Sunday, July 17, 2011

Itsy Bitsy Spider

"The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout. 
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out. 
Up came the sun, and dried up all the rain,
and the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again."

Otherworld Paint challenge time again. July's theme is: "If You Go Down to the Woods" and is about painting at least on model from the wilderness range.

I took a chance this time and went for those limited edition spiders, that I got in my latest Otherworld Miniatures purchase. Richard Scott was offering a set of 4 unreleased/yet to be released large Spiders for those voucher holders that would hold back making a voucher purchase and placed an old fashion money order instead. That was one of those offers I really couldn't refuse? So cancelled my plan voucher purchase and replaced it with an order for the most wanted new releases and got myself a set of these. Had already planned doing the common large Spiders for this one, but I actually like these slightly better and decided doing them instead. Challenge says, it has to be models from the Wilderness range - so might get ruled out for entering these, but who really cares? After all, another awesome batch of Otherworld's are now painted and ready for being used  ;-)

Otherworld: Large Spiders (Limited Edition)

All painted in Black Widow inspired colour scheme. Should probably have based them on some woodland scenery bases rather than these dungeon ones (due to the challenge theme) - but I really like these 40mm round DS dungeon scenery resin bases from Fenris Games - and the spiders seems almost like sculpted on them, so could resist using them.

White Knight's (not so) Secret Dwarf Project - part 2

Finally, they are here :-) White Knight has just announced the release of the next batch of the John Pickford renaissance dwarves - and this time it's a massive one.

The 2nd set of core Infantry. Comes with 8 dwarfs in a set. 2 x 4 different bodies and 8 unique heads. The dwarfs are in an attention pose and can be armed with the choice of 5 different weapon: Pikes/spears, Helberds/Poleaxes, Swords and Buckler, Handguns and Crossbows.

Also released are the 3th infantry set. These are in a front rank/action pose. These are one piece casts with plug in weapons - and again you have 5 different option: Pikes/spears, Helberds/Poleaxes, Swords and Buckler, Handguns and Crossbows.

Furthermore 3 civilians are out as well. 3 female dwarfs to chose from. A set of 2 Maids and a dwarf Floozie.

Here's a small teaser from Blue's Maraudering Miniatures. Talented Mr. Blue was that privileged and got himself a few masters he could paint for Mr. White. And he did one hell of a job, if you ask me :-)

And here's a preview of the naked metals form the 2nd core infantry set armed with Crossbows (WKD-02E) - my personal favourite.

- but go check them all out at: White Knight's Miniature Imperium

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Yes, more Dwarves

First, of course, I'd like to welcome two new followers: Juan and Spooktalker. Glad to see you here and hopefully you'll find something worth looking at and/or reading.

And then on with today's topic .... more painted Dwarves :-)

The Golden Hat @ Chaos Dwarfs Online is now over and have found some rather worthy winners. Want to use the space here to say big congrats to "Bassman" (1st place, entry #16), "G.2" (2nd, #24) and "Blue in VT" (3th, #2). Very well done, guys - and you are truely worthy winners of what I think was the best Golden Hat ever. Lots of cool concepts and great paintings this time. Excellent - and am looking forward challenging you all in the next one ;-)

And now that it's over, I can also reveal my own humble entry. Cause as a few has already guessed. I did entry #12. A conversion based on the Four A Miniatures Dronzak Bannerfist standard bearer.

Four A Miniatures: Dronzak Bannerfist (conversion)

A rather straight forward conversion, really. Only really interesting/difficult part was the new skull helmet - but with some help from a plastic skull and a pair of HFL300 Helmet Wings (from Hasslefree Miniatures) it ended up pretty close to planned. Painted the guy when I was doing the first three WK dwarfs, so quite obvious to use the same colour scheme for this one here. And painting another Marauder-ish looking Chaos Dwarf in bright colours, really takes me one step closer to starting all over and redo the MM90 already painted.

And speaking of White Knight's Super Awesome Dwarf Project, I've painted another 3 WK Dwarves:

WKminis: WKD-01B: Dwarf Core Infantry with Halberds/Poleaxes 1 - part 2

Can't praise the Dwarves enough. Mr. Pickford really pushed it to create the fantastic visions of Mr. Knight. 

The trained eye may have spotted that this one here:

- ain't 100% straight  out of the box. Cause, this heavy armoured guy was simply to good just to be turned into a ordinary Pikeman! So I've change him slightly, and turned him into a Captain leading this small unite. Still got 2 more to paint - and hopefully then, the new series #2 and #3 will turn up. Set #1 here was good, but have to admit that it was set #2 that took my breath away. So hurry up, Seb ..... please :-D

And then I couldn't help it. I had to paint the little Peaseblossom (a winged pig, playing a lute) I got from White Knight as well. Peaseblossom is originally found on John Pickford's 2007 Frother's Unite Sculpting Contest entry - but has ended up with WK, and is now to be found in his "Hors Série". And I've heard someone whispering that the little hedgehog, playing the trumpet (one the same awesome diorama piece) is soon to be found in that range, as well! Another "must have" :-)

WKminis: WKHS-01: Peaseblossom

And just to show how small this guy is:

Oh, and then I shouldn't really forget telling, that the resin base is a 25mm DS Plain Dungeon Tile from Fenris Games and the awesome printable paper floor tile is made by Dave King.

Last on today's update is a rather mysterious little feller:

A unknown Dwarf Wizard

I know what it's supposed to be (at least I knew what colours scheme to use for him) :-) - but apart from that I have no recollection of whom, when, where or why - nor can I remember how it ended up in my lead pile!

- and for those reasons this little Dwarf Wizard here is perfect for the 6th Brush Slave painting challenge: "The Mystery Denisen from the bottom of the Box!" @ Chaos Dwarfs Online

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Been busy painting

Finish all the challenge and painting competition entries I had committed myself doing. Was quite a challenge and had to force it a bit to finish in time, but am - more or less - happy with the overall results.

Can't post my entry for the XV Golden Hat at Chaos Dwarf Online but go check the voting thread and see if you can't spot what I did. Rather classic and you should find lots of hints in here to make it out.

But, I can show the other entries I did, so first we have:

World of Twilight's First Painting Competition

Couldn'treally decide what to do for this. I got so many awesome Twilights I wanted to paint so had lots of ideas, but nded up doing the Knights of Relan lead by Danomar. The knights are the Fubarnii Empire elites and are excellent sculpts with lots of armoury and heavy war gear - perfect for such a challenge.

Twilight: Danomar and the Knights of Relan

Nothing spectacular, I know - but great fun ainting and really enjoy painting something other than greens, greys and browns for a change.

And if you got time, you should check out the other competition entries, here:

- and next:
The monthly challenge at Otherworld Miniatures

The challenge for June was "big 'uns" - so, anything that comes with a larger base than 25mm was allowed.
Already painted one big fellow this month (the Ogre Chieftain) so was quite 'blank' what to do. But came cross my 3 big lycanthropes and decided on doing them. Don't know why I picked all three as the had to be finish at the same time as the Knight?? - but I finished them in time - so here they are :-)

Otherworld Miniatures: WE7bWerewolf, WE7c Wereboar, WE7d Werebear

Turned out pretty much like I wanted them to - and should do me good on the table. Haven't painted that many of Matt Bickley's models before, but must say I was impressed by their quality and am certainly looking forward doing more. Think his Satyr might be next, as this months challenge is "If you go down to the woods...", so anything from the Wilderness range will be legitimate. Should be a perfect opportunity for doing him, but also got some rather nice Large Spiders I want to try out. But well have to wait and see, won't we?