Saturday, July 4, 2015

Banking on Success

Here's a test structure that Mr. Lathan created.  A number of different parameters go into every kit, and each new kit has to go through all of them.

How much wood will it require, how many etchings? is it playable?  That never seems to end!

I thought this was amazing the minute I saw it.  I love the idea of an impressive two story masonry building for Wild West Exodus.

It would serve as a Bank for my Lawmen and Outlaws, and as an Armory for my Union posse.

The interiors are impressive, as always, especially with some furniture!

The lower level has all kinds of goodness, including the safe!!  The safest place in all of Wappeville for your valuables.

That is, until a few dastardly safe crackers get a hold of it!

This bank teller window is amazing!!!

Those businessmen certainly want to keep their fancy duds from getting dusty (or worse), so check out these new boardwalks!

As you can see, some light poles were added so that the citizens of Wappelville can find their way around the streets at night, and feel safe.

These boardwalks are three times as long as the original versions.  I have a set of these, and I will be doing a series of posts on them.  And you will certainly be seeing them in our games!!!

Lookie here... you could even use it as a fence!  He's a genius.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Time for the Great Awakening

Here's an unboxing of a few Awaken Realms Demigods.

As you can see, the sculpting and casting is very nice, top notch!  You also get various options.  

They would not be very difficult to magnetize if you wanted to use all of them.

These were easy to prep, and the resin is a very nice silky texture.  Sometimes resin can be either slick or rough.  Not so here!  It was great :-)

I chose some options, and put them together.

Both of the Demigods are epic, and will be very fun to paint!

I created a few bases for them, each one is 60mm.  Again, these are Demigods, so they are on the larger side.

I want to have some designs on the marble floor that reflects those of the banner and armor filigree.

Lots of vines will be placed on the base, leading you up to that top level.

Yes indeed, bark 'n branch had to be part of the basing on one of these guys.  I think I will see how some of the paper foliage looks on this one.

One more link/reminder!!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Girl on Fire!

You have already seen the Willa Shaw on foot, but now we have an even deadlier version of Willa!

Mounted on her Iron Horse, she is set to wreak all kinds of havoc on the enemies of the Union.

The exhaust was a quandary for the longest time.  I just didn't know what to do with it.  Should it be simply a dust color?

I had red in one of the novels about red smoke from the Iron Horse, which made me think that some glowing smoke could be very fun.  That turned out to be quite true!!!

Bully on Mierce

Beastmen in beast mode!

I am still not quite sure why I came  up with the color mixtures for the skin tones.  I think that it was nothing more than the colors I used were closer to me ;-)

There were also large areas of more clearly defined shapes in the face and such, which allowed me to do a lot of nice work in the darks.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Back into the red again...

It's been a long time since you have seen some Red Box Games figures here.  I have been painting them all along... you just haven't seen them :-)

This is a group of stealthy archers that was painted recently.

Once again, another exercise in those subtle browns.  I really enjoyed getting the greenish hues into the otherwise reddish brown hood!

I then too that same color and used it to create some more interest in the yellowish mid-tones.

Many more to come, just like the Beastmen.

A motley crew

Here you go!  The complete crew for Clash for a Cure.

At last, bases and miniatures all together, setting the scene.

I have a variety of pirate minis here... some Reaper, and even some 7th Seas.  That means I will have to make some more bases like these and start creating more pirate crews!

I also had a lot of fun with all the varieties of browns.  Some had more green, more yellow, more red, and so on.

Varying the intensity of the browns is also part of the contrast hat trick.

Some of the browns were made more muted by having an even balance of green and red.  The two contrasting colors actually negate each other when mixed in equal amounts.

Otherwise, having more of the red, green or yellow show through in the browns will make it 'brighter'

I hope you enjoyed this set!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It's Colonel Sanders!

This was one of the more humorous Artizan miniatures.  I instantly thought of Colonel Sanders.

He will make a very interesting civilian for our Wild West Exodus games!  We might have to create a chicken shack!