Sunday 28 September 2014

S.D.Z.A Freak of Nature Operatives 1 & 2

Been quite a busy week in preparation for my youngest daughter Leila's fifth birthday. We spent   yesterday celebrating at Gulliver's Kingdom in Matchlock Bath my feet are killing me but we had an awesome time and the kids had a blast.

Not usually my cup of tea I enjoy superhero movies and books etc but its never been something I've want to game but I have to admit I really enjoyed painting these up. They will be part of some sort of Militant organisation (yet to be named) leading normal soldiers on whatever missions are required. I shall have to get two more of these chaps and use the other heads on them. I think I may have to go back to the Pulp City figures and get back to work on them after Zomtober perhaps also depends on what shiny distractions I pick up next Saturday at the Derby World Wargames show. Say hi if your going and you see me i'll probably be wondering around bewildered as usual and I promise I'll try to take some photos!

Anyway I haven't though of background yet only names so far.

Codename: Lupine

Codename: X-Bolt

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Attack of the Metalnauts

Finally finished and off the paint table is a Metalnaut by Crooked Dice or mr Choppy Choppy as I've nicknamed him. Painting him kind of stalled as I couldn't decide on what colours to use. I went for the dark grey trenchcoat with brown trousers in the end. I might pick up another one and do him all in black, 

The F.O.N agents are nearly finished (Well they were finished until I took photos and spotted mistakes so.......) Prep has begun for Zomtober 6 Studio Child zombies are now cleaned and the bases puttied ready for paint.

Sunday 21 September 2014

Zomtober 2014

Well its coming up to that time of year Zomtober! I even have some zombies (Studio Miniatures Child Zombies) to paint this year instead of the usual survivors I always have kicking around.
The rules.
The rules are simple. To take part just paint one Zombie or Survivor (or more!) each week, in any scale you like, posting it to your blog by the Sunday (we use Sunday's as the end of each Zomtober week). So that means one or more minis each week on or before the 5th, 12, 19th and 26th of October. Simples.

Anyone commenting on this post will get added to the blog list below (and feel free to do something similar on your own blogs -the more we spread the word, the more can get involved!).

The Current Zomtober blog roll:

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Nexus Miniatures SDZA British Agent no 2

Yep couldn't wait to get started on these guys. I found working with the resin surprisingly easy. I was a bit more careful preparing the figures than normal especially when filing/removing the odd mouldline. I had to spending longer washing them though as it once in soapy water it felt slimy. I guess there is either more of a release agent found on resin stuff than there is on normal metal/plastic but its really no bother. Undercoated easily enough and once decided on a theme I started on the British agent No 2. Besides doing the eyes I haven't started the others as yet. I need to decide how I'm doing the other suit and how the F.O.N jump suit colours are going to be.

Originally I planned for this chap to be blonde and even painted it so at first but I changed my mind to a sort of mousey brown colour instead.

Sunday 14 September 2014

Nexus Miniatures. British Agents and Freaks of Nature Operatives Review

Postman arrived yesterday with my order from Nexus Miniatures. The First two British Agents and both Freak of Nature Operatives. Ordered Thursday night and received on Saturday great service. The figures came in a sturdy box wrapped in bubble wrap in there own individual bags. Included with each miniatures is a 30mm lipped base.

They are all amazing looking sculpts the British Agents are my favourites from the first release with my love of spies but the F.O.N Agents are also just so nicely done I really can't wait to get stuck into them all.

First up the two British Agents. I really like the style of Ian Mountains sculpting and these will fit in well with the rest of my collection. The guy in the Tuxedo suit is armed with automatic pistol and can be used for many genre's. He'll be extremely useful I can think of a few head swaps already as well as different paint schemes! The guy in the roll neck shirt is armed with a very nice looking revolver and the shoulder holster just screams 60s/70s spy from the movies/tv series of that era. It is by far my favourite from the range so far and possibly my favourite from my whole collection of spies and agents I already own. I have been after a figure dressed like this for a long time. There are figures like him but they aren't to the same quality as this one. I want to do a version of one with a silenced pistol and again I have several heads I want to swap onto him. Will have to wait until he comes out in metal for that though. I'm on the hunt for pistols like those used in the man from U.N.C.L.E as I think both of these with a little bit of work will make great versions of Napolean and Kuryakin.

