Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Last of 2013 Christmas Orders: 120mm German Cavalryman

The last order we needed to get ready for Christmas was a 120mm German SS cavalryman. The kit was from Verlinden and when we opened it up there were several pieces missing. I contacted the company but they said the kit was out of production and there was no way to replace the pieces. We made a decision to try sculpting a couple of the missing pieces.

Allison and I both worked on the figure. I did most of the assembly, priming, and base coating. I also worked on the horse and the camouflage.  Allison worked on the flesh and attaching the pieces to the base, the leather, and eyes. In addition she sculpted the missing pieces.

As an upper level kit you were expected to scrath-build the reins, feed bag strap, and a couple of the belts for the saddle as well. They have included a tiny piece of foil to do so with but it was a joke; there was maybe enough material to make the two belts for the saddle and that was about it. I had to scrounge around for some thicker foil to make the other bits out of.

 This last pic to to show the scale of the piece. At 1200mm it is considerably larger than we usually deal with. The smaller figure in the picture is a 28mm Reaper and it shows just how much larger the cavalryman is.

In all I'm pleased with how the piece turned out. Now I just have to figure out a way to pack it up to ship it safely to the customer!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Warhammer 40K Space Marines Blood Angels

Some pictures of a small 40K commission: Blood Angels Assault Marines. These were painted and based to match a trooper the client had sent. That's always a tough thing to do since styles may vary widely. It wasn't too bad on this project though once I came up with a plan:

I'm pleased with the way they came out. They match the figure sent pretty closely. The red came out nice a vibrant really catching the eye.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

28mm Samurai for Ronin

Here's the third installment of our stuck in the Orient painting projects. This time they are some 28mm Samurai from North Star for the Osprey Ronin game. Again this is Allison's talented work as I was busy cleaning figs and basing projects.

Bushi Buntai

Bandit Buntai

Overall very nice figures with minimal cleanup.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Two Bushido Bands: Savage Wave and Cult of Yurei

Here's another of the Oriental themed projects that have been making their way through the shop lately. This is the first installment of a large Bushido project.

Bushido is a skirmish game produced by GCT Studios with a strong emphasis on Japanese mythology. The figures are metal, and the assemebly can be a pain in the rear, but the quality and detail of the figures is top-notch. They paint up beautifully with great detail and character.

The Savage Wave

Cult of Yurei

We have a bunch more of these to do to complete this project. There's three more bands to add and I'm sure some additional figures will make their way into this order.