Tuesday, August 31, 2010


I was looking for some slightly unusual 25/28mm figures for my nebulous scifi/post-apocalyptic skirmish game that I am slowly building. A while back, the Miniatures Page had a hobby news posting for figure called "Celia." She is a figure in Fantasy Flight Games' Anima: Tactics. I have no clue what the game is about and I am not going to speculate on whether the game is worth spending the money for.

Anyway, Celia belongs to some faction and is an assassin wielding a katana. Here is her card:

From my view, she is seemed to be the most "normal" looking character of the bunch. Whomever painted her for the the ad on TMP, really did a great job. She seemed sort of expensive, but I figured, why not. Here she is primed but unpainted:

When it was all said and done, I was not that happy with the way she came out. The problem is two-fold. First, my eyes just ain't what they used to be. Even with reading glasses, things just are not that in depth. Also, I am not as steady with the brush any more. Add to it that Celia was somewhat expensive, and I was maybe too worried about screwing up. As a rule, I don't usually strip and repaint figures over again...too much of a pain.

The second problem is that her scuplted features are TOO fine! I am not a huge fan of Games Workshop universe, but I have to say this about their figures: you really can differentiate lines, folds, and various sculpted features when you are painting them. Not so with Celia. For example, she is supposed to be wearing some sort of thong underwear that sticks out over her pants and go across her hips. I could barely make out the straps. I really wasn't too happy with the face either. I never claim to be a master painter, but I have to have something more to work with, especially when you add in the eyesight and all that. About the only thing I was happy with is the base. I used broken egg shells as the tiles and glued some flock in between some of them. Well, here she is to fight along side Big Karl and Bambi:

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New Ideas; New Minis

I just got back from a paleontology meeting in the city of Saltillo, Mexico. From a gaming standpoint, I got a lot of good ideas for more 6mm buildings.

Just before I left for Mexico, a whole mess of 15mm sci-fi miniatures from various companies came in. I managed to paint up base some robots using the same style as I did for my 28mm robots. Pictures to appear soon.