Sunday, August 19, 2012

A 1:1 Scale Figure

About a year ago, we bought a garden gnome.  Not just any gnome, but a cast-iron beast of a gnome from Costco.  According to the box, his name is Brumbiddle.  Now, Brumbiddle is a really excellent gnome.  Unfortunately, his paint proved rather susceptible to fading.

So, I decided to repaint him, with craft-paints which are supposedly meant for outdoor use.  This took a bit longer than I expected, but here he is at last, restored to gnomish glory.

Brumbiddle in his natural habitat.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Warmaster: Tomb Kings

Warmaster is a 10mm-scale fantasy game GW came out with in 2000.  I have a large army of High Elves that I painted back then, which I plan to display in a series of posts fairly soon.  Although Warmaster is a really excellent game, it's been almost ten years since I last was able to play.  Recently, seized with nostalgia, I decided to paint some opponents for my Elves, at long last.
I decided on the Tomb Kings, which are GW's pseudo-Egyptian undead army, both because they are relatively easy to paint, and because I already had a bunch of them stored away.  I just finished the first two units for the army, two regiments of humble skeleton warriors.
Here is the first regiment.  Check out the new recruit popping up from the ground.
And the second.  The blue on their shields and banners is not quite so dark in real life.
Both regiments massed together.  The hieroglyphics on their banners and shields are two of the four characters to make the Nehekharan word for vengeance.  Next, I'll paint two units of skeleton archers to go with these guys, and give them banners with the other two glyphs.  I plan to paint this army in brigades of four units, organized and named in this manner.
Here, a scouting party of Elves makes an unpleasant discovery.
 Finally, a wider shot, with some of the scenery I've picked up to go with this army.  The pyramids and the crumbling head are all aquarium ornaments from a company called Zanusa.  Ebay seems to be the best place to get them; I was able pick the up for under $7 each.  I might repaint them at some point, but the look reasonably good as-sold.
Warmaster is still sold by Games Workshop, under the "Specialist Games" heading, albeit at prices almost double what was charged ten years ago.  The secondary market is much more affordable, particularly for the more common armies like Tomb Kings and High Elves.

Although Warmaster is no longer actively supported by GW, the unofficial Specialist Games forum has a quite active Warmaster section here.  It also hosts an excellent database of articles from the now sadly defunct Fanatic Magazine, which for a time supported Warmaster and the other Specialist Games.