Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

An update on this blog? It's a Festivus Miracle! 
I want wish everybody and especially my few followers Happy Holidays and a great year 2012.
Due to a new job I wasn't able to do lots of painting and update my blog. Sorry for that.
My new year's resolution will be to post more and to avoid that long hiatuses

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Wild Men of Dunland

Long time no post.

Yeah, I haven't posted anything for over a month. I was mostly working on confederates and I think a have some painting fatigue.
To get a some change from the grey masses I made another Dunlander for my little warband.
I had still two of the charging types and played a litte bit Dr. Frankenstein.
I replaced the head and weapon with some plastic bits and added a shield.
The second mini will get a similar treatment.

 Here is the original mini and the converted one. The bits are from Warlord Games and Games Workshop.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

ACW Confederates

As advertised, here are the Rebels in shirts. 
Lovely miniatures but not the high quality I know from Perry Miniatures. There was a miscasted hat and I think somebody forgot to sculpt the canteen shoulder straps on two of the minis :-P

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wild Bill Hickok, Doc Holliday and Al Swearengen

This Artizan Design set was a must-have for me since HBO's Deadwood is one of my favourite shows of all time. Al is captured perfectly and so is Wild Bill. Doc Holliday never appeared on the show because of it's too short life span but the sculptor based him on the movie Tombstone (which is also one of my favourite Westerns)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Bat Masterson and Dodge City Marshalls

Today I'll venture from one part of american history to another. The Wild West. This Artizan Design minis feature the famous Dodge City lawman  William Barclay "Bat" Masterson (the gentleman with the pimp cane) and two of his (unnamed) companions. Very dandy miniatures.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

ACW Confederates

To give my plastic rebel batallions more variety I bought some metal minis. The first six are finished. I'm working right now on the next six (rebels in shirts).

Monday, May 30, 2011

Reggie Van Zandt, Space Marine

Another Reaper mini is finished. Reggie is a typical dark future space macho. Vaguely based on the Xbox game Gears of War.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Agatha Fox, Female Spy

 I've been exhausted these last few days from painting napoleonics. To get me back to my painting table I had to do something different. Thank Jingo there is Reaper miniatures and their Chronoscope Range.

This gorgeous little mini is called Agatha Fox, Female Spy.
The pose is very clever. Very innocent looking in the front but if you look behind her you realize she's plotting to do some dirty spy business. Clothing wise the mini ist very simple. Coat, boots and handbag. I painted her bag as a Louis Vuitton and hope the coat looks like a Burberry one (Hey, an international woman of mystery has to travel in style). The white boots are an homage to the swinging sixties.
I painted her hair red ... well... because I dig redheads.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Napoleonic Swiss Infantry

Yesterday I got mail from GMB design. I ordered some flags. Now I could finish my Swiss Infantry. The painting and basing was completed last month. Only the flag was missing.

This was a fun unit to paint. In my opinion the french uniforms look much better in red than in blue.
The minis are Perry Miniatures (plus one Victrix officer). I didn't use the minis in greatcoats to give the unit a more uniform look. I think this underlines the professionalism and soldierlike character of the swiss. I also did some headswaps to give them more variety.

If you need some historical flags, check out:

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Napoleonic French Guard Grenadiers

I finally finished a big napoleonic unit. I tried to speed paint them a little bit. The dominant colour on them is Blue so I did a wash. This turned out horrible and I tried to do some traditional highlighting. Not the best result but I'm just happy to have finished it.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

J.E.B. Stuart

I was in the mood for more ACW yesterday and found this nice mini in a bag of old 1/72 minis I have.
Its made by Italeri and is obviously supposed to be general J.E.B. Stuart. Fun and easy to paint I must say.

And by the way, yesterday was the 150th Anniversary of the Bombardment of Fort Sumter.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

ACW Confederates

I finished this tiny unit of Confederates today.
The minis are Perry plastics with some minor conversions.
Mainly heads swaps and greens stuff beards.
Painting different shades of brown and grey may sound boring and dull but it is actually lots of fun and the end result is very nice.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Perry Samurais

So I finally got me some Perry Samurais. Awesome miniatures.
Here is the first one I managed to paint. The green turned out a little bit washy but I'm still satisfied with the result.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Army Painter Anti Shine

Everybody who varnishes his miniatures knows how frustrating it is when something goes wrong and your mini turnes out all shiny.

I heard many good things about Army Painters Anti Shine, a product that was designed to dull down the heavy gloss of Army Painter Quick Shade products.

The results are quit amazing. The first minis I used it on were previously varnished with Vallejos "Matt" varnish. I placed the matt in quotation marks because this product rarely turned out matt for me.

The left picture shows the miniature with Vallejos varnish, the right one with Anti Shine. I think the result speaks for itself.

I used Anti Shine on about 100 miniatures and over 90% of them turned out superb. On some of them the spray dried a little bit uneven and had a slightly crystalline apperence. Only noticeable from a close distance. I guess this result has something to do with the low and fluctuating temperatures we had here.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Spanish Guerilla Nobleman

I made this fun conversion lately.
I converted a Victrix british officer into a spanish guerilla nobleman.
I replaced the original bicorne head with a bareheaded one and added a scratchbuilt top hat (the same way I did it with my napoleonic sailors).
The rest ist mostly a paint conversion.
This mini could also be used as a french royalist insurgent leader (Vendéens, Chouans etc.) for the Revolutonary Wars.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Goblin Pirate and Powder Monkey

Once again some great Reaper minis. I especially like the Monkey.

Sunday, January 16, 2011


This time something not so martial as usual.
I picked up and painted this beautiful set of high school or college kids from Reapers Chronoscope range. Simply titled as Townsfolk, this set contains your stereotypical "Jock", "Chick" and "Nerd" characters.

The female character is the highlight of this set. It's really refreshing to see a woman in this scale that isn't half naked and wears bikini-armour. A very charming and well sculpted miniature.

Although the least interesting mini at first, the Jock turned out the most fun to paint. His college jacket gives many opportunities for pop culture references. I decided to paint it after the jacket of a certain man who scored four touchdowns "in a single game" ;-)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Wild Men of Dunland

And lastly a group picture.

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Wild Men of Dunland

Number Four
This will be the last one

I finished him before christmas but had no time to post him .

Happy New Year! BTW :P