Thursday, 12 November 2009

More New Discworld Figures

MicroArt Studios have just released more Discworld figures, bringing the total now available to 25. Great stuff for all us Discworld fans! The latest releases are shown below, the pictures are taken from the MicroArt Studios shop pages, but please remember that they are sold by them unassembled and unpainted with plain black bases. I am happy to assemble and paint any of this Discworld range of figures for only £10 per figure, this does not include the cost of the figure or postage. I can produce the same colour scheme as those shown on the MicroArt Studio website shop or produce a unique figure to your own design. Simply contact me if you are interested.

The Canting Crew Set
Canting Crew Set

Duck Man
Duck Man

Coffin Henry
Coffn Henry

Arnold Sideways
Arnold Sideways

Foul Ole Ron and Gaspode
Foul Ole Ron and Gaspode

Captain Carrot
Captain Carrot

Sergeant Fred Colon
Sergeant Fred Colon

Cheery Littlebottom
Cheery Littlebottom


Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Latest Discworld Figure News

Here are the latest "greens" by Kul Asyrk as published on coolminiornot. As with the previous "greens" you can expect them to be turning up for sale as 30mm multi-part metal miniatures soon at MicroArt Studios. They are:

Sergeant Colon

Sergeant Colon

Cheery Littlebottom

Cheery Littlebottom

Carrot Ironfounderson

Carrot Ironfounderson

The Canting Crew

The Canting Crew



The last "greens" to become metal miniatures are shown below, these have all been painted by MicroArt Studios and the pictures are taken from their shop website. Remember these are all sold unpainted and unassembled with plain black bases. The cobblestone bases shown in the photographs are made of resin and can be purchased in random unpainted packs of five from MicroArt Studios. Note that there are two size bases 30mm and 40mm depending on the figure requirements.



Mustrum Ridcully

Mustrum Ridcully

Otto Chriek

Otto Chriek

Giamo Casanunda

Giamo Casanunda

Esme Weatherwax II

Esme Weatherwax II

As with all the other Discworld miniatures I am happy to paint any of these on a commission basis.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Games Workshop Brings Back Space Hulk

Check out the Games Workshop website for details of how to pre-order the 20th Anniversary re-release of Space Hulk. It is going to be a very limited edition (why? - probably to help keep the price high!)

A board game for two players containing "a 23-page Rulebook, a 47-page Mission book and 35 finely-detailed, plastic Citadel miniatures, including: 11 Space Marine Terminators, one Space Marine Terminator Librarian, 22 Genestealers, and one Broodlord. Also included are: 105 gaming counters, 24 corridors, 10 rooms, eight crossroads, eight T-junctions, six corner sections, four dead ends, four end pieces, 20 doors with plastic stands, one mission status display, and three plastic mission objectives, including: a dead Space Marine on throne, a Blood Angels artefact and a Cyber-Altered Task Unit. Plus a sand timer and five bone-coloured dice unique to this game."

If you are lacking a Sci-Fi board game you might want to take a look at Doom the Board Game by Fantasy Flight Games, which is currently very well priced for its massive content in comparison to this re-release. It can be played with two to four people and is always a real blast.

Much as I would love to get my hands on these miniatures to paint I do not think I will be splashing the cash this time, maybe I will be able to afford it at the 50th anniversary!

Monday, 15 June 2009

More Discworld Figures

Looks like MicroArt Studios are keeping busy making new Discworld figures. The last ones I reported on (Susan Sto Helit, Cohen the Barbarian, The Luggage, Nobby Nobbs and The Librarian) are now for sale as multi-part metal figures and they will soon be adding these to the collection...


Otto Shriek

Mustrum Ridcully

Giamo Casanunda

Esme Weatherwax II

These pictures of the "greens" sculpted by Kul Asyrk were posted to coolminiornot. Not sure about Esme Weatherwax II but the others are all spot on.

I recently finished painting a commission of eight Discworld figures along with the cobblestone bases that you can also purchase at MicroArt Studios. Pictures will be posted soon. I should point out that whilst most of the Discworld figures require 30mm bases The Librarian and Luggage, whilst being 30mm in scale, actually have 40mm bases.

Sunday, 29 March 2009

New Discworld Figures Soon From MicroArt Studio

I have just spotted the latest "greens" being shown off on coolminiornot - the latest sculpts by Kul Asyrk for MicroArt Studios for their 30mm Discworld range. I expect they will soon have these for sale as metal multi-part miniatures.

Here are the pictures of the "greens" taken from the coolminiornot website

Death R'N'R

The Librarian

Cohen the Barbarian

These look to be of the same high standard as their other Discworld figures and I am looking forward to seeing how they paint them up.

Once they are available for sale I will be happy to take commissions for them, as with the rest of their Discworld range. I will probably also paint some up for direct sale.

Great Stuff!

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Tianna Starfall Shop Created

I have now finished wrangling with the HTML and added a shop to my website.

