Friday 9 February 2024

2024! Lets get started.

Hello once again all!

I'm back once again.  The weather is cold and I got no place to go....which means painting!  So I started off this year with a few projects I want to finally get here it goes!

My General!  Commodus Leitdorf!  The Last Elector of Averland.  He's been technically painted this whole time, but he was always kind of flat. So I washed and highlighted him and am VERY happy with how he came out.  The yellow came out nice and bright and not patchy like many other models.

Now for something that has been half done for about 10 years now...

30 Empire Swordsmen!  Yeah these guys have been half painted since around 2013-2014.  Just never got around to finishing them up.  Now they are done! Now to just show them off with their detachments.

Finally glad to get this unit out of the way so I can get other things done....

6 Pistoliers!  Now mind you I had painted the unit champion last technically only 5 were painted...and even then it was mostly a refresh with washes and shading.  But it worked!  All done!

Now for one more....

One Grey Wizard!  This one has been sitting around almost as much as my Swordsmen.  But now he is done and ready for the battlefield!

So 37 models is a great way to start the year....going forward I may have other stuff in the works...

Stay tuned!

- Commodus

Friday 29 December 2023

Warbands Getting Finished Left and Right!

Hello once again all!

Been a long (Hot) summer and I feel great!  While I did spend a great deal of time outdoors I also managed to get a bunch of stuff painted!  Well not a "bunch" but a "decent amount" would be more accurate.  So lets see what I got done!

3 More Frostgrave Minis. With these done I finish the Sprue I had bought.  I'm quite happy with how they turned out.  I do need to expand and get a few more Sprues in that fact I do have another!  Oathmark!

One Oathmark Dwarf, One Bones Halfling Thief and one Dungeons and Doggos...well, doggo.  With these miniatures I have finally completed my Frostgrave Warband!

So I technically finished a project this year.  So go me!  But I also added two boo.  Of course by that I mean I decided to dip my toes into 40k.  So lets take a look at some of my test minis.

For Warhammer 40k 10th edition  I decided to give Deathwatch a go.  While I have most of the rest of the squad partially painted this guy is the test model I managed to get done.  Overall I'm happy with how he came out and will hopefully get the rest of the units I have done in the new year.  Speaking of getting units done, I also took a stab at some older minis...

I got into some Oldhammer back during the summer and bought a bunch of cheap Space Marines to make a 3rd edition Blood Angels force.  It is mostly sitting in a carrying case but I got these models done as a test on how to paint red.  Very happy with the results (although the Dreadnought came out much lighter then I intended).

Next up!  Another project I finished!

The Leader of my Gnoll Warband is done!  Here's the whole Warband completed.  Now, with that being said I do have 5 more models I intended to add to it, hopefully in the new year.  But this is what the initial project called to have complete...and it is complete!  Go me!

And now to show off projects that have been sitting half done for AGES now that I finally completed.


12 Pestigors and 10 Dark Elf Crossbowmen!  Both of these units were projects started a few years ago.  in fact by "A few years ago" I mean 2013!  So I finally sat down and got them done and ready and I'm very happy with them being completed.

So, after several months of silence, this is everything I have painted in that time.  In fact I started writing this blog post in August and never got around to finishing it until now.  With the New Year in sight I only have a bit of time to add to my overall miniature count.  So I'll wait and see if I have anything else to add.

Until then!

- Commodus

Wednesday 14 June 2023

May Showers Lead to More Painting....

Hello once again all!

I'm back once more with more painting done.  Its been a bit since an update but I have actually gotten a fair amount done.  So lets take a look at some of the stuff I managed to finish!

More Gnolls for my Warband!  Also a Half-Orc Barbarian I had left over from a Nolzur's pack I bought.  Figured I finally get home done and put away.

The Gnolls join my Warband which now only has one model left...technically two but the second one may take a bit to get ready.  I want to do some fancy basing with it.  Now with these five done what else do I have...

One Skaven Jezzail!  Adding it to my WARCRY 3 BLOOD DRAGON! Skaven Warband.  I also have just a few more to add to that one as well.  Might even have something to show off sooner than later!

Well thats it for now, back to the painting war....


Friday 7 April 2023

Spring Update! Lets Gooooo!

Hello once again all!

I am back once again with another update.  I have a few more things that I managed to paint...although I will admit I haven't been working as hard as I had promised.  I did manage to paint stuff in the last 1.5 months sooo...

Two Soldiers for my Frostgrave warband!  One Man-at Arms (women in this case) and a Thief!  I bought a single sprue so have 3 more I want to put together and paint for this game.  Just to have variety in my future warbands!

Anyway next up...

More terrain!  This time Warcry Terrain I had bought.  Luckily people split up the box and sell individual sprues so you don't have to splurge on the whole thing.  This one tree is good scatter terrain for pretty much any game.  I have a few more sprues from Warcry sets, one of which I am assembling now but will probably be a bit before I get to it.

Next up!

Dark Elf Spearmen!  I did these guys mostly as test models and I like how they came out so I will have to work on getting a whole 25 man unit done now.  The scheme is pretty easy and quick...relatively.  Although I will admit whenever I first paint models it tends to go slow.  Anything after this should be a breeze!

Well all in all 8 models....although one should really count as at least 10....oh well!

Until Next!


Thursday 16 February 2023

A House by Any other name....

Hello all!

I'm back once again to show off some stuff I managed to paint.  Not very much, in fact technically only one model.  It was pretty big however so I figured I'd go over how I got it painted.

I bought this House at a Comic-con last year and decided to get it all painted up!  First step was to base coat it black and paint all the wood trim with a light brown.

After the trim I proceeded to paint all the Stone a dark grey.  Mostly the floor and chimney.

Next up I painted the roof tiles a light blue to match all the other buildings in my little village I am building.

Next step I gave the whole thing a layer of my homemade Black Wash to darken the colours and give depth to the mini.

I then proceeded to drybrush a very light brown over all the wood to bring out the wood grain.

Next step was to do the same with the stone by using a light grey to make that pop as well.

Then perhaps the longest and most annoying step.  I had to go in and paint the walls a beige colour to show off the plastered walls and cracks.

Once that was done the last steps involved giving the whole thing a light dry brush of beige for the weathering.  As well as painting all the metal bits as well as the window panes.

And there it is!  One House complete!  It came out great and matches all my other houses as well.  Whats next?  Well we shall wait and see!


Wednesday 25 January 2023

First Models of the Year!

Hello all!

I'm back in the groove and working on finishing some projects.  First one up is going to be my Orc and Goblin Army.  I am VERY close to getting a solid 1000pts painted and ready.  Only a handful of things left to get that done and ready.

So lets take a look at what I finished!

10 more Orc boys!  Now I know after I finished my big unit of 40 I swore to never paint another Orc...but I decided to split my Unit of 40 into two units of 25.  That meant I needed 10 more and low and behold I found a cheap lot on Ebay and here we are!

Fully based and Magnetized!  So a bit of a slow start to the year buy 10 models done!

So on to my next model!  Stay Tuned!