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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Mon 10 Sep 2012 - 4:08

I've had that experience of coming to like, or at least appreciate, some piece only after they have been painted. No matter how you feel about them, they all painted up VERY NICELY ..."nice" might not be appropriate considering the subject matter. WELL DONE! thumbsup

The Zombie-on-a-stick is a well rendered, & quite scary sketch.You have a definite artistic streak. VERY WELL DONE! thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Mon 10 Sep 2012 - 16:11

Wow! You have been busy! What an amazing collection of undead creatures! And the self-portrait is fabulous!

My favourite thing that keeps impressing me is the eyes of your zombies glowing in eerie colours. Keep it up!

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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Fri 14 Sep 2012 - 8:40

Too much time seems to equal damned good results. Excellent stuff, as always!
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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Tue 18 Sep 2012 - 14:42

Dreng Tromm wrote:
I have way too much time on my hands. Very Happy

If this is how you spend your time I would say that you can't have too much time on your hands! Your are really a productive and inspiring guy. I really like your zombies and other undeads. I'm myself working on a Sylvania project so I find a lot on inspiration here bounce

Keep up the amazing work!
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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Sun 23 Sep 2012 - 19:44

Greetings Fellow Travelers of the Old World!

I recently rescued some old Citadel miniatures. By "rescued", I mean buying some poorly painted miniatures that were simply gathering dust in a box in one's basement.

The miniatures consisted of 20 ungors, 10 gors, a doombull, an old chaos sorcerer and an old Ogre.

I immediately got around to the business of stripping the paint off the figures and unfortunately, some of the thick paint that were initially applied on the miniatures could not be removed and worse, a lot of them had pooled and hardened in the recesses between the furs and the facial details, particularly the eyes thereby compromising the details of the figure's sculpt and ultimately making it difficult for me to paint over them.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, I think I was able to do a decent job of salvaging these classics...


Ungors brandishing their weapons...


Ungors with spears...


Ungors stalking their prey...


Ungors in a defensive position...

and


A bad-ass doombull!

I have yet to attach the old round shields to the ungors but I am thinking of securing the newer shield in order to tie them in with the newer plastic sculpts.
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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Sun 23 Sep 2012 - 23:16

Very cool old school beast boys! I think you did a wonderful job on them cheers you have really done a great job on their evil little faces

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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Mon 24 Sep 2012 - 5:46

Resurrecting Old minis is a joy...like running into an old friend. Despite the difficulties, the Beasty Boys, large & small, painted up just fine. As always, VERY WELL DONE! thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Mon 24 Sep 2012 - 13:16

Behold Dreng Tromm The Resurrector! Or rather, his work. Which is cool! Good work on those oldies, I think your painting works very well. My favourite is defensive ungor to the right - there's something about his facial expression...
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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Mon 24 Sep 2012 - 18:52

Thank you very much my friends for the words of encouragement.

@ DeafNala:

I agree with you that resurrecting old miniatures is a joy. It breaks my heart every time I see a neglected miniature and I thank the hobby gods for giving me the opportunity to rescue these poor wretched souls.

@ folketsiende:

My sincerest thanks my friend. Let me share some more of my "rescue" work...

Some time ago, at our local hobby store, someone came in and brought with him some Bretonnian knights. He was looking for someone to play-test his knights with. Apparently, he is new to the hobby and he wanted to try tabletop wargaming.

What struck me however were the miniatures he brought. These knights were in such a terrible state that I politely went over and asked the player why his Brets were in such a condition. You see, he simply spray-bombed the miniatures with an off-the-shelf hardware store enamel paint. Worse, he spray-bombed it with a very striking yellow and you could see that he did not even do a good job at it because the paint had pooled over the details and some of the chainmal details of the miniatures were completely covered and obliterated.

To give you an idea, this is how they look like:




I then tried to strike a conversation as to how he should not neglect the aesthetic and artistic side of our hobby but apparently, the guy was more a "player" rather than a hobbyist and no amount of convincing would make him paint his miniatures. So, I did the next best thing: I offered to buy his small army at a price he could not refuse.

I then brought the figs home and tried desperately to remove the primer. given the fact that the knights were made of plastic, I was extremely careful in the process of removing the paint because I run the risk of breaking it (if I rub hard enough) or melting it (by using stronger chemical solutions). I ended up with a bare mini with large patches of yellow and partially obscured details. So, rather than base-coating it, I decided to simply paint over it thinking that the yellow could serve as base-coat. To my horror however, when I tried to paint over it, the paint would not adhere. I was thus forced to apply the base coat by brush and tried my best to restore these knights to what should have been their proper station in life.

