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
Update: I won 1st place! Still haven’t fully processed it, and I’m in complete awe! But can’t wait to spend the €300!
Big thanks to Tabletop-World!
Okay, so recently we decided we would join the annual Tabletop World competition with a building in their single building category (there is also diorama) and we decided their Townhouse II as our entry.
Since their houses are barely 28mm scale, we chose some miniatures from Dark Sword’s George R.R. Martin Masterworks (Game of thrones) miniature line. Tom Meier doesn’t sculpt in heroic scale like Reaper, Games Workshop and Dark Sword’s other lines (heroic scale is larger heads/larger hands etc) and his miniatures tend to be a tad bit smaller than the other sculpters, so they fit perfectly into the building. For the interior we chose Irri – Handmaid and Female Courtesan, and for the bottom of the building sitting on boxes we chose Female Mage on Stairs sculpted by Patrick Keith, and she is quite bigger than the other 2 ladies, but we figured it wouldn’t matter :)
It’s the first time I ever take part in a painting competition, and I have no hopes what so ever of winning, but as I wrote in a previous post, you get 20% discount code just for participating :D which I will need for my river terrain board.
It actually started out as just being 3 beautiful women in a house, but when my husband decided it needed a bench with a book on the balcony, the only book that looked good was a book with a chaos star symbol on it. And so the story of the Alluring Sisters were born! They are actually witches luring men into their cozy townhouse which always smells like fresh baked pies (wonder what is inside the pies!!)
Last but not least, the attic! We all have a creepy attic ;) and these ladies sure know how to decorate the top room of the house!
My husband really outdid himself with the altar! He used a ton of skulls for the base and half a table from Grendel for the altar. Book, candlesticks and most of the skulls are from Tabletop-art.
The wooden spikes are from Grendel aswell and the chain/heads are from our bits boxes.
I had a blast painting the altar, the summoning circle and the small table. The walls are painted with a mouldy effect, which gives the room a very eerie look!
We really wanted to paint the bottom room of the building too with a cauldron full of meaty bits and fresh baked pies, but we ran out of time and finished the day before the competition, so maybe some other time, who knows :-)
Just thought I’d squeeze in this little gem I finished painting a little while ago! I’m really proud of this one and it looks amazing on the table. I’ve been trying to clean out my miniatures, and replace the standard pieces with highly detailed and converted versions, and this is one of them!
The shelf and broom are from Thomarillion, the flasks and barrel are from Fenryll, the pouch of plums (to the left of the shelf) and the package on top are from Tabletop-World. The baskets and letuce box on the bottom are from Ristuls Workshop, the middle boxes are from Fredericus Rex, and the pile of goods in the bottom and the sack on the left is from Baueda miniatures. So a lot of customizing and a whole lot of time included in this one. My husband picked out the parts and assembled this beauty and I painted it. It took much longer than anyone would expect, but it looks great in real life!
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.
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 :-)
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)
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!)
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
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!
The house is long out of production as it was one of those assembly kits with tons of small bits you had to glue on yourself, including the infamous roof sections, which was madness to both assemble and making the roof suitable for easy access to the full furnished interior.
I am really proud of the result despite painting it years ago. Just like the Merchant’s House, I have never used the interior for gaming sessions.
Added some trees and some of my warepiles for the picture aswell as the cute pile of logs from Ristul’s Extraordinary Market’s Bonfire Set. I can highly recommend everything from their miniature range!
More pictures of the exterior including a noble citizen!
It was a bit hard capturing the mood inside the building as it is really hard to get a decent camera position, but here is a good view into the cottage!
Phew, still missing quite a few buildings from my Tabletop World collection. Let’s see if I can take some pictures of my newly finished Town Gate sometime soon :-)
This is the out of production Merchant’s House from Tabletop World that I painted a few years ago.
I added some scenery items from Fenryll and Grendel plus a few of my vintage Citadel miniatures for size comparison. It has been a few years since I painted this piece, and as described in earlier posts, this one was an absolute pain to assemble!
The building was the first I ever painted from Tabletop-World and it took me weeks to assemble and paint. The roof was terrible and I hated it so much that I wanted to smash it into a milion pieces, but I finally glued it together (after struggling with the pieces in hot water an entire afternoon to make them fit) The ornaments on the roof were broken at arrival, so unfortunately they are missing.
The result however, was absolutely stunning! And I went on buying several other buildings (with just as much swearing and cursing!) before they finally made their buildings consumer friendly (Yeah, I’m lazy!)
The roof is removable and the inside is fully furnished with bed, desk and chairs. It is such a romantic piece ;)
This and the Timbered House were the only ones I actually furnished (rest is glued together) as we’ve never used it in our RPG sessions.
Still missing a quite a few posts from my collection; Timbered House, Blacksmith’s Forge (the old one), Guard tower, Town House, Water Well and Stone Bridge. Which are all done, but I haven’t taken any pictures yet! Stay tuned for that!
And in the works are: Townhouse II & III x 2, and the Town Gate :-)