Monday, 29 October 2012

Dagan Learns to Paint Miniatures - part :02 - Finished her first lesson...

Right... Finally got around to taking some pictures of Dagan's first lesson...

So here we are, Dagan's Ork on the Left, mine on the right.

In the previous two posts we had gone over:

- painting a neat base coat

- laying down a wash coat

And this was the final step for her first lesson:

- Using the original base colours to highlight the figure back up

I think she's done a awesome job, she was very pleased with it too.

A very neat, tabletop level.

I said her,

"If at 11 years old she can paint like this with just a little effort, then when she's older she'll be a fantastic miniature painter..."

Take care,


Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Terrain : Temple Rock - w.i.p. part:1

I haven't made any large pieces of scratch built gaming terrain for probably going on years now.

So when I finally had some space to work on on our tables and had some drive, I had a quick look through my junkyard of collected bits and got to work without a plan.

Quick rundown of materials I grabbed:

Hot glue gun
Extendable craft blade
Insulation foam board
MDF board
Plastic temple

Please excuse the slightly blurred images, I took quick snaps as I was working...

The MDF base was one I had already cut to shape some time ago when I was going to make a large hill, it got put to one side but handily was just the perfect size for this project.

The building itself is the temple from the Dark World board game, it's been just sat waiting for the right project and I hot glued it to the thinner end of the base before working on the rock face.

(I grabbed a nearby figure to give a sense of scale.)

The rock face is constructed out of chunks of insulation foam, it is built up around some blocks of the foam I cut and glued to the base in a rough mock-up of the shape I wanted.
I cut, scored and snapped the foam piece by piece as my whim took me to start building up the rocky texture.

See you in part 2 when i get to it.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Why has it been so quiet..?

Hello out there...

Sorry that it's been a bit quiet around here recently...

But life just has a way of taking you by surprise with a swift kick to the happy sack sometimes...

My mother and I both were really ill with an unknown Streptococcal infection, I was completely delirious for near on a week and quarantined from the rest of my family. But the anti-biotics the doctors prescribed did the job and we're a hell of a lot better now...

Also during this time we had a series of water leaks pouring through the light fittings of the kitchen, the ceiling has been gutted and the place re-plumbed and more work is being done (plastering etc).
So the house is a bit of a disaster area, the room with all my hobby materials has been used as storage for pretty much everything from the kitchen...

But once the madness has settled down I'll try and get back up to speed and get some more articles posted up...

Until then, take care everyone.


Friday, 19 October 2012

Mask of Death Arrived!!!

I got an awesome parcel delivered today...

I backed the Kickstarter project that was based upon the hilarious movie The Gamers:Dorkness Rising and have just received the adventure supplement The Mask of Death, which the protagonist are playing in the movie.

It is full colour and signed by the cast and has some quite fun but quite ridiculous pieces of custom content for Pathfinder (Feats mentioned in the movie that didn't exist in the "Core Rules").

I also got a "Mound of dead bards" miniature along with it...


I'm looking forward to putting it together and painting it up, but i know I'm going to be tempted to use it sometime...

Maybe a kingdom where bards are forbidden... Or a rough tavern that doesn't take kindly to joviality...

Anyway... that's all i wanted to post up...

Take care everyone.


Thursday, 18 October 2012

Dagan Learns to Paint Miniatures - part :01.5?

I managed to take a couple of snaps before the school run of the miniatures post-wash but pre-highlight.

(apologies for my image quality of late... I've not really had time or space to set up my shots properly...)

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Dagan Learns to Paint Miniatures - part :01

As I mentioned in an earlier post, it was my daughter's 11th birthday recently.

Dagan had expressed an interest in getting into the gaming hobby, so for her birthday my gift to her was a new set of brushes and one on one personal tuition.

I am by no means a master figure painter, but I know enough to teach her the lessons many of us only discover after many years of trial and error.

I decided to keep things as simple as possible so I don't overload her with too much information and to combat the notorious short attention span of a child.

So, it had to be quick, relatively easy and at least look half-decent afterward.

Therefore I'm going to teach her these basic steps:
- neat basecoat
- wash layer
- simple highlight with original base colours

(And during this session I've also been slipping in little tid-bits about brush control, brush care and shown her little examples of different techniques...)

I dug out two Warhammer 40,000 Ork boyz from the many I have lying around, she has Orks now too just like daddy (Yay..! Woot..!). But she wants to paint them as Evil Sunz not Goffs like Daddy (Boo..! Hiss..!).

Dagan's Ork is on the left, mine on the right.

I tried to get her to control paint splatter and slippage by telling her,

"Painting a miniature is like dressing a doll..."

