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I've mentioned here and there on here that I take part in an Aztec-themed D&D game. The DM is an archaeologist who specializes in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, so the campaign has a really fun mixture of Aztec lore and standard D&D fare.
My character is an Oath of the Ancients paladin, which we've flavored as an Aztec Jaguar Warrior who worships Xochipilli.
Anyway, long story short, Aztec warriors often used a macuahuitl or maquahuitl in battle - a wooden baton edged with obsidian blades that acted a lot like a long sword. Some accounts even said they could decapitate a horse. When I found this cute jaguar hat (OK, OK, leopard, close enough...) on Amazon for a measly $4 shipped, I decided I couldn't pass up the opportunity to do a cheap low-key cosplay for laughs. Below are the work in progress pics of me hacking up and painting a dollar store foam saber with some cheap craft store acrylics to make a macuahuitl to go with my "jaguar pelt".
Standard issue dollar store toy sword.
Obsidian blades roughly marked out with a sharpie.
Spaces between the blades cut away with a box cutter.
I decided to go over the whole thing with a coat of white glue to fill in some of the pores and smooth some of the particularly rough areas where the foam got chewed up by the box cutter. In a perfect world I'd have given myself more time to work on this and used a foam cutter, but I didn't have the luxury of the former and I don't own the latter.
Mostly there on a base coat of light brown with the help of a certain five-year-old daughter. It would end up taking about 3 coats.
Obsidian blades done with gloss black. The handle still needs another coat or two, and I planned to wrap it in rough cotton yarn, but I couldn't find it. It's around here somewhere...
I should be able to finish it up tomorrow morning before our D&D session.
The Drowned Earth...
...is a tabletop miniatures game where brave heroes and villains risk the dangers of the wilds for glorious riches and ancient technology!
Played on a 3ftx3ft table. 5 (or more) models a side. Scenario based play. Beautifully cast, multi-part metal miniatures. The game is set in the land of Ulaya, a tropical world of flooded cities, overgrown ruins and terrifying predators.
About the Development Process
When I decided to create The Drowned Earth I had Four simple design briefs. I wanted the game to have:
A Parkour/ Freerunning movement system. Rules which told a narrative through a dramatic reaction mechanic. A streamlined, elegant system which was quick to learn and easy to remember. An unambiguous rules set suitable for competitive play. Two years of development later, and I think I've ticked those boxes, and many more! The Drowned Earth is the kind of game you can tell stories about, without once talking about the mechanics or the dice you rolled.
Models leap off buildings, guns blazing, dodge bullets as they run through open ground, and swing from vines to take key objectives. It truly is a cinematic, narrative game full of knife edge choices and story moments!
About the Miniatures
I've watched and backed a lot of Kickstarters, and passionately want to avoid the pitfalls many of them experience with late delivery, quality issues and production bottle necks. As a first time producer I have done as much research as possible to mitigate risk.
To that end I have established full production pipeline and have actually gone through a complete production cycle with an outstanding metal caster, to deliver to you the best metal miniatures I can. Pictures speak a thousand words.
I'm covering this in my Lost World Project also.
However since this is basically a Terrain Piece/Diorama thingie, I decided to make a separate WIP as well.
So those who are only interested in terrain and such will also see it.
It all started when @knarthex his daughter Alsnia posted a pic of her Pet Snake.
Then @Pezler the Polychromatic made up a background story See my WIP page 65
@malefactushas always inspired me with his great terrain and he also encouraged me...
And I have also read the great threads of @Chris Palmer who made fantastic jungle statues.
So I knew I had to do this.
I bought a Toy Anaconda and a Toy Python.
The Anaconda will become Tanith.
The Serpent Goddess will be repainted in albino colours like Alsnia's pet, but it will also be part stone.
She is in stasis in a statue and now Alsnia the Priestess ( Bones Sarah the Seer) has been chanting and summoning until Tanith sheds her stone skin and breaks out of the statue.
The Python will be a gold or bronze statuette on the back of the wall.
I'm planning to put torches and sacrifices/gifts on the altar.
There will be two pipes coming from the backwall and snakes will pour from those and will be crawling all over the altar.
Here is what I've done so far.
Then I needed to carve out the shape of the Python to embedd it into the back wall later.
Too much gap will be filled with putty.
There will also be much stuff likes vines and leaves all over it.
So this may take a while.
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