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Spring Clean Miscellany 2022

Spring Clean Miscellany 2022

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A small assortment of random models in need of paint - perfect for a Spring Clean Challenge.

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The Orc Lord

Tutoring 2
Skill 4
Idea 3
3 Comments
The Orc Lord

Gorgut the Warboss and a pair of his boys from the Lair of the Orc Lord expansion for Warhammer Quest.

Sadly missing the shields for the boys, but otherwise quite happy how these turned out.

Bogoff the Snotling

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Skill 3
Idea 2
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Bogoff the Snotling

This annoying little snotling would cause chaos for Heroes by stealing their lantern, plunging them into the dark and making them more at risk from traps and other dungeon dwellers.

I decided to try OSL for the first time on this very characterful model. It went… okay-ish? Really need to practice the technique more, but for a first try, I’m not unhappy.

 

Witch Hunter

Tutoring 3
Skill 5
Idea 4
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Witch Hunter

The Witch Hunter is from one of the Hero expansion boxes from the original Warhammer Quest, dating back to ’95 or ’96, and wss sculpted by Gary Morley.

I really enjoyed painting this one. Nice single cast metal, clearly defined areas of detail, it practically painted itself.

Expanding the Plan

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Skill 3
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Although I didn’t set a very ambitious Spring Clean Challenge, I’m still surprised to have got these all done before the end of April.

Since there’s a fair bit of spring to go, it looks like I need to add a few more things to paint. A quick dig around has found a handful of old Warhammer Quest models that are long overdue a coat of paint.

Three heroes; the Wizard, Witch Hunter and Imperial NobleThree heroes; the Wizard, Witch Hunter and Imperial Noble
Looks like my younger self got as far as one line of undercoat before stopping!Looks like my younger self got as far as one line of undercoat before stopping!
Four orcs from the Lair of the Orc Lord expansion. Well, three orcs and a snotling anyway.Four orcs from the Lair of the Orc Lord expansion. Well, three orcs and a snotling anyway.

Zombie Samurai and Servant

Tutoring 3
Skill 4
Idea 4
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Zombie Samurai and Servant

Last two models done, and probably the ones I’m least happy with the final result.

Things didn’t start very well, as I dropped the weapon sprue and shattered the servant’s spear. That made me really paranoid throughout the cleaning of the resin models in case they were as brittle. Using the spear was a non-starter, so I salvaged the servant’s hand, drilled out the centre and gave him a tetsubu I had spare.

I then just struggled with the bigger samurai model, not quite sure how to best paint the rotting flesh. I called these done pretty quickly as a result.

Zombie Samurai and Servant

Count Orlok

Tutoring 4
Skill 4
Idea 4
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Count Orlok
Count Orlok

This was a freebie model bundled in with an order from CP Models. It’s a very simple, elegant sculpt, and was fairly intimidating to paint as a result. In the end I went for a fairly restricted palette, which I think worked okay.

I was stumped for base ideas, and eventually went for trying out painting a cobble/flagstone effect. For my own reference as much as anything, here’s a quick step-by-step.

Base painted black, and then stones painted on in Vallejo London GreyBase painted black, and then stones painted on in Vallejo London Grey
Dug out a cheap old brush with a fine but blunt tip Dug out a cheap old brush with a fine but blunt tip
Stippled on Vallejo Medium Sea Grey over each stone. Stippled on Vallejo Medium Sea Grey over each stone.
Look to concentrate stippling in the centre, and fade out towards the edges of each stone Look to concentrate stippling in the centre, and fade out towards the edges of each stone
Add some variance on a few stones by stippling on some different colours; here Vallejo Light Brown and Stonewall Grey.Add some variance on a few stones by stippling on some different colours; here Vallejo Light Brown and Stonewall Grey.

Steel Fist ECW

Tutoring 7
Skill 7
Idea 7
1 Comment
Steel Fist ECW

This little sample pack was quite a lot of fun to paint. The models by Steel Fist Miniatures are ‘true’ 15mm, nicely proportioned and are have a really good level of detail.

I snipped a couple of brush bristles for my pikes, which seems to work okay. One pike lots a bit lumpy thanks to excess superglue I neglected to remove. I could have addressed it later, but I often like to leave mistakes on my test models as a reminder to avoid repeating them in the future.

As these are just test models, I’ve based them individually on 1p and 2p coins, but would look to doing multi-bases if putting together a proper collection. These models are definitely tempting me to look into doing an ECW project in the not too distant future, so if anyone has any recommendations on appropriate rulesets, please let me know.

Steel Fist ECW
Steel Fist ECW
Steel Fist ECW

ECW Reference Images

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Next up for this project is a few sample 15mm English Civil War figures by Steel Fist Miniatures. My vague idea of appropriate colours for the ECW involve buff coats and earthy tones, so I again searched out a few images online to act as references.

ECW Reference Images
ECW Reference Images
ECW Reference Images

Salute 2018 Show Model

Tutoring 8
Skill 8
Idea 8
2 Comments
Salute 2018 Show Model

I really like this little diorama from the 2018 Salute show depicting soldiers from Fance, Germany and Britain sharing a drink together.

I ended going for a more green-grey than dark grey for the German uniform; not sure if that’s entirely right, but I quite liked the final look. There’s probably also other colours across the whole thing that are strictly accurate, but I’m happy enough with the end result.

Salute 2018 Show Model
Salute 2018 Show Model
Salute 2018 Show Model

WW1 Uniform Reference Pictures

Tutoring 7
Skill 6
Idea 7
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The next models I’m going to paint are the Salute 2018 show model. I’ve not painted any WW1 stuff before, and beyond having an idea that Germans wore grey uniforms, the British brown, and the French light blue, I need to find some reference images to guide colour schemes.

A bit of searching on the Internet, and I came across these pictures. They might not be 100% accurate, but will serve as a good enough guide.

WW1 Uniform Reference Pictures
WW1 Uniform Reference Pictures
WW1 Uniform Reference Pictures

Bushido Ashigaru

Tutoring 8
Skill 11
Idea 10
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Bushido Ashigaru

I got the painting rolling with the easiest model, as there was no need to look up references for uniform colours etc. I also had a few samurai on my paint desk, so she slotted in alongside them quite well.

Bushido Ashigaru

The Plan

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Skill 9
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Last year I put together a relatively small Spring Clean Challenge to paint up a few models that sat outside any of my ongoing projects. It worked pretty well, so why not do the same this year?

I’ve gathered together a few models acquired as gifts, freebies or as samples for possible future projects. The goal is simply to try and paint as many as possible, whilst keeping other projects ticking over.

Count Orlock - a freebie from CP Models Count Orlock - a freebie from CP Models
Salute 2018 show model - a gift from ZebraOutriderSalute 2018 show model - a gift from ZebraOutrider
A Bushido model - another gift from ZebraA Bushido model - another gift from Zebra
A zombie samurai plus ashigaru - another gift from ZebraA zombie samurai plus ashigaru - another gift from Zebra
A sample pack of 15mm English Civil War models by Steel Fist MiniaturesA sample pack of 15mm English Civil War models by Steel Fist Miniatures

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