Friday, January 18, 2013

Collecting John Pickford: And a bit more ...

.. out of nowhere this mystery box suddenly showed up here in winter cold Denmark.

Appears to have been sent to me from sunny California

Now lets open it and see what's inside ... WOW! Amazing :-o

And ...?

... that's as close as you'll get ... :-P, ... for now (Sorry, I really couldn't resist this opportunity to tease you all a bit)

One thing I can say though is, that it's pewter, it's parted, it's Pickford :)

And I can promise you, that if you have liked the stuff John has been doing the last few years - you'd definitely like what's inside this box, too. More to come, as soon as this "new project" is official :)

Collecting John Pickford: Nothing is to small...

... for an enthusiastic/fanatic Pickford collector, so am very glad/honoured been given this little item you shall now see.

"Axiom", who now runs the Beast Face Miniatures but who is probably still more "know" for his "Gaming Cantina" promo miniatures has put the 40K Eldars aside and is now heavily involved with different Fantasy Football projects, but hasn't given up the event specials :)

This time its a piece for the annual Legacy Team event at the (TFF). The Legacy Team is a painting event that have been running for more than 10 years now. Each participant paints up a race specific miniature and then a lottery is held to draw a winner who gets the team. So to give the participants something to remember John Pickford has sculpted him a little Football

TTF Legacy Team 2012 - football (greens)

The ball is cast in a ivory/sand coloured resin. Only 30 copies were made. Most copies went to the participants and organizers, but there was also a copy left for the fanatic collector, so it can get documented on the wiki.

So here is my copy - given a little wash to show that the mould actually picked up all the fine little details ..

TTF Legacy Team 2012 - football 

Now how small is John's ball then?

Well, the greens gave a few hits, but here it is next to a (still unpainted) GW Orc Blitzer :)

- so perfect in size :)

Wonder if I can actually paint it up and still save those tiny letters on it??

Collecting John Pickford: Ants are coming

Otherworld Miniatures has announced their release of the Giant Ants - all done by John Pickford.

I've posted some of the greens previously, but all the 5 different ants are now ready and up for pre-ordering.

At the site you'll find them in two blisters - a pack of 3 Worker Ants and a pack of 2 Soldier Ants. The Ants are also available in a swarm pack with 16 ants in total (12 workers and 4 soldiers).

Otherworld Miniatures: DV6a - Giant Worker Ants (3)

Otherworld Miniatures: DV6b - Giant Soldier Ants (2)

All the ants are beautifully painted by Andrew Taylor. Some cool paintings on some very well sculpted miniatures. Great job, guys.

See ya' all, soon .... :-)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

MySAGA - part 1

And now to something completely different ..... :)

Not sure if its due to my age, being Danish (old Norse), fascination of the Viking Age i general or "simple" just because it's a darn fine game, but I've - like Blue in VT put it - "been bitten by the saga bug...".

The last few months I've picked up all the SAGA books (sold from Gripping Beast) and pulled out some old books about the Norse Sagas and Danish History and started studying. Also gone through the lead pile and found some Viking miniatures picked up long ago from Foundry - but also added some new ones from Crusader Miniatures - all miniatures are sculpted by Mark Sims.

So over the next months you might be seeing something a bit different now and then :)

Don't really think SAGA needs any introduction, but SAGA is a skirmish game for miniature warriors set in the Viking Age (Dark Age) when strength and bravery were worth a thousand men. But if you want to learn more about the game - check out the various blogs and forums out there ... :)

Enough about the awesome game. This is a painting blog so what have I been doing.

First, I've prepared the men I'll be using for my first practise games - so aiming to have a 4pt army done within the next few months.

The starter army will be

Warlord (incl. a musician filler)
2 x 4 Heartguard (Hirdmen) - Armour, hand weapons, shields
2 x 8 Warriors (Bondi) - un-armoured, some will have helmet, spear and shield

So started with the bulk of the Warband the "Warriors" - all build from some old Foundry's, sculpted by Mark Sims.

Wargames Foundry: Vikings

And here raiding the British Isles :)

But that's not all. Also preparing for some terrain. Started small so have started building a Pit House. Those that "like me" on Facebook, would already have seen this, but here is some WIP and the finished piece.

Pit House (Homemade - WIP)

Finished Pit House

Was a lot of fun building - and pretty sure you'll see more like this during the winter :)