Sunday, October 26, 2014

Temple Longhouse

So I recently finished the latest installment in my now 3x3 underhive board. This time I chose to start at the Southern Shore again as I love the effect that I stumbled across for the sump crust.

This piece was built around an old printer that I happened across. A session with a razor-saw later and I had myself a pile of parts that all looked very suggestive. The piece was finished with a few Manufactorum wall parts and various pieces of cast up flooring and bits of old wood.

 The shore is littered with a tideline of junk.

The stairs here were cast from a mold made of lego.

The Northern end of the longhouse provides the only entrance and exit.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Penitent and the Servitor

These two came out of a recent bits bash. I've been trying to come up with a way of using some of the less popular parts of the Warhammer Zombie kit that I have laying around, namely those aweful looking torsos. 

The Penitent is an Inquisitorial prisoner, condemned and crucified to a large block of wood or stone. The act of carrying it around becomes his penance and the seals and religious tracts pinned to his rags provide testimony of his crimes.

The Servitor is bit more of a basic character, armed with a flamer and based upon the body of a fallen hero. I like the idea of this chap being some kind of 'bring out your dead' type character, incinerating the bodies of the diseased and infected that he denizens of the Underhive have been hoarding in the misguided hope of resurrection.

Victoria Miniatures: Part 2

I had some time over the previous evenings to put together the first of the heavy weapons teams from Victoria Miniatures. I opted for the heavy mortar and I thought I'd say a few words about how I found it as a kit.

This was a great kit to put together. The way that it has been divided up into it's constituent parts actually allows for a fairly intuitive build. I referred to the instructions on the Victoria Miniatures Heavy mortar page for the finer details, but the main structure went together really easily. The way this kit has been put together means that making a construction mistake is actually quite hard. The parts slot together in only one, or two ways, and often the wrong way looks ... well ... wrong.

As you can see, once it's been put together and based it is a really nice looking kit, easily standing on it's own against the more expensive kits from Forgeworld. Jake Schneider's wheels look really nice, with plenty of detail and the little sprue of handles and cranks really adds character. I've added a couple of Victoria Miniatures crouching crew figures here. The other one can't be seen in this photo as I haven't added arms yet :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Victoria Miniatures : Part 1

Over the next few weeks and months I'll be writing a number of posts about Victoria Miniatures new offerings. Recently Vic put a call out for on her Facebook page for bloggers to review her products and I answered the call.

I had been hoping to put together a Tallarn squad based upon Victoria Miniatures' Arcadian legs and Victorian torsos etc. I was expecting to receive a few sprues of each, but what Vic actually sent me went far beyond any expectations, including enough parts for a whole 10 man Tallarn squad, plus an entire set of her new heavy weapon sprues, designed by Jake Schneider. I can only give a massive shout out to Victoria Miniatures and say thank-you very much for such generosity.

As Vic has only just released the heavy weapons sprues I thought it only fitting that I save the Tallarn squad for another post and crack on with some initial reviews.

I've been a fan of Victoria Miniatures offerings for some time now and so I am probably slightly biased. Initial impressions are hugely positive. The weapon sprues are nicely designed using a CAD to 3D printing process. I know I have had negative things to say regarding CAD design in the past but after visiting Warhammer Fest last week and seeing what Forgeworld are doing with CAD, especially with their new Solar Auxilia range, I'm something of a convert. Perhaps I'm a few years behind the times, but it has to be said that GW could take a massive leaf out of what Victoria Miniatures and Forgeworld are doing with the process.

The material of these pieces seems to be similar to Forgeworld's brand of resin although I'm far from a resin expert. Any flash seems to be hair thin and would be easily removed. Most importantly, in the pieces I received, there appears to be very little or next to no warpage what-so-ever. Overall, the detail is extremely crisp and is a testament to whatever casting process Vic is using.

In terms of aesthetics, I'm loving the idea of an AK style Autogun.

The two-man heavy weapons in particular are very nicely produced and look simple to put together. The level of detail included is nice and the general styling would look very good next to a WW2 inspired sci-fi army. The wheels in particular virtually scream Death Korp.

A really nice extra touch is the sprue of crank handles and fly-wheels that comes with the heavy mortar.

Finally, a word about price. Being a fan of Forgeworld means that I often find my wallet considerably lighter than I'd like it. Vic's heavy weapons are comparable in terms of quality and level of detail and are roughly half the price of similar items offered by Forgeworld.