Over the past few years I have tried to start a wargaming blog several times. Each of those times what I did didn't didn't feel right to me. This august, having started college, I began work on studying what exactly I wanted to do with a blog.
Namely the Blog had to be scale, genre, and army impartial. I wanted to have a broad focus so I can show all my works instead of just one part. To that end all model posts will have their genre in bold beside them.
This is the fruit of that small labor. Hopefully I'll have a good time, and you will enjoy it too!
Skeleton bowmen (Fantasy)
These models are a conversion of the following kits:
Mantic Games Skeleton Warriors
Wargames Factory Persian Infantry
The only Item taken from the Wargames Factory kit was the quiver with bow/arrows. This relatively simple conversion makes interesting skeleton models into a feasible looking missile troop.
This was also my first experience with the dipping technique. Dipping involves basecoating your model, then using a "dip" to provide definition. I used Minwax Polyshades Antique Walnut. This stain is usually used to finish carpentry projects and contains polyurethane.
The polyurethane provides the "glossy" finish you see. This is easily fixed with a Matte varnish, which at this time has not been applied. Polyurethane also provides a primary layer of protection for the paint, making it very hard for said paint to chip off when fully varnished.
Problems dipping with this type of shade, specifically one normally used for wood finishing, is that wood stains are normally oil based. Polyshades is a water based product, which makes it easy to get off your hands if you mess up as well as not covering your models in an oily sheen.
The finished models will be shown in a later post, but for now here is a picture of the unbased and unvarnished miniatures (The human wizard shown is part of the living section of my undead army. An Oxymoron which will be explained later):