Wednesday, 24 July 2013

The Sixth Form





As the glorious English summer continues unabated and many of us, including it would appear the Australian cricket team, seem to be struggling with motivation there has been a notable slowing of productivity here at 'Awdry Towers'.  That said I'm pleased to reveal that the 'Sixth Form' has safely departed the painting table and are ready to do battle with the undead.


The senior members of the school have always had a reputation of getting what they want and a happy to use whatever skills they have at there disposal.  So in a bid to produce a unique group the three bodies used were all from 'Hasslefree Miniatures' with a couple of head swops, using one of 'Crooked Dice's' accessory packs; such is the limit of my conversion skills.  


Pleats were added to the skirt to tie them in to the rest of the group and in this case the pistol holster was removed as I wanted the girls to be armed only with what they could find in or around the school grounds.  


Again pleats were added and the sledgehammer removed, it would go to making Rose's improbable armament!  - the results of which can be seen here.


Now by my reckoning I should now have enough of these teenage tearaways to start the scenario, but I still seem to be lacking a zombie or two not to mention a considerable amount of terrain and of course a board to play it on - it would appear that there really is no rest for the wicked!  I understand  that we might see a break in the weather soon, which will certainly be welcomed by some of us but perhaps coming a smidgen too late for our visiting Antipodean athletes?



A group shot showing how the colour palette links throughout and helps to unify the team along with the patterned gymnasium floor.







92 comments:

  1. Just superb. The gym flooring is inspired.

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  2. Such a fun skirmish team, I love it :)

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  3. Brilliant sir, absolutely brilliant! Love the conversions and the paint jobs are spot on. :)

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    1. Andy that is really kind of you, thank you.

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  4. What fantastic painting, and figures! On the subject of cricket, someone needs to sculpt a vignette of a bloke in pads and a baggy green sitting next to a table with a bottle of whisky and...well, you know :)

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    1. Thank you Giles and an inspired idea, perhaps best to wait until after I've seen the result of the third test!

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  5. Very, very nice work, Michael! I'm very impressed with your conversion work too.

    As to our touring team of turkeys, I must admit to a little bit of shdenfreude; I've never liked their arrogant attitude, so a little bit of come-uppance can only do them good! :-P

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    1. Thank you Ben that is very kind of you, as for the cricket, I'm have no doubt that there will be a few more twists and turns to this series.

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  6. You have been a busy Bee Michael! These conversions are great I couldn't recognize some of the Hasslefree miniatures after you had at them. Well done.

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    1. Thank you Robert, it just seemed like a fun idea to give them a bit of individuality.

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  7. What? No lacrosse sticks?

    Lovely work as always Michael :)

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    1. Thank you Tamsin, funnily enough I did consider some lacrosse sticks, but they didn't seem such a viable weapon against a zombie!

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  8. Michael your painting get bettere every figure you complete these are some of the best you have done and the conversion work is great too, some people are too talented
    Peace James

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    1. That is incredibly kind of you james, I am hugely flattered.

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  9. Hassel Free does provide some very nice sculpts, but it takes a master to bring out their beauty. Nice work Michael!

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    1. Thank you Jan, but as you say the sculpts are great and that makes the painting all the more easier.

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  10. Great work! The gymnasium bases take them to the next level!

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  11. Damn fine work, I love your conversions! And the skin tones. And basing. I could go on and on...

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    1. Thank you Monty, very, very kind of you.

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  12. Well done Sir! Can't wait for the action to being.

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    1. Thank you, the board is underway so shouldn't be too long now.

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  13. You are doing some rather advanced conversions here Michael. These girls are just smashing. How are you making those special photo's at the end? They lend a real touch of style to your work.

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    1. Thank you so much Anne, I really appreciate you kind words. The Polaroids are created in picmonkey, which is an online photo editing programme. Although much of it is free, I have taken out a subscription to unlock the more advanced and fun tools. It is so easy to use and in my humble opinion worth the investment.

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  14. These are another excellent addition to the school, this project is starting to really take shape, looking forward to following the rest

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian, some terrain next I think.

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  15. Superb painting and conversion work Michael. The gymnasium floor is the icing on the cake.
    Cheers,
    Pat.

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    1. Thank you Pat, really pleased with how the floor turned out, one of those silly ideas that could have gone either way.

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  16. I see the girls play rounders as well as hockey. Excellent work I can see my self doing a St Trinians in the Jungle scenario..... Actually I can't but I am trying to justify buying the figures now.

