30 October 2020

Challenge of the Living Dead

 

So, once again Cheetor came up with an idea for a group challenge for all of us to work on. We were given a brief of painting something to fit with a spooky trope to fit the season and if possible fit into our Mordheim or Frostgrave warbands.

But like the best horror movies, things didn't go according to plan and Cheetor was too busy to compile this post for us. So, like the nerd picking up the chainsaw after the jock is hung up on the meat hook, I took over the reins of this project.

Grab your lover tight and be prepared for true horror.

Salem's Kemler

Greetings spooky creatures of the night! Salem here from http://thevampireswardiaries.blogspot.com/

So a while back a bunch of generous degenerates gifted me (gifted!!!) a Heinrich Kemler. Not the classic Morley sculpt, which I'd had for some time, but the one "m" Kemler, the OG, the holy grail of any citadel undead fan/collector. Probably the people all around this section of the post were part of that degenerate bunch. Plus others! I'm still stunned by the gesture, but enough of me babbling. A while back there was a Frostgrave challenge. Do a wizard and an apprentice. Easy! Perfect chance to do Kemmler and Kemler, necromancers at large and all round feisty lads. But.... All wishing and no painting meant I missed that one. 

Flash forward to October, and I was flipping through PDFs of old Warhammer scenarios and hit Terror of the Lichemaster. 



I got a surge of enthusiasm, and the Halloween challenge was upon us so it all just fell in to place. I've painted him up as best I can to match that description above, while still fitting in to my existing Vanguard warband. So here he is, the original Heinrich Kemler! Flanked by a bodyguard of some Lord of the Rings Barrow Wights that were already a part of aforesaid Vanguard warband. 


Asslessman's Vampire


Hey guys, so the idea in the group was to post pics of creepy stuff for Halloween, I love seasonal posts.

After making sure pictures of our genitals were not allowed for the post, I went for the second most creepy kind of miniature I know of, a vampire. This guy was actually just standing on my desk like in a paused video from the Village People and I knew I wouldn't find a better candidate even if I did bother looking for one.


I also used a little pause between two projects and a group painting/chat session to actually take him from his white undercoated state to a varnished and ready for the shelf one.
Painting with washes and glazes exclusively (with the exception of the teeth and eyes who got a highlight) over the course of the conversation was the perfect mojo booster and definitely a better way to use that hour than anything I would have done then !


I don't really know what use I'll make of him but he's generic enough to serve in both fantasy and sci-fi games so I'm sure I'll eventually find something !

Airbornegrove's Skeleton


What better miniature to do for the Halloween Challenge then a good old Heroquest Skeleton.  Now if you noticed I've spiced this one up a bit to be like a Diablo 2 Horror. 


Diablo 2 had these boss skeletons that could be red and black as well as special abilities.  So I've decided to paint this one like a Horror with the black scheme since it matches the scythe graphic.


"Horrors bear the final rictus of pure terror that killed them. They are grim manifestations of the worst in the world."
— Monster summary

Horrors also have a chance to deal Lightning damage in Diablo 2, so using them as a Skeleton Champion in Heroquest you can give them a chaos spell, or a buff of some kind.

Mr Saturday's Skeletal Colossus


My contribution to the challenge is the undead construct, Momentous Mori. I’ve fancied painting up a skeletal giant for ages, and when this popped through the letterbox I set it aside for Halloween spookytimes.



He’s a pleasantly gangly fellow. I added some extra armour plates and a few other bits and pieces to jazz him up some and give him a bit more heft. The vulture, arrows and the dead knight were added on later, to give him a some sense of scale. 


Painting was pretty much my standard undead recipes, with a little more contrast paint to knock back highlights here and there.

So there you go, a big scary dead guy for cleaving foolish mortals in twain with every swing. Mwahahahaaaa!


Weazil's Mummy Onna Manticore


So. Mummies. We are forced to imagine lots of shambling, and perhaps some moaning. From time to time, movies (like 'The Mummy') give us visions of high-speed, urgent mummies - but broadly speaking, we don't often get to associate 'dynamic' with 'mummy'.

Also: Manticores. 4th edition was a huge eye-opener for many of us emerging from dungeons and dragons into the open arms of table top wargaming. It took small, weak necromancers who would hide in graveyards and secret dungeons and put them on top of majestically murderous manticores, to lead bravely from the front, filled with absolute confidence in their own skill and that of their terrible mount. The YMCA poses of the characters went a long way to supporting the 'shoot me, I can take it' ethos that came with that confidence.

Now, the union of the two should have been fairly straightforward. We're channelling pure 4th edition red era here: Mummy with ridiculous amounts of overpowered magical items riding a manticore, because... well, 200 points and holy-fuck-have-you-seen-that-statline, really.

