Sunday, August 28, 2016

Mixed Bag 3 - Time Bandits, Trolls and Terrain

"You see, to be quite frank, Kevin, the fabric of the universe is far from perfect. It was a bit of botched job. We only had seven days to make it. And that's where this comes in. This is the only map of all the holes. Well, why repair them? Why not use them to get stinking rich?"
     - Randall


This week I turned my attentions to the Time Robber models from Northumbrian Tin Soldier company. I scooped these models up the moment I saw them, and they have been languishing on my painting table for quite some time. Oddly, I was a little paralyzed when it came to putting paint on these models. I even considered reaching out and getting them painted by an actual pro-painter. But this week I finally found the gumption to do them myself as part of an effort to clean up all the little projects sitting on my paint station.

Strutter, Wally, Randall, Fidgit, Og and Vermin

I love Terry Gilliam's films, but I think Time Bandits is my all-time favorite of his work. The movie really spoke to me a kid - I was interested in history and would have loved a chance to escape my rural homestead for an adventure. Watching the movie as I've gotten older has only made me appreciate it more - the dry humor and commentary on good and evil gives the film more depth than I thought it had when I was younger.

These are great, chunky old school sculpts.
Painting the whole crew was an exercise in varying shades of brown. Randall and Fidgit were a nice break.

I plan on using these models in a Napoleonic scenario - an idea immediately suggested by my buddy Rob - where each player receives a Time Bandit and must traverse the table collecting loot and avoiding The Supreme Being all while also commanding a brigade of troops! Should be a lot of fun and will add a nice mini-game to the larger battle.

The Supreme Being and the Time Gate are just 2D elements printed out and mounted on bases (with a little
cotton batting added for the Supreme Being!)

I also made some time to re-base some old GW Stone Trolls for Age of Sigmar. Lovely sculpts that just drip with character. I'm usually not too nostalgic when it comes to old sculpts, but these really do it for me - they are quintessentially what I think of when someone says the word "Troll". They were part of an old Ork and Goblin army I owned, and were name Bill, Bert and Tom after the trolls in The Hobbit long before those atrocious movies were made.

I've always loved these models and I'm really happy to press them into service once again!

I also cranked out another electrical box scifi building - some kind of warehouse from the rolling garage door on the front. I'm getting quite the little collection of these going. I'm going to have to give thought to building some taller ones and maybe playing some Necromunda again after a long, long time.

Don't forget to bring a Tau!
I also managed to get the last squadron of hussars done for my Hessen-Homburg regiment for Napoleonics. This brings me to 40 of the little blighters, so I think I am done painting that color scheme. Hopefully.

Soooo many colors.

I've really got too many projects going on at one time. I need to knuckle down and focus on just one - I've been promising Warhammer Quest Silver Tower for weeks now. UGH!



  1. The supreme being and time portal are great embellishments!

  2. I knew if I didn't make models for them, you'd be asking where they were Rob! :D

  3. Thanks! They are really great sculpts. I was worried I was going to ruin them, but they painted up really easily.