Carol, the not-so-Christmas Bard

Phew, time just flies when you are having fun! Been spending a whole lot of time playing Divinity: Original Sin 2 (the best game I have ever played in my 25 years of playing computer games!)

I’m totally blown away, and I have already gotten so much inspiration from the game for Rpg sessions, characters/npc’s and miniature colours!

I do have this mini ready for display! This is the Carol, the Christmas Bard from Reaper sculpted by Bobby Jackson. I chose to not paint her as a Christmas elf and instead painted her in vivid colours, worthy of a true bard. The colours are actually inspired by Dandelion from the Witcher franchise. The outfit from the 3rd Game installment to be precise!

She is perfect for our new campaign! And looking forward to having her around in Talabecland!

I didn’t notice the monkey until after I started painting her, so I painted a little subtle :)

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

Final Hero For Our Campaign!

Last week I made a post about our Shield Maiden Dagna and our Ranger Max for our upcoming campaign in Talabecland!

Time has now come for our final hero Oswald (Ozzy) who is the Rogue of the party (and also the leader) As I wrote earlier, the heroes are bandits and part of a Thieves’ Guild, and much different than what we usually play! They aren’t murderers, but they aren’t saints either!

The miniature is the Collector’s Edition 25 Anniversary Edition Eli Quicknight from Reaper Miniatures. His hooded cloak is a bit dodgy on the pictures, but I had to seal the mini thoroughly with varnish (cloaks are really fragile when handling them throughout a campaign) it looks great in real life!

Here’s all the “heroes” in all their splendor!

The Heroes

Another Hero for our new Campaign!

Last week I made a post about our first hero for our upcoming WFRP Campaign set in Talabecland.

This time I present to you our Ranger hero! Born in Kislev and immigrated as a young lad to Empire with his father, this rugged and mysterious hero has now joined a band of thieves and thugs to lend them his expertise!

The miniature is part of the Frostgrave set “Barbarian Crow Master and Javelineer”. I had a hard time finding a suitable ranger miniature, so I picked this one and gave him a quiver and bow from a High elf set (cut off the fancy gem attached)
I painted his leather armor worn and dirty with some stitches attached from every time he rips it in battle (He has had this armor for a looong time) and whether he has ever washed his clothes, only time can smell…. I mean tell!

 

Next up: The Sneaker Rogue (And leader of the group)

New Campaign – New heroes!

Just finished painting the new heroes for our WFRP campaign! This time in Talabecland (the latest ones were in Middenland and Nordland) I know Cubicle 7 is going to release both a Fantasy (old style) and a Sigmarine rpg ruleset, so I’m looking very much forward to this! (not so much the Age of Sigmarine one)

Here we have our first hero; The Dwarf Shieldmaiden Dagna:

I painted her in very subtle colours (with lots of purple shades), now that the party is a shady bunch (for a change), so heroes is a vague word for them as they dabble in thieves’ guilds and much more! The miniature is the very cool Freja Fangbreaker from Reaper Miniatures (Sculpted by Werner Klocke)

Next up! The Rogue and the Ranger

 

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!

Banquet – A Feast for the Eyes!

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 :-)

Banquet Table

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!

I still have 8 characters left from the other set and some benches from the kitchen set to make more of these guys, but all in good time :)

Citizens of our RPG’s and an Evil Sorcerer

Only 6 days before we move into our new house! And I honestly don’t think I can wait much longer!

Our tiny apartment is already completely cramped with boxes and I stopped counting my various bruises from bumping into furniture and doorframes trying to get around… And we still have all of our inventory from our shop we need to move aswell!

But I promised myself that I wouldn’t neglect my blog!! So here is a little post with some of my odds and ends that I snapped pictures of before they were gently placed in moving boxes! (In foam of course!)

Here is a group of Press Gangers from Privateer Press. They were some of our very first miniatures for rpg’s, and I recently stripped them of paint (from a rather shabby paint job) and gave them a new coat of paint and new bases.

I painted the female press ganger before the men and had already photographed her, hence the different backgrounds. The female is a very unique and humorous character with a luring expression and a firmly gripped mace hiding in her back hand! I painted her in Marienburg colours using Breonne Blue with the Ocean Triad for the blue parts and Rust Brown highlighted with 50/50 Rust Brown and Sun Yellow.

I repeated the combination on one of the male press gangers. I even had my first try on facial “stubble”. It ended up okay, I think. Definitely need more practise! I still haven’t finished the last one of the group, a guy with a sack which suspiciously look like it contains a man trying to break loose!

Black Chapel Steamheim Veteran

I stumbled upon a Spanish company named Black Chapel which produces a variety of miniature that fit perfectly with Reaper and Games Workshop’s minis. I bought different models from them including their Altreich Engineer, Alchemist, Guard of the Ancestors Chamber (dwarf champion), dwarf Blacksmith, and this Steamheim Veteran. I can greatly recommend these minis. Lots of character and very unique minis!

It was a rather “speedpaint” job, but none the less, he turned out pretty cool. I assembled him in a “pointy finger pose”, rather than pistol wielding (he comes with two arm options and two head options)
Since I bought this bunch, they have released several new minis including some very interesting Wood Elves, which I will definately pick up at some point!

Oldschool Tzeentch Sorcerer

Last but not least a good old Chaos Sorcerer! I decided to go nuts with blues, pinks, purples, greens, and my favourite colour: turquoise! (which proved difficult to spell in English!)

Tzeentch Sorcerer

It shows through that I spent most time on the facial features than on the rest, but it actually just started out as a fun test and practice with colours! I have recently shown progress with gold and non metallic gold techniques, but not on this one :-P I even painted a tuft on the base in different purples and blues and added some nail-glitter-thingies shaped as beach shells and starfish on the base and painted them in the same theme.
Pretty psychedelic and matches my passion for Led Zeppelin :-D

I used one of my old Games Workshop Screamers from my Warhammer Daemons Army as a reference.

SONY DSC

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.

Malifaux The Stolen – In a not so plagued version!

Get out of my yard, you kiiiiids!

Before Malifaux/Wyrd went on to produce all their products in plastic, they were all small metal kits. I recently found this discontinued set with 3 Stolen (which is creepy pale kids inflicting disease and causes blight to foes)

I’ve been searching for some street kids (already have the Hasslefree medieval ones) but I really lacked some urchins. After seeing these I immediately had the idea to make them not-so-creepy versions :-D

Kids

The girl has already had a part in our Nordland Campaign as a nobleman’s daughter. The two boys are a lot more street urchin looking and there’s an orphanage in our upcoming adventure :)

All three of them are mounted on 25mm round Stone Floor bases from Tabletop-Art.