Amazingly Detailed Terrain from Zealot Miniatures – Part One

Just as we thought our dog’s puppy stage was over, she decided to “adopt” a stray kitten. So we have had a lot of work to do at the moment!
We initially didn’t want a cat (Brunnhilde our dog is a lot of work herself) but she would constantly bark in our yard calling for the kitten. It got to the point where she couldn’t eat or sleep unless that darn cat was with her, so we decided to keep the cat (now known as Bertha) And they rarely leave each other’s side. They are so sweet together :-)

We live by the beach close to vacation homes, so often people “adopt” stray cats, only to leave them when summer is over. So she was a little scrawny thing just a week ago. We investigated the area and made 100% sure no one owned her (she was in a pretty sorry condition) And today we are going to the vet to check her out and to make arrangements for sterilization and earmarking.

Up next: Zealot Miniatures Furniture!

However, I still find time to paint! And I just finished painting half of the items I recently bought from Zealot Miniatures! They are 3D designed in very fine resin, and they look amazing on the board! The items vary in size though, for example, the food supplies and cutlery are more suited for ogres and orcs while the grandfather clock is probably more suited for gnomes and halflings.

First item on the list is the spinning wheel, which is a very delicate piece and I ended up with more glue on my hands than on the mini! But totally worth it in the end. It’s both tiny and cute!

Spinning Wheel

Next on the line is the map table, which is very cool and very unique! It fits perfectly inside a war room! I might have painted the ocean a bit too shiny, but it still looks very nice! It has a diameter of 32mm.

Map Table

The final piece for today (still have quite a few left) is the amazing and beautiful Alchemist’s Bench. I really love this piece. It’s 28mm scale but very delicate (40mm x 20mm) but it looks fabulous on the table! I added extra bits and pieces, though it has tons of details already!

Alchemist's Bench

I’m about to take a lot of pictures today, so expect a couple of posts next week! Oh and here is a little peak of the two lovebirds!

Hilde-Bertha

 

A Boat for the Heroes!

As mentioned in an earlier post we are currently working on a small fishing village for our Talabecland Campaign. The village is one out of three towns (in close proximity) and we were largely inspired by the river town of Flotsam from the Witcher 2 game series and Laketown from The Hobbit. So far we have built and painted some of Game Workshops Laketown sets along with villagers from Reaper Miniatures’ Dreadmere setting such as the Fishwife + Crone, three Mercenaries and Jakob Knochengard. Pictures will come as soon as I have some time to snap them!

We’ve also begun (and finished) a variety of boats for the campaign including the docked Merchant Ship and 3 different Freebooter Boats. One of which is the Piñassa which have room for 4-6 miniatures (a little less since we decided to put a few crates and stuff in it!)

Medium Freebooter Boat

I painted it very worn down with lots of weathering (this isn’t the finest boat!) I started off with Dark Shadow from Reaper, then a heavy drybrush of Brown Leather, and a little bit of Golden Skin, Thar Brown and Ardennes Green from Scale75, along with some Citadel Camo Wash and Ashen Brown from Reaper.
The accessories from Tabletop-Art were painted using Scale75 and Reaper paints aswell. Both paints have a delightfully matte finish, which looks amazing!

To show the scale of the boat, our new hero Oswald jumped into the boat for a photoshoot!

Medium Freebooter Boat with Ozzy

Fishing Village and Lots of new projects to come!

As it says in the title, I am working on quite a lot of projects at the moment. Right now our main goal at home is getting the gaming room done. We are turning a guest bedroom in our house into a room designed for RPG and board games (big nerd alert!), and it’s really something! I will be making a project with WiP pictures and notes about the details.

Since getting a new house and a puppy at the same time proved to be a whole lot of work, I still managed to paint a great deal on the side! So when I get around to it, I will be adding a new project involving Forest Goblins with treehouses and lots of spider accessories + arachnarok spider and so on! Everything is converted and scratchbuilt, so it’s very unique and impressing! I just need to take a lot of pictures and come up with a name for the project.

We moved into our new house in March and we haven’t had time to play any RPG since, so we are looking very much forward to start playing again soon. And with the newly announced Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (WFRP) 4th edition on the way, we are super excited to see what Cubicle 7 can dish up! We use or own rulebook and system, but fluff and ideas are always welcome!

The next campaign will start in a shabby fishing village (most likely in Talabecland), so we need some new props and terrain for such place. The village is influenced by Flotsam from Witcher 2 video game, which suits our grim and perilous playstyle.

