Here is my painting table from last Saturday. As you can see it's a dwarf party, with Warhammer Lords of Legend and 40k Squats. These are classic Citadel miniatures and full of character. The tartan may prove to be a challenge. I especially like the dwarf musician (front row second from the left), with his shoulder mounted boom box.
Here is Painting Table Saturday 100. I didn't begin at number 1. My first post for PTS being number 15 back in February 2014. I would like to thank Sofie for letting me join the community which has inspired me to keep painting and also share my miniature hobby with the world at large. I continue to enjoy painting, a pastime that began with a Grenadier blister pack of three Fantasy Lord fighters in the 1980's.
I have given some Chaos Space Marines new helmets, gathered from some Chaos Knights. The Lamenters are now done. They were a challenge. The original paint job by Jamie (the previous owner) was great, especially the chequy. I would have left them untouched if it weren't for a suggestion from Lewis to give them Jet Packs. An Ebay purchase supplied them with some old metal packs, already painted yellow. A different yellow to the marines power armour. Some subtle washes with Army Painter soft tone and highlighting with Flash Git yellow helped make the upgrade look more natural.
I changed some poses, added a skull here and an arm there, as well as repainting minor details on the armour. Plastic miniatures are easy to convert. However, with the new metal Jet Packs making the space marines top-heavy, washers were required to help balance them. One of them needed lead 'rocks'.
It seems like a lifetime ago now but back in the 1980's I experienced my first game of Dungeons & Dragons. The red box edition. Before that my adventures had been solo quests through Fighting Fantasy game books.
Although I would soon move onto Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and a host of other role-playing games, that red box was the beginning of it all. It is also the game I come back to enjoy time and time again. In recent years I have come to acknowledge just how important this game has been not only in my life but also in the world I live in.
Often when credit has been given to Gary Gygax for the creation of Dungeons & Dragons, Dave Arneson is carelessly, or carefully, overlooked or omitted. All my research suggests that D&D would not have been created without Dave Arneson. Indeed his contributions are the foundations of the role-playing games we play today.
So I raise a toast to Dave Arneson, grandfather of fantasy role-playing games and later co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons.