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By Rob Dean
You know what sort of year it’s been when you think to yourself that you played a game “recently”, only to find that it was last October.
So, in a “recent” game of Dragon Rampant, I was using a scenario from the related game Lion Rampant which called for three “wagon” markers for one side to be escorting. I had two 1/72 scale plastic wagons or carts at the time, so I threw in a noblewoman (an old Airfix mounted Maid Marion figure) as a third element to be escorted. Afterward, I pulled some farm animals out of the plastics collection and decide to add some flock/herd bases to the baggage train.
However, pandemic, etc...I finally got the sheep painted yesterday, deciding at the last minute (earlier this week) that they would look better with someone to keep an eye on them. The shepherd is another of the ubiquitous Robin Hood set figures. While I was at the desk and working, I also finished up an addition to the NPC/civilian/camp follower collection. This figure came from the Strelets/Linear-B Roman Transport set, and didn’t look particularly Roman, so she gets added into the general 1/72 fantasy pool.
Sir Forescale would pass as an ogre with these guys.
Anyway, it felt good to get something done, even small...
Continuing my list of things I've painted lately, I had all of these done around the same time as that last post, but had to wait to grab pictures of them. I'm hoping to get a camera soon; these are all taken with my dad's iPhone, since I have a Moto with a camera that is hot garbage.
First up, Reaper's Young Forest Dragon as a blue dragon:
This is a great mini at a great size! It fit super-well on a 2" base, which was perfect, since I probably use that more than any other size cat. I kept it real quick, and debated blue vs tan wings a lot longer than I should have before deciding that it needed to break up the color. This really was a quick paint job otherwise - paint blue > wash dark blue > drybrush just a little > paint spines > wash spines >paint wings > stripe in high and lowlights on wings > make mouth porble. The wing undersides look kind of wierd in pictures but make sense from viewing angles....
Now THESE. THESE WERE ANNOYING. Many of those little white spots are just camera glitter. A handful are where bubbles kept the paint from sinking in. Whoever sculpted these is evil... I had to go over them so many times. The texture just does not want to sink paint. It wants to foam.
That said, these are beautiful minis, and great for the monster they represent. And, having since done the bat swarm mini, which is 100000% worse to paint, these aren't THAT BAD (they are). All in all, a perfect medium-sized swarm mini with a ton of visual interest and crows that look like real crows...
These were fun! I picked up like 5 of these lads last Reapercon so that I could have a bevy of recognizable donkeys for party members to choose from when buying a donkey, and they're nice and sleek and very easy to paint. I might get a bunch more this year, just to do some up as a herd of zebras, also... they're actually pretty much perfect for that with just a touch of GS. The bottom two are classic brown-cross and grey-cross donks, pretty much the iconic white-bellied donkeys, but I wanted to try stripes, so I did the top one as a quagga, a sort of extinct donkey-like zebra fellow from South Africa.
Again, the goal of this is to make good tabletop stuff, not showstoppers, so none of these paint jobs took more than an hour or so, except the dragon who took like 3? And I should have some more out in the next day or two - I've already finished three Bat Swarms, six Giant Bats, and five Stirges, and I have like a dozen briarlings and a couple saprolings to finish, so Operation: Get broccoli Done Before Reapercon is actually clipping along pretty well with 30 minis completed in the last month and at least 20 based up and ready to paint....
Eglantine was my character's pack mule in a Kingmaker campaign. She had more backstory than some of the PCs, and lived longer than 85% of them. In fact, she survived all the way till the campaign fell apart. Which goes to show that mules who run away all the time are a lot smarter than adventurers!
Just a side project I worked on while waiting on other things to dry. I didn't spend a huge amount of time on her. The bottle is supposed to be of old green glass, with some kind of dark fluid inside; it didn't turn out quite as well as I hoped, but I didn't feel like going back and redoing it. The eyes worked out well, I think. It's nice when a model has large eye sockets. Makes it a ton easier.
Oh, and the base is from Micro Arts Studio.
I want to give my girlfriend's parents a little gift this X-mas ( well a bit before that).
So I decided to make a little vignette of the Nativity Set.
I found this nice dome for 5 euros..
I had to skip the idea of the three Kings.
But my girl explained to me that they visited later, so it wouldn't be a problem to just use the Nativity set itself, a sheperd and a few animals.
Else it would get too crowded on the little wooden plate.
The Donkey and Oxen are supposed to keep Baby Jesus warm with their breath. So that's why they stand so close.
The Cow will be mutilated converted into an Oxen.
Here is the set up.
I might have to move them a little more forward to close the gap.
**** But Herman December is a long time away! Why start now?****
*** Have you noticed how slow I paint?***