Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bones Kickstarter

The Reaper Bones Kickstarter is over.  I'm pretty excited about being part of this. The final count is something like 224 models for the $100 pledge, plus options to get some nice stuff at really low prices.  The amazing thing, for me, is that there's not a single model in the package that I can't think of a use for! I updated the graphic on my previous post to the final rewards package.

This ended up being the third largest Kickstarter to-date. ran an interesting article on this.  Check it out here.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Reaper Bones Kickstarter

So I'm a little late to the game with this, but I actually joined Reaper's KickStarter campaign for the Bones models. Reaper is currently at $1.2 million raised.  It goes without saying that they're getting a lot of support. I know I'm excited to see some of their best models converted to cheaper and lighter materials.

The Bones models are excellent quality, just as good as the metals. By joining KickStarter now you can get a ton of models for a very low price. I personally did the Vampire level, which delivers a lot. It's well worth the money.  Check it out below. They keep adding to this package as their pledges increase.  The campaign only runs until August 25th. So if you're thinking about it, better act fast.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

US M10 Tank Destroyers

I have bags of 15mm WW2 US forces sitting on my table, just waiting for assembly and paint. I like painting US armor and vehicles, as there's nothing much to it.  These M10 tank destroyers are from Old Glory's Command Decision line.  They went together easily and the paint job was quick. 

There are a few more models than I need to make a single TD unit.  I'll be using four in a Flames of War army, and the other two can sit with my individually based 15mm WW2 armies. I just need to put together a few more jeeps to complete a mid-war TD platoon, or I could get the armored cars for a late war force.

So that was a nice, quick project. I'm not sure what I'll move onto next.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Dark Elf Heroes

As I promised in my last post, I completed a few Dark Elf heroes to lead my Kings of War Twilight Kin army. I also painted 4 replacement Witch Elves for old school Witch Elves mixed into my unit. I managed to find a few of the metal blisters of the new sculpts for a good price on Chaos Orc Superstore.  I love that place.  I didn't bother taking pictures of the four witch elves.  But below are the two new leaders.

Up first is the Lokhir Fellheart model.  I'll be using him as a Twilight Kin lord. I dispensed with all the fancy sword painting that GW does, going with a basic metallic. I gave his helmet a few washes of brown and green to make it look old.  I think it came out nice. 

Next is a Dark Elf Sorceress. She'll play the same role in my Twilight Kin army. I gave her colors that tie in to the spearmen's shields. She came out nice, I think. I have her the typical "Drow" treatment that I've given to all of my models.  She just exposes enough hair and flesh for you to see it.

I'm going to work on something else next.  When I return to the Twilight Kin, it will be to complete a 20 man unit of crossbowmen and some cavalry.  But I want to do something else for now.  I just haven't figured out what that is yet.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Dark Elf Spearmen

While I haven't been posting up much, I've still been busy with my various miniatures projects. I've had a lot less time to work on models than I'm used to having. So my output has decreased. But today I put finishing touches on more of my Dark Elf / Twilight Kin forces.  While these are GW dark elf models, they work perfectly for Kings of War Twilight Kin, which is what I'm planning. Here are two core units of 20 spearmen each.

I've tried to stay away from the purple and black color scheme that seems "dark elf standard" these days. I've gone for a pale gray green with subdued darker greens and dull reds. I've also been painting their flesh with Reaper's Dark Elf Skin triad, and it works great. The old school GW models even show hair, so that got painted white. Hopefully they look like Drow!

Here are a few sample models I pulled out.

The lot of dark elf models I bought earlier this year actually came with printed banners on adhesive paper. I only got one but liked the looks of it. Most modeled banners looks so heavy, or you get the banner hanging in the faces of other models. This one bends back naturally to get out of a neighboring model's way. I wish all banners were like that. But I also understand the challenge and rewards of hand painting your own banner. I thought about doing that for my other unit. Maybe some other time.

I have one more "core unit" for the Twilight Kin force and that is 20 crossbowmen.  From there I can work on specialty units. Up next immediately are 4 witch elf replacements for the old school witch elves I have. Then I'll paint up two characters to lead the army. After that I'll probably move on to a different project for a while.