Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Unfinished Business 2020 - The Shelf of Shame

 I mentioned before that I had a number of minis that I started in 2020 that made it to some level of painted before they were abandoned. I decided to pull them all out of their various hiding spots and look at them all together.

So, the common denominator is that they're all character minis. 8 female, 7 male. 

Let's go through them, and why I haven't finished them. 

The herbalist and the halfling both got shuffled aside when I was doing a clean off of my tray, and wanted to work on something else. I'll probably get back to them.

The pirate lady up front, I got one color on her and realized I had no idea what I actually wanted to fo with her, so decided to stop. When I get inspired, I'll get back to her.

The duelist was for the D&D game I was playing in, which ended. Same with the thief girl who is nearly done. 

The Spanish Inquisition... I couldn't get the red where I wanted it, and was getting frustrated.

The mystic woman in red with the fancy trim on her robe. The fancy trim takes a lot of effort.

The celtic lads... honestly they just need a tiny bit of work on their weapons, maybe a bit of shading. Really need to finish them off soon. 

Elf lady in the back... I decided I hated the color combo I picked out. Probably going to repaint her completely.

The two matching druids... I wanted to try painting the bones and metal version of the same mini at the same time, then got distracted.

The wizard... Not even sure he should count. I pulled him out to use up some extra paint from the galaxy cloak class I took. 

All in all adding 15 minis to the shelf of shame wasn't too bad, but I think I'm going to try to take at least half of them off of it this year. We'll see what I get to. I think the Spanish Inquisition minis will probably be first, since I just need to get the red up, and I really should be able to do that. Them and the celtic lads will be easy. 

So what's on your shelf of shame?

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Stonehell: Bearly Worth the Visit

Session 151 was played on 6/14

Eiric, Wizard 8 (Kat)
Karl, Dwarf 8 (Julia)
Daton, Fighter 3 (Jay)
Boris, Cleric 5 (Jeff)
Morgana, Mage 5 (Robert)
Borumar, Thief 7 (Josh)
Plus war dogs

Selling the magical tiara took 4 weeks, during which time Boris brewed potions and wrote some scrolls, while Ladies Eiric and Morgana conducted research. Everyone else chilled out in town, or spent their time looking for buyers.

After the tiara was sold, and the cash divided, the party geared back up and headed back down to the Residential Tombs, pausing on the second level to chat with some of Karl’s berzerker friends.

Once down into the tombs, they came across a small bunch of kobold slackers avoiding their work detail. They then fought a jelly creature which split when they hit it, didn’t seem to care about being drenched in oil and lit on fire, and eventually died at the casting of some magic missiles.

Then the party was surprised by a giant bear, which was tough but fell to the combined might of the party, with the help of the wardogs. Some giant rats were scared off by the dogs, a pair of shadow drained Lady Morgana’s strength before being destroyed. A pair of wights were destroyed by Boris before they could do anything.

Some minor treasure was found, and then they stumbled upon a pair of scared sickly looking depraved berzerkers who were terrified of the party. They let them live, to spread the word that the party is NOT to be messed with.

Some further exploration and they party is ambushed, unsuccessfully, by a quartet of ogres. A pair of “Hold Person” spells and some fine combat meant they were killed before they could fully spring their trap. The Held ogres were killed, and their bodies looted.

Ready to call it a delve, they headed back to town. Lady Morgana needed to rest up after her encounter with the shadows!

Gains: Not enough coins to have made it worth it
Kills: Jelly, shadows, wights, cave bear, ogres

Monday, January 18, 2021

Cardboard Spaceship for #StarGrave part 2

In my first post on this project, I ended with the first coat of primer applied. It took a while for both the weather and my free time to coincide. This past weekend, that happened. After letting the ship collect dust for a bit, I finally got back outside and added a second coat of primer. I then took the family on a long walk in the park. When we got back, and had dinner... well... what else was there to do but work on my ship!

I started with a very rough overbrush of a tan paint that I had mixed up at the local home improvement store for a project some year back. We still had more than half the can, and well... I'm a little lacking in craft paints. 

