Painting WIP: Two headed Troll Sculpt

11 Feb

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So, I’m getting through loads of stuff paintwise, that needs doing, and this has been put off for ages. This is of course, my own two headed troll sculpt thats been waiting for a long time. You’ll have to excuse the shadow on many of these pics due to the lack of natural light and my ability to adjust my camera exposure to the correct levels, but I’ve tried, just so I can give you a look at how he’s progressing (and keep me on track with all my progress)

Spurred on by recent old-skool Grenadier troll, its given me a proper kick up the arse to get his buddies done, and Fnar-frag has been next in line.

He’s a big feller this troll (You’ll see when hes done compared to the rest of his folks) but as a personality within them, I really wanted him to stand out. When I sculpted him, it was intended that he’d fulfill a leadership role of some kind within this section of trolls, yet I think I might make him an army standard instead. The reason being that of the odd pose with his hand. Originally I was going to make a goblin puppet on wires that the corresponding side had been playing with. Just is that I constantly kept changing my mind about it, so having tried a few options out previously, I think now he’s going to get an appropriate sized standard instead, as theres still a lot of work to do with the figure until I’m happy with it. Of course, I’ll pop up more WIP as I go on, but for now this is as far as I am (as of this afternoon)

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The scheme I chose was a genestealer-ish one that would match the grenadier one (not that it does really, but most of my trolls are from different places, so for me its not really a problem) The intention is to paint up each unit in the troll army with a different colour scheme (grey stone trolls coming soon, and some greenies as well, just that I’m sick of painting stuff green lately) Theres loads of highlighting left to do on his scaly back, plus outlining and other bits. Like I said this is not a small figure, so with an added standard, etc, theres loads of hours work for me left.

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I think he’s ok how its gone in both sculpting and painting up, but I think the next ones I do will come out better each time. I think I could get fine in making trolls, so much in fact if there were any takers, I’d do a whole lot of other trolls in a range, multipart that is, all with interchangable heads and weapons, then you’d get some nice variety and combos. They wouldn’t be as big, but just as mean and cartoony. Realistic they aint never going to be, as what is the point? I like it anyway!

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I’ll be back later with some painted bits from my 15mm space orc army and no doubt more drivel….

 

Draxxon Army: Draxxon Power Armor

11 Feb

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I’ve added another addition to my own draxx army, this time its a repurposed Zoids mini-diorama model done in matching colours to my draxx forces. This model I got for a song off ebay quite a while ago. It’s not one of the expensive model kits, nor the old ones from yesteryear, this one is slightly bigger than the largest draxx model, so it’s a good fit.

What was a bit of a bastard was the rubbery vinyl plastic this “diorama” piece was made from, which made preparation and painting more a chore, but it worked out ok in the end (I think) It did have extra bits of scenics, broken and bent girders from destroying something before posing, but I left them out for a more clear view of the mech/bot itself.

Next up will be some of my own grinning skull Miniatures Mutant Reptiloids too add to the mix, while they aren’t the nicest of figures I’ve done, they still match up in style and add much needed heavy firepower to my force (more on them later.

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Remember, if your after getting some draxx for yourself, they can be found at wargames supply dump here.

laters!

Marvel fans rejoice!! Spiderman joins the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe!)

11 Feb

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Good news for Marvel fans, is that finally Spidey is getting involved in the mighty MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

If you remember the email leaks from the recent Sony hack, it was said that Both Marvel/Disney and Sony were in talks to get together to do a deal on using him in the same movies as the avengers and their other properties. (Which always has been a little strange since Marvel own Spiderman, yet years ago pre Disney buyout, forwent their rights to making  films about him)

It looks like his first outing will probably be in the next captain America movie: Civil War (in which he plays a big role in the comics continuity) Will this forge a way to their other characters that the rights are owned by other studios to make a crossover?, such as the X-men lot and the F4 (rights owned by Fox) Given that even Sony had a sort of agreement with Fox to show each others trailers during the recent Days of Future past and The ill fated, Amazing Spiderman 2, I think the likelyhood for this mashup will occur. (Well, again its not really a mashup if your a comic fan, Marvel characters tend to star in each others storylines on a regular basis!)

Tis’ a shame that Andrew Garfield probably won’t be reprising his role, but I’m sure it won’t matter too much (I preferred Toby anyway) and were told that there won’t be another reboot with the origins (yawn)

I, as loads of other Marvel fans welcome this news as what we’ve wanted for a long time. Spidey has fought alongside the avengers a heap of times, so it’s about time the execs from both companies have agreed on this deal, which might not have happened if the last Spidey film had done well. (Did you see the last one? piss poor!) I hope that Fox has the same good sense to follow suit and help develop a bigger and more complex MCU with all sorts of heroes and villains turning up in the features.

