Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Do you think he'll notice?

I spent a couple of hours this morning starting on composition and conversion of my idea for the Diorama of Doom competition being run by the Forum of Doom.

The title of the piece will be "Do you think he'll notice?" and I'm showing some of the modeling and conversion steps.

Apologies for the worse than usual pictures, I don't have my camera at the moment so am taking these pictures with my phone - hardly ideal! It seems to suffer particularly on the glare on the white plastic.

Sharp eyed readers amongst you will notice that there is a headless grymn in the final picture; he's just standing-in for the Grymn Pilot figure not yet released by Hasslefree games. (Fingers crossed!)

There is another major element of the diorama that will sit in the foreground but i need to scratch build it. No, I wont tell you what it is, that would spoil the surprise...

Next job is to sort out the Landing gear as the 'copter is sat on its underbelly at the moment.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Creating a Grymn Force XIV

Well... this doesn't have to be just a grymn force post, but this is what I'm considering using this product for.

I just saw these over on Table Top Gaming News and here at TMP (note the TMP discussion suggests other common base sizes are coming soon!

I've often looked at Litko Aerosystems products but never bought any as I then find someone on this side of the atlantic that does something similar. But these look like just the things to base my 5 man companies of Grymn on as movement/ storage/display bases!

Friday, 26 June 2009

Ceating a Grymn Force XIII

It has been a while since I posted anything Grymn on here, and in truth this project has been pushed to the back of the queue recently.

Anyway I was sorting out the mass of figures on my painting desk and decided to get them back together and based in an effort to make some progress.

Wow, where did all that lot come from? I honestly only picked up a few of these for some skirmish forces and now look... 59 and counting. (that damned Kev White at Hasslefree Miniatures keeps tempting me with more Grymn figures on his WIP page... the tease!)

Anyway I spent a chunk of the day basing them. They've all had a small magnet inserted under the base, and the hollow of the base filled with epoxy sculpt. I prefer to do this as I use steel drawers or steel liners for storage and transport, and I like the extra weight and 'heft' of the putty. It takes a little while but its one of those boring repetitive jobs that stops you thinking about how many unpainted miniatures you have.

The putty is blue for a two very good reasons ...
  1. It comes in many colours.
  2. I was bored with green.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Diorama of Doom IV

It's been a long time since I added anything to this blog; Partly because I've not done much modelling, painting or gaming this year. I was made redundant in October 08 and am still unemployed so my efforts are elsewhere.

However in a bid to save my sanity I am going to try and post more often and dedicate some time to my hobbies.

I wont promise more posts, or that i'll actually find my paintbrushes, but the intention is there. To motivate me I have decided to enter the Diorama of Doom IV (DoD IV) modelling and painting competition run on the Forum of Doom (FoD) by the combined companies of Heresy, Hasslefree, Black Scorpion and Eolith Miniatures (nee Spyglass).

It'll come as no surprise to readers of the FoD that my entry has a somewhat Grymn bent. Competition rules preclude me from posting finished pictures, but require me to post pictures of the starting figures and encourage posting of pictures showing conversion and modelling undertaken.

My starting figures are -
  • The pre-production Grymn attack craft that Hasslefree kindly sent me prior to release.
  • Heresy's HSF 004 - Adams
  • Heresy's HSF 008 - Inspector #1 Bob Jones
  • Hasslefree's Grymn Pilot WIP.
For extra brownie points the rules state that resin scenery can be used but they'd prefer it to be from one of their friends/partner companies Antenociti's Workshop, or Fenris Games. So i'll point out that the attack craft was originally designed and cast by Jed @ Antenociti's and the base featured in the picture below is an 80mm lipped base from Fenris.

I also need one of the Grymn pilot figures that Kev White from Hasslefree has as a WIP... so i am crossing my fingers that it'll be on general release in time for me to include it in my diorama.

Don't let me down Kev!!!