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  1. Oh my. "Your party lands on the table." No really, it lands on the table to start the encounter. Like, flies in to the room, and lands. That would be epic.
  2. As a lifelong XCOM fan (who still occasionally plays the original), THIS IS SO FRIGGING AWESOME! You have my absolute respect and admiration for pulling this off. As a side bit of trivia; the newest XCOM actually inspired the current D&D campaign I'm running. I'd bought the 5e campaign sourcebooks, Out of the Abyss, Rise of Tiamat, princes of Elemental Evil, etc. Then after playing the newest XCOM it hit me. What would Faerun be like if all of those campaigns FAILED? And such, 50 years after Tiamat, demon lords, and elemental princes of evil arrived and began carving out sections of Faerun to call their own, our campaign started. The bad guys are in a multi-way stalemate against one another, the entire population has been assimilated and subjugated, the landscape altered to fit their evil ways... And the players are the core of the resistance movement. That campaign has kept us occupied every weekend for 6 months now, with no end in sight. :) Anyway, just wanted to explain why this had a special, and very awesome meaning to me. You've done absolutely wonderful here. If you can kick out an Avenger that looks the part, I'd actually be interested in hiring a commission.... ;)
  3. FluidFire

    The Village People

    I had to google Ginfritters. Now you've surely ruined me, and what's left of my bank account! I honestly never thought of using decals on miniatures. I didn't know such tiny little things would exist, but now that I think about it, I guess it makes sense. I used to put 'em on model airplanes as a kid. Why not go smaller! I really struggled with deciding on a presentation for her. Wonder what the sculptor was thinking when she sprang to life. :) BTW, she's an *amazing* piece of work as far as the sculpture goes. A rare treat, incredibly well crafted. Yes, this is what I keep telling my daughters. I just hope they don't take that to mean Daddy is OK with them becoming an exotic dancer or something. LOL! Thanks! Thank you. Three down, 31 more reaper models to go, if I'm counting right, plus some nekkid harlots I ordered in from the UK which are decidedly not going to be work safe to post. (I'll post links when I get 'em done) I'm saving those foreign models for last as I'm hoping to really master flesh shading before I get to them. Two of that bunch are resin cast from masters, and I want them to be perfect.
  4. FluidFire

