Saturday, 15 December 2018

Away-Day Parabellum, Birmingham 2018

My annual Christmas visit to Parabellum, Birmingham has had to be delayed this year. My initial intention was to be up in Birmingham this weekend, but changes at work, Birthdays and other issues have meant that it will now have to be next weekend.

I have in the past met up with other like-minded modellers and discussed the hobby over (strong) tea and Christmas cakes, but as stated this year's Away-day has had to be re-arranged.

Hopefully I'll be able to get to The Jewellery Quarter and meet up with Mark next Friday. Maybe you can attend?


Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Goblin Cacadores from December 2012

This article/tutorial was originally posted on Orcs in the Webbe way back in December 2012, but due to computer glitches and issue with OITW image hosting, the article and the images were lost to the Webb. I have reproduced the article here.


This group of Goblins was inspired by a recent e-bay auction from billybonesworkshop. I came across these beautifully painted Flintloque Goblin Cacadores for sale and thought that it was about time I painted my own group of goblins which had been residing in my box of unpainted miniatures for years.

I do not intend this short article to be a full painting tutorial or even a blow-by-blow account of how I have painted them, more an example of how a simple e-bay image inspired me to complete a long dead (and buried) miniature painting project.

I had a squad of eight Flintloque Algarvey Cacadores, some partially painted some mounted on to 2p coins and some just bare metal castings.  I even had some conversions – quite a miss-matched group.

My first job was to properly base all eight and build up the groundwork with Milliput. In addition I searched through my ‘bits-box’ and pulled out some GW Snotlings (they maybe Wargames Foundry Goblinoids) and mounted these in two pairs on to 2p coins. The initial e-bay Goblins used a single Snotling mounted alongside the bugler and I thought I would copy this great idea.

Base one (or the first 2p coin), has a couple of fighting Snottlings in a wrestling pose, while the second base has a Snottling with a sling and another standing with his hand on a club.  I can see me using similar style bases in future Flintloque projects.

Once mounted I undercoated all of the miniatures with matt black spray paint and touched up any bits that I had missed with a large paintbrush and GW Chaos Black.

Rather than taking photos of all eight Cacadores, I decided to concentrate on just two, the goblin with the bugle or horn and the goblin with the huge moustache.  Obviously I have painted all eight in the same way and later I will show the whole group but I feel that going back to just these two will show the techniques better and in greater detail than photographing all eight at every stage.

I used the e-bay Cacadores for inspiration and was soon painting the bright green goblin flesh with Foundry Forest Green (26A) and highlighting with Forest Green and Sunburst Yellow from the old Citadel Colour range. I am afraid I will be continually referring back to the e-bay Cacadores and apologise for this but I feel it is of interest to anyone following this tutorial to be clear on where I followed the colour scheme slavishly and where I deviated from it.  For example the e-bay goblins have their green flesh highlighted with white – which in my opinion gives a very ‘washed-out’ flesh colour.  I decided to highlight with yellow which I feel gives a brighter, more cartoon-like colour that fits in better with my Flintloque collection and is a style that I personally prefer.

The flesh areas were then ‘washed’ with the Citadel Wash – Thraka Green and once fully dry, I used the Forest Green/Sunburst Yellow mix to highlight the ‘high points’. For the bulk of the painting, I used a standard Games Workshop/Citadel brush.

The next area to receive paint was the traditional dark brown uniforms.  For this I used Vallejo Charred Brown, highlighting with GW Snakebite Leather and even a small touch of GW Scab Red.  Even so I stopped short of a 100% Snakebite Leather highlight, preferring the uniform to be a little darker than the e-bay goblins.

The cuffs and facing colours were built up from GW Regal Blue and GW Skull White, but once again slightly less highlighted than the e-bay models as I felt I wanted my goblins to be less pastel and more primary.  I hope that you are following so far.

All of the leather work was painted with Charcoal Grey from Foundry over the GW Chaos Black then highlighted with Charcoal Grey and Skull White.  I deviated from the e-bay goblins again by painting the backpacks dark grey and not very dark brown.  I think this technique is best illustrated on the Shako.  The goblin blowing the horn has a GW Scab red bandana, highlighted with Vallejo Bloody Red.  The white spots and pendant were first painted with Citadel Colour Bubonic Brown then highlighted with pure GW Skull White.

The boots were painted Charcoal Grey over Chaos Black, while the leggings were Charred Brown slightly highlighted with some Snakebite Leather while still allowing some of the Chaos Black to show through in the deep shadows.

Finishing off the figure painting, I used Snakebite Leather and some Charred Brown to paint the stock of the gun. The metallic areas were all GW metallic paints which I feel are some of the very best metallic paints available.

