Monday, 15 January 2018

Back to the Brushes 151

Some work in progress pictures that are ongoing at present.


Two different sets of Skeletons from Alternative Armies. Both are currently on 40mm bases however this may change as they may be based for Basic Impetus Fantasticus or maybe just saboted for the same.


Three retro Chaos Warriors from Citadel as with the other two recently completed brethren the colour schemes will be limited for these warriors.


Lastly, the next in line for black painting the twin of a recently completed Citadel High Elf and an old C01 fighter again from Citadel


Some completed pictures to follow shortly

Cheers for now

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Back to the Brushes 150

A few work in progress pictures for the Challenge so far


The Eternal Guard from Alternative Armies move on unholy step closer to completion.


The orc is a straggler from before the challenge that will be finished soon


Two retro Chaos Warriors from Citadel  in differing stages of readiness. The left hand as viewed waiting on basing the right hand as viewed with base colours blocked in for a black and gold colour scheme on armour and cloth.



Background to them all are the peltasts that have received another layer of flesh tone since last seen, not that you'd be able to tell in these pictures. 

More to follow shortly. 

Cheers for now

Monday, 8 January 2018

2017 in Review

How did 2017 fare in terms of painting and gaming? A bit late due to the dreaded lurgy striking the house down over the New Year.

Will start with the painting and the year started with the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge VII - the sixth for here. Made the points target set at the start of the challenge and enjoyed the three months worth of painting and blogging.

The rest of the year the motivation for painting ebbed and flowed and the resulting tally of completed figures is:

6mm - 40 figures
15mm - 89 figures and one artillery piece
20mm - 11 vehicles
28mm - 33 figures painted and 10 painted figures rebased.

There are a few from the tale end of 2017 that will be completed early this year and as usual some that carry on to future years, such is the nature of painting miniatures.

Gaming, ah now here is another story, in fact its a very short story too. Not very much of anything really. A few beginners games of Chain of Command, the odd game of SAGA and maybe some Dragon Rampant early in the year; possibly some Basic Impetus but other than that nothing that jumps out as significant.

Lots of talk of games and campaigns but nothing actually starting and moving forward. There is always this year...

On the blog front there was an increase in the number of posts up to 57 for the year, so just over one a week. Looking to increase on this and possibly add in a new theme this year, but more on that later.

Thanks for continuing to read and comment.

Cheers for now.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Back to the Brushes 149

The first work in progress pictures for 2018 - taken in 2017 - with a variety of periods and scales been shown.


Above a retro Citadel figure posing as an Evil fighter, so far the armour has been base coated and washed with strong tone. Further washes and edging to follow.


The solitary elf moves closer to completion with only the accessories to paint and maybe a little tonal wash on the face to deepen the colour round the eyes.


The first four stands of the additional twelve for the Undead Hordes of the Things army painted last challenge. Four more are shown further down the page in their base colour.


A unit of six peltasts for Basic Impetus and its big brother. The figures have been undercoated in Army Painter's barbarian flesh as a trial for this period. So far pleased with the results.


Eight Ninja from Dixon Miniatures to be added to those painted several challenges back.


The skeletons as mentioned above.

Fifteen days to the entry deadline for the Challenge, hoping to have a few different items for that date if not before. 

Cheers for now.




Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Happy New Year - 2018

A little late,  however wishing you all a very Happy  healthy and fulfilling 2018 in whatever you do.

image from Sky News

Cheers for now

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Merry Christmas


Seasonal greetings to you all, near or far. 

Wishing everyone peace, hope and happiness.

Back to the Brushes 146

Some pictures of the preparation that has been ongoing over the last few weeks for the Painting Challenge


The chaos before and after a dust and tidy up. A solitary elf stands central on the painting table waiting to be finished during the early days of the Challenge.


Below are some of the figures that have been prepped for the challenge and the running list is below



  • 10 28mm Retro Chaos Warriors from Citadel circa 1982-4
  • 8 28mm Ninjas from Dixon Miniatures
  • 48 15mm Skeletons from Alternative Armies
  • 6 28mm Peltasts from Foundry - not shown
  • 36 28mm Trojans from Redoubt
The figures above that show colour rather than undercoat have been re-base coated to fit with the rules of the Challenge.

To finish here is some nostalgia from Marillion


Great song,  not so sure about the flaming suit though Fish..... clearly clothes in the late eighties were worse than I remember.

Cheers for now