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By Cranky Dog
I barely received my last campaign pledge from Midlam that already it has something that caught my interest.
Sisters of the Kraken Cult. The female counterparts of the previous "Onslaught of the Cult of the Kraken Lord" and "Cultists of the Kraken Lord". (I now have some regret of not getting it)
What's also interesting is the optional add-on of fish folk.
Brinewind is going to have some interesting neighbors.
Dark Tide - An Ongoing Painting Project
Starting another WIP thread for my other major ongoing project - Dark Tide: a nautical 5e campaign.
While my other project, Frostrun, at least got a few sessions in before pandemic put a stop to in-person games, Dark Tide is my pet project that's been in the works for going on three years. I have pages of world building notes and have been collecting a ridiculous amount of minis to populate the islands and port towns of the world. Here is where I will document some WIP as I start painting through the minis and build myself a fleet of ships to accompany them.
I would love to hear feedback or hear tales of your own nautical adventures. And feel free to share photos of your own maritime miniatures!
A major part of this project is building a fleet of ships. I have attempted this in the past and abandoned the project when I became unsatisfied. I have recently restarted this project, building on my knowledge from the first attempt. You can follow my progress here:
Moonglow Builds a Boat
Troubled Waters - an Introduction to the Seas
For centuries, the kingdoms of Cellion and Aridia have warred over the seas that separate them. For the last 100 years, a shaky truce has kept war from the water. But rumors have surfaced that the Aridian Emperor is dead, and tension once again brews over the waters between.
To the east of the mainland lies the Great Sea Wall, a vast expanse of jagged rocks, stretching high up out of the ocean. Beyond this wall are the Wild Seas. The waters are violent and dangerous, and terrible creatures inhabit the depths. Few have reason to travel these forsaken waters, and fewer still are brave enough to attempt it.
It is said that long ago, Chrona, the goddess of death, forsook the seas. Drowned souls are doomed to swim the waters for eternity, never able to rest. Because of this, sailors have a healthy fear of the seas they travel, and go out of their way to rescue the bodies of any who die at sea. Only proper burial on land can carry their souls to the other side.
Yet for all the danger and risk inherent in sea travel, many find its call alluring. The open ocean, the promise of new land, and the rumor of lost treasures from times long ago. But for those attracted by treasure, nothing is more alluring than the lost treasures of Captain Dread. The legendary and fearsome pirate king was rumored to have hidden an immeasurable horde of treasure on the island of Istishia. And yet the island's location remains a mystery. And as for Captain Dread? He vanished, along with his ship, and the knowledge of the Istishia's whereabouts.
Captain Ulysses Ashe
Captain Ulysses Ashe is said to have sailed alongside the infamous Captain Dread. Word around Port Venture is that he's looking for a crew to man The Bloodhawk. And rumors say he's going after the lost treasure.
Frost? Who is this Frost guy? This is Captain Ashe! Every crew needs its captain.
In the role of Captain Ashe, we have Barnabus Frost, Pirate Captain 77132
But our captain here needs a proper base, and he's missing something pretty important...
... ahh much better! A base as symmetrical as his needed some green stuff to blend it out. I'm not the greatest at it but it works. Also made a hat for the first time! Found a guide on the interwebs of someone making pirate orcs and the hat seemed pretty simple. Just flatten out a small circle of green stuff, press it on your minis head, fold up the back flap, then fold the front two sides. Easy peasy!
Just need to let that Green Stuff cure before i can prime and paint.
Ghosts of the Drowned Souls
With the seas forsaken by the goddess of death, the drowned souls are doomed to swim for eternity. Here they are easily picked up by all manner of dark being promising them an escape from their eternal suffering.
"You best start believing in ghost stories."
No pirate campaign would be complete without some ghost pirates! I was painting up a demi-lich recently and loved the ethereal wisps i ended up painting on it. So i felt inspired to paint up some other ghostly minis.
Finally decided to put some paint on the Ghost Pirates from Bones 4.
I started by gluing them to bases and blending the edges in with some super glue and baking soda.
I have started trying to think about what i'm going to paint before priming and choosing a primer based on that. I typically prime grey but figured it'd be useful to prime these ghosts with white so i'm giving that a try.
Going to paint up the ethereal wisps with a bluish-green color and transition to a more traditional physical paintjob on their clothes and bodies.
Also, if it wasn't obvious, I decided to paint over the translucent. I've avoided the translucent minis so far because I wasn't sure how to handle them, but I think I might end up being in the camp of painting over them. I think i can both control the paint better that way, and will enjoy the end result better.
Coincidentally, I had this figure very nearly done two days ago when the sad news of Diana Rigg’s passing was made public.
It always was a tribute to her incandescent portrayal of Emma Peel in the old British TV show “The Avengers”, but now it’s a memorial as well. Requiescas in pacem, Ms. Rigg.
The figure is “Pandora King (Classic)” from Crooked Dice miniatures. Crooked Dice has a minis game based on cult TV and they’ve produced a lot of different figures suitable for that sort of storytelling.
Happy birthday, @TheAuldGrump and @Inarah. I hope you enjoy this. Notes follow after the photos.
This is Grenadier’s Hippogriff, #138 from the Fantasy Lords series way back in 1983, now sold in lead-free pewter by Mirliton Miniatures, Italy. It’s well sculpted, with securely fitting wings.
I wanted to paint something different from the common hippogriff colorings, something with a little challenge to it. So I decided to go with several black and white patterned creatures. The front end is based on an osprey, the wings on a hoopoe’s, and the hindquarters on a zebra, all somewhat modified to suit the figure and to blend where the shifts happen.
Whenever you’re going to paint a chimeric model, a creature made up of the parts of other creatures, it’s a good idea to go look at real animals to see how their colors and feathers and skins look, and also how they blend into other things. If nothing else, there are excellent visual resources on the internet.
These are two copies of the Reaper Bones Large Earth Elemental 77185, sculpted by Kevin Williams.
I saw someone, I can’t recall who, paint up, it might have been one of these, like cooling lava which I thought was lovely, so I wanted to give it a try. I painted the lava version very quickly, in a few sessions: A layer of butter-yellow intensified with yellow glazing, then laying on pure black paint rather thickly, then some washes of Quinacridone Magenta and some fiddling with that and yellow on the gems.
The rock version I painted v-e-r-y slowly, in many layers over time, often with whatever paint was left on my palette from other paintings. I’m not sure when I started it, but since I haven’t painted any minis at all for the last year, it’s been some time.
I thought it interesting how very different a sculpt can look depending on how you paint it.
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