Posts Tagged ‘Black Scorpion’

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Outpost highwaymen size comparison

June 14, 2017

Last week the postman brought me some lovely new minis by Outpost Wargame Services. They’re part of their highwaymen range, which also includes victims as well as characters from the City of Vice TV show. As the range features plenty of suitable minis for my pirate project, I’ve been eyeing them for a year or two now. One thing that has kept me from taking the plunge is the lack of comparison pictures available. While there are some here and there on various blogs, I wasn’t able to find a proper size comparison. This post will obviously remedy that and hopefully help out other people who might be wondering about the size.

Now, this isn’t a comprehensive thing by any means, as I’m just using the miniatures that I happen to have at hand here in Dublin. It does cover a fair few of the most typical pirate ranges though. Also of note is that there is no lovely, handy measuring tool here, nor have I standardized the minis in any way – they are just plonked down on 25mm slottabases with their integral bases intact. The exception to this is the Black Scorpion pirate who doesn’t have an integral base.

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As you can see, the best matches are Blue Moon and North Star, as Outpost minis are on the chunkier, more cartoony side. This means that Galloping Major and Redoubt 18th century stuff should fit nicely. You can see my previous size comparison with those two manufacturers in this post. Like usual, I will happily use them all together as I’m not picky about 100% size or style matching.

Short and sweet this time, I hope this is of use! I might offer this to OWS just to save others some trouble.

 

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From the painting desk #50 – The Doctor

May 12, 2017

My 50th “From the painting desk” entry is another pirate – so no huge departure from what I’ve been doing for the past years. I was thinking of doing something special for the 50th post in the series (namely, featuring a dragon I painted recently), but life intervened so here we are!

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It’s a privateer from Black Scorpion. There’s really not much difference between a privateer and a pirate (and many swung between the two), so he’s a lovely fit. I love the model’s posing and general look, as he gives off a great stone-cold killer vibe. I’m planning to branch out into highwaymen at some point, and he’ll fit right in.

Again, I kept the palette toned down and gave the base the “pirate tufts” instead of the flowery ones used on civilians and soldiers. I’m not sure if it shows, but I used the model to practice blending. While I’m happy enough with my level of painting skill, I’ve not noticed much progress in the past years. With this in mind, I’ve begun to consciously learn new stuff – starting from something as elementary as blending. I’m quite happy with the result, and it feels nice to level up my painting a little. Work on this will continue!

My pirates will be taking on Paul’s samurai soon, so I’m currently painting up more pirates with muskets to teach him a lesson. As for the pirate’s name, he has spectacles. It’s obvious he’s a doctor, rather than a dubious marksman.

I think this is miniature #7 of the year, counting the dragon. I’m quite happy with my output here in Dublin so far, so this might actually be a fairly productive painting year!

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From the painting desk #38 – Living pirate, dead pirate

November 23, 2015

Two more miniatures for my pirate project, and very different ones at that. The first one is a merchant sailor by Galloping Major Wargames, mercilessly press ganged into service as a pirate:

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A simple paintjob on a lovely miniature, he adds some firepower to my group. I really like the Galloping Major minis, as they’re neat sculpts and very chunky. They’re also very tall, but fit in nicely with the rest of my ranges.

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The other miniature is an undead pirate by Black Scorpion Miniatures. I absolutely love this range – the undead pirates are really characterful and evocative of the whole “cursed to wander the seven seas” vibe. I painted the model using a different style than with my living pirates, using plenty of heavy drybrushing to make him more worn and weathered. I used black decorating sand mixed with pizza herbs to create a sort of afterlife base, drawing inspiration from Terry Pratchett’s depiction of The Desert, an afterlife of greyish-black sand, and adding some withered plants for a more maritime feel. I threw in an old GW metal skull for additional effect. I think the end result is quite pleasing, and creates a lovely contrast with the living pirates and their bases of almost white sand, as you can see in the photo below.

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That’s 33 miniatures painted this year, and the pirate project moving along nicely! I’m looking to build a small band of undead pirates as well, because…they’re undead pirates, that’s why.

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From the painting desk #34 – Weary old pirate

August 4, 2015

Another painted pirate! I wanted a change from painting to ship, so went for something smaller. He’s a Black Scorpion miniature, and very Long John Silver-ish with his missing leg and crutch. I painted him as a weather-beaten, wiry older pirate. I think the end result is suitably nasty looking individual, definitely up to no good.

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For the base I used a grass tuft from Army Painter. It was my first time using basing tufts, and I’m in love! Expect plenty of tufts in the future, and give them a go if you haven’t already.

This was the 19th mini I’ve painted in 2015, so better speed it up a little. Comments welcome!

