AoS Vampire Diaries part 2

Greetings Terrans, how goes it? I’m renewing my efforts to keep on top of my blog so let’s get another set of Vamps out there!

First up, the rather snappily titled ‘Belladamma Volga, First of the Vyrkos’:

As with Lauka Vai last week, Belladamma is more of a mini-diorama than a stand-alone figure, and was a real joy to paint. As is now usual, I started out with Contrast paints for a basecoat, and applied shading, highlighting, drybrushing, etc. I also had a little play at putting some irradiance effects into her feathered shoulder thingy:

The whole thing was a beauty to paint with the wolves being particularly fun, but Belladama, rightly, is the star of the show. Honestly, I think this is one of the best minis in already strong stable, and I heartily recommend this if anyone is looking for a nice painterly project :-)

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Next up is ‘Radukar, the Beast’:

This mini represents an evolution (devolution?) of the version of Radukar that we met in the Cursed City boxed set. He is another big piece/mini diorama and is a lovely thing to paint, but I thought the little dude with the cup of blood was a bit goofy, and that alone places it slightly below Belladamma in my estimation. Still, The Beast is a very satisfying project for anyone that fancies it – my only recommendation is to paint the little bastards first if possible – they are a sod to get at once the whole thing is assembled.

That’s it for now – catch you next time!

AoS Vampire Diaries part 1

Greetings Terrans, how goes it? Huge apologies for being so shit at blogging of late – I’ve been a bit burned out for various reasons & just haven’t had the bandwidth to post regularly… That is not to say I haven’t been painting though, and I have a bit of a treat to share today.

Now, a few months back I completed the rather excellent Cursed City box – as good a set of minis as GW have ever produced I reckon. This box was originally released in April 2021, and controversially, it sold out mega fast. At a similar time as this was released, a whole slew of Vampires were also released – seemingly without much fanfare or strategy. I have since heard that these Vamps were originally planned to be expansions for Cursed City, and that those plans went tits-up when Brexit kicked in… I don’t know about all that, but net-net, we had a sudden shitload of very cool Vampire minis. I was on a bit of a roll with Cursed City, so I went on a bit of a splurge.

Here is the first of these Brexit Vamps – I figured I’d start big, so here’s ‘Lauka Vai, Mother of Nightmares’:

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Wow, what a mini – more of a mini-diorama actually! She is a really weird amalgam of giant Vamp (think 54mm scale), bat thing and dragon… The official fluff explains all this as the unfortunate side effect of tangling with a sorcerer, (it’s always bloody sorcerers!). It’s all a bit daft really, but whatever – she is an absolute belter of a thing to paint. I did have a little play with metallic red on some of the armour plates, but otherwise she was painted in my go-to ‘contrast first, shade & highlight’ technique, though the large expanse of skin meant that I could really go to town with the blending. The only bit that didn’t really click for me was, unfortunately, her face… despite being a bigger scale, (or perhaps because of it?), I found the detail to be strangely soft and I just couldn’t really get my teeth into it… It’s good enough, but not quite as good as I would expect. Still, I’m really chuffed with the whole piece, and she is the first of many Vamps to roll off the painting desk – more to share soon! :-)

Sludge part 2

Greetings Terrans, I have more Sludgy goodness to share with you folks today. For those that don’t know, Sludge is a wargame created by Sean Sutter, (available in Blaster vol. 4), and comes with a really appealing setting which mixes Blackpowder, medieval and steampunk vibes into one nightmarish dystopian reality… It is also miniature agnostic, so for me, was a great excuse to go and get some Perry Miniatures – a range that I have been itching to have a look at for a long time!

So I started out with the ‘PN1’ Prussian Line Infantry from the Napoleonic range… that’s a whopping 46 minis for £22 – less than 50p per mini!! The set includes 40 muskets including officer, standard and drummer, plus 6 bonus Jaegers. I was quite happy with the general vibe of the Prussians, but I wanted to tie them in more tightly with the concept of the Toymaker Kinge, and so wanted them to look horrifically like automatons… (or, even more horrifically, like they might NOT completely be automatons…).

I picked up some robot heads somewhere (Spellcrow I think?), and ended up with these creatures – I’m very pleased with the Cyberman vibe:

Yellow epilates & cuffs

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Blue epilates & cuffs

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Red epilates & cuffs, plus leader, drummer and standard

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I have since painted the flag and changed the eye colour to blue :-)

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Officer/Leader type

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The spine of my Sludge army – for about £40 with heads and bases!

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Plus 6 bonus Jaegers :-)

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So let’s talk about the models… Well, they are really very good for 50p! They are ‘proper plastic’ for a start, so very amenable to converting and so on. They are truescale, so won’t look great spliced with GW minis – you can see that the more heroically scaled automaton heads come up a smidge large, but I can get away with it in the context of this project I think. If I’m being hyper-critical, the detailing is a bit of a faff to pick out here and there, but really nothing too terrible when you consider the price!

The painting was suitably sludgy & mucky – very quick work with Contrast paints, shading and drybrushing being very much the order of the day! I also went to town with the texture & technical paint, plus plenty of grass tufts to hide any wonky bits… I wanted these poor machines to look almost derelict – the Toymaker Kinge cares not if they break as a result of enacting his will!

So that’s all on this project for the tie being – off to Dublin on Thursday for a weekend playing Ghost Archipelago so supper excited about that!! Catch you droogs on the flip side :-)