UK customers can buy direct using the PayPal checkout system. Overseas customers can see what I currently have available and then contact me to purchase - I will send a PayPal invoice that includes the correct postage amount.

I will be adding more figures to the shop as I finish painting them. I will try to keep this Blog updated with what I am currently working on so you will have some idea what to expect. I am still taking commission work, so contact me if you have a specific miniature or colour scheme in mind, or if the item you wanted is sold out.

To start off with I have some of the Terry Pratchett's Discworld figures available (manufactured by MicroArt Studios, assembled and painted by me).

In other news, I have finished the Genestealer commission and will be adding photographs of them to gallery soon.

Friday, 27 March 2009

Tianna Starfall Shop Coming Soon

I am in the process of making a shop page on my website where UK customers will be able to purchase figures direct from my website using the PayPal system. Overseas customers will be able to see what I have in stock and can then contact me for a PayPal invoice containing the correct postage costs.

Initially I shall be selling some MicroArt Studios Discworld miniatures that I have completed, but there are lots of other figures in the process of being painted that I hope to add soon, for instance the Games Workshop Warhammer Chaos Knights that I have been talking about.

I am still taking commissions, so if there is something that you would specifically like painted just drop me an email or contact me here.

Hopefully the shop will be up and running in the next week or so, as long as I manage to wrangle the HTML successfully!

Monday, 23 March 2009

Spring Fever?

Well it sounded like a cool blog title, but more accurately it should be "A Cold in March". Yes the weather has improved here in the UK and it is wonderful to see the sun shining, the birds nesting, and the allergy sufferers sneezing. A shame then that I am indoors with a cold, trying to paint miniatures when sneezing is not easy, hence the lack of updates this last couple of weeks. When you have CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) colds tend to knock you off your feet for a while, but I am sure I will bounce back again soon. You cannot keep yourself in a sterile bubble, that would be no fun at all, but you do tend to see less people simply due to being unable to get out and about much and are, therefore, more likely to catch things when you do socialise; having not been exposed to many bugs to build up an immunity. A tricky Catch 22 situation.

Playing computer games on the other hand is not too difficult when sneezing, so I have made some progress with my latest one - Dungeon Siege II with its expansion Broken World. A fun fast-paced action RPG in the Diablo vein with some cool character progressions/skills and powers. First time through I am using pets rather than NPCs to bulk out my party. Currently playing a ranged person, with throwing weapons and starting to multi-class to a Blood Assassin.

Now the cold is beginning to improve I am back to painting a commission of Genestealers (Games Workshop Tyranids), in the traditional colours of Space Hulk. Still working on the Chaos Knights also.

Monday, 9 March 2009

Bog Raiders Completed

Just a quick update - I have finished the Bog Raider commission and pictures have been added to my commissions gallery.

This is what they looked like after assembly, in this picture you can clearly see how I added green stuff (modeling putty) to the joins for a better finish. I was surprised at the amount of mold lines I had to remove from these figures, but they looked great once finished.

Here they are painted:

I am currently still working on the Games Workshop Warhammer Chaos Knights, they are coming along nicely and I am painting some Genestealers by commission. More on these later.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Bog Raiders from Blood Moon Miniatures

Blood Moon Miniatures have recently released some "Bog Raiders". They look like really nice lizard men reminiscent of the Fimir's from Hero Quest (Milton Bradley board game now out of print). Here is a picture from their site:

They must have proved very popular because they are currently out of stock. I am currently working on six of these by commission.

These metal figures come in several parts - you get bodies (two types - one is a complete body with arms and legs and the other is split in two parts with legs separate from torso and arms), heads (again two types, one a complete head and the other in two parts with top of head and lower jaw being separate), hands with weapons (swords, axes and double handed axes) and tails. There are a lot of mold lines to remove and the assembly is not a simple matter; as the joins are poorly matched, requiring molding putty (i.e. green stuff or similar) to obtain a smooth finish.

Once I have completed these I will try and post some work in progress pictures, and of course the finished pieces will be in the commissions gallery.

Saturday, 31 January 2009

Vampire Counts Crypt Ghouls

I have just completed these Games Workshop Warhammer miniatures. They are multi-part plastic figures that I assembled, removed mold-lines, filled in gaps/joins with modeling putty, primed, painted, based and varnished. I decided to keep away from the traditional green or purple ghouls that I have seen elsewhere and tried to create a more organic feeling with browns and yellows, and gave them fluorescent green eyes. Base detail was added to create a mud effect.

I was surprised by just how many bits went into each figure - legs, torso, right arm, left arm, head, making it a long process to separate parts from the sprues and remove their mold-lines. It was fun to mix and match them and try to get the most unique looking figures. Once assembled there was quite a lot of areas that needed filling with "green stuff" to create a more complete miniature.

I have just added individual photographs of these ghouls to a new Warhammer gallery.

