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Originally this blog was to detail the unusual Maow Miniatures that I came across by chance a few years ago via the Independent Retailer - the Wamp Store. Maow Miniatures is a French sculpting company that distributes their miniatures via third parties and if you are looking for something a little different (Cthulhu inspired?) to paint then their wacky creations maybe for you? But, this blog is going to now be more… Inspired by the fantastic response of the community to my other workbench blog, I’m going to present any non-fantasy miniatures in this blog that I come across or pull out of my ‘pile of shame.’ As with all my projects, my painting style is rather grim-dark and gothic, normally utilising black under coats and with some influence of Blanchitsu to create a ‘dirty’ impression. I paint for pleasure and not for profit. I will be seeking inspiration as I go along from what I see, read and from those I interact with in this great hobby. So come on board for some Sci-Fi from Diehard Miniatures, Horror from Maow Miniatures, Steampunk from Reaper Miniatures and Wyrd Miniatures and Historical from Wargames Foundry… plus the odd Oldhammer (non-fantasy!)

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Gloom Trench 1926 - The Angel of Death

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‘The Angel of Death’ - Model chosen metal Cool Miniatures or Not (CMON) Mounted Female Vampire SKU: CM0026 sculptor unknown (OOP) mounted on a 50mm round, lipped Secret Armies Trench Base. Vampire is accompanied by a wild cat familiar Model chosen - Dunkeldorf Miniatures Bertha’s Cat ‘Bull’ from the Dunkeldorf Pets collection SKU tbc sculpted by Sonny Bundgaard. ‘The Angel of Death’ - Model chosen metal Cool Miniatures or Not (CMON) Mounted Female Vampire SKU: CM0026 sculptor unknown (OOP) mounted on a 50mm round, lipped Secret Armies Trench Base. Vampire is accompanied by a wild cat familiar Model chosen - Dunkeldorf Miniatures Bertha’s Cat ‘Bull’ from the Dunkeldorf Pets collection SKU tbc sculpted by Sonny Bundgaard.
Gloom Trench 1926 - The Angel of Death

Gloom Trench 1926 - The Villains of the Peace

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I decided that these villains ought to be treated with a little bit of respect. Soldiers who are lost in combat should be allowed to rest in peace, so to be raised as a zombie is a sad fate. Hence the Poppies to remind us of the futility of war. Here we have the Nameless Officer and his squad of the Nameless Troopers. The ‘necromancer’ is the only human to retain some sense of well-being!I decided that these villains ought to be treated with a little bit of respect. Soldiers who are lost in combat should be allowed to rest in peace, so to be raised as a zombie is a sad fate. Hence the Poppies to remind us of the futility of war. Here we have the Nameless Officer and his squad of the Nameless Troopers. The ‘necromancer’ is the only human to retain some sense of well-being!
Tunics : Charadon Granite; wash of Thraka Green; highlight of Charadon Granite; highlight of Wraithbone 1:1 Charadon Granite; Wash of Casandora Yellow; Baal Red; Badab BlackTunics : Charadon Granite; wash of Thraka Green; highlight of Charadon Granite; highlight of Wraithbone 1:1 Charadon Granite; Wash of Casandora Yellow; Baal Red; Badab Black
Weapons: Abaddon Black; Highlight Chainmail; Highlight Retributor Armour; Wash Badab Black; Lothern Blue; White Scar; Drakenhof Nightshade Weapons: Abaddon Black; Highlight Chainmail; Highlight Retributor Armour; Wash Badab Black; Lothern Blue; White Scar; Drakenhof Nightshade
Helmets: Charadon Granite; Wash Thraka Green; Wash Seraphim Sepia; chips Chainmail; Blazing Orange Helmets: Charadon Granite; Wash Thraka Green; Wash Seraphim Sepia; chips Chainmail; Blazing Orange
Bases: Wash Agrax Earthshade; Highlight Wraithbone; Wash Agrax Earthshade. Base lip: Abaddon Black; ‘ardcoat. Poppies from Serious Play. Bones - Wraithbone; Wash Casandora Yellow; Babdad BlackBases: Wash Agrax Earthshade; Highlight Wraithbone; Wash Agrax Earthshade. Base lip: Abaddon Black; ‘ardcoat. Poppies from Serious Play. Bones - Wraithbone; Wash Casandora Yellow; Babdad Black
Red Dress: Mephiston Red; studs Chainmail; Wash Carroburg Crimson  Leather coat: Abaddon Black; ‘ardcoat  Blonde hair: Averland Sunset; Wash Babdab Black; highlight Averland Sunset 1:2 Wraithbone Red Dress: Mephiston Red; studs Chainmail; Wash Carroburg Crimson Leather coat: Abaddon Black; ‘ardcoat Blonde hair: Averland Sunset; Wash Babdab Black; highlight Averland Sunset 1:2 Wraithbone
Skin: Cadian Fleshtone; Reikland Fleshshade, Thraka Green, Carroburg Crimson, Casandora Yellow wash.   Weathering: Vallejo Brown Iron Oxide; Vallejo Light Yellow OchreSkin: Cadian Fleshtone; Reikland Fleshshade, Thraka Green, Carroburg Crimson, Casandora Yellow wash. Weathering: Vallejo Brown Iron Oxide; Vallejo Light Yellow Ochre

