Sunday, July 8, 2012

Minis I painted on Vacation

Hi, friends. It's been a while since I posted. The family and I went on vacation to Geneva on the Lake, a nice little resort town on Lake Erie. We had a great time, swam, relaxed and generally just chilled. I brought up some minis and got some painting done, too. Here's what I got done.

Pic above is a few GW Catachans I'll use for Survivors or Gangers in ATZ. I tried to paint them in the U.S. Navy's new Aquaflage uniform (just the pants, the shirts are just one of the colors from the aquaflage. They're based on black sand and some have road line markings to represent asphalt.

Pic above is a few Clix repaints. Nothing fancy, just a few more guns.

A few more Clix conversions or repaints. Chainsaw guy had a head swap from the Defiance Games United Americas Marine Corps. The two suits had a repaint, and one had his pistol arm repositioned.

These are "Get Some! 28mm Science Fiction minis from Sgt Major Miniatures. These are the rest of the crew and cast of Joss Whedon's Firefly series. From the left, the Doctor, Simon, his sister, River, Caylee the ship's mechanic, and Shepherd Book. I just realized Inara was missing, I found her hiding on my painting table. I used sand from the beach the bases on these minis, as well as a few others. The sand has lots of differently sized particles for a nice, irregular texture. I'm using these minis now for "terrified civilians" for encounters in All Things Zombie by TwoHour Wargames.

Pic above shows the last of my Hasslefree Minis which were waiting in my painting queue.

Pics above are 6 Defiance Games United Americas Marine Corps (UAMC). These are excellent plastics with great detail. I made a slight conversion on a couple in that I used a couple of torsos from GW Empire Militia. Each UAMC sprue has 3 leg sections, 6 heads, multiple weapons, but only 2 torsos, so you can only build 2 figures from each sprue. By using the GW torsos, (which fit perfectly btw) you get 3 troopers from each sprue. Can you see the ones with the GW torsos? The nice thing about using the GW torsos (which I had in the bitz box) with the UAMC parts is you can make 36 UA Marines from 1 $30 box (83 cents each), instead of 24 Marines ($1.25 each). 

Pic above is my crowd of mostly unarmed civilians including recently painted ones. I'll use them for "Terrified Civilians" in ATZ encounters. They're a mixture of Hasslefree Minis, Sgt Major Minis, Clix, and game figures from the boardgame "Last Night on Earth.

I've got a project underway which I think you will like, it's the Filling Station from Demo's Laser Cut Designs. Scroll to the bottom of the page. I saw their 28mm 4-pack of shops on PapaSpanky's excellent Geek in the Basement blog.

Also of note, I finished reading "Karl, Birth of Mystery" by D.J. Kettlety, a fellow blogger. A great read, I think I finished it 3 days while on vacation. He already has plans for books 2 and 3 of the series, which I will certainly be reading, too. 

Well, thanks for stopping by. Comments and criticisms welcome.


Anne said...

You took more than just a few minis with you Joe!! This is quite an impressive bunch. Chainsaw guy is neat and I like the copper as well. The temps are finally dropping below 100 degrees here. I hope you guys are experiencing the same shift in weather.

Michael Awdry said...

Sounds like a perfect holiday a lake , swimming and a shed load of painting! Great results sir!

Jay said...

Nice work, LJ. Looks to me like you turned your paint brush on autopilot!

Rovanite said...

Really nice paint work on those! You did a great job!

Lead Legion said...

Good work Lucky Joe. You've been a busy man :)

Luckyjoe said...

@Anne: Thanks very much. I was actually able to chip away a little at the old Lead Mountain. :) Glad to hear you guys are getting cooler temperatures, too. We are down to mid 80s today.

@Michael Awdry: Thanks. It was a great vacation. Great food, too. Went to a place called "Effin Burrito". Love it.

@Jay: Thanks, Jay. It's amazing how much you can get done when you don't have to do anything you don't want to do. :)

Luckyjoe said...

@Rovanite: Hi, and thanks very much. You Lead Legion must have commented while I was responding to the first set of comments. Most of the paint jobs were simple, but they'll do for the gaming table. :)

@Lead Legion: Thanks very much. I painted half of them in a screened-in front porch. That got too hot so I moved down to the basement. Nice and cool and the refrigerator with the beer and pop was right by my painting table. :)

Brummie said...

Nice paint jobs and conversions on these you where productive whilst relaxing :D

Spacejacker said...

What an output! I would love a few days of painting with no other distractions myself. Very clever use of extra torsos as well, I sure couldnt tell without squinting. Great results all round Joe!

Zabadak said...

Goodness me, you have been busy.
A really good haul of varied figures there. I'm thinking I need a holiday now to get my city finished !

Luckyjoe said...

@Brummie: Thanks, sort of a painting holiday. :)

@Spacejacker: Thanks. I had seen where one blogger was sculpting his own torsos. I knew I couldn't make ones near as nice, so I tried the GW ones.

@Zabadak: Thanks, yes, nothing like some prolonged free time to get hobby stuff done.

Ray Rousell said...

Great stuff, love the chainsaw guy!!

Mecha Ace said...

Great work there. Really must get back to some painting, my blog is looking a bit bare on the painting front recently.

Lord Siwoc said...

You have been busy mate!

And really loving what you have achived. Good work all around.

The Extraordinarii said...

Very nice Joe, sounds like perfect time away, minis, sun, swim and the misses !

Lake Geneva, isn't that were legendary D&D co creator used to live... can I call it sacred ground!

Vampifan said...

Wow, Joe, you really have pulled out all the stops to get this lot finished! Very impressive collection of figures and great paint jobs. Well done, my friend!

Mathyoo said...

Those look great, especially the blood on the Tony (or whats the name of the guy with a golf club and a cell phone :P).

Using GW's torsos on deviance's marines to use the spare parts sounds wise, too. That must be one of the moments all the hoarding we do in this hobby pays of!

lrqan said...

Wow, now that's a holiday haul.

Luckyjoe said...

@Ray: Thanks, that chainsaw guy is a fun mini.

@Mecha Ace: Thanks. I know what you mean. Sometimes it's hard to find the time to paint.

@Lord Siwoc: Thanks, it was fun, and I finally got some stuff done.

@The Extraordinarii: Thanks, it was a great time, nice balance of fun things. But Geneva On The Lake is in Ohio, Gary Gygax was from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

@Vampifan: Thanks, it was a lot fun and felt good to get them finally done. Of course now I have the PA Scooby Crew coming from Hasslefree. As long as they make minis, I'll never be done. :)

@Mathyoo: Thanks very much. I did a sort of stippling technique on Tony's shirt with 3 different reds. I'm glad you like the way it came out. It was something new. And you're right about the hoarding paying off. I never throw anything hobby related away, and it definitely paid off.

@Irqan: Thanks. And that's not all. My son David picked up a nice little resin dragon for me, that I am going to paint up soon.