29 Jan 2016

Ogre Kingdoms - testing a new scheme

Hi folks,

I have been out of the Warhammer and 40k world for a few years now but last week I found out they had completely changed the fantasy game to the Age of Sigmar.

I really like the stream-lined play and think it is the kind of game I would enjoy, so with that in mind I was inspired to dig out my old fantasy army and start updating it for a fresh start in the new incarnation of the game.

My ogres have featured on this blog a few times, it was the first army I ever painted in its entirety but a few years ago i got it into my head that it was time for a change and I striped all my core units.

Big mistake. I lost my focus on the project and my army sat languishing in their case in various states of paint and repair for several years, un-played and unloved.

Here is my test mini, it is still far from complete as the face needs finishing and the spikes on his iron fist need changing over to an iron colour rather than the gold base they have at the moment. But it is roughly where I want to be with it.

Unfortunately the mini was a bit rough around the edges from being stripped and repainted a couple of times(Ogre Stew) so I will have to pay a bit more attention before painting the rest in tidying them up before priming.

I have a couple of commissions in the works and will get some pictures up once they are finished and back with their respective owners.

In other news, Warhammer World announced they are bringing Blood Bowl home! The XXXXXX League Cup looks like it will be a blast! unfortunately I sold my last team (Humans Team)  and it looks like I will have to miss out on the fun unless i can grab a team in the mean time. Damn!

I am off to mope for a bit now, stay frosty.


16 Jan 2016

Some stuff

As promised, here are a collection of minis I painted in my absence from the blog.

Some are quick rush jobs to get on the table others have had a decent amount of time spent on them, so this is a bit mixed lot all told.

First up we have my non-coms all from the awesome Hasslefree Miniatures, there stuff is fantastic and currently on of my "go-to" sites when i am dreaming up a new character or want something cool to paint.

Every campaign and adventure tends to feature a tavern or inn and putting these guys down really helps to flesh out an encounter. The kids are a particular favourite of mine as irl i have 2 girls and a boy with about the same age gap these guys have, call me sentimental :P

Next is another couple of NPCs that end up on my tables quite often. 

First up is "Running away from a giant" man from the Games Workshop giant kit. he is an accessory piece to the Giant in said kit but he is the perfect representation for a whole host of NPCs like captive, village idiot, coward soldier and any number of other NPC roles. He has seen a lot of tabletop use in The Crypt of the Everflame Module from Paizo, as Roldare a lone survivor of a terrible event that has left him a little unhinged. It is a module i have run 7 or 8 times and every time i unpack him it's like finding an old friend!

Second of the the two is this chap, a very plain paintjob but again, this is a versatile NPC taking the role of executioner, village idiot and henchman extraordinaire! a fun mini from Hasslefree. He also makes me giggle as he reminds me of one of the gamers i regularly play pathfinder with.

Next up is Seraphine, my Oracle Character for Pathfinder Society, the mini is a bit battered as she has seen a few games and a couple of less than careful games have "Ooops..." and dropped her! Marbella from CMON's exclusives, the sculpt is beautiful and she was a real pleasure to paint.

She has been a fun character to play too, an oracle of wind her hair is always moving as if blown in a gentle breeze or as if she is trapped in a shampoo advert :P An Aasimar of immense beauty, until you notice her lame and mangled leg as she walks. Her allure is somewhat lost as once noticed it is hard to see anything other than the twisted and misshapen flesh of her limb. 

The mini was too nice to ruin a leg to match the character but it still works i think :)

This is the Pathfinder Iconic character Lem, A halfling bard by Reaper Miniatures.

This was a lot of fun to paint and great practise for some freehand patterns on his coat, trousers and handkerchief. I would love to paint the rest of the iconics eventually (had done Damiel the Alchemist previously HERE) if funds and time allow.


This red-headed fellow if my Cleric character named Cook. He was quickly converted from Dirk, Male Rogue by  Reaper Miniatures and some bits I bad in my extensive bits boxes from my war-gaming days. His hand looks pretty bare and with good reason, he used to wield his god's favoured weapon of a small hammer but it was knocked off a while back and never replaced. 

This young lady had been kicking around in my spare minis box for years before finally being painted up. She is another Reaper Minis (Laurana, Sorceress) and the sculpt is pretty decent with the exception of her raised hand which looks like all her fingers over run over by a cart.

Besides the hand I quite like her, I am thinking she'll be the Sorcerer Alicia Week ;)

This shady looking character if Frankie, a Varisian thug i use in my Shattered star campaign as nearly every mook in the city of Magnimar. Every Frankie is related and part of one of the many gangs in the city and they all speak with a very bad New York/italian street thug accent "Ay Frankie look at this guy..." "Ooh Frankie C ain't gonna be happy with this.." stolen from every good and bad gangster flick. Some are called Tony or Gino for variety every so often too. 

The mini is from Reaper, Dub Bullock, and was a joy to paint as he has bags of roguish charm waiting to be brought out.

Next up is Dolph, a 5 minute conversion from a shaved down Dark Angels 40k body and some bits from the bits box and not much longer on the paint job. All in i think i spent about 30 minutes on him in total, not the most polished mini or paint job but he worked perfectly as a Tiefling magus for the game that night.

Next up is Vasquez, my new Ranger. My favourite class in Pathfinder, rangers are versatile and forgiving of my brain farts when in combat and this guy really captures the mysterious stranger that keeps people at a distance look perfectly. 

Kept a very limited pallet for this chap but unfortunately some of the subtleties is lost in my bad photography.

Finally, this is the Pathfinder Spy Mini from Reaper. She was sitting half finished on my desk for several years but finally finished a little while ago. 

