Tuesday, February 5, 2019
So Wargames Exclusive continues to out GW GW, and this economical set of armored inquisitorial sisters is no exception. They're selling for 14.99 euros separately and 34.99 euros as set, so I recommend buying them before WE figures out they're giving a mini away. I've just finished the outer two, having painted the center one as soon as I got it and forgotten about the others until recently. Shame on me, because the other two are excellent as well.
The detail on these things is just stunning, especially the longsword-toting center girl with her commanding pose.
The Shieldmaiden gave me real pause until I found how easy she was to drill and pin. That enormous shield and forearm has a socket that's perfect for paperclip pinning, and the light durable resin weighs next to nothing, so it turned out not to be an issue. Of course, I don't plan on transporting her around on a regular basis either.
I mean, look at that bloody big thing. It's wonderful. If it were cast in glorious metal it would weigh a ton and be an utter pain to keep attached, and I would love it anyway.
Her backpack, alas, didn't get the same loving treatment as the Swordmaiden's did with its book and purity seal. The sculpting isn't very deep on the =I= and wings, so the paint just sort of sits on it. The pipes align pretty well with the sockets on the legs, however, just as with the other two girls, and didn't require any reshaping.
Dual-Swords Sister's weapons and their positioning also concerned me until I realized her sculpted base included contact points to support them. If they sold these choppers as bits I have no doubt they'd make their way into many a conversion.
Here is where the resin fails, however; the pommel of her lefthand one came off. It was more or less easily reattached, however, but I wish they'd sculpted it flush with the top of her hand. On the right you can see the little bit of resin between the top of her gauntlet and the pommel, and that's just enough for the thing to pivot under pressure. Ah well.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Friday, January 25, 2019
The Vostroyans sent a trade delegation to the Brabant system in order to open negotiations for access to the agri-world bounty. Little did they know that the placid town of Bruegelburg would see events that would reshape the sector.....
These lovelies are a combination of Lead Adventure's lovely characterful sculpts and GW's plastics, and went from inspiration to completion in no time.
Lady Ksenia is a powerful psyker whose abilities are both enhanced and tempered by the psychic crown she wears. While Uncle Sergei (left) is nominally her Firstsworn Bodyman, his first duty is to kill her with that relic blade if something terrible tries to manifest through her. Uncle Mistislav, to the right, has the real business acumen in the family, but is nominally only an advisor. His servo skull has a plasma pistol built in to keep things honest.
Servo skulls, while cool, are hard, as they generally have to be attached even though they float. Luckly Uncle Mistislav's hangs readily off of his hat and shoulder. I contemplated giving Ksenia her own skull, but opted to leave her unadorned.
Lady, Smoker, The Fat One, and Lincoln are from the Rogue Trader boxset, more specifically, the sprue purchased from eBay. I had some metal Vostroyans, but turned them into AdMech troops, so it was either turn them back or come up with new ones.
I dig how GW went the extra mile and varied the body types with these. The way they cut the models to sprue them was weird, but they went together with little fuss.
The Pack Ape is from Lead Adventure's Bruegelburg line, and, if you look closely, is a dude in a suit rather than a true servitor. It's a pretty awesome little model, and I cannot sing their praises enough as a minis company.
I added the baggage after the fact, of course, as the Vostroyans would want to bring silks and whatnot to show off at the trading table.
Little Vanya, the standard bearer, was a fat-faced Bruegelburg kid with a miscast nub of a left hand, so I replaced it with a metal standard that used to belong to a Rackham Undertaker from their Cadwallon line.
I like the way she turned out, and as I have lots of leftover kids from the Bruegelburg Fair Kickstarter, will definitely be making more of these.
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Thursday, January 24, 2019
Because I have a massive amount of free time due to being out of work, I'm plowing through the minis from Kickstarters that have been languishing on the To-Do pile. So, this gun-toting orphan from Lead Adventure's Denizens of the Smog is just the first. Expect some Astropolis stuff, more steampunk stuff, probably some warbands, and some Raging Heroes heroine babes.
Oh, and more weaponized children.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
A freelance biologis researcher equally at home in games of INQ-28 or Shadows of Brimstone, this fellow was a relatively simple conversion involving drilling out the metal elf head of a Reaper elf alchemist and attaching a Lead Adventure kickstarter reward head. I pondered giving him a servo-skull buddy or a handgun of some kind, but it would've limited his playability a bit.
I really dig the step up in quality we've seen from Reaper lately, including in their Dreadmere line. I just wish they'd drop their Bones plastic. It's awful shit that bends like rubber and can't hold paint worth a damn. Don't be lured in by the low price, folks: avoid avoid AVOID.