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    1. Thank you Clint and I can see the St. Trinians V's the Amazons working, perhaps they could combine forces to see off the evil slavers!

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  17. Splendid work as always Michael. Wish there'd been girls like that my my sixth form! ;-)

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    1. Thank you Scott, although they look a bit feisty to me!

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  18. Never mind jumpers for goalposts - hockey sticks for sledgehammers! Inspired mods and top notch painting, great stuff.

    Regards,
    Matt

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    1. Thank you Matt, perhaps not too much stripping off otherwise I will have to add parental guidance to the blog!

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  19. That's well above my conversion skill Michael, beautiful work!

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    1. Thank you Francis, great fun to do though.

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  20. Alway a pleasure to see your good work Michael .
    Cheers

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  21. Great Little conversions and as always excellent painting.

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  22. Fantastic brushwork and conversions there Michael.

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  23. You are a clever chap Sir m. They look excellent!! Can't wait to see a game now.

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    1. Thank you Ray, game a little way off yet, but it's getting closer!

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  24. Great job... Really coming together

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  25. Great looking figures. These girls are tough.

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    1. Really tough, you certainly wouldn't want to upset them!

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  26. Brilliant! Some nice conversions there sir!

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    1. Thank you very much, I really appreciate that.

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  27. Your conversion skills are becoming very accomplished… stunning work… and are those Fenris bases?

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    1. Than you so much Mike, that is really kind of you and yes Fenris bases for the team.

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  28. Great work, sir! A terrible team with very nice conversions.

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  29. Great work on those conversions and the painting. I'm not sure I'd want to cross any of those three!

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    1. Definitely need your wits about you when meeting these young ladies!

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  30. Hola
    SI SEÑOR muy buenas esas minis,tanta niña con armas........
    UN SALUDO

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    1. Thank you, no guns but whatever comes to hand!

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  31. Michael - really brilliant! They look so good altogether. Now....how's the Staff Room getting on? ;)

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    1. Thank you so much, as for the staffroom there are so many possible ideas but I must try and get the first scenario played out before I allow myself to become even more distracted that usual!

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  32. Nice putty work on the skirts, and your usual top-notch painting!

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    1. That is really kind of you, thank you.

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  33. Great conversions and paintwork, Michael!

    Greetings
    Peter

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  34. Tremendous work! Really like how you linked them all together with your colour palette and the floor. The conversions are very impressive too.

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    1. Thank you so much, I was delighted with how they came together.

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  35. Superb job Michael, You really should post these up on the Crooked Dice forums!

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    1. I've linked this up to the 7TV Action group on facebook :D Apparently some more St Searles girls will be released in November!

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    2. Simon that is really kind of you. I've afraid I'm not a face booker or have mentioned too far onto the cooked dice forum, but if you feel they they may be of interest to others then please be my guest. Excellent news about the new miniatures, I shall certainly be looking out for those.

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  36. Great figures with equally great painting!

    Christopher

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  37. Brilliant! The group shot of the girls really makes me smile. Wonderful work Michael.

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    1. Always delighted to bring a smile to your face Curt, thank you.

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  38. Wow baby, go get them Michael as they are really great. I love the conversion work and the whole ground works so, so well. Top Draw Ols Bean

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    1. Thank you so much Pete, I really appreciate your kind words.

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  39. Lovely job. Until I saw these I didn't know I needed a school gang. You make the conversions look simple I am inspired.

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    1. That is the best sort of praise a chap could have, thank you - looking forward to seeing your gan now!

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  40. Brilliant work Michael. Lovely conversions and paintwork!

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  41. Stunning work Michael !!!

    Love every bit of your project, will be realy nice to follow the adventure of the school girls in a nice AAR:9

    Best regards Michael

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    1. Thank you Michael and I promise that there will be a report in due course!

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  42. Amazing work as always. Not only are the figures themselves stunningly painted, but the basing (flooring) is incredible. Dean

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  43. Absolutely stunning paint-work and conversions, I'm gobsmacked.
    As a themed group you've done an excellent job on them.
    Now waiting to see them in action !

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    1. Thank you so much that is really kind of you and welcome aboard Sir!

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  44. Not something I would have thought of but your brilliance really shines out with these. I envy your skills, and I await a Barbara Windsor figure to take charge!
    Excellent work mate!

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