Friday, 25 December 2015

"Witches Draw On The Subtle Powers Of Nature For Their Magic..."

"Contrary to popular belief, most Witches are not ugly old women..."
This 28mm pewter model of a Witch is made by “North Star Military Figures” and can be bought together with an appropriately attired apprentice as code FGV110 from their “Frostgrave” range. A hoarder of “oddly-shaped rocks” this Hedge Wizard is to be the leader of a warband destined to scour “the frozen ruins of the city of Felstad” in the near future. But currently only leads a party of one crossbowman

As I wanted this miniature to be similar in appearance and colour to that illustrated within the “Frostgrave” rulebook published by “Osprey Games” I initially undercoated him with some “Citadel” Abaddon Black before working my way up his numerous furs using “Vallejo” Heavy Brown and Heavy Bluegrey. These areas were then washed with either “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade or “Citadel” Nuln Oil. In addition I painted the occasional piece of hairy hide with “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal.
Secret Santa WIPs - These demonic gifts have all been given "Vallejo" Heavy Red undercoats
 As the wizard also seemed to be adorned with a red waist-sash and neckerchief, I painted these garments with Heavy Red, before washing them with “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson. I also used this colour combination on the model’s totem banner. To try and give the impression of the magic-user wearing a leopard-skin shoulder shawl, I first painted the animal skin with “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre, dappled it with spots of Heavy Sienna and then finally applied a layer of Strong Tone Quickshade over the entire piece of clothing.

Lastly I painted the Witch’s skull face and helmet using “Vallejo” White, and gave the figure’s headwear a heavy wash of more Strong Tone Quickshade, before dry-brushing it a little with some additional “Vallejo” White.
Gangster WIPs - Simple but effective sculpts, these "Pulp Figures" should soon be finished
Keeping with the “Frostgrave” theme, I have managed to base, grit and prime my very much appreciated Secret Santa gift. This Imp, Minor Demon and Major Demon will make some wonderful additions to my “North Star Military Figures” collection, and will definitely contribute towards my Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge “Frostgrave” submissions in the near future. Thanks very much indeed.

In addition I have started painting ten gangster models from Bob Murch’s “Gangland Justice” range. I actually started painting the shoes and trousers of these first two criminals during last year’s event, so they aren’t actually eligible entrants for my current Pulp Genre Side-Challenge. But working on them has certainly helped me to obtain an ‘eye’ as to how to paint the rest of these very characterful sculpts and I still own eight more of the ‘hired killers’ which were never progressed beyond basing and an undercoat.

32 comments:

  1. Gangsters and Demons? Have you been watching 'Cast a Deadly Spell'? I was getting concerned that everyone had downed tools over the festive period, but I should have known the Challenge waits for no man and you'd still be beavering away...
    "Simon, will you carve?"
    "Can't you see I'm busy, woman!?"
    Nice work.

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    1. Thanks Jez LOL :-) You can actually expect Gangsters vs Zombies at some point as I've been wowed by the "Shadows Of Evil" Zombies level on "Black Ops III" video game; Its set during the roaring Twenties and is absolutely is superb. I did spend a little time painting... and have finished the gangsters - so they'll be posted up soon :-)

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  2. I like the Shamanistic Witch very atmospheric. As a side Note a Witch is currently leading the campaign I am in so I know they can be effective.

    Gangsters are also good, I shall paint some soon.

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    1. Cheers Clint. I have been following your "Frostgrave" postings with keen interest as I still haven't played the game yet myself. Its good to know the Witch is a useful in the game as its taken me ages to paint, so I don't want to replace him with another wizard.

      I look forward to seeing your gangsters. Are they "Pulp Figures" too?

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  3. Brilliant job on the witch! Look superb! Hope you've had a good Christmas and enjoy the rest of the holidays!

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    1. Thanks Gordon. A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too.

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  4. I love that Witch! I'm also interested to see how the Demons paint up, as I reckon I'll be buying the same models to use for FG.

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    1. Cheers Roy. The two smaller demons should be painted pretty soon as they look reasonably simple to finish; albeit the imp will actually be predominantly grey as I hope to emulate it's blister packaging illustration. The large two-piece resin model is enormous, so that'll be put on the back burner for a while.

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    2. Ah, resin. I'm not a fan of resin figures - I've not had much success painting them in the past. Buildings and ships, yes, but not figures. I think I've a Hasslefree demon thing kicking about, that might work.

