Thursday, 31 July 2008
Flash Gordon - Giant Rats
Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Flintloque - Miniatures Wanted
In particular the two figures with Grenadier Guard caps/shakos, not the bare headed miniature.
I can either buy or swap.
Can anyone help?
PS. Any Flintloque collector looking for a specific miniature can still contact me as I have a huge box of un-painted Flintloque blister (some limited editions).
Sunday, 27 July 2008
Flash Gordon - Blue Crystalman
I do know that the figure has been elevated by up to 10mm and the base was then re-sculpted with 'Milliput' and 'green stuff'. The miniature was re-painted as if evolving from the earth and painted blue as I had just finished reading Witch Queen of Mongo by Alex Raymond, in which Blue Crystalmen appear.
The growths from the figures back and head could be twigs - as if a 'Dryad', but I painted them as crystals using acrylic dark blue over a black undercoat, highlighted with blue and later light blue.The miniature is mounted on a 40mm round base and is 60mm tall.
Flash Gordon - Gorillapoid
The model stands over 80mm tall (base of knuckles to top of horn). This second photo shows the Gorillapoid next to a 40mm Ming Guard figure for scale.
PS. If anyone can come up with a better name - please feel free to post your suggestions.
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
Flames of Herakleitos by Bob Lock
This is his first published book although he has had other work printed in anthologies. I read the book last year on a long flight to Thailand and thought it a riveting good read, part Fantasy, part Sci-Fi.
More information at;
Sunday, 20 July 2008
Mounted on a 60mm round wooden wheel with the ground work built up from sand, cork and a 'bargain bin find' of a treasure chest.
The figure is painted with acrylic paints over a black undercoat and varnished with matte acrylic artists varnish. The base is painted as a Caribbean beach with ground foam vegetation. While the name plaque is a piece of card cut to size with two plastic rivets, the script is from a Games Workshop transfer sheet.
Flintloque - Black Brunswickers
The Brunswick 'Deaths Head' motif was sculpted with 'green stuff', the plume cut off the tops of the helmets and a small button of 'green stuff' added. The figures were undercoated black and painted with acrylic paints. The black coats being highlighted with dark grey and the cuffs and detail painted sky blue.
The first photo shows the whole group of eight figures - two Ogres, one Dog Soldier and five Dwarves. While the second photo shows the non-dwarves and the third just the dwarves.
They are quite dark in colour, which I think contrasts well with some of my 'brighter colour schemes'. The whole group has taken a great deal of time from conception to finished regiment (maybe three years!) But I am pleased with the end result, although the Dog Soldier does look a little too dark in each of these photos.
PS. I have a number of Flintloque regiment that include miniatures of mixed race - Dwarves with Ogres, Dwarves with Dog Soldiers etc. I think they work very well with the difference in figure size adding to the overall effect.
Saturday, 19 July 2008
Flash Gordon - Sharkman
This is a very fine miniature from Reaper Miniatures, a miniature that fits in perfectly with my Flash Gordon collection and a miniature that was an absolute joy to paint.
The model comes as a multi-part casting; main body, left arm and tail. The left hand is a bit 'static' and could have been better animated. It was constructed with superglue and mounted on to a 40mm round base before being painted over a black undercoat. I have also seen the same miniature painted as a Great White Shark with a white and light grey scheme, that I hope to copy one day!
My colour scheme of dark blue with royal blue highlights and gloss varnished was inspired by an Internet search. I am very pleased with the finished model, but still think a Great White will be added to the collection one day.
The miniature is 60mm tall from foot to top of fin.
Friday, 18 July 2008
Flintloque - Large Farm House part four
I think the photos show the technique better than words! As you can see I like to have a very textured surface. I also leave a couple of bits of the original black foam board to show through, more about this when I begin painting.
The steps at the front of the building were built up with foam board, glued and pinned before being covered with DAS.
For the wall 'plastering' I use DAS that I have added a little water to, it helps with the smoothing out and texturing.
This final photo shows the annex and in particular the thatch. I thought it would be easier to add the thatch to this smaller roof section first and allow me to demonstrate the technique in greater detail. The DAS modelling clay is spread (quite thinly) over a base coat of PVA glue and shaped with a modelling tool to form the thatch shape, the overhang of thatch is modelled on with a sausage of DAS rather than the thatch being that thick! Once I am satisfied with the shape I comb the DAS with the blade end of the modelling tool. The end of the thatch is textured with a blunt cocktail stick - poking the point in to the clay to produce the effect. (At some stage I will take a picture of the tools that I use to help other who wish to copy this technique).
The photo also shows the level of texturing I like to aim for and the black foam board showing through. For sections near the balsa strip I have used the original tool and a much smaller sculpting tool which fits between the beams.
