Thursday, 30 August 2012


My final post for the month.This month my target was to paint the figurines from the Fantasy Flight game Mansions of Madness. These were a Birthday present for a friend. 10 models in all and all very different from Elves!

We are planning on playing Mansions of Madness tomorrow so expect some 'in action' photos early in September. Back to something for me [Warhammer]... I wanted to complete 3 more shadow warriors to take my High Elf skirmish unit to a unit strength of 10.

This left me with a little time to get some extras done. I did plan on painting an Eagle to use as a rare choice for my army. I never got around to stripping the eagle models (another EBay purchase with a horrific paint job). Instead I have started a project which has laid dormant for several years. I've been keeping it secret, keeping it safe (mainly until I was confident enough to do a decent paint job). But just like the eye of Sauron it has been ever present in my conscious forcing me to take up the challenge:

I want to take my time of these miniatures as I plan to display this in our ornament cupboard at home (the Memsaab doesn't know this yet). After several years of storage under the bed it has suffered some minor damage. The 'F' in Fellowship is chipped and so is Sting (Frodo's sword). So as my extra for August I've already started painting it but with the above points in mind I'm going to make this part of my goal for September to. For now I have just completed the base...

I fixed the F with a tiny bit of wood and glue. Lots of greys here (they are in the Mines of Moria after all).

And I am even taking up extra free marketing for Games Workshop.

I've also base-coated Legolas and Gandalf.

There is a lot more detail in the base than one might realise (once the fellowship is removed). Here are some obligatory close-ups.

With that I'm done. That leaves 7 members of the fellowship to paint and 2 to complete. Not much for September but I am on Holiday for 1 week, have a research collaboration which will swallow another week. And as if that wasn't enough to swallow my gaming.painting time I am also taking up private tuition. Well if all you (looking at Lee especially) can teach... how hard can it be. Let the insults fly.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Lle maa quel

I have now based and so finished the other 5 Mansions of Madness miniatures:

They are now ready to pass back to my friend and we are playing Mansions on the 31st so expect some nice pictures of the models in action early next month.

With just under 2 weeks of august painting time remaining I thought I would move back to the Elves. I'm still avoiding the other 15 Phoenix Guard. Instead I wanted to make my unit of shadow warriors larger. Another 3 warriors will give me a possible unit strength of 10. These are the older models but I think they still look great. Here they are undercoated:

and with the base coat and inks applied:

Not much left to do on them. Probably another 2 nights work then I might (just might) squeeze in an eagle.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012


Highlighted the final 5 Mansions of Madness miniatures. Just the bases to complete tonight and then I am done. Until I get passed some of the monsters! Gulp!

Friday, 10 August 2012

Caela ie'lle

I've been a busy boy. I have now completed 5 of the Mansions of Madness miniatures I started

This involved highlights and fine detail (the eyes are so tiny on these models).

I then had to consider how to base these figures. The story goes that they are investigators exploring something horrific in a spooky mansion. So it would seem apt to have some room details on the bases... but then this would make them room specific... i.e. some rooms have carpet, some are wooden boards... the occasional lab type flooring... in fact the only consistent 'room' would be the garden boards from which these investigations start. With that in mind I stuck to trusty old grass. I think the green helps as a spot colour here:

I did want to do these guys justice with a photo shoot on said board piece but after having an enjoyable game of Lord of the Rings the Living card game I totally forgot and subsequently passed the models on to my friend. You will have to wait till months end (when we next play Mansions of Madness) for that image.

Anyway, with the first 5 complete it was time to move on and base coat the next lot.

I have just finished inking them... so all that's left is highlights, fine detail and basing.

Should have plenty of time to do some Elves at this rate. Can you tell I'm not into the Olympics?

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Asca melloneamin

Base coat on the first five complete. Lots of Brown and black. Highlights, fine detail and bases to complete. More soon.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Mani naa lle umien?

In a complete change if direction this month i'll be painting the character models from the fantasy flight board game: Mansions of Madness. No Elves here just investigators from a cthulhu based horror game.

I don't actually own the game... But a friend does and for his Birthday I said I would give painting them a try. he actually has the Fantasy Flight premium painted models so it will be a nice compare and contrast. He can then sell the ones he doesn't like on E-Bay.

He handed over 10 miniatures... Some from the base game and some from the Alchamy expansion. I have decided to tackle them in groups of 5, grouping them based on base colours.

Monday, 30 July 2012


Another month and another lot of Elves (well 2 elves). This month I met my target. The target was Teclis, 1 Prince riding a Griffon, a Steggadon and a few more bits of scenery. 

I spent a while on Teclis trying to add some finer detailing. I hand painted the flames onto his skirt to match the Phoenix Guard I painted. There is also some red (go faster stripes) detailing on his cloak.

I also customised the base to make him a little more prominent. The rock was a nice find in the garden. A quick black under-coat and then I painted it to look like a rock... it always feels wrong but somehow works better.

We then move onto the Griffon:

Pretty chuffed with the Griffon's face and leopard spots. It's always rewarding when your 4 year old can tell what you were trying to paint. "Daddy this bit is a leopard, this bit is a bird. That's silly". I plan to use this in a more aerial based High Elf army. It's difficult to see on this picture but the base includes a High Elf shield cleaved with a Black Orc axe... as the prince doesn't seem to be holding one I thought this would increase my points options.

Departing from the High Elves I also completed a Steggadon. This is the old metal miniature I purchased on Ebay. Weighs a ton but luckily has a slow centre of gravity so is unlikely to fly around in storage. When it arrived it had a rather poor green paint-job. I wanted it to be red so had to strip and start all over again.

