completions. No single game system. No single army. I'm just making it a goal to paint some more of something every day. If I get tired of painting 1 thing, I will jump to another. Some days, I plan to just randomly reach into my pile of stuff, no peaking, pull something out, and paint it. Lets see how it goes.

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Jumping back into Konflikt

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Got a little tired of painting dwarves, so decided to transition back to painting some Konflikt 47 stuff.

These are a part of my sons British Airborne force. Some converted SAS troopers, with plasticard night vision goggles and gun suppressors, as well as a Tesla Cromwell.

SAS Troopers with Night VisionSAS Troopers with Night Vision
Tesla CromwellTesla Cromwell

Some more dwarves,

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Another really quick update, more dwarves completed/polished for use in Warlords of Erehwon. The miners are old WHFB metals, while the slayers/berserkers are Avatars of War plastics. The AoW guys weapons are a little on the big side, but still look cool.

…particularly the guy giving the single-finger hello (and no that’s not a conversion)

Hoping to get a group shot once I get a few more completed.

 

Another 6 doneAnother 6 done

Oldie, but Goodie

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While there is no doubt that today’s miniatures are, technically, miles more detailed and advanced than those of even 5 years ago, sometimes there’s something very satisfying about painting up a great hunk of metal. Old-school WHFB Dwarf Flame Cannon.

Painted up for Warlords of Erehwon.

Oldie, but Goodie

#pinktanksforjohn

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@johnlyons

so, after this week’s hobby hangout, I figured I had to pull out an old 40k tank, finish it up, and post it, if only to make John twitch.

Granted I don’t think pink 40k tanks will bother him as much.

Rhino of the Slanneshi Flawless HostRhino of the Slanneshi Flawless Host
Darker, but still pinkDarker, but still pink
More pink tanksMore pink tanks

Time to fight for nowhere!

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Finally got this book this weekendFinally got this book this weekend

As shown above, finally got a copy of the Warlords of Erehwon book. While I’m only part of the way through it, it seems like a great rule system, very similar to BA/Gates of Antares, that will allow players to play “warband” sized games with their variety of fantasy miniatures.

 

Continuing the base tutorial. The next step is to paint the final highlight. This is a very light gray, almost white, painting as a small L-Shape at the very corner of the two highlighted edges. This is to provide a sharp highlight for that edge. If you aren’t a huge fan of high-contrast painting, you can skip this step and stop with the previous highlights.

Bases with final highlight and recess shadingBases with final highlight and recess shading

Ok. Last two steps.

the second to last step is lining crevices in the bases between the stones. This cleans up any mistakes made previously with highlights. I did this with a thin brush and very watered down dark grey paint, but you could also use an art pen of the correct color. I like watered down paint as it seeps into recesses, and also is easily whipped away if you make an error.

lastly, paint the base rim black, and you are done!

Rims painted black for completionRims painted black for completion

Brick-crazy

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While I’m pushing to get the bases complete, if I just spent all my time painting bricks, I’d go mad. So, I have been giving myself some breaks painting some of my dwarf miniatures that I’m hoping to use for warlords of Erehwon. These are 3 plastic dwarf miners that were sitting in my miniature cabinet primed black probably for a decade.

Glad to have them painted, and particularly happy with how the standard bearer came out. Making progress on the resolution.

Front viewFront view
Rear viewRear view
Detail shot of the standard bearer.Detail shot of the standard bearer.

Brick basing tutorial 2, phase 1

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The second half of my basing tutorial covers painting, which accounts for a lot of the appearance. Once all the bases are created, they are:

1) primed

2) basecoated with a medium grey

3) washed with GW Nuln oil

4) allowed to fully dry

this gives a solid color, while the wash picks out the stone details.

Base primed, base coated, and washedBase primed, base coated, and washed

Once this is dry, we proceed through the first 3 steps of painting.

1) use the grey base coat color to pick out the bricks

2) using a slightly lighter shade of grey, paint a broad highlight on one short edge and one long edge of each brick. Consistently highlight the same edges to give the impression of a uniform light source

3) repeat step 2, using a lighter shade of grey, only painting a finer highlight on the same two edges

dont worry about being too neat, as the second to last step will clean things up.

The next post will finish the bases with 1 last highlight, a shading step, and painting the black lip of the base.

Base with bricks repaintedBase with bricks repainted
Base with a single broad highlight on the bricksBase with a single broad highlight on the bricks
Bases with 2 highlights appliedBases with 2 highlights applied

Dwarf basing tutorial, part 1

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Ok, several people have been asking how I did the dwarves bases. I finally got around to doing a second round of them for the next set of minis, so took the opportunity to document the process. You need

– sharp hobby knife

– plastic bases

– plastic glue

– textured plasticard (see link)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004FLQLRQ?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_pd_title

 

start by laying the plasticard face down on your work surface. Then, apply plastic glue to the tops of your bases. This should be a thin coat spread all the way to the edge to ensure good adhesion. Press bases against the bottom of the plasticard, leaving enough space to fit a knife blade between bases for cutting.

leave to dry/set.

bases glued to plasticardbases glued to plasticard

Once dry, cut the plasticard sheet to separate the individual bases. These are rough cuts. The detail work is later.

