Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Females, and Orcs, and Giants, oh my!

The up-coming Two Hour Wargames fantasy gladiator rules have had me at the painting table, finishing up figures that have been lying around for a while, buying a few Reaper minis, and digging out some painted oldies!  As always, click on the pic for a larger photo.

So here are pics and comments.
Here a a couple of Reaper minis that I started a couple of months ago, always adding to my caveman collection.  The girl on the left had a mold line through her face and down her abdomen that was in too prominent a position to do much about, so it dawned on me to paint it as scars.  Hey, these are warrior women, aren't they?  Looks like I forgot to paint the irises on Raquel Welch.  I also forgot to put a gloss coat on her obsidian spear blade.
Thong girl is a Reaper mini, and also had a non-removeable mold line on her left cheek, so she also has a scar.  I'm not sure who made the hero on the right, but he was a pretty easy paint job.  He's been around for awhile, primed and based, but not a lick of paint.
Two new orcs from Reaper.  I go more for the Lord of the Rings skin tones, rather than the GW green.  (Yeah, I know.  The orc head above is green, but at least it is Reaper Pro-Paint ghoul grey.)  The metal is painted with Reaper steel plate, and the sword with Iron Wind Metals steel.  I'm about at the end of that bottle.  
Two more Reapers.  The one on the left is the plastic one that comes prepainted, but you can buy it unpainted on Reaper's site for about $1.99.  Of course, it's made of the same material as all of the 1/72 plastic figure, and can't be sanded.  By the by, Walmart's cheap grey primer remains sticky, but acrylics on top stop that, and I was able to dull coat it with a spray paint, Tree House Acrylic Matte Coat, available from Hobby Lobby for $5.99 for 11 oz.  All the figures here were coated with it, with no fogging problems.

This giant is a GW product got at a yard sale, and painted when Warrior Heroes-Armies and Adventures came out.
The miniature on the left was included as a gift in a Bronze Age Miniatures order, and appears never to have been released.  I got it a few years ago, the front of the shield has a large eagle on it.  I'm guessing the other figure was Reaper.
Very old Grenadier orcs, painted a long time ago!
Lots of skeleton warriors form Mega Minis.  I have 24 painted, and 24 still in the pack.  I painted all metal as rusted. Duh!
One of my favorite groups (of course!), painted as harem guards when Legends of Araby arrived on the scene.  An experiment to see how many skin tones and hair colors I could come up with.  I have no idea who made them.  I'd like to have a unit of 20 (wouldn't we all)!  I believe the commander is Ral Partha.
I don' remember who made the girl, or the enormous mandril.  I thought they were both from Black Orc Games, but I don't see them on their site.
Games Workshop mounted deamonette(?). They came 4 to a pack, and are my evil cav, also acquired when WH:A&A came out.
The cuthulu horror is still available from Black Orc Games, for $1.80.  The cave orc(?) troll(?).  Don't have any idea who made him.

And now to whining.  My IWM steel and bronze metallic are just about gone.  Has anyone picked up their paint line?  All they have now is mixing bottles.  GW's yellow metallics are actually pearlized, and not metallic.  With the exception of bolt gun metal and mithral mail, which they haven't screwed up yet.  Reaper metallics were acceptable, though a little thin, but now have gone to the dropper bottle.  I'm just becoming acquainted with P3, but their washes, which you need a full brush of, are in dropper bottles.  They do seem to cover a little better than GW.  Vallejo, in addition to being in dropper bottles, were a big disappointment.  Way too thin.


  1. Nice collection of nearly naked people. Some Classic pieces

  2. I liked very much those Reaper orcs in the fourth photo, so I look for them in their web page. I could'nt find the one on the right, it's sure from Reaper?

    1. The old style orcs are very old Grenadier. The figure next to the barbarian with the down-turned horns on his helmet is maybe a troll, but Reaper was just a guess.


    2. Okay, I found it! You are true, the miniature I was asking is "Garravank, the ghoul king" and is from Reaper as you told. Thanks and congrats for your blog, is a pleasure to see your stuff.

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