|"These Lesser Daemons are deadly warriors believed to have been foremost amongst the Blood God's followers..."|
These ten plastic 6mm scale Bloodletters used to be produced by "Games Workshop" for their tabletop wargame "Epic", and disappointingly are now long Out Of Production (OOP). However I was fortunate enough to stumle across a small tub of these lesser daemons of Khorne from a second-hand stall whilst visiting "Colours" at Newbury earlier this year, and now hope to paint enough figures up to at least give me a horde of some eight or so stands to probably use with some homemade rules.
The tiny figures were initially all super-glued onto a thin strip of wood, and primed using two coats of "Vallejo" Heavy Red. They were then washed using "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Red. I subsequently 'picked out' their loincloths and horns with some Black and applied a layer of Heavy Sienna to their Hellblades. Lastly, I pigmented their hand-weapons using a combination of "Vallejo" Brass and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, finished the blades off with a delicate dry-brush of more "Vallejo" Brass, and assembled them in groups of five figures upon two separate small "Flames Of War" rectangular stands by "Battlefront Miniatures".
|"Black Tree Design" WIPs - A Mandrel, Fourth Doctor companion Harry Sullivan and a Sontaran|
I have actually started work priming even more of these tiny Lesser Daemons, but have stopped with their undercoats in order for them to be eligible for entry in the Ninth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge; which now starts in less than a week's time. Instead, I have managed to continue work on several partially-painted "Black Tree Design" 28mm miniatures from their "Doctor Who" range.
Foremost of these figures has been three Mandrel sculpts which I have actually re-painted (again) following my dislike as to how their scaly skin turned out when I had simply dry-brushed "Vallejo" Heavy Red over a layer of "Citadel" Abaddon Black. Having now thoroughly pigmented their torso, arms and legs with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Red I now plan to better capture their palette as seen during the 1979 "Doctor Who" TV adventure "The Nightmare Of Eden", through some significant shading using "Citadel" Nuln Oil and perhaps some Purple and/or Green inks...
|"Crooked Dice Game Design" WIPs - James Bond, a Lizard Nazi Soldier and a Brown Shirt|
In addition, I thought it was high time I finally finished off one of my favourite travelling companions Harry Sullivan, as well as another of the classic "belligerent and militaristic clones from the planet Sontar." I still have a few of these bulbous-headed warriors left over from a previous order with the Texas-based company. But could well be tempted in the New Year to put in an order with "Black Tree Design" so as to build up a far more formidably-sized force for the tabletop.
Lastly, whilst scrambling around looking for some more "Crooked Dice Game Design" minatures I could paint during the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, I discovered a drawer full of half-finished figures from the manufacturer's "Danger Five" range. As a result I have started work building up some layers of flesh, shirt and leather on one of their secret agents, a lizard Nazi soldier and a facist brown-shirted trooper in readiness for making a welcome return to the "7TV" rule-set soon.