House Boat docked at the village

Permantly docked is this ship from Thomarillion, which has been completely covered in various bits and pieces. My husband is the genius behind the conversion (I just painted it!), so credit really goes to him. He used several stacked crates and barrels from Tabletop-Art, pieces from Lake Town set from Games Workshop, Ristul’s Market, Freebooter boat accessories, some jewelry and much, much more from our bits boxes. The mast is scratch-built with some string/rope attached!

Here is a few Work in Progress of the ship

For the Boat and some of the wooden barrels I used this combo of Blackened Brown, Brown Leather, Orange Leather, Sandalwood, Driftwood Brown and Thar Brown from Reaper and Scale75. The Scale paints are very good for drybrushing. Sandalwood is a really creamy colour, which I like a lot. I also use it to highlight Ashen Brown from Reaper for a vague pink-brown colour.

The boat in all its splendor!

Fishing House Boat

Despite the fact that the boat could have had more weathering to it, I’m satisfied with the result! The shack is obviously a toilet, but we thought it as the idea of a person who converted a toilet and added stairs for descending into the hull :-P

I’ve also begun painting the Micro art studios Fish market and extra crates. The scenery pieces are huge, so I might add some minor barrels and such to the pieces to make them appear less gigantic, and so that they can fit into my other market stands. The large crate pile with the dangling fish, came riddled with holes (air bubbles), which requires some heavy modifications, but I think it will end up really cool :) I love the squids!

Fish Stuff

More projects to come and much more minis! Just need to squeeze some photographing into my busy schedule!

Medieval House Fronts – Fenryll Miniatures

We are almost packed and ready to move into our new house! We still have to wait 12 days, though. It’s going to feel like a looong time!

In the meantime, I thought I’d catch up with a post about 3 Fenryll Facades I painted some time ago. Since our gaming table isn’t very big (until we move!) Facades (or house fronts) are great for an easy set-up without filling the table with buildings. I made one of them a Jeweler’s Shop for our WFRP campaign! Used a lot of old bits and pieces to customize all the facades. Including some real jewellery for the sign and bits from the old Manor House Set from Games Workshop.

Fenryll House Front

The House Fronts were painted using Scale75 gold and metallic paints (from this Paint Set), Reaper paints and Citadel Paints (for the stonework) Also used a couple of posters for the shop sign and wall on the staircase version. I chose not to use the street diorama parts that came with the set as I deemed them too big, so I used some sidewalks from the Canadian company Kobblestone.

Next project is converting them to 1 large street piece, by converting the roofs or adding a background in between. Will look really great for showcasing miniatures!
Oh, and by the way! These looked really cool next to our Christmas Dioramas with a few “seasonalized” miniatures (dwarves with white beards and such) All three houses are available here: House Front # 1, House Front # 2, House Front # 3.

Khorne Slaughterhouse – Mordheim Terrain

Finally had some time to write a few posts! As my husband and I are moving into our new house in less than a month now, there has been less time to concentrate on painting. But in 5 weeks, I should be up to speed again.
Our entire miniature collection has already been packed and is safely stored, but I managed to take some pictures of a lot of them before “tucking them in” :)

One of the numerous additions to our Mordheim terrain is this mostly scratchbuilt and heavily converted Khorne house. As the name may suggest, this is not a cozy cabin, but the home of a Khorne warrior who somehow wound up in the ruined city of Mordheim.

khorne_slaughterhouse_01

The idea was that he walks around capturing victims to build a very nice shrine to Khorne, including a blood filled one and a skull filled one (Blood for the Blood God, skulls for the Skull Throne) and of course brass details :)

He has chosen an old doctor’s office as a home! Tried some free-hand on the signs, but it proved to be a bit messy :-P

The walls are spare parts of Escenorama’s building set.

 

Advertising Pillars – Commission

In December I worked on a commission for a British customer who really liked the Advertising Pillars I made last year. I made two for him using the same method as the previous one, but with a different quality in paper (much better)

As they were supposed to be a bit different from each other, I made one of them using only cut-outs of advertisement/commercials and another using only recruitment and Wanted posters. The one on the left is the commercial one and the one on the right is the public information one :-)

Most of the posters are from various authentic posters, Fable and Witcher 2 & 3 video games, and a few Games Workshop ones. I just noticed now that a Wanted poster sneaked into the commercial pillar (guess they were very important to catch!)