The only problem is, well, the manticore in the room:


It's as if all seven of the dwarves from Snow White (Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy and Dopey, for reference) had a meth fuelled chaos gangbang with a mentally defective troll abusing.. well, substances, and through the devastating and malignant power of chaos magic, ALL SEVEN managed to combine their man (dwarf?) juices into one unholy sperm bomb which savaged that poor troll's eggs like napalm, impregnating the biggest, meanest of them all with the thing that ultimately became Dieter's manticore.

AND THEN it had a massive car accident, refused reconstructive surgery, instead opting to take up the extremely elite Dominic Cumming's Five Easy Steps To Developing Your Empathy class.

It's an ugly figure.

But.

A mummy was to ride a manticore. It had been imagined, and it was therefore to be.

All we had to do was... reconfigure the manticore. A lot.

I give you Mummy Onna Manticore:









As you can see - it's different. It's...less ugly. Still ugly, but certainly less so. I cut and filed and poked and bent and pinned, until it no longer looked like Dieter's manticore. I lifted it up and clipped most of the mane on the head off. I found a suitable mummy and re-organised it to hold a bitch-ass sword. Painted it all up in pleasing halloween-ey compatible colours. There's even a tree stump. Here, this is what it looked like before I painted it:





Ultimately, there is one thing that plagues me, and will now do so for ever (or at least, until I get another one of these manticores): the head. It is without a doubt the head that is the reason the original looks so very, very awful.

So I have a warning for those who would follow me: If you are tempted down this path, do yourself the favour I should have done myself (and pondered for a while before losing patience and just getting on with the job): get the Lammasu head. Replace Dieter's manticore's head with the Lammasu head.

That said, I'm thrilled to bits that I have a fairly unique red-era budget cheese delivery system that I can min-max like a boss. Heart of woe, anyone?

Spevna's Skeletons


I’m really not a fan of Halloween. I get why kids enjoy it, but adults using it as a excuse to put on a stupid costume and get drunk is pathetic. I don’t need an excuse to get shitfaced and make a complete tit of myself!

That said, my mate JB basically accused me of being a lazy slacker for not getting anything done for this challenge so I decided to bang these lads out in 4 hours!

They are far from my best work, but they’ll do for dungeon encounters and such.


I’d already done a handful of skeletons, so here they are as a group.


Should be enough to scare anyone foolish enough to venture too deep for treasure!

Bulldog Lopez's G-G-G-Ghosts


BOOGIE BOOGIE BOOGIE!!!

I had a secret weapon jackolantern base lying around and I jazzed it up with some twigs and roots. Black spray paint and some sloppy brown and green tones was my approach to the base.

The ghosts were sprayed white and then washed with Nyhlic(sp?)Oxide and a little Aethermerthateratwrtic Blue contrast paint.


Sean's Vampire


"THE WORLD IS A VAMPIIIIIRRE!"

I love Vampires. As a kid, Dracula was my go to costume for Halloween. My mom made me a cape and I would use Dippity Doo to slick back my hair like Bela Lugosi. Unfortunately pictures of that time appear to have been lost in moving back and forth around the US.

I had intended to do a coven of Vampires, but you know excuses. So I painted this one.


This particular figure is Matthias the Twisted from Reaper. Sculpted by Bobby Jackson. I had wanted this figure since I saw Ryder Strickland's in person at Kublacon a few years ago. You can read about his Mordheim undead warband  here. As per usual I had moved on to the next project until he posted it up again on his Instagram. So I finally bought one and painted him.


I used a combination of Reaper paints and Citadel Contrast. One thing I tried this time was going over the cowl, lower half of the cloak and bandages with some thinned Skeleton horde as a kind of wash.

I tried something a little different with the photography. I'm not totally happy with it so I'll probably keep working on that.

Epilogue


So, I hope you enjoyed our little tribute to Halloween. You got my more Bud Abbott version of a blog as compared to the usual Lou Costello. 

08 September 2020

Frostgrave Wizard Battle (2 of 2)



Following on from last week’s batch of paired Frostgrave characters, five more contributors put these pairings together.  As per last time, the guidelines were:
PAINT A MAGIC USER AND THEIR APPRENTICE, APPROPRIATE FOR USE IN FROSTGRAVE.
(NB, if these two match the theme of your Mordheim Challenge, then you now have a playable Frostgrave force).
Once again, the goal was to have as many of us involved in an aligned project as possible, rather than get worked up about very strict criteria, and people came up with some fun characters.

01 September 2020

Frostgrave Wizard Battle (1 of 2)

 


The Mordheim 5-a-Side project was a success, with several of us getting the core of a skirmish force finished and ready to hit the table.  With Frostgrave 2nd edition due to be released (and on sale by the time of writing), I thought that adding a pair of magic users to the five figs from the 5-a-Side project would be a fun and achievable goal, hopefully made all the more so by doing it in concert with a few others.  The guidelines were:

PAINT A MAGIC USER AND THEIR APPRENTICE, APPROPRIATE FOR USE IN FROSTGRAVE.

