Monday, 27 September 2021

Nearly finished Warmaster terrain, Shieldmaidens

In my last post I talked about the Shieldmaidens I 3D printed for Ragnarok.

Well, those two figures are almost done. They were done, but I went overboard on the Army Painter Strong Tone so they're a bit too dark. Maybe I'll rework them and bring out the highlights or maybe I'll just use them as a learning experience for the next batch. There are 6 or 7 more that I've printed and glued together, plus a couple of others that need reprints of weapons or shields.

But the first two look like this:

I know, I really have to get some better lighting. It's been a long time since I've done any photography, so these are just taken with my cellphone under my painting lamp.

The majority of these minis were painted with Contrast paints, but I found the fur over the helmetless lass was just too muted. So I added a bunch of white speckling and painted over it with a darker Contrast paint. 


It didn't work out like I imagined it in my head. Or maybe that's just because the first photo is after the Strong Tone wash and that muddied the whole thing. Not sure. The only colour that was actual paint was the green tunic and pants. They were AP Elf Green which is quite a nice earthy tone. 

I look back at these two photos and think, maybe I should have just stopped there. But we always wonder that after it's too late. :) haha

The one thing I noticed after printing these is that they are big miniatures. I don't have a metric ruler handy, but they feel like the bases are 40mm, and they are tall. They're not a lot shorter that modern GW AoS Orgres. 

So I'm thinking that makes them doubly perfect for Ragnarok. They are the ultimate heavy metal Viking warriors. Larger than life and brutal as hell!

Warmaster Terrain

The other almost-finished work is a couple of Orc tents from Rocket Pig Games. 3D printed again. They were designed for 30mm-ish scale (I'm going to start calling things 30mm scale because nobody seems to decide between 28mm and 32mm, so I'm just calling it down the middle :) )

All of the orc buildings and terrain from RPG are fantastic designs. Most of the models from memory are hailed as not needing supports when printing. I'm guessing they're also designed for filament printers because they are big! 

The tents were only two pieces--the roof and the rest of the building. And at 30mm scale, they just didn't fit in my printer. 

No problem, I thought! I'll just scale them down to 33% and they'll be 10mm, perfect for Warmaster! And they really are. They came out really well.


Again, mainly done with Contrast paints, but I'm bringing out the highlights in the horns which you might be able to see in the first pic.

Scale-wise, they're absolutely perfect. 

I've got a bunch more orc buildings and terrain from Rocket Pig Games which I'll print in the future. 

I don't actually have any Warmaster Orcs, and this made me think I should get some, but looking at this tent, it'd honestly be fine for Chaos, for which I do have a Warmaster army. :) And that reminded me I had recently (um, within the last 12 months or so) been gifted some Chaos figures still in blisters, so I've just glued them to sticks ready to paint.

So my queue currently consists of (in no particular order except my memory):

  • AWI British commission part 3 of 4
  • Labyrinth commission (yes figures from the board game of the movie)
  • 15mm Warlord ACW
  • Large miscellaneous warbands commission (big box of random figures collected over years by a friend)
  • Shieldmaidens
  • Warmaster Chaos

Plus I'm waiting on delivery of the 2 Kings of War starter boxes, some Lord of the Rings figures from Mithril Miniatures (they'll get their own post when they arrive because I'm quite excited about those), an airbrush compressor, and probably other stuff I've forgotten.

Because if there's one downside of working from home, you spend a lot of time on a computer with a credit card within arm's reach.

Friday, 24 September 2021

First successful 3D print! Vikings for Ragnarok!

I mentioned I recently got a 3D printer, and I've been working my way through the failures to try to get that first successful job. Well I just got it. 

Today in the mail I received a package from Grimfrost in Sweden, which included a lovely viking beard comb, a horn drinking mug, and a copy of Osprey's Ragnarok! Can't really go wrong with heavy metal combat in the Viking age! haha

And with that in mind, I needed some figures. I'd long sold off my Saga figures, so I needed something new. And with the power of a 3D printer at my command, I didn't even have to wait for shipping or get up off my chuff to go visit a store.

I hopped on over to my favourite 3D printing site, and did a search. Out of all the very nice options, my first pick was this Shieldmaiden warband by Asgard Rising Miniatures.