Even with the DC universe on screen making a debut with the Superman vs Batman movie soon, There’s no way DC will ever top this. Ever. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it batfans! (Seriously though, I actually like both batman and superman movies, so I’ll be watching all of them anyway! Quite partial to the Gotham series too…)

Nuff said true believers!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-31356142

Troll Tribe: Old School Grenadier War Troll.

5 Feb

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I’ve been turning my hand back to painting up stuff from my lead pile of late, and thought it was about time to start up another unit. Since this old Fantasy Warriors Troll was already undercoated and pre prepared, I thought I might as well get around to it. My trolls are a mixed bunch, but I sort of like the random mix of styles they are made up from. I think he’s missing a shield, but don’t think he needs one to be honest, since none of my others have them either.

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This time I’ve opted for a purple skin tone, pale tones not heavy deep purples, topped with a mop of green scraggly hair. Sort of like “The Joker” colours I thought after they had gone on, but at least this next unit will contrast with my other lot (they are quite bright blue) and since I have a set of what I think will have to be stone trolls in grey, the tones in this unit will match up in similar shades.

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You’ll also notice that these lot are going to have tattoos, something the others don’t (but my giant does) so again, there will be a tie into the rest. of course I’ve got my own sculpt two headed troll leader to go with him next, and two quite nice forest trolls from CP models. I even have a smaller metal two headed troll to act as the leaders son, but when I got it, it really was subpar compared to the rest, and a little too small to fit, but I might end up adapting him somewhat before he gets into the tribe! My son has a nice big plastic D&D troll out of the drizzt boardgame, so I might have to make him an offer and add it to my boyos. I had this idea a long time ago to create two sides to fight in a giant wars type setting for a game, one side trolls, the other giants, so that’s where I’m heading with this. (just have one giant so far..)

Next troll up will be the ettin leader, which I just need to add a weapon, not sure what exactly, but I think I have a big sword in my spares box that’ll fit.

Back later with more painted bits….

The Star Wars-Games Workshop Mashup? Is there any truth to the rumour?

4 Feb

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If you haven’t been living in a cave on Dagobah for the last year or so, you’ll know that Disney/Lucasfilm movie machine is now kicked into gear. The Force Awakens (also known as Episode VII) is set for a 15th of December 2015 release at the cinemas. Great news for Star Wars fans, eager to see the continuing adventures of Luke, and his space chums, even better news for Wargamers if the hushed rumours on the net end up being true.

I’ve been hearing bits about the possibility of Games Workshop getting the license to produce a miniature wargame about said franchise. So how much truth is there to the myth?

West End Games' Star Wars Miniatures Battles game.

West End Games’ Star Wars Miniatures Battles game.

I think if it happened, it would lure me back (even at their prices) as well as a lot of others too. I can imagine some pretty nice tasty miniatures coming out, even just from a collectors view they’d get loads of sales. I’m not saying it’s not been done before, remember back in the day WEGs skirmish game and the excellent 25mm Grenadier miniatures (plus Fantasy Flights X-Wing & Imperial assault, WOTCs collectable mini game too) but I do think GW would make some lovely stuff for it. They’d probably use their usual rules no doubt, or some iteration of, but that’s GW for you.

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With Disney now the proud owners of all things SW, lets remember that they invested over £4 Billion, money they will want returns on. A lot of that cash will come from licencing the shit out of the franchise, so you’ll end up seeing literally everything you can stick a logo on, being branded with Star Wars. From what I’ve read, there will be so much new official movies, TV, cartoons, comics, books and games adding to the canon, it seems they have huge plans to milk the fuck out of it, every last drop from chewbaccas tit (so to speak)

So, yeah, I’ve heard bits about there was some possibility of GW getting a license, but it all seems to be hush hush. I know that from time to time, people from GW pass this way, so they are quite welcome to get in touch with me (confidentially if need be) and send me a little tidbit of info, in fact if anyone could corroborate this rumour, I’d be happy to know. I know I can get on the hate wagon for GW sometimes, but it’s just the GW of today is not the GW we have now (blah, blah blah, back in the 80’s etc etc…) I would show some love for them if this is true (although I’m not putting any stock into it) I’d also cream my pants if it were to be released in 15mm….

Kylo Ren and his controversial lightsaber.

The Force Awakens Kylo Ren and his controversial lightsaber.

Say, even if they did, the success of the new movie would directly affect the success of the game. There’s no guarantee that Episode 7 will be any good. Sure it’s got the oldies (I think I’m ok with Luke doing the Jedi master obi wan thing, but the others meh…) but it might end up being panned for not living up to the hype, I don’t think that’d do a potential GW game too good. Still, it is Star Wars (It’s a game of swings and roundabouts) but we’re going to have to see what JJ Abrams can do.

As ever, if you have something to add on this subject, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it, or if you actually know anything for sure, please get in touch via the comments section here or via the contact page.

May the Force be with you!!

 

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