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  1. RENAISSANCE FAIR...Open Food Court DATA...This is the 13th open air booth in my Renaissance Fair project. It is an open air food court area scrath built on ceiling tile...size (10" x 8")...again shown from concept art drawing to complete finish. The Reaper figure is just to show the scale of the finished piece. SCRATCH BUILT...With the exception of 2 knives & a pistol on the table...everything in/on this piece is completely scratch built (booths, signs, all food, trays, plates, etc.). The awning over the food table was deliberately left as raw lumber construction with rope holding the poles (as if a last minute thought by the booth owner). I hope that you again enjoy this little piece of my miniature Renaissance Fair project. Paul (Catdancer)
  2. tl:dr Birthright takes that 'divine right of kings' bit seriously. I wanna do some Birthright themed skirmish using the Of Gods and Mortals rules from Osprey. Skip to bottom if you don't want setting explanation. So I read a bunch of the Birthright campaign stuff back in the day and really liked the setting but was so/so on the rules. Warning: Redonculously long setting summary for those not familiar with Birthright (aka, OMG a wall of text!) For those who have no idea what I'm talking about, Birthright was a 2nd edition AD&D campaign setting that had Elves that were basically the Sidhe (both Seelie and Unseelie kinda rolled into one), orcs that were basically more Tolkien Uruk Hai than D&D pig-men, Goblins that were more Tolkien Orc than runty little arrow catchers for all the murder hobos of the world, Halflings that were fey and actually cool, and humans with a fairly wide range of cultures roughly equivalent to more realistic versions of Earth Europe around 1000 AD or so than most D&D settings. There were dwarves as well but they didn't feel particularly different to me. Needless to say I'm very loosely paraphrasing here. Essentially, the Elves and the goblins spent centuries merrily murdering the crap out of each other and having a grand ol' time doing typically medieval things to each other above ground and the dwarves and the orcs did more or less the same thing under the mountains. Then out of nowhere (ok, from another continent via land bridge but whatever) the humans come in and jack up the elves and goblins with superior numbers and their unique use of divine magic. Apparently cause the elves were immortal and big on nature based magic they never contemplated something higher powered than themselves. Oops. Anyway, the humans pimp slapped the elves and goblins and pushed them into the deep forests and hinterlands, taking all the sweet, prime land for their kingdoms and proceeded to screw each other and the demi-humans over for awhile. Unfortunately for this little human uber alles party, it turns out the humans didn't just roll up on this continent just to mess up that sweet blood feud the elves and goblins had going for them. They were actually fleeing from a bunch of humans who worshiped your basic Morgoth style evil god and guess what...somebody forgot to close the cattle gate when they crossed the land bridge. So the dark god and his worshipers are coming for the rest of the humans and make a pitch to the elves and goblins to join up and get a little payback. Since the humans and their grubby divine magic messed up the elf/goblin fun, murder times most of them responded with a resounding 'Heck yeah, dude! Btw bro, could we get the hookup with some of that dark divine magic?' Basically you get the idea; blood, tears, wild-hunting elves, etc. Anyway, eventually everybody ends up fighting at this huge battle near a mountain at the land bridge and it's obviously the endgame so the good gods and the evil god manifest and lead their followers in a massive meat grinder of a battle. At some point most of the elves figure out that the dark god is just stringing them along and will turn on them next so they swap sides when its looking kinda grim for the humans. Even though they hate humans, they hate getting stabbed in the back more so they figure better to backstab first right? Eventually the good gods and the evil god along with some favored followers meet on the mountain for a little West Side Story reenactment but somebody didn't read the part of the divine manual that says that if basically all the gods in the world go head to head you've got yourself a real Hiroshima situation there. So we have a big badda-boom and the gods are vaporized into a fine mist of divine blood. Oh, and incidentally most of the mortal armies become fine past as well. For most of them this just means they are worm food a little faster but for the greatest champions of the gods who were pretty close to ground zero they luck out with insta-promotion to the new gods along with insta-ascencion to the heavens to acclimate to their new positions. This is because apparently even aerosolized god-juice doesn't dissipate but seeks a vessel. The majority of the power is absorbed by our newly promoted godlings but enough overspray reaches various other combatants to create a bunch of mortal-ish almost demi-gods; some good, some