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Secret Weapon Miniatures "Bag o' Crud"

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I put in for a bag on the Black Friday sale, because ever since I was a kid, I had a certain fascination with the surprise element of grab bags ... and there's something especially fun about the assortment of random bits from SWM: "How can I make use of this oddball base / terrain bit?"

Basically, the story behind the "Bag o' (Crud)" (that's not what it's actually called, but Wendy would be disappointed in me if I used that word in casual conversation) is that it's a bag of whatever assorted bits are on hand that aren't quite up to Secret Weapon Miniatures's usual production standards -- so there might be some bases with warping, or bubbles in the base near the edge, or breakage, etc.  I also notice a lot of variation in resin color, so maybe some are the result of testing out different resin types for casting.  Sometimes the bases show no discernible flaws at all, but that might simply be because he throws in a few random spare bits to fill out the bag if there's not enough "trash" around.


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In particular, I got some more "Shattered Ritual" bases of assorted sizes and styles.  (I got a big oval "Shattered Ritual" base, and actually bought one 120mm round-lipped "Shattered Ritual" base last Black Friday circa 2018.  I thought I could use the latter to base an Iron Kingdoms mini project, but never got around to it, as the campaign had already ended, and noises about possibly starting it up again got well snuffed out.)  I *love* this style, even though it's rarely a fit with the sorts of games I typically run. Basically, each base has an intricate collection of "magic circle" designs with a ruinous look, like some wizard's tower had circles-upon-circles interlinking with each other, and then SOMETHING WENT HORRIBLY WRONG. (And thus the "shattered" part.)

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The surface of the flooring is fairly smooth, but with lots of finely scribed detail that would be a pain to try to paint out by conventional means. However, I found a method that works for me:
 
1) Spray-paint it with white primer, right out of the bag. It seems as if there's just a tiny bit of residual mold release that collects in the "scribed" areas (or perhaps there's some other "surface tension" effect taking place), and the end result is that the paint tends to collect on the flat, top surfaces, but DOES NOT pool into the sharp scribed lines, so this actually *brings out* the detail more.
 
2) Once it has fully dried, I smear the surface, section by section, with Apple Barrel paints "Pewter" acrylic, then wipe it off, allowing the paint to "stain" the surface and especially the recessed areas. "Pewter" is a strange "dirty grey" color that has an ever-so-faintly yellow-green shift to it. It ends up turning the white-primered surface into what looks (to my eyes) something like aged porcelain, with a faintly grimy yellowish tint to the surface, and a dirty-grey "stain" that brings out the scribed lines. Sometimes in the course of wiping off the excess, I will catch some of the paint in the recesses, so I go back later (after it has dried) to do some touch-up work where needed.
 
3) I apply some brown wash to the exposed "ground" areas where cracks between the "magic circles" have given way. If some of this brown splashes onto the surface, I just wipe it away, and any resulting "stain" just adds to the grimy effect of the ruins.
 
4) Using a fine liner brush, I trace the thicker border lines around the circles with Golden Yellow (not a particularly BRIGHT yellow), and then go back with a very little bit (at a time) of watered-down Pumpkin Orange to tint random parts of the golden-yellow for a little color variety. (Burnt Sienna would probably work well, too.)
 
5) Also using a fine liner brush, I go in and do some spot tinting of some of the circles, symbols, and other shapes (but not all!) with various pastel or otherwise reduced-saturation paint colors (Barnyard Red, French Blue, Denim Blue, Pewter, Olive, etc.), slightly watering down if necessary, as I want a *hint* of color, not solid, garish spots. It's perfectly fine if the colors are "dirtied" a bit, or the coverage isn't complete, since a bit of *wear* would be appropriate.

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Here's "Fiametta" (Soda Pop Miniatures - "Relic Knights" - heroine from "Doctrine" faction) painted up and based on the rounded-lip "Shattered Ritual" base I got from the latest Bag o' Crud ... on top of the oval base I got in last year's Bag o' Crud ... on top of a Tablescapes "Forgotten City" tile set.  "Doctrine" is basically this faction centered around a "magical academy" in Relic Knights, so the "mook" forces are a bunch of magic-school kids (boring looking guys in school uniforms, and girls in really short skirts, all waving wands), with most of the heroes either being "teachers" or other "staff" at the school, plus a few special "graduates" ("mahou shoujo" types, mostly).  The faction color is yellow/gold, so I used it for the base rim, and also used it as a recurring element for the magic circles on the Shattered-Ritual bases.
 
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Wow! Great job with the bag!

 

I have two of them, and find a plano box useful to sort out the bases by genre and size!

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52 minutes ago, ced1106 said:

Wow! Great job with the bag!

 

I have two of them, and find a plano box useful to sort out the bases by genre and size!

 

I've got a Husky stackable tool box that I'm using as my semi-portable "minis painting-and-basing station," and one level has a bits-and-bobs organizer that I use for the bases.  (In other words, basically like a Plano box, but it "locks" onto a stack of segmented sections I can roll around to more easily get out of the room when it's time to pick up and use the family/game room for other purposes.)  I just sort them by general size/shape categories; that'd add another layer of complexity to try to sort by genre as well. 

I suppose if I had enough bases to require another layer, I could sub-divide further into some sort of sensible arrangement.  That's how it usually works with my minis boxes: fill up a box with some general type that seems to make sense to me at the time, then when I get too many in that category to fit in one box, get a new box that represents some sub-category thereof -- ideally something that can split my collection in half, or nearly so -- and reorganize into the two new sub-category boxes.  Thus, my first "Fantasy" box, way back when, was eventually joined by an "Elves" box ... and then the Elves box was renamed the "High Elves" box and was joined by a "Wood Elves (and friends)" box when my Warhammer/HeroQuest collection started to get out of hand.

