Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Don't Adjust Your Set

Beep. Beep. Beeeeeep!

The blog has been silent for a while and it's not because of a lack of content.  On the contrary the painting area has been much busier in the past few months than it has in quite some time.  I have been converting and painting models for three different game systems, exchanging ideas with other hobbyists on the Lead Adventures Forum and other online venues and to my satisfaction building worlds and creating stories to play all of these games in.  I'm doing everything I enjoy the most about the hobby.  At some point I might even be interested in playing a game or two.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Frostgrave: A Rockstar Among Wizards

Husayn al-Tawoos
When I saw the Northstar Summoner I knew I wanted to have one and wanted to paint him up in a most ostentatious fashion.  Royal purples, golden brocade, and glittering baubles.  To contrast his loud ensemble I contrasted his flashy robes with plain off white garments.  I think that I had been planning to paint him as close as I could to their studio paint job but as I proceeded from the initial base coat I began to deviate slightly until I arrived at Husayn al-Tawoos.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Strange Aeons: Captain Reid

Captain Reid, Canadian Militia
I didn't have any luck procuring a Mountie in miniature for my Strange Aeons game.  I had tried to order a Reaper Chronoscope model that fit the bill nicely but came up empty with the suppliers that I order through.  If either restock Dirk Goodspeed comes into I'll pick him up or maybe place an order for some of Bob Murch's excellent pulp sculpts.  As much as I would like to paint up a classic Mountie for my CORD team I realize that finding an alternative swiftly would keep the project going.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Strange Aeons: Cult Leader Valentine Black part 1

Valentine Black c. 1921
 When I invent characters I try to build them around a combination of fantasy and reality.  I've always felt that the fusion of trope and truth produce an artificial depth that lends veracity to the composite player.  Basing a a fictional person on a living or historical figure famous or simply familiar lends them a plausible animus.  It is easier to give them direction; To know what they might do next when confronted with significant choices.  That being said this article is an exposition on Valentine Black detailing his construction, imagined history and motivations.   I chose the name Valentine because Roman styled names enjoyed something of a resurgence in Victorian England where Black was supposedly born.  I appreciated the irony of the names meaning, "strong and healthy" not being appropriate for the ailing, ruin of a man.  The surname Black seems properly sinister, terse, and English and contrasted his almost flowery given name.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Strange Aeons: Canadian Heritage Minute: C.O.R.D. A Secret History

Crest of the Canadian Occult Response Department
In the last days of December, 1921 newly appointed Prime Minister William Lyon McKenzie King conducted a private interview in Sir Wilfred's Laurier's former office.  The drawn and frostburned man sitting opposite him might have been mistaken for a vagrant but for his bearing and the singular purpose in his eye.  

Friday, 25 September 2015

For Love of Little Wars

I've been following Jaded Gamercast for a few years.  I'd dropped off of the miniature hobby map for a while and hadn't tuned in a while so I thought I'd check it out.  It remains the only wargaming podcast I can listen to.  They continue to serve up a slice of gaming culture delivered with a blend of cynicism, irreverence and bathroom humour; A perfect combination. The August 24th podcast, "Skirmish in my Pants" featured a discussion concerning the criteria and qualities of skirmish wargames.  I was late to the show so it was pointless to comment but it got me thinking about why I prefer skirmish level games to their big brothers and what qualities they possess that make them so attractive.  To quantify my distinction I observe the "Blood Bowl Rule"; Sixteen or less a side is a skirmish to me.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Frostgrave: Days of High Adventure

I finally got around to completing my first model for Frostgrave;  I've been putting most of my hobby time into This is Not a Test so progress in Felstadt has been pretty slow; Even for me.  Unfortunately this model didn't factor into any of my plans but it's such a cool model who cares?

Monday, 14 September 2015

This is Not a Test: Buzzkill Complete

Buzzkill's arm revision and paint went pretty well.  I didn't drench her face in blood because it was a bit too over the top and in order to pull off the goggles keeping eyes clean effect I'd have to dirty up the goggles.  The reflection I managed on the goggles is rather dubious so I think any spatter would damage the effect even further.  I gave her an orange saw because Husqvarna is my favorite.  I worked with a husky pretty similar to the one Buzzkill has in miniature.  I painted white streaks in her hair as a nod to 80's WASP (I think I mentioned something about that in the WIP post).  I plan to seal the model soon and then hit her vinyl outfit and goggles with a high gloss.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Buzzkill: WIP

dryfit chainsaw arm.

Buzzkill is the next Taker to come together.  I should be working on the rank and file but I really wanted to play with a chainsaw wielding nutter so here we are.  Buzzkill began her life as a "Female Goth Warrior" from Dark Sword.  It's supposed to be in the style of Larry Elmore but I don't really remember him painting a subject quite like this but..... thanks to the powers of the internet here we are.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

What's the Story Morning Glory?

Head Taker and Mournin' Glory
 I have been quite busy of late in the hobby department.  I have been trying to get models and terrain built so I can play Frostgrave and This is Not a Test.  Both are skirmish level rule sets that pluck at my love of skirmish and personalized models.  Unfortunately in spite of all these goings on I have been neglecting my blog badly.  I have been posting on Lead Adventures with what I have been up to but there is something to be said for having your own space to present your stuff and maybe even a touch of guilt for not doing so.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Cobblestones and Broken Asphalt

Zombicide minis shamble across the pavement.
 Quite a while back in the blog I mentioned I was considering a modular terrain project.  I'm still in the prototyping phase but I have completed the two samples and hoping to get some feedback on how either project looks and on the best methods you the reader might suggest for the final design.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Coming in from the Cold

Has it really been over a year?  I've really been neglecting this blog even worse than the hobby that spawned it.  I could provide excuses in a weighty wall of text but I let it go at, "I'm sorry" and simply accept responsibility for being so neglectful.