Monday, January 14, 2019

Stonehell: Going Cyber-Apeshit

Session 84 was played on 12/1

Eiric, wizard 7 (Kat)
- men at arms (Mulligan)
Brie, wizard 4 (Apprentice to Eiric)
Lucrecia Thief 2 (Henchman)
Orpheus, Human Fighter 6 (Henchman)
Darryl, Cleric 6 (Henchman)
Karl, Dwarf 7 (Julia)
- Hobart (dog)
- men at arms (Dar, Lorman, Cadwell)
Lex the Cheeseman, Fighter 4 (Henchman)
Koltic, Cleric 3 (Chris)
- Grishnaz, Goblin
Blix, Fighter 1 (henchman)
Kili, Dwarf Cleric 3 (Matt)

Standing at the entrance of the hothouse, the party pauses to debate what to do next. They settle on the rats, remembering how they sent Orpheus and Koltic off in the wrong direction. Circling around toward the bugbears, planning on looping around to the rats they squeeze through a narrow hallway, and encounter some cyborg-apes! Karl, toward the front, lobs on of his fireball bombs. In return, the cyber-apes shoot a “low power” lightning bolt down the hallway, frying everyone. Karl tosses another firebomb, and Koltic heals Lucrecia.

Thankfully, the bomb seemed to have completely cooked the cyber-apes. With all the hirelings (except Grishnaz) down, plus Blix, the party pauses to decide what to do. Kili and Koltic begin to pile the cyber-ape bodies in the narrow hallway. Then the bugbears appear, ready for a fight, having heard all the noise.

Recognizing the party, they don’t attack, but Gretta asks about payment for the previous weeks, noting that half the party is dead. Eiric happily hands over a bag of gold, and Gretta gives her a big (bug)bear hug.

Deciding that maybe going after the rats now might not be the best bet, the opt to explore this section more, and end up in a room with some sort of weird machine and 2 operating tables. Koltic convinces Grishnaz to get up on the table, while Eiric attempts to decipher the controls. The first attempt makes the machinery hum and flash, but Grishnaz doesn’t seem any different. Trying again, he has a seizure, and just drools vacantly before shaking it off, grinning and says “Grishnaz!” Trying again a third and fourth time, they stop when Kili expresses concern that they’re gonna give the poor goblin cancer.

Losses: Dar, Lorman, Cadwell, Mulligan, Blix

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Dreadmere Mercenaries, part 1

I mentioned yesterday that I'd pulled out some dreadmere mercenaries to work on... but they weren't the obvious choice. Having wrapped up both a D&D campaign and a painting project, and then cleaning a few other things off my tray, I sat down to think about what I want to work on next. And nothing jumped out at me.

So then I dug through my unpainted minis… and did not feel the spark of inspiration. Partly it’s because I’m still trying to decide what to play in the next campaign, and want to paint that. Problem is, I don’t know what *that* is yet. And the few minis that did call out to me were all female. So… maybe I’ll play a female character?

Until I settle on something, I decided I’m going to paint up some Dreadmere mercs. For some reason I seem to have acquired a second set of them at some point, and I’ve got a 3rd set coming with Bone 4. I think I’ll use those for some conversions.

Other than that, I’ve still got the Mordheim ogre mercenary on my tray, and the demon statue to wrap up. Oh, and the next time I pull out greenstuff, I’m gonna try to sculpt a lamp for the genie.

However, on to the minis!

I started out by washing and basing them, and them priming with Reaper's Brush On White Primer. I then gave them a wash with black wash to bring out some details. Then I painted their hands and faces with Ruddy Flesh and Tanned Shadow. I noticed that the paint wasn't sticking as well as I'm used to. The paints were glazing on, rather than sticking. I don't know if that's a feature of the brush on primer, or if it's gone bad. I'm thinking its gone bad.

I then used Muddy Olive, Burgundy Wine, Nut Brown, and Umber Brown, as well as Black and Linen White to start painting them up.

And this is what they looked like after a couple of hours of painting.

More to come!

Monday, January 7, 2019

December in Review


Wrapping up Storm King’s Thunder was just… wow. I’ve already written a bunch about that, but it was a hell of a campaign!

Played a little bit of Stonehell, and the players are making some interesting decisions. I need to catch up on the writeups soon. There’s a weird feeling when they completely avoid something that I would see as fascinating or focus on (the teleporters, the mummies) and then latch onto something else completely uninteresting to me. I really need to get around to writing up the session reports before our next game...

And I ran a 5e holiday adventure, which you can download here.

This was a month of just finishing things up Iymrith, the adventurers I gave to my fellow players. Aside from that I got started picking out and prepping some minis to work on next. I also spent some time reorganizing my mini cases. This was a relaxing, but not necessarily helpful activity.

I also took time out to photograph all my minis for 2018.


Ancillary Sword and Mercy (books 2+3 of the Imperial Radch series)
Frame Up
Star Trek Sorrows of Empire (mirror universe)
Before the Feast
Parable of the Sower

Movies/TV Watched
Mary Poppins
House with the Clock in the Walls
Ant-Man and Wasp
Spirited Away
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Daredevil season 3

I've pulled out some Dreadmere mercenaries to work on, and need to get the mini for my next character painted up...
Beyond that, I've got a new class starting in a week, so that's going to be a big part of my focus for the next month or so.

Sunday, January 6, 2019