The whole group took about two evening of work to complete to this stage and given that they had laid for some time in my Flintloque miniatures drawer and sustained considerable damage, I feel that it was only fitting to resurrect them and complete this group in a similar style and in homage to the e-bay goblins.

Later I painted the bases in my usual scheme; a base of Snakebite Leather highlighted a number of times by drybrushing with a Snakebite Leather/Skull White mix. Some individual stones were picked out in a Chaos Black and Skull White mix before varnishing.

Once varnished – a coat of Ronseal Hardglaze and then two coats of Galleria Matt Acrylic Varnish I flocked the bases with some static grass bunches over PVA glue.

These Goblins had been relegated to my lead mountain and might never have been completed if not for the inspiration from the billybonesworkshop e-bay auction.  It is strange how certain images or in this case a group of figures can inspire you.  I would hope that this tutorial would kindle some inspiration and that you like my Goblin Cacadores plus see the humour in the two additional Snottling bases and maybe copy the idea the next time you are painting a regiment of Algarvey Cacadores!

For more Flintloque Cacadores see this post.


Saturday, 8 December 2018

On-Line Build. A Quartet of Goblins from December 2012


First published back in December 2012 on Orcs in the Webbe. This particular article was badly corrupted and had lost many of the original images I though it was time to update it and include it on these pages. For full details of the original see this link


To supplement my existing collection of Goblin Cacadores and to include some additional Goblins for the soon to be released Bridge on the River Que update, I ordered a pack of 1st Cacadores (53001) from Alternative Armies. This is a record of how they were based and painted.

The four Goblins arrived quickly and very well packed.

The castings were very crisp and although they did need some minor cleaning up - I was very impressed by the quality.

Throughout this tutorial I will be showing step-by-step images of both the whole group of four Goblins and this particular miniature in the hope that it will make things a little clearer for the viewer.

After the castings had been cleaned up and odd pieces of metal flash had been removed, I sanded the bases flat and glued them onto 2 pence coins with superglue.

The bases were built up with Milliput (standard Grey/Green) epoxy putty.

When the Milliput had fully dried, I added some sieved sand over a thin coat of PVA Glue.

I felt that the figures needed some Green Stuff work, adding substance to the rifles and building up the trousers.

The figures were basecoated with black spray paint (a rattle-can bought from Poundland for just £1.00) and touched-up with GW black acrylic paint.

As with all of my Flintloque miniatures I started with the flesh areas first, being green-skinned the colours are a little different from the norm but the technique is the same. I started with a rough first coat of Foundry Forest Green (26B) and built up the subsequent 'flesh tones' by adding Warzone Venuzian Green (a light Yellow/Green that is no longer available). When dry I washed the flesh areas with Citadel Thraka Green and tidied up the Chaos Black areas prior to taking the photos.

In these images you can see that I have moved ahead a little further than is ideal for a tutorial. The brown uniform colour is a mix of Vallejo Game Color Charred Brown with a touch of GW Chaos Black and a drop of Vallejo GC Bloody Red. The uniform colour is then highlighted with GW Snakebite Leather.
The black trim is Chaos Black highlighted with Chaos Black/Foundry Charcoal Black (34B).
The blue cuffs are a mix of GW Midnight Blue and GW Regal Blue, with just a tiny touch of Skull White added for the final highlight. 

The rear of the figures and how the knapsacks were painted with GW Chaos Black and Foundry Charcoal Black.

With the main painting finished. I have used GW metallic for the metal parts which I feel are some of the very best metallic paints available and highlighted them in the same manner as non-metallic or normal acrylic paints.

The bases have been painted in my usual colour scheme of GW Snakebite Leather, highlighted with Snakebite and Skull White. The odd stone has been picked out in dark grey and highlighted by adding white to the mixture.

Varnishing. First a coat of Ronseal Gloss Varnish, then three coats of Galleria Matt Varnish (into which I have added some Tamiya Matt Medium).
The green static grass is sprinkled over PVA glue and when dry the excess is blown off.
In summary – I am pleased with both these and my earlier based and painted Cacadores but still feel that I could have captured the green skin tones better. I should also thank Billybonesworkshop for the inspiration. His beautifully painted Goblin Cacadores that appeared on e-bay earlier this year are some of the very best painted Flintloque figures I have ever seen.

Another 'lost' article from Orcs in the Webb re-written and updated here on this Blog. To see the original OITW article go to this link.


Thursday, 6 December 2018

Scale Model World, Telford 2018 - part five mainly tracked vehicles

More images from this years IPMS Scale Model World show held in Telford earlier this year. This time some tracked and military vehicles.