Monday, 16 March 2020

"Now That I've Created The Badballs..."

"The world is ours, Snivelitch!"
These five 28mm scale resin models of some Microclopia are produced by "Precinct Omega", and can be bought as Code BM051 from their Ballmonsters! range. Designed to be used for a "mad-cap gaming experience that mixes board-game, wargame and bar billiards for an experience unlike anything you've ever played before", the miniatures also each came supplied with a clear plastic flying stand.
"Not if the Madballs can help it, Doktor!"
Having decided that my team of Ballmonsters would simply bounce towards their opponents along the ground rather than fly through the air (on easily breakable stands), I super-glued each helium-filled beachball onto a 25mm circular base, and primed them all "Vallejo" Heavy Red. I then drenched the cyclopean bonces in "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade, before dry-brushing the lot with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Red.
"Black Tree Design" WIPs - Three Autons have been based, primed and 'boxed off'
Next I 'picked out' all the carnivorous balls' teeth using a combination of "Vallejo" White and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade, and the majority of their eyes with "Vallejo" Heavy Ochre and a smidgen of "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade. Finally, I applied a dot of "Citadel" Abaddon Black over a layer of pure "Vallejo" White to one of the Ballmonster's pupils so as to make it appear more like a normal eye.

With my first "Ballmonsters!" team completed, I've once again turned to "Black Tree Miniatures" and their extensive range of "Doctor Who" figures for a science fiction fix. I've a number of their sculpts on the painting table currently, including some Quarks and Sea Devil Warriors, but its a handful of classic factory floor Autons which has particularly caught my imagination; doubtless aided by repeated listenings to "Spearhead From Space".
"Otherworld Miniatures" WIPs - Two Barrow Guardians and a ('propped up') Death Worm
In addition, I am continuing to plough through my collection of "Dungeon & Dragon" models by "Otherworld Miniatures". The Hertfordshire-based manufacturer has very generously gifted me with two more of their excellent Barrow Guardians. So perhaps unsurprisingly the pair of stone custodians have gone straight to the top of my queue, and have already been assembled, pinned, based and primed.

I've also tried my hand with one of their Death Worms, but found the necrophidius to be an absolute swine to pigment. Not however, because the crisp detail is hard to reach with a brush-tip, but because the very nature of its pose seems to make it incredibly inclined to break wherever one vertebrae meets another. Having pinned the 'blessed beast' back together after one misfortune, and then had it snap to pieces again, I've super-glued it to an old plastic tombstone by "Renedra Limited".

10 comments:

  1. I like the variety in your Monsterballs, even though it's mostly number of teeth and positioning of eyes, it does make them far more 'attractive'.
    Always good to see what's up and coming on your never-ending paaint queue too.

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    1. Cheers Joe. I've got a bit of a posting backlog currently. So expect 'em to come thick'n'fast over the next fortnight or so.

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  2. What a load of balls Simon ! LOL great work on them, and the projects started as well

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    1. LOL!!! Thanks Dave. I've got a second team of Ballmonsters! primed and on the painting table too ;-)

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  3. Rolling along nicely I see Simon. LOL

    Lovely balls, all shiny and fierce looking. Could be goblin squiggs too.

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    1. Thanks Dai. I really like the Ballmonsters! so expect the second team to be finished soon :-)

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  4. Interesting creatures. Look nice and simple to paint and have turned out really nicely, great job. I am sorry about your bone snake thing. Is it a metal mini?

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    1. Cheers Undercoat. I really like the Ballmonsters stuff, and certainly plan on getting some more when I next see "Precinct Omega" at a show. I have a second team to finish yet though; albeit I don't plan on using them for a sports game, but more as some sort of silly foe for the "Red Dwarf" crew or somesuch.

      The Death Worm has been a major disappointment tbh. It looks awesome on the "Otherworld Miniatures" website, but in reality was an absolute swine to work with. I'm not sure if its the actual sculpt or poor metal content which is the issue, but it seems likely to break with the slightest pressure. Having said that though, I think it works well enough rising from out of a grave, and should look good on the tabletop when finished.

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