Bases separatedBases separated

Now, take each base and place it face down on your cutting mat. While rotating the base, cut as much excess plasticard as you can from around the edge of the base. Be careful with the knife work.

base with most of the excess material cut awaybase with most of the excess material cut away

90% done. Now, flip the base over. While holding it in one hand, run your knife blade around the base, using the beveled edge as a guide, trimming off any small amounts of overhanging plasticard material. The plasticard should now be flush with the beveled edges of the base. You can run your finger along it to identify any areas needing further smoothing.

Trimming the last excess materialTrimming the last excess material

Lastly, you may find the top lip of the base has a hard/sharp edge from the previous cuts. To soften this, I reverse my knife blade and run it quickly along the lid hard edge, just like I was removing a mold line. 1-2 passes and the edge should now be softer/smoother.

this will get you 1-200 bases from just $8 of materials.

 

Next steps, priming and painting.

Dwarf basing tutorial, part 1

The dwarves just keep on comm’n

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Even though I had envisioned this project being a bit more random, the dwarf-theme has been pretty consistent recently. I’m excited about warlords of Erehwon, so trying to get a warbands worth of dwarves table-ready.

this group includes some plastics from both the basic GW dwarf plastics, as well as some of the Blackfire Pass starter set plastics. It also has 2 old GW dwarf metal minis in the form of the cannon crewman (far right) and one of the guards from the Anvil of Doom.

i am also working on another set of bases, so should have a tutorial on those shortly. Maybe later this weekend.

Full groupFull group
Close up of thunderer championClose up of thunderer champion
Close up of miner standard bearerClose up of miner standard bearer

Mo' Stunties

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I was layed out sick for more than an entire weekend, so that put a major damper on my progress on this project. Finally feeling human again, I was able to put in some hours over the last 2 nights on some completions. In this case, more of my previous WHFB dwarves. Now, most of these were already partially painted, I just did some cleanup and finish up after 10-years of improvements in my painting skill.

Perhaps my goal for my next entry will be to show a picture of the starting miniature, then after I’ve done my cleanup.

Sorry for the poor quality pictures. I took them quickly as I was leaving the house this AM.

front viewfront view
rear viewrear view

I also realize I still owe a quick tutorial on how I did my bases. Maybe capture that tonight as well.

Short update on dwarves

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Only a quick update today. Here are a group of completed dwarves. Most of these were already 50% painted, I just finished up the paint jobs and rebased them.

hope to have an update later this week on making the bases.

Short update on dwarves

Iron Within...

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Had a bunch of chaos lying around, so I figured I’d paint up a quick kill team. I said this New Years resolution would be all over the place! I always liked the Iron Warriors, and Angel Exterminatus is one of my favorite Horus Heresy books.

Started with this slightly converted chosen champion from an old 40k starter set. He’ll probably be my leaders.

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Back viewBack view

Old School Dwarves

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Quick update for the day. This time, what I chose to pull out of the box was some partially painted old WHFB dwarves. In this case 2 artillery crewmen and an old metal Bugman’s Ranger musician. Not only do I have a large old-school WHFB draft collection that would be good to get painted, but I’m interested in the upcoming “Warlords of Erehwon” fantasy game from Warlord Games. I love their “dice bag” activation mechanic, and I’m interested where they take it in a Fantasy Genre D10 system.

I will say, after working in plastic and resin for so long, I’d forgotten how easily metal minis chip paint.

Crewman1, frontCrewman1, front
Crewman1, backCrewman1, back
Crewman2, frontCrewman2, front
Crewman2, backCrewman2, back
Ranger Musician, frontRanger Musician, front
Ranger Musician,backRanger Musician,back

Johnny 5 is Alive

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This is a model my son got for Christmas for his British Airborne K47 army. These are Automated Mobile Platforms. They are light vehicles/walkers that provide some additional firepower to British forces. While very light on armor, as can be seen by the last picture, they pack A LOT of firepower for a model of their size, having either

  • 3x 50cal machine guns
  • a Medium AT gun
  • A light howitzer

Overall the miniature was nicely detailed, came in only 5 pieces, and painted up very quickly. I think I need to add 1-2 decals to break up the green and I can call it done.

Johnny 5 is Alive
Johnny 5 is Alive
Johnny 5 is Alive

Snake-Man

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So, lets get started. In the future I hope to have more in-process shots, but the first few will be minis that I painted towards the tail end of my Christmas Holiday break. During that break I randomly reached into one of my Target plastic storage cabinets and pulled out the following miniature. Its a snake man from the original Shadows of Brimstone Kickstarter. Its not the most detailed miniature ever, maybe a good half-way between a board game miniature and a good Wargaming miniature. However, it was something very different from my usual miniatures so was fun to paint.

Front ViewFront View
Back viewBack view

I still need to complete the base, and do some form of dry brushing to bring out the details in the scales. I might actually paint some kids of spots/pattern on the back scales to make it so its not all universally one color.

Thoughts?

Ok, Lets Get This Rolling

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As it says on the tin, my goal with this project/New Years Resolution to start making a dent in my massive pile of unpainted minis. I hope to grab something every day, and try and make some progress. If I find something in my collection that I absolutely can’t bring myself to paint, then I guess its destiny is the trash bin or Ebay.

I’m looking to you, the fantastic BoW/OTT hobby community, to help keep me motivated with comments/critiques/constructive criticisms. Are you up to the challenge?

 

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