Gloom Trench 1926 - the British Sniper Squad

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So here are the British Sniper Heroines now ready to go to battle. After a white spray undercoat I probably spent near on 6 hours painting these ladies up.  Tunics : Steel Legion Drab; wash of Thraka Green; highlight of Deathworld Forest; highlight of Wraithbone 1:1 Deathworld Forest. Buttons: Retributor Armour.  Weapons: Abaddon Black; Highlight Chainmail; Highlight Retributor Armour; Wash Badab Black.  Helmets: Orkhide Shadow; Wash Thraka Green; Wash Seraphim Sepia; chips Chainmail.   Bases: Wash Agrax Earthshade; Highlight Wraithbone; Wash Agrax Earthshade. Base lip: Abaddon Black; ‘ardcoat .  Blue Blouse: Lothern Blue; Wash Drakenhof Nightshade; highlight Lothern Blue 1:1 Wraithbone; Wash Drakenhof Nightshade.  Red hair: Mephiston Red; Wash Babdab Black. Skin: Cadian Fleshtone; Reikland Fleshshade .  Weathering: Vallejo Brown Iron Oxide; Vallejo Light Yellow OchreSo here are the British Sniper Heroines now ready to go to battle. After a white spray undercoat I probably spent near on 6 hours painting these ladies up. Tunics : Steel Legion Drab; wash of Thraka Green; highlight of Deathworld Forest; highlight of Wraithbone 1:1 Deathworld Forest. Buttons: Retributor Armour. Weapons: Abaddon Black; Highlight Chainmail; Highlight Retributor Armour; Wash Badab Black. Helmets: Orkhide Shadow; Wash Thraka Green; Wash Seraphim Sepia; chips Chainmail. Bases: Wash Agrax Earthshade; Highlight Wraithbone; Wash Agrax Earthshade. Base lip: Abaddon Black; ‘ardcoat . Blue Blouse: Lothern Blue; Wash Drakenhof Nightshade; highlight Lothern Blue 1:1 Wraithbone; Wash Drakenhof Nightshade. Red hair: Mephiston Red; Wash Babdab Black. Skin: Cadian Fleshtone; Reikland Fleshshade . Weathering: Vallejo Brown Iron Oxide; Vallejo Light Yellow Ochre
The Resistance Contact - with a nod to friends currently resisting an aggressor! 🇺🇦The Resistance Contact - with a nod to friends currently resisting an aggressor! 🇺🇦
Lieutenant ‘Al’Lieutenant ‘Al’
Sniper ‘Bec’Sniper ‘Bec’
Sniper ‘Colleen’Sniper ‘Colleen’
Sniper ‘Sue’Sniper ‘Sue’
Specialist ‘Emma’ with Melta GunSpecialist ‘Emma’ with Melta Gun
Specialist ‘Claire’ with Grenade LauncherSpecialist ‘Claire’ with Grenade Launcher

