Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Another bookcase

Some more scatter terrain as part of my quest to apply pigment to castings, this time a bookcase from the Reaper Bones line. I don't feel as guilty not doing a traditional human/humanoid figure, because I feel like I put nearly the same amount of work into this piece of furniture (what with painting all the individual books and all). 
Plenty of detailing on this casting, although I'm not a fan of the company name and copyright symbol on the back of the thing (which now that I think about, I could have sanded down). Paint, wash, and drybrush really brings out the wood grain.
Because the bottom of this piece isn't flat, even after some sanding, I glued a small section of actual wood to the model to keep it steady and upright. As you can see, it goes well with 28mm figures.
Another addition for my skirmish games (D&D, Frostgrave, Melee/Wizard, Song of Blades & Heroes, etc.). And as you can see, it's part of a matching set--although I painted this slightly different than the first one I did.
I'm very pleased with how this model came out, and I like it better than my initial version. But I want to ask people veiwing this blog, does it look like there is that much of a difference? Please let me know.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Some furniture

I've been behind on my self-imposed schedule of At Least One Miniature A Week (thanks to a difficult spaceship build and videogames), but these two packages from the Reaper Bones line, the bed and the set of table & benches, should nearly catch me up. Very easy to paint, thanks to washes and drybrushing, and I've got two more (or four, if you count the parts of the kitchen set separately) items ready for the game table.
If you run skirmish games or roleplaying games, you can always use more set dressing, and these pieces will come in handy across a variety of rules. As you can see, they're approximately 28mm scale and will work in my games of D&D, Frostgrave, Melee/Wizard, Song of Blades & Heroes, and so on. Meanwhile, I will start sorting through my pile of bare casting for the next mini to paint.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Mining exploration ship

At long last, the newest addition to my merchant fleets is complete: This decommissioned warship is now being used as a mobile prospecting base and processing facility.   
Originally a Federation attack carrier built by the Valiant Enterprises shipyards, this vessel was commissioned during the Third Interstellar War and served for more than two centuries after that conflict ended. 
Now designated as the MV Dorsey, this ship retains its launch/recovery platforms, but the hangars that once held Shooting Star- and Solar Flare-class fighters now house single crew mining and prospecting vehicles, and weapons bays now contain industrial laboratories and processing equipment.  
The starship still retains the fore-mounted twin railguns, which have been modified to accelerate small ore shipments into transfer orbits.  
This is a neat model, but I can't say it was fun to put together. It came in four hull sections that I had to pin together to make sure they didn't come apart, and the various superstructure pieces and landing pads. The latter were problematic because they did not fit cleanly, and it took a lot of scraping to fit them into their slots.
Still, that's one more mini (and a spaceship, even!) that's done, and it will make a nice target for raiders in a future scenario. Till next time!

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Still working on stuff

Not as productive lately; maybe because it feels like spring break, or maybe because I've been playing Skyrim a lot. Either way, my output has slowed down, but not stopped. Firsti, I have some Reaper Bones furniture that will make nice scatter terrain for skirmish games.
Next, I'm making progress on the spaceship--it's primed now, and I've attached the superstructure, sensor mast, and bow guns. If only I had glued those parts on before I spraypainted the mini. I ended up painting them separately, then scraping paint off the model to glue this stuff on. Still, it's something.