Monday, December 9, 2019

Miniature: Owlbear

More catching up on finished projects, today the Bones Black Owlbear!

While I have some WiP pictures, I'm a little fuzzy on exactly what paints I used.

The pictures are pretty clear on how they're all layered together. I went with markings that aren't exactly realistic to either owls or bears, but I think make for an interesting looking magical beast.

One thing that bugs me is that I forgot I had an owlbear from Bones 3 that I could have painted at the same time. Ah well.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Miniatures: Sci-Fi Dino Troopers

I have a bunch of miniature posts to catch up on, from the Raptors, to the Owlbear, to a bunch of vampires, and some ghouls

This post though, is about the sci-fi dino troopers from Reaper's Bones 4.

Of course I did most of the painting in October, and don't remember exactly what colors I used... I think I used grey liner, but it might have been blue...

You'll note that the bases are tiny. I've got these guys sitting on standard 1" bases, and, well, the only one that comes close is the T-Rex. So, sadly, I cut them all off their bases...

And stamped out some sci-fi bases. And yeah, that's one of the vampires I'll be posting about later.

Here they are!

Then I painted them up and glued them on. I probably could have done a cleaner job trimming the edges of the stamped mold. Also thinking that it might look better on square bases, but they're done, and they were fun to work on.

My biggest complaint, aside from the bases, is that there's only one of each of these guys. I'd love a few more variations for any or all of them. More weapons, different poses, but the same types of armor.

I have no idea what I'll ever use them for, but whatever.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Stonehell: Rock Hard from a Cockatrice

Session 112 was played on 11/17

Borumar, ½ Orc Thief 7 (Josh)
Joho, Mystic 5 (Chris)

Returning to the side dungeon, and the many petrified figures, Jo wants to revive someone. They make a check over the various figures, and settle on a female elven wizard. Rubbing the oil of Stone to Flesh over her, she returns to life, and once realizing Jo and Borumar aren’t trying to kill her, introduces herself as Sabrine Blackwillow, and explains that she’d been hunting a medusa with her friends, and that they were set upon by a flock of cockatrices. Looking around, she only sees one of her fellow adventurers. She hopes that the others made it out alive. Asking the year, she realizes she’s been trapped for 64 years…

Checking out another room, they discover an owlbear pressed up in the corner, petrified. Jo talks about using the last vial of oil on the owlbear, in case they need to run away and want something to get in between them and whatever they’re running from. Borumar thinks this isn’t the best idea. Sabrine wants to use the oil on her friend. Jo is hesitant, but she promises to make it worth their while. Borumar and Jo discuss it, and agree.

Back to the Medusa’s bedroom, they oil up Phynara Wynnan, explain the situation, and move on.

The next room they explore has a pair of cockatrices. Jo tries to block the first one, as it flies toward him, but he gets pecked, and instantly crusts over. The foul are killed, and Borumar looks at the pair of elves. They quick check the room, discover a bunch of gold, and some gems. Grabbing the statue of Jo, they head toward the exit.

6 lazily aggressive wererats are waiting for them at the stairs. They’re upset that the party hasn’t been better visitors, and demand 500 gold to let them pass. Borumar tries to talk them down, but they up the cost to 600. In the course of conversation, they discover that the medusa did used to live here, but was moved out some time ago. Phynara is ready to throw down, but Borumar just wants out, so he pays.

It’s a long walk back to town, dragging the statue of Jo, but they eventually make it. In town, no wizards know Stone to Flesh, and no one has a potion, but an alchemist says he can do it with a Medusa’s hair (snake).

Borumar checks in with A-A-Ron, who tells him about the medusa they killed in Stonehell, and where. Borumar plans to see if the body is still there…

Gains: 3,000gp, 7 gems, Phynara, Sabrine
Kills: Cockatrices
Losses: 600gp

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Review: The Queen of Crows and The Killing Light

Myke Cole's fantasy trilogy is complete!

Somehow, I completely failed to not only review The Queen of Crows, but I didn't even get around to marking it as read on Goodreads!

Picking up from where things left off in The Armored Saint, Myke doesn't let up the pressure. Heloise may have saved most of the people she cares about from a demon, and the religious zealots who want to kill her and her village, but now that she's basically turned herself into an unwilling heretic, she's got to find a way to survive.

The pressure keeps mounting, and the steel magitech armor she wears can only do so much to protect her from the physical assaults she faces, and it does nothing to protect her from the emotional hits she takes over the last 2 books. And do those hits keep coming. From having to deal with grief for those she lost, grief and pain from her own disfigurement, the knowledge that many people want her dead, that others believe her a living saint, and still others just see her as a symbol they can use to topple the ancient church that oppresses all around it, and her own feelings of confusion and everything else that comes with being a 16 year old girl... it's a lot. And Myke takes it places I wasn't expecting.

If my review of The Armored Saint didn't get you to pick up the series, I hope this review does!