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And here we go again. I never get tired trying out new stuff and doing multiple projects at the same time.
The idea for this one approached me when I watched a Let's Play series by German Let's Player "DerHobbygeneral", who playes complex strategy games on PC.
That certain series was a mission in the strategy game "Combat Mission: Red Thunder", a game set on the Eastern Front of WWII. The mission is the recreation of the tank battle between German and Russian forces in the opening hours of Operation Bagration, the Soviet 1944 summer offensive that managed to crush the German Central Army and push the Germans back to the borders of East Prussia.
Combat Mission itself is a really complex game, simulating not only realistic projectile trajectories, armor and penetration calculation, but also randomly generating names for unit leaders and therefore emotionally connecting the player to his - or her - units.
One of these commanders was Unterfeldwebel Austermann, commandeering a Kpfw V Panther A, and throughout the game one of the main factors in stopping the Soviet tank assault at Studienka. The player and all commentators remarked on his excellent performance in the game and he became something like a meme. There were even suggestions of making a compilation of his best actions as some kind of memorial service in case he bit the dust.
And actually, a few episodes later, the Panther got hit a couple of times and was rendered inoperable. A shell even penetrated the front armor. While the battle for Studienka was raging, everyone focused on the question if Austermann and his crew would survive. And they did! What a remarkable turn in events! But I felt bad for the Panther, which was left behind.
Here's the scene - it's in German, unfortunately.
Then it struck me that maybe Austerman felt bad, too, and when I saw a certain figure on a miniature shop website, I KNEW I was going to make a diorama about it. So I bought a couple of figures and a cheap old Panther A kit and ... now I am on a new project again - YAY!
I haven't decided which crew I take. I like both sets, but I guess I will go with the Dragon set. The other set can be used for a different project. But I guess, I will see once the overall layout is set.
I've been lurking and posting around these forums for nigh a while now and i thought i'd share a project that i've been working on for quite some time.
It's a tabletop roleplaying Game that i've been working on for about 20 years now as a personal hobby. After much convincing, I've decided to create a 4th Edition and make it available to the world at large.
The Quickstart guide is a free starter pack for the System, including how to make a character, equip them and conduct simple adventures. I'm looking at releasing a Kickstarter next year to release the full core system, but for now i'm just looking for feedback and interest.
Check it out, hey, it's free. I'd be very appreciative for any feedback, comments or constructive critique you could provide!
So, let's get this show on the road, shall we.
I have been... remiss... in actually documenting the painting I've been doing. Partially because this has mostly been utter speed painting of the "get paint on Bonesium so it doesn't all look the same from six feet away" variety, partly various other reasons.
But today is Paintsgiving (my parents live in Texas. I do not. Hence...). So I have a little time. And some projects I want to get completed before Sunday (the next session of the high-level D&D5e game I play in - we're talking high level here, folks. The party currently includes a Chosen of Tymora, a halfling wizard whose next goal after we're done with this is to overthrow the Maharajah of the City of Brass, and become a Demigod of Fire... etc.) - currently our endgame for this story arc is shanking Lolth (or "she who will not be named" because we're not interested in drowing (drawing, but I liked the typo, so I left it...) her attention) and freeing the dark elven people from her bullcrap.
So, the first set of "finish these" are -
Deena Halentyr, Chosen of Tymora and her Sixth Dagger (one of Tymora's secret agents), and default leader of the band of adventurers known as Calculated Risk ("Our opponents have always taken a risk that was calculated... but they have also always been bad at math". Human, but currently taking on the aspect of one of Tymora's Solars (with her permission, and the help of a True Polymorph).
Solars are supposed to be Large, but none of the minis I looked at really fit the bill besides the Angel of Shadow (especially not the Bones Solar, which is a pretty cool mini... but is about the beariest Bear that ever beared... and Deena is definitely not that. In fact pretty much the opposite - Deena is the femmiest Femme that ever looked at another woman and said "she's really cute."
