|When in doubt, add a dinosaur!|
It's taken me a couple of weeks to get around to this post, what with all this Covid-19 lockdown thingummy whatsit. Rum deal, eh what!
First and foremost, I hope you are all well and that things aren't too bad for you, wherever you are!
That said, on with the blog...
|A cheap, 'orrible plastic dino! What could be more Colonel O'Truth?|
Not much, as it turns out! Certainly, with no way of getting hold of new materials, paints, adhesives and so on, large projects like my immense walker and other VSF/steampunk machines were going to be something of a problem! So what to do?
The answer, I decided, was to think small.
Years ago, I began collecting 10mm fantasy miniatures and even went so far as to post a bit about them on this blog, but I never really got very far with them. Now, however, seems the perfect time to get back into this subject - after all, in such a small scale creations can bloom from off-cuts and little bits and bobs, with no need for large volumes of paint, glue and so on.
|Ikkle tiny orcs and bad guys!|
I have quite a lot of orcs already painted, but they're all rather predictable - warriors, archers, wolf riders, etc. Lovely models for sure, but a Colonel O'Truth army needs a touch of weirdness. And 10mm is the perfect scale for thinking big while staying small.
Obviously, I needed a goblin castle on the back of an enormous purple ankylosaurus.
|A brown ink wash is applied...|
|The whole model is dry brushed with pale beige/brown|
The first thing to do was to get the cheap plastic dinosaur looking good. For this, I applied my usual ink-wash and dry-brush technique, starting from a white undercoat and brown all-over wash. And in between drying times, I would also start designing the castle...
|The beginnings of the castle. The whole thing is only 40mm wide.|
|The finished paint job on the ankylosaurus...|
Once the structure of the castle was ready, I started to add stonework with greenstuff. Again, I have a limited supply of this stuff, so working in very small amounts is important.
|The castle structure.|
|Greenstuff details are added...|
While this was all going on and copious amounts of coffee were being consumed, I was also giving some thought to what kind of terrain I want for this lot. After all, fantasy is the perfect genre for getting weird, using bright colours, and having fun. So why stick to traditional hills, woods, and so on for the table top? I mean, why not make a mountain out of a plastic skull?
And so began the construction of a new modular fantasy tabletop...
|Orc archers atop a skull mountain...|
More on that subject later...
|The goblin castle takes shape!|
Anyway, I think I've made a pretty good start on this one! There's plenty still to do on the dinosaur, some pretty cool terrain taking shape which I'll share with you soon, plenty of models to paint and lots of ideas for oddball fun elements - all without the need for heaps of new materials. And rest assured, there's more steam powered madness on the drawing board!
Keep watching, folks! Stay safe, and see you soon.
|Just one part of the new table top... More soon!|
All the best!