Snotty snotlings

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I mentioned that I’ve been working on some snotlings lately. Sadly I have only made very little progress and only one base is finished so far. These vintage 80’s snotlings are such a joy to work with. I really like the zany chaps who clearly carry the hallmark of Kevin Adams. But I was surprised how much work they seem to demand. I thought these mostly quite simple models would be a fast paint job and to a certain extent they are, but they still take far longer to finish than expected. This also explains my slow progress on the three remaining bases.

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The next three bases also have the stepped base you see here. Normally I’m not particularly fond of ‘high’ bases elevating the model, but in this case I wanted to give a better view on the individual snotling.  Overall I’m quite pleased with the result, although I still debate myself if I should give their lower lip the traditional purple colour or not.  Perhaps I’ll just add it on some of them.

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My favorite mini in this chaotic lot is the ‘shaman’ with the dirty red hat holding a skull staff in one hand of clutching his fist on the other hand in concentration. He’s a really fine piece full of character and imagination.

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Any thoughts?

Cheers

Martin

Hitchin’ a ride

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This Saturday I’m hosting a small game of joyous Oldhammer and I’m very excited about it. Sadly I did not manage to finish all the snotlings I had planned to paint for the occasion but that is life for you – always interfering with your all-important painting projects. I did finish one base with the small fellas and I’ll show them to you in a few days – perhaps even with some shots from the game.

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What I want to share with you here is a cart I finished for the game. It’s going to be the centerpiece of the battle. The cart is from the Perry Twins and a fine model if perhaps a bit dull, but very useful for scenario purposes. Something, I think, you can say about quite a lot of the minis from Perry Miniatures.

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In our scenario the cart is transporting the dwarf prisoner Suben Blackmontain who has been beaten to a pulp by his captor’s henchmen. For good measure I have here included a few shots with Suben on the cart. It is now up to the manic Goblin leader Nazgob to see if he can capture the dwarf before the Robber baron Alban von Edelhahn slips away with the precious cargo.

Well, that’s all for now. I’ll be back soon with a few pics of snotlings. Stay tuned

Cheers Martin

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Suben Blackmountain stirred in his rest just before sunset

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In roughly two weeks I’ll be hosting a small game of Oldhammer. In the scenario the devious robber baron Alban von Edelhahn is returning to his estates with Suben Blackmountain – a dwarf hostage he plans to sell for a nice, big ransom. However, on their way back Alban and his retinue is attacked by Nazgob – a minor, equally devious, goblin chief who is on the prowl with some of his goblin and snotling warriors.

I needed a mini to represent Suben Blackmountain and this gave me a chance to paint a resting dwarf I’ve had in my leadpile for a while. Actually I’m not entirely sure what the deal is with this dwarf. He may be a casualty but he rather looks like a resting dwarf stirred in his sleep. Hence the name for the small scenic shot here.

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I’ll be back soon with snotlings galore!

 

Cheers

Mixed gobbos for your pleasure

It’s been a while. I’ve been swamped with work and only found time to do some short paint sessions since the beginning of the month. Sadly this appears to continue at least for another few weeks, but I’ll probably be able to fit in some occasional painting. At least that’s what I hope. I have 18 eager snotlings awaiting my brush on the workbench, but more about them in a later post.

Here you see what I have almost finished. Five gobbos – the oldest is the little fella in the middle. A so-called Lesser Night Goblin sculpted by the Perry twins around 1983. I have quite a few of those in the leadpile and I for some reason really like these gnomish goblins. They are quite different from the Citadel goblins we came to know from the mid-80’s but their minute appearance certainly is charming and I would really like to do something more with these lesser goblins.

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Then you see three goblins from around 1987. The one with the shield and the chap holding a spear are excellent sculpts while the one with the bow is suffering from some awkward details and a slightly, unintentionally deformed face. He looks good from a distance but the sculpting doesn’t really hold up to closer inspection.

Finally the one on the far right is a Crooked Claw Goblin. A decent mini, although the body perhaps is a bit too rotund or trunk-like, but nothing which should keep you from getting one yourself.

There is not much to say about the paintwork. The skin turned out slightly lighter than intended but that’s how it goes with my greenskins. They seem to end up a bit different each time, which is probably because I don’t really have a preferred method to do the green skin. I added some poppie-like flowers to two of the bases.