So, colors - Blues and silver were pretty much required - first, I love them, second, Tymora's colors run to blues and silvers, and third, Deena had already been noted (manymany sessions ago) as preferring them even before she took up Fortune's Coin. Her wings are (very) roughly based on the lipstick lesbian pride flag - but I stuck to only three colors (a dark red, a dark pink/rose, and a light pink/white) because with six the wings would be too busy, and the numbering doesn't match up - whereas with three, the wings start at the tips with red, and end at the base with red. Her skin will be a dark tan, her boots will probably be chocolate with some bright lacing, and the lantern will probably be my first half-serious attempt at some OSL. The rest of her wings will be some shades of blue - likely starting darker at the top and working my way down. Her eyes are heterochromatic, and she's a Higher Being (right now), so one will be bright green (solid) and the other bright blue (same). Hair got roughly blocked in with red ink, which should give everyone an idea of what her hair color is...
I'm unsure what to do with shading for her - I don't want to just use one of the Army Painter quickshades, or something from GW, because I'm concerned it will draw the color down too far (and then I'll have to spend too much time bringing it back up again - which, honestly, is work I always hate (re-)doing - "I already painted this once, and now I have to redo it?!?!") I'm considering using one of the red inks I have (Army Painter red tone, or Reaper Red Liner/ink) but I'm not sure how well that would work?
Deena's Familiar/Patronus/best friend, Bastia. She's a Tressym (theoretically - she's actually a Spirit of Tymora, but everyone mostly ignores this fact because she's adorable and cute and very much the epitome of "what if a cat had wings and an IQ of 110?"). Stones will be stonelike. Her body will probably be a sort of dark-grey-ish color, with slightly darker in the wing membranes, and a lighter shade on the ruffs in her fur. Like Deena's eyes, hers are heterochromatic - blue and green.
Did we mention that one of Bastia's powers is she can get bigger? She can get bigger, and spoopier. The miniature is Ral Partha (now produced by Iron Wind Metals) Winged Panther. I'm likely to use Reaper's glorious Nightmare Black for her (I will be so sad when I run out of this) - a dark grey for the inside of her ears, something like silver for her claws (her attacks are magical in this form), and, again, blue and green eyes. If I was feeling really inspired (and had more time), I'd try and do a starscape effect on her wings, but, I'd rather learn something like that on minis I don't care about...
Garrius is a Triton Paladin! He is Very Loud and Forthright, and sometimes Not Very Bright, because INT was his dump stat! He has No Fashion Sense Whatsoever! Deena is very fond of Garrius, even if he's a blooming idiot, because he's a very honest blooming idiot who is actually fairly self-aware (low INT, decent WIS). This... is not my finest work, at all. I'm painting directly onto Bonesium because that's how the player started with him, and I didn't want to strip off all of his work and start over, but I also wanted the mini to actually have paint on it - so this is sort of a mercy painting. "Has no fashion sense whatsoever" and "has lots and lots of money, and not much idea what to do with it" sort of runs the show, here - Garrius is bright and bold and clashing, and has made a lot of clothiers very wealthy with his gullibility...
Iron Trumpet wants to be immortal, and wants to be a god. For someone who is as smart as he is, he sometimes needs to be reminded that the latter mostly encompasses the former (as much as one can in the Forgotten Realms). He's not evil... per se... but to a degree this is only because he hangs around with (and is slightly scared of) Deena, who has tried very hard to keep him (and most of the rest of Calculated Risk, who lean in the main towards self-interested/not quite Dark Side in alignment... ) on, if not the straight (yeah, right...) and narrow, at least targeted at people where if they end up dead, it makes the world a better place (so, red wizards, evil giants and dragons, evil ifrit lords, Lolthite priestesses, and the like). Iron's mini was a combination of "Iron needs a mini" and "hey, that one is kinda cool, and fiery halflings... who does this remind me of" - the sculpt is neat, the priming on this one actually wasn't bad.
and now for something completely different!