Gloom Trench 1926 Inspiration

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With all the pain and suffering in the world at the moment, you can’t avoid an emotional impact. One way I’ve found to distract myself (not ignore) is to seek inspiration for a creative activity. By chance I came across a project on Gloom Trench 1926 from @fickledicegames. I’d not heard of this game but it intrigued me and I was taken with the pulp-like genre and the post WW1 Cthulhu-like narrative. On the downside, although the miniatures look great, I don’t have a 3D printer and it seemed a big leap and financial investment to take just for a few downloadable files. So, I looked for some proxies, and this gave me the opportunity to support Anvil Industries - an indie I’d been wanting to try out potentially as Astra Militarum proxies. Instead, I opted for a specialist x5 woman sniper squad with the instantly recognisable British Tommy helmet and a full x10 unit of dastardly villains with zombiefied helmeted heads and advanced tech weapons (and a couple of flamers). This customised lot all came to around £60. I added an extra pair of female legs and so the x5 woman Squad would have an officer - so 16 miniatures. With all the pain and suffering in the world at the moment, you can’t avoid an emotional impact. One way I’ve found to distract myself (not ignore) is to seek inspiration for a creative activity. By chance I came across a project on Gloom Trench 1926 from @fickledicegames. I’d not heard of this game but it intrigued me and I was taken with the pulp-like genre and the post WW1 Cthulhu-like narrative. On the downside, although the miniatures look great, I don’t have a 3D printer and it seemed a big leap and financial investment to take just for a few downloadable files. So, I looked for some proxies, and this gave me the opportunity to support Anvil Industries - an indie I’d been wanting to try out potentially as Astra Militarum proxies. Instead, I opted for a specialist x5 woman sniper squad with the instantly recognisable British Tommy helmet and a full x10 unit of dastardly villains with zombiefied helmeted heads and advanced tech weapons (and a couple of flamers). This customised lot all came to around £60. I added an extra pair of female legs and so the x5 woman Squad would have an officer - so 16 miniatures.
The Anvil Industry Miniatures arrived within h 24 hours of purchase (UK). Super fast and the quality of the miniatures is really good. I’d say the Tommy heads are more finely printed/made than the zombie heads, but we’ll see how they come together when painted. I mixed the zombie heads with masked heads and it gives me a few spares for other projects.  Originally I thought I might just use 30mm blank, lipped bases, but I still want to clear my pile of shame, so it seemed apt to look for a set of alternatives. The Anvil Industry Miniatures arrived within h 24 hours of purchase (UK). Super fast and the quality of the miniatures is really good. I’d say the Tommy heads are more finely printed/made than the zombie heads, but we’ll see how they come together when painted. I mixed the zombie heads with masked heads and it gives me a few spares for other projects. Originally I thought I might just use 30mm blank, lipped bases, but I still want to clear my pile of shame, so it seemed apt to look for a set of alternatives.
I created the sniper unit first and used Micro Arts Studio Ancient 30mm lipped round base. Using superglue, the parts fitted pretty seemlessly. I added a GW Astra Militarum tank commander pistol to the officer’s belt, but apart from that I was pleased with the two hour  preparation session.I created the sniper unit first and used Micro Arts Studio Ancient 30mm lipped round base. Using superglue, the parts fitted pretty seemlessly. I added a GW Astra Militarum tank commander pistol to the officer’s belt, but apart from that I was pleased with the two hour preparation session.
Inspiration is a great thing and my creative storytelling made me think about having a ‘French Resistance’ contact for these British heroines. So turning to my pile of shame again, I pulled out a shotgun wielding pirate lady from Black Scorpion Miniatures that I picked up from Salute 2018. With a bit of rejigging of bases, I think she will add an extra dimension to the team… Magnificent Squad 7?Inspiration is a great thing and my creative storytelling made me think about having a ‘French Resistance’ contact for these British heroines. So turning to my pile of shame again, I pulled out a shotgun wielding pirate lady from Black Scorpion Miniatures that I picked up from Salute 2018. With a bit of rejigging of bases, I think she will add an extra dimension to the team… Magnificent Squad 7?
The villains in this story came together in an equally easy fashion as to the heroines. In fact, I was spoilt for choice in which heads to use. I’d have liked the officer to have been a little more dynamic, but as they are all undead, I guess a more static look would not be out of place. I used a bit of GW liquid green stuff to just fill wee gaps at the shoulders and hips and mounted then on a set of Fenris Dungeon bases from the pile of shame. The villains in this story came together in an equally easy fashion as to the heroines. In fact, I was spoilt for choice in which heads to use. I’d have liked the officer to have been a little more dynamic, but as they are all undead, I guess a more static look would not be out of place. I used a bit of GW liquid green stuff to just fill wee gaps at the shoulders and hips and mounted then on a set of Fenris Dungeon bases from the pile of shame.
In a similar fashion to the heroines, I wanted to give the villains an extra character, perhaps a modern necromancer. In the pile of shame for many years has been Lilith (Limited Edition) from Dark Age and examining her carefully, she seemed apt to fit that role.In a similar fashion to the heroines, I wanted to give the villains an extra character, perhaps a modern necromancer. In the pile of shame for many years has been Lilith (Limited Edition) from Dark Age and examining her carefully, she seemed apt to fit that role.
Next up… painting schemes.Next up… painting schemes.

