Monday, 30 April 2012

April Oath - Complete

I'll make the follow-up to the "Sexism in Miniature" on Wednesday.  Today I'm going back to basics and posting what I've been working on - finishing the figures for this month's Oath Challenge on the Something Awful Forums.

STOP. Hacker Time.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Sexism in miniature - The worst of Infinity

Wargames and wargame miniatures have a problem.  It's a problem shared with roleplaying, video gaming, comics, and every other form of media aimed at the young male demographic.  It's an old problem, heavily entrenched, and one that is almost guaranteed to start scorched-earth level flame wars.

What the hell, Corvus Belli?
The problem being that wargame miniatures are, generally, sexist as all hell.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Review: Dragon Forge "Lost Empires" bases

Dragon Forge are one of the many small companies making sculpted resin bases for 28mm wargaming.  I recently picked up a set of their Lost Empires round bases, since I was fed up with waiting for my local games store to get in more Micro Art Urban Fight bases, and didn't want to order online in case I got duplicates.
Plus I'm terrible at sculpting hexagons.

And you know what? They're not half bad. 

Material:  The resin used is soft enough to easily work with a blade or drill, but doesn't feel bendy or weak.  There was only a small amount of flash on the bases I received, thin flat pieces extending from the bottom rim that were easily broken off (though the edges still need to be trimmed a little)

Thursday, 12 April 2012

And now for something completely different - Verdigris

Due to a completely different but equally nerdy hobby, I had no time to paint over the Easter weekend.  So instead of yet another work-in-progress post, I thought I'd talk about something completely different.

Terrifying horses! No, wait... (photo by Alice Palace)

Verdigris!  Like rust, it's caused by the oxidisation of metal - iron for rust, and copper, brass or bronze for verdigris.  While they're very different in terms of color, the same techniques can be used to paint them.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Oath of the moment

Over on the Something Awful Forums they've begun another of the yearly "Oath" threads, where members pledge to paint a certain amount of miniatures every month for a chance to win regular spot prizes and a selection of impressive grand prizes.

Triple threat triad territory
This year they've opened it up to submissions from all game/miniature lines (previously it was limited to Games Workshop figures), so I have thrown my hat into the ring and pledged to paint the bare minimum of three figures per month.  This month, it's another Ghulam trooper, a Ghulam hacker, and a cute little Nasmat remote.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Ghulam on film

Google tells me that "Ghulam" translates to "slave", or maybe "slave solider" which is a really weird thing to call your basic line troopers, but I guess they're going for this historical reference.

 Being called "slave" has to be terrible for moral.