bad. Course since there were quite a few more good gods the good guys ended up outnumbering the bad guys who looked around and said 'Uh-oh' before hotfooting it outta their. In the resulting confusion some of the newly 'blooded' on either side get wacked and everybody realizes you can steal somebody else's god-juice and therefore power. This is mostly not that important immediately. But later once the good guys get back to their kindgoms and basically take over by right of 'mine is bigger than yours now', several of the biggest bads go on a merry little murder spree amongst their peers to consolidate a little power Highlander style. This is all well and good right up to the point when they accumulate enough bad juju to suddenly start mutating into monsters. Some are a bit disturbed by this but most sort of asses the power that comes along with it and shrug and move on. Fast forward and basically you have a bunch of 'good' guys ruling most of the kingdoms along with a few hard as nails baddies (no scare quotes here, they really are real face eaters) ruling some other lands and making life hard for everybody else. Finally this long winded dude gets closer to the point! So a couple more vital points. Only the 'blooded' can use the real, realm-shaking arcane magic, commoners are stuck with hedge magic. More or less all the races have access to divine magic now, except most of the elves still turn their nose up and stick with nature and time manipulating. Oh, and a quirk of being a 'blooded' ruler is that that whole divine right, tied to the fortunes of the land thing that our medieval rulers snowed the peasants with really works here. On the good side, you get some sweet advantages in keeping the peasants in line and your hands on all the goodies. On the downside you better take good care of your land and people, cause somebody has to watch your back to keep someone from sticking a knife in it to steal your god-juice backed power and also ruining your best tunic. One last cool touch is that most of the monsters from your typical D&D games are singular examples of the bad blooded dudes rather than whole races. So there's a Ghost, a Gorgon, a Manticore, etc. And if they're still around after several centuries of their esteemed colleagues trying to rip their liver out to eat it raw, then they're pretty bad-elf. So, what I actually want to do (betcha didn't think I'ld ever get their didja?) I want to take this basic setting and play skirmish or larger battles in it using the Of Gods and Mortals rules from Osprey. These are a variation of the Song of Blades rules. I haven't actually finished reading them yet but I already know I am gonna love them. You have three levels of troops: Gods-pretty obvious, but essentially a manifestation maintained on the field of battle by the faith of their mortal followers. Legends-basically powerful mortals to sorta demi-gods. Think Hercules, Beowulf, Fenris, druids, banshees, etc. Perfect for representing the Blooded nobles and any weirdness they might have serving them. Not as impressive as the gods, but way more resilient than mortals. Mortals-grunts who also serve as the gods version of duracell batteries. At base game size you get 1 God, 1-5 Legends, and the rest of your points go to Mortals. The Gods and Legends are where the real power is but you better take care of your Mortal troops as well or your God ends up boned. What I would like to know: Any of you guys play Of Gods and Mortals and/or Birthright? If so, does this sound like it would work/be cool?
  3. RENAISSANCE FAIR (2 SMALL BOOTHS)...This is the (8th & 9th) open air booth in my Renaissance Fair project. DATA...These (2) are a small (Exotic Birds Booth) and a (Rugs & Fabrics Booth)...both are scratch built on ceiling tile using the (Type 1 Booth) sketch with some modifications...the size of each is about (3" x 3.5")...again shown from concept drawing idea to complete finish. Hope that you like these two little pieces. Paul (Catdancer)
  4. RENAISSANCE FAIR...This is the 12th attraction piece to/of my Renaissance Fair project. DATA...This is the livestock pens...scratch built on ceiling tile...size (10" x 11"). Hope that you like this little setting. Paul (Catdancer)
  5. RENAISSANCE FAIR...THE WATCHER. DATA...This is a stand off piece that is in conjunction with (but not limited in usage to) the livestock pens. It depicts a wolf in the brush as he smells his dinner and waits for the right moment to approach...The piece can be used (as a stand off) anywhere in the Ren Fair area and/or the Gypsy Camp area. The last photo with the male figure is only to show the scale of the livestock pens piece as a whole. Paul (Catdancer)
  6. RENAISSANCE FAIR...(SCRIBE BOOTH)... DATA...This is the 11th open air booth in my Renaissance Fair project. It is a medium size booth for the scribe/letter writer...scratch built on ceiling tile...size (4.5"x4.5"). Shown from concept art draft drawing to complete finish...built on a (slant T) frame construction...the Reaper figure is just to show the scale of the finished piece. As always; I hope that you like this little piece of fantasy terrain. Paul (Catdancer)