The Two F.O.N Operatives both come with there heads on a tab and I bought the Bonus pack which comes with the alt head sprue. I'm not sure which I'm going to be using yet. I shall have to pick up some more of these to use the alt heads on at some point. I think the jump suited nature of these guys gives a lot of choice for conversions with simple head swaps and different paint schemes I can think of a ton of different figures that can be created with these two and a couple more (One female) are planned so even more potential. Dammit why aren't they out in metal already! I already want a team of extra ordinary agents for 7TV all with special genetic powers.

The Bonus head sprue I think I shall have to just order another set of figures I think.

Wednesday 10 September 2014

The Sentinel from the Nightfolk Range

Second from figure from Set 1 is finished this guy is called the Sentinel he very much to me has a labyrinth look about him. I love all the little details such as the rivets and the hastily patched armour. All the figures in the range have these little extras.

Sunday 7 September 2014

The Warlock from the Nightfolk Range

Definitely got the bug to paint some Fantasy stuff. Having a mooch through the paint queue to see what to paint next and decided to grab these guys out and give them some brush love. Quite a quirky fantasy range chunkier miniatures than what i'm used but they have such lovely character and for my intended use of a Labyrinth theme project the fit in perfect. There has been many releases since I picked these up over a month ago some awesome looking knights and some more quirky characters.

The Warlock was a real joy to paint lots of nice details such as the feathers and the fur rimmed cloak as well as the gnarled staff all have such tremendous detail. The Bird is even greater I really didn't know how to do it so have made up my own breed and colour scheme which I'll just call a Fae Hawk :)

I'm planning on going to the Derby World Wargames Show on the 4th and 5th October and will be picking up some more from this range as the Northumbrian Tin Soldier will have his stall there. Anybody planning on going? I'll be going on the Saturday most likely.

Friday 5 September 2014

Jesters IAO Squad Squint the Medic

The fifth and final member. The eyes weren't quite right I've corrected them as best as I could do. So want to move on to other miniatures Ironic I should mess up the one figure that is named after me......

This nearly completes all the miniature released to date for Across the Dead Earth and gives me three gangs to have a play with besides my other post apocalypse and zombie survivors which can be used. All thats left is Crimson the hired mercenary and to paint the new version of Skylar

The Night Folk from Northumbrian Tin Soldier have now slid down the paint queue so these will be getting my attention over the next few weeks. One of which I've got finished and will be making an appearance on Sunday's blog post. Anyway here is Squint!

Squint is an exceptionally talented and intelligent young Dr. who uniquely amongst the Choobies of New Venice’s underground, descendants of the legendary Seven Sisters – those who remained hidden underneath the war torn world for decades - saw the opportunity for learning, and was spotted by State officials, soon graduating from his scholarship as a Dr. Being so low born, though, Squint could command no respect amongst the strictly hierarchical families of New Venice and the State, and so joined an IAO squad to become a man of rank. Squint is focused and single minded, knowing that to obey orders is to raise his status in this world.

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Jesters IAO Squad Yoshi the assault Specialist.

This is the fourth member of the squad finished off originally he was going to be a heavy with a light machine gun but with all the other gear that this gang/squad carry it was deemed over powered so Yoshi was turned into an assault specialist instead. Went for an almost Delta force look but changed some of the colours to represent the mixed uniforms that the state use. I'm quite pleased with how he turned out.

I plan on picking up a second set of the State just to convert with a head or weapon swap here or there. Squint I've noticed a few painting errors so will attempt to fix them before posting him Ironic that the one I screw up is the one that is named after me...........

Yoshi is on a one man war to rid the F-UK of Gangs and bandits, having witnessed the death of his close family in a Gang raid as a youth. The State protected and raised Yoshi, instilling in him and almost religious fervour and hatred for the Trade Guild, non-aligned towns and most of all, the Savages. Yoshi also despises the Inquisition, seeing them as questioning the might and authority of the Head of State.

Now a family man himself, Yoshi would stop at nothing to defend New Venice, seeing it as his home and castle, and the world which protects both he and his family.