She was fun to paint and it was the first time i ever used elf flesh as a base paint colour in all my years of painting! random but true :P

That is a chunk of what i was up to while away from the blog, there was a lot more but most was commission work or work for my friends that went out without pictures being taken :(

Hopefully i shall have some new stuff to show off in the following weeks and I have started taking more commissions on again so I will make sure to get something up soon. 

I now take single miniature commissions where you can give me your character concepts and i will source, build, convert and paint your RPG characters in addition to the usual Teams, Armies and War bands.

Prices are available on request.

As always I love to hear from folks that stop by, so say hi below or drop me an email :)

Until next time folks, stay frosty!


15 Jan 2016

Quick update

Was hoping to have pictures up by now but my camera's battery has died a terrible death. Amazon will deliver a replacement tomorrow and i'll have some pics up shortly thereafter.

Currently mourning the loss of Alan Rickman :( RIP Hans Gruber.

5 Jan 2016

Taking pictures

Hello Internet, 

Following on from my last post, today while sat at my desk, I have been playing around with lighting and pictures. 

I was hoping to use a couple of different minis to get a better feel for what will be my best setup (for now) but realised the case with my completed minis has been left at my gaming room where I run my Shattered Star Pathfinder campaign. I will stop by and grab it tomorrow and post some pictures of what I have been doing in my absence from the blog. 

As you can see from the images below, I have a bit more work to do as I just can't seem to find the right balance of lighting in my dungeon/office and still need to get the settings on my camera correct. 

I may have to re-invest in a light box, I had one years ago but it got lost in one of many moves, the last picture is ok but could be much better. 

The miniature used is Marcus from Malifaux. I painted him up to use as an unarmed Brawler Character in Pathfinder because I thought he looked pretty badass. To be fair most of the figures put out my Wyrd Miniatures are! He will probably also make an appearance as a mook/thug in the campaign I am currently running too. 

The campaign is only a few sessions in and so far the party have been beaten down by nearly every encounter they have had! Throw away fights with poo chucking goblins became life or death epics that were a lot of fun watch unfold. 

Another highlight for me was setting up some intros for my new players using their back stories. One guy is playing a barbarian who had been making money fighting for cash in seedy bars while waiting for assignment (The Shattered Star campaign has the party start as fresh minted Pathfinder agents) so I gave his character a little notoriety in the city's underground, going so far as to invite him to a big stakes tournament run by one of the bigger gangs in the area. 

I did this figuring he would follow the story, play through a few encounters and then we can have this tourney where he would get some added combat to fight out while the others can use the event as a fantastic way to gather information about local events and people. 

One problem, every encounter he ended up starting a fight with the local gangs and getting his arse handed to him. So the locals went from calling him Champ for his prowess to "Champ" as an insult in short order. 

I have also been toying with the idea of building some cool terrain to throw out at my PF games, having binge watched Drunkens & Dragons, go check it out, has some of the coolest advice and his live streams descend into hilarious drunken commentary on life, gaming and philosophy!

He uses terrain to great effect without taking away from the action/story in a way I think will really enhance my own games. So expect some scenery building posts in the future :)

Anyway, more posts to follow soon hopefully, until then stay frosty people, 


3 Jan 2016

Erm, hello.

Hi folks it has been an AAAAAGE! but i am actually still alive, still kicking and still painting.

Life caught up to me in a big way and painting fell off while i dealt with it. nothing bad, no sob stories to share and no massive dramas. Just life  :)

Painting has been going on in the absence of posting but unfortunately most of it is away with friends and customers already and with no foresight in taking pictures of them first. D'oh!

But I am back in the saddle, paint has been flowing and a couple of commissions are in  various states of progression. My Guard army are a few figures closer to being finished but still a couple hundred to go ;)

My painting dungeon is now my office for work too and is now slightly tidier than previously posted :)

The only thing i am struggling with getting decent lighting for taking pictures of my minis so if anyone out there has a suggestion give me a shout out!

Stay frosty and i'll hopefully i'll be back with some pics and progress to share!


29 Sept 2012

Oh dear, where has the time gone?!

Hi folks, 

You may not remember me, I'm Apoc and this is my blog, I know i haven't been here much lately but "Real life" seems to have stolen me away for quite some time...

Sorry it has been a while but life has really been hectic with finishing college, far too many hospital trips, starting University and trying to be a husband/father. More recently however it has been getting ready for my new baby daughter and future gamer and geek, just like her old man :)

Anyway, I have managed to get some painting done, albeit very slowly and far too little for my liking but with the baby now here I MUST get organized and get my paint station cleared of projects, commissions and unpainted miniatures! (sorry for the poor pics, it was getting dark)

As you can see things are in a fair bit of disarray! 

The work i have managed to do has been on the Necromantic team that has featured on this blog lately (relatively speaking of course!). First up a recap of the previously completed chaps:

I have got a few new recruits to add to them (sans bases):

The zombies are well on their way to being completed with only 3 left to paint up:

I have also put some work into the Werewolves, they need some finishing but are looking good so far (if i do say so myself):

Finally the back room staff: 

These will be get some paint as soon as i have rested up from the baby ordeal and i hope to have them done within the next few days.

Next up I have some more Hero Quest miniatures to paint in addition to some space crusade. the Hero Quest minis are to replace the last lot that i posted on here which Royal Mail kindly lost and I stupidly lost my receipt  (won't happen again couriers to be used from now on!) I have managed to track down replacements for most of them but still need some men-at-arms and the ogres for the Ogre Horde expansion.

I also put some paint to a stripped ogre from my huge army, the pics are bad and the mini is not finished but he will be the template for the rest of the big guy's' strip and repaint:

Right, I am off to get some much needed sleep, thanks for stopping by!