Sunday, July 20, 2014
Last day of Historicon for me. Managed to play two games and check out a bunch of others. Also, have you guys heard of "All Quiet on the Martian Front"? You need to know about "All Quiet on the Martian Front". Jumbled thoughts and pics after the jump.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
I've made it to Historicon again this year, and despite a late start I managed to see a ton of great games, made a pass through the vendor hall and played a real nail biter. I also noticed a lot more British accents this year. Not sure if the con is attracting expats or if they've made a trip over just to push little metal soldiers around. Pics after the jump.
Monday, July 14, 2014
I painted up Reaper Bones Cthulhu for my dungeon bash, but kept my progress under wraps to avoid spoiling the surprise for any players who might visit this site. This is by far the largest miniature I've painted, and I wasn't quite sure how to proceed. I researched what others had done when tackling their gargantuan elder gods, and settled on using a series of layered ink washes.
I gave Cthulhu a base of black and then heavily drybrushed it with gray and white.
I only had small bottles of GW and Army Painter washes which wouldn't be nearly enough for his noodley eminence, so splurged on a set of Winsor & Newton inks . Using thinned down greens, browns and yellows, along with intermittent application of paint, Cthulhu took on a naseating shade in far less time than I expected. The gray preshading + ink wash looked decent right away, but I kept fiddling about to build up more texture and color variation.
With a deadline approaching I finished Cthulhu up with some vibrant pink tentacles and a quick green/gray drybrush to the base.
He was a bit intimidating to start but I'm eager to tackle some other large figures now that I've got this ink wash technique down.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
My wife and I hosted a full day of gaming out our house this weekend. She handled the Just Dance tournament while I ran a dungeon crawl for eight players. I wanted to capture the fun of smashing monsters, gathering loot and leveling up from hopeful adventurer to epic world shaker, all in four hours. Check out the fantasy saga after the jump.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Polished off a few more Reaper Bones figures. First up, a pair of snakemen. The original concept sketch was pretty cool, but I think the final sculpt shipped in the Kickstarter was merely adequate. Still a decent figure, and they paint up quickly.
|Metal fig on the left, still in need of basing.|
The Kickstarter also included a wizard holding a snake staff, a figure I'd already painted in metal. I had an idea to use both for the dungeon crawl I'm running later this month, so I painted the wizard up in a different color scheme.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
My desert terrain tutorial has received a good deal interest since I posted it a few years ago, but a few readers were concerned about the durability of the latex covered terrain cloth. I haven't had a chance to put it to the test until now. After creating the desert terrain cloth I had to roll it up and place it in storage while we prepared our old house for sale, built our new house and moved in. Things are starting to settle down and I was able to unfurl the desert terrain cloth. And the verdict is...
Perfect! I anticipated some damage, perhaps some sand that came loose, but I don't think the cloth lost a single grain.
The cloth remained flexible and intact, despite being rolled, thrown into storage, and manhandled into our new house, where it was stashed unceremoniously in a basement storage closet. Now... I just need some more desert figures to fight out some battles on it.