This is how they look like now:








The work is far from over as there are still a lot of these "yellow" knights but I am hopeful that they will soon shed their "shame" and rise up to their true "colors."
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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Mon 24 Sep 2012 - 19:25

Excelent restoration work!
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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Tue 25 Sep 2012 - 1:51

You're a true hero!
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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Tue 25 Sep 2012 - 5:23

In this case, I think it's more of a rescue than a restoration. If you run into that Guy again, I would avoid seeing what he's playing with...he does make those Folks who game with unpainted minis look better. Suspect

That aside, your patience & perseverance have paid dividends; i.e., the Knights are BEAUTIFUL pieces. You've done such a splendid job that it is impossible to tell just how awful they previously looked. VERY WELL DONE! thumbsup


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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Tue 25 Sep 2012 - 6:04

Great job!!! I would've lost my patience and bought a brand new boxed set as opposed to painfully rescue those Bretonnians.

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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Tue 25 Sep 2012 - 9:31

Good job there on saving those minis Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Tue 25 Sep 2012 - 15:28

haha yellow knights, I think there is a joke in there somewhere.

Anyway, as usual you did a wonderful job! The pegasus knight is a dorky as ever but your paintjob on the wings is excellent
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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Wed 26 Sep 2012 - 19:33

Thank you guys!
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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Wed 26 Sep 2012 - 19:48

Greetings Fellow Travelers of the Old World!

A question:

I am planning to increase the civilian population of my miniature village. At present. I have an eclectic collection of villagers from various manufacturers such as Reaper, Fenris, Lead Adventure, Foundry, Hasslefree, GW and Citadel.

I then came upon West Wind and I was intrigued by their Vampire Wars collection, particularly the Gypsies and Transylvanian Mob miniatures but I think these miniatures may not "blend well" with my other villagers scale-wise especially since these minis are advertised as 25mm.

Has anyone acquired these miniatures and incorporated them in their collection? If so, do they stack up in terms of scale against the other 28mm and heroic scale miniatures? A picture would also be appreciated.

Thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Thu 27 Sep 2012 - 1:18

Hello, hello!

Don't let the label 25mm trick you. Sometimes, West Wind can have big, big models! Smile

I have taken a couple of shots this morning (as you do, before going to work), which might give you an idea of the sizes of the minis as far as the gypsies and transylvanian mob are concerned (sorry for the black undercoat, it would've been better to have them painted!).

Gypsies


Transylvanian Mob and a Monk:


Let me know if you want more shots; I have loads of different civilians from all sorts of models.

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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Thu 27 Sep 2012 - 2:39

Thank you my friend for the pictures! They are indeed very helpful.

The difference in scale apparently is not that obvious (I am looking at the member of the Brotherhood AND some of the Transylvanian mob as compared to the Bretonnian Man-at-arms and the flagellant at the bottom photograph), so I guess I would push through with it.

If you have a picture of the Gypsy caravan with some GW Mordheim minature beside it, that would also be greatly appreciated. Oh and by the way, I LOVE YOUR COLLECTION!
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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Thu 27 Sep 2012 - 4:39

Thanks for the nice comment - I collect about anything (as an addictive person I am). I want to paint a few dozens of miniatures before this Christmas, including the gypsies (I have a few from West Wind and from other companies).

You can see how the West Wind minis come prebased, which sometimes is tricky to get rid of. I usually put sand, gravel or grass between their bases and my bases so they blend in well.

I do have the caravan indeed, so I can put any miniature next to it if you want. I will do that after work. It's a nice little vehicle, which will add loads of character to your village (and mine). Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Thu 27 Sep 2012 - 13:43

OK, here we go - and apologies for the dodgy pictures - I'm not used to photograph unpainted or WIP stuff!





The caravan comes with two gypsy characters and the horse.

I only managed to find two links with the painted caravan. Here they are:

http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?/topic/15355-my-first-ever-diorama/

http://warhammer-empire.com/theforum/index.php?topic=41748.0

I hope this stuff helps,

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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Thu 27 Sep 2012 - 13:45

it looks cool but it's not even long enought to lye down in... arn't they supposed to live in those things? lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Thu 27 Sep 2012 - 16:21

Maybe. Or maybe they use it to smuggle stuff in it. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Thu 27 Sep 2012 - 18:29

Thank you Joao my friend!

Your efforts and your help in my inquiry has proven most useful. I have already placed an order for the West Wind minis including the Gypsy Caravan, which would make a great addition to my collection and an interesting point of interest in my ever-growing medieval village.

Again, muchos gracias mi amigo!
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PostSubject: Re: Dreng Tromm's Random Works   Fri 28 Sep 2012 - 0:53

Good one, Dex! Smile

Given your painting standards, I'll be looking forward to seeing how your gypsy band ends up.

Gaming-wise, are you using them as non-PCs or do you have them in mind for a little warband?

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