Monday, March 12, 2012

New Post & figures

Last August 2011, my wife noticed I'd spent over my budget and I had to put a hold on buying miniatures. At Christmas I got two Celtos figures: the chariot and the bagpiper. So I've slowly worked on painting them. All went well basically. Got a small magnifier also for Christmas and this really helps. However I got a new spay can of clear sealer in matte finish. Different brand, it left the figures more shiny then I'd like.

One of the oversights I feel about the Celtos figures is that there is no bagpiper for the Gaels, the bagpiper that does exist is sculpted for the Dwarf/Vanir group. So I added the piper with the Gaels. I still need to work on the dry brushing, sometimes I'm okay, but other times. . . I'm not very please with the piper's hair.

I've a new daughter-in-law, she hates playing any type of board game, so looks lie my hope of making Celtos a family game is down the gutter as far as including her. Bummer. Been very slow working on this project because I limited budget. So my posts will be sparse for a while.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Spirit type persons

Two recent painting of 28mm Reaper figures to be added to my Celtic family game. The left is a banshee (fairy woman), not really bad or evil, but brought bad tidings of death to a person. If one heard wailing at night, it meant that someone in the family was going to soon die. Many of the great Irish clan/family had personal banshees. (right) Is the figure of a spirit, which I painted in light blue and white with a blueish skin color. Both of these figures will have drawn cards.

Murder of Crows update

Followed up on suggestions by viewers to try using some dark gray on the crows which I did and this is the result. Painted beaks and talons red as depicted in heraldry.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Mystic Forest of Tir n' Og

Although only a small area the Mystic Forest was the center place in the land of Tir n' Og. Here the energy was strongest and that is why on a small hill was a circle of stones that marked the "Center Place." But the forest itself was not the same as others in the land. The trees were tall, and the road through the forest was not long, but many a folk never came out on the other side, yet others experienced no ill at all.        
At the entrance to the forest was a standing stone to mark that this was a special place. Accompanying the old Druid Fergus mac Fionn was the clan's champion Turlogh mac Murrough. 

Turlogh's assignment was to make sure that Fergus arrived to the "Center Place" unmolested.
At the beginning of the path was a special portal that possessed a magical nature allowing only those of pure heart to pass onto the path leading to the "Center Place." Fergus was one such man.

Arriving on top of the hill and standing in the center of the standing stones, Fergus communed with the ancient ones on behalf of the clan.              

 Through the forest flow a small stream who's source was unknown for the stream just flowed from out of the ground and flowed to a well that was situated on the edge of the forest. The well was unique, it was a Holy Well, for to drink from the waters at the well was to renew one's health. But only at the well was the water holy. Finding himself fatigued Fergus traveled to the well alone to refresh himself. Being a Druid, Fergus could travel through the forest unmolested by spirits and creatures from the "Other World." It was a random thing that could be encountered by travelers through the forest. Even though the well was on the edge of the forest, visitors to the site were often attacked, maimed, or killed.

Deep in the forest were eyes viewing the movements of Fergus. A being from the "Other World." And nearby was a creature of great strength and evil also watching. But the "Ancient One's protected the old Druid.
Having refreshed himself, Fergus returned to the side of Turlogh and the two returned to the ring-fort of the clan where Fergus would hold council with the chief and inform him of what the ancient ones had to say. But that is another story.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Painting ideas?

I've painted this figure called "A murder of Crows." by Reaper in 28mm. I've painted the beaks red as in heraldry, but the crows black is just that black. Photo gives more detail then one sees in room light. Suggestions on how to give some detail and separation to the figures?

Monday, August 15, 2011

First Celtos figures painted

Brigand's Miniatures has finally worked out being the problems with Fantization Miniatures on being the U.S. supplier of Celtos figures. So I ordered my first war-band from them which contains eight figures. A few have big eyes, especially the girl, I think it is really war-paint. Since the Irish really didn't wear tartan kilts (my painting isn't good enough), I used a single color and each war-band will have different color kilts.
Roth mac Lyr (far right) and Manannan's war-band.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Painted Barbarians 28mm

Here's the barbarians I just finished painting. Okay eyes suck, and not happy with the changes I made on skin tone color. I tried a different color and it went to light (sword raised). Notice that the archers on the right are to be the same size as the rest of the war-band, but they were sculpted bigger and one figure (far right) wasn't very well sculpted. Tried my hand at painting lines but didn't do to well. Perhaps next batch will be better.

Barbarian archers at right aren't the same 28mm scale.