Thursday, February 6, 2020

4Ground Nanhai Trading Post


I actually completed this kit way back in November but have been unbelievably busy (more on the myriad  of reasons why in my next post) and haven't had internet access either so it's taken me this long to just get this simple post together.


And because I completed the kit right before the big move to South Carolina (until May of 2020), I wasn't able to do any kind of customization - and there is a lot of really neat opportunities for them too.


One of the biggest being some ropes and buoys around all these docks and walkways, and around the porch of the building. I think it would really add a lot visually and story wise.


This kit is by far one of my favorites from 4Ground. After years of simple and basic buildings 4Ground are finally getting in a lot more of the little details that I've been wanting and asking for (and have even added myself on older kits), like shutters, variations on interior walls, and roofing details just to name a few.


As with all 4Ground kits you can expect lots of interior play areas and this one doesn't disappoint - even a wrap around porch that adds even more play possibilities.


Again, more time and I could have added some fun customization to the interiors.


I threw my model of Jonah Hex from Great Escape Games onto the dock to add a little southern flavor as the building has a feel of being in a swamp or bayou.


Which is why I decided to put it on a water mat, though it should be much dirtier water if we want it to be a swamp 🙂


In addition to the ropes, I think some weathering along all the support posts would add a lot visually. Barnacles and algae would be perfect if I go with a water environment, which I'm definitely leaning towards for the building.


Lots of really great possibilities for this building and can't wait to figure out where best to utilize it.


As always, thanks for looking and for sticking with the blog during the long absence.

Cheers!
Ivor

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Wizkids, Mantic, And 4Ground Bits And Bobs


I have an unhealthy obsession with scatter terrain and accessories. I can never have enough and always want more, as you can see in the photo above. Clearly I went way overboard with everything lol! I even picked up some of the new pre-painted 4D Wizkids sets that I found for 50% off.


There is just way too much stuff to bother with individual photos, so I'll just show some of my favorite ones. The bunk beds behind the cage are from the castle barracks pre-painted set and are really nice.


The bulk of the items are all from $125.00 in store credit I had at one of the local game stores. I used all of it to buy a bunch of the "primed and ready to paint" Wizkids Dungeons and Dragons accessory pieces from their Deep Cuts and Nolzur's lines.


I blew through pretty much all of it thanks to Citadel's new contrast paints. If you have anything that needs painted in a wood color I highly recommend the Snake Bite Leather and Gore-Grunta Fur - the stuff is absolutely amazing, especially the Snake Bite Leather!


The same goes with any type of stone work you may be doing. Highly recommend both Space Wolves Grey and Basilicanum Grey. This stuff takes absolutely no time to do and the results are pretty astounding in my opinion. My only tip is to just do one coat, don't even try to do multiple passes on an area - just get it evenly covered and you're done. Less is more and definitely don't over think it!


I also made up this fun Ark of the Covenant set from 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'. The shipping crate is from a 4Ground box I modified a little, and the Ark itself was a stretch goal from Crooked Dice's last pulp Kickstarter. In hindsight I should have built the crate so the bottom was removable as the Ark is the perfect size to fit in there.


I also made up these books to kind of look like the books the story of three knights was in from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - the books that were in Walter Donovan's office. Forgot to add a red ribbon book mark though.


I know the contrast paints get a lot of hate, but they absolutely have their uses as you can see in all the photos, but especially above here. That green is just perfect 😃

Until next time, thanks for looking!
Cheers!
Ivor

Sunday, November 17, 2019

US 7th Cavalry Mounted


Lots of figures getting based up recently, the first being of the mounted variety. This group is the US 7th cavalry from Artizan.


I completely forgot to do a year in review and goals for 2019 post but getting mounted figures completed was definitely on the top of any and all 'to do' lists I had.


The nice thing is I think these can be used in several types of skirmish games.


I'm sure they will see action in Dead Man's Hand and Gunfighter's Ball, in scenarios very Hollywood-esque along the lines of the John Ford cavalry film trilogy.


To even something like Peckinpah's Major Dundee could be really fun, as this guy almost has the exact face of James Coburn's character Sam Potts - of course the outfit is all wrong, but still, pretty solid likeness in my eyes.


This guy wins Movember 😂


And it's always fun to get more horses completed too, as all the riders are able to be taken off their mounts so corrals can be fully stocked.


Next up are some mounted robbers - it's been so long since I purchased these guys (big surprise right) and I can't for the life of me remember who the manufacturer is, though I'm leaning towards Artizan again.


A little variety with this group weapons wise as opposed to the cavalry, with this robber brandishing a rifle.


And a shotgun.


This guys hat makes me think he's probably from Kansas, and a former member of the outlaw groups there, as all he needs is a feather in it - maybe that could be a fun side project.


And finally I would like to say welcome and thank you to new follower of the blog Esben Christiansen, really appreciate you following along 😀

As always, thanks for looking!
Cheers!
Ivor

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Zomtober 2019 Week 4 More Mantic's TWD


Another year and another Zomtober completed.  Painting is a real chore for me nowadays so anything over 4 figures completed for the month and I consider it a win, and for this last week I finished up another 7 models - plus a scenery piece and an initiative marker.


First up is Michonne. This is a pretty neat pose I must say.


Next is Lacey.


I tried something different with this Walker in the jumpsuit since it looked like he worked in some kind of automotive business. I made up a Texaco motor oil logo for the back of his jumpsuit. I like the idea, I just don't think the execution was where I'd like it to be.


A couple of walkers from prison set.


And the final two walkers for 2019.


I also finished one of the crashed cars from the scenery set.


I like the rust effects, but I think I may have gone overboard on the weathering, and definitely don't care for how the windows turned out.


I also finished the badge from the starter set. I used a brush flicking technique to put the little specks of blood on the badge and think it actually looks pretty good. Too bad it's a piece that will probably never be used lol!


I have this really great app on my phone and tablet called Hoopla where you can register your library card with the app and it allows you check out movies, music, television shows, and comic books - well this has allowed me to read the first 35 issues of The Walking Dead comics this month, so I decided to have a bit of fun with this last photo and change it to a pencil drawing as a nod to the comics 😀

Until next time, thanks for looking!
Ivor

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Zomtober 2019 Week 3 With Mantic's TWD


Much better output this week than last week as the poison ivy debacle has almost completely cleared up. I went back to survivors this time around, all from Mantic's 'The Walking Dead All Out War' game and got 9 based up.


Have you ever bought so much stuff over the course of the year that you totally forget what you actually have stashed away in boxes? Yeah, that's me in a nutshell. A lot of these models I'd totally forgot I had - like Brian Blake here from the Woodbury set. And apologies for the photos, the lighting during the day is very difficult to try to get right up in the studio 😕


Sandra.


Andy.


Derek.


Negan, from the exclusive set.


Otis.


Allen.


Carlos.


Billy.


I also painted up this really neat objective marker from the exclusive set that Negan came in. I absolutely love little pieces like this 😀

Until next time, thanks for looking!
Ivor