So it’s been a while… Well, actually it has been 2 years since my last post! Lots have happened since then and I’ve ended up neglecting my blog a little. I’m mostly on Instagram now, where there are loads of pictures! Check it out: https://www.instagram.com/cabanaminis/
The campaign focuses on the brewer Sven and his gang of thugs, the group of Mutants hiding in the sewers of Dunkeldorf and the Witch Hunters and their Hired Swords who are en route to Dunkeldorf to rid the town of the mutant scourge.
In order to try and be a bit more active, I’ll put up more pictures than words, since I have so much to show you. Imagine how many things I’ve painted the past 2 years!! I don’t think I even managed to show anything from our 2nd Kickstarter, which will need a post of its own! But here is a little tavern mood picture that we use in our own RPG campaigns (Both D&D and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay)
Okay, that was it for now! Go check out the kickstarter if you want! And if you read this after it is over, Pledge Manager for late pledges is right around the corner :)
As you probably suspect, much of my time has been spent on me and my husband’s Dunkeldorf Miniatures project and less on blogging. But today is the day we launch our Kickstarter! It has already exceeded any expectations we had for today.
We knew there were a lot of interest, but we didn’t think we would be funded this early!
The goal was to be funded on the first day, and after only 31 minutes, we reached that goal!! Fortunately we prepared a lot of stretch goals involving free miniatures and accessories, so I don’t think people will be disappointed!
As this is the first day in the 30 day Kickstarter Campaign, much can happen during the campaign, and we continue to be humble, as we don’t want to expect too much. We really hope people will be kind enough to share the news about the Kickstarter to friends and family that are interested in such nerdy things as this! And to be a part of this unique experience!
A lot of work has been put into the pre-release of the Kickstarter!
Here is a little bit about the “crew” behind the project!
I (Nana) painted all the miniatures, terrain, accessories and scenery on the pictures! I also assist Nicki whenever I can and I have taken over a lot of the work involving King Games, so Nicki can focus 100% on the Kickstarter these first few days of the Kickstarter!
Nicki (my husband) is the brains of this operation and is in charge of all background stories, graphics, Kickstarter page, social media, communicating back and forth with our artist, sculptor, casters and also manage all the advertising involved. And probably a million other things I forgot to mention! So basically, he has his hands full at the moment!
Mustafa is in charge of all the artwork that is being done for the campaign, which involves a whole lot of drawings, sketches and final artwork. He really outdid himself with all these amazing pieces of art! And we’re so grateful that he has been able to put all of our ideas and visions into art!
Sonny is in charge of every piece of sculpted miniature and accessories in the campaign. And like Mustafa, he really outdid himself too! He pushed the boundaries of his abilities and conjured up some beautiful miniatures! Perfect combination of the visions we had and the artwork provided! We are really lucky to have found such talent!
We had a lot of fun taking photo shoots of the miniatures in different situations and we will be doing more of that during the campaign and when we launch the miniatures on King Games (sometime in July or August, unless, God forbid, we get delays)
As I am writing this (3 hours in) we are 250% funded, so we are over the moon (yes, I just did that) with joy! The “Early Bird” pledge was gone in no time, so we might have put the backer limit a bit low. But we might make it up to people who missed it, somehow :)
I will be updating my blog during the campaign, to show the progress and maybe some sneak peeks of the greens :)
Until then! Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far! This is a dream come true for us!
As the title says! Our first miniature in our Dunkeldorf Miniature line is finally painted and ready to show! I knew from the beginning that he would be so satisfying to paint and I proved myself right! I’m already thinking about what colours to paint him next time!
This is actually just a prototype as our Sculptor Sonny isn’t done making modifications, but any modification is just going to improve this already awesome miniature!
I wanted to paint him in warm skin colours, so I went with Tanned and Rosy skintones with purple shades. And of course purple clothes to show off his wealth! He is certainly plotting something sinister!
The miniature is painted with Reaper paints and I mainly used the following paints:
Well, I’ve had this well lying around for a couple of years before i finally decided to paint it! I found this and the stables from Forge World in a cheap bundle on eBay, but only just finished this one!
The trees are from a company called Busch. I think it’s smaller scale, but they are rather cheap and they look pretty good even at close-ups. The old Forgeworld resin is very high quality and very dense, and I used so much time filing/sanding the bottom on this and the stables, since they put way too much resin in the mold it seems. Had the same problem with the Carmine Dragon and the Roadside Shrine (all originals of course) but with a lot of excess resin at the bottom.
I added a rope from a reaper miniatures adventurer’s kit (the bucket is part of the scenery and attached to the base) and I put 2 ravens which I painted up as starlings. The one on the ground is from Tabletop-Art’s Raven set and the one on the well edge is from Tabletop-World’s Tombstone set.
I used water effects in the watering trough from AK’s Resin Water kit, so it’s ready for any thirsty horse or desperate adventurer (who is too lazy to use the well)
This turned out to be quite a centerpiece for our rural Warhammer RPG sessions! We used it as a midpoint for a beastmen encounter a few sessions back and it was used (with great success) by our rogue Ozzy and his faithful companion Littleton Proudcock (aka P-cock) as a great place to sneak-attack!
We have spent the last few evenings making characters and trying the new system, which should be simular to 2nd edition, but as we never played that edition, we had to learn it from scratch!