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18th century comparison

July 17, 2015

I love miniature size comparisons. With plenty of manufacturers out there, it’s useful to know which manufacturers fit together size and style wise. I’m not too fussy with what lines I use together (as you can see from my Colonial Marines), but I know a lot of people are very particular about it. As I’ve amassed a lot of pirate/18th century miniatures in 28-ish mm recently for my small project, I figured I’d do a quick comparison for the benefit of everyone out there. Posts like this are something I tend to google a lot, so this is just paying it forward. This isn’t a review as such, more a quick comparison.

The ranges compared are 18th century sailors by Galloping Major, pirates by Black Scorpion and Foundry and FIW civilians by Redoubt. Here they are side to side:

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L to R: Black Scorpion, Galloping Major, Foundry, Redoubt

In my opinion all these can be used together, but as said above, I’m not fussy. If you want matches, here are my suggestions:

Black Scorpion has a different style from the others. They also have a fairly large range, so you could just use them exclusively. If the height difference is the thing bothering you, Galloping Major matches up nicely. Style wise Redoubt’s weapons are thinner than Foundry’s or Galloping Major’s and match up quite well with Black Scorpion.

Redoubt can easily be mixed with both Galloping Major and Foundry.

Galloping Major matches Black Scorpion in height but not style. They’re a good match with Redoubt and Foundry style wise, but in general chunkier and taller. However, you could circumvent the height difference by removing the integral base from the Galloping Major minis.

Foundry are short, but style wise match Redoubt and Galloping Major. You could remedy this by giving them a boost under their integral base using putty or a washer.

So that’s my take! As a disclaimer, note that these are single samples from larger ranges which in themselves have internal variation and and..oh heck, I’ll just leave it to Captain Barbossa:

As I like all of these minis and don’t want to unnecessarily put you off from buying them, shown below is a picture of two Foundry pirates and a Black Scorpion one. As you can see, you can do wonders with matching basing and I think they go together just great, even with the height difference.

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Hope this post proves useful! If it does, I’d love to hear about it.

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From the painting desk #32 – Captain, my captain

May 20, 2015

This year’s 11th miniature is a pirate from Black Scorpion. He’s actually the reason for my huge surge of interest for pirates. Once I saw him at the Black Scorpion stand at Salute, I just had to buy the pack and the rest is (very current) history. Seriously, that pose has to be one of the coolest I’ve ever seen, and the miniature all in all is everything I expect from a Pirates of the Caribbean inspired sea dog. He’ll definitely be the captain of my pirate crew.

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I painted his coat a bright red but made the white detailing a bit grimy – he is a pirate after all! I think he’s also the first resin miniature I’ve ever painted. The quality was mainly good, although there was a strange deformity on his right hand. I fixed it somewhat by disguising part of it as a ring. The basing represents a sandy fantasy-Caribbean beach and fits in with the previous pirate.

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Pirate madness

May 7, 2015

Salute 2015 sparked a huge interest in pirates in me. I was thinking of keeping it very low key – you know, a few packs of miniatures from Black Scorpion and Foundry, some pieces of special terrain, nothing major.

As these things tend to develop, yesterday evening I found myself in possession of a huge, 80 cm long pirate ship. It’s the Black Pearl from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, it comes from this playset and I got it for 30 EUR off a Finnish auction site. As I said and the pictures show, it’s a massive model, and I’ve no idea how I’m going to store it, but for now I won’t worry about it. Instead I’ll focus on the positive!

There’s so much to love about the ship from a miniature gaming point of view. It’s magnificently scaled for 28mm, it’s nicely textured and has easy access to the ship’s interior. On top of that there are great toy functions such as a small soundboard and even flashing red led lights for the cannon. A piece of the ship’s prow also comes off, which will be a good way to show damage or to depict a beached ship.

The ship will give me plenty of work. While the scale is good for the most part, it’s still intended for large action figures, so I’ll need to make doorways smaller, give the ship a smaller rudder, replace the cannon and so on. Some of the less detailed pieces will need a going over with coffee stirrers and some toy mechanisms will need to be removed. I don’t doubt that it will be a major task, but I’m still looking forward to it! To make my task easier, I’m going for a functional gaming piece and as said, I’m trying to keep many of the toy functions intact. This means I won’t go over the model, puttying over and sculpting every join and gap, nor will I add authentic rigging or anything like that. I know myself, and I want to actually finish this one!

I’ll post updates on the blog as the thing progresses. While I don’t usually show a lot of work in progress stuff, I think that sharing in this case will be good for keeping up the morale (and the stamina). Hopefully this will also provide you with inspiration and entertainment! It goes without saying that feedback, ideas and experiences are warmly welcomed.

I added some quick pics below just to give you an idea of the whole, sorry for the rubbish lighting and setup! All the minis are 28mm.

The ship in all its glory

The ship in all its glory

The rudder has been removed and the railing will be cut down

The rudder has been removed and the railing will be cut down

The crow's nest is large enough for several minis

The crow’s nest is large enough for several minis

Plenty of deck space, the discs will be removed

Plenty of deck space, the discs will be removed

 

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