Monday, 28 December 2015
Saturday, 28 November 2015
We have been assembling the monsters "just in time", but this week I pushed ahead and finished all the monsters (just seven of them). For the survivors, we try to make one new one per game, made to match the kit someone is using. For the other three on the hunt, we use a close match.
Here's the team shot:
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
Monday, 5 October 2015
Sunday, 4 October 2015
The story of Gloomwych continues here.
We thought we were doomed when the Lion became Enraged so early on, but a few lucky hits and we had him on the ropes. I think we got lucking with the lion missing us. We panicked a bit and used all the founding stones to end the fight. Our hope was that with more resources than normal (due to the criticals) we would be better off with 4 survivors and 4 endeavor than we would be if we kept some stones. It just paid off.
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
This version was a Kickstarter bonus. All the factions were given an "alternate universe" version of an existing character. These were not normal part of the faction, this version is part of Cerci Speed Circuit and Candy is normally a Prismatic and they were all dressed as famous anime characters. Initially, these were "cosplay characters" but by the time the game was released, they were called Darkspace characters and their studio colour schemes were altered a little from the anime originals, a copyright/licensing/trademark issue I guess. Still, we all know who these guys are!
So here's the Darkspace Candy and Cola painted to match Street Fighter's Chun Li and Ryu. This is a characteristic pose of Chun Li from Street Fighter, a popular video game. Also Candy's abilities in Relic Knights match Chun Li's fighting style. It's a really good
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
I'm not good at shading the large flat panels and often end up with too little contrast.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015
We had some more scenery on the table for game 3. It is not quite finished - I have not colored the folded seams yet - but it fills the table and already looks good.
In this game, the Cerci Speed Circuit biker gang raced around the table top, sabotaging objectives quickly, setting a new lap time record. They settled into pounding the Star Nebula Corsairs primary objective and finally destroyed it as the space pirates started to wipe the biker chicks off the table.
Another win for Cerci!
Rin hides! No, she's sabotaging that objective:
Sue moves out! Kate has brought a knife (and a bomb) to a gunfight!
Rin takes the high ground. Unfortunately, she was killed before she could get in position to shoot:
The biker chicks crowd the SNC's primary objective. The Wrecker was destroyed during this skirmish, but Sue destroyed the objective for the win!
Friday, 14 August 2015
I painted Kenobo for our Relic Knights Star Nebular Corsairs force. It was much harder than it looked. I did not clean it well enough (I am not sure that is possible). The red Noh skin is tricky to paint. The blending is wonky and the NMM is not good. But he is painted and now we have two 50 pt forces!
Saturday, 1 August 2015
Here a shot of Game 1:
It was fun, but plain. I searched for some free papercraft scenery and here's the result in Game 2 (just a few days later):
Sunday, 25 January 2015
Kingdom Death: Monster is one of the first Kickstarter Games I pledged for. Two years later, it's still not here, but this summer looks likely. The campaign went nuts and raised more than $2 million. Production for all the expansions added while money was flooding in are blamed for the delays, but the owner has put a lot of effort into creating high quality minis.
The game pieces are made from the same hard plastic (polystyrene) that model airplane kits use. These are expensive to make and rare for games, but they are very high quality. The hard plastic retains a lot of detail.
The company also raised money for the game with limited edition resin miniatures. These were made in a revolutionary way at the time - all digital. They are very popular and sell out in hours. As well as resin game pieces, there are "pinups", characters from the game re-imagined as 1940s-60s style pinups. They are pure collector pieces and are not used in any game. Love them or hate them, they are very popular. KD released a boxed set of 8 made in the same plastic as the game, and I got these to start practicing assembling and painting them. Here is how they come - just like a model airplane, but smaller.
In the game, 4 "survivors", 2 men and 2 women, fight various monsters, collect bit and pieces and craft them into armour, weapons and other items. You assemble the minis to represent the armour & weapons you have. Perhaps I spent too much on the game (my wife was pushing me!) but I have kits for more than 66 different survivors. I really need the practice to get them put together.
So enough intro, here's the pinup:
Here are some different angles to show her face and head gear.
I deliberately painted a darker skin tone. The four survivors as shown in the game have very different skin tones, so I need to be able to get some variety. Also, I have painted a lot of pale skinned anime women lately. I am not sure I like how it turned out ... she's a bit muddy. I also tried using a limited palette, because I have never done it before. Most of the colours contain VMC Flat Earth. Hey, I said she looked muddy.
I tried non-metallic metals (for the second time). NMM means using normal paints for metal, not metallic paints. You need really strong shading skills and good colour theory to pull it off. Look at the pole axe blade, the lantern, the gold helmet and bangle to see if I pulled it off (almost, but not quite).
But I have to say, I am pleased with the result and I think it's a really cute mini.
Feedback is welcome in the comments.