Mice and Mystics - The Heroes!  
April 10th, 2014

Finally got some pictures together of the heroes from the Mice and Mystics game. These figures are pretty cool, and now that I'm done, this is officially the first game that I've painted all of the figures for! Yes, I failed to paint all of the figures for Shadows Over Camelot... and I've heard recently that that game has had a resurgence in popularity. In any case, check out the heroes from Mice and Mystics in the Mice and Mystics Gallery.

Things are still moving along in the Lead Adventure Painter's League, so don't forget to check out the great entries. They are updated every week! As for what's next? Well, I have one picture left to post from Mice and Mystics, and that's the centipede. Not sure when I'll get to it though because it seems that I've forgotted to take pictures of it and it's already chipped! That will teach me to let the kids play with the figures ;) Instead, I'll likely be posting some more vikings. Until then...

 
 
Mice and Mystics arrive  
April 2nd, 2014

Ah, it's been a while, but I finally have more figures to show off! Actually I've had a few sets of figs painted for a while, but I'd been saving them up! What am I saving them up for you may ask? Well, to be honest it's the Lead Painter's League over on the Lead Adventure Forum. It's an annual painting competition round robin sorta deal that I've always meant to enter but never gotten around to. In any case, they're on round two so I suggest you get over there and check it out! There are a number of fantastic figs on show so it's worth the time.

In any case, my first set of figures was the heroes from Mice and Mystics. I have them painted, but not quite photographed. So, to start, I have the enemies of the mice ready. Check them out in the Mice & Mystics gallery. I'll post again next week with the heroes... and maybe even that centipede... Until then!

 
 
An Andalusian welcome to 2014  
February 14th, 2014

There's no denying that 2013 was a slow miniature gaming and painting year for me. It appears that 2014 hasn't gotten off to a great start either :) I'm still painting though, just much slower than I have in the past. My updates have been even slower in coming. But rest assured that I will update this site as things come togather!

I finished these Andalusian light horse back in November but couldn't make the time to get pictures of them together. Over all, I'm pretty happy with the HaT Andalusian light horse. I'd buy more. It sucks that the rest of the HaT Andalusian line is no good though... In any case, I'm done with Andalusians for a while I think... maybe I'll be back to this project again in another five years like last time!

Up next is a race between some Mantic Dwarves and the figures in the Mice & Mystics board game. I've been finding that board games are much more likely to get played here these days. They are less work to set up and much faster for people to learn, and so I've been leaning toward them. And to be honest the figures in the Mice and Mystics game are really very nice. So, stay tuned, hopefully I'll have something to update later in February or early March! Until then, keep your paints wet and your brushes clean!

 
 
Back to Al-Andalus  
October 19th, 2013

So, after four years I'm finally back to my 28mm Andalusians. I believe I started painting those figures back in 2005 or 2006, and I had meant to build a 28mm Andalusian army ever since. I did end up building a 15mm Andalusian army or two (if you consider Granada in there), but never really a 28mm one. I have since given away those Gripping Beast 28mm figs that I had painted; they were not Andalusian enough for me :) Those pointy helmets were too Hollywood for me! Doesn't Gripping Beast know that Andalusians wore round helmets?!? But I digress, I've painted up some HaT plastic 28mm Andalusians. I've had these figs for a while as well, but most of the range are too small. The Light Horse though are actually pretty good... HaT, why weren't you consistent with your Andalusian figure scale?!? So, I won't be using HaT for the entire army, but the light horse are more than adequate. Check them out in the Al-Andalus Gallery.

So what's next? I'm painting more Andalusians yet since I have eight total and I've only finished the first six. Once I get those done I'll put them on a multi base and post some pictures. After that I'm not sure. I still haven't found good figures to represent Andalusian foot and medium cavalry yet. Perhaps more dreadball or Kings of War? I have a terrain project idea as well, but I'm not sure how to realize it yet... Stay tuned!

 
 
Three more dwarves join the fray!  
September 28th, 2013

I managed to whip through these three - not one, but three - guys in the past few weeks... er... I guess that's not actually all that fast. Ori, Oin, and Bombur take to the field against the threat of what lies in the depths of Erebor! Fun to paint, but I am getting character fatigue. So much so that I took a break from painting dwarves to paint some Andalusians for the past little while, as previously mentioned... but I digress. Check out the latest dwarves starting here in the Heroes of Middle-earth Gallery.

So despite the relatively less painting I've been doing I have listened to some great audiobooks though while painting, including Dianna Wyne Jones' Sophie series... I think most people refer to it as Howl's series, but to me it's clearly about Sophie; Howl is totally just a supporting character! I highly recommend it for kids, young and old. Andalusians in the next few weeks, stay tuned!

 
 
More undead to tear the flesh of the living...  
August 27th, 2013

Two miniatures that have been around for a long time finally come off of the 'primed but unpainted' shelf! Good times for sure... I was inspired to finally paint these simply because they were staring at me for so long... and because I was tired of painting Hobbit dwarves, and because I was listening the Timothy Zahn's first Star Wars Trilogy of novels, Heir to the Empire or whatever. All of those things culminated into the two latest figs in the Latest Undead starting here in the gallery.

Next up probably another dwarf from the Hobbit. But after that it's back to historical figures! After looking endlessly around for Andalusian figures I decided that the light horse box set from HaT figures might actually work... but only the light horse set, the other sets are too small... until then.

 
 
The wizard of the skies  
August 16th, 2013

This one has been on my painting table for years. In fact, you can see it in pewter on this August 2010 picture of my painting desk. Finally I managed to motivate myself to get it done! I decided to go with all black, but use the comic-book method of highlighting black with blue... I remember after reading The NAM commic books, for years I thought the Viet Cong wore blue outfits... In any case, check out the figure in the D&D Gallery Here.

I've been working on more figures that have been languishing on my painting desk as well... stay tuned for more of those to come!

 
 
Three more dwarves join the party!  
August 4th, 2013

I managed to get through a few more of the Hobbit dwarves over the past couple of weeks. Adding Nori, Dwarlin, and Balin I now have six out of thirteen of the dwarves that journeyed to the Lonely Mountain. I can't believe there are still even more to go! Cehck them out in the Heroes of Middle-earth Gallery.

I have been trying to work on some of the unpainted figs that have littered my desk for the past while... so expect some odd, one-off type figs over the next week or two!

 
 
A lonely dark-age warrior  
July 22nd, 2013

Painted up a fig that's been laying around for ages in the unpainted pile. It was one that I moved last year when I packed up everything... took it down from the unpainted shelf and packed it, then when I unpacked it, I put it back on that shelf... and now it's done! Check out a couple of pictures of it in the Dungeons & Dragons Gallery.

I'm currently working on a few more dwarves from Middle-earth. So many dwarves... but they hould come together, but after those dwarves I might take a break and work on something else entirely... There are a lot of Warmachine players in my area, so who knows...

 
 
More dwarves for the journey!  
July 15th, 2013

Finished off Bifur and Bofur now! With three dwarves down, there's only 10 left to go... wow, ten dwarves. Crazy really. But hey, check them out in the Heroes of Middle-earth Gallery.

I have some more dwarves on the go, but I think I already need a break from dwarves... maybe something else in the mean time... until then!