Sending Love to Ukraine - ‘The Angel of Ukraine’ 🇺🇦

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If you can keep your head when all about you        Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,     But make allowance for their doubting too;    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,     Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,     And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:  If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;        If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster     And treat those two impostors just the same;    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken     Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,     And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:  If you can make one heap of all your winnings     And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings     And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew     To serve your turn long after they are gone,    And so hold on when there is nothing in you     Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’  If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,        Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,     If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute     With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,        And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!If you can keep your head when all about you        Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,     But make allowance for their doubting too;    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,     Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,     And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;        If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster     And treat those two impostors just the same;    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken     Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,     And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: If you can make one heap of all your winnings     And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings     And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew     To serve your turn long after they are gone,    And so hold on when there is nothing in you     Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,        Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,     If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute     With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,        And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
Sending Love to Ukraine - ‘The Angel of Ukraine’ 🇺🇦
Sending Love to Ukraine - ‘The Angel of Ukraine’ 🇺🇦
Sending Love to Ukraine - ‘The Angel of Ukraine’ 🇺🇦
Sending Love to Ukraine - ‘The Angel of Ukraine’ 🇺🇦
‘The Ambulance Rapid Response Bike’ - Model Chosen - Zinge Industries The Tank Bike (A7 Inspired) Product Code S-TBI01 designed by Gareth Watson.   ‘The Angel of Ukraine’ - Model chosen - Reaper Miniatures Karla, Anime Heroine SKU 50232 sculpted by Patrick Keith.  ‘The patient puppy’. Model chosen - Dunkeldorf Miniatures Kickstarter 3 Special Gratitude Gift SKU tbc sculpted by Sonny Bundgaard. Base - 100mm round resin base of skulls by Legend Games. ‘The Ambulance Rapid Response Bike’ - Model Chosen - Zinge Industries The Tank Bike (A7 Inspired) Product Code S-TBI01 designed by Gareth Watson. ‘The Angel of Ukraine’ - Model chosen - Reaper Miniatures Karla, Anime Heroine SKU 50232 sculpted by Patrick Keith. ‘The patient puppy’. Model chosen - Dunkeldorf Miniatures Kickstarter 3 Special Gratitude Gift SKU tbc sculpted by Sonny Bundgaard. Base - 100mm round resin base of skulls by Legend Games.
Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 🇺🇦Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 🇺🇦

Homage to OTT’s Rorke’s Drift - Part 4 - the collected survivors…

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A pulp/steampunk interpretation as the survivors gather - @avernos, @fcostin, @brennon, @warzan, @lloyd, @johnlyons and not to forget as always @dignity!A pulp/steampunk interpretation as the survivors gather - @avernos, @fcostin, @brennon, @warzan, @lloyd, @johnlyons and not to forget as always @dignity!
Homage to OTT’s Rorke’s Drift - Part 4 - the collected survivors…
Homage to OTT’s Rorke’s Drift - Part 4 - the collected survivors…
Homage to OTT’s Rorke’s Drift - Part 4 - the collected survivors…
Homage to OTT’s Rorke’s Drift - Part 4 - the collected survivors…
Homage to OTT’s Rorke’s Drift - Part 4 - the collected survivors…
Homage to OTT’s Rorke’s Drift - Part 4 - the collected survivors…
Homage to OTT’s Rorke’s Drift - Part 4 - the collected survivors…