Progress to date has taken about a week of evenings, working about one hour - two hours each evening. Please Note; you have to leave a great deal of time for the PVA glue to set and the DAS to harden.
I try to coat all surfaces that are to accept DAS with slightly watered down PVA glue - I have not had any nasty experiences with the DAS flaking-off, but once read that DAS can shrink if not treated in this way.
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
Flintloque - Large Farm House part three
In greater detail; black foam board has been used to build the main structure shapes and internal strengtheners, thin card has been used for all the roof sections and the torn paper strips have been used to strengthen all joins - torn paper and PVA glue. Roughed-up strips of balsa wood have been used for the wooden beams. The blue foam off-cut has been shaped with a large knife, sanded to shape and then individual stones cut in to the chimney with a scalpel and further textured with a broken stone, pressed in to the foam. The chimney has been glued to the roof and wall with PVA glue and dressmaker pins have been added to strengthen the joint.
You may also be able to see where I have started to 'plaster' the first wall with DAS modelling clay - more detail to follow in later posts.
These latest photos also show the rear of the house and you can now see the annex and two additional window - all construction as previous posts.
The farm building is 180mm long and 140mm tall (to the top of the chimney).
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
Flintloque - Large Farm House part two
These three photos show the latest batch of work - not much to add to what has already been written , the joins are covered with torn paper, the roof sections are thin card and the wooden beams are balsa. More to follow soon.
Once the roof base had been finished (as you see here) I used expanding foam to fill the attic space - no real reason why, other than I had a part filled can of foam. The structure is now very strong. It has also changed shape! With the foam ballooning out the roof shape rather than remaining concave. It is my intention to model the thatched roof with DAS modelling clay as I have used this technique in the past.
Sunday, 13 July 2008
Flintloque - Large Farm House
At this stage of construction the whole model is quite strong and does not flex, once the roof is added the structure will become even stronger.
For scale reference the door is 40mm tall by 20mm wide.
Saturday, 12 July 2008
Flash Gordon - Sea Monster
I purchased two from Waylands Forge about a year ago for £1.00 each and re-positioned the legs of this model to give it a different stance. In addition the loincloth was added with 'green stuff' before coating with PVA glue, undercoating with black paint and painting with acrylic paints. The base is a section of cork on to which the miniature was glued and later 'pinned'.
It is my intention to further modify the second miniature, however the scaly skin of the original is very difficult to reproduce! The miniature is just under 50mm tall and is mounted on to a 40mm round base.Tony
Flash Gordon - Hooded Minion
I re-based the figure on to a small slab of slate - not my usual cork, but felt that the whole dynamics was wrong and re-based it on to a small section of cork - with the base built up with DAS modelling clay and sand.
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
My son has a First
Well done and we are so proud of you.
Mum and Dad
Tuesday, 8 July 2008
Flash Gordon - Monkeyman
The miniature was mounted on to a block of cork, which was in turn glued to a 40mm round base, The rest of the base was built up with DAS modelling clay and covered with fine sand and small stones before being undercoated with PVA glue. I painted the miniature with acrylic paints over a black undercoat and followed the original colour scheme.
The very dynamic pose has meant that any conversion work would be very apparent. I have at least one more similar figure, but I do not envisage converting it.
The model stands just over 46mm from head-to-toe or 60mm from the top of the arms to the base of the foot.
This particular miniature came with two other figures in a card backed blister pack from In-Store and cost £1.00 to £1.50. And according to the stats card, the Monkey Man regularly eats monkey brains!
Monday, 7 July 2008
Flash Gordon - Robot
The miniature comes as a multiple casting (5 pieces - head, body, two arms and a legs/track section) and was put together with super glue. The miniature was painted with acrylic paints over a black undercoat and gloss varnished. I was trying for a retro 'Lost in Space' look!
The figure is 46mm tall and mounted on a 40mm round base. The skirmish wargame Fantastic Worlds from Rattrap Productions uses a number of different robot Profiles in its rules, this particular robot is a Bodyguard Robot (Grade 2).
Sunday, 6 July 2008
Flash Gordon - Swamp Monster
The model is painted as the original miniature, just a little more care and time, while the leaves are individual Birch tree seeds, collected from the bottom of the garden and dried. They were glued on with super glue one-by-one with the aid of a set of tweezers and a steady hand and later varnished with water based acrylic varnish.
(Note; the same seeds are available as autumnal scatter material or leaf matter from Miniature Modelling sites, however with a little bit of research and searching you can pick them up for free).
The only issue I had with this particular miniature was the stance, it was very 'lop-sided' and so I mounted it on a large off-cut of cork cut at an angle to try and level it off. Later I re-sculpted the feet (roots) as if clinging or climbing on to the rock base.
