Tuesday, 21 June 2016

3D printing terrain and a few other projects...

After getting the Cthulhu Wars job out of the way I have been slowly getting back on track. I have painted most of my AvP: The Hunt Begins miniatures, with a few needing a bit of finishing off.

While I paint them we have been playing Osprey's A Fistful of Kung Fu. This gave me a chance to actually use the Shaolin Monk figures that I sculpted nearly 20 years ago (I added a few extras from CP Miniatures).

In this photo, they are not quite finished. I had to paint the rims of the bases black and then give them all a coat of matt varnish.

I recently received a Halcyon Aliens APC as a gift from someone I occasionally chat with in the friendly local comic/games store, who knew I am preparing to play AvP. The only stipulation was that I get good use out of it. So with that in mind, it got bumped to the top of my to-do list. I have decided to add a few lights to the model, so I have ordered some LEDs and some fibre optics. I will come back to this once I have done a little more work on it.


Terrain wise, I have managed to get a second Printable Scenery building 3D printed. This time, I have printed the Inn.


 


The model is printed in three layers, the roof, the upper storey and the ground floor.


I am going to glue the roof and the upper storey together, as I will not need access to it. I will also add some lugs so that the top doesn't slide off of the ground floor.


While on the subject of PrintableScenery.com, they have a new Kickstarter campaign drawing to a close at the moment. This one is for ruins and various other terrain pieces with several different genres covered (fantasy, post-apoc, sci-fi historical etc.). Well worth checking out if you have any access to a 3D printer.

If all that wasn't enough, as we are playing A Fistful of Kung Fu at the moment, it seemed appropriate to put together the 4Ground Shogunate Japan Peasant Smallholder's Dwelling (to give it it's full name) , that I received as part of my prize from the painting competitions that I won a couple of years ago.


As a designer of laser cut kits myself, I can really appreciate the level of work that has gone into producing this lovely little building.


The 4Ground kits certainly are not cheap, but level of detail is stunning and I will be looking at getting a couple more from this range before we start to play Daisho or Ronin.


This kit took about an evening and a half to put together and even with studying the instruction sheet quite closely and dry fitting pieces, I still managed to make a couple of mistakes. However, they were not catastrophic and the finished building looks fine!




That about wraps it up for now...




Friday, 10 June 2016

Why the Frostgrave project stalled. I was sculpting a Cthulhu Wars monster...

My post about my terrain build for Frostgrave dried up a bit, earlier this year. The main reason was that I landed a job to sculpt one of the monsters for the Cthulhu Wars expansion from Petersen Games.

I haven't been able to say much about it until now. However, Petersen Games have added a photo of the mini to their Kickstarter update, so I can finally let it all out...

The Librarian of Celaeno is a big beastie, the round plinth that she is standing on is around 80-90mm across.


The plinth with the piles of books was supplied by Fenris Games (the manufacturer of the minis).












I really enjoyed this sculpt, it is amazing how easy it is when you don't have to work within the restrictions of human, or known animal anatomy.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Carronade 2016

This post is a little late as I have been very busy, however, I am starting to get the urge to kick some life back into the blog and a Carronade photo dump seems as good a place as any to start.

We had a really enjoyable visit to the show in Falkirk this year. As usual Jeff and myself spent the morning on a table in the Bring and Buy hall. Jeff  moved a few things and was happy enough, but I managed to shift most of the stuff that I took and easily funded my trip, covered my purchases and actually came home with a tidy profit.

Once that was out of the way we got some lunch and then spent the rest of the day perusing the main halls. The standard of the tables was as high as ever, with most displaying a very good level of terrain and miniature painting.

Anyway, on with the photo dump, comments included where I have something relevant to say...












It was interesting to see this printed cardboard scenery in person. It does offer those not interested in building their own terrain an easy way to put together a very attractive table. Personally, I will  not be buying it, but it is impressive.




This game looked fun and my sons were keen to play it, however, we ended up playing a different game, so hopefully we will see this one at one of the other shows later in the year.








Nice to see AvP The Hunt Begins making an appearance. I have just about finished painting my figures for the game, so hopefully we shall get a few games in in the near future.



Craig Cartmell of The Ministry of Gentlemanly Warfare, co-author of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Daisho was demoing his latest game, Blood Eagle so we managed to get a game run by the author himself. My sons took on the part of a band of marauding Vikings trying to get through a village while a group of Viking women and old men attempted to delay them until reinforcements can arrive. I took on the role of the women and old men. If the marauders managed to get a man on to their ship for a whole turn I would lose, if they couldn't get there in six turns I would win.


The fight came down to the last dice roll, with their leader boarding the ship and one of mine trying to stop him blowing his horn. If I had landed a blow I would have won, but as it was that was not to be and my boys snatched victory from me in the very last moments.


Craig very graciously signed my copy of Blood Eagle (which I took along for that very purpose) and I also picked up a copy of Daisho, for when I eventually get around to painting some samurai minis...










I didn't spend too much money at the show, sticking pretty closely to my planned purchases, I got a few figures from Crooked Dice, a couple of Footsore Miniatures Saxons to add to my Gripping Beast plastics and a copy of the Warband rules from Pendraken, which I intend to use with my 15mm Copplestone barbarians...

A very good show, and to be honest it will be hard to beat it at any of the other Scottish shows. I haven't been to Claymore since it moved venues several years ago, so maybe this year I will make the effort to get down there!
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