    The Village People

    This is a very large WIP... It'll take me a long time to get done with all of them. The pudgy prior The barkeep The angry lady with the rolling pin The school teacher That dang textbook about did my sanity in! More to follow.
  5. Also on the daughter front... when I took the city stuff to the office to play Saturday she absolutely, positively GLARED at me. I looked at her, quickly panicked, and said "don't worry, Raven, I'll be bringing it back!" True to my word I brought every piece home with me. Today after school, I took it a step further, and showed her what all the strange shaped dice were all about. We got out a pencil, some paper, and started going through the character creation process. Before you know it, she's rolling her first dice... ... And a high elf druid was born! Tomorrow, after school, we'll run through a little adventure together. You see, I brought more than the village set back with me. I brought some monsters, too. In fact, I brought a great deal of miniatures home with me, that the current campaign has no need for, considering they have progressed to mid-level encounters... kobolds.. and goblins.. and orcsies.. and other nefarious creatures! The little girl druid with the wanderlust is about to return home to her village, to visit her family, to find things have... changed... just a little, since she went away...
  6. Also, a bit of humor with that dragon. Not very clear in the pics above but I happened to take a pic of just those two... She's under control. This kid is throwing rocks at her. Pretty soon she'll tuck tail and run! (One of these days I'll get 'em both finished. As I said, it's the "great battle of the half painted miniatures!")
  7. Another villager nearing completion She's so adorable with that rolling pin. This is one of my favorites out of the townsfolk sets. Photographing eyes is such a challenge. But I finally nailed a set, with pupils, which is a first...
  8. Oh that'd be Penny and Lucifer. Penny is my friend's brown mutt (no idea what her breed is, she's a rescue) and Lucifer is my pureblood Irish Wolfhound. This is an older pic from earlier this summer (a few months old; Lucifer was about 5 months at the time) And this is Lucifer on his 8 month birthday, on August 16th He gives big hugs. :) 8 months old, he is enormous, but still has quite a bit of growing to do!
  9. Thanks! Appreciate it! I continued trudging along with some inhabitants this week The bartender, who I've nicknamed "The Donald." "I'm tellin ya. Right now. We can stop the terrorists. You want to know how? Two things. First, you build a wall. That's right. It'll be HUGE. Second, you gotta stop the immigration. That's right. Keep the bad guys out. That's how. We'll make Faerun great again! It'll be HUGE." For the record, I never, ever, ever want to try to paint a striped shirt again. Good grief. Another inhabitant of the village. "The pudgy prior." Honestly I can't figure out if he's waving at someone or saying "Talketh to the Hand, thine heathens!" I finished some more of the dwarven forge sets and made a larger diorama. "The penultimate battle of the half-painted minis!" (All of my finished figures are at the office, where we game on the weekends...) Torn down to first level Now yesterday I transplanted the bulk of this to the office and set it up as an encounter. The little "keep" was basically a gate-house to an underdark entrance, where the characters have to rescue captured nomadic folk from an ugly fate with deep dragons (purple dragons). The locale is currently set in the Shaar, in Forgotten Realms, and this is an old "grown" entrance (created with geomancy stolen from the elves), dating back to the Imaskari Empire. While a correct touch would have been very weathered and old, it made due. The party was supposed to infiltrate and investigate what the Cult of the Dragon is doing with the people they captured. When I had this on the table and the party arrived, there were just a handful of guards at the entrance. They spent THREE FRIGGING HOURS debating on whether to run away, try to talk their way through, attack, etc. This setup - even with five guards and a young dragon standing guard, scared the living heck out of 'em. :) (They're mid level so the guards shouldn't have made them break a sweat at this point in the campaign.) It was great. I've never seen the party so timid before. They're usually of the "run in and murder everything" mindset.
  10. Got some more roofs done, and streets started. The next set of tiles I make, I need to measure better. When I set my table saw at 4" it really means 4" less the width of the saw blade. So each of the tiles I made are a smidge under 4", which leaves some gaps. :( Oh well, I think they blend in well enough and add a lot of realism to the display.
  11. Well if you give me maybe 10 years I can have a full set of modular terrain built that'll rival malefactus's big hurrah. In fact this might very well be my big hurrah starting! :)
  12. My daughter and I finished a few more tiles today. A couple of hay field pieces A garden (incomplete, we're going to add tomato plants) The fencing is balsa and toothpicks, drilled and set in to the oak base The cultists arrive! (They're half-painted.. all of my painted minis are at the office where we play our Sat night game) Birds eye view One of the window dressings my daughter painted (I need to get around to painting those hinges... sigh) The assassin stalks the cultists, who are throwing a party... Slowly he circles around, as they are distracted in their debauchery! Target spotted.. now time to get a better angle on them! Ahah! This should do nicely.. now, where is that Alchemists fire...
  13. That is stunning work. Very impressive!!! Thanks for the detailed how-to!
  14. Ooooh! Creepy shovel guy was doing a little landscaping! Now by this point in time my 10 year old daughter kicked me right off the desk and said "Dad, I got this" (I did not yet give her access to my best Kolinsky sable brushes but she got a serviceable substitute) She went to town painting window dressings and mushrooms and other stuff. She also helped me paint bases, do flocking, put up more hedges, and plant more trees! The landscaper's house got a bit of an upgrade as well. His wife was telling him dinner was on. I had a goal on these village terrain pieces to keep them as modular as possible. This is the hedges tiles rearranged a little. Nothing else to do while waiting for glue to dry but take pictures! We have some garden tiles and modular farm tiles with texture paint drying in the garage overnight. I plan on doing some 8x8" versions of these tiles as well, for modular random encounters, later, once I get the village further underway. Those will feature some elevation changes. Then I want to do modular river tiles and graveyards and cave entrances and moats and forest glades and grasslands and hills and deserts and snow covered stuff and ... yeah you get the point. Oh no, though! Tragedy struck! The wife overcooked dinner! (That is nowhere near complete as far as painting goes but I thought it'd be a funny ending for now) Stay tuned for more I guess! Now that there's TWO miniature painters in the house maybe I'll get some stuff really moving! :)
  15. Meanwhile the villagers have been intent on getting their village going. He's not half painted, like all of the other townsfolks.. he's just covered in soot. At least that's what I keep telling myself. Meanwhile Cinder had her workers busy excavating her cave. ... and the villagers kept building their modular homes. Quite smart, those villagers. They build them in one spot, and then move them to their permanent home later. After a couple days of humid weather Cinder's tender feet finally got a needed Lava massage, (once the crackle paste finally dried.) She's still a very, very long way from "done" but at least she doesn't look like she's standing on top of a pile of whip cream anymore. The villagers were spying on the wizards and decided to build a stronghold of their own.. Now, I had a moment of inspiration about this time.... Cinder was unable to stand on her stock base. Not only was the stock base warped badly but she was front heavy, and kept trying to put her head in the dirt like an ostrich. So one day I got to thinking. "I have oak boards out in the garage that have been sitting there for 8 years that I've never done anything with. Why not give her a nice solid base!" Some table saw work, belt sander time, some drilling, six pins later, you can throw her against the wall and crack the drywall without damaging her. Not that I would, of course, but she's tough. Real tough. During the pictures above at some point I had a revelation. That base is PRECISELY the same height as the dwarven forge tile. So today I went and cut me some 4x4" pieces. And went to hobby lobby. And spent WAY THE HECK TOO MUCH MONEY. All on "O" scale stuff. Anyway my daughter worked with me this evening and we started crafting away. Now what's that creepy guy with the shovel up to?
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