The first two figures I attempted were the Shieldmaiden Chieftan Aidda with Gjermundbu helmet, and a Shieldmaiden warrior. And well, apart from a couple of post-production hiccups, they came out really well. All the bits were there, nothing was out of kilter, and they just came out great.

The issues I had were that the supports were so thick, I hamfistedly pried them off with a too-large pair of nippers, and lost a bit of Aidda's hair tassel, a chunk off the front of her chainmail coat, and a bit off her arm where the shield fist joins. 

None of these should be too noticable, and as I say, they were post-production. The actual prints came out perfectly. My experiments led me to increasing the number of base layers and slowing down the normal layers another half-second from previous attempts. 

Enough of my rambling. This is them.

I think the photo doesn't do them justice at this stage, but they're glued together and tomorrow morning I'll start painting them and see how they turn out, plus put more of the warband through the printer.

I'm pretty happy right now.

I raise my cup to Odin. 

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Painty like it's 1999

 I've been painting hard this year. And I've been reassessing the games I play.

Sci-fi Skirmish

So far this year (and for the last few years) I haven't been doing much actual gaming. But this year I've been on a bit of a Necromunda kick. Really enjoying it a lot, but looking for more. I want to be able to play different settings or different kinds of sci-fi skirmish games without being locked into just one setting and one set of forces.

Stargrave might be the winner there. 

But I'll probably still play Necromunda because I recently talked at least one friend into paying butt tonnes of money for the figures and the books.

Kings of War / Mass Fantasy Battles

I found a guy (Geek Gaming Scenics) on Youtube who scaled down a game of Kings of War to 10mm and that really piqued my interest, naturally being a big fan of Warmaster. :) And that video made me realise that KoW isn't like old WH Fantasy. The figures aren't individual, but mounted all together on a base. Or at least, they can be. And man, that just makes the game so much less fiddly. 

Video here:

Browsing around I found that holy cow, Mantic games and figures are so much cheaper than the 400lb gorilla in the room.

 I may have order the two starter boxes (War in the Holds & Shadows in the North) and the Uncharted Empires supplement. :D

Speaking of which, Mantic's Armada looks really cool too. 


Oh and speaking of games by Mantic that were based on rules from Warlord Games, I bought the starter box of Epic American Civil War. ACW in 15mm with Warmaster style strips. Oh they are beautiful. 

Here's a sneak peak until I work on them again and have more pics.

 The first building is from the awesome Empires at War pre-painted range, and the second building is one of the bundled ones in the Warlord starter set.

I started painting these minis, but they got put on the backburner because I started painting commissions. A lot of commissions.

Painting Commissions

Here is a massive pic dump of what I've been doing over this year. First a picture of my painting table right now. 

These are 20mm British from the American War of Independence, being painted for my good buddy Jackstorm at the Never Enough Marines blog. 

Back in May I did a few units for him, which he blogged about here:

The British are Coming... Again!

He did the flags and the buttons on the coats.

The ones I'm working on now are almost finished. Well, these four units are. I have another eight units in the queue.

I've also got a box of commissions waiting to go from my friend Grant. Some of the models I've been working on for him are here:

With the exception of the giant straw man, these are all done with Citadel Contrast paints.

3D Printing

And if that wasn't enough, I bought a 3D printer. My first attempts have been slowly becoming more hit than miss, but a couple of my first prints are here:

And I've started painting the barbarian.

General Hobby Stuff

What else? 

I've discovered Brokentoad brushes and love them. I can't do sable for miniatures--I love sable for my watercolours, but I just can't get used to them painting miniatures. But the Brokentoad Fugazi Series Mk III brushes are very very nice synthetics. They call them imitation sable, but I don't know what that means.

Finally, I am considering dumping my collection of Army Painter paints because replacing them with something better might be cheaper than buying and importing a paint mixer like the Vortex (which may not even work with the 240V in NZ). Monument's Pro Acryl range are at the top of my list at the moment.

That's me for now. More will be forthcoming. I've even been considering redoing my Youtube channel to focus (again) on miniatures and wargaming. And perhaps even naming it after this site. 

We'll see how things go. But at the moment, things are looking up.