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Those ritual bases came out very nice. I shall have to see if I got any in my last BoC.  Their bases are almost always usable for something, since I paint a wide variety of figures, and they can be covered with sand as a last resort.   

 

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4 hours ago, Inarah said:

Those ritual bases came out very nice. I shall have to see if I got any in my last BoC.  Their bases are almost always usable for something, since I paint a wide variety of figures, and they can be covered with sand as a last resort.   

 

 

"Covered with sand?"  :E  Sacrilege!!!  :U  I'd have to be pretty desperate before I resorted to that.  ;)  But, understood, in a worst-case scenario, I suppose that's always a possibility.

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Meanwhile, the barricades (broken Jersey barricades with graffiti, plus the Scrap Yard Barricades junk-wall), along with a 3D-printed Brahmin and a Modiphius Fallout "Scavver" figure I painted up.  The Brahmin is on a SWM "Ancient Sands" base.

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34 minutes ago, WhiteWulfe said:

The BoC is something I want to order from him at some point, to get a better outline of what they have.  

 

Get on the SWM mailing list and wait for a sale. They had it on sale for BF, and may have a holiday sale!

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1 hour ago, ced1106 said:

 

Get on the SWM mailing list and wait for a sale. They had it on sale for BF, and may have a holiday sale!

True, they do have sales, but half the time they never seem to send the emails out at a reasonable time - I've actually gotten the emails after a sale has ended, for example. 

 

That and if I'm buying in during a sale I'm not going to be doing it during the colder months because I want my paint to survive the trip...   Joys of being Canadian. 

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6 hours ago, WhiteWulfe said:

True, they do have sales, but half the time they never seem to send the emails out at a reasonable time - I've actually gotten the emails after a sale has ended, for example. 

 

 

 

I've been getting my heads-up through their Facebook posts.  But, yeah, Facebook being Facebook, that's not always timely either.  (I got a couple of notices about weekend sales -- one at a local FLGS -- AFTER the sales had ended.  :/  Gee, thanks, Facebook!)

But, actually, I think the Secret Weapon Miniatures sale is still ongoing as of this writing.  (I just checked the site, and it's now called the "Extended Sale."  Extended until WHEN?  I have no idea.)

Another thing I'm fond of is their "Grab Bag" assortment of Tablescapes tiles (in batches of 8).  You can make requests that *IF* they happen to have tiles of a particular theme, they prioritize that in the "grab bag."  (It depends, of course, upon whether they actually have loose tiles of that type on hand, and upon one's ability to successfully communicate the desired tile type.)  I got a bunch of "flat" Rolling Fields tiles (to use as foundation pieces for my "wild west town" board), and some "as flat as possible" Forgotten City tiles (for a Pathfinder outdoors-encounter setup), but that took a bit of back-and-forth to explain what exactly I was looking for.  (It'd have been a lot easier if I just said, "I'd like some streets," or "I'd like some Scrap Yard," etc., but I had some particular ideas in mind ... which is usually the antithesis of "grab bag assortment," but I guess I lucked out.) 

The Tablescapes "Grab Bag" doesn't include any of the connector pieces, but I've gotten enough already that I've got plenty for whatever I put on the table.  I've just been retiring a bunch of my old foam-board terrain tiles and replacing them with the HIPS tiles, since they can survive transport to convention and store games far better, without the need for frequent repair/maintenance each time I get back home.

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13 hours ago, Jordan Peacock said:

 

"Covered with sand?"  :E  Sacrilege!!!  :U  I'd have to be pretty desperate before I resorted to that.  ;)  But, understood, in a worst-case scenario, I suppose that's always a possibility.
 

 

There have been a few rubble bases too uneven to get a figure on where a little sand evens them out enough.  Also, I don't have much use for sewer bases, so I will sand and flock part of it to cover that "feature".  

 

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Meanwhile, the barricades (broken Jersey barricades with graffiti, plus the Scrap Yard Barricades junk-wall), along with a 3D-printed Brahmin and a Modiphius Fallout "Scavver" figure I painted up.  The Brahmin is on a SWM "Ancient Sands" base.

 

Nice.  I got some barriers and a different piece of scrap barricade to paint up some day.  Like what you've done with yours. 

 

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19 hours ago, Inarah said:

 

Nice.  I got some barriers and a different piece of scrap barricade to paint up some day.  Like what you've done with yours. 

 

 

Scrap barricades are fun!  :D  I love the SWM "Scrap Yard Barricades."  (I posted some painted SWM Scrap Yard Barricades in another thread back in January: https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/84685-secret-weapon-miniatures-scrap-yard-barricades )

 

I also have a bunch of scrap barricades I need to assemble -- I've been accumulating various bits of "corrugated tin" and "fenders" and "road signs" plus a bunch of plastic I-beams (from old "Girder & Panel" reprints) and whatnot to cobble together -- I've gone ahead and "rustified" them, but I just need to figure out the best way to arrange them.  (Among my scrap heap would be a bunch of filament "trays" left over from 3D-prints, that I thought looked like "corrugated tin," so my friend Chris Thesing has been saving them for me rather than pitching them.)  I used a couple of those "corrugated tin" (filament tray leftover) pieces when assembling my "B&K Cleaners/Clothiers" post-apoc shop.


 

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