Friday, May 15, 2020

Collecting John Pickford: Gigantic news

Back in March 2020 I told you about Crooked Dice and that they are now the proud owner of the old Otherworld Giant. Back in March I couldn't tell you much more than that, but on 16th of April this "Not at Salute sale"-poster showed up on different social medias:


And on April 18th this gigantic monster got released.

I do have an original Otherworld metal giant already in my collection, but by the pictures floating around it looked rather crisp and fine. So with the benefit of a lighter resin version, I jumped at it. Helped along by a introductory price at 'only' £50, that made the deal even sweeter.


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

A nosey reporter

It's been almost two and a half year since the house move and I'm still struggling finding stuff in the "new" man cave.

A few days ago I started looking for a magazine - the "Wargames Illustrated Paints". Needed a recipe for painting old grey wood I knew where in there. I knew exactly where I've put it in the old house. Right there! On the shelve, above my desk. Here in the new cave those shelves are now filled with organizers and all my miniature basing materials. Whoever made such a decision, I don't remember 😧

So I had to start to look elsewhere. During this raid of shelves, cupboards, boxes etc. I came by a lots of old and forgotten little gems. One of them was a miniatures blister pack of Copplestone Casting 1920s Gangsters.


Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happy Easter!

Well, due to the COVID-19 lock down here, Egg hunting had become quite a challenge this year, but I've found someone to play with. I had to paint him first, though - but he's ready now for our little game😀

Miniature is by sculpted by Igor Karpov/Ratnik Miniatures and he is available from Lead Adventure Miniatures (https://www.miniaturicum.de/). The idea of using the Dragon Eggs Raiders for Easter hunting are utterly stollen from good friend, Blue in VT.



Happy Easter, everyone!


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Painting Challenge 2020: Green skins

When I dug out the camera, yesterday (taking pictures of the Vikings) I noticed a few 'forgotten' painted miniatures hidden on the memory card. Finished when I got back from my Christmas/New Year's holiday in Løkken, so these to test pieces of doing green skin tones are actually first finished miniatures of 2020.

First one is a fan piece made of a friend of mine. A 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-movie Leonardo. Not a bright cartoon green character but a much more plausible looking humanoid Turtle. Tried to recreate the tone, but did struggle quit a bit ...😕

Leonardo

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

2020 Painting Challenge: Vikings

And finally ... something painted 😀

Recently, I jointed a FB group called the "2020 Painting Challenge". The Challenge is to finish one mini a week each week for 2020. Can be snotling or a giant. To be called finished the figure must be based and varnished ready for gaming.
Yes, what on earth was I thinking about...! Can't hardly paint a miniature a month .... But I think, it was the: "There is a free mini for everyone who completes 52 minis in the year. I need to talk to John Pickford about it being sculpted" - posted by Jamie Loft on March 23rd. Should be motivation enough and it convinced me to give it a try😊 Yes, I am that easy 😁

So, as I'm 14 weeks behind, I need to think "bulk painting" rather than "paint individuals" - so I've decided adding "elites" to my small Viking-force.

And here they are - 6 miniatures all from Mark Sims' Crusader Miniatures range. Shield transfers are those awesome ones from "little Big Men Studios" (Gripping Beast-range).

Crusader Miniatures: Vikings Hirdmen and Command

Crusader Vikings from: DAV006, DAV011, DAV006, DAV008

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Nominus Malus

So, if newly painted miniatures are priority one on here and collecting John Pickford comes second, what would then be third priority? Easy - "Chaos Dwarfs", definitely. And to be exact old-school classic Chaos Dwarfs.

Yesterday, I picked up a small box at the post office. Due to all the new corona virus restrictions here only 3 persons were allowed at the same time in the post office line up, but I waited patiently in safe distance for my turn, cause I had high hope of what it would be. And I wasn't let down, not let down at all. Because it was the little box from the Netherlands I was hoping it to be.

Last 11-12 months my good friend, Sjoerd Trouwee (@https://evillittlebuggers.blogspot.com) has been creating and casting 8 new Chaos Dwarfs in a lovely retro Marauder Miniatures style (You'll find a little background on this here and a lot more on Sjoerd's awesome Evil Buggers-blog). So, yesterday I picked up a fresh set of these beautiful pieces. Don't really brag about my miniature purchases on here, unless it has something to do with my addiction for John Pickford sculpts (wife might be following along, though I doubt it😛) - but I'll make an exception, today - and I'll share them on here. So here they are, in all their glory:

The Nominus Malus by Sjoerd Trouwee


Saturday, March 28, 2020

Collecting John Pickford: A giant and some shields

Sadly, I have nothing painted to share, but what's the next best thing .... new Pickford stuff, of course.

Biggest news would be that the old Otherworld Giant (original released by Otherworld Miniatures) has now found a new, good and caring home at Croocked Dice Game Design Studio. It's not released yet, but moulds for a new resin version of the über-cool giant had been made and Karl showed off one of the first succesful casts at Facebook on March 17th.

Still look so fresh and beautiful.... her 15 years after 😀

Crooked Dice: Giant