Which garnered me a dubious look.

Then I went on to explain,

"We get the skin done first, then start putting the clothes on..." which worked wonders.

So it was just a case of working up through each layer of clothing from the shirt, to the pants to boots/belts etc.

And keeping the banter going and instilling the idea of trying to stick to the portion she was painting.

Dagan tried very hard to keep everything neat, after getting her to fix up some small areas I think she's done really well.

She says she really enjoyed it and didn't even notice how long she'd been at it.

I'll post up part two when we wash and highlight them.


Paste Table Gaming Boards - W.I.P. part :01

After many years of use much of my terrain collection needs refurbishing and/or replacing.

I am also in need of some new gaming boards because I gave all my older ones to friends to give them the means to play games at their homes too.

(I had a poke around in the dark recesses of my hard-drive and dug up some old pics...)

My first gaming board was actually an old fold out card gaming table that my grandfather gave me as a child, the table top turned and then opened up like butterfly wings and the gaming space was just a little under 4'x4'.

(Unfortunately no pictures of this... I miss that table, it was very nice... But it didn't hold up to the rigours of a ham-fisted wargaming youngster...)

My second boards were four 4'x2' pieces of chipboard with duct-taped edges and painted with textured paint (both sides, 2 brown, 2 grey, 4 green I think but it's been a long time. They were usually balanced on paste tables for play (i had four so two games could play simultaneously. I believe the duct tape was removed when they got refurbished once.). They were a little ugly and heavy but they served their purpose and saw many years of use.

(Here they are during a refurb...)

My third set of boards were a little more professional. They were made up of four 4'x2' pieces of thin hardboard with a wooden frame and braces beneath, they had sand glued on for texture and were painted and they even ended up flocked shortly before I let them go. They were also used on the paste tables until we had a gaming room.
These were far better than my first ones, lighter in weight, better looking and also saw lots of use. But these have also since moved on to a new home.

(This was two of them set up in our hobby room... Looks a little different now we have moved it around...)

My current gaming set-up is the Citadel Realm of Battle Gaming Board, that I got in a generous deal from another friend. It is quite nice now I've got it painted and flocked and also very durable, but it just doesn't feel like it's "mine" (don't know how weird that sounds but...).

(And here it is during a game of Warhammer Fantasy some weeks ago... Ha, our hobby room doesn't look like this anymore either...)

And now we come to the actual purpose of this post...

When moving the room around last the paste tables (which I still had all four of..) caught my eye.

An idea began to formulate, the boards themselves are constructed much like my third gaming boards (hardboard with frame) only on a smaller scale.

If I use them to make boards, they should be quite sturdy and due to their size a little easier to store than my old 4'x2' boards. Also being pre-constructed takes some of the work out of the project too.

So I grabbed a tape measure and fed my curiosity:
- Each paste table is made up of two boards measuring 35"x22" attached together by hinges.
- So one paste table would give me a playing area of 35"x44" (not much shy of 3'x4') which isn't too bad for small games.
- Two paste tables would net me a playing area of around 70"x44" (just a little off 6'x4') which would also be pretty good.

And so, the other day I set to work:

First, using a power drill, off came the hinges.

Second, after a little "convincing", out came the legs and other gubbins.

And that was pretty much all there was to it. But when I got them to this stage I started thinking about them more...

Instead of using the "top" surface of the boards, I thought about using the space between the frames. maybe fill it with polystyrene and sculpting details into the boards etc...

I left it there to do some thinking. I'm going to do some sketches, write some notes and maybe use two boards as test pieces...

So I'll do more posts as I play around and make this project into a series.

Until next time, take care.


Quick Textured Bases

When I was putting my hobby room back to rights after the kitchen work had been completed. I discovered that my packet of Das air drying clay had accidentally come open whilst in storage. The end of the clay was almost dry so I cut it away, re-wrapped the rest of the clay and stored it.

I then grabbed my box of bases and set to quick work using what i could of the drying clay to make some textured bases.

These images are what of what I managed to throw together for about 10 minutes work:

I just worked quickly dipping my fingers in water and manipulating/spreading the clay into the space on some lipped bases. I mainly just tried to get an undulating uneven ground look to most of them.

Then while the clay was still a little wet and workable, I used some metal wax carving tools to texture them in different ways. I don't know how well you can see in the images, but I went for dry rocky/slate like formations on some and even did a couple of quick cobblestone bases too.

A small amount of the clay was too dry to work with, so I put it to one side to use in future terrain projects as rocks etc, so not a total loss.

And that's it...

The best I made of a bad situation.

Take care everyone,