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Hi guys, and Happy New Year! I haven't posted in a bit, gonna try to be better about that. Anywho, here's my latest finish, the Elephant Avatar from the Bones 3 Kickstarter. I started this guy in probably October last year, but kind of lost my mojo on him, and he sat on my shelf of shame for quite awhile. This year, I decided to clear out the shelf of shame, so I finished him up. I'm pretty pleased with him. Let me know what you think!
I'm going to be running Savage Rifts some in the new year (at least until everyone gets tired of either 1) dying, or 2) being indestructible, or 3) wants to go play some 5e.
For those that don't know, Rifts is Palladium Games "everything and the kitchen sink" game setting; magic, psionics, sci-fi, monsters, giant robots, dragons, aliens... you name it. Its actually the game I started out my RPG journey on, many, many years ago. So when Pinnacle decided to Kickstarter a Savage Worlds version of Rifts, I had to pledge.
Since we had an open time (one game ended, our other one is on break due to renovations) I figured we could try it out.
Palladium has some older Rifts minis, and I got some of them ages ago. I'm planning to paint up some of those as needed. I'm very reluctant to buy any new ones from them (until I get phase 2 Robotech figs, or the world ends in some apocalypse, whichever comes first (I'm guessing the apocalypse)) so I'm also looking for other alternatives (also, the Rifts minis are pretty dated, small compared to the current scale, and even then the scale seems to fluctuate between figs). Suggestions are welcome.
Some of what I'll be assembling/painting are proxies. I've seen nothing in 28mm that looks much like a UAR-1 Enforcer, but I have a nice big stompy Weird War 2 mecha from West Wind that will be at least (scale) 20 ft tall. I've got a couple of old VOID mechs that should get some paint on them.
And starting out I've got some Reaper Cyber-Reavers I ordered aas part of the 12 Days of Christmas promotion. These will be painted up as Coalition Skelebots.
Just cleaning them up an removing mold lines so far. Haven't decided yet if I'm just going to put them on the slottas with a little putty or find some resin bases. They are just mooks so keeping it simple would make sense, but they are also easily posed so could take advantage of some interesting bases. Bases I'd need to find, in boxes......hmmmm.
Thank you so much for making the "Dawnstar" music albums possible! I am so excited and happy to share with you a new project in the series, "Dawnstar: Ennea" - it is live on Kickstarter now and will be running until January 6th at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/dawnstar-ennea. This album, featuring music for violin and MIDI instruments, is inspired by my explorations of mythology and cosmos, and I wanted to invite you to join me and become a part of it. Thank you for being here, thank you for making my music possible, and thank you for your thoughts and ideas! THANK YOU!!! <3 <3 <3
I’ve been asking myself if this is the right place, but as this project has been the one that kept me busy for most of my recent time and is very dear to me, I would like to present it to you.
The whole idea to this was born during the time when I nearly stopped painting miniatures and doing wargaming.
I had some pretty bad experiences with some guys and communities in Germany and my overall motivation to do some painting and building stuff was down to almost none. I even stopped writing which normally is my preferred method of relaxing. In short: A midlife miniature crisis.
Read some more about the background over here:
Gallia to Arms - original blog entry
During that time a friend of mine bought the miniature kit of the Edelweiß tank that became available just then and later also purchased the kit of the Shamrock tank. That was the moment I decided to also make a small miniature project within the world of Valkyria Chronicles which I had known and liked since I first came to know the original game (or rather … its soundtrack).
I had a lot of 20mm figures left and some 1/72 scale tanks, which I figured to be perfect for my plan to recreate the equipment and figures of the game in small scale. They don’t need much space, are easily convertible and they don’t cost as much as 28mm figures and vehicles.
As some of my friends continued to do wargaming on WWII and I had so much stuff left, I soon decided to create a small force of Gallian troops for WWII skirmish games. Unfortunately it turned out that the game rules they were using rendered the Valkyria Chronicles scenario almost useless (due to balancing issues).
So I continued creating models just for fun, using the whole anime scenario to set up the amusing story of a guy doing weird stuff.
It somehow got out of hand …
My little builds caught the attention of some guys organizing an annual local tabletop event called “Do or Dice” – and they asked me if I’d like to present some of my miniatures.
I thought – wow – what an honor – but … it’s a tabletop event, not a miniature showcase event. So … hm. What to do?
Right! Create an own scenario.
Luckily I had acquired some left-over scale train terrain from my late uncle – and there were two grass mats measuring 100cm x 70cm.
Perfect for a small skirmish game. Reason enough for me to tackle that challenge.
Fortunately I’ve like 8 month or so left.
Well then – Let’s Make … Gallia to Arms!
Creating a scenario set in the Valkyria Chronicles universe requires certain elements.
As I plan to use this thread as the main thread and create threads for the single elements of the game – Gallian Forces, Imperial Forces and Terrain – consider this as some kind of register for the different threads. I will frequently update the different sections, so stay tuned.
What do we need?
Gallian Army WIP Thread
Game rules and scenario setup
Let’s make this:
Or at least something that looks like it …
Here is my collection of Zombicide Black Plague Notoriusly Plagued Character volume 1 I've been working on for the past few months. I now am a bit sadened that I didn't get in on the NPC's 2 as well in the KS. I did go with anything to fancy. In fact, I went straight off the artwork. I left off the blood and gore as well, though now that I got some of the Tamiya Clear Red I think I might slowly begin to bloody these up.
Lets start with a group shot of the lot.
Now a tease with the frisky one of the bunch.
Don't get to excited she can be found chaperoned with this rather dour lady.
Next up we have a traveler to these parts, who is quite eager to meet you.
His traveling companion is a more on the grim side and keeps his enthusiasm in check.
Lastly we have a gentlemen that is rather irate that his current return customers. Ah well, there is no pleasing some people
Thanks for any C&C you feel inclined to give.
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