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So I've been at grandma's after new year's eve and found a bunch of these metal kinder surprise toys. Scale-vise they are around 28mm heroic, so I've decided to give them a quick speedpaint, using some dollar-store acrylic paint and brushes :D, I wonder if they will look any good on the table during play :)
Next to a bones orc
I needed a bunch of female figures for an RPG set in the 1920s, and I needed them fast and cheap. Sunday I ordered some Heroclix for a buck each, and by Wed evening they were in my hands. I need to modify the figures to have longer dresses appropriate for the period when the game is set.
First thing I did was cut them off at the feet. I found a hobby knife worked well. A sharp hobby knife would work better.
I used two part epoxy putty to make skirts. I just smooshed it on and smoothed it out. I should have started with a blob between the legs and let it dry overnight for stability.
Next: primer, paint and bases.
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.
By Dilvish the Deliverer
So, as you may have heard, I have been bitten by the Frostgrave bug. Like several others here.
I don't want to keep thread-jacking the topics that others have already started so I'm starting my own. And there is nothing that you can do about it!
(Except ignore it. Please don't ignore it. My fragile self esteem would just totally fall apart and I would be forced to return to.........where was I)
Yes terrain. I used to make terrain back when I played Mordheim but all of that has been lost to time and space (and Navy movers). So I'm building most things from scratch. I will include finished works as well as WIP. If there is interest I can break out specific projects into a separate WIP thread.
So to start off: My first 10 painted minis of the New year: A Target Games resin Graveyard set.
Now that Iook at it, I missed painting the earth on one of the graves. And some moss (lichen I guess for the cold lands)
Next up is my pool/well. This is actually an ash tray that Awesome Wife and I picked up from an open air market in London on our honeymoon in '98. We don't smoke but it looked cool.
Next up is a WIP of a ruined two story house. I think the next ones I make will not be as wide. Materials are foamcore board ($1) and craft (popsicle sticks, also $1). I've got plenty of both left. Front:
Future plans will include a storage box tower and some sort of stepped platform built out of insulation board.
FYI the foamboard cuts were done with a hot knife. Very handy and relatively cheap. Mine was $15 at AC Moore but after coupons and discounts it ended up being 7 bucks.
By Rob Dean
I'm currently looking through my unpainted OLD miniatures and thinking about finishing off some of them. I have a feeling that this is going to result in a shift in direction in my miniatures hobby for the next year or so, but we'll see.
Like this guy:
Anyway, I'm looking for some basing suggestions. I usually use a variety of pretty simple treatments, since I want the bases to remain fairly unobstrusive when gaming. The problem here is that I don't know whether these are more likely to be deployed in dungeons (on a Dark Platypus mat) or on various green ground cloths in skirmish games. Any pointers on something that would look natural and unobtrusive on a variety of surfaces?
My favorite easy mixed use treatment so far is a half/half mix of brown gravel and grass, like these 1/72 scale fantasy skirmish figures.
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