Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Some militia, a copper wielding warrior and some shiny new toys

Hello all, I had hoped to do another post before I went away with work for the Splore Music festival. Sadly it is only now that I have returned (with abandoned tents, sunglasses and other found goodies in toe) that I can show you the minis I finished just before I left. But even if this post is five days delayed good things come to those who wait and indeed upon my return I found that some shiny new toys had arrived before me. All will be revealed below.

Quite the mix, let me break it down for you.

So first up we have some Imex Pioneers. These have been in the works for donkey's years. They wear the old style of sculpted tricorne. Nowhere near as nice as the newer ones but naturally the new ones build off the experience of the past. These figures are very useful from stand ins of early Oronegrean settlers to militia, to bandits and more. Yes the hats may be a little innapropriate for certain time periods but they are also far too large so perhaps it was a particular fashion trend unique to Oronegro.

A trend you can see here which will apply to most of the figs. I have used lots of dark washes to bring out the folds in cloth and the smaller details. I am quite happy with the results.

Same figures from behind. As you can see muted colours for the most part. Quite a change from the bright and colourful uniforms I am working on elsewhere.

Probably not a sight you'd want to see.
 The next couple of figs are from other sets. The one on the left is from the Imex Alamo Defenders set and the one on the right from the Airfix Wagon Train set. Again both useful for Militia, bandits or other armed civilians. 

I was particularly happy with the man on the left. Yellow coat and white shirt really do highlight the dark skin tone I used for this figure. Plus what is there not to love about someone armed with a blunderbuss (except one aimed at you of course).

Same figures from behind. Not much to say here.
Now here comes a very interesting figure. I have painted native troops for Oronegro in the past. But this is the first time I have done so for my 18th century project (well perhaps calling it the pre-20th century project would be more accurate). This is a Hät Thracian warrior from my very first 1/72 scale project relating to Alexander the Great. Now those old figures will get a new lease on life as natives of Oronegro. Armed with copper weaponary (the tribes of Oronegro will have a variety of tools and weapons, some stone, others copper and bronze and perhaps rare primitive iron work) this particular fellow is the first of hopefully many.

To emphasise how special this guy is I decided to hold him while I took the photos.

Many people think that all native americans used stone weaponary which is far from true. The Inca for instance had many quite deadly bronze weapons. So this copper weaponary is very reasonable. Even for a setting such as Oronegro where many strange and wonderful things are possible.

I added two feathers to his head. Unfortunately the red tips is too close to the copper so it appears to blend ruining the effect. may change the tips to black or another colour.
Finally here are my new goodies. Bought from Hägen Miniatures  I am very excited to have some more metal figs. Here we see some fantast 18th century female infantry (Perhaps used as an Oronegrean equivalent to Bodstonia's Purple Roses). Next are a couple Dragones de Cuera who were the frontier troops of New Spain, an elite unite, very interesting troops for which I can't find much good information in English (I myself am reading about them from sources in Spanish). A very appropriate addition to the forces of Oronegro as well. Finally we have a British Napoleonic 9 pdr gun... which also came with another barrel I assume a 3 pdr? Anyway useful for my minis as it fits in with my existing Oronegrean artillery.

So very shiny! Oh the potential right here.
Well I hope you enjoyed my post for this fine day. No news on the figures I am sculpting I am afraid. Have been sculpting a little bit replacing some of the old style hats I made with newer ones. Also in be on the look out for more posts by me relating to new models. I am on a bit of a new years spree as it were snapping up what I can to paint at a future date. But that will all come later along with other painted minis to share with you all. So until then I wish you all a good day/night ::)

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Some sculpting... a work in progress post

Yes yes I know I do have a work in progress blog, well whoops I guess. I just wanted to show that I am indeed still working on some stuff. Indeed I am working on quite a bit of stuff. However, these are rather special so I thought why not make a post about them? I have some Oronegrean Cazadores as well as the two other figures I am currently sculpting. I hope you will enjoy them

Here they all are with an Airfix AWI American to compare for the Tricorns. I have used a variety of different styles to keep up the variety

Two of the figures have brimmed hats with one side turned up. I felt that the Cazadores (hunters) would have a little more variation than the standard Oronegrean infantry

Also with these shots you get a bit of a sense of where I live given the view from the balcony.

Another couple of figures have these tassled caps. I thought would be an interesting thing to have. Quite happy with how these turned out.

Sadly hat to switch to using a towel for the background as the camera was not cooperating.

Finally an update on the two figures I am sculptung. Not too much progress to report but I am getting the clothing done on one and I have got the base for the head on the other.

