Something for Squash – a Jack Vasel Charity Auction painting tracking list
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A few months ago now I was a participant in the annual Jack Vasel charity auction. I didn’t have any games to offer, rather I offered to paint a dozen miniatures (or equivalent) for the winner; I am a reasonably experienced painter and my entries occasionally do okay in the monthly Turtleback painting competition. I undertook to work closely with the winner to give them, as close as I am able to, a paint job customised to their requirements.

I warned whoever would eventually win that I was a s-l-o-w painter at the best of times and having two children under three at home also makes it difficult to find time to push a brush about. This notwithstanding, bidding was reasonably brisk and at the close I had raised $150 for this most worthy cause.

This list is intended to track the progress of my painting and act as a place for discussion of what could be done next. It will probably only appeal to Squash and myself, but all BGGers are most welcome to subscribe and see what’s happening in this little project.
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Well, the winner was none other than this chap:

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The caveat with this win was that he hadn’t acquired the miniatures he wanted yet as he was in the midst of selling off War of the Ring Collector's Edition and getting War of the Ring (Second Edition).

No worries at all, I could wait.

Eventually they sold, the new game was acquired and I was advised it was in the post heading my way.
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2. Board Game: Post Office Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Well Australia Post surprised me on this one all right - a parcel delivery right to my door on a Saturday morning. It was a much bigger parcel than I was expecting.

Naturally, I opened it up to find ...
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3. Board Game: The Maple Leaf Forever [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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A 500ml bottle of president’s choice Maple Syrup. Wow - what a great little gift. You really shouldn’t have.




Every now and then when we have a free morning on the weekend we like to have a family pancake breakfast so this will go down a treat.

Hmmm, what’s this? Something else it’s a ...
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4. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:73]
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For those of you who don’t know, Squash is a paramedic in Toronto. Not the easiest job in the world and one certainly deserving of more recognition and thanks from the wider community.

He was nice enough to pop in a spare paramedic shirt. Check it out:




By this stage I was more than happy as I didn’t really expect (or even ask for) anything to ‘sweeten’ the task of painting.

Hang on, there’s one more thing here. Good grief it’s ...
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5. Board Game: Fire in the Sky: The Great Pacific War 1941-1945 [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:1867]
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My only ‘grail game’. I’ve had this on my want list for a while since reading some really positive reviews. Alas, it appears that MMP are unlikely to republish this one so it was to be forever a pipe dream.

Well, that was until I discovered this little gem sitting, new in shrink, in the parcel.



Wow, I mean really, wow. You shouldn’t have. I mean it. Thanks ever so much.
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6. Board Game: Funky Party Games: Blind Paint [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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Here we go, the actual items themselves. Squash wanted all five chaos gods from Chaos in the Old World (this includes Chaos in the Old World: The Horned Rat Expansion) and, of course, the principal characters from War of the Ring (Second Edition).





There’s a bit of work here, but as this was always going to be a collaborative effort we’ll work together to decide what colour scheme works best for each miniature.

After a clean-up (including getting rid of the minimal flash and mould lines) I washed the miniatures in warm soapy water to get rid of the releasing agent as well as oil from handling - and then rewashed them after Little Fish the Elder found them drying and played with them.

As a baseline we decided to go with a white undercoat to really try to bring out the colours of these characterful miniatures.

The entries below will detail the progress of each individual model.
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7. Board Game: Citadel of Blood [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:5648]
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The first Chaos God under consideration is Khorne, ‘Blood for the Blood God’ - Blood, skulls, axes. Let’s see where this leads us...
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8. Board Game: Healing Blade: Infectious Disease Card Battle [Average Rating:4.77 Unranked]
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Our second subject is Nurgle. Pus, bile and decay. Plenty of room for creativity here...
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9. Board Game: Seduction [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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The next Chaos god in line is Slaneesh. A tricky one as much of what this one does is about seduction (of one sort or another) so Slaneesh can be different things to different people.
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10. Board Game: Winds of Change [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
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Last of the ‘Big Four’ is Tzeech - the Changer of the Ways. How do you paint a God whose primary aspect is change?
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11. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World: The Horned Rat Expansion [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
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Finally, onto the ‘bonus’ God, the Horned Rat. Not a God one would expect to have wide appeal outside the rodent set, but you never know.

What can we do to jazz up this little guy?

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12. Board Game: Land of the Free [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Free Peoples:

Mrs Fish is ill today so I am home from work looking after the Little Fish. The way she is she'll probably be much the same tomorrow.

If I get a chance I will start work on these guys. I was thinking of blocking in the skin first - do you want all the free peoples to be caucasians (as per the books & movies) or would you like different skin tones for different folks?

The only caveat on getting this done is that our spare room, which is usually my painting room has been taken over by the invalid. Maybe when she gets up I'll be able to coax her out with offers of tea and Poirot....
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13. Board Game: Dark Shadows [Average Rating:5.87 Unranked]
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Also, I should say I am very open to your ideas around the Shadow guys.

I imagine black will feature pretty heavily but, as ever, you'll get what you want - or, at least as close to you want as I am capable of delivering.
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14. Board Game: My Precious Presents [Average Rating:6.16 Unranked]
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Well, here's the first of the War of the Ring (Second Edition) chaps. My instructions with Sméagol were very open ("Whatever - have fun") so just to make him a bit distinctive I have painted him in a mix of purple and grey, washed with purple ink and then progressively lightened with elf flesh.

