Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Fire! Fire!

Hi all

I've actually started doing some bits for the Flash Point Zoo project for Uncon. I will be putting it out on the video diary but I thought I'd give you a sneak peak of the 3D fire tokens that I've been putting together.  I used Vallejo paints throughout this project bar the black primer.

First I had to buy the mdf tokens, I got 35mm rounds from Minibits specially made and these would form the bases. I then made a trip to a pound shop and got myself some white bathroom sealant.

and made these...


starting with a little blob of sealant, I let it dry completely before using the gun to add little cones of sealant all over the base, in an effort to make a vague fire type shape.


after that I sprayed the whole thing with black primer, to add shadow and to cover the base.  Once dried I very roughly covered the flames in white paint, more of a very heavy drybrush. 

I then took a big brush and started to roughly paint a bright yellow across he model, leaving a white rim at the bottom of the flames. Then a bright orange...



after that I switched to an orange red...


then a bright red, followed by a dark red. All the time I let a small amount of the previous colour show at the bottom and all the time starting the next layer as the previous was drying - almost a wet blend.


once dried, I covered the whole thing with GW red wash...


then drybrushed the whole thing with a brown/orange...


then a lighter drybrush of bright yellow...


and finally a very light drybrush of pure white....


then I just tidied up the bases and voila...



hope you enjoy
dGG

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Dragon of the East

Hi all

He tried to tempt me at Salute 2017, he did it again at PAW 2018. Finally at Salute 2018, I succumbed...

I literally could not deny the desire to own at least one of Dave Stone's magnificent dragon models! Honestly I have tried and tried and tried not to buy one as they are an investment of funds, time and effort but hell, I'm only human - I ended up mostly trying to stop buying more than one!!

To be honest it was a straight toss up between his brand new Wyvern which had just been freshly painted and this bad boy....

Oriental Dragon pic taken from Dave's website here

In the end I had to go with the Oriental Dragon, I'd wanted him for so long and even the gorgeous Wyvern model couldn't compete, so I dutifully dug out the £50 from my sorely pressed wallet and handed it to Dave's grinning daughter, who knew she had me beat....

fast forward to this month and in an effort to boost my flagging mojo I decided to build and paint this beauty, knowing that it would make me very happy indeed....and it has.


This beaut of a model is made of hard resin and is massive (I haven't measured it, but have placed it next to some 32mm samurai later).  Really neat casting and only need some minor filling around the joints, which I did with a little bit of Das.  My only complaint, and it is my only complaint is that the brittle nature of the resin meant that I snapped one of the critters moustaches within the first 5 mins.  That was the only mishap and took a few tries at supergluing it back on to finally sort...



I used a grey primer to spray on as a base. I like using this primer as A) it's really cheap, B) it sticks fantastically to any surface son no need to pop your expensive mini into a bubble bath and C) the grey is a really neutral colour so I can go light or dark on it (plus I find coloured primers too confusing...).

After much research (ten minutes on Google) regarding colour schemes, I decided to do a bit of a mishmash of the boxed art colours i.e. I did what Dave did... and a flaming mane of hair, using my fire technique - more on that in a couple of weeks.


I mostly used Vallejo paints and GW washes to paint the beastie.  Below at all the base colours - Joe, take note of the sandstone rocks - no grey for me!!


The highly detailed scaling and features gave me the opportunity to really build up the paint layers, due to the size of the "mini" (ha!) I did this with successive dry brushes and then a final detailed highlight.



I even took the time to practice with some OSL, a technique I'm yet to truly get to grips with...


I love the pose of the model which goes against the traditional coiled viper look of eastern dragon artwork and instead concentrates on the "launching into flight" look - neck stretched and powerful legs pushing off from the earth.


The detail is fabulous, each scale sculpted rather than textured on...



I tried to take some pics with the flash on to show you the layers...








and finally some scaling - yup those are 32mm Bushido minis...




What a BEAST!!

I really enjoyed painting this but now I'm going to have to avoid Dave's stands at the next few shows, else I'll get that bloody Wyvern and then the sea dragon, then the fire breathing beastie...

hope you enjoy
dGG

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Kosuke

hi all

My love for Bushido, the skirmish game from GCT Studio is well known among those who follow this blog. Despite my lack of mojo over the last few months and the distraction provided by the development of B,S&H, Bushido and the fabulous minis from their range is never too far onto the backburner.  This year at Salute, I hit the GCT stand first (as always!) and although I didn't smash my debit card, I did pick up some awesome models to bolster my factions.  Chief among them was Kosuke...


Kosuke hails from the mainland of the Empire. He fights with all four limbs, strength and skill are indistinguishable between arms and legs, hands and feet. He comes in aid of his fellow monks of the Ro-Kan and the prowess he shows on the battlefield will be well received by those he fights alongside. However his presence has caused disquiet amongst the Masters of the Ro-Kan. What message does Kosuke’s presence herald? 

I think you can probably understand why I wanted this dude!!!  Sculpted by the talented Ban Calvert-Lee of Master Crafted Miniatures, Kosuke is a must have for me and my Temple of Ro-Kan warband. But not only is he an awesome sculpt, this ape can kick ass....