Homage to OTT’s Rorke’s Drift - Part 3 - The 17th Cavalry charge to the rescue…

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When creating renditions of the OTT/BoW crew I did say all were present and correct! But I was wrong and I apologise because I’d forgotten the tank master himself @johnlyons. Now I couldn’t really stick a Leman Russ alongside these steampunk styled British Colonial soldiers but out of my pile of shame emerged a solution in the form of a crazy armoured tank bike from Zinge Industries. What’s more I discovered that the 17th Cavalry Lancers (famous for the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War) also provided mounted support in the Zulu war and so in this case, Lieutenant Lyons could ride into battle in the blue and white fatigues of that famous unit, not on a horse but on a steampunk tank!When creating renditions of the OTT/BoW crew I did say all were present and correct! But I was wrong and I apologise because I’d forgotten the tank master himself @johnlyons. Now I couldn’t really stick a Leman Russ alongside these steampunk styled British Colonial soldiers but out of my pile of shame emerged a solution in the form of a crazy armoured tank bike from Zinge Industries. What’s more I discovered that the 17th Cavalry Lancers (famous for the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War) also provided mounted support in the Zulu war and so in this case, Lieutenant Lyons could ride into battle in the blue and white fatigues of that famous unit, not on a horse but on a steampunk tank!
‘Lieutenant Lyons’. Model chosen - Reaper Miniatures Deadland Noir Patent Scientist SKU 59041 sculpted by Bob Ridolfi. ‘Lieutenant Lyons’. Model chosen - Reaper Miniatures Deadland Noir Patent Scientist SKU 59041 sculpted by Bob Ridolfi.
‘The Cavalry Mount’. Model Chosen - Zinge Industries The Tank Bike (A7 Inspired) Product Code S-TBI01 designed by Gareth Watson.  I opted for a brown pallet (Mournfang  Brown) but wanted to get the red and white flag that would have been on the 17th Cavalry lance flags and the skull and cross bones represented on the bike’s armour. I freehand painted a Union Jack flag on the bonnet and used a GW 40K Space Marine Vehicle Aquila transfer. The bike was ‘chipped’ with Chainmail and weathered with Vallejo Ochre and Brown Iron Oxide powders. ‘The Cavalry Mount’. Model Chosen - Zinge Industries The Tank Bike (A7 Inspired) Product Code S-TBI01 designed by Gareth Watson. I opted for a brown pallet (Mournfang Brown) but wanted to get the red and white flag that would have been on the 17th Cavalry lance flags and the skull and cross bones represented on the bike’s armour. I freehand painted a Union Jack flag on the bonnet and used a GW 40K Space Marine Vehicle Aquila transfer. The bike was ‘chipped’ with Chainmail and weathered with Vallejo Ochre and Brown Iron Oxide powders.
‘The Scenery’. Base chosen - 100mm round resin base obtained from the Wamp Store, but manufacturer and sculptor unknown.  Originally I thought about using a Micro Art Studio rectangular 100mm x 50mm Ancients Base, but it just didn’t feel right and again out of my pile of shame emerged a 100mm scenic base of a shipwrecked flotsam, rocks and water. I could imagine Lieutenant Lyons scouting ahead for water supplies and coming across this oasis, only for his trusty four-legged companion to spot something lurking in the depths. The addition of the dog and tentacles provided the narrative to link the tank bike to the scene.  A blended mix of Macragge Blue, Lothern Blue, Baharoth Blue and White Scar and topped by a thick coat of ‘ardcoat provided the choppy water effects while Zandri Dust and highlighting covered the rocks. Grass tufts from Serious Play links this base to the rest of the collection. ‘The Scenery’. Base chosen - 100mm round resin base obtained from the Wamp Store, but manufacturer and sculptor unknown. Originally I thought about using a Micro Art Studio rectangular 100mm x 50mm Ancients Base, but it just didn’t feel right and again out of my pile of shame emerged a 100mm scenic base of a shipwrecked flotsam, rocks and water. I could imagine Lieutenant Lyons scouting ahead for water supplies and coming across this oasis, only for his trusty four-legged companion to spot something lurking in the depths. The addition of the dog and tentacles provided the narrative to link the tank bike to the scene. A blended mix of Macragge Blue, Lothern Blue, Baharoth Blue and White Scar and topped by a thick coat of ‘ardcoat provided the choppy water effects while Zandri Dust and highlighting covered the rocks. Grass tufts from Serious Play links this base to the rest of the collection.
‘The loyal companion’. Model chosen - Dunkeldorf Miniatures Arnold’s Dog Jaeger SKU tbc sculpted by Sonny Bundgaard. ‘The loyal companion’. Model chosen - Dunkeldorf Miniatures Arnold’s Dog Jaeger SKU tbc sculpted by Sonny Bundgaard.
‘The lurking danger’. Model chosen - Wyrd Miniatures Sewer Bases Accessories SKU WYR0010 sculptor unknown. ‘The lurking danger’. Model chosen - Wyrd Miniatures Sewer Bases Accessories SKU WYR0010 sculptor unknown.

Homage to OTT’s Rorke’s Drift - Part 2

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So we have: @avernos, @warzan, @fcostin, @brennon in Part 1 and now @lloyd and @dignity represented in this dynamic group. I’ve added a scout and pack mule as an objective marker and painted them up in my dirty Gothic style using a black undercoat followed by blending of layers, washes and dry brushing. I’ve also used Vallejo ochre and earth weathering powder to add that extra level of crud. The minis are based on Micro Arts Troglodyte or Ancient Ruins round, lipped bases. So we have: @avernos, @warzan, @fcostin, @brennon in Part 1 and now @lloyd and @dignity represented in this dynamic group. I’ve added a scout and pack mule as an objective marker and painted them up in my dirty Gothic style using a black undercoat followed by blending of layers, washes and dry brushing. I’ve also used Vallejo ochre and earth weathering powder to add that extra level of crud. The minis are based on Micro Arts Troglodyte or Ancient Ruins round, lipped bases.
@Lloyd “Sergeant Lloyd, Corporal Lloyd, Lance Corporal Lloyd, Private Lloyd (1st Class), Private Lloyd (2nd Class)”. Models Chosen from Reaper Miniatures British Colonials I SKU 50184 and II SKU 50029 sculpted by Bob Olley.@Lloyd “Sergeant Lloyd, Corporal Lloyd, Lance Corporal Lloyd, Private Lloyd (1st Class), Private Lloyd (2nd Class)”. Models Chosen from Reaper Miniatures British Colonials I SKU 50184 and II SKU 50029 sculpted by Bob Olley.
@dignity “Ju5t1n”. Model chosen Diehard Miniatures Flat-Head Chaos War Droid SKU CS38 sculpted by Tim Prow.  @dignity “Ju5t1n”. Model chosen Diehard Miniatures Flat-Head Chaos War Droid SKU CS38 sculpted by Tim Prow.
Scout and Supplies: Models chosen from Reaper Miniatures Jane Porter Victorian Explorer SKU 50303 sculpted by Julie Guthrie and RAFM Pack Mule (I think) from my box of loose minis. Scout and Supplies: Models chosen from Reaper Miniatures Jane Porter Victorian Explorer SKU 50303 sculpted by Julie Guthrie and RAFM Pack Mule (I think) from my box of loose minis.

