Wednesday, 28 October 2015


I've been taking a break from dwarfs at the minute and get cracking into some orcs.  My painting momentum seems to be fading at the minute though!

I thought I'd get started on a few of my orc heroes, I've a ton of these models lying around. More than I will ever be able to field. For some reason with the orcs I went a bit Nutters and picked up a lot of the limited edition metal miniatures, either from army boxes or games day's. the models were lovely to paint and the skin turned out very well with various camouflage green costs of paint and washes. I also had a go at dirtying up Commander Warspite from my tau hunter cadre.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Ruined castle

Always on the hunt for new scenery I stumbled across this on ebay last week. It cost 15 pounds with postage and will nicely fill out a 12" square terrain board (pictured). It comes fully painted but could possibly do with a coat of varnish. There's a fourth turret to go with it but my little boy ran off with that as I took the photo! It'll do nicely as a small ruined keep once I get the board fleshed out a bit.

Painting Challenge 2015 Part III - Reaper miniatures

At the start of this year I set myself the target of getting 200pts of miniatures painted. Part I of the painting challenge detailed how I would score this and Part II talked more about how I was managing to get so many miniatures painted in one go. The wonder of Quickshade! So far this year I've managed to get 130pts worth of miniatures finished. That's probably more than I've painted in the last 3-4 years combined and has been great as motivation. I find you go ages without painting a single model and then all of a sudden you get into that painting groove and can't seem to stop! My only problem is sticking with painting a single system to completion, rather than bouncing from one army to the next. I'm too easily distracted!

In the last month I got the Dwarf battle standard bearer, two slayers, four miners, ten longbeards, ten wild west cowgirls & eight civilians and the Norman church finished. Yesterday I finished my Runelord. Today I thought I'd talk about something slightly different, Reaper Miniatures. Their dwarf range has some brilliant models in it. Earlier in the year I got the mounted dwarf lord from there painted up and I have a small number of their other miniatures for other dwarf character types.

The models in general are more dynamically posed than GW characters. That's not to say I don't like GW dwarfs. The 1990s and early 2000s metal models are some of my favourite miniatures. It's just that adding a few Reaper models adds flavour to the army and brings models to the table that few seem to buy. They are slightly bigger than GW miniatures, but that just makes your heroes stand out even more!

As a bonus the Reaper miniatures are cheap in comparison, usually coming in at about $6. They have a huge range of other models and while some are a bit meh its easy to pick and choose from their nicer ones. Many of them can also be found on the UK and Irish eBay site.

Unfortunately not my work....