Still a lot of work to do but going well do far.
Well that is all for today. All going well I will have a post with some nice completed figs done by the end of the week. Can't make any guarentees though. However, where there is a will and all that. I hope you are all having a good day/night. ::)

Sunday, 27 January 2019

More Conquistadors and some sculpting

Hello everyone turns out I do have one last post for this month. It appears that a couple of conquistadors were somehow able to slip through my grasp and escape the photoshoot that happened last week. Well now I have found them they too have been told to scrub up and prepare for the photos. Much whining was had but finally they were compelled to pose nicely for the camera. In addition I have been trying my hand at scultping recently using a couple of techniques. One was one used by the manugacturer AB figures. For this I substituted the NZ made hobby putty Du Kit for Fimo, it didn't work so well and one leg broke so I decided to use a more traditional method for the remainder of the figure. Perhaps I need to experiment with the Du Kit a little moe. The other was based on an armature I had bought from Green Stuff World. I decided to sulpt a woman in this case mostly because I have so few woman figures plus it does give me a chance to practice sculpting flesh a bit which will be a useful skill to have once I transition to using wire based armatures which I hope to do if my efforts here prove successful. I hope you enjoy and please remember these are WIP those massive eye sockets will get filled. None of my usual commentary on these figures as I am someone rushed for time. Still I hope you enjoy this wee post of mine.

Well that is all for today I hope you like it. I am now off for a twelve hour shift at work. Wish me luck. And to you all I hope you have a good day/night.

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Oronegrean Conquistadors

Hello everyone today I have got something rather special, something for the very begining of Oronegro. These figures may also double as elite armoured troops for a later time period as Oronegro retained armoured troops for use in combat against native tribes or behind the main lines of infantry. The basic principal was that in situations where melee combat was likely to break out armoured troops would be superior to unarmoured troops. Certainly many of those who faced Oronegrean forces during the 18th century got a nasty surprise when these troops bushed their way to the front during a bayonet brawl.

These guys appear to be preparing to recieve the enemy. But what enemy? Native tribesmen? Pirate marauders? Something inhuman?

This figure I have shown off before. The first to be painted and all around one of my personal favourites. He is the officer of the group.

The pouch on the back may be for some supplies but perhaps he intends to fill it with gold stolen from native temples?

To more armoured soldiers. As can be seen there is no standardised uniform for these troops, something that was true for their entire existence.

The black and yellow man on the right was harder to paint than initially expected. Seems that the yellow paint refused to go on evenly despite my best efforts

I forgot that there was an even numer of figs so one special guy gets to be on his own. Although sadly the camera refused to focus for this pic.

The camera did focus for this picture however, the lighting doesn't really do this guy any favours though.

Two crossbowmen, the crossbow also continued to be used. Especially because of its silent nature which was quite useful when fighting native troops in the jungle or even against regular armies at night.

The guy in the tophat is one of the many Moorish settlers in Oronegro, although he appears to be dressed in red, white, and green so perhaps his loyalties really lie with Italy.

The gun however, was what truly terrified the native troops. These big and powerful guns are not to be messed with. Even in later times big rifled guns, often requiring stands, were issued to these troops in part due to the value of intimidation alone.

Hmmm perhaps more than one of these guys has questionable loyalty towards Oronegro.
Well that is all for today. I have a lot of work coming up (two rather large events that I will be cleaning at) so I won't be able to do much painting. But I am still chipping away at the little pile of figs on my desk (which is increadibly cluttered because of it). Hopefully I can get something out for you in a week or two but this will probably be the last post of this month. What a good way to start the year. I hope to be making many more posts in the months to come.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and I wish you all a good day/night. ::)

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Elves, guards and maiden

More fantasy figures although this time something a little more human. These elves come from the Caesar Miniatures set and as with the previous figures were purchased to play D&D with. These however were purchased at a different time along with a bunch of other fantasy sets so keep your eyes out for more wierd and wonderful things. These elves have been painted in a dark blue and grey colour scheme, I like to think of them as some form of guards wearing blue as opposed to other elves who would be more dressed for camouflage. I hope you enjoy.

Protecting the maiden as the makes the dangerous trip across this strange wooden plain.

Unfortunately I don't have access to fine thread for the bowstrings

The elves have an engraved pattern on their quivers. I was unable to make it out though so all the patterns are imrovised.

This guy is the only one with his hood up and perhaps he is shy?

Once again, no clue what that pattern was.

Something rather annoying about this figure is that the two ends of the bow are shaped differently. Something I could not correct.

The dark hair came out much better in the photo than I had expected.

This man has a sword out but no obvious scabard. I really should have added one in retrospect.

The dirt effect I did on these figures was a combination of dabbing paint on unevenly as well as a drybrush. I am quite pleased how it stands out against the dark blue.

Finally the maiden, I find her clothes too simple to be of a princess, I am already converting some of her sisters in the set, one into a warrior another will be more spendidly dressed.

Time to talk hair, this silvery white hair was very frustrating to achieve and it took be several attempts to finally get something I was happy with.
Well that is all for today. I also completed another fig today as part of a different group which may get some love in this blog in the near future depending of his counterparts are also finished. Will probably be a little while before the next post though due both to upcoming work (Fat Freddies Drop concert) and the fact that I don't have a nice group of models all close to completion. Still slowly chipping away at those Oronegrean figs, I promise I will post them one day. But until next time I wish you all a good day/night!