What do you think?





He's pretty tiny and will be the only miniature of the set whose eyes I'll paint, but I rather like how he turned out.

If my vision isn't the same as your I'm happy to revise and repaint as required.
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15. Board Game: War of the Ring: Lords of Middle-earth – Treebeard Mini-Expansion [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
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Here is the Big Ent! As discussed, I have painted him with a more vibrant 'spring' palette rather than the usual more dour 'winter' colours he is usually associated with:





Please let me know how you like him.

For reference, he was painted with the Foundry 'Spearshaft' palette (after a heavy wash with VMC brown wash) while the leaves were done with VMC 891 Intermediate Green and VGC green ink.

The eyes were old GW Golden Yellow with a black (round) pupil - cat's eyes are for baddies.

You may not be able to see it but the tongue and fingernails were done with VMC Mahogany 846 Brown on a base of VMC 822 SS Black Brown camo and the boulder is VMC 869 Basalt Grey washed with old GW black wash and then progressively highlighted with Basalt grey mixed with slightly increasing amounts of VMC 989 Sky Grey.

Anyway, I hope you like him, for mine I'm really glad you decided to go with this more verdant and vibrant colour scheme rather than dark browns and greys. Should look great on the table of honour.
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16. Board Game: Case White [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:7640]
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The new way of view GL comments seems to necessitate a new item.

Here's Gandalf the White on his little grey horsie:







I hope you like the mount - please consider at that only, I will work on the rider next as discussed offline.

Anyway, if he's too dark/too light/too muhc/not enough or whatever i can fix him to your liking.

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17. Board Game: Dwarf Wars [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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It's been a productive couple of weeks. Here's Gimili, what do you think?





I am really pleased with how he turned out, but, of course, will repaint to satisfy you.

I was considering putting a rune or something on the disc on his back, but wasn't sure if that was a dwarven sort of thing to do.
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18. Board Game: "Ring 'em!" [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Here are the ringbearers. As mentioned before, Sam is deliberately more cheerful looking while Frodo is in more subdued colours. How do you like the shadow over his face to suggest corruption?



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19. Board Game: Horsie-Horsie [Average Rating:2.50 Unranked]
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And here is the Hobbit of Horse:





The device on the shield is meant to be a stylised representation of a horse. Happy to scrub/repaint if you don't like it.
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20. Board Game: Sabrina the Teenage Witch [Average Rating:4.38 Unranked]
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Here's a WIP of the Witch king.

As requested, he has a deep purple cape. What do you think?





A few questions to finish him off (assuming that all is otherwise well):

d10-1 He has long hair, what colour would you like it?

d10-2 I have left the faceplate plain metal for now. Would you like something else done with it?

d10-3 The grip of his sword is, at present, metal. Would you like this changed to another material, leather for instance? If so, what colour works for you?

d10-4 Aything else this guy needs?
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21. Board Game: Chez Goth [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:4645]
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Very early WIP of Gothmog.

As I mentioned in a GM, would you like him to have bronze armour to suggest he is wearing the archaic equipment of long-dead kingdoms?

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22. Board Game: Big Mouth [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
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Mouth of Sauron

Foot:






I am pretty happy with how this guy is going. Please let me know if he works for you. More specific questions:

1 His belt is a corroded gold at the moment, does this work for you?

2 The weird staff in his hands can be any colour you like. Seeing the miniature this far advanced, what do you think?

Mounted:





As with his foot version above, this guy seems to be going okay. Questions:

1 I see his coif is the same colour as his cloak, would you prefer that this be metal?

2 What colour would you like the horse to be?

3 There is a caparison under the barding; what colour works for you for this?

Note to self - make sure there is no paint on fingers when picking up miniatures! shake

I should also say that the red is due to my latest purchase, the Vellajo Panzer Colour Tail light Red, VMC Sepia wash and then the tail light red mixed with a little VGC Gory Red.

The armour is Foundry Blackened barrel (Napoleonic guns range) with a black ink and then the highlights picked out firstly with VGC metal and then VGC silver. The rust is VGC brown ink.
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23. Board Game: Hey, Hey, Witch Way? [Average Rating:5.38 Unranked]
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When undertaking basic 'clean up' work (i.e. removing flash & etc) the first thing one notices about the Witch King on his Fell Beast is that he's missing a foot.



I have used a little bit of greenstuff to try to fashion a boot. Now, I'm not the world's best sculptor but I think this will do the job.



Now I've got this done I'll get to work on the rest of him.
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24. Board Game: Pants on Fire! [Average Rating:5.09 Overall Rank:13668]
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Here is some early work on the Balrog.

My approach at this stage is a heave dry-brush of the (old) GW orange foundation paint, then a couple of heavy washes with Badab Black and then to try to build up the effect of fire with gradually lightening oranges, yellows and then white.

Hopefully this will work, I haven't painted a fully flaming miniature before.





I should also say that I did the that rock he(?) is perched on in VMC Medium Grey, washed with Badab Black and then heavily dry brushed with more medium grey progressively mixed with VMC Sky Grey. Final highlights with Sky Grey alone.
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25. Board Game: Black Box + [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:4376]
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Well, the item is in the post as of today.

They were packed pretty well so there should be no damage in transit unless, of course, the Australian and Canadian postal services really try.

Here's how the gang look just before they were packed:



Here's the box itself:



Say, that box looks a little on the largish size for around thirty or so miniatures, I wonder what else could be in there....

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