These figures are NOW SOLD. I am happy to paint these on a commission basis and I can tailor the colour scheme or figure types to suit your needs. I am also able to paint other Games Workshop miniatures by commission.

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Painted Discworld Figures and Other Miniatures I Have Finished

I have had a busy couple of weeks preparing, assembling, painting and varnishing a batch of the first five released Discworld miniatures. Some were for commission and some I have up for sale on Ebay at the moment (look for tstarfall). I painted them according to the colour scheme on the MicroArt Studio website (see my earlier blog) and they look like this:

I am accepting commissions for these figures and the other three that have now been released by MicroArt Studios. I can paint them according to any colour scheme you have in mind, just drop me an email. Higher quality pictures of these figures can be seen in the new Discworld gallery.

As I mentioned in an earlier blog I have finished painting the gretchins for the Space Crusade board game (Milton Bradley, now long out of print):

also finished the Orks:

and the remaining androids:

Individual pictures of these miniatures can be seen in the Space Crusade gallery.

I have also added pictures of the hydra and thief that I completed to the Mostly Metal gallery:

Next up on the painting table are those Games Workshop figures I have had for a while and I hope to purchase the three new Discworld figures.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Three New Discworld Miniatures

MicroArt Studios are now selling a further three Discworld miniatures. These unpainted, metal miniatures in 30mm scale are of The Luggage, Susan Sto Helit and Nobby Nobbs.

Here are the pictures from the MicroArt Studios web site:

As with the other five Discworld miniatures (Death, Sam Vimes, Nanny Ogg, Esme Weatherwax and Rincewind) I will be happy to paint these figures for commission, either in the same style as this or to your specification.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Painting Update

I have finished the seven remaining Orks from Space Crusade (Milton Bradley Board Game long out of print), and the old metal miniature thief-type character with an almost spent torch.

The first batch of Discworld figures (MicroArt Studios) arrived Monday! I have already cleaned off the mold-lines and flash, assembled and primed them. The painting process in now under way. Once they are finished I will post more details and update my galleries with the latest stuff.

Must dash - Death is calling!

Friday, 9 January 2009

Painting Progress

I have finished up the thirteen remaining Gretchins and three remaining Androids from Space Crusade, (Milton Bradley Board Game long out of print) will be working on the Orks today. Also finished the old metal hydra. Photographs of these will be coming soon.

Have ordered my first batch of Discworld figures (MicroArt Studios) - I cannot wait for them to arrive!

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Happy New Year!

I cannot believe it is 2009 - where do the years go?

I had a lovely Christmas spent lots of time with my family and friends and caught the obligatory cold. Still suffering as CFS makes minor illnesses into major ones, but staying happy playing with all my Xmas presents :o)

Carcassonne Box Image

The latest board game to add to my collection is CARCASSONNE, no miniatures with this one, just little wooden men called "meeples" by those on the BGG. The edition I received includes the River Expansion. It is great fun, really easy to learn and quick to pick up and play, although it can become quite complex depending on the strategies and tactics you develop. Average playing time (2-player) is 45-60 minutes. It plays extremely well 2-player but is also a game for all the family (2-5 players, age 8 up), the 4-player game we had was fun for all and required different tactics than 2-player. As it has been such a hit (even with those people I can rarely convince to play games) I expect I will be obtaining some of the other expansions/versions of this great game in the future.

Planescape Torment Box Art

The latest computer game to add to my collection was the old cult classic PLANESCAPE TORMENT. I have been after this game for years since I missed purchasing it when it was first released. I am not sure how my boyfriend managed it, but he got me an unopened original two-disc edition that was in a dual pack with SOULBRINGER, I think it might of been the American release. Planescape is loaded up and runs fine, sure the graphics are a bit dated compared to the latest RPGs but the depth of the story and the dialog are amazing. The game uses the BioWare Infinity Engine - the same one used in Baldur's Gate (one of my all time favourite RPGs) and it has a similar look and feel. It uses the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons system (which I am very familiar with as it was the version of D&D I played the most in my youth) set in TSR's Planescape campaign setting. Character generation is quite different though - you are the "Nameless One" and you can set your starting stats but you do not choose a class, instead you start as a fighter and develop your characters class and alignment by your actions and dialog throughout the game. As your character is human he can be any single class at a time, but can change between fighter, thief and mage according to the multi-classing rules of AD&D but with the twist that he can keep changing between them if he talks to the right people. This gives the game great depth, as you can become a thief and do a quest the sneaky way, then change into a mage to suit a quest that requires magic to solve. Great for indecisive players or those who like to try everything! I am having a blast with it at the moment, not sure how large it is (I am avoiding finding out too much about the game on-line until I have completed it) but it seems pretty big as I have been playing for quite a while and there seems to be lots to do - I have not even joined a faction yet.

I got lots of other great stuff including some DVDs and a Rubik's cube (remember them!), so a great big thank you goes out to everyone :o)

I hope that you all had lovely Xmas and New Year celebrations and wish you all the best for 2009.