Phew, been a while since my last post. Out project and upcoming kickstarter Dunkeldorf Miniatures is really coming along well. All of the starting miniatures have been designed, so now we just need the finished artwork and of course the sculpts!
I am really excited to show off the artwork and greens of the following miniatures! All in 28mm scale:
First off: My favourite citizen of Dunkeldorf: Bertha the Ratcatcher!
We asked for a gaunt female ratcatcher who wasn’t too feminine and we got exactly that! Both Mustafa and Sonny did an awesome job drawing and sculpting her! Every miniature in our line has their own background story written by my husband and I. We really had fun creating these citizens and hope everyone likes them too!
Jeez, it’s been almost a month since my last post! Long story short; Commissions, pre-painted launch, and a week with a throat infection. So nothing super exciting! Today is my first no-more-sick-day, which means I can finally do some painting! Got so many exciting things on my paint station! Just need some finishing touches and photos of course.
Oh, and my package from Tabletop World (from the competition gift certificate) arrived while I was sick with the fever, so that was a really nice surprise!
I bought a few extra accessories now that the shipping was free :)
Now that I was at it, I thought I’d add all my unpainted Tabletop-World stuff to the table, so I could (hopefully) be inspired to start painting some of it. But oh boy…
I managed to prime the city walls a few weeks ago, so I’m planning on painting them this week! Still missing Merchant’s Shop, Watermill (to the left behind the townhouse), Fortified Tower (in the background) along with Townhouse III, Ruined Townhouse (already painted one of those) Hmm the only thing I don’t have from Tabletop World is the Wizard’s tower. Decided it was way too big for any display case. Maybe for Christmas, who knows :-P
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!
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!
More projects to come and much more minis! Just need to squeeze some photographing into my busy schedule!
Phew, been so long since I last posted. But at last we have now unpacked everything, and everything in the house is working! And my painting table is all set up with loads of HobbyZone modules (pictures come later!)
And we will be picking up our new (and cutest in the world) puppy this Sunday! I hope I have time to paint, cause I have a sneaking suspicion that I will be quite occupied by the little rascal.
Anyways! A few years ago I bought a set of Fenryll’s Banquet Table to paint for a customer (I actually bought 2, because an arm was missing and the table was broken in the 1st box) a little expensive, but I thought I would have this made in a short while… Boy, was I wrong! I ended up dropping the whole commission, because the time involved making the banquet scene would make the price ridiculously high, and gluing all the tiny pieces together would take somewhere around 8 hours…
So a few months ago, I picked up the set again, because we needed something like this for our tavern scenes. I am now very happy with the decision of dropping the commission, because this took me and my husband a huge amount of time. The result however, is absolutely amazing and brings so much life to our RPG!
My husband assembled the banquet table, and since we decided to keep both sets, we agreed to go all out on accessories. While I assembled and customized the party guests (my husband helped too) The arms are ridiculously long, so I had to shorten those. And fixing them on the benches, my husband put together the table itself with the use of all our bitz boxes. We each spent atleast 8 hours that day, so that’s quite a lot!
Here’s a few work in progress pictures of the table:
As you can see, there’s a heapload of stuff on it and from so many different companies (Fenryll, Ristul’s Market, Thomarillion, Maxmini, Fredericus Rex, Tabletop-art and a few Games Workshop items).
Only slightly bad thing is the crazy amount of time it took painting it. I didn’t count the hours, but I spent many evenings painting it. I went for a dark tablecloth to highlight the feast :-)
I painted the party-goers in many vibrant colours and the man resting his foot on the bench to the left, resembled Roche from the Witcher games, so I painted him accordingly!
All the benches can be used in a variety of ways. We didn’t glue them to the table, so we can use the table alone with RPG heroes and characters for a session, or we can use the benches for street scenes, church pews with happy people, or up against walls in taverns for a more rich scene!
The banquet scenery looks amazing in our dioramas. I will need to take some more pictures along with some of our other tavern scenes!
