Compies, Teddies and Triffids Oh My!

19 09 2008

Well, that was one hectic week at work. The last week of Term 3 at our school is always Planning Week. This means that you get one day to plan with your grade level what you’re going to do for the next term. The specialists take your grade for the day, which is fine… you go out for lunch, grab books from the library, type up unnessessary planning documents etcetera πŸ™‚ … but then for the rest of the week, you have no time off…. all I can say is I’m glad it’s now holidays! So after spending four hours between yesterday and today on doing a paper animation of the life cycle of a frog (for a competition), I can spend my energies in other ways.

Despite the hectic week, I still found some downtime to unwind and paint some models.

I began painting up some little Compsognathus’ that I bought from the Honourable Lead Boiler Suit Company. Very nice little models that paint up quickly. Here is the colour scheme that I decided on. I have based them on small washers, as the normal 25mm bases looked a bit silly under them. I have about 20 of these little guys that are going to try and swarm all that come into their territory. I will be using them for my Lost Worlds games using the Rattrap Productions engine.

Speaking of the Rattrap Productions engine, I also painted up a Rouke’s Picnic Teddy (from Eureka Miniatures) to go up against these little guys. ‘Sir William Cuddlesburry’ will of course need some jolly friends to adventure with, and I simply LOVE the miniatures in this line, so they won’t be too far off I dare say old chaps. πŸ™‚

I also had the chance to paint some more Triffids during the course of the week. Here is an example of another pose of the Wargames Supply Dump Carnivorous Plant line.

After picking up some new paints (due to the drying out of some old ones) I decided to try another paint scheme for my 15mm Frogfolk models (as I found some hiding away in my model drawers). I actually really like the darker coloured greens and have decided that these vicious frogs will be savages or tribal hunters. With the new Mighty Armies Fantasy playtest underway in earnest, I will be statting these guys out to reflect this. (I just noticed that I may have to touch up the base a bit… whoops)

With the new Song of Blades and Heroes supplement (Song of Wind and Water) out, I decided to add to my Warrior Frog warband. I tried a different colour scheme for his shell which I quite liked… my g/f says she prefers the other one, but this one’s “Ok I guess”. πŸ™‚

The next models I painted were quite by accident. Not that I slipped and on the way down my paintbrush hit them, but it was raining and cold and I had run out of black undercoat. The only models that were already undercoated were some Night Goblins, so I painted them up. I thought I could use them in either SoBH or, along with the Warrior Frogs (which I have affectionately called Kermitians), I could use them for Broadsword Adventures.

And last but not least, before starting on the new Siringit team that I bought from Impact Miniatures (which I’m scared to paint because they are so cool and I don’t know where to start), I thought I would paint up my Halfling Fantasy Football team that has sat in my cupboard for far too long. They are cute little models which paint up pretty quickly. I’m fairly happy with the colour scheme (which was based off the New York Knicks) It did highlight to me however, that I need to buy some more skin coloured paint. The stuff I have at the moment is drying up fast and as a consequence, really doesn’t go on very smoothly.

In addition to all that I was even able to get in a few playtest sessions of my first game that will hopefully see a public release by the end of the year… more on that when we’re further along. πŸ™‚

Well, that was my week. I always try to have goals within my projects, progressively painting a few miniatures from this project and a few from that one to keep it all fresh. So I hope you can all see a slow progression throughout these projects. But as everyone is familiar with, sometimes something comes up that I get the urge to paint (or I get the courage to paint something that has been mocking me on my painting desk for months!) So I hope this blog doesn’t feel to ‘bitsy’ but more like a natural progression through my thinking and working process.

Anyways, I’ll leave it at that for this week and I hope you enjoyed this entry. So until next time, take care!

– Ben.




2 responses

19 09 2008
Tyler Provick

Hmm, paints drying out before they are done, sounds like a certain well known brand that is notorious for that. Perhaps you should try a new brand as various colours run out. I’m lucky to have both Reaper and Vallejo paints sold locally.

If you don’t have local options it’s either stick with the current brand or jump deep into a new line. I’d say it’s worth a try, you may find that other brands are a significant improvement to what you are currently using.

19 09 2008

Hehe, you would be absolutely correct Tyler! πŸ™‚
I have been replacing them with Vallejo and Reaper Master Series (mainly Vallejo) as the ‘other’ brand dries out. Vallejo is a bit harder to get round where I am, but whenever I get into Eureka Miniatures (1 hour drive), I always grab a few. πŸ™‚

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