Undying Dynasties miniatures review

I would like to share my impressions about Tabletop Miniatures Solutions (TMS) 28mm resin miniatures. This is quite new Polish manufacturer but they are already producing line of fine miniatures. For the review I received 4 hero miniatures from their Undying Dynasties line. The figures represent undead Egyptian seletons and mummies. Sounds familiar? Yes – those who remeber (and miss) withdrawed from production GW Tomb Kings line should be satisfied. This figures are designed to be used in the 9th Age Game – a fan-run successor to 8th Edition of Warhammer Fantasy Battle.

The miniatures are hand cast in light grey resin. They are all hand sculpted by really talented sculptors. All those tiny details are astonishing. I cannot wait to cover those figures with paint! Apart from many details, the miniatures have much better body proportions than original Tomb Kings. This means that some of their bones are really thin and fragile, so be carefull when you assemble them! Especially when you pin the miniatures like I do.

Nomarch
Nomarchs were Egyptian high officials and administrators. This particular guy does not look like one sitting by the desk. He carries deadly sword in one hand and cobra in the other one. The miniature comes in couple of well cast parts. There are some tiny air bubbles, but not many. Maybe leaving some of them would make this undead miniature look more natural and aged 😉



Death Cult Acolyte
The miniatures with long scroll and ceremonial dagger also looks really nice. I did not notice any cast imperfections.



Tomb Architect
This figure carries large axe and long whip (probably to motivate pyramid builders for more intensive work). The miniatures is full of details and is cast really well. The only imperfections are air bubble in his chest and little miscast on his headgear, but nothing that cannot be fixed with a little of Green Stuff.



Tomb Harbinger
This one is really a multi kit miniature! He comes with many left and right arm options, including totem, spear, halberd, bow and shield. Hmm, what configuration should I choose…

Harbinger

Here is a set of TMS 20mm square scenic bases in ancient Egyptian theme. They look really interesting – there are some bones and skulls, broken vases, stone blocks. There is even snake and tiny scarabs!

Bases

The miniatures were funded with Indiegogo campaign. Speaking of crowdfunding – TMS are now running Kickstarter campaign to fund their new releases – Vampire Covenant Army. If you would like to increase your miniatures collection with high quality vampire, skeleton and zombie figures, you should check this Kickstarter campaign. On the basis of TMS miniatures I examined, you should not be worried about the miniatures quality.

As you can see I already assembled two of the miniatures: Nomarch and Death Cult Acolyte. As I prefer round bases to square one and I really liked the sculpt of TMS bases, I removed with razor saw tops of two square bases, glued them to plastic round 25mm ones and filled the gaps with Milliput. Assembled miniatures look even better. I will soon paint them so please stay tuned!

Assembled miniatures

Painting workshops – May 2017

How much fun it is to sit in a good company and do some painting:
Jaka to frajda usiąść wspólnie przy pędzlu:
Painting workshops - May 2017
Painting workshops – May 2017
Painting workshops - May 2017
Painting workshops – May 2017
Paintigng workshops - May 2017
Paintigng workshops – May 2017
Paintigng workshops - May 2017
Paintigng workshops – May 2017
I provided the place for the workshop, but the local news and gossip came from Kudłaty, while the more global ones – from Bartek. We also discussed some boardgames, and let’s blame it on Jarek, business matters – because of Christian and Łukasz, and thanks to Mahon we also went into the subject of translations of Tolkien’s works. And just as it always goes – I was the only one who was not guilty of any of these. 😉
Za lokal odpowiadałam ja, ale już za plotki lokalne Kudłaty, a za te ze świata Bartek. Tematy planszówkowe popełniliśmy z winy Jarka, biznesowe z winy Christiana i Łukasza, przez Mahonia ślizgaliśmy się po tłumaczeniach Tolkienowskich, a ja jak zwykle byłam ta niczemu winna 😉
Painting workshops - May 2017
Painting workshops – May 2017
Ah, there was also Balrog – the last man on the battlefield.
Ach był jeszcze z nami Balrog – ostatni schodzący z pola bitwy.
Painting workshops - May 2017
Painting workshops – May 2017
Here is Balrog’s and Mahon’s Blood Bowl painting:
Balroga i Mahonia malowanie Blood Bowla:
Painting workshops - May 2017
Painting workshops – May 2017
Painting workshops - May 2017
Painting workshops – May 2017
Painting workshops - May 2017
Painting workshops – May 2017
Models from Christian’s brush:
Figurki spod pędzla Christiana:
Painting workshops - May 2017
Painting workshops – May 2017
Painting workshops - May 2017
Painting workshops – May 2017
The portable airbrushing stand had to go for the duration of these workshops, and the fact I had the other modules on my wall allowed to move one of the wheeled tabled – the plan was tested, the exam passed!
Ruchome stanowisko do aero wyjechało na czas warsztatów, a moduły na ścianie pozwoliły przykulać spod nich dodatkowy stół – plan wypróbowany, egzamin zdany!
 
Painting workshops - May 2017
Painting workshops – May 2017

The next workshops will be a bit different, as I am preparing a special edition (or maybe more than one ;-)) for those interested…

Następne warsztaty będą trochę inne, ponieważ przygotowuję ich specjalną edycję (może nawet więcej niż jedną ;-)) dla zainteresowanych…

Pyrkon 2017

For me the most important event in Poznań is Pyrkon. I wait the whole year for it, so I was really sorry when I found we wouldn’t be organizing the miniature painting exhibition and contest there this time. We still hope that the next year we will manage to meet the staff and explain the concept to them. Still trying to find the best connection 😉 An opening leading to the goodwill department.