Homage to OTT’s Rorke’s Drift - Part 1

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I really enjoyed dipping into Gerry’s adventures in Rorke’s Drift the other week and it inspired me to pull out of my pile of shame some pith-helmeted miniatures. Now I knew I had a couple of packs of British Colonial Soldiers from Reaper Miniatures that I thought could become Praetorian Guard for 40K as a cheaper alternative to the scalpers on eBay flogging the original GW Pretorian Guard minis at exorbitant prices. However, Gerry’s enthusiasm inspired me to ditch that idea and create the perfect excuse for a Steampunk Kill Team “The Survivors of Ork’s Drift”by including a few more minis from my pile of shame to produce a homage to the OTT team for all they do to keep us hobbiests sane. I really enjoyed dipping into Gerry’s adventures in Rorke’s Drift the other week and it inspired me to pull out of my pile of shame some pith-helmeted miniatures. Now I knew I had a couple of packs of British Colonial Soldiers from Reaper Miniatures that I thought could become Praetorian Guard for 40K as a cheaper alternative to the scalpers on eBay flogging the original GW Pretorian Guard minis at exorbitant prices. However, Gerry’s enthusiasm inspired me to ditch that idea and create the perfect excuse for a Steampunk Kill Team “The Survivors of Ork’s Drift”by including a few more minis from my pile of shame to produce a homage to the OTT team for all they do to keep us hobbiests sane.
@avernos “Captain Gerrico”. Model chosen Micro Arts Wolfsung Captain Frederik Olafsson. @avernos “Captain Gerrico”. Model chosen Micro Arts Wolfsung Captain Frederik Olafsson.
@warzan “Sergeant Major Warren”. Model Chosen Officer from the Reaper Miniatures British Colonials.@warzan “Sergeant Major Warren”. Model Chosen Officer from the Reaper Miniatures British Colonials.
@FCostin “Fraulein Frei”. Model chosen Wyrd Miniatures Cassandra. SKU WYR3025 Sculptor Unknown.@FCostin “Fraulein Frei”. Model chosen Wyrd Miniatures Cassandra. SKU WYR3025 Sculptor Unknown.
@brennon “Benny”. Model chosen Reaper Miniatures Ned Lewinsky Mad Bomber SKU 50019 sculpted by Tim Prow with Bombshell Miniatures Pirate Monkey sidekick SKU 60001, sculptor unknown.  @brennon “Benny”. Model chosen Reaper Miniatures Ned Lewinsky Mad Bomber SKU 50019 sculpted by Tim Prow with Bombshell Miniatures Pirate Monkey sidekick SKU 60001, sculptor unknown.

Homage to OTT Rorke’s Drift Extras

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Extra photos in an extra blog shell created during an upload failure but reused here… Parts 1 and 2 follow with more details. Extra photos in an extra blog shell created during an upload failure but reused here… Parts 1 and 2 follow with more details.
Back Row Benny, Ju5t1n, the scout, Fraulein Frau, Corporal Lloyd. Front Row Lance Corporal Lloyd, Private Lloyd (1st Class), Sergeant Lloyd, Sergeant Major Warren, Captain Gerrico, Private Lloyd (2nd Class). So we have: @avernos, @warzan, @fcostin, @lloyd, @brennon and @dignity all present and correct!Back Row Benny, Ju5t1n, the scout, Fraulein Frau, Corporal Lloyd. Front Row Lance Corporal Lloyd, Private Lloyd (1st Class), Sergeant Lloyd, Sergeant Major Warren, Captain Gerrico, Private Lloyd (2nd Class). So we have: @avernos, @warzan, @fcostin, @lloyd, @brennon and @dignity all present and correct!
Homage to OTT Rorke’s Drift Extras
Homage to OTT Rorke’s Drift Extras
This mini project was completed over a weekend and probably equates to around 8 hours worth of batch painting and basing. Primary paints used: Mephiston Red, Macragge Blue, White Scar, Chainmail, Nuln Oil, Casandra Yellow, Agrax Earthshade, Drakenhof Nightshade, Cadian Fleshtone, Carroburg Crimson, Bestial Brown, Mournfang Brown, Wraithbone, Blazing Orange, Averland Sunset, Abaddon Black. That’s a load of extra photos… Hopefully good enough for the tabletop?This mini project was completed over a weekend and probably equates to around 8 hours worth of batch painting and basing. Primary paints used: Mephiston Red, Macragge Blue, White Scar, Chainmail, Nuln Oil, Casandra Yellow, Agrax Earthshade, Drakenhof Nightshade, Cadian Fleshtone, Carroburg Crimson, Bestial Brown, Mournfang Brown, Wraithbone, Blazing Orange, Averland Sunset, Abaddon Black. That’s a load of extra photos… Hopefully good enough for the tabletop?