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As you can see I still need to finish the bases but that’s the easy part and something which I even might do tonight.

Cheers

 

The last monks (honestly!)

This weekend we finally played Marktag Bloody Marktag and as the amateur I am, I of course forgot to bring my camera. I took some photos with my phone but they ended very random and of poor quality. Alas, what turned out to be a quite fun endeavor was left undocumented. Oh well. I’ll try to do something with the pics I did take and probably make some sort of proper presentation of the scenario at a later stage. Right now I need to digest the whole thing for a while.

But let me tell you this, the monks of St Gotthard never saw what hit them. The undead force attacking the monastery came crawling through the dusk and took the poor monks and their guests by complete surprise. They never managed to organize their defenses and the skeletons and ghouls attacking thus ploughed through their opponents, setting fire to buildings and spreading fear. It was quite cool actually, although Rasmus playing the monks gradually lost any hope of repelling the attack.

After last weekend I haven’t touched a brush but my appetite for new projects is already slowly returning.   However, here you see the five last monks I finished before leaving. If you have been following these posts you’ll probably know the drill. The colours are the same and the manufacturers are also more or less so. From left to right you see a monk from Black Tree Design, an old Metal Magic monk, One of Foundry’s “jolly monks”, and the next one is another fella from Black Tree. Finally we have a cleric from Citadel. Frankly I’m not sure if this is a man or woman. I always assumed it was a woman and in our scenario we used her as the nun Ulrike Herberiner. Nevertheless while painting the mini I started to wonder if this indeed is a woman. It could easily be a slightly feminine chap. Well, she/he is a nice mini although the use of crosses in fantasy settings always seems slightly odd.

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Any thoughts on the monks (and nun/cleric?)?

Up next on my workbench is this lot of fierce, delightful goblins. A nice mix of old, very old and very recent minis. This is going to be a nice change of pace after having painted monks and adventurers these last two months.

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Cheers and good times

Martin

 

 

No bats in the belfry

I’m off Oldhammering tomorrow where we’ll be playing the scenario Marktag Blody Marktag I’ve been babbling about for some time. All the preparations are now done, all the minis I had planned to paint are painted and the scenery built.

What you see here is the three pieces of wall I already presented in a previous post but now painted. They have the same brownish colour as the shrine and the belfry. Concerning the belfry I was arguing for some time with my self whether it should be possible or not to put minis on the top floor and I finally decided against it in order to keep it simple and reduce the size of the thing.

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All of it is made from Styrofoam, as you can see below somewhere. Although somewhat less hurly-burly I was still aiming for a battered, almost ruinous look of both walls and tower.

All in all it has been quite a fun project to work on.

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Stay tuned for some pics from the event next week.

Cheers

A bunch of fantasy characters

I finished a batch of vintage goodness this week. Two wizards, a gypsy and a halfling all produced by Citadel and furthermore a Marauder elf.

I really like both wizards, especially the one in green. I have painted this mini three or four times over the years and this time I went back and used my first colour scheme from way back. The other wizard, the one holding a bird, is also very nice, although I must confess to having no idea what bird he’s holding. He has a glove on his hand, indicating some sort of bird of prey, but the bird’s beak looks like something on a water fowl – a duck perhaps! It’s very likely a joke that went over my head. Anyway, I ended up painting it in crow colours.

Then we have the very politically incorrect gypsy with the shifty look and a short sword hidden on his back. I love it! His face is slightly distorted but it still has a lot of character. The mini is perhaps not a masterpiece but still incredibly cool.

Then we have the Halfling – or should I say Hobbit. It’s Merry from the Fellowship of the Ring set released in 1985. A nice little fellow and great fun to paint.

The last mini is the Marauder elf. A slightly boring sculpt which I choose because I need an elf and he was at the top of my pile of unpainted elves. The face of the mini is also skewed or contorted, which adds to me slight irritation with the mini.

Absalom Herlich - wizard and sage

Absalom Herlich – wizard and sage

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Bela Ustapur - thief and adventurer

Bela Ustapur – thief and adventurer

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Luthviel - outcast and loner

Luthviel – outcast and loner

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The halfling Jeremias Halla

The halfling Jeremias Halla

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Gabor von Stefansberg - diplomat, spy and libertine

Gabor von Stefansberg – diplomat, spy and libertine

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