While his melee dice is 3, not bad but not as high as other Monks, Kosuke benefits from armour (1), unusual for Ro-Kan, he's Brave, and can force an opponent to reroll an attack dice with feint. He's gonna attack first due to his first strike ability and cannot be outnumbered easily.  What is best about this King of the Swingers though is his Ki Feats and Unique Effect, allowing him to use both a special attack and special defence, meaning that this mean ape is gonna pound on you and then throw you into the dirt!  I literally cannot wait to get this bad boy on the table...


 And here he is (sorry about my blurry photos)



I stuck to the artwork colours as his orange hair more or less fit my faction colours anyway lol.  The base was made from Das clay and pressed with a roller from Green Stuff World.  Not my best work but seeing as it's my first mini in weeks, I'm fairly pleased.


Kosuke will be a must have in my Ro-Kan warband and he will join what I hope is a relatively useful "Kids & Critters" line up.


L-R back row- Kitsune (human form), The Guardian, Kosuke, Kuma.
middle row - Kitsune (fox form), Koji's macaque, Koji, Master Akari.
front row - Aiko, Koji's macaque


Kosuke will join Kuma and The Guardian as my warband bruisers, big powerhouses who can throw down with most others.  Master Akari and Kitsune are my speedy objective grabbers, darting in to win scenario and gain VPs.  Koji is my scout and with his monkeys can fend off enemies and protect the big guys from being surrounded. Aiko will sit back and use her Ki feats to buff my fighters.

I hope to get them onto the table soon and start working toward some more competitions.

hope you enjoy
dGG



Friday, 22 June 2018

Frustration!

hi all

Yes I’m frustrated! Real life is getting in the way of hobby time, as always. The amount of available time for gaming is impacted, of course but there has also been no progression on any gaming fronts but one. No minis painted, no terrain built, no Flashpoint Zoo progress.....nilch, nada, nowt....

So to the one thing I have been working on - Blood, Sweat & Horses. Joe’s been working through the rule book with me and has been raising questions, issues and proposing solutions. Most of which I have been able to incorporate, discuss or smooth over into the game. This has, in my opinion enhanced the game greatly and through his fresh eyes i’ve been able to tackle some of the ‘niggly’ bits of the game. Once again can I express my deep gratitude for this. 

Of course it’s not all good news on this front, hence the title of the post. All the good progress I’ve made on the development of the project has now meant that I’m at the point where my talents have come to an end and I’m stuck a little bit with moving the game forward and moving closer to me being able to offer it out as a product.

While the bulk of the rules and mechanics are in a reasonable shape and I can push this with further play testing etc, the look of the printable version of the game is very drab and functional and completely unprofessional. The event and activation cards were created in a plain word document and look unimpressive. This is the frustrating part because I’d love to progress this but I can’t!

I know I need artwork but can’t use other people’s work, I know I need to put that into some kind of template to produce event cards etc... but all of these things need a budget I just don’t have. My budget for this project is £0.00, yup nothing at all. I can’t commission an artist for my vanity project, so I’m stuck - frustrating!

I guess I need to find an artist and a graphic designer that would do me a solid (free!) favour...

Hopefully next week I’ll be back to my happy place
dGG

p.s this is just a rant, not a begging post.....
p.p.s sorry guys

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

My Broadside



hi all

Just a brief report from Broadside, the annual wargames show held in Sittingbourne, Kent and hosted by the Milton Hundred club.  

This is my closest wargames show of any size and I like to make an annual pilgrimage and have a nose through the Flea market and natter with the likes of Clint, Ray and Lee.  This year I was excited to be going up to help my buddy Darius run his stall promoting Uncon 4.0 (November 10/11), the games convention that we've been trying to develop over the last year or two and this year at Broadside we were going to play some gateway games that would entice wargamers.

About three days before Broadside, Dave - one of the organisers put out a plea for clubs to put out a game as he had a dropout.  Ok, I'm not a games club and I was already helping Darius out but I couldn't resist the chance to test out Blood, Sweat & Horses on a wargames community. So, yes you guessed it! up went my hand......

anyway, cut to the day and I turn up with B,S&H and the board games that Darius had thought might appeal and we set up with plenty of time to spare. We went with a nice lightweight game to start with - Scythe!


After setting up, I managed to get around the event before opening and chat with Clint and the Rejects lads before heading back to my table.  I was glad to, because within minutes of the doors opening I had a group of interested players ready to sit down and try their luck. (pictures posted with permission)



James, coaxing his team around the first bend

eyes up the coming corner...

doesn't slow his team down....

and stacks it into the pits...


I didn't get much opportunity to get around the show after that as my game had a steady stream of players, wandering over and giving me a thrashing at my own game....

still there were some very lovely looking tables










sorry I didn't get the names but I'm sure someone will put a name to each game on their (better written) posts.

My final game was with these two herberts....



Big Lee with a very convincing win! Ray ended the race in the pits having tanked his chariot in the final corner.....

hope you enjoy
dGG