Monday, November 26, 2018

Dirt Cheap Portable Gaming Tiles


 In an ideal world, I have my own gaming room, complete with carefully crafted terrain boards for any game, be it pulp adventures in the jungle or the surface of an alien moon. Of course, the terrain boards would  be covered with masterly painted buildings, handcrafted trees of the highest order, and each miniature would be an award winning masterpiece.
Instead, I have a cramped workroom cluttered with the needs of domestic life.
As I work on my projects, I trip over stored fans, a vacuum cleaner, and the all the odds and ends that find no other place in my home. Which means that I need a terrain system that can be packed up and put away when the gaming room needs to become a work room.
In my never ending quest for cheap wargaming stuff, I came across these cork boards at the local 'El Cheapo' Mart.
I quickly mixed some sand with some dark brown paint and go to work.
Then it was simply dry brush in lighter shades of brown and flock.
The seems where they join can be a bit distracting but if you throw enough terrain on them, the gaps get covered. Not bad for 5 dollars.
I also found this carpeted version, which I snagged to see if I can make instant fields and grass.
On a side note, during my trip to the dollar store, I snagged this dinosaur for my lizardman army and to teach myself how to sculpt with greenstuff.
Thanks for reading.



Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Tales of Procrastia: A New Alliance

The Necromancer sends forth his skeleton minions into the village of Procrastia to test their defenses.
Thinking the skeletons a weak  attack, Curtis the Reeve orders his small band of peasants to attack.
Outnumbering the skeletons, the peasants of Procrastia rush into battle.
Victory is nearly at hand, save for Curtis the Reeve's fatal mistake.
Lured by the taste of man-flesh, a tribe of lizardmen has joined forces with the Necromancer.
Outnumbered and outmatched, the peasants of Procrastia fall to the lizardmen's ferocity.
Curtis the Reeve flees the battle, abandoning the peasants to their fate. He must tell his lord of this alliance between lizardmen and the necromancer.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Back From the Dead


Sometimes, the dead come back.
After a long, lazy blogging hiatus, I humbly present my skeleton pals.
Made by Caesar Miniatures and getting harder to come by (grab if you can, because you never know when you'll need skulls and bones!)
I painted them in a gritty, rusted style....a breeze to paint!
I only painted the warriors in the pack. I still have archers and robed skeletons to tackle.
These skeletons will form part of an undead retinue for playing Dragon Rampant. Their first opponent will be the peasants of Procrastia if they ever show up...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

1/72 Zombie Horde Project Part II (Conversions)

The cool part about 1/72 miniatures is that you get to slice them, dice them, remove their heads, and convert them to your hearts content. What's cool about 1/72 zombies is that your mistakes actually make them look better. The Zombie horde project continues with a slew of conversion from the Caesar and Dark Alliance sets.
Please forgive the half painted pictures....this post is about conversions, bub!
Big Boned Ladies

Big Boned Lads

Evening Dress Lasses

Business Men

Grunge Types

Dudes in Suits

Creepy Kids

More Creepy Kids

Still Life with Creepy Kids

Undead Ladies

Zombie Cops

Zed Nurses and Waitresses

Yet More Creepy Kids

Dead Doctors and Scientists

Undead Teenagers

The Random Dead
Dudes of the Dead

Dead Guys
Crawlers

Side View of Crawlers
The painting table is infested with the living dead. Which means that I have my work cut out for me. Until the next post, thanks for looking.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

1/72 Scale Zombie Horde Project (Part I)

The trouble with zombies is that there is never just one. A solitary zombie is just lame, destined to be ignored by survivors as not worth the effort. I painted 5 Elheim rotters ages back and they've been wandering aimlessly about the workbench ever since. I suspect that the other inhabitants of my workbench simply thought them a nuisance. That it, until today.
With the arrival of a pack of Caesar and Dark Alliance zombies, the zombie apocalypse has begun!
The Zombie Horde assembles for review.
Once I had based one of each zombie from both boxes, I decided to try my hand at converting the rest. I mixed and matched heads, torsos, and limbs from both sets to make each zombie in the horde different.
At the moment, they are all in different stages of basing and painting, but that is the subject for a later post. Here are a few conversions from the Caesar Zombies Set
original in the center

original on the left

original on the left

original in the center

original in the center
In total, there are more than 100 zombies to paint. Let's see if I can stay on target.
As always, thanks for reading.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tumbling Dice Medieval Peasant Levy

If you are looking to buy from Tumbling Dice and hesitant to do so because of the lack of pictures, I hope that these pictures help you in making a decision. Here are the contents of the Medieval Peasant Levy pack FE 21. Like the City Militia Spearmen (Previous Post), they match well with 1/72 plastics. Sorry that there are no comparison shots this time, but if you read the last post, you'll get a good idea of their size in relation to plastic manufacturers. 
8 to a pack

Match well with the City Militia

Peasant Weapons!
That's that!