(NB, if these two match the theme of your Mordheim Challenge, then you now have a playable Frostgrave force).

The criteria were intended to be broad enough to allow people to paint figures to match a previous project, or head off on a tangent.  I liked the idea of the projects stacking on top of each other, breaking down the substantial task of painting a table worthy force into smaller chunks, but it was up to everyone involved to individually decide whether they wanted to take that approach.  The goal was to get as many of us involved and collaborating as possible, rather than get worked up about very strict guidelines.

Below is what five of us came up with, more to follow.


09 August 2020

Daemon Derby

Greater Daemons.  Warhammer just wouldn’t be the same without them.  The ultimate bad guys, they personify literally any facet of bad human behaviour, and we can all identify with at least one (Nurgle with Slaanesh rising in my case!).

Somewhere in the pile of shame we all have a greater daemon or other big chonk that we’ve thought about painting but have never gotten round to caressing with our paintbrushes (that’ll be the Slaanesh rising!).

What better subject matter for a ScaleCreep challenge! 

Sit down, pour yourself a glass of something strong, and open your heart to the ever loving embrace of chaos.

Spevna


03 August 2020

BOYL20 report - Best BOYL so far ?


So last week end was BOYL20 (sort of), like every year, it was the occasion to see the band and have some quality gaming, I keep saying that every year but BOYL gets a little better every year.
Like you can see above, Whiskey Priest was seemingly here first and in a jolly mood...

...only to find out Axiom had arrived at 5 in the morning to set our first game of the day :


The game was surprisingly an historical game of Napoleonics which everyone enjoyed but the one french guy, the figures were splendid though, worth what you'd find on the Perry twins' tables !



As ever, BOYl is the occasion to have a nice chat with some of the legends who built our hobby and Heofthreenames and yours truly were absolutely delighted when a booming voice from across the central tent called us "YO J-DOG, L-DOG ! come right here you horny pair of doers !" That's just how friendly these legends are and how awesome we are.


Curis finally had the opportunity to spend quality time with the mighty Bryan Ansell and ask part of his 73 point question list including :

- Isn't the value of +3 elites 1/2 a point off in warhammer armies ?
- how can I make my hair that big ?
- Why fat sharks ?


Now after all those jours of gaming, strategy and emotionnal roller coaster, we all had earned some well deserved rest at the local pub where the group's pair of womanizers had to fight their way to safety as usual due to the mass hysteria their charm caused.


Second day, Whiskey Priest got here at 3 AM to be the first and he was. For the next 6 hours.


Now when he learnt it was BOYL, Nico (that bloody hero) quikly painted 2 little forces, flew and parachuted to Newark and played an 8 hours campaign of anthology before returning home for dinner, that guy is just as god as they say, he's the freaking best there is.
Sometimes a simple skirmish game is all you need to let the steam off :

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Lopedog's evil twin photobombed the group pic for the laughs.


Shoeba9, Airborne Grove and myself started our 2 days game of Horus Heresy, it was bloody, savage, brother killing brother, spilling blood across the laaaand, killing for religion, something I don't understaaaand.


There came an awkward moment when Gillian (our GM for the day) asked us an embarassing question about our army lists which none of us found an answer to...


Like usual, Kev Adams, that genius legend, was here to offer custom sculpts for charity, having nothing under hand, Colin, Lopazitor and myself, grabbed the first 3 models we found in the nearby cabinet and had our exquisite faces added onto the models :


It's been a few years now, we all know that Post Boyl Depression is a thing, and this year was no different, it struck hard, some of us cried, some of us hid in the nearby cemetary talking to ghost cats and Lopette just snapped and lost it the poor guy...


I don't want to be the guy stirring the knife in the wound for those who couldn't attend, but like every year, BOYL20 was a blast and definitely the best edition ever.

15 July 2020

Mordheim Five-a-Side Challenge


One of the less consequential knock-on effects of a pandemic, is that I have been playing “Mordheim: City of the Damned” on PS4 with a few friends.  The fun that we had with that led me to dig up some unloved Mordheim figures, add a few more and get stuck in to a long overdue project.

Rather than keep this enthusiasm to myself, I twisted some notoriously rubber arms and decided to make a voluntary group project out of it, criteria as follows:

COMPLETE A MINIMUM OF FIVE FIGURES, APPROPRIATE FOR USE IN MORDHEIM GAMES AS PART OF THE SAME WARBAND.

25 June 2020

Quarantina Quompetiton #3 - Warzone Comfort Zone




This week at Scale Creep HQ, it's very firmly the mid 1990s, and we're revelling in the gonzo classic of early editions of Warzone - the game that captured our hearts with nuggety sculpts of balloon-muscled idiots toting chunky guns and chunkier-yet shoulder pads.  The challenge: to paint some vintage Warzone minis with a two-week deadline to evoke the Spirit of the 1990s.  Let's see how our contestants got on.