Friday, February 10, 2017

Behold a Beholder!

This is another figure from Black Tree Design.  It was fun to paint something different from colonials or WW2.


Thanks for looking.

Justin

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Hey! My eyes are down here!

To piggyback on the last post, I forgot to show the pictures of the halflings and a Satyr that I finished...






All figures from Black Tree Design.

Thanks for looking.
Justin

Monday, February 6, 2017

Finally got around to take some pictures

Hello everyone.  I've been busy painting away in my limited spare time and finally painted the bases on a lot of figures.  I finished some WW2 figures and some fantasy figures for Black Tree Design.  I still get all jazzed about painting figures for someone else.  I also finished a 20 man unit of Zanzibar slavers for come colonial action.  I also received the balance of my Christmas present for Wargames Foundry.  I have enough figures for another 20 man unit of Zanzibar slavers, 10 Baluchi swordsmen, and some command figures.  A 20 man unit of explorer Askari, some porters, a 20 man unit of British Askari, enough Sikhs to bump my current unit up to 20 men, plus some officers.  This on top of the previous order from Black Tree and some plastic dark age/medieval/frostgrave sprues has bumped my lead and plastic mountain way into the stratosphere.  Anyway, onto the pictures.




These are a combination of Perry Sudanese, Wargames Factory Persians and Numidians, with Perry Zouave arms and heads.  I know that the slavers around this time had varying skin tones from very dark African black to "Arab", but I wanted to practice painting some Arab like skin tones.  So this particular group of slavers have recently arrived in the area and have not been "in country".

Next are some WW2 Germans and Soviets.




These guys were fun to paint.  I always told myself that if I was to ever paint WW2 Germans then I was going to buy some Vallejo paints.  I have to say, I really like those paints.  All of these figures are from Black Tree Design.

Back to the painting table for me.  I'm prepping some of those Wargames Foundry figures.
Thanks for looking.  Any C&C is welcome.

Justin

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Has it been 8 months?!

Man, time flies when you're having fun! ... super busy!  While I haven't been posting here I have not been idle.  At the beginning of the year I found out that my wife and I were going to have another child.  This would make 2 for us and since we live in a 3 bedroom house I was told that my painting/ computer/ all around hobby safe zone room was going bye bye.  Everything in the room was packed up and relocated to other parts of the house.  My very loving and caring wife then took pity on me and told me that I could "have" one of the front rooms as a painting area so long as I keep it presentable and clean.  This room also doubles as the computer room and secondary TV room.   I was told that this could be my Fortress of Solitude, but my oldest daughter likes to watch TV in here so this is where the family hangs out most of the time.  I then set out to make a new painting table/ computer table that would fit my needs on top of getting the nursery ready.  During this time I was getting a small amount of painting done.  I finished some figures for Black Tree Design, but nothing really for me.
Then on Aug 9, 2016, all painting and anything hobby related stopped.  The Buck household got bigger by one, Emily Elaine Buck came into the world.  To celebrate, a military parade was held in her honor.  

The computer sits on the left and my painting area is the center and right side of the table.





I had to move the display cabinet and had to take all the figures out.  Sorry for the blury pictures, they were taken with my phone in less than ideal lighting.  
Over the next few months I started to get back into the swing of things again.  I painted some Napoleonic British and French, some WW2 Russian partisans, and some Vikings.








I've recently got back into Colonial wargaming thanks to the Congo rules.  Right now I have some Perry Miniature Sudanese that have been converted to Zanzibar slavers on my painting table.  My lead mountain continues to grow.  When Black Tree had a 50% off sale I could not help myself and placed a large order.  I got some Normans for my fantasy/crusade army, some dwarves, a 20 man unit of Zulus, and a lot of Greeks for my Argonauts to fight.  I also bought some Darkest Africa figures from Foundry to round out my slaver force.  
Christmas was also great for me too!  I received some Perry Hussars for my colonial British, and I was told that I had more Darkest Africa figures on the way!  I got 3 books from Osprey and 2 books on battles in the Victorian Age.  Now I just need some time to paint!
Hopefully I can keep this blog updated more often, but the sad truth is that this is the first thing to be cut when free time is at a minimum.  

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Thunderbolt Mountain Elves

I've been on the look out for some elves to add to my growing fantasy/ early medieval setting.  Now that I think about it, this all started when I bought some Black Tree Design crusaders...then orcs/goblins...then more crusaders...then more orcs.   Now I have a large orc/goblin hoard, a large human/crusader army, cultists, skaven, beastmen, dwarves, and now elves.  Man this is a slippery slope!
But back to the topic.  I recently re-stumbled onto Thunderbolt Mountain and fell in love with their elves.  They look what I think elves should look like.  Almost human like but definitely not human.  They have an otherworldly look to them.  Well not too long ago I made the big jump and ordered some of them.  I wanted them to represent a young lord or two with their followers going on an adventure.
They are very well sculpted figures and have a crazy amount of detail.  The people at Thunderbolt Mountain are supper nice.  They gave me a free figure with my order as a thank you, which was an unexpected surprise!  When I noticed that there were two figures missing from my order they sent the missing figures and before the week was out I had them.  I only wish that they were making some more elves as I would definitely but them.  Now that I think about it, those orcs might be fun to paint too...
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Black Tree Design, Thunderbolt Mountain, Frostgrave/GW mix

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Orcs and Lizardmen

I just finished painting some Black Tree Design Orcs and Lizardmen.  They are from their old line that they are thinking of bringing back.  Both were fun to paint.  I liked that the orcs did not seem like stupid animals.  They are wearing some heavy armor.  The lizardmen reminded me of the old 3rd edition, I think, GW lizardmen.










Friday, March 25, 2016

Retainers

Just finished the bases of some men-at-arms and bowmen.  They are from Black Tree Designs and are some nice figures.  They are from their 2nd Crusade line except for the swords man who is from the 100 years war line.  Since I plan on using them in a fantasy setting I've added some baggage/knives/food to their belts.  I plan on having all my knights for this project have a small group of retainers with them.  That way I can group all the spearmen/ bowmen/ swordmen together into units if I want to fight bigger battles or have them fight with their lord in a small skirmish.

Let me know what you think.












Thanks for looking,

Justin