We are now converting our heroes from our homebrew into 4th edition, which is a little harder than we thought.
Ozzy our Rogue from a scrappy background becomes a thief, our hunter Max who has a background as the son of a Lord is now a bounty hunter, while Dagna our dwarven shieldmaiden goes through some sh*@ and ends up as a Troll Slayer! Yes, they can be female in our campaign! ‘Cause, why not?
One of the requirements for her to advance her career is killing a troll. Which is perfect, since we already have Wanted poster handouts for trolls in the vicinity of Krugenheim (city in eastern Talabecland).
So now I’m working on the trolls for the encounter. Often it’s one or two trolls for such a contract, but we thought it would be really cool to have a leader for them! So today I will be working on the Troggoth Hag from Forgeworld and hopefully get her and some of her sons ready by next month.
I’ve already painted one of her sons a little while ago, so here he is in all his glory!
My husband made and painted the 75mm (3″) base while I painted the flowers and ivy on it. The blue skinny flowers are from our garden which I dried and painted in vivid colours.
Finally a couple of more pictures of the handsome troll! I really like these plastic River Trolls (or troggoths!) from Games Workshop. I had them before, but decided to sell them and make new ones. I’m also working on another troll brother which is my favourite of the ways to assemble the trolls: The guy with the fish!
Now that the 4th edition is on the doorstep (not literally, but close), and we had an amazing preview PDF of the whole thing, I thought it would be suitable with a little tribute miniature that my husband pieced together and sculpted, and which I painted.
The thing is based on artwork from the 4th edition rulebook. The artwork really captures the essence and gloomy atmosphere of the rpg, so we did our best to reflect that unto the mini.
Here is the artwork the scarecrow was based on:
We tried to make it reflect the artwork as much as possible with what materials we had, and I think Nicki did a great job sculpting his first pumpkin!
I painted some black spots around the “head” to resemble the flies buzzing around the rotting pumpkin head and tried to make the body look as tattered as possible!
Here is a work in progress photo of the piece:
Some dryad arms were used aswell as a scarecrow body from Ristul’s, some goblin pikes, a wood elf sword, and a fenryll sign if i remember correctly!
All in all a very fun project and we really enjoyed the process!
The past week I have made posts about townsfolk for our RPG, and I thought I’d squeeze in a few more, before I call it a day!
I’m going in for surgery this week and will be needing some time off afterwards :) nothing too serious, though. But probably for a week or two! Lots of time to play Divinity Original Sin 2 on our TV, and Gloomhaven Boardgame :-D
First off is the Middenheimer Young Blood. I already painted one of these with blonde hair and red dress and removed her weapons as an Npc crowd agitator. But I wanted to test my skills with subtle colours.
Next off is “Lady Olenna “The Queen of Thorns” from Dark Sword Miniatures.
I took the opportunity to experiment with texture, and this is a rough example. I didn’t have much of a plan with this miniature, only that I wanted an old cranky noblewoman, and I got what I wanted, hehe :) The Base colour of her dress is Deep Red highlighted with dots of Fuchsia. The purple cloth is Violet with Sandalwood highlights. The golden embroidery is Walnut with dots of Victorian Brass and Citrine Alchemy. Dots everywhere! All paints used are from Scale75.
I didn’t spend a whole lot of time on the miniature apart from the dots, but she worked out okay. Not a masterpiece (like Jennifer Haley’s version which is absolutely breathtaking) but she looks great on the game board, as the dots intertwine from a distance!
A few days ago I made a post about some townsfolk for our RPG – a blacksmith and a halfling nobleman. This time I painted a couple of real oldschool Bretonnian Archers and a small child from Freebooter.
The archers were really fun to paint. We found a bunch of these stored in my husband’s parents’ attic and I decided to paint 2 of them as archers for our town scenery. I already have one practice target from Zealot Miniatures and I have several extra targets from Mantic Kickstarter due in May.
I painted them in 2 themes. One standard Archer with the Colours of Talabecland and some freehand “embroidery” and a little moustache :) the other is in Hochland Attire with a little Bretonnian Lily icon (Fleur de Lis).
The kid is from a Freebooter Miniatures: Lobo the Old Warhorse set. I added a large feather to his (or her) hat, though it is a little hard to see on the picture. The base is the original metal base customized to fit a 20mm base. I painted the child androgynous, so we can use it as either a girl or a boy squire, helping the pc’s carry their luggage and other necessities.
For our newest campaign (WFRP) we wanted some bandits (some shabby/suspicious types) and I spotted the Dreadmere Mercenaries that fits right into our campaign! I did however, find a miniature suitcase (that’s a suitcase with miniatures inside it, not a very small suitcase!) filled with bandits we haven’t used in a while and now the town is swarming with thugs! Since our band of heroes are all shady and no strangers to crime, they suited the purpose!
I painted one of them as a woman even though I was unsure if this was the case! But it is nice to have a bandit type female to have a more realistic look than a lot of other miniatures which are usually bombshells wearing a corset with cleavage, visible bellybuttons or highly inconvinent bare skin mixed with pieces of armor. So I tend to go for it whenever I see a more unconventional female miniature!
I also gave the individual minis some character by adding scars and patterns. Had a real good time with these :D