Category Archives: miniatures

Shadespire Painting Pt. 3

In true Shiny Penny fashion I’ve shifted my painting around a bit. My Reavers are not yet completed, but I picked up the two new warbands for the game, the Sepulchral Guard and Ironjaw’s Boys. In keeping with the initial releases the models in these are great as well, really capturing the feel the game’s trying for. The undead are great, since we haven’t seen many new undead models for a few years now. Love the character in them. The Ironjaws are also nice, more standard ‘orc’ look with their Brute armor, but still great. I’m still messing with the orc armor (sorry, orruk) since I want to carry that style over to my Age of Sigmar Ironjaw armor as well. Going for a beat up rusty look vs. painted armor. But for now figured the undead were the fastest finish.

Ironjaw’s Boys. Leaving the arm and cloak off the leader for painting access:20171104_183757

Love this guy’s detail.
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The armor, still work in progress, but going for a two-toned look.
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The Guard. Lots of personality for undead models.20171104_183753
Painting bone R fun!
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Area Terrain for Blood and Plunder

Was looking for some area terrain templates for foliage/trees I wouldn’t have to build myself. I know that sounds lazy, but time’s not a big luxury for me these days. Was fortunate to be directed to Worldsmith Industries, and their area terrain templates. I received the order this week and thought I’d post what they looked like out of the box. Looking forward to cleaning and painting these up along with adding plants and trees.

I ordered the Base 3, Base 4, and Base 5.2 pieces along with 6 Bare Earth and 6 Tree Stump inserts. Here’s the three of them together, with the 50mm inserts spread across the group. As you can see, the casting is clean, few details needing cleanup/edges trimmed. The stumps fit the palms I picked up on Ebay nicely, and I can use the flat inserts for other trees I have with thicker trunks and/or clumps of plants. The resin is sturdy, but not too thick. Plenty of table coverage with these guys.

One other thought. The 50mm inserts are pretty stable alone. The blanks are great for 50mm foliage clumps, and the stumps for trees. Topheavy terrain may not do as well, but it’s a thought. Could always buy an assortment of both (the inserts are sold in packs separately so you can mix and match) to have on hand for the templates or as standalone scatter.

I did ask Worldsmith if they would be creating these without the rock formations sculpted in. At this time they have no plans to, but additional flocking/plants glued down will cover up the ones I don’t want showing easily. Look for progress reports coming (hopefully) soon.

Overall, definitely worth the price! Take a look here!

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Base 3
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Base 4
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Base 5.2
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Checking the stump!:
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Raid! [Blood and Plunder Batrep]

Met up with my good friend Daniel yesterday for a game of Blood and Plunder. We are still getting used to the play style and rules (top notch, highly recommend), but are having a blast. We decided to play the Raid scenario and had Daniel’s Spanish as the attackers and my English Militia as defenders. Quick story was that in response to Spanish raids in the area the English had increased their presence and had heard a raiding party was headed toward a settlement nearby. The militia set up on the outskirts of the settlement to keep it from being sacked.

Dan’s English (101 points – yikes!)
Experienced Commander
5 Trained Militia x2
5 Freebooters
4 Sea Dogs

Daniel’s Spanish (99 points)
Experienced Commander
4 Lanceros x2
4 Milicianos Indios
4 Milicianos

SETUP
We played on a 4×4 table using the terrain available at the store that day. Set things up like it was the outskirts of a settlement/group of farms with the jungle close by. Plenty of terrain for the Spanish to use as cover (to my later disgust). The two unpainted sets of cargo are our objectives.
20170920_172021My initial plan was to hold back with the militia in true defensive fashion while using the sea dogs and freebooters to get a better angle against/slow down his force. His was to move up in cover to protect his lanceros.

TURN 1
I shifted my militia with the commander to the right, leaving the other units out of his command range to protect that flank. My sea dogs moved forward into cover as well. He moved forward making good use of the terrain and eliminated two sea dogs with the indios’ arrows.


TURNS 2 through 5
As the Spanish moved up my English responded less than adequately, firing into the foliage, missing most of what they shot at. The milicianos did not fare well against the volleys of musket fire, but the indios – knowing the terrain better – and the lanceros fared nicely. The lanceros on the right engaged the militia in melee, who called for support from the remaining sea dogs. Eventually the English won that fight and sent the remaining lancero fleeing back to his vessel. Meanwhile the freebooters were savaged by arrows and muskets, eventually being wiped out. The sea dogs were able to move to intercept the indios but could not hold them back from the cargo. As the Spanish drew nearer it became a desperate last stand. (we had two different versions of the Strike rule in the rulebook, but were until the last turn essentially even with how many points we were generating).


