A Miniature Odyssey

Miniature Gaming Reviews, Tutorials & Musings

Servo Skull Musings: Momento Mori 2020 — February 3, 2020

Servo Skull Musings: Momento Mori 2020

Here we find ourselves a month into 2020. I have reflected on the fact that it takes me far too long to finish even the most minor of projects, yet the magnanimous ambitions remain.

As such I have created three goals for the year. I hope they will be attainable prior to 2021.

1) Death Korps of Krieg Phase I– This will include approximately 150 Death Korps of Krieg infantry models along with organic transportation including Centaurs, Chimera Storms, Crassus Armoured Carriers and a Hades Breaching Drill. Phase II which will hopefully fall into 2021 will consist of the Armour (Leman Russ Battle Tanks & variants), Heavy Armour (Baneblades) and Self-Propelled Artillery (Armageddon Patterns Basilisks and Hydra Flak Tanks).

2) (Functioning) Necromunda Game– Adding to House Orlock and the Palanite Enforcers will be the painting of my son’s gang, House Delaque. Equally important will be the completion of an actual Necromunda ‘table’. This will be based around a pair of the Zone Mortalis sets, other terrain elements (primarily from Kill Team) to create a 3D 4’x4′ modular gaming environment. Bonus round will include a few bounty hunters/hangers-on/hired guns/dramatis personae models.

3) Purge 2020– The collection must be culled. While I am committed to finishing a Death Korps of Krieg, Elysian Drop Troopers, Armoured Battlegroup, Solar Auxilia Army and 30K Word Bearers Army before I die of old age, I must clear out some other projects. This will include selling my unpainted/un-assembled Imperial Knights Army, Eldar Army and Dark Eldar Army in addition to my partially complete Adeptus Mechanicus Skitarii Army. By the time this is posted the first batch (Knights, Eldar, Dark Eldar) should be hitting ebay. If any of A Miniature Odyssey’s miniature following (see what I did there?) is interested, please feel free to contact me.



Really Backstone Fortress Part III — June 19, 2019

Really Backstone Fortress Part III

Now we have our conclusion, and surprisingly for me, the most fun components of the box.

Sometimes the most simple painting leads to the best results. When it comes to the Ur-Ghals, they are as simple as possible. I think it works. Here we have an alien with no eyes but many noses. That’s right, those pink holes are all noses. I wanted to make their colour scheme as vibrant as their unusual senses. After all, a blind creature would have no sense of how ridiculously neon it would appear. I find myself typically using dry-brushing sparingly but for these I went to town and I think it compliments the overall ‘alien-ness’ compared to my more normal Chaos and Imperial subjects.

As for the Spindle Drones, they like the Robot before received a conservative paint scheme. A blue wash over the Gun Metal was really the only risky choice. For both the Ur-Ghals and the Spindle Drones they received simple bases with only a generous covering of Mig Jiminez ‘grime’. I wanted something different and have always loved the atmosphere of the 1986 film Aliens; that sickly moisture everywhere in the Alien hive on good old LV-4226.

Finally, the Chaos Space Marines, or more specifically, a trio of Word Bearers. I freely admit I stole the idea of painting these models from another blog. Credit where credit is due however. I found this idea at https://studiodropship.co.uk/word-bearers/ . I modified it slightly with the incorporation of Rub’n’Buff furniture polish. Honestly, I read about that idea a long time ago and cannot remember where I originally saw it.

1) Black Prime

2) Heavy Dry-Brush of Chrome Metallic Furniture Polish (Chrome Rub’N’Buff)

3) Varnish (Since the Polish does not dry)

4) Airbrush with clear Tamiya Red

From there on out, the painting followed the normal routine. While I was very happy with the results which provided a lot more of an ethereal depth then simply painting metallic red, it was very time consuming. Far down the queue there is a massive amount of 30K Word Bearers.  Time will tell if I have the patience to use this method on all of them.



As always, questions, concerns, conundrums and existential dilemmas are welcome.


Mr. Kalidor


Really Blackstone Fortress Part II — June 18, 2019

Really Blackstone Fortress Part II

Here we have Part II of the Backstone Fortress project. There is not a large amount to say about these models. The most fun was the Rogue Trader and the Robot. The Rogue Trader serves as a colour test for future Imperial Army/Solar Auxilia projects. The Robot on the other hand provided me the opportunity to play with some of the newer metallic paints from Mig Jiminez.

While I am not a fan of how the Mig Jiminez Gun Metal flows on the brush, the Metallic Orange painted much better. While my go-to paints are evolving to predominantly be from Mig, I was and am not happy with the Gun Metal. Perhaps I just received a bad bottle but it is a distant third to comparatives from Vallejo and Games Workshop. While normally, I weather larger technology, I made a very intentional decision to keep the Robot as clean as possible. He still has the new car smell.

More to come tomorrow but in the meantime please enjoy.

Oh and yes, the Raling has a mini-fridge on his back. I know that is out there and no large secret, but I still thought it was a pretty cool callback to the Ratlings.


As always, questions, concerns, conundrums and existential dilemmas are welcome.


Mr. Kalidor