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Savannah Terrain

This is diorama-level scenery building, but almost everything he does in this video is applicable to wargamer-proof terrain too and the final result looks awesome. Paepercuts is a great channel; he was quiet for a while but has been putting out new stuff regularly now and is well worth the subscription over on YouTube. One of the comments in the Savannah video describes the host of these as “the Bob Ross of scenery videos” and I realized that’s one of the things I like about him, there’s none of the “HEYYYYYYY GUYSSSSSSSSSSS” weird loudness that is apparently standard issue in far too many other YT videos. As for me and my house, I’m still not doing much gaming-related stuff but I can feel the new-project itch starting up. This might be something completely different, away from the various 28mm projects I’ve spent time on the last five years or so. Possibly Russian Civil War at a grand tactical small scale, 6mm or even 2mm/3mm for that “miles of open step

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Inspiration: Possible Infernal Color Scheme

 In the Warmachine/Hordes painting group, facebook user Donniw Smith posted the above Archangel wip. I saw that and immediately thought that that could bbe a fantastic color scheme for Infernal horrors. He shared his paint scheme in that same thread:Chiton - base coat p3 bloodstone , Agrax earthshade wash (citadel) , doombull brown glaze (citadel) , edge up the chiton with rucksack tan (p3) final edge with menoth white (p3)Skin - base of coal black (p3) wash with nuln oil (citadel) 4 parts coal black 2 parts frostbite (p3) , next shade 1 part coal black 2 parts frostbite , super highlights pure frostbite, finally beaten purple super thinned down for the skin stress points Wings - base sanguine (p3) wash nuln oil, next sanguine highlight , final two parts sanguine highlight two parts Pink (Vallejo for me could use p3) Mouth - red violet (Vallejo) pink highlight (Vallejo)- wurm green (p3) - necrite green (p3), livery green (Vallejo) 2 parts livery green 2 part’s Cygnus yellow (p3) highlightO

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Inspiration: Tomasz Mucha's painted Storm Raptor

Tomasz Mucha of Poland shared pictures of his lovely painted Storm Raptor to the various communities. For those of you who aren't familiar with the model, it's big. The base is a 120mm circle, and players often struggle with figuring out safe ways to transport their Storm Raptors in foam. The lightning colors on the feathering is fantastic, and it achieves a look I've failed the times I've tried it which is partly why I had to ask Tomasz for permission to post these pictures here.

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Inspiration: Dreamer of Menothginger conversion

Darrell Galbraith Jr. posted the above conversion of the Harbinger of Menoth, and I think it hits all the right notes to make the model immediately indistinguishable with zero confusion. He even added a blindfold!The base looks like it's from scibor miniatures. Lost ruins or something, Lord of the Rings inspired. 

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Trollblood Inspiration: Converted into Fell Callers

 In the Trollbloods Facebook Group, Johnny Fagerberg asked about Fell Caller conversions. And we determined that to be such a thing any model would need two weapons (possibly swords) and some kind of smoke stack/incense burner or whatever it is the original Fell Caller model carries.The option he discussed using was to take the Fennblade UA and give him a second weapon and an backpack torch. Seemed it would be solid enough. Only questionable thing would be the obvious 2" melee weapon substituting in for the 1" melee weapon.The community came out to share their ideas. I'm going to have have steal some of them.Mark Mallard shared his conversion based off Gerlak Slaughterborne. The weapons appear to be the Runeshaper hammers, but it's not obvious as to whether they are the plastic or metal  ones.Finally it carries a Fell Caller smokestacks and (I think) the Champion Hero's head in place of Gerlak's. Ethan Windschitl based his model off the Trollkin Sorcerer, making his Fell Caller truly one of the

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Dan Booh's Trollkin Airship

Trollbloods facebook group user Dan Booh has been posting updates of his scratch built Trollkin Battle Engine, an airship in the style of Final Fantasy. I think he's got two of these, and the results are amazing.At this point I don't think anyone would argue about which Troll battle engine this is supposed to represent because the answer is clearly "Yes, this is a Trollkin battle engine." I would kill to have actual rules for this thing but I'll settle for War Hooch Hauler Wagon. I'd argue that the pilot's scarf qualifies him as Northkin.Anyway, this thing is lovely. I kinda want to do one of my own.I think he's currently posting either progress pics in the faebook group or building a whole new one with progress pics. I'm considering building alongside Dan Booh's posts this time around.

