‘A’ is for Ambull

I’m definitely not going to start a miniature bestiary (if ‘A’ is for ambull then ‘Z’ is for zombie dragon).  I’ve got loads of other things to work on already, deadlines at work (‘Z’ is for zoat), and my final university assignment in a couple of months (‘z’ is for Zygor Snake Arms).  But enough idle plans!  I’ve painted a Rogue Trader ambull, and that’s all I’ve got for today.

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Undead update

Undead Legion

My shameful lead mountain is looking particularly insurmountable right now.  On Thursday I received my minis from the first Greenskin Wars Kickstarter (they’re excellent), and on Friday I bought a load of old Citadel Night Horrors via eBay auction.  They’re a pretty collectible range, and ‘buy it now’ prices are generally ridiculous – the final auction costs were about 25% of the normal list price, so well worth bidding.  Luckily, for the first time in a while I also had no plans this weekend, so I’ve been able to make some small progress with painting and modelling.

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Easter Oldhammer

Oldhammer

After a week away for work, I came back just in time for the long Easter weekend and had quite a lot of time for painting.  I spent most of that time finishing off my Reaper Bones frogmen and working on Mudcroak the squog shaman, so I hope I’ll be able to post a photo of them all together next week.  I also did some quite quick paint jobs on three old Citadel Miniatures – one for Shin High Terror, one for my Sidequest of Chaos, and one just for fun.

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Wood elf sex change

Oldhammer Wood Elf

April is shaping up to be a really busy month.  This weekend my in-laws visited, next weekend an old friend is in town after a couple of years in Iraq, I’ve got a weeding to attend at the end of the month, and right now I’m in a hotel in a rather run down area of Vienna where I’ll be working for the next few days.  So, I have made progress on neither drawing nor painting, and I think the next few weeks will be much the same.  Still, I managed to squeeze in enough time to finish the details on two old Citadel Miniatures to a standard I’m happy enough with.

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Rule Britannia!

Winner

The results are in from r/minipainting’s ‘Tint Your Tribe‘ competition.  I won in the novice category with my mini ‘Rule Britannia’.  Over the past few months I’ve tried get the basics right and push myself to try new techniques.  I’ve had some really positive feedback from the community at r/minipainting and the Oldhammer Forum, and it’s an amazing boost to win a competition.  And of course, there’s a prize: more minis, contributed by the excellent Westphalia Miniatures, Rain City Hobbies, and CK’s Wood.

Thanks to everyone who organised, participated, sponsored and voted.  I’m looking forward to the next competition in June.

Troll, toads and a host of ghosts

Month of Marsh 2017

It’s the end of the month of Marsh, the season of mists, when the Oldhammer forum turn their collective attention to the Fimir and other bog-dwelling fiends.  I painted my only Fimir back in 2016, and I spent most of the last month working, studying, and finishing painting the Fellowship of the Ring.  But I did make a little progress on some of my most swampy minis:  a troll, some fantasy frog-men, and a few undead.

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Monstrous Mierce Miniatures

A couple of weeks ago Mierce Miniatures had a two for one sale on monsters.  They’re big, they’re amazingly detailed and full of character, and they’re produced by an independent British company.  Consequently they’re also quite expensive at regular retail price – the smaller monsters start at around £30.00 but the really big guys are significantly more, so a two-for-one offer is a rare opportunity.  So even though I definitely don’t have time to take on any new projects, I bought four of the medium-to-large sized monsters from their ‘Darklands’ range – a bargain, and at the speed I paint enough to keep me going for a few months or more.

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