Thursday, January 29, 2015

Warlord, Wild Bill Hickok and a Fish

I've been logging long hours at the painting table tying up loose ends and rushing projects to the tabletop.  As a result, today's drop is a bit eclectic.

Up first is Gripping Beast's Macbeth.  He's a giant of a man who serves as a hero for a Scottish warband in SAGA.  The 3rd photo down gives you some idea of how large this figure is.  Let's just say he was not impressed by the puny Wild Bill.


Wild Bill and the bank heist figures are for Dead Man's Hand.  I think Bill would be pleased with his sculpt, especially the long and lovely locks!

My dad found a ceramic fish at a yard sale over the summer,  Since it was badly worn, he asked me to repaint it.  It looked like an ideal project for an airbrush so I set it aside until I bought one. Six months later, I still don't have an airbrush so I gave it a go with my brush. I'm not used to working in 1 to 1 scale and the flat surfaces were a challenge. A green wash and a sepia wash helped hide my brushstrokes. I don't think taxidermists have to worry about me cutting into their painting business!

In the weeks ahead, my posts will be focused and fish free. Our ancients group is switching rules and I'm painting up two new 15mm ancients armies as part the changeup.  If I want to see our ancients group grow, I need to have spare armies to lend out or field at demos.  Seeing as how I sold off most of my ancients collection last year, I've got a bit of work to do!  

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  1. Some lovely additions to your collection! That MacBeth figure seems to be a real man mountain. Very nice work on the fur.
    The Wild West figures are great too. Love the chap with his hands up. Somehow this figure reminds me of the Lucky Luke comics. Especially when the Daltons entered a bank or store.

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    1. Thanks Moiterei! I had to look up Lucky Luke. Interesting, I'd never heard of it before.

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  2. Fantastic Warlord! I love also Wild West minis! Great work!

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    1. Thanks Michal, I do think Macbeth was the best of the lot!

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  3. the figures are excellent as usual Monty!
    the fish is exceptional, a very surprising commission ( the ransom of glory), a great start on this scale for you ;-)
    what is this new rule of ancient if I'm not too curious?
    have a nice paint in 15mm ;-)

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    1. It's funny Gilles. Once people know you're a painter, they think you can paint anything. Kind of flattering even if its far from true!

      I have a long story to tell, maybe in the next post. It ends with ADLG.

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    2. ADLG??????
      the worst of DBM with a pinch of stolen Field of Glory ruleset!
      half table, one quarter of figures in 200 points games, each base to survey and a micrometric gaming.
      I played some games at our club as sparing partner in ADLGV2 ( the Rocky syndrome;)) , the good side of this, is I really appreciated to return to FOGAM.
      let us know what you think of ADLG.

      take care.

      Gilles

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  4. Super work as always, and some very characterful figures in this lot. The fish looks great too :-)

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    1. Thanks Paul! I wish I could travel abroad and learn how to play in a tournament from you. Short of that, I'll just have to fake it this spring. ;-)

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  5. Macbeth is outstanding! Great work on your western quartet too. Touch up on a Trophy Fish? That entry surprised me!

    As for 15mm ancients gaming, what rules have you picked? Impetvs?

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    1. Jonathan, thanks! Everyone tried Impetus but for whatever reason, it didn't take. L'Art de la Guerre was recently published in English and they're taking some of the US FoG groups by storm. I'll post more on this later.

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  6. Lovely work on all of these diverse projects, Monty. Your dad should be well-pleased with the fish. The Doc figure reminds me of Wild Bill with the long hair. Macbeth should be larger than life too.

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    1. Dean! You are so right, it is Bill. I just am getting over a nasty winter bug and my cold meds have locked up my brain. Thanks for the save, sir.

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  7. "Is this a dagger I see before me?"

    "No, that's an axe."

    Lovely work as always Monty, especially those Western figs! I am planning on dabbling in some frontier-related matters myself this year, so I may well come to you for advice!

    And will we see more vintage point-of-sale material getting the restoration treatment? A good deal of money in that right now...

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    1. Evan! That would be awesome to see. The rule is to not touch up old stuff but this one was beat. And my dad asked so I had to break the rule. ;-)

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  8. Good work ! Doc Holliday is my prefered one!
    I think that you have done a good work on the fish too .

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    1. Thanks Sam, I appreciate it! I really do need to get an airbrush. I think it would have been ideal for the job.

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  9. Excellent work Monty! Great pose on that Macbeth figure and Doc Holiday looks really cool too!

    It's really a shame your group didn't take with Impetus. Some new amendments have just been added that improve the game. The rules apply to everyone, but Roman players would be happy as they were a little too weak before and reduced the warriors which were way too hard. I know your a warrior player so don't worry they are still very tough, but the new amendments give more balance. Impetus2 will be released this year or next so fingers crossed your group gives it a try.

    As to L' Art de Guerre I suspect the reason they like the game is the principle is the same of DBM/FOG in that units are micromanaged and army formats tighter. I prefer spice and some unpredictability in my gaming so that is probably why I like Impetus, HC and Sword and Spear where you have more freedom in the rules and in designing armies in terms of composition and basing.

    Anyhow I hope you do enjoy your experience with L'Art de Guerre, but if that doesn't work out try nudging them towards Impetus again.:-)

    Christopher

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    1. Forgot to say the Fish turned out great! Maybe another hobby?

      Christopher

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    2. Absolutely Christopher. I'll buy Impetus 2 when it comes out. Fingers crossed, I just want to see us transition to something new.

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  10. Macbeth is looking great Monty, love the pose and the paintjob, as well as your fantastic base! Wild West minis are great too, splendid colors and poses...The fish seems to be edible, but I'm not sure...

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    1. Thank you so much, Phil! I hope all is well this winter with you and yours.

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  11. Exellent paint work! Love the dark age hero, Greate with a dane axe!

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  12. That certainly is a great Macbeth figure, a great pose with a top paintjob!

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  13. Monty, that Macbeth mini certainly look the part! Very nice work on the Wild West minis as well. And yeah, the fish of course! :)

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  14. Lovely work as usual!

    Is the dagger on the back of MacBeth an addition from the plastic sets or part of the mini?

    Regarding the Fish... I looks top notch. I can see how hard it is to work at 1:1 scale so this only makes it more impressive!

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    1. Burkhard, thanks! The dagger is original. I like the figure but it is positively huge. He's a mountain of a man.

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