Tuesday, August 23, 2016

SAGA - A 6pt Skraelings Warband

Warband number two for my big SAGA commission are these Skraelings. Lovely sculpts from Footsore miniatures, a fairly straightforward color scheme, and hordes of spear-wielding braves created quite a nice looking warband on the tabletop.

Yep, that's 12 archers and 40 spearmen! 

Next up, Crusaders : )

Saturday, August 20, 2016

SAGA - A 6pt Princes of Rus Warband

Well, aren't summers just the busiest time of the year? I can't believe that I've neglected this blog as much as I have. I feel pretty bad about it, but a little worse about neglecting all the wonderful blogs on my blog roll. Over the comings weeks and months I promise to check you all out more often, and start commenting again. 

Ok, now that my apology is out of the way, here's one of the commissions I've been working on over the last few months. This is the first of four SAGA Warbands I painted for a client - The Princes of Rus. I hope you like them. The models are from Gripping Beast and the shield decals are from Little Big Men Studios.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

CROWDFUNDING - Hobby Transporter!

So, an old buddy from Australia is currently working on getting his dream of a super cool Hobby Transporter funded. Michael Cruise (of Laser Shark Designs) has spent quite a bit of time testing out different designs, trying to get just the right mix of storage, transport, and display capacity going.

If you've ever had to travel to conventions (especially via plane) you know how tough it can be. I really like the look of this solution, and if you do too, I suggest you head on over to the Kickstarter HERE, and pledge your dollars!

Nice work, Michael!


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

CROWDFUNDING - A couple of quick plugs!

It has been a little while since I plugged a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign on the blog here, and currently there are two being run by two friends. I thought this little lull right before Gencon might be a good place to slip this in. ; )

First up we have Tablescapes Dungeons: Mines from Secret Weapon Miniatures, Reaper, and Dark Art Miniatures. This is a set of totally modular pieces that enable you to build your own dungeons for roleplaying and skirmish adventuring. The look quite cool, and will be produced in durable PVC. The campaign is going quite well, and stretch goals are being unlocked on a fairly regular basis.

If you are into roleplaying or dungeon-crawling, this will be right up your alley!

The second crowdfunder is an Indiegogo campaign, by my mate Rhys Knight, called Brassed Off. Rhys has dabbled with some wargaming/modeling accessory crowdfunding before, and is now gathering funds to start producing some very cool sheets of brass-etched detailing for wargaming minis. Rhys has just started his campaign and has a very modest target and some great reward levels for those looking to increase their inventory of brass detail sheets.

Check his campaign out. I think the sheets of Cogs, and the Metal Plates (shown above) are the two most germane to my interests : )

Sunday, July 31, 2016

TERRAIN - Dark Deeds Demo Table - Part 2

So, in the last post we went through the construction stage of the table, all fun stuff, and not without its trials and tribulations. Of course, good construction can only get you so far towards "Epic", so I knew that most of my time needed to be focused on the painting and detailing.

I sprayed the entire table with black primer. After I'd done that I realized that I might of got some spray in though the windows and obscured the LEDs. Quick check revealed that I hadn't. Phew! To make sure I didn't get any of the next spray on the LEDs, I stuffed paper towels into the windows ; )

...and masked off the back and sides.

I sprayed the table with a dark brown primer, looking quite glossy in this shot. 

This was followed by a spray of grey that I tried to keep mostly on the cobblestones.

Once the grey had dried, I went along and picked out various stones in lighter and darker shades of grey, along with various browns and bones. I then sprayed all the cobblestones with a gloss varnish and let it dry.

After the gloss varnish was dry, I painted a thinned wash of oil paints (black and brown mixed) over the cobblestones, making sure to get it into the cracks. Once that was dry, I wiped the oil paint off the tops of the cobblestones with a paper towel soaked in mineral spirits. It wasn't quite as successful as my previous attempt (on the Infamy Miniatures table), but I was able to salvage it.

I went through and highlighted most (75% or more) of the individual stones. I think it was worth it.

I then moved on the the other areas of the table, including drybrushing the timbers and shingles...

...adding some depth to the flooring in the tavern...

...and adding a bit of life to the facades.

At that point I started on the details, and testing the location of the cards on the table.


I also finished wiring up the LEDs and lampposts (above and below).


I mentioned this in the last post, but I wasn't too keen on painting the keyline locations for the Street Cards, but after talking with Mark Gibbons I changed my mind as he described the table as the "ultimate Dark Deeds accessory" rather than a terrain piece. Put that way, it was obvious that the lines would assist gameplay.

One of the final things to do was to paint up the Dark Deeds logo (custom cut by Alex at Ironheart Artisans). We settled on a pressed wax look.

All seemed finished until we talked about "filling" the space beside the tavern with little elements that told a story. Hopefully my impromptu butchery works well for you all.

Once again, thanks for looking. I appreciate it : )