Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

So this blog has been running almost a year now and hobbywise it has been a pretty good year. I managed to paint almost 150 miniatures and I maganed to buy "only" a  wee bit above 350 miniatures. I did not play many games with any of them, but that is ok.

I have taken a bit of a different approach to painting this year. Instead of trying to paint complete armies or projects to showcase I have chosen to paint whatever I felt like and I think it paid off. I have painted a lot and it ended up being a big bunch of strange and wonderful models.

 All the miniatures I painted this year! Except a few I painted for a friend.


Most of these models have been featured on my blog during the year. I think the only ones which hasn't appeared previously is the Fantasy Warriors, which I painted before I started the blog, and the Pirates, which I might post next year, when I have painted a few more.

I don't really know where to go from here, but I will probably continue painting a lot of random stuff during 2014. I have made a long list of projects I would like to finish or continue with, I would especially like to finish some miniatures for stuff like Space Hulk, Blood Bowl or other miniture board games. There should be a good chance of completing such a project and get a few games played.

Less red then suspected,

All in all I am pretty satisfied with my hobby year. I have painted a lot, I have collected a lot of out of print and rare models, I have tracked down a lot of obscure and unknown stuff from long gone miniature companies and I have actually managed to play a few games now and then too.

But like most years I do hope to play a bit more in the next, but I have come to realize for myself that what is most important for me right now is the collecting, trading and painting part of the hobby and if I play some games that is also great (of course), but if I never get to play a game again I can still enjoy the hobby as a collector and painter.

Happy New Years from Deathworld Adventures! See you in 2014!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Bloodletters of Khorne

Before the end of this year I managed to finish a bunch of old school Bloodletters. I was lucky to get these really cheap on Ebay. They already had an ok paintjob, so I decided to give them a touch up on their old paintjob instead of stripping and re-painting. In the end I went pretty far on the touch up and it almost feels like I painted them from basecoat, but I guess the previous paintjob saved me some time and I also used it as a guideline for the looks I wanted.

I think they ended up looking really good and old school!

I chose to base them on round bases since I bought them for my World Eaters forces and if I ever chose to use them for Fantasy gaming I will probably be using them in skirmish and not in ranked up Warhammer style.

Blood for the Blood God!

Skulls for the Skull Throne!

My combined painted World Eaters of Khorne forces.

Even though I never planned to do a larger army for this project it looks like my forces are growing anyway. Next up is an old Bloodthirster, some Chaos Terminators and I have a Chaos Dreadnought too. This will make up a pretty good World Eaters skirmish force and who knows, maybe I run into some more minitures to bulk out the project in years to come.

To end off this post I add a picture from before and after my re-paint. I think they are much better now, but judge for yourself.

Before: Straight from Ebay!

After: Straight from Hell!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Kim Arashikage, Code Name: Jinx (G.I. Joe Project)

I decided on painting Jinx red after all. I am sure most people know her like that and I think I will be most happy about this in the long run anyway.

Showdown at the Arashikage temple.

The first time Jinx appears in the G.I. Joe comic books is in issue #59 in 1987, at first she wears a white ninja suit, but her looks is not really consistant for a long time, sometimes she has long hair, sometimes short, sometimes she wears a hood, sometimes not and sometimes she is also just in civilian clothes.

The first time Jinx is wearing her red ninja suit is on the cover of #91 in 1989, this is also the first time she is wearing a pointy hood. But inside the comic she doesn't have the pointy hood yet, but she is dressed in red.

Finally in #111 in 1991 she looks like the first carnation of her action figure; red ninja suit and the pointy hood. The action figure had been around since 1987, so it is kind of strange that it took so long for the comic book to adapt, but I guess it is not that important.

All this time she is mainly still using swords, so I think my choice of giving her a sword was a good idea. She is also using an uzi in issue #111, but I doubt that many people connect her with such a weapon.

So what we have at this point (in the comic) is Jinx in her red ninja suit and pointy hood, Storm Shadow is wearing white with camo and Billy has taken over Storm Shadows old suit. Snake Eyes is of course still wearing black and Scarlett is back to wearing her old costume after she had been jumping around in a white ninja suit for some time (mostly unhooded, but sometimes with hood).

Then there is still Firefly who is revealed to be the Faceless Master in a later issue, that is fine, but I will paint him in his old style. I doubt that I want Slice, Dice, Nightcreepers or the Ninja Squad, but I guess time will tell.

Down to the last renegade ninja.

So far I am pleased with how Jinx and the Arashikage ninjas turned out. I might need to go back and do a little work on the left eye on Jinx or other minor touch ups, but I am happy about my painting and converting on these models.

And once again I have run out of G.I. Joe miniatures, so hopefully I will get some more during Christmas and if that fails I will buy a couple to paint in January.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Kim Arashikage WIP (G.I. Joe Project)

So my G.I. Joe adventures continue. I was so lucky to get a couple of Hasslefree miniatures as an early Christmas gift from my wife.

The miniatures I got was Oko, which I wanted to turn into Kim Arashikage, codename Jinx and I got Oakley, who obviously is Ash from the Evil Dead movies. I don't know what Ash will be used for, but for now I found a use for his spare katana.

My converted Jinx size up well with the Perry Miniatures ninjas.

A katana had to do when I didn't have a nakinata.

Comparison shot of the original vs. my converted model.

The photo seems to have been taken from a not so good angle, I actually think my conversion work on the hood looks better in real life. But I have no doubt that once painted red no one will doubt who she is.

Maybe I will try and do a black dragon on her chest, but I can't promise that it will be good.