Friday, 18 March 2016

The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge 2015 - WIP - Final Week

Evil Hooded Minions WIPs - These heavily-armed scoundrels just need some washes to be applied
With the Sixth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge closing in upon its last few days, I have been busily block-painting these three Evil Hooded Minions made by "Pulp Figures" in order to use them as my final Pulp Side-Challenge submission.

As with the other Bob Murch disguised desperadoes I've finished over the past couple of weeks, I have tried to give at least one of the heavily-robed goons a different coloured pair of trousers and light brown shoes in order to 'break up' their all-purple monotony. In addition I've armed one of the cultists with a spare rifle I had left over from painting my New York City 'Boys In Blue' last year.
"Heroclix" WIPs - Batman and Mister Freeze simply need a wash and dry-brush to be finished
I've also started trying to clear up a large number of "Heroclix" figures I currently have 'lurking' in and around my painting area. Some of these, such as my latest Batman miniature, are actually new arrivals which have immediately leapt towards the top of my painting queue. Whilst others, like Mister Freeze, have been sat waiting an eternity for me to simply add the odd layer of paint here and there upon them.

Because I'm currently rather enthused with the "Games Workshop" rule-set "Age Of Sigmar", and equally taken with the idea of fighting some large super-hero related battles in the near future. I fully expect both of these figures to now be finished in quick succession, especially as they simply need a quick application of some washes, and the odd bit of dry-brushing to bring out their sculpts' finer detail.
"Frostgrave" WIPs - Plenty of painting left to do on this boar, small construct and snow troll
Lastly I'm still trying to whittle down my 'mountain' of "Frostgrave" models, and as a result have been tinkering with a few more "North Star Military Figures" from the skirmish game's Bestiary. These creatures, both flesh and animated, range in size from the tiny Small Construct and portly Boar, to the much larger Snow Troll.

It really is early days for all of these 'chance encounters'. But I'm hoping for a couple of them to be painted alongside the last of my Witch's "Frostgrave" warband; which has impatiently been awaiting its final two members (and a BatRep or two) since I assembled them towards the end of last year...  

28 comments:

  1. I like the Batman figure, plenty of cloak!

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    1. Cheers Fran. Its a real pity Batman is so tightly pressed up against the wall, otherwise I'd be using him as a mini as opposed to an Objective Marker. Unfortunately if I cut him away from it he'd have a flat back and my sculpting skills aren't good enough to build up the folds in the cloak.

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  2. Simon, I love the wash/colour combo on Mr Freeze - nicely done bud

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    1. Thanks Andy. Mister Freeze is a great mini. Not sure why I've left him languishing around for so long.

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  3. I agree with Francis but that's because Batman is my favourite superhero. I'm looking forward to seeing how you do in this competition

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    1. Cheers Damon. The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge has certainly caused me to paint a lot of minis over the past three months - some I'd never have attempted if not for the bonus points they've accrued for me. I also really do like the Batman mini - its just a shame about the wall.

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  4. Lovely work again Simon and I'm loving the look of Mr. Freeze and Batman.

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    1. Thanks Michael. Nice simple block-technique on the cultists, and both Mister Freeze and Batman should be finished soon too.

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  5. Just to buck the trend I do love a good hooded minion

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    1. Cheers Martin. So do I :-) There's a few more in Bob Murch's range which I certainly plan to pick up as I'll be needing more minions to use in a game of "Zombicide" I have planned.

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  6. I like the cultists best of all. You must have quite a lot of them by now. Any chance of a group shot of them all?

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    1. Thanks Bryan. Actually I only own ten Bob Murch cultists and have one more to finish off, once I've washed, highlighted and based these. Then I'll do a group shot :-) Hopefully you also like the Mister Freeze sculpt as that's the one I'll be sending you ;-)

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    2. Oh, excellent! I do like the sculpt. Many thanks!

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    3. No worries. Its my favourite of them all by a long way, and I'm looking forward to seeing how you paint him.

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  7. You've been busy! All coming along very nicely!

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    1. Cheers Gordon. I'm desperately trying to clear some space before you distract me with "Dragon Rampant" and now "Saga"... You scoundrel ;-)

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  8. That Batman sculpt is rather nice, shame he's not a more useful fig,Not seen that Mr Freeze before either, that also a good un'. if you have many more cultists they wont be a "cult" but more of a nation in their own right!

    and good to see you returning top Frostgrave too.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thanks Roger. I do like the Batman sculpt, as you'll soon be able to tell as he's almost finished already. Mister Freeze too is a nice sculpt. I have to get going on my "Frostgrave" as I understand there's another imminent 'Nickstarter' soon and I haven't finished the last load of minis yet :-/

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  9. A nice selection of figures, Simon. When you do your cultists group shot, will this be with or without their mutant rat-god?

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    1. Cheers Jez. The group shot will probably be without their great rat-god for now. Although as it won't be taken until I've finished both these three and a final tenth cultist it may be I can get some more progress done on Carrion ;-)

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  10. Like the cultists. Such versatile figures.

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    1. Thanks Clint. They've taken a bit longer than I anticipated, but should see plenty of tabletop action.

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  11. Looking good, Simon. The exaggerated razorback on the Boar is pretty cool.

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    1. Cheers Finch. The Boar is a lovely model with loads of detail.

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  12. A bit of extra heavy firepower for the cultists eh ? I'm sure they'll use it wisely. Shame about the batman figure's appendage (I often wonder what figure desgners were thinking when they come up with these sort of things), but he'll no doubt be of use. Frostgrave seems to need a lot of 'extras' and you're doing well in that respect.

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    1. Thanks Joe. I've still got to apply some inks to these Cultists, and have a fourth I need to finish too before I've finished my Bob Murch hooded minions - so there's still another one to come. Batman will be of use as is, but I entirely agree with your thinking around why the mini was sculpted so hard-pressed against the wall. I've still yet to play "Frostgrave" so I'm a bit naive as to what a game actually needs. But plenty of extras does seem par for the course :-)

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  13. Batman has turned out to be a really interesting piece. Wasn't entirely sure what was going on with him when you'd shown him previously.

    The Cultists look smashing - time for a group shot, surely!?

    More Frostgrave is always a good thing! :)

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    1. Cheers Dai. Batman is an interesting vignette to be sure. Just need to finish inking the Cultists (and finish the final one) before the group shot... and then on to "Frostgrave".

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