Saturday, April 21, 2018

Talisman Timescape: Archeologist and Scientist

Today I have the first two Timescape figures I've painted. I have a few more in the backlog but not all, and I think I might have ebayed the Astropath I had long ago. I know I have the Cyborg and Space Pirate and one that would do well as an alt-astronaut. Might have the Space Marine and the actual Astronaut.

One thing I learned while writing this post is that these were sculpted by Trish Carden (formerly Morrison). There's an attribution on a color catalog spread. Seeing this, I went back to find attributions for the rest of the range, and I found what I think shows the first 29 figures in the range attributed to Aly Morrison. I couldn't find attribution for later figures such as the Talisman Dungeon group, but I am interested in learning. Anyone know?
Talisman Archeologist

Talisman Archeologist

Talisman Archeologist

Very pleased with how the archeologist turned out and think I drew a good bead on the colors from the illustration. I like having good reference to work from and for someone to have already thought through the colors. Sometimes I'm held up on starting a figure as I decide on colors. It also makes a game of it. How close I can hit the mark with the paints I have. I painted the hat last and with a coat of GW Charadon Granite, it struck a chord with the other three main colors and I knew I had it. Citadel Spearstaff Brown, which is a dull yellow, not brown, is another favorite color that worked great here. As a base for yellows it can't be beat and I'll be seeking this out from Coat'd'Arms when I run out, but still have some left and going strong more than 25 years after purchase!
Talisman Scientist

Talisman Scientist

Talisman Scientist

I made two small modifications to the Scientist. First, I bulked out the back of his head as it lacked bulk along that axis. Next, I made temples for the glasses made from very thin wire (very, very thin wire). Not too much else to say. I followed all the colors of the illustration per usual.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Grenadier AD&D Gold Line WIP

A thread on the Lead Adventure Forum prompted me to gather all the Grenadier "Solid Gold" line stuff I had on the workbench, and this is what I came up with.

Fighting Men and Thieves

Fighting Men, Thieves and Hireling
Some of these are weapon-swaps and/or fixes, for example I fixed the mask the guy on the top second from the left which was skewed pretty badly in the molding process. The female thief was pretty delicate at the ankles and I have steel wires reinforcing her legs, so now she is rock solid. I resculpted the dagger over a wire so it can point out from the body in a natural way. The axe, mace, sword and shield are all from Eccentric Miniatures plastic weapon sprues. I love these and they are perfect for 25mm!

I try to collect one and only one encounter group of each D&D "monster" type, but how would that be possible for dwarves? I don't have that kind of will power. Love these Chernak dwarves despite the ape arms, and they size well with others from Citadel and Old Glory's Ghost imprint (the Ghost one here is actually shortened by me having removed a bit of his legs and repinned him, but I did that before I mixed him in with these and you can see now he's shortest among them).
Somehow, over the years I've amassed this many gnomes, almost all from random assortment ebay lots. I thought about converting some, but decided life was too short, in this case. The king is the one-piece version. There's a Citadel gnome among them, too, a Perry sculpt I'm really fond of.
Some Wizzards and Warriors line "kobolds" are mixed in. The main difference is the kobolds had tiny feet, so you can see I enlarged them (after I primed them). I love that I have mounted and foot versions of the leader-type. Most of the others are stock, except for the one axe converted to polearm, and the helmet of another axeman modified. Also, did you spot the converted Gold Line dwarf? It was a fun exercise matching the goblin faces with a sculpt of my own.
Collecting this many aspis was also something of an endeavor that took a number of years of watching ebay. I think I even have one more somewhere. Also like with the gnomes, I wanted to do a conversion or two, but it would have been a real challenge. I did separate the antennas from the proboscis, though, and add back some details with green stuff. I left one stock, as one with this pose seems fine, but more than one seems odd.
Still to come, I've got one more group I have yet to photograph—gnolls.