May 24, 2010

I'm the hunter, I'm going hunting

chinese bandit black powder team:

The one guy is carrying the polearm in a nod to the official list options. Streltsi can use a halberd as a monopod for stabilizing their handguns while aiming. If I recall correctly, it gives them a +1 to hit.

May 17, 2010

little bits of green

I need to do some eyes, and the bases on these. They are otherwise complete.

May 16, 2010

several thousand words

Some pictures to followup on my musings from last night.

LotR Ruins of Osgiliath:

They have their weak points- like the open under-stair area in the first picture isn't very convincing. But by and large I think they are quite succesful. You can see that the mold lines are visible, but not overly prominent; they just require a some dilligent sanding work to make the pieces workable. I had heard some valid criticism that the pieces were sort of thin, but I think they're OK personally. It may look a bit out of scale on the arches, maybe, but I don't mind. Also, it isn't meant to be a fortress. Think of it as an inner palace / house / civic structure- not an outer defense works, and I think within that scheme, the thinness is far less cause for concern.

More and larger images:

Mantic Ghouls:

Sadly my access to a better macro lens is limited today, as its in use by my wife, but these should give you a decent idea of the quality of Mantic's plastic sprues if you haven't seen them in person yet:

Much larger versions:

And just for something different, here is a VSF Prussian Tank Commander I'm working on for Tobsen77 Miniatures' shop. The figure is from IronClad

May 15, 2010

Of Mantic Ghouls, and other progresses.

Incase anyone else signed up for the free sprue offer from Mantic, it appears they have made good on the offer, and the sprues are finally reaching North America. I know of two or thrwee other subscribers, and we all seem to have received the sprue this past Friday.

I have to say, the sprue looks great. If I was in the market for multipart plastic undead, I'd give them a serious consideration based on these ghoul sprues. The elves were pretty suspect, and the new dwarves are not exciting me at all, which is too bad. I guess in the long run they're /fine/, but not exciting. Brent has collected a small dwarf force, and I was pretty excited at the prospect of a new opponent for our multi-force WHFB games being readily available, but so far it doesn't sound like he's any more excited about them than any other offerings out there, so perhaps we'll have to be more patient if we're going to battle the stunties. Ah well.

Progress continues on the chinese bandit gang- slowly, yes, but surely as well. I'm down to one more to complete in the green scheme, and then its on to figuring out the characters and 3 remaining hand gunners. Its taking longer than I'd hoped, but it is springtime, and thus beautiful here- which means it takes all the more fortitude to make time to stay inside and paint here.

I have also begun assembly of the new GW Ruins of Osgiliath set, which I must say if proving pretty solid and decently versatile.

Pictures on all of this are forthcoming.