I've had a little bit of time off since my marathon run of night shifts, so have managed to churn out even more models! It helps that I'm not a really detailed painter, generally sticking to only one or two highlights. It also helps when I really love the models, my productivity wanes when I've painted skaven number 150!
While I was trawling various gaming blogs I came across this post by Obisidian3d - thinking outside the box
Instantly I wanted ninja turtles. I love the turtles, not the kiddy shit that Nicklodean pumps out but the original comics by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird from back in the day (1984) which I loved reading. I had the RPG, sadly I can no longer find it amongst my multiple piles of literature, probably worth a few quid now...d'oh! Anyhoo as I said I instantly wanted turtles, now unlike obsidian3d I'm unlikely to be able to convert these figures myself due to my limited skills, so I needed to find a set. I was hampered because Nicklodean pumps out all kinds of crap aimed at children and not designed for the gaming market, they also are yet to grant a licence to a mainstream gaming company to produce a range. My web-fu skills are seriously weak and I was struggling to find anything suitable without having to go down the conversion route. There was a French guy - Francagne Didier who I found on Facebook who has produced the four heroes independently but he wants €72 for the set, now they are stunning models but that's a bit rich for my blood! Instead I found these guys.
From MyWay miniatures, a Russian company. These minis are great, at €11 each they are a little pricey, but if you buy them as a set that comes down to €36 (€9 each) I went for the collectors set where you get a presentation stand, the turtles can be mounted on a piece of sewer terrain, for €40. I had no intention of using the figs as a display piece as I want to game with them so I mounted them on my 25mm rounds, but I may use the sewer piece later on in a project, so for an extra €4 saw no harm in it.
The customer service from these guys was excellent, my package was tracked from the start, arrived relatively quickly and was undamaged by its epic journey! I was super impressed considering I've had trouble from companies shipping from Essex! When I unboxed the minis, they were fabulous, needed no cleaning up and only marginal assembly. The bandanas were a bit tricky as they are very small and as the models are resin, need superglue to fix (I hate superglue!) but they look great, the bases are designed to fit in the stand and look like little pieces of rock so the figs went on them and then onto mdf rounds that I got from Minibits. I used polyfilla to sculpt the base to fit, Leonardo's being the most tricky as he is standing on a sewer grate.... For the turtles skin I used citadel Knarloc Green with Biel-tan wash, the shells were a 50/50 mix of Vallejo Iraqi Sand and Saddle Brown for the chest plate and outer edges and citadel Mournfang Brown/Abaddon Black for the rear shell all washed with Agrax Earthshade.
|Donatello - the tech guy|
|armed with a Bo staff|
|Raphael - the brawler|
|armed with paired Sai|
|Michaelangelo - the joker|
|armed with nunchaku|
|Leonardo - the leader|
|armed with a daisho or pairing of katana/wakizashi|
I love all four of them equally, literally cannot pick a favourite. Next I need to find Splinter, the Shredder and some Foot Clan ninjas. Oh and a rule set so I can game with them, any suggestions welcomed!