  7. DATA...This is the 11th booth in my Renaissance Fair project. It is the (Oils/Lotions/Potions booth)...scratch built on ceiling tile...size (3.5" x 6")...again shown from art drawing concept to complete finish...the booth was a type 7 style. The reaper figure is just to show the scale of the finished piece. I hope that you still enjoy seeing these finished pieces...there are only a few more to go. Paul (Catdancer)
  8. RENAISSANCE FAIR...This is my 10th piece in my Renaissance Fair project. DATA...This is an open air art display stand...scratch built on ceiling tile...size (4" x 8")...again shown from concept art drawing to complete finish. The Reaper figure is just to show the scale of the finished piece and the scale of the paintings represented on display. NOTE...This is the last " small " base piece in my project. As always; I hope that you like this piece. Paul (Catdancer)
  9. REN FAIR SIGNS...When you walk around the real large Renaissance Fairs...you will see many signs directing you to the varied booths and attractions...so it is the same in my Ren Fair project. As a change of pace...I bring you an assortment of sign pieces from my tabletop project. DATA...All are scratch built on ceiling tile...sizes vary from (2" x 2" = smallest) to (3.5" x 3.5" = largest). Hope you like this little change of pace posting. Paul (Catdancer) PS...My Ren Fair project has now come to a fault (I hope not for long)...My hobby shop is out of my "hot stuff" and "tips" and has to order some for me...usually takes them (14 to 21 days) to do such special orders...pieces left for me to do are; SMALL BOOTHS...(Rugs & Fabrics)...(Exotic Birds)...(Art Gallery). LARGE BOOTHS...(Farmer Market)...(Food Court)...(Scribe)...(Eve's Garden)...(Livestock Pens)...(Oils & Potions). Also have a few assorted signs left to do...as well as the privy.
  10. KISSING BOOTH...This is my 6th open air booth in my Renaissance Fair project. DATA...This is a small kissing booth...scratch built on ceiling tile...size (2" x 2")...again shown from concept drawing to complete finish...the Reaper figure (although it exactly fits the piece) is just to show the scale of the finished piece. Hope you like and enjoy this simple but cute little piece. Paul (Catdancer)
  11. PUPPET SHOW BOOTH...This is the 7th booth in my Renaissance Fair project. DATA...It is a small puppet show booth with (Punch & Judy)...scratch built on ceiling tile...size (2.5" x 2.5")...again shown from concept drawing to complete finish. I hope you like this simple booth presentation...it is the 2nd of the small booths on simple plots (1st being the Kissing Booth). There are 3 more small simple booths that I have to finish before I return to the more elaborate ones with fantasy landscape. Paul (Catdancer)
  12. RENAISSANCE FAIR ENTRANCE GATE & 2 FANTASY ROAD PIECES DATA...As a slight change of pace...this is the entrance gate to my Ren Fair and 2 small fantasy road sections leading to (Gypsy Camp & Livestock Pens). All are scratch built on ceiling tile...the size of the gate is (8" x 5")...the size of the road pieces are (4.5" x 4.5")...Again, the figures are only to show the scale of the pieces. As always...I hope that you like the photos/pieces of my Ren Fair project. Paul (Catdancer)
  13. CONSTABLE SHACK & AREA...This is the 5th booth/shack in my Renaissance fair project. DATA...This is the local constable shack located on/in the Ren Fair...scratch built on ceiling tile...size (8" x 5.5")...again shown from concept drawing to complete finish...the Reaper figure is just to show the scale of the finished piece. Again...I hope you like this little piece with the varied small items on his shack area/plot. Paul (Catdancer) NOTE...The project is now half way done.
  14. 4TH BOOTH...This is the 4th open air booth in my Renaissance Fair project. DATA...This is a basic curio shoppe...scratch built on ceiling tile...size (8" x 5")...again shown from concept drawing to complete finish...The Reaper figure is just to show the scale of the finished piece. Again...I hope you like this little piece...I also hope that you are not getting bored with these pieces (there are 6 more varied pieces to go). Paul (Catdancer)
  15. 2ND BOOTH...This is the 2nd open air booth in my Renaissance Fair project. DATA...It is a small weapons booth...scratch built on ceiling tile...size (5" x 4")...again shown from concept drawing to complete finish. The Reaper figure is just to show the scale of the finished piece. Again; I hope that you like this simple little piece. Paul (Catdancer)
  16. TITLE...Jungle Waterfall Pond SCRATCH BUILT...This is a tabletop gaming piece that depicts a small jungle waterfall and pond. Used by adventure group members to bathe, wash their clothes, water their animals and refill their waterskins. PHOTOS 7 & 8...Depict the small clearing...(photo 7) without the character clothing & weapon...(photo 8) with the character clothing & weapon. NEAR COMPLETE...The piece is complete except for the final pour of liquid water on the pond...I do water pours only when I have 4 to 5 pieces that need it; so that I can do all of them at the same time. Hope you like this little piece of work. Paul (Catdancer)...
