Saturday, October 19, 2013

Stonehaven Troll: Finished!

Wouldn't you know it, I finished a  project! I needed something small and fun to break up the drudgery that painting my Space Wolves became. This guy was just the ticket. A one-shot figure with some interesting details and definitely no power armor.

I named him Zab.

I probably spent a good 5-6 hours painting him, all told. I did the bulk of the work a few weeks ago and then finished him up over the last week in short painting sessions. I'm most happy with how his skin turned out, I've never really painted green skin before, so it was an interesting challenge.

You can see on the armor that it's a bit rusty- an effect archived using Model Mate's Rust Effect. This was my first go with it, but let me tell you what, it is some mighty wonderful stuff. But I'll save that for a later post just on it.

He's not yet available on the Stonehaven website, but will be sometime in November along with the rest of the Gnomes from their recent Kickstarter campaign. Don't forget- they're currently running a campaign for Elves, and so far they look great. They just introduced a new troll, too :-)

Next on the block are the LOTR Goblins I started back in the beginning of the year. They're 80% finished so I am hoping to whip them out quickly.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Stonehaven Elves!

Well, Stonehaven is at it again. Less than a month after receiving my fabulous Gnomes Kickstarter rewards, they are back with an Elven Adventurers Box set! More minis and I haven't even painted the first ones yet (because I am a terrible procrastinator).

So far, they've unlocked 10 figures from two different adventuring sets. As of this writing, the miniatures include a Druid, Pikeman, Rogue, Mage, Ranger, Librarian, Sniper, Footsoldier, and more. They also have some interesting stretch goals, including a Ent-ling! I'm just smitten with him.

Additionally, the creators have all but confirmed that there will be another Troll released as part of this project. I love the two trolls from the previous projects, so I'm all over that. Being impulsive and unable to control myself, I have gone in at the Completionist level, which gets you one of everything unlocked in the project. That will set you back $150.

But given that the Gnomes had 40ish figures (plus tons of extras for $120) and the Dwarves had 20ish figures (and also some extras for $53), I feel confident that they'll hit somewhere in the 40-50 figure mark this time around, too.

Best part- their communication post-funding is excellent and both of their previous projects arrived on time! Not enough Kickstarters can say that. Now, if like me, you already backed Reaper's Bones II with wild abandon, then you might be concerned about spending so much money "this month". Well, mini addicts, I have good news! This project doesn't fund until November 8th, so you'll have at least a paycheck in between the two to recuperate.

So if you missed the Dwarves and the Gnomes, now is the time to get in on the Elves project and avoid disappointment and jealousy! And if you're so inclined, the Dwarves are available on the Stonehaven Webstore. Gnomes will be available there soon. At the very least, check it out to see them painted up. They were painted by James Wappel so you know they look amazing.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A Little WIP Wed and an Update

It's been a little while since my last update, I definitely over-booked myself this semester. I don't know what I was thinking signing up for 5 classes, but here we are. I haven't had much time to spend tending the blog. Thankfully, it doesn't seem to have gone feral in my absence. But I'm delighted to say that I haven't been entirely quiet on the hobby front.

Look at all the goodies!
My Stonehaven Kickstarter Gnomes arrived on Friday, and I must say I am quite pleased with them. They are much tinier than the Dwarves (as one might expect), so I will definitely need some real patience when working on them. All told, the Kickstarter gave me about 40 Gnome miniatures, plus a lot of extra goodies like familiars, Gnome children, rats, a scroll, and many other little fun accessories.

In the back of that photo, towering over everything else, are two lovely trolls! The one on the right, with the club, was a part of the Dwarven Kickstarter, but in my infinite silliness, I did not order one then. Thankfully, they had a few extras and I was able to order one during the Gnome Kickstarter. The troll from the Gnome set is my WIP Wednesday for this week. I will, hopefully, finish him this evening.

Menacing, isn't he?
This weekend I took a little "me" time which included working on him. I'm very happy with how his skin turned out. I just need to finish up the last few things on him and then he'll be all set to terrorize a merry band of Gnomes. If you like their Gnomes or the Dwarves (I sure do) they are doing another Kickstarter soon which, rumor has it, will consist of Elves.

I do also owe you a final post on my completed Space Wolf army (with nice, fancy pictures) as well as an additional post related to the NOVA Open that I never really got around to doing. There's a dozen things I could write about, but I just don't have all the time I need to take photos and write up the posts.

One class is ending next week, so hopefully that will free up enough time for me to get back in the swing of things here.
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