TURN 6
The indios, having eliminated their remaining opponent, moved to their objective, weathering a last ditch volley from the militia. The other militia were felled by the Spanish commander’s lanceros who then overran the barricade, their prize close at hand.

Result: Spanish victory! At the end of the game I had amassed a good number of Strike Points, ensuring the Spanish win. The game did go the distance, and with a few more saves or Spanish casualties it might have swung the other way. Tons of fun were had. We both made a couple errors in the rules, including Daniel forgetting his force special rule about deployment, and I realizing far too late that it would have been better to hold my shots for defensive attacks rather than try to eliminate the enemy hiding prone in thick foliage with smoothbore weapons. 😐


Paint Storage – Finally Happy

I’ve been messing with how best to store my paints where I can access them easily for a while. I have a large table with plenty of depth, but I found that reaching further back for paints was a hassle. I was using pantry organizing risers like these:
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However, I found that they were a bit unwieldy and didn’t have a top shelf backing, so paints would fall off…Also, I had to cut small blocks of foam as risers for the deep shelves to stack the paints two deep. They worked, but weren’t idea.

I then looked at the woodcut lines out there. So many nice products for storing paints, but none did what I wanted them to (I’m sure someone can show me otherwise, but I didn’t find what fit my need), which was mainly allow the varying sizes of hobby paint bottle in each slot. I use P3, Vallejo, GW, and Army Painter – plus a few random off brands. None seemed to be all things for me. The quest continued.

Finally I saw someone using nail polish racks in an image or two. Was amazed by the simplicity of the idea! Did a bit of research of the depth of the shelves I wanted and went to town. Bought a couple from Container Store that were lower as a starting point, then bought a taller rack from Amazon. I’ve since swapped out two of the smaller racks for two tall racks and the results are below. I did a couple fast pictures to show how things stand, please forgive the clutter. 🙂 The two shorter racks now hold my black/gray and metallics in one and the technicals and washes in the other.
4884271767994528577-account_id=1The tall racks hold everything else. All my moving things around has me needing to resort the colors and pull duplicates out for now.
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Blood and Plunder English Freebooters [6MMRPC Wk8]

Started working on my Blood and Plunder English pirates. After the announced death of Spartan Games my interest in finishing my Russian fleet sort of waned. Enjoying working on some simple sculpts for a change, not enjoying reteaching myself how best to paint over white primer. Trying to color block out the pants/shirts ahead of time as well. These are English Freebooters. Kind of heavy handed with my base coating, but end results will be good.2150697231396597749-account_id=1


Dystopian Wars Russian Coalition [6MMRPC Week 3]

We are back hot and heavy with the 6 month Conquering the Lead Mountain painting challenge. I haven’t been able to get much done Weeks 1 and 2 but the assembling of a stack of Shadows of Brimstone Kickstarter models just before we started I will say counts for me. 😀

For now, I’m focusing on getting what should be a fairly easy project completed, one of my two Dystopian Wars fleets – my Russian Coalition. I’ll post more on the inspirations for the color scheme, and my tester ship which is nearly completed, but I was so pleased with how the hull tones were coming out I went ahead and base colored the entire fleet last week in preparation of some speedy assembly line painting. Here’s a quick shot of the models while drying. Next update, better pix of the ships (and hopefully a few finished ones).

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Painting Runewars the Miniatures Game Minis…

By now the reason for my blog’s name should be clear. I’m always flitting between projects, usually what we’re gaming at the time or whatever’s in my crosshairs. I recently had an opportunity to pick up two core sets for the new Fantasy Flight Games miniatures game, Runewars. It’s a rank and file type miniatures game using many of the tried and true FFG game mechanics, including the X-Wing/Armada movement templates. I’ll write a review here soon, but for now wanted to start posting pictures of the minis. They’re quite nice, in my opinion. Bendy like Imperial Assault, but take paint well enough. The detail isn’t too over the top, just enough to get them looking nice for the game. I also enjoy the crisp/slightly cartoony aesthetic. I’m debating on the color schemes for the humans (Daqan) and undead (Waiqar) uniforms, but for now I’m starting on the basics: skeleton bones, horses, and skin tones. I know how the armor on the undead will look, just debating on what colors to do their tattered uniforms.

Added some color blocking tonight. Need to layer the colors.