Sunday, April 29, 2012

Prize from Otherworld Miniatures

A quick update on my previous post: my prize from Architects of War's drawing arrived earlier this week, and I thought I would update to let folks know what they sent. And as a wise man once said, "The best miniatures are free miniatures."

They kindly sent me one of their blister packs from the Otherworld Miniatures line, which is really well-done: lots of classic D&D-esque figures, cultists, big snakes, all that jazz. I received a 3 figure blister of their Drow Warriors (MSRP $17.60 USD), which are excellently sculpted. I thought that instead of taking a picture of bare minis in a blister, I would just link up the picture from their site: who wants to look at bare metal and plastic?

The middle guy is very reminiscent of the old cover art for the Forgotten Realms  novels featuring Drizzt.

Needless to say, I am always pleased to receive free miniatures. I would love to own a few more of their sets to paint up for my fantasy skirmish model collection, but their price point is a little steep for my fellowship stipend. I highly recommend them, however, to those who love excellent 28mm fantasy miniatures and have deeper pockets.

S. V. B. E.
The Fox

Monday, April 16, 2012

I'm a wiener!...I mean WINNER!

I can't believe I won the Welcome to the Otherworld contest being held by the folks at Architects of War! I'm looking forward to whatever goodies from their new Otherworld Miniatures line they decide to send me. Stay posted for the contents of my haul...

Many thanks to the fine folks at Architects of War!

Vici, amici! Vici!
The Fox

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Calling all collectors: figure ID?

I picked up a rather large lot of random medieval figures off of TMP a while ago for a super cheap price, and I have no idea what range to which some of the figures belong. Seeing as this is not my particular forte (being a relative whippersnapper and not so schooled in the history of casting), I thought I would appeal to the interwebs for the sage advice of the HiveMind.

Here we have a very dynamic crusader knight being flung from his unfortunate mount.

'Deus vult!'

Here we have what I think is a modification of one of the knights from below, posed  for a last stand on top of a casualty horse figure.

I'm not certain that this one is related to the above. It is more slender in sculpt.
These may or may not be related. I think the knight on the right is clearly the one from above.

And here are some others: Sneezy, Hoody, and Spearman.
I appeal to your knowledge, oh ye Sages of the Lead!

S. V. B. E.
-The Fox

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

An update and some randomness from the painting desk

To begin by stating the obvious, it has been a while since my last post. Let's just say that a(n ancient) Latin ogre (check your Monster Manual) by the name of Gaius Julius Dissertatio clubbed me over the head and dragged me bag to his lair, and (to mix my ancient cultures) I was only able to escape by clinging to the belly of a ram when he let his herd out to pasture.

I have managed to get some painting accomplished in the interim: my Wars of the Roses project continues, though not as much progress has been made as I would like. Richard of Gloucester's retinue is complete, and I have started in on Will Hastings, and I have also completed a levy bill-bow unit, and some Irish mercenaries for the Lancastrians. The project is about 40% 'complete' (i.e. building for the Battle of Tewkesbury)--as if any wargaming project ever achieves its telos.

I also wanted to post up some pictures of random stuff that I has come from my painting desk at one time or another. A miniatures blog entry is like a PowerPoint presentation: if there aren't any pictures, you're doing it wrong.

Here we have some Scythian nobles from Old Glory 25s: they can easy represent any sort of unruly steppe nomad types on the skirmish table. I was incredibly surprised with how much I liked the sculpts (particularly the middle guy), since I bought them on a whim. No one really knows what the Scythians looked like, as the sources conflict, and archaeological excavations of tomb mounds has turned up mummified corpses which look Ukrainian, and DNA analysis has shown others to be related to the steppe people of western Mongolia. They were likely a mixed grouping of confederate tribes who intermingled.

Apologies for the unfinished bases: that's on the agenda.

Obligatory close-up
The Wife bought some Splintered Light forest creatures (note the cuteness factor) which she has tasked me with painting. This will happen in fits and starts when I feel like painting something tiny. I have never painted in 15mm before: these are my first ones.

My little namesakes! Some sweet little foxes. (Hide the chickens!)

And here are some oldies, painted a goodly while ago, that I don't mind posting up. First we have some Old Glory Norman heavy horse painted up a Swan Knights of Dol Amroth on a whim. I added their head-wraps with some green stuff.
Front view.

Shield view.
And lets finish it off with the following, as whose collection could be complete without a Fellowship (obtained on the old e-bay for $5, I might add: no way am I paying Game$ Work$hop prices!)?

I love Boromir. It's like Richard Sharpe at a Ren-faire.
That's all for now. I hope my next post won't be so long in the making. May the gods of dice and paint favor you!

Si vales, bene est,
-The Fox