 

Old Blacksmith’s Forge from Tabletop World

Finally managed to snap some pictures of my old Blacksmith’s Forge from Tabletop World. This is their second version of a Blacksmith and is sadly no longer available. This was one of those do-it-yourself kits that took 10 hours to assemble, using hot water for bended parts (mine even arrived with broken pillars) and gluing the thing together.

This was my 3rd Tabletop World building and the first one where I didn’t paint interior, since lifting the roof included lifting the pillars on the stairs, and they were so fragile that I glued to whole thing together.
The older models included a bunch of furniture and accessories, so those were used for a lot of different projects! The new easy-assemble models are much less of a headache but doesn’t come with furniture and accessories. Which is totally fine by me :-) I really prefer the new models “assembling-wise”.

Since this was my 3rd painted Tabletop World building, a lot has changed since then! I probably would have painted it different now, but I rarely repaint my old painted terrain as it’s also fun to see how much I have progressed.

It might be hard to see it from the picture, but Tabletop World’s buildings were a whole lot larger back then. Somewhere down the line, the buildings shrunk to a 25mm scale (tops) for miniatures which is a shame, but they still look awesome :-) I actually started out with painting the interior of the rather new Town Gate, but the miniatures looked like giants and even without base they were still atleast a head taller than the doorways! You don’t notice that at all from the outside though! Which is why I usually resort to gluing everything together.

Only exception is the Guard Tower (it’s an old DIY kit that they revived as an easy-to-assemble version) I painted the interior of the wooden floor (the one with arrowslits) and furnished it with armor and weapon racks. But again, it’s an old model and the scale of that one is 28-30mm.

Townhouse from Tabletop World

For some reason I never got around to make a post about the Townhouse from Tabletop World, even though the house has been up on Coolminiornot.com for quite a while. So here is a late post about the awesome small but detailed building :-)

Townhouse

The pigs in the picture are from Lead Adventure and are very cute! One is a female and the other a male (they have detailed lady and gentleman parts!) The house is one of the easy assemble ones. It comes in only two parts with detailed interior. As usual I chose to glue the thing together, since it’s rather hard to furnish properly (proportionally it’s the size of a small shed or outhouse) :-P

It only took me a day to paint this as there were few demanding details (I had already painted Mr and Mrs Pig) so I’m quite proud of the result! This was painted shortly after the Coaching Inn, so I repeated the red roof on this one. I have tried to mix the roof colours so it doesn’t look too messy on the game board, but it isn’t as easy as it looks. Still have too many blue roofs! (Town Gate and Guard Tower each have a blue roof)

Stay tuned for more Tabletop World buildings!

Food Supplies Terrain from Ristul’s Market

I’m a huge fan of Ristul’s Extraordinary Market and their unique and quirky minis (as I have mentioned before!) and I recently decided to paint their Food Supplies Terrain. The set looks really great and in my opinion, outshines the Tabletop World Grocery set, which looks great on the table and when setting up a quick market place, but the scale is more of 32-35mm than 25-28mm that I use with my miniatures. There is also lot of customization in Ristul’s since you can combine it with the Food Supplies Basing Kit, and make your own unique Market Stands :-)

Ristuls Groceries

It takes quite a lot of time to paint, but the result is beautiful! And I’m really honored that Radek from Ristul’s chose to use it as main product picture! And coincidentally their top seller :-D

I’m halfway through their Road Signs that are going to fit right into my Mordheim table!

Tabletop World’s Townhouse III – Spooky House Edition!

As mentioned in a previous post I wanted to make my own version of a spooky house. I was inspired by an old Ravensburger boardgame (one I had as a kid) and since I have 2 of Townhouse 3 lying around I figured it was worth an experiment :-D

Tabeletop World - Spooky House

The trees are 4 Ground’s Mature Fir Trees which has been put to good use for our sessions. The dead tree is from Tabletop World. The cute log pile is from Ristul’s.

I painted it mostly in dark brown colours starting with Muddy Soil from Reaper paints and highlighting my way up to Dark Shadow and Brown Sand. The reds are Clotted Red and highlighted with Mahogany Brown also from Reaper. My husband added some moss tufts in recesses of the roof.

Here are a few more pictures. I included the Mordheim Witch to the pictures as she fits right in! Which/Witch :) reminds me that I need to put her up on the blog with her own post!