The pumpkin twig blights painted!  
October 4th, 2015

I got the pumpkin twig blights painted up! I'm quite happy with these, and I think I might actually do some more. I'm pretty happy with these. Check out the images in the Undead Image Gallery.

I have a few more Dungeons and Dragons figures that are in progress on the desk, and I'll try to finish those up before I go back to the Kings of War armies that I was working on. I have so many half-finished figures on the desk now actually: zombicide characters, D&D monsters, pulp sailors, Arab plastics, Mice & Mystics rats, Kings of War panther-riding females, and even Hobbit miniatures... I may have to simply put those away for how. :) Next up though? I don't know. Until next time!

More for the D&D action!  
September 25th, 2015

So, as mentioned before, it's all about the D&D figures now. I have to paint new characters, new monsters, and build tiles/terrain for playing. This week I have a handfull of both monsters and a character! My dex-based fighter, and then a whole slew of monsters! Check out the images in the Image Gallery.

Up next are the pumpkin critters, blights, or whatever they are. I'm painting them up and should have them done soon!

Is that a badger?  
September 25th, 2015

Mantic has made some great stuff, and their badger-riding dwarves are pretty awesome. It's been some time since I've received mine, and I've only painted one. They're cool, and they'll be fun to paint when I finally get around to them! Check out the images in the Image Gallery.

Next up, more D&D figures!

More pumpkin monsters!  
September 4th, 2015

As always happens when I start playing D&D, all of my miniature army plans go out the door and it's all about one-off Dungeons & Dragons monsters! In this case it turns out that I needed some interesting plant-type monsters for D&D, and wasn't sure how to repsent them... then I remembered the pumpkin constructs I made and decided to create a few more. Check out four more of those in the Check out the images in the Greens Gallery.

One the topic of D&D, I've been playing a lot of fifth edition lately, and I'm really liking it. I like the simplifications, the rules feel more reasonable in general, and overall it's awesome. One little thing though, challenge rating. When I found out that challenge rating was basically gone, and that everything was calculated on experience points I was soooo happy, certainly it has to be much simpler than it was?!? And indeed it is much simpler... But I feel it could be simpler... But really, I'v really liking fifth edition! So yeah, more D&D monsters on the way!

Return to Persia  
August 20th, 2015

I originally started painting these guys back in May 2014 for the Lead Adventure League competition... Turns out, I didn't actually finish them until over a year later! :) Oh well, sometimes that's how it goes. I tried to out do my previous 28mm Persians with these guys, and I think it worked out. A little more attention to detail, and better shield designs, and they are looking pretty good! Check out the images in the Ancient Persian Image Gallery.

Next up, likely some Zombicide survivors... or some more figs that I've been painting for Dungeons and Dragons. Or another Norman that I painted up... Or some new terrain that I've been working on... I guess we'll have to just wait and see if I manage to get any of the many projects done between now and next time! Until then, have fun!

Dungeons & Dragons figures!  
August 12th, 2015

It's been just about two years since I last added a figure to the D&D gallery. Really, it's tough to work on D&D figs when I'm not playing D&D... which is why I managed to finish a few now! I started playing again a few weeks ago, and I'm enjoying it! In all honesty, I really like fifth-edition D&D. It's my favourite edition so far! Check out the images of a new wizard character and a few bugbears in the Dungeons and Dragons Gallery. Until next time....

Medieval town in forced perspective  
August 1st, 2015

It all started with the Lead Adventure League and the rule that images couldn't be used as backgrounds... The League is an annual painting competition over on the Lead Adventure Forum that requires competitors to paint groups of figures and present them in a single picture at a single angle. Terrain-strewn backdrops are encouraged and images are actually not allowed. Many people set up elaborate shots with their terrain, and typically the better the entire composition and presentation are, the more successful the images are.

After trying to set up some amazing scenes and mostly failing, I got the idea of setting up a forced-perspective terrain piece to make it *look* like an elaborate terrain set up. Also, I mostly just take pictures of miniatures. I rarely ever play. So, I came up with many ideas for forced perspective terrain, and the first one I actually sat down to try was a medieval village. The idea was to create a shallow set up that looked deep and complex, but is small, easy to store, and that's fun to make! For my first attempt, check out the Medieval Town in Forced Perspective article here. Here's a teaser:

The Vikings are raiding the village! Or are they?!?

I plan to make elements that can be added to it to keep it fresh, and also build many more.... My goal will be to make shallower and shallower sets! Next up are some more figures... I have a few waiting to be photographed. Stay tuned!

Back to that haunted medieval town...  
July 6th, 2015

It's been a long time since I started the medieval town project, about two and a half years in fact! I can't believe that time moves that quickly these days. But I've decided to continue it, looking for ways to make the images I take more interesting, and to do something fairly different from what I'm used to doing, I've changed it up a bit... But the details on that will have to wait. As proof of what I'm working on, here is an image of some bits recently cut:

It's good to be cutting foam core again!

Are you wondering what I'm talking about with regards to this project? Well, back in November 2012 I started a haunted medieval town project, I built one builting so far, and I wrote this article: Building a Medieval Town Part 1. Here are the associated blog posts for background: Nov 27, 2012 and Nov 16, 2012. Stay tuned for more posts in the near future!

More zombie fodder...  
June 23rd, 2015

I know now that I'll never get through painting all of the zombies from Zombicide's many, many games... The thing is, when you let yourself play with unpainted figures, you never end up painting them! In any case, I am now done the first half of the first box of zombies from season one, the first Zombicide game... Now there are only seven times that many more to do! :) Check out the latest ones in the Zombicide Zombies Image Gallery.

I am currently working on a few different things actually... Thinking of trying to make it through the insane number of figs on the workbench that I currently have... Most of which are from projects that I never completed for the 2014 Lead Painter's League :) Some of those include Gripping Beast Arabs, Lead Adventure miniatures sailors, Mantic's human women, which I realize are not actually that great to paint (sorry Mantic, I tried!), some Wargames Factory Persians, some Hobbit figs, and the last of the rats from the Mice & Mystics boardgame... I'm not all that impressed with that boardgame either... So who knows when or if I'll ever get to those! In any case, I have some half completed, so stay tuned!

KoWHAC Updates!  
June 16th, 2015

I've had a few emails over the past few years regarding the "Follow On" rules in my Kings of War Historical Ancient Combat supplements, and i finally decided to do something about it. Essentially what happened was that Mantic changed their rules and removed that one back in 2012... So, check out all of the Kings of War HIstorical Ancient Combat supplements for the rules updates and some army unit profile updates as well: I fixed the skirmisher rules a bit too, making them a bit less effective than they were, bringing them inline with the historical reality :) I should mention actually that I haven't updated the English Civil War supplement because it didn't seem to suffer the same issues.

What's next? I have some more zombies, zombie survivors, and I'm working on some plastic historical figs as well... The new Kigns of War that's coming has me thinking about that again, so we'll see! Until next time...