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I've got a dozen tiny minis to BUG you with today!
A few months ago I purchased these Hell Wasp prints for use as giant flies in Rangers of Shadow Deep. The sculpts are from Rocket Pig Games and carefully printed at this delicate scale by K2C2 Creations. The tiny size came in a set of 12 so I painted them all a little different to get some variety.
My original purpose for these guys was as flies in ROSD. To give them some stability and variety I based them on 20mm bases. In each set of 3, one got based standing, one got based leaning, and a third was placed on higher ground. This seemed to break up uniformity. I also painted to different styles of flies.
The first was the House Fly
These guys are mostly grey with a bit of brown fuzz on their backs.
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The second set of flies was painted as Blow Flies
These guys are a bit more green. Though having recently had an infestation of these guys, I wish I had made them more metallic. Yuck.
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Since I had so many of these guys, I decided to mix up the second half.
One set got painted Red to work as Red Paper Wasps, or as decent Stirge stand-ins.
I quite enjoy the little skull on the one base.
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And the final group got painted in classic Yellow Jacket stripes.
Bees? BEES! Ready for a deadly stinging encounter.
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These guys were tiny and fragile and tedious. I kept them simple to get through them all and they still used up all my painting time for a month. Lost a few limbs while basing but hopefully the slightly larger bases will give me something easier to grab during games. I wish I had stood back more while working on these and upped the contrast. They're fine, but their details are so small that it would have been more worthwhile to get a stronger impact from arm's length.
What use would you have for these little critters?
Since everybody is doing it...
Welcome to my RoSD-WIP! This is my first attempt at painting something for an actual game. I really like to give it a try, and with the "bring your own mini"-concept of RoSD I don't feel pressured to paint everything in the same style or to the same standard. With my pace of painting I expect to play the first mission in late 2023, if everything goes well.
But this is not about being able to play quickly, it's more of a fun side project with lots of random updates, little stories and long pauses in between.
And it's about being able to go on my next buying spree, of course!
I have absolutely no talent for strategy and tactics so I'll be choosing the ranger and his companion solely by whether I like the mini and whether it fits the story and the character I have in mind.
To be able to play my first mission I'll have to paint the following:
Ranger: 03926 Ogana
Conjuror: 04020 Raza Twinsight
Guardswoman: 02509 Mother Superior
Templar: 02795 Paladin Initiate
Rogue: 02781 Warl Hellbore
Dog: 30013 Roogtarki Ore Hound
03753 Barrow Rats
four Giant Rats by Tabletop Art
03598 George & Gracie
03691 Ronnie & Reggie
03471 Zombies (3)
50293 Bonnie (because I just had to!)
03123 Village Mob (a leftover from RVE)
a rat catcher and a mysterious stranger by otherworld miniatures
All in all, 25 minis. That should keep me occupied for a long, long time. Let's see how it goes!
Hello again! I'm back with an assortment of Bones that are serving as my Rangers of Shadow Deep solo party. Decided I wanted a classic fantasy look, but didn't want to fall into the cliched green cloak look. With that stipulation, I settled on a more autumnal color palette, and tried to keep this aesthetic across the entire party, without anyone looking like they were wearing matching uniforms. I'm pretty pleased with the results and I tried to push myself with each mini. What do you think?
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I have only played a few scenarios of Rangers of Shadow Deep, and I'm honestly not sold on the whole solo-game thing. But if the game has done anything for me, it has given me motivation to paint more and has given purpose to some of the things I already have painted. I already ordered some extra gnolls and ghouls to meet the required numbers and will likely be showing off some monsters soon.
Which character do you like best?
What games have motivated you to paint those piles of shame?
Feel free to share your own photos!
I've been collecting the official ROSD miniatures and some Reaper minis that fit the aesthetic. I actually played the missions with others but wanted to set them all out (and may well start again with a new crew...).
There are 3 reaper minis in this, a Tre Manor ranger, Ardallen the Knight, and Aeowyn Silverwood.
My actual ranger/PC is by Dark Sword miniatures.
Then there is a recruit/guardsman from Grenadier, a dog by Wargames Atlantic.
The remaining minis are by Northstar. The caster is one of the rangers, and the 4 others are the NPCs in the Blood Moon mission. That one's a lot of fun as you need to find out which of them is a werewolf.
By Great Khan Artist
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the RoSD panel this morning. It was really great; thanks Joe and Reaper Team. Much of the panel was Joe explaining what the game was about and a bit of how it plays. Some of the high points for me were:
The first few suppliments will be compiled together into one big volume. In the past, the web releases for Frostgrave were compiled into the Frostgrave Folio and Joe wrote some new material that release. Here's hoping he will for the RoSD collected volume as well, coming from the girl who has everything.
Joe believes that games should have a solo element. Covid has only reinforced this. He wants purchasers to be able to play his games immediately after purchase. Expect continued support for solo elements in his games. RoSD is the only game that was specifically designed for solo play, and will play better this way than the -Grave family.
The second part of the trilogy that started with Across the Wastes has gone to the printers. This will be a dungeon crawl-style game. It will have 4 levels. Much of this mission will have hidden clues. What monsters await the rangers in the rooms of the dungeon is not specified on set up.
The third part of the trilogy is still in development. It has to do with storming an enemy fortress and is called [something] Citadel. Joe wouldn't give us too many details for fear of spoiling the content of the second part.
Across the Wastes is getting minis to support some of the stranger creatures. The humpback and zombie camels are the ones he mentioned.
Strangely, he didn't talk much about how similar -Grave and RoSD are mechanically. I'm not going to talk about it either on the assumption that there are plenty of videos and comments about this already on the internet. Chat wanted to know mostly about minis (surprised?) and about online games. RoSD has a robust Facebook following and there are some fan-made missions there. He also talked about self-publishing his game in both America and the UK. Social media has played a major impact in getting the games exposed and creating a fan base.
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