Be wary of Violent Streets…

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A couple of modern day, gun toting ladies you probably would not want to mess with either inside or outside on the boardwalk. These are from the Street Violence range from Wargames Foundry, an excellent UK based indie that provides a huge range of historical miniatures. A couple of modern day, gun toting ladies you probably would not want to mess with either inside or outside on the boardwalk. These are from the Street Violence range from Wargames Foundry, an excellent UK based indie that provides a huge range of historical miniatures.
Wargames Foundry Street Violence SKU SV022 Fast Lucy from Fast Lucy’s Street Girls sculptor unknown.Wargames Foundry Street Violence SKU SV022 Fast Lucy from Fast Lucy’s Street Girls sculptor unknown.
Wargames Foundry Street Violence SKU SV038 Mistress Mojo from Mistress Medusa’s Dominatrix Coven Sculptor unknown.Wargames Foundry Street Violence SKU SV038 Mistress Mojo from Mistress Medusa’s Dominatrix Coven Sculptor unknown.
The Lloyd shot… one of these PVC faux-leather clad ladies appears to have a bit of a draft in the rear! The Lloyd shot… one of these PVC faux-leather clad ladies appears to have a bit of a draft in the rear!

Chronoscope Time Travellers

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Reaper Miniatures have produced a whole range of characters across most genres. This blog is giving me the opportunity to explore these non-fantasy environments, yet still give my gothic style twist to the painting and basing of the miniatures. As with most of my miniatures, I use a black undercoat and then blend layers using dry brushing techniques and inks and washes to gain depth in my miniature pieces of art. Reaper Miniatures have produced a whole range of characters across most genres. This blog is giving me the opportunity to explore these non-fantasy environments, yet still give my gothic style twist to the painting and basing of the miniatures. As with most of my miniatures, I use a black undercoat and then blend layers using dry brushing techniques and inks and washes to gain depth in my miniature pieces of art.
Reaper Miniatures Chronoscope SKU 50001 Sascha Dubois, Time Chaser sculpted by Bob Ridolfi and Julie Guthrie. Reaper Miniatures Chronoscope SKU 50001 Sascha Dubois, Time Chaser sculpted by Bob Ridolfi and Julie Guthrie.
Reaper Miniatures Chronoscope SKU 50024 Candy, Anime Heroine sculpted by Bob Ridolfi.Reaper Miniatures Chronoscope SKU 50024 Candy, Anime Heroine sculpted by Bob Ridolfi.
I think I’ve used Fenris 30mm lipped bases for these two to add a little bit of a dungeon twist to their adventures. I think I’ve used Fenris 30mm lipped bases for these two to add a little bit of a dungeon twist to their adventures.

Ms. Haley is in the House…

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Jen Haley is a legend in the painting world and one can only dream of reaching her heights in miniature painting. Hopefully I’ve done her justice here with her rendition from Dark Sword Miniatures SKU DSM7513 Steampunk Jen Haley sculpted by Tom Meier. A fantastic miniature, full of character and a joy to paint. Unlike the studio gallery, I’ve painted Jen Haley with black leather rather than matt tones. The base is full of detail and this was one of the first steampunk miniatures I ever purchased and then promptly added to my pile of shame. Now she’s ready to present to her public.Jen Haley is a legend in the painting world and one can only dream of reaching her heights in miniature painting. Hopefully I’ve done her justice here with her rendition from Dark Sword Miniatures SKU DSM7513 Steampunk Jen Haley sculpted by Tom Meier. A fantastic miniature, full of character and a joy to paint. Unlike the studio gallery, I’ve painted Jen Haley with black leather rather than matt tones. The base is full of detail and this was one of the first steampunk miniatures I ever purchased and then promptly added to my pile of shame. Now she’s ready to present to her public.
I think this Jen Haley miniature could easily be in a Wild Wild West Steampunk Bar, so I’m pairing her with a way out West bodyguard.I think this Jen Haley miniature could easily be in a Wild Wild West Steampunk Bar, so I’m pairing her with a way out West bodyguard.
Reaper Miniatures Chronoscope SKU 50003 Ellen Stone, Cowgirl sculpted by Bob Ridolfi.Reaper Miniatures Chronoscope SKU 50003 Ellen Stone, Cowgirl sculpted by Bob Ridolfi.
I wanted the black outfit of Jen to contrast well with the white coat of the cowgirl, and I think they make a great pairing… I wanted the black outfit of Jen to contrast well with the white coat of the cowgirl, and I think they make a great pairing…

Let’s get a bit Wyrd?

