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A mythical beast - a female wargamer! I got back into wargaming in the summer of 2011 after a very, very long break. My current interests are Ancients, ACW, 30YW and SciFi gaming.

Monday, 31 December 2012

Next Up For The Challenge: 28mm Vikings

Well, I've had quite a productive day. This morning I finished off the Croats and sent the pics to Curt to post on his blog as he gets first shout on posting them. I've scheduled a post to go up here tomorrow. Errrmmm, today - it's gone midnight!

As I didn't have anything ready for painting I decided to prep some figures for my next Challenge batch. As several commenters had said they were looking forward to Saga stuff, I spent the afternoon assembling 20 Gripping Beast Vikings. Once they were assembled I superglued them onto 25mm washers and then did something a bit dumb. I should know from past experience that doing the PVA-over-base-and-dunk-in-sand/stones before painting is a pain in the neck, but I went ahead and did it anyway. It probably would have been fine if there had been less of the ballast/tallus in the mix, but by the time I realised it was too late. I guess I'll just have to paint the bases as beach or stony ground. After letting the basing texture dry for a while, I primed the figures with Vallejo black polyurethane primer. So, here's a quick pic:




Tomorrow evening I'll be doing a round-up of 2012. I notice that I'm currently at 299 followers - wouldn't it be great to gain another before the year ends?

9 comments:

  1. Hey, I'm working on GB plastic Vikings for Saga right now as well! Great minds? ;-)

    I'll be curious to hear your opinion on how doing the basing material before you paint works out. If it works, that'd be easy to change up to do in the future!

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  2. Odd how we are all different beasts, I always base my figures before undercoat I have been known to paint up the base first too
    Looking forward to the Saga stuff.
    Peace James

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  3. Huzzah for 300 and Huzzah for some Viking action - I am one of those calling for some SAGA goodness! Great to see you feeling better and being amazingly productive :-)

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  4. Must admit I am rather fond of the GB Figures. Looking forward to seeing these in all their glory. Congrats on the 300 too!

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  5. Hah, just looked at this as I was putting sand on the bases of my unpainted figures. I always do this so that the undercoat goes over everything. I find painting bare gravel with a brush very tricky and less satisfactory.

    Looking forward to your Vikings too!

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  6. Looking forward to seeing these Vikings. Well done on the 300.

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  7. Thanks guys, and a big Spartan welcome to Scott!

    @ Monty - I have done basing material first before and it can work out well (my Ronin is evidence of that). the problem here was that I did a PVA coat then into the sand/gravel mix (with too much gravel in it).
    It will certainly be interesting to see how our two batches of GB Vikings compare :)

    @ Legatus - it's definitely easier to do sand/gravel first as the primer makes it easier to paint up later on. the main problem is that the sand and gravel seem to soak up huge amounts of primer.

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