Santa’s facial expression perfectly matches the situation and we are very proud of our Diorama!
We learned one thing this year though, and that’s the walls. We used a thick plaster on styro and it ended up looking a bit too messy. Next time we will file down the layer and make it much more smooth, especially when using colours on the walls. It looks great in our lighted vitrine however, and will stay there all year (every day is like Christmas in our home!)
This has been our second Christmas Diorama and we plan on making a new one each year! Next year it’s either the Frog Christmas or the Spooky Diorama (with a creepy santa!)
One of my favourite projects (and most time consuming so far) the Marienburg Class Land Battle Ship is slowly coming on, and I recently bought a plinth for it. I actually plan to use it in my WFRP sessions (epic ones indeed!), so I won’t be permanently mounting it. The plinth is LARGE, and I first thought about making a scenery base on top of the plinth, but something tells me it will take a while. Already put more than 50 hours into the ship alone which is far from finished!
Here is the plinth in its “nude” form :-P
And here it is with what little of the ship I have completed! The missing parts are almost fully painted but I am missing the shield crests as I haven’t finished the colours yet. Oh, and obviously the mast and 7 crew members whose uniform colours I am breaking my brain over! The ship looks a little small for the plinth, but the sides and front (including figurehead) is yet to be attached :)
The wheels were excruciating to paint and I really wish I had an airbrush for it! I really wanted the ship a bit toned down, so no shiny metal parts on the wheels. I used black and blue/grey highlights instead. Let’s see how that works out :-)
Stay tuned for more updates! I hope to finish the ship in 2016, but you never know! Atleast I have finished the Tabletop World Gate :-D
As mentioned in an earlier post, I have coveted this treasure of a monster for quite a few years. Since it is pretty expensive I have continuously post-poned purchasing it. But I sold a lot of pre-painted miniatures recently and thought I deserved it! ‘Cause you know… Chimera!
Quite a big awesome box! I have seen some of Mierce’s smaller miniatures unpacked and they looked really brittle and painful to assemble, so I thought that this big fella would be easy enough….. Oh well…
Every single claw on the miniature needed to be individually glued on. Don’t get me wrong, it looks wonders, but damn… I had to file and drill into each claw “socket” to make them fit!
On the bright side, the rest of the miniature was really easy to assemble!
I officially gave my first pedicure to a miniature! (even using Citadel thin superglue which has a brush attached, making it look exactly like a nail polish!) The claws were flying everywhere when using tweezers, however and I managed to glue them to my legs and arms twice! Don’t ask why :-P
As you can see in the pictures, there weren’t even space enough for assembling this guy, so I ‘carefully’ shoved all the miniatures away that I am currently working on :-P
And of course, the day after I assembled it, somehow a claw was missing… But it doesn’t seem too hard to sculpt something similar, though I would prefer not to!
I just purchased a base for the miniature. a 120mm round base will do, but I have to paint the stomach first before gluing on the wings, else there will be no space!
I decided to convert a Forge World miniature (Manann’s Blade musician) to a Travelling Empire Merchant – I spent a while adding LOTS of parts, you can’t actually see it that well in the pictures how much I added, but it’s a lot! He’ll be used in the WFRP campaign, so expect to see him painted soon :-)
My two Witcher busts of Triss & Geralt finally arrived! I can’t wait to start painting these two. The busts are quite detailed and has very few flaws, it’s clear to see that a lot of work has been put into making the characters look as true to The Witcher 3 models as possible.
The only downside is that the eye details are sort of sculpted, so I had to file, cut and greenstuff them plain in order to have more freedom to paint the eyes.
I’ll start with Triss first and will of course put up pictures as soon as I’m done – And perhaps some WIP ones too.
To anyone interested in the busts, I picked them up here: Klukva Miniatures – I received very good service and fast response to my mails – Plus the busts were shipped very fast and received 7 days after being shipped from Russia, so I can only recommend buying these if you’re a fan of The Witcher game series :-)