Stock Painting July 27th, 2011

For a change, here's some Hydra Miniatures fresh in for the webstore.
Cadet Skippy $3.75 USD

Slishians $10.95 USD (3 Pack) Singles $4.00 USD ea
Changing the shape of the pupil on these guys really changes their feel.

Slishians Gunners $12.95 USD (3 Pack) Singles $4.75 USD ea

From the side to show the gun.

You can find them here.


Preview: Hobbit House (15mm)

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort." -JRR Tolkien The Hobbit

Okay, this is something I've been working with on and off for a bit. It started out as something else, but turned out to be too small for a regular 15mm figure. :)
Widest point (fireplace to door): 55mm Dome Width: 45mm Height: 25mm
Comparison with a Splintered Light Irish spearman and a
GW LoTR Bilbo Baggins.
There's some problems the photos are showing me that I want to fix, and the bottom edge of it is going to be squared off. I was also thinking about putting a ring of stone or brick around the bottom of the dome. There are probably going to be some variants, accessories, and such to go with it and a 28mm version down the road.

There's definitely no chance to have an interior space with this model, so what do you guys think of a seperate piece to stand in for the interior space with low walls and some furniture? Like a hobbity Space Hulk or something?

Let me know what you think. Especially about future additions to a fantasy scenery line.

Stock Painting July 19th, 2011

Another one from Ramshackle, this time the Badger. It is probably the closest
Ramshackle comes to a general purpose military vehicle.

Shown here giving shelter to some of my Vor Union figures.
The Badger can be found in our webstore here.


Stock Painting July 12th, 2011

Been a little longer than I wanted since the last one of these, so here's a big one.

The Stinger, painted to help promote Nuclear Renaissance's
boxed set. We're out of stock for this now unfortunately.

Ramstoat, also for the Nuclear Renaissance boxed set.

Lastly the Iron Grumber. Fresh painted this weekend.
Here with an old GW Ork for comparison.
My first thought was to go Blood Axe for the color scheme,
but nothing leapt to mind so Goff it was. :)
It's bigger than a GW Rhino for sure.
My only problems with the kit are that it just has one
access hatch and the smokestacks are really fragile.
Remnants of our stock can be found here.
(The Brass Coffin is out of stock as of this writing.)


Skiff Passenger Compartment Size

Thanks for the support guys. We're hoping sales of the skiff are good as I'd like to produce alot more flyers and figures in this vein.

For a question on TMP I just checked it with several sized slotta bases and none of them can fit side by side. You need a base size about 15mm or 5/8s of an inch to do that.

For 25mm and 30mm bases you can fit three figures in the passenger compartment with one standing on the lockers in back. With 20mm bases you can fit four guys with the last one's base right at the edge.

From our preview blogpost: "Body dimensions are 185mm spar to end of railings and 50mm wide. Passenger compartment is 80mm by 35mm."

Releases July 5th, 2011

The 28mm Martian Skiff is now available in the webstore for $20 USD.
We are also offering assembled and primer coated vehicles for $25 USD
in black and white.

Front and control console.
Side and bottom.
A comparison shot with the 15mm version of the skiff.
We now have Secret Weapon's washes and pigments.
20 different washes at $2.99 USD each 20ml bottle.
22 different pigments at $4.99 USD each 20ml container.
Check out the Martian Skiff Here
Check out the Secret Weapon washes and pigments

And don't forget to check out the other cool things we have in our webstore.
Have fun.


28mm Sci-fi Skiff Display Workup

I was going to put up a store update today, but late last night we found we had a couple of packages still sitting on the front porch. One of which was the 28mm version of the skiff! This post includes the build of the display model, some comparisons, and a word on cast quality.

Here are the components; each kit includes two railings, a
control stick, chair, body, and engine cowling.
Body dimensions are 185mm spar to end of railings and 50mm wide.
Passenger compartment is 80mm by 35mm.

I'll come back to this again, but you'll notice some filled in areas. My
policy is to take the worst cast items to fix up and paint for display.
Casts we send to customers will be of better quality.

On to the assembly. Glue the joystick to the cowling console,
and then glue the cowling to the body. Easy enough.

The fiddliest bit is glueing the railings on. The holes on either
side of the console were where you plugged the old resin
railings into the cowling so just ignore them.
Also make sure the railings are straight before you glue them on.
They are robust enough once glued in, but being thin can be bent
easily unsupported.

You can glue the chair in at this point. However, I'd suggest leaving
it off for painting if you want to use it. (It's intended primarily as a
rest for standing pilots.)

Here is a comparison shot with some popular Martian lines.
From left to right: Parroom Station, Bronze Age, and RAFM Space 1889.
The skiff is designed to reasonably carry light cargo or up to six passengers.
It will only hold two or three figures on 25-30mm bases however.

Finally a note about casting quality. The picture below represents
the worst quality we'll be sending out.
Imperfections in this batch of castings are minor and almost
entirely on the underside of the body. Most will be easily taken
care of with a drop of glue or a good coat of paint. We just
wanted to be upfront with this as I know it will be an issue for
some people.

Thanks for looking. The skiff will be available this Tuesday for a price of $20 USD. We will also be offering and assembled and primed versions for $25 USD in either black or white.


Stock Painting July 1st, 2011

Today's installment starts with another painting commission: The first batch of an order for 105 Phillippines Insurgents for the Spanish American Wars. When I get some more of these guys done I'll add pics of all three packs to the webstore.

Next is a display piece I did up to promote Ramshackle's
Nuclear Renaissance, the Brass Coffin.
We've only got a couple left though, and we're selling through the rest of our stock.
And a nice VSF picture of them together.
Filipino Insurgents can be found here.
The Brass Coffin can be found here.