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!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tumbling Dice Medieval Figure Comparison

I recently bought a few packs of 1/72 Scale Tumbling Dice Medieval figures. Because it is so hard to find pictures of their miniatures, I decided to snap a few pictures. Here is the City Militia Spearmen (Pack FE 22). There are 8 figures in a pack and they all come with kite shields.
I forgot to take a photo of the shields but they look like shields....
Here are the comparison shots with a few different manufacturers.
Tumbling Dice and Zvezda Knight and Peasant
Tumbling Dice with Zvezda and Airfix Robin Hood Figures
Tumbling Dice and Accurate 100 Years War Figures
I think that they blend nicely with all the figures. I'm not a stickler for exact size accuracy when it comes to my toys so, all in all, a good purchase.
Next up, Airfix Robin Hood vs. Tumbling Dice Robin Hood...
As always, thanks for reading.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Miniart Goods Shed

I finally finished the Miniart Goods Shed that has been sitting on my workbench for months. It is a decent kit that will be used for a few wargaming projects, namely zombies, pulp adventure, and post apocalypse. I thought it would be a good test subject for me to try my hand at using weathering pigments. Being a complete noob, I had an eerie feeling that I would mess it up big time. For once, I was wrong.
Before adding weathering pigments
weathering begins...
and continues
and continues
and continues
Using weathering pigments wasn't as bad as I thought. I sort of overdid it on the roof but I was able to layer pigment over the pigment to mask the excessive dusty look.
I definitely overdid it!
But it looks better than just a paint job.
Some half painted militia enter the biohazard zone.
They will be done once I figure out how to paint camo.
A good ol' boy takes a shot at a zombie.
Weathering with pigments wasn't as bad as I feared, though I did overdo it. As is, the building is good enough for gaming but I would like to work more on the rust effect. Next time, I'll practice using weathering pigments in a more subtle way. This will be the next test subject.
Miniart Administrative Building
As always, thanks for reading.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Miniart Castle (Part 3: The Kitbash Keep)

Recently, the Miniart Castle project has returned to the workbench to begin the dreaded roofing for the keep. Honestly, the thought of cutting a kerbillion shingles for the keep has kept me from progressing further. With the first coat painted, it was time to start roofing. I started by laying out the beams using plastic and matchsticks.

This was the easy part. This was quick and easy and gave a better idea of how the keep will eventually look.

Then, I began the laborious process of cutting the roof tiles. It is dull and time-consuming, but worth it in the end.

So, it has been a week of cutting and gluing.

As you can see from the Zvezda peasant leader, the keep is quite big.
Now back to roofing.
As always, thanks for reading.