I thought I got pics of that, but apparently not. 

After that, I mixed in some Ultramarine Blue, and then brushed over the tan with that.

Then I used Metal Tone on the engine bits and the hatch on top. 

After that I added in some variety using Redstone, Cavalier Orange, and more of the Ultramarine Blue. Then, using a sponge and some black craft paint, I added more weathering, and using Filagree Silver, some highlights to the exposed metal.

I also added some spots of what I think of as blaster scorch marks. 

Overall I'm very pleased with my first attempt at making a cardboard model. it's a little rough, but will still look great on a table covered with sci-fi terrain. 

That isn't to say I would make my next one exactly the same way. For one thing, I didn't measure nearly well enough, and while I started with a plan, I was winging it way more than I should have. I was inconsistent in how I did the paneling. I should have figured that out before I started gluing. I also made the top structure way more complex a shape than I should have. Yes, card bends. That doesn't mean you should be making curved surfaces. I should have put in some detail under the top hatch. 

However, now that this is done, it's time to start thinking about the next ship I'll build. Something a little smaller I think.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Stonehell: Looting the Residential Tombs

Session 150 was played on 6/11

Eiric, Wizard 8 (Kat)
Karl, Dwarf 8 (Julia)
Boris, Cleric 5 (Jeff)
Morgana, Mage 5 (Robert)
Kili, Dwarf Cleric 7 (Matt)
Borumar, Thief 7 (Josh)
Plus war dogs
2 M@A

Back to Stonehell, the party descends toward level 4, but are ambushed by a giant spider on level 3. The dog Big Red takes care of the vermin, and the party continues downto 4.

Exploring the old tombs the party encounters a variety of monstrous foes, including giant ticks, Wights, spiders, wraiths, a mummy, gaunt hounds, and berzerkers. Borumar takes the brunt of the damage from the undead, as he is the one who checks the doors for traps and locks.

After repeated draining, Borumar insists that Boris be standing ready to turn the undead, which sort of works. The incorporeal undead often just reach through the doors to grab him.

In the end the party amasses a good amount of treasure, including a tiara that turns whatever the wearer is wearing into a purple lined school girl uniform (think sailor scout) and makes for the surface.

Gains: 5500gp, magical tiara, gems, onyx statues
Kills: Spiders, Ticks, Wraiths, Wights, Mummy, Depraved Berzerkers, Gaunt Hound

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Sligg Soldier

 From Reaper's Bones 4 Chronoscope set comes the Sligg Soldier. It hasn't been released in Bones yet, but the metal version can be picked up here for not much more than it'll probably cost in Bones. 

As with all my other Bones minis, I started out with a warm soapy water scrub down with my hobby toothbrush to remove any oils or mold remover. After that I primed it with Blue Liner. I was working on it at the same time as the cyber troll and the space henchman, which is why I used blue, otherwise I might have picked a different liner color.

After lining, I gave the gun a coat of Metal Tone, and the rest of the mini got Christmas Wreath.

 The stock of the gun then got a couple of different browns to make it look like wood. I think the primary color ended up being leather brown. The skin went from Christmas Wreath to Viper Green with a wash of Runic Purple. It wasn't something I'd planned, but I had the wash handy from working on the cyber troll's skin, and I figured it was worth trying over the green. I think it made for an interesting skin tone. 

The crest got a coat of holly berry red, tipped with candlelight yellow.

The chest was leather brown, with candle light highlights, and the same candlelight was used for the claws.

The belt was painted with coal black that was brought up to a mid-grey color.

Now this little Sligg is ready to blast anyone who tells him he can't have what he came to take. Well, once I finish the base... and clean up that stray bit of yellow on the gun.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Unanswered Comments

A little bit of blog business. Apparently sometime in the last 6 months, blogger has stopped emailing me when people comment on my posts. So there were about 2 dozen comments that people left that got filtered, and twice as many spam comments (which is why filtering is turned on).

So if you left a comment, and it didn't show up, and I didn't reply, that's why.  

Sorry about that... I'll be checking that more often now that I know.