Television is rather a frightening business. But I get all the relaxation I want from my collection of model soldiers.
Peter Cushing

Sunday 17 June 2018

Sunday 10 June 2018

The Plague Claw

Deep in the wilds if the Caliburn Fell, past the Morrowvale road, lies the remains of the underminer incursion. The high water mark for the tides of scuttling ratmen, fought off by the free peoples of Stonehollow, is a war machine abandoned deep in the Fens of Gyle. Rumours persist that there is a massive chunk of warpstone still attached, and so many a brave - or foolhardy - adventurer has set off to claim it.

None, so far, have returned. 

After finishing my two entries for my first ever painting competition - as laid out in the previous posts - I needed a little palette cleanser while I decided what project to start next.

The random christmas present from my youngest son was the prefect solution. 

As you may recall I used some chunks of it on a previous project  but there was more or less an entire Plague Claw kit left ot play with - although lacking some crew. And this led to the idea of using it more as a scenic piece. 

Obviously, me being me, I wouldn't just build it stocck, so I raided some clockwork parts and started to add some more cogs and gears to it. 

I went with dark, weathered wood for the frame with lots of iron and brass for weathering later. 

The one crewman I had left I painted in my now usual Pestilens palette which is bascially WW2 German Dunkelgelb, fact fans. 

The base was pretty simple, with lots of liquid paint blending to create depth in the swamp water. 

While this was drying I rigged some hawsers and ropes for the catapult, using the same technique I learned for the Napoleonic ships

And then the whole thing was finally put together. 

I've never collected Skaven but every time I do any work with them I do enjoy it loads. 

Saturday 9 June 2018

Painting Competition

As you know I entered the local painting competition.

Should you wish to vote for any of the entries please feel free to do so here through the store's facebook page. My six year old son painted the one with the skeleton standing on top of the hill. :-)

The monochrome entry is not mine but I'm certainly going to steal the idea.

Sunday 3 June 2018

Life Finds A Way

My second entry for the painting competition. The brief was the same - two figures fighting on a single base. 

The base was blue foam and polyfilla and the trees were made from various gauges of wire, skinned with tissue dipped in watered down PVA. 

The dryad was posed based on the positioning of the slope, and the liana were formed of thin brass rod, melded into the arms with greenstuff. 

The nurgle daemon had his legs removed and repositioned to have him thrown back. Holes were drilled through his body to allow the liana to burst out of the other side. 

test fit looked good, so we could start painting

The key idea of the base - as with Doctor N R Gull's caravan - was to show the encroaching toxic rot of Nurgle into the woodland the Dryad was trying to defend. 

And so the whole thing was put together.

I am very happy with this. Now we'll just have to see how it does in the competition!