Sunday 31 July 2011

Polishing a turd

Whilst waiting for some models to be delivered I thought I would keep my hand in (as it where) by painting up this model from Games Workshop. The figure is a bodge of some bits and pieces from the same set.

Now I'm  just going to come out and say it, I really hate these figures from GW, I bought a box of them last year ( I think) for another project and hated every minute of painting them.There supposed to look like Rambo types but they just look like an oversized ken doll to me. Any way this guy was knocked together from the left overs of the box.

The posture on the carrying arm is a bit off as the hand originally had a knife in it and I think was supposed to be pointing skywards. But it was the only arm I had left and I didn't want a figure waving an oversized butter knife in the air. So I cut the knife off and fitted the ammo pack thing.

Have to say I am not dissatisfied with the result I just can't really warm to the figures as I don't like the sculpting style. Anyway it was still fun to paint and I quite like the result, and my paint job on the ammo pack ( I went with an otherworldly energy weapon type thing as opposed to just brass.

Saturday 23 July 2011

Four more on Patrol

Another four troopers for my little peace keeping force. Painted over the course of a couple of evenings they were a nice diversion from the drudgery of work. I have enjoyed painting up these and the other figures I got from Gripping Beast, it's been good to practice painting DPM and camo something I have never really done before, and a year ago I would have considered beyond me!

I will get some more of these guys in the future, but for the moment I'm going to be painting something else entierly. I have just ordered some of Hasslefree's space dwarf's (Grymms). Which should make a nice change from DPM.

Monday 18 July 2011

Downed Chopper Crew

I have spent the last couple of days painting up these four figures from Gripping Beast's Mo-Fo range. They are a rather nice downed chopper crew (as the post name suggests)which I have painted up to go with my other British DPM clad troops. I really like these models and the poses, I think they could be useful in a range of games including post apoc games as an objective etc.

If you need a helicopter crew for your forces I recommend these figures, there really nice and look just right.

Monday 11 July 2011

Not your normal suit

I picked up two of this great figure from Gripping Beast on a wim recently and decided to paint one this evening as I have been painting DPM for a while and fancied a break.

The figure itself is sculpted by Soapy and as I understand it he sculpted it for his own collection and the figure stirred up enough interest for the Beast to decide to stock him. Anyway he is a great little figure, and a bit different from anything else out there. Certainly I don't know of many other manufacturers producing anything like this.

As I said I have been painting DPM for a while so decided to go for some colour as I have no planned use for the figure and just picked them up on the basis that I thought they were great. I love how he ended up, and  the colour scheme was exactly what I wanted. I have another one of these models which I will slap some paint on at some point but probably a different paint scheme.

As an aside these figures are only £2 from the beast which I think is great value.

Saturday 9 July 2011

A few more peacekeepers

Latest of my little peace keeping force, models are from Gripping beast. I like how they turned out and I really like the pose of the kneeling model with the pistol, bit different from the norm.

 Again I doubt these chaps will ever make it onto a table but they were fun to paint. I have another four guys with rifles and Gripping Beasts downed chopper crew to paint next. I also have a couple of Soapy's environmental suit figures to paint as well. So lots to do and keep me busy, that is unless work gets in my way.

Monday 4 July 2011

The Govnor!

Just painted up this model from Gripping Beast. It's from their Mo-Fo Range and is a miniature version of the Falklands Governor at the time of the Falklands war. It's a great little model although my wifes comment was that it looked very devious. I rekon this guy could quite easily fit in to a post apoc,zombie apoc type game as  a survivor, or the head of a devious corporation. A nice little model and probably one of the few models out their wearing military style kit over a suit!

Oh and happy 4th of July to any american cousins, it seems you colonials are getting on okay without us Brits! :)

Sunday 3 July 2011

Blue Hats

I have spent the last couple of evenings painting the first four of my Peacekeepers. The figures are from Gripping Beast's MOFO range and I really like the sculpts. I don't know why but I find the SLR very evocative of peacekeepers and always think it looks very purposeful (if heavy) as a weapon. I have some more of these great figures to paint up and my intention is to get some more from the Beast in the future.

I don't really have a clear plan for what sort of games these models will be used in but I do have a slightly mad idea to use them in a sort of alternative/future wars thing and I plan on getting some heavy gear models and using them as 28mm fighting suits. Obviously the suits will be painted up in UN colours as I love how it looks and think it looks very future wars.

I know this doesn't really make much sense but I just fancied painting up some of these chaps. Now if only I can find an affordable HIP helicopter to shuttle them about in!

Friday 1 July 2011

Not entirely human

For a while now, off and on, I have been sculpting up little things to add to models, and or dioramas. Like adding cloak or converting a GW guardsman to look more like a scientist. I thought I would have a go at sculpting something from the ground up and this is my first figure. starting out life as nothing but a ball of grey stuff and a wire frame I have sculpted up this little figure. The only thing on the model I didn't sculpt was the blade. Try as I might I just couldn't get it to work at all so I snipped the sword off a civil war figure. everything else is me though.

As it was my first full sculpt I went for something otherworldly rather than human, hence the bone weapons growing from the Cultists/Daemons hands. I like it to be honest and will probably make it onto the table in pulp or similar games.

He's a bit little for 28mm and a bit badly proportioned but for my first go at sculpting a full figure (albeit without hands or a face) I am quite pleased. I shall keep plugging away at this new diversion off and on I think.