 The model came with a skink crew but I didn't want to use those. The beast will be used during storm of magic games (as a bound creature) and may pop up in the Maelstrom of Dread campaign (which if we remember revolves around the return of the Slann to the Dragon isles. Not much to say here. More custom basing with rock painted rocks. As the dino doesn't really have any fine detailing, for a nice spot colour (I think that's the role of the skinks), I added some blue and yellow flowers to the base to attract the eye.

Last but not least is the scenery. Old Lord of the Rings stuff that I painted to look slightly elven... i.e. a nice sand colour. Not much else to say really. At least these are moulds (rather than real rocks) that  needed painting rock colour.

So with that I'm done and ready for scoring. Except it seems most of the others have been doing sensible things like going on Holiday rather than painting. Mind I bet i still come second... somehow.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Ela sen

Another mega busy month has delayed my availability to post on my blog, but I finally have a chance to catch up. Two weeks ago I played my battle for the second month of my Warhammer campaign Maelstrom of Dread. There I was happily applying pressure on to some Bretonnian scum (that's not very Elf like is it) and up pops (tunnelling out of the ground) an army of the Empire. We played a 2500 point battle and not having time to redo my army list I fielded the same army I did against the Skaven bar a few exceptions. I took the lore of metal (to get his knights) and death (to snipe at his commanders). My prince was the general for the battle. I thought it would go horribly wrong again (the same army and all). But it didn't.

We rolled the Watchtower Scenario and although the Empire had garrisoned the tower I would get first strike. (n.b. amazingly when setting the scene we did roll for the Elven waystone!)

Facing all that gun-powder was not a great plan for my Sword Masters so they quickly hid in a nearby sanctuary. Matt (my opponent) had quite a wide front line so my Shadow warriors had to pounce on the volley gun from the safety of the sanctuary (thanks to their scout ability). My Silver Helms held back to see what the Knights if the Empire would do. I was also a little wary of that giant Steam Tank. The Seaguard attempted a charge but failed... the pistoliers let rip and 3 elves fell. The Empire advanced to support their comrades in the tower. It looked like the sea guard had their work cut out. Especially as those outriders had repeating pistols.

I tried some magic, buffing up the sea guard and then trying to put as many hexes on the pistoliers as possible... but the only spell I cast couldn't reduce the armour of those pistoliers in the tower... it was already 0! Some luck came my way when the Empire Cannon mis-fired and blew up.

Now things get blurry... not my memory, the photos. Silly iPhone optics.

The outriders ran around my garrisoned Sword masters and started harassing my Bolt Thrower. However, Matt made a mistake. Rather than rushing in for hand to hand, he tried to whittle me down by shooting... it didn't work and eventually my Bolt Thrower was able to see off the attack with some return fire, albeit with very few wounds remaining.

The battle on the left flank wasn't going as well. As the giant steam tank shot forwards I learnt it had 10 wounds. Time to flee. A tiny wooden arrow wouldn't even scratch that thing. Behind the Tank 2 units of Knights were bearing down on me. The Silver Helm charged the more Elite Knights and following the successful charge, Speed of Asyrian and the use of the Battle Banner ran the entire unit down.

But by now my sea guard had done their job and taken the tower. Now they just had to hold it. Time to cast Glittering robes and give them a ward save. It was all about making them survive.

This attracted the attention of the Steam Tank and allowed my fleeing archers to reform.

The archers still had the Knights to face, so it was time to unleash some magic. I turned three Knights into gold (unfortunately not the army general. A few gold Knights went totally un-noticed with no Empire units in range suffering stupidity. They had only one thing on their mind; Elf Blood.

Subsequently the Empire Knights charged into my archers and I don't think i need to comment on the outcome of that particular battle.

Then Matt made his second mistake. Knowing that my Sea guard weren't the best unit to hold the tower I was slowly marching my Sword Masters from the sanctuary to reinforce them (well the more likely event was to use them to re-take the tower when the Sea Guard broke). This obviously worried Matt (after hearing fables of my great swords) and he turned his large infantry block to face their advance.

On turn 4 I was ready to charge the Sword Masters at the large unit of free company. I also had my shadow warriors in a position to charge their flank and better still my unit of Silver Helms had reformed and marched in also.

Ready to charge at the outriders flank. If they were to flee it would enable me to re-direct the charge into the rear of the foot soldiers. A real pincer movement. Turns out we would miss out on the action. A 6 was rolled (after a contested cocked 5) and the battle was won. The spectators were appalled with this cheeky Win, but in fairness I had only lost 10 archers (110 points) to Matt's Cannon, Volley Gun, Elite Knights, Outriders and pistoliers. The Elves won fair and square and hold the territory for the campaign. Neither side lost their general so nothing much eventful really happened with the post battle rolls.

Now all I have to do is update the campaign. It's slipped a little as we have been waiting for the Skaven V Dwarf battle. There is also call to open up the campaign for more battles... so watch this space with interest.

On the painting side, things this month are progressing well. The Griffon and Teclis are done. I have the Stegadon to highlight and just the scenery to paint to meet my targets.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Yala onna

On the painting table this month:

So that's the Prince and Griffon from the Island of Blood set (I might just complete the miniatures before Games Workshop release the 9th edition of Warhammer), there is also 3 pieces of scenery, Teclis and a random Steggadon... or is it... more on that later.

I also needed some new paints so a quick stop at the Wargames emporium and I'm re-stocked. I had to buy 2 washes to replace my Orgyn Flesh wash... as Reikland Flesh wash looks a little too red to me... so I got some earthshade also. I'll see which I prefer. The conversion chart from the old paint names to the new is totally useless. Scorched brown is much lighter than Hide... oh well. Not really eleven colours I'll admit but I have another project I'm working on for Christmas which I'll start next month.