Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Beginning of the Saga of Nuada of the Silver Hand, the Sword of Light, & Bebu

Nuada of the Silver Hand, the Sword of Light, & Bebu
I did this conversion fifteen or twenty years ago. At some point I began painting him, but I just wasn't happy with it. The greens are okay, but the skin tones are off to me, and the paint is too thick.

So, after the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge IX began, into the Simple Green he went!
I've almost finished painting him at this point. I'll post some finished photos a couple of days after he posts on the Challenge site. Back to painting for me!

Monday, December 31, 2018

Finally all primed and ready to paint! (With one finished test figure.)
Thirty-six square inches of long-dreamed of AElf Guard pike phalanx goodness . . .
Forty-seven classic Tom Meier Ral Partha sculpts mounted on their metal painting bases. After all of these years I couldn't resist setting them up on two 3" X 6" movement bases to finally get a glimpse of what they're going to look like.

Now to get 'em painted!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Proof of Life
I am alive and have been painting. But it doesn't look like I'll have my first entry in before the New Year. (That was one of my goals . . .) At least we had a break in the weather and I was finally able to a start on priming my AElf Guard Pike!

Onward we go! 

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Brushes Away!!! Good painting to all of the Companions journeying together during this ‘Fellowship’ of The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge IX !!! !!! !!!  I’m still prepping. And, yeah, I do have a bunch of figures still waiting for rattle can priming. ~ once the weather allows. It’s all good.

I have A Plan. I do. Really. I do . . .  (?)

This will be Fun. Hopefully it will also help keep me sane through the depths of Winter’s darkest nights AND reduce my Lead Mountain. I’m really looking forward to seeing what my finished unit bases will look like on the field!

And we’re are off!!! (And I’m not even slinging paint ~ yet.)

Monday, December 3, 2018

In The Beginning . . .
A long time ago I fell in love with the incredible Elf sculptures that Tom Meier's created for Ral Partha.

I purchased my first pack of six of the Sea Elves, shown above, in 1977 the year I graduated from High School! The next pack was in 1979, when they were re-molded. Pat gave me another pack for Christmas in '84, after we moved in together. She knew I really wanted to create a pike phalanx. Inspired by a friend I was gaming with in the early 80's I white glued them onto 20 mm square tiles and stored them in a clear plastic shoe box from the 70's.

They've lived, still loved and admired and unpainted, on the book shelf beside my computer desk where I can see them every day ever since then . . .

Then I saw I stumbled upon


This Inspiration helped me finally figure out how I really wanted this long dreamed of unit to look!

I've been Collecting Ral Partha figures, literally, for decades. And Ral Partha is back in business again! Hmmm . . . Pat gave me a generous order for my Birthday this year. I cleaned and primed them and did an initial dark wash to show their details, while I stared at their older 'lead' relatives.

Since I've been accepted into the ranks of the AHPC IX I think it's only fair and right to strip these and start fresh. So,  yesterday I popped them off their bases,
 and started their Simple Green soak.

Their older cousins are finally cleaned up!

Yes, I wear nitrile gloves whenever I handle them before they're pimed. Heck, I even have a separate set of files and scalpel handle for  working on my antique lead figures.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

I finally picked up the gauntlet and accepted the Challenge! And I am stoked!!!

Well, actually, after lurking and watching from afar for the last eight years I finally plucked up my nerve and asked Curt if I could play too. Fortunately there was a slot open. (My email request to join in was a little late because I wanted to prove to myself that I was ready by prepping certain figures for this Challenge. Obviously, I got them finished and sent my email request in.)

I enjoy painting. I’ve gotten, for me, fairly fast over the years. Which means that I can paint a prepped and primed figure that I’m happy with in about three hours.
(25mm Julie Guthrie figure.)

The speed and quality of the painters participating in these annual Challenges really is amazing. Its not meant to be but it can be intimidating to think about even trying to keep up. I mean these folks are good and mind-bogglingly fast!

But the name of the game is to stay sane during the depths of Winter’s dark nights and encourage each other as we work to reduce our lead mountains and produce finished game ready figures and units. Oh yeah, I’m in!

I’m new to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, and I am a slow painter, so my goal is 500 points.

I’m going to be working on my Collection of classic 25mm, predominately, Ral Partha fantasy figures that I’ve been collecting since the mid-70s. (25 mm is The One True Scale!)

Hmmm, maybe 4.5 points per foot figure? That'd be 111 figures, rather appropriate for AHPC IX 'Fellowship'!

The Beginning of the Saga of Nuada of the Silver Hand, the Sword of Light, & Bebu

Nuada of the Silver Hand, the Sword of Light, & Bebu I did this conversion fifteen or twenty years ago. At some point I began paint...