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Wyrd Miniatures produced some really fantastic metal miniatures for 1st Edition Malefaux. I’m not a huge fan of the more recent plastics for the 2nd and 3rd Editions and much prefer the ‘heroic’ style to the originals. Wyrd Miniatures produced some really fantastic metal miniatures for 1st Edition Malefaux. I’m not a huge fan of the more recent plastics for the 2nd and 3rd Editions and much prefer the ‘heroic’ style to the originals.
Wyrd Miniatures SKU WYR5004 Taelor - Lady Hammerstrike Sculptor unknown.Wyrd Miniatures SKU WYR5004 Taelor - Lady Hammerstrike Sculptor unknown.
Wyrd Miniatures SKU WYR1015 Perdita Ortegas Sculptor unknown.Wyrd Miniatures SKU WYR1015 Perdita Ortegas Sculptor unknown.
The Lloyd Shot…The Lloyd Shot…

The Face Cream

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Maow Miniatures are known for their monster bottles, so it would seem apt to have a go at one of their early releases – Monstrop’os.

For this one I wanted to give the impression that the bottle label was peeling off rather than morphing as with ‘The Eye Wash’ miniature I did a few weeks ago. So, no transfer but still image manipulation and application of a paper-based label.

Photos of finished miniature mounted on a 50mm round lipped base and gallery of WIP.

Painting time: 12 hours 

Main techniques used: Washes; Blending

Paints used: Humbrol Grey Spray; Wraithbone; Cerramite White; Carroburg Crimson; Cassandora Yellow; Abbadon Black; Nuln Oil; Seraphim Sepia; Reikland Flesh-shade Lothern Blue; ‘ardcoat

Hello!Hello!
The Face Cream
The Face Cream
Lloyd shot...Lloyd shot...
The Face Cream
The Face Cream
The Face Cream

The Demon Dice

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Next up in this menagerie of madness is a set of five 12mm square demon dice.

Now these are quite fiddly and not as easy to paint as one might expect. This is because one side is always on the bottom and had to be painted once the other surfaces are dry.

Having undercoated with Humbrol Grey Spray, I decided that a yellow base for the main dice colour would enable me to use the traditional chaos colours for the demon faces (red, blue, green, purple and black) with highlights using lighter colours of the foundations. The dots on the dice were  painted in the same colour scheme of the faces, but there was a constant need to touch up with yellow. Appropriate washes were used to blend the highlights with the base colours.

Painting time: 10 hours (two hours per die)

Paints used: Grey Spray; Averland Sunset; Macragge Blue; Lothern Blue; Mephiston Red; Blazing Orange; Screaming Pink; Cadian Fleshtone; Abbadon Black; Wraithbone; ‘ardcoat

Photos of finished dice mounted on a 50mm lipped base followed by WIP gallery. I may need to go back and do a little more touching up!

The Demon Dice
The Demon Dice
The Demon Dice
The Demon Dice
The Demon Dice
The Demon Dice
The Demon Dice

The Eye Wash

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As a change from painting 28mm miniatures for either 40K or AoS, I’ve decided to have a go at bringing to life the weird and wacky creations from French sculpting firm Maow Miniatures. Note that you can only purchase miniatures via third party independent retailers and in the UK for me that was visiting the Wamp Store online which has never let me down over a number of transactions in the last five years or so.

First up is my interpretation of the

Monstrophtalmo’pot

I wanted to practise my freehand skills and revisit making a homemade transfer bottle label (which I abjectly failed with on my Commander Glofski tank project for the Spring Clean).

To this end I decided to paint this miniature up in the style of a brand-named eye drop medication bottle, with some subtle changes to the company name.

Painting Time 16 Hours

Paints used:

Grey spray undercoat; ‘ardcoat; Macragge Blue; Lothern Blue; Drachenhof Nightshade; Carroburg Crimson; Averland Sunset; Abbadon Black; Wraithbone

Techniques used:

Blending layers whilst wet; Drybrushing; use of 3D Paint program for graphic manipulation via PC to create transfer label.

Mounted on a 50mm lipped round base.

Photos of finished miniature followed by a gallery of the WIP.

Look into my eyes... Look into my eyes...
Look right...Look right...
Right again...Right again...
Turn to the rear...Turn to the rear...
Lloyd shot...Lloyd shot...
Look left...Look left...
What’s over there then?What’s over there then?

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