  17. HISTORY...Last year, I started work on a series of Renaissance Fair open air booths for fantasy table top game play. Like most long term projects; I had to put it up for a period of time (due to burnout). I have now returned to the project with renewed enthusiasm and here is the first completed piece...from idea conception to full detailed completion. PIECE...Beer & Sausage Booth...completely scratch built on ceiling tile base...size (6" x 4"). Hope you like it. Paul (Catdancer)
  18. 3RD BOOTH (STAGE)...This is the 3rd open air booth (stage) in my Renaissance Fair project. DATA...It is a small solo dancer stage...scratch built on ceiling tile...size (3.5" x 2.5")...again shown from concept drawing to complete finish...The Reaper figure is just to show the scale of the finished piece. Again...I hope that you like this simple little piece. Paul (Catdancer) NOTE...The finished piece did not lend itself to usage of the banner...so I left it off!
  19. VIGNETTE TITLE...(SAVAGE GARDEN)...based upon a color comic art illustration by artist (Ray Callie Artz)... FIGURE...REAPER # 50228 (Whitney, Anime Heroine)... FINISHED PRODUCT...This is the finished product/vignette of a step-by-step tutorial that was posted in/on (WIP...Savage Garden Vignette...step-by-step/my way)... NOTE...The base took 10 1/2 solid hours of work to construct/detail...the figure took 14 hours overall time to paint. I hope that you like the final results of this little " anime " fantasy vignette.
  20. With the approach of football season...my work on both the medieval renaissance fair & Gypsy traveling band has come to a close (for the time being). It is time to turn my attention back to painting some miniature figures. The older miniature painters & figure buffs/collectors will recall most of these classic figures from the (70's & 80's). These figures will be what I will be working on for the next couple of months. I hope you will enjoy (as I post updates on the progress of the painting of these selected pieces).
  21. I have just started work on (2) tabletop terrain game pieces...(1) Is a small jungle waterfall (8"x5")...(2) Is a small secluded nook (4"x4"). Waterfall piece...will be the standard piece where the adventure group/characters...tend to their needs...taking their baths...resupply their waterskins...water their animals (if they have any)...wash their clothes...etc. I am working on the major construction of the piece...the small details will come later. This piece also shows my usage of ceiling tile (to construct my terrain pieces); in this case...you can see the multi-layer rise...you can also see my usage of the plaster rocks that I cast myself...as well as the wide assortment of ferns, twigs, branches and ground grasses. Secluded spot piece...will be a small grass & flower area for private interaction...(remember that my game/realm is an all adult game). Hope you like these first photos of this/these two terrain projects. Paul (Catdancer)
  22. Can anyone tell me if (Ax Faction Miniatures) are sold by any distributor in the USA?...I understand that they are a rather new company in the UK! Paul (Catdancer)...
  23. IMAGE...Depicts my Jungle Girl running through her purple hue realm and arriving at the sandy beach on her island of Mora Toba...Her name is Lahini (from Kipling...meaning she-wolf)...I hope you like and enjoy my depiction of this beautiful little figure. FIGURE...REAPER (# 14579 = Handmaiden of Keskura)...Off site links due to topless nudity! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=434505463319137&l=e277fa4804 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=434505159985834&l=cc98f4c363 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=434505593319124&l=90a1a2372e https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=434505463319137&l=e277fa4804 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=434505969985753&l=7c6d78e3b8 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=434505776652439&l=8368c9e993 Paul (Catdancer)...
  24. FIGURE...REAPER (# 02329 = SIOBHANA VAMPIRE QUEEN)... TITLE...Vampire Countess Gabriel Cane getting ready to drink a goblet of blood... ENTRY...This will be my 2nd entry in the (Painting Excuses/Jan-Feb 2014...Challenge Contest)... Hope that you like it. Paul (Catdancer)...
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