The model is mounted on a 50mm round base and stands 50mm tall.
PS. Moster-in-my-pocket miniatures were being cleared-out of stores called InStore and Poundland (UK) late last year. I picked up packs of either three miniatures to a card or 'specials' with one to a card for between 50p and £1.50 a pack.
Alternative Armies - The Compendium No 1
I will start my review by stating that I am biased and believe the Flintloque game, figures and background to be one of the very best Non-Historical skirmish wargames available. I will also add that I have yet to finish reading the whole compendium.
For more information about Flintloque go to;
The 64 page booklet is printed on good quality white paper and full of black and white images with a colour binding. The imagery is 'standard' Alternative Armies - that is a mixture of product photos, in-game shots and cartoon like drawings or illustrations. I would add that I personally find the latest batch of drawings to be less characterful than the initial or early Flintloque/Slaughterloo/Deadloque illustrations, but I am also aware that thing do change and move on.
The contents include a very good section on Mission Templates - short scenarios for easy game set up and play, which I found very interesting and I can see me using them as the basis of solo games. The next section contains rules for solo play, which are in the main available for download from the Notables Yahoo Group, but are still well written and again very simple. Other sections of note are the Scenarios (or Mega Scenarios for Slaughterloo) - The Battle of Bonibix, The Monich Bier Wars and the section on Balloons of the Ferach Empire.
The remainder details new releases, character classes, some expansion rules and adverts. Overall I would say that the publication is well worth the £6.00 cover price and for the Flintloque player a great source of additional information.
I do however have a couple of criticisms, the main one being spelling or grammar mistakes - I know that I also make the odd mistake, but in professional publications and with computer spell checks I do not believe that these mistakes should get through the proof reading stages. I have already commented on the quality of the newer cartoons, and hope that in the future these will improve, as will the quality of the painted miniature examples. I was also disappointed to see that a number of articles are actually available from the Notables Yahoo Group.
In summary, I was pleased with the total package and would recommend it to any Flintloque/Slaughterloo/Deadloque games or figure collector.
Friday, 4 July 2008
Do not buy them in their retail box sets, but search e-bay for the particular miniature you want, first checking the image on;
I have picked up a number of models (and don't forget Star Wars and HeroClix/HorrorClix) for between 25p and £2.00 each. 'Maybe I should keep this information to myself!' I always coat the cleaned models with PVA glue before painting and have yet to have any issues with paint coming off. I varnish them with water-based acrylic varnish (or Klear) rather than polyurethane varnish which I use for metal miniatures.
Thursday, 3 July 2008
Flash Gordon - Water Elemental
The miniature is cast in soft clear plastic with a blue tint that was very difficult to match up on my sculpted base. In the end I used lots of watered down washes with Klear (Future in the US) and blue ink to tint the base rather than paint it. I also varnished the whole sculpt with Klear as I wanted to keep the illusion of a wet creature.
The face was further picked out with pure white acrylic paint, as were the foaming 'white horses' of the crest!
I have yet to find a storyline where this creature is used, but it is still a good addition to the collection.
Flash Gordon - Green Crystalman
There is very little to add, the figure was painted over a black undercoat with various acrylic green paints used to highlight the crystal structure and going from dark green near the base to lighter and well highlighted green around the head. I used diluted green ink to wash the whole figure. The miniature was gloss varnished and is just over 45mm tall and mounted on a 40mm round base.
Flash Gordon - Beastman
The figure was first undercoated with GW black spray paint, touched up with black acrylic paint and then drybrushed with very dark brown, dark brown, medium brown and then GW Spearshaft Brown to pick out the flesh colour. When dry I washed the whole figure with diluted brown ink before painting the base with dark brown and picking out the stones with grey and then white.
This really was a very simple figure to paint and another great addition to my Flash Gordon collection. The figure stands just over 40mm head-to-toe.
PS. Reaper Dark Haven miniatures are a huge inspiration and source of miniatures to supplement my Cliffhanger 40mm Flash Gordon collection from Graven Images. I enjoy browsing the miniature blisters at Waylands Forge, Birmingham and Spirit Games, Burton on Trent for further source material!
Flash Gordon - Lobsterman
I re-based the figure on a 40mm round base and built up the groundwork in my usual way, before coating the whole miniature (base as well) with PVA glue. Once dry the miniature was undercoated with acrylic black paint before being re-painted, pretty much as the original. Maybe just a little more detail, for example the claw and barnacles.
The miniature stands just over 40mm tall. Quite an unusual addition to my Flash Gordon figure collection. The miniature has nothing to link it to any particular period and could therefore work in a number of settings.