BROADSWORD MINIATURES

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

SPRINKS' SKINTHAMMER CHALLENGE so far

Some time ago , the noble and erudite Sprinks of Wronghammer fame issued the following challenge


naturally this appealed to my parsimonious nature and I plucked up the tattered fingerless mitten from the dust and accepted the challenge. This of course is as far as it went until I uncovered another bag of cheapo plastic orcs at the Lincombe Barn Wargames club tabletop sale. Progress has been glacial to say the least, but this is the story so far. I decided to use standard Warhammer figures, but the cheapest I could find

presenting The Gubbinses of Shatford Lea


This little lot I picked up a year ago at the same show... 17 figures for a £4. Some had been painted by Blind Pew using an industrial paint roller, but I just undercoated straight over that without stripping. 

The grunt and bile of the army cost a tenner for about 56 figures, some of which were broken. I sifted out the best and added shields bought at the same show



The gaps in the front ranks are for the standard bearers, WIP


The chap on the right was one of the broken figures, and the metal dude was from a rummage bin at last weekends show, Attack at Devizes. He cost 50p and was missing a hand. Happily I have had one of the kid's old goblins riding around in the glove box of the car for about 2 years, and he willingly sacrificed his hand for the greater good. I might use him and add a hook later. (note newly tidied workbench for this photoshoot).

A couple of personalities. Uncle Frank on the left will be crewing the catapult when it is painted (a 10p plastic ELC job from a charity sale). Uncle Frank was gleaned from a comic book show last year where I was helping Geoff from Oakbound man his stall. We didn't sell much, but were pitched next to a chap with a huge dumpbin of old figures. I bought a bundle and they worked out at 32p each.

Mother Gubbins, the matriach of the clan and mother of them all is a Runequest figure I have had since the early 80's. She comes from a set of 10 figures which were (I recall) £4.99, so she cost err ...(counts on fingers) 49p. 

Here is Uncle Frank's pet porker Trotter
Trotter came from Devizes Attack a couple of years ago when EM4 Miniatures had rummage bin of old game pieces. I missed all the Deep Ones which the git in front of me showed me as he skipped off with them gloating, but there were a few odds and sods worth buying for 30p each. I also bagged a bundle of goblin types from the same bin which should be painted very soon.


So £15.61 spent so far (I think) of the £30 limit. Lets hope I can interpret the challenge flexibly and get the whole of August to paint in too.








12 comments:

  1. Well done, some inspired efforts in that lot.

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    1. Thanks Phil. Very rushed job, but at least they are painted.

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  2. Excellent thrifty and creative work on display, splendid.

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  3. Hi Alan, thanks. The skulls are from my son's abandoned collection. Quite fun scavenging among detritus at shows to find the cheapest figures available.

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  4. Fabulous work and certainly in the cheapo spirit of the Challenge.

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    1. Thanks MJT.... enjoying having an excuse to be tight.

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  5. Great work sir, its great to see some of the old plastic orcs on display from so many wonderful sources!. The August'deadline' is in the loosest possible sense, I just bunged it in to give myself a push more than anything. The project is ment to be fun rather than pressured so please apply it or not as you see fit!. Looking forward to whatever comes next!.

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    1. Thanks Sprinks... I think the deadline is a good idea as I would never get anything done. I an speedpainting as well and using washes and spatters with limited success , but at least it's fun.

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  7. Sterling work - that mix of old plastic Orcs works really well together, especially with that lovely skin tone you've given them. Love Mother Gubbins - somehow gives this lot a real lovable redneck fell to them!

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  8. Cheers Thantsants. The real Gubbins family were a tribe of cannibal robbers who lived on the edge of Dartmoor, all horribly inbred.(perhaps they all had massive underbites as well,).

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