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Doug "the Man" Hamilton's Custom Zaal2

Doug Hamilton is Privateer Press's 3d Sculptor, and he's responsible for a lot of my favorite sculpts. The Legion of Everblight, for example, has Zuriel, a dragonblighted Seraphim armed with two swords looking like he's landing in the midst of combat.Well in the picture above, he's used the 3d files for Zaal the Ancestral Advocate to craft his own custom version of the Skorne Warlock. In the background, Zaal dies and has his soul embedded in a stone sculpture known as Ancestrals. The Skorne believe that nothing exists after death, that there is just an emptiness called the Void, and so they embed warrior souls into stone sculptures that animate like Golems.I like his paint scheme a lot, as the official paint scheme tends to emphasize an obsidian look, but I really like the clay warrior vibe and have used it myself for my own army (to a much lesser effect), so perhaps I was primed to appreciate Doug's custom build.In customizing the Ancestral Advocate, Doug took the 3d files and re-built the head as an homage

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Earthsea Arrives for the Last Time

A few weeks ago this compendium of the entire Ursula K LeGuin Earthsea series came in the mail. I have been waiting for this book ever since I heard of the project, as it included artwork from Charles Vess, the same man who illustrated the original Stardust release with Neil Gaiman.Earthsea and Ged are, perhaps, some of the deepest influences in my interest in Fantasy. When I first read the books as a child, I found them vivid but unremarkable. I wasn't until I had spent some more time with language that I truly appreciated what kind of introspective, lyrical prose LeGuin was capable of.What does this have to do with my blog? Well, it extends to my interest in self exploration in this hobby by means of writing. The blog. An exploration of the word.It also has beautiful dragons.LeGuin passed away before she could see the book's release, so I am also re-reading this series as a tribute to her. She who has written so much and inspired so many is gone in one form. And all we have are her words. To quote Ged as he

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Inspiration: Kurt Hanson's Crucible Guard

Kurt Hanson recently posted pics of his crucible guard to the Facebook group, and the colors struck me. They were very Nightlords from Warhammer 40k, except with more purplish blues and using more hazard lines for accents. I've reposted the pics above with his permission.I'm thinking this would be fun to paint for my newly acquired Convergence of Cyriss army. Official color scheme convergence is kinda dull with all the silver, like 40k Necrons.I tried painting three models for Convergence before: Axis the Harmonic Enforcee, a Steelsoul Protector, a floating thing that looks like the robot from The Black Hole. The results were not good.So I'm not above stealing color schemes, I just almost never settle for official ones. I think I worry too much that my version would look off in comparison to a studio painted color scheme.While the above is mostly true, I do steal color schemes for armies not associated with those schemes. That's why my Protectorate of Menoth looks so much like the Warhammer 40k Deathwing.I lo

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Six dark secrets of a small town

  As your party are travelling across some of the less populated areas of the country, you happen across a small village. It doesn’t appear on the map and it is strangely located. No one comes out this way, how and why would people live so far off the beaten track?   From the mouths of babes   The village seems ordinary enough but there is a strange terror in the look of the villagers when they see you approaching. They don’t like outsiders but you’re not quite sure why. This fear of the unknown doesn’t reach as far as the village’s children though, they’re as happy and carefree as any other children you might have met. If not happier and more carefree.   With some investigation it becomes clear that several of the village children have innate magical abilities and are using their powers to control the grown ups and do whatever they want! That explains why the village makes so much candy and yet exports so little.   Domesticated bliss   The village is old and run down. Huge chunk

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Test of Courage – Helpful Resources

Here we are again with another helpful page of resources! This time for War Banner/Footsore Miniatures upcoming game Mortal Gods – Test of Courage. You can find further information on their Facebook page, but we’re cramming as much into this Test of Courage resources page as we can! Before looking into the project I can safely say my knowledge of the ancient Greek world was limited to a few films exhibiting sketchy historical accuracy, as well as a handful books. I did a chunk of reading and picked up loads of useful information. So, a bit like the Test of Honour page I did I thought I’d try to compile some stuff and help people out. I’ll try to keep adding new bits to this Test of Courage resources page as I find them or others suggest them. Game Rules FAQ (Link) History Timeline of Ancient Greece (Link) Ancient Greek City States (Link), (Link) Battle of Marathon (Link) Battle of Salamis (Link) The Great Greek Turncoat (Link) Battle of Thermopylae (Link) Thracians and their Kin (Link

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Dragons: Unique Breath Weapons

Dragons. The most iconic monster ever. Their name is in the title of the D&D game. Over the years, there have been countless iterations. Admittedly, I have never been very keen with how they are represented. In my own campaign world, dragons are separated into two piles. The published versions, which are the younger of their ilk. Then my home-brewed dragons, which are the antediluvian horrors of the realm. These are elder creatures, which have seen kingdoms rise and fall, and cataclysms change the face of the planet.These dragons have special abilities, which make them nigh impossible to defeat. Even the mightiest of heroes have scars both physical and emotional after crossing their paths. You would be wise to take the advice of that old woman in the tavern. Stay away from them. It’s a fool’s errand. The horror she witnessed so many years ago…it is true.Below are four types of special breath weapon to use when beefing up your own dragons. These will help keep even the most veteran (or meta gaming) players

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