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And I am done. One day before I'll leave for Japan, the small diorama is finished. Find the WIP ->here<-
As always, the whole "competition" consisted of a painting and a small text. I tried to translate the original text to English, so if there are mistakes ( I am sure there will be) feel free to correct me.
Once again, I had my troubles, and I am not satisfied with the faces and my overall painting style - but ... some progress at least.
Enjoy the pictures, feel free to comment, but - as always: If you have got nothing else to say than "nice" or "good", leave a like instead.
I take the like as a nod to my participation in this forum, but a "nice" is getting me nowhere.
DEATH ON THE ROAD "Grandfather,"; Susan said in a stern voice that sounded both accusing and demanding. "Would you tell me what you're doing here?"
The skeleton in front of her, wrapped in a night black robe, halted his two-wheeled vehicle, magically composed of stones, bones and all sorts of other utensils, and placed one of his bony feet on the ground.
"IT IS A . . . TRAVEL", Death clarified, nodding as if he wanted to add weight to his statement. "WITH BAG AND BAGGAGE."
The fact that he did not speak, but that his voice manifested itself in Susan's mind like an existing being, couldn't drive away the confusing thoughts swirling in her mind.
"Grandfather"; she noted after looking at the rear shelf of the magic two-wheeler and discovering that it consisted of a series of large feathers, the sole purpose of which was to hide the magic underneath from the watchful eyes of reality, "but you did not take anything with you."
Death followed her gaze, then he pondered for a while. Finally he shrugged his shoulders - which looked quite unique under the leather jacket thrown over his frock. "I TRAVEL WITH LIGHT LUGGAGE. YOU KNOW, I DON'T NEED MUCH."
That didn't impress Susan, either. "And what's the purpose of the rose?"; she asked, pointing to the little plant that was stuck between his teeth caught in a scary smile.
"THE ROSE IS A SYMBOL FOR ROMANCE"; Deaths voice continued in her head. "AND THE SELLER TOLD ME, THIS . . . VEHICLE IS LIKE AN EXPRESSION OF ROMANCE, AS WELL."
Susan sighed. "And you thought that doing it this way would bring you closer to the mood?". Her voice changed back to that of a governess. "Grandfather, don't you think you're exaggerating?"
"You are Death. The Grim Reaper." She waved her arms. "You walk around with your scythe and an hourglass and separate the souls of the dead from their bodies. You can't just take a vacation. Not even for what you call 'a road tour'."
"JUST FOR A WHILE. IT'S A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME-CHANCE", Death returned. It almost sounded pleading. Of course, that was nonsense. Death was the end.. Neither did he need a once-in-a-lifetime chance, nor did he need 'a while'.
Sometimes, however, Susan wanted it think, that there was more behind his bluish glowing eyes than a . . . what did he call it? Oh yes: anthromorphic personification. Like he was . . . mortal. Affected by all those flaws, desires and dreams that also drove her around.
"WHICH REMINDS ME", Death interrupted her thoughts, letting his scythe appear in his bone hand. "THIS WILL HINDER MY STEERING. COULD YOU HOLD IT FOR ME FOR A WHILE?"
Before thinking, the girl accepted the cutting tool she had been given and looked at the bluish shimmering blade. "Grandfather"; she began again, this time much more hesitantly.
"WELL THEN"; Death said as if he hadn't heard her words. "I'LL BE BACK SOON."
Following these words his wondrously soundlessly booming vehicle sprang to life. He drove off.
Susan looked after him for a while until she felt a movement in her leg.
The Death of rats looked up to her, a miniature scythe in his small, bony paws. Loud, incomprehensible squeaking echoed across the plain.
It wasn't long before a feathered shadow landed in the trees off the cobbled road Susan had met her grandfather on.
Quoth, the raven, constant companion of the Death of rats and sometimes also its translator, bent down from the branches and began translating. "You have his scythe, therefore you must also fulfill his duty!"
Susan looked up and realized. She turned around. "Grandfather!"
In the distance, the sound of Death's silent vehicle faded.
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