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    3. Well the head is metal and the body is that new light resin which "Crooked Dice" also seem to favour. It was very simple to drill and pin yesterday and I certainly like it. Its not the hard stuff of yesteryear, Roy. And I definitely prefer it to "Bones".

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    4. Only resin I had was from Black Scorpion, and the paint just blistered or evaporated when I tried to undercoat the model. I gave up in the end and sold off the rest of the models I had. It was a funny type of resin though, more like a plastic.
      The old school "hard" resin (that Peter Pig or Hovels use) is what I'm familiar with. I've seen stuff at shows this last year, made from this newer resin, and I've just ignored it. I'm getting to be one of those people to set in their ways to try something new. I'm not sure if I want to use hard plastic, this being the reason why I've purchased Midlam Miniatures metal figures for my FG warband. Maybe I need to try resins and plastics in 2016.

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    5. Ah "Black Scorpion". I actually stopped buying their stuff too when they went from metal to plastic. Though I never encountered the issue you experienced, I simply don't like resin being used for 28mm humanoids. I'll let you know how I get on with the "North Star Military Figures" resin. Perhaps they could win you over in 2016 ;-)

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  5. Plenty of nice eye candy, Simon. Your Warlock (the male term of Witch, by the way) is very impressive and quite a stand out figure. I do like your trio of demons. I'm looking forward to seeing your finished gangsters as they're such great figures. Good to see you working so hard this Christmas. I've been doing a lot of painting recently and am starting work on my Zombicide: Black Plague figures. I hope you've opened your copy by now. :-)

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    1. Thanks Bryan. I put a lot of time into my Witch because he's the leader. Though these models do lend themselves to being rather time-consuming on account of all their details. The first two of my gangsters are now done, so eight more to go. I have opened my "Black Plague"... but just to make sure I had an English rulebook as I understand some have been shipped with the wrong language :-)

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  6. Your "witch"has come out really looking the biz and I do like your gangsters, simple but effective as villians, civilians, untouchables etc.; no doubt you're already making plans for your 'lovely' demons too.
    Have a good new year.

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    1. Cheers Joe. I've a few plans for the smaller demons already, but will be putting the larger model to one side momentarily, so I can get going on some more of my gangsters. Have a very good New Year too :-)

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  7. Merry Christmas, Simon.

    Outstanding job on the shaman.

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    1. Thanks Finch. Much appreciated. Merry Christmas to you too :-)

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  8. Outstanding work, Simon. The Witch looks like he stepped right out of the book and I'm excited to see what you do with the demons. I've got my eye on adding them to my collection as well.

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    1. Many thanks Bill. Much appreciated. I've got the two smaller demons ready for some attention tomorrow, alongside some other stuff. They really are excellent and I'm very much indebted to my Secret Santa for buying me them.

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  9. Cracking work on your Witch Simon, he does look the spitting image of the one in the rule book. and an interesting and eclectic mix with the other chaps too.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Cheers Roger. My wizard was certainly a labour of love... or rather hate by the time I finished him!! Loads on the go at present as you can see :-)

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  10. Occult Noir, anyone?
    ; )
    Love the gangsters and the demons, you are certainly keeping busy!

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    1. Thanks Evan. Now the two gangsters are done I'm hoping to spend a little time on the demons, as I've bumped them up my painting queue. Definitely leaning towards Occult Noir at the moment :-)

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  11. Cracking witch Bk! Loads more going on too dude, way to attack the challenge dude!

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    1. Cheers Bob. Sadly the Witch and two gangsters aren't eligible for the Challenge, as I started them beforehand. But the demons are, as are all the other minis I've been painting in the background ;-)

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  12. Nicely done with the hedge wizard. Good stuff. :)

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    1. Thanks Pulpcitizen. Too a lot longer than I anticipated tbh.

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  13. Witch is a great homage to the studio scheme. Can't wait to see the apprentice.

    Merry Xmas mate

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    1. Cheers Dai. The apprentice is a bit of a way down the painting queue presently. But shouldn't be too long - I hope. Merry Christmas :-)

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  14. Wow fantastic job dude! nice figures wip as well. Hope you had a good Christmas dude!

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    1. Merry Christmas Simon, and many thanks. This mini was a bit of a long haul tbh. But glad he's done.

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