Dla mnie najwieksze wydarzenie w Poznaniu to Pyrkon. Czekam na niego cały rok, więc wyjątkowo przykro mi było kiedy okazało się, że w tym roku nie uda nam się zorganizować wystawy figurkowej połączonej z konkursem. Mocno liczymy, że w przyszłym roku, uda się dostać na spotkanie z organizacją. Szukamy dojścia 😉 szczeliny w dziale przychylności.

Pyrkon 2017
No, they’re not the staff here. Maybe they would be interested in a miniatures exhibition though?

When I realized we won’t be bound to a particular exhibition place this time it was already late, so I didn’t manage to sign up for any lectures. I only managed to see the exhibitions and “feel the holiday athmosphere”. 😉 Just like every year, when I wander through the pavilions I am impressed by the amount of work done by the volunteers to prepare their sections. We, usual Pyrkon guests, appreciate it very much!

Zbyt późno dotarło do mnie, że podczas tego Pyrkonu nie będziemy uwiązani do miejsca wystawy i nie zdążyłam zapisać się na prelekcje. Ale miałam czas zwiedzić wystawy i “poczuć atmosferę świąt”. 😉 Jak co roku gdy wędruję między pawilonami, zachwyca mnie ogrom pracy wolontariuszy jaki wkładają w przygotowanie swoich działów. My zwykli konsumenci Pyrkonowi, jesteśmy Wam bardzo wdzięczni!

Pyrkon 2017
LEGO exhibition at Pyrkon 2017
Pyrkon 2017
Some Star Wars LEGO sets
Pyrkon 2017
And the battle for Hoth built from LEGO.

The boardgames section served us really well, and professionally helped us borrow a suitable game. The kids corner and Elixirs class inspired by Hogwarts were both checked and Balrog left really enthusiastic.

Dział planszówkowy obsłużył nas sprawnie, a w wypożyczalni pomoc w doborze gry fachowa. Kącik dziecięcy i zabawa w lekcję Eliksirów z Hogwardu zaliczona – Balrog wyszedł rozentuzjazmowany.

Pyrkon 2017
What can be better for two military-oriented Star Wars fans than getting dirty in the sand next to a downed Tie Fighter? 😉
Pyrkon 2017
Greedo, such a great guy to relax with in the Mos Eisley cantina.
Pyrkon 2017
»Wow, his uniform is even better than ours!«

I think there were slightly more artists with their works, but I would still consider their numer miserable. Every year I am surprised with this fact and maybe the terms on which they can get their stands should be changed, as I simply cannot believe that there are so few artists who would like to display their works there. There is never any shortage of mousepad sellers. 😉 Every year I try to purchase a few posters and artworks, and this time I was looking both for something to decorate my workshop with and for my apartment.  All the works were gladly signed and autographed by the authors.

Chyba odrobinkę więcej, choć wciąż jest to ilość z kategorii UBOGO, wystawiło się artystów plastyków ze swoim dorobkiem. Dziwi mnie to nieuchronnie rok rocznie, chyba powinno zmienić się warunki dla nich, bo nie wierzę żeby w polsce chciało się pokazać swój dorobek takiej garstce. Nigdy nie brakuje za to sprzedawców podkładek pod mysz. 😉 Co roku staram się kupić kilka grafik i plakatów, w tym roku szukałam czegość nie tylko do pracowni, ale i do mieszkania. Wszystkie są serdecznie opisywane przez autorów i chętnie autografowane.

Pyrkon 2017
At last some cool miniatures and bits! Shopping time! 🙂
Pyrkon 2017
Thanks guys, you made miniatures-shopping possible for me! 🙂
Pyrkon 2017
And well, not only me… You may be unable to recognize him under all the camo though 😉

I must say the event was pretty good, although I was unable to experience and enjoy it as much as I would have wished. I didn’t find too many points of interest for a miniature painter though. Finding attractions for gamers was much easier. I was able to do some small shopping for miniatures-related stuff, but for such a large convention it wasn’t really much. Fortunately the kids, who accompannied us, enjoyed much of what was going on around us.

Muszę przyznać, że impreza była dość udana, choć nie udało mi się doświadczyć i nacieszyć się nią w takim stopniu, jak bym chciała. Nie zauważyłam jednak zbyt wielu stanowsk i punktów programu skrojonych pod malarzy figurek. Jednocześnie dużo łatwiej było o atrakcje dla graczy. Udało mi się dokonać niewielkich figurkowych zakupów, ale jak na tak duży konwent, nie mogę powiedzieć żeby były one znaczne. Na szczęście towarzyszące nam dzieciaki miały frajdę z tego, co działo się wokół nas.

Pyrkon 2017
Such moments made our little guys so happy!
Pyrkon 2017
And then – even happier!
Pyrkon 2017
OK, guys, you can take this heavy thing back. 😉
Pyrkon 2017
I’d rather get a hat like this! 😀

I am sure I will return to Pyrkon in 2018. Maybe even with a miniatures exhibition and painting contest. I just hope that the staff manage to harmonize growth and expansion of the convention with its best aspects, which seemed to blur and dimnish slowly.

Na pewno wrócę na Pyrkon w przyszłym roku. Być może ponownie z wystawą i konkursem malarskim. Mam jednak nadzieję, że uda się zharmonizować rozwój i rozrost imprezy z jej najlepszymi cechami, które zdają się powoli rozmywać.

Treasure base

Nothing big but I just finished quite large base full of treasures. A goal for many adventurers that dare to enter mysterious dungeon. As with all the bases, there is always some compromise between details and time spent on painting. I tried not to paint every single gold coin separately and yet to make it look detailed enough. I hope that I achieved that.
What creature will guard all those treasures? You will see 🙂