Tuesday, 8 August 2017

WHQ Shadows Over Hammerhal map making kit

so me and the family have been playing this a few weeks now and are thoroughly enjoying it. i very much see this as a natural successor to Heroquest as opposed to WHQ.

Regardless ive made a map making kit.
so anyone that owns this game will know it was needed. it just so happens to be the case i was the first to do it lol.

you can nab the download here

Please note this is for photoshop users only although there is a plugin for paint.net users that will allow you to open PSD files
as you can see i've made a replication of the entire quest book so that players can now create their own quests and campaigns

feel free to share this link or any of your creations if you do dive in and make any quests.


Thursday, 13 April 2017

Descent Fire Imps

nice and simple models here. nice and easy to do utilising a white base coat with washes a plenty building up the white through yellows and oranges
having bought a few descent expansions recently ive got quite a few to get through...but slowly getting there :)


Saturday, 8 April 2017

Descent - Tatianna

Tatianna is a renowned huntress from a secluded tribe of female warriors living in the far reaches of Terrinoth. As civilization encroached on their long-held hunting grounds, Tatianna found her people unprepared to combat the modern world. To ensure the survival of her sisters, she left her home in search of gold, weapons, and powerful magic. With the fate of her people on her shoulders, Tatianna believes she can find some crucial knowledge or weapon in the legacy of the Stewards. as well as being my eldest daughters new character of choice. of course i had to point her up.

what i like with a lot of these descent character designs is that they leave a lot of scope to add the free-hand designs. here being no different with plenty of teenie tiny warpaint/tattoos to be added.
descent tatianna

She came out pretty well. and my daughter is well impressed too. oddly though this character is pretty naff as my daughter is now discovering in our current campaign.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Descent - Seer Kel

next off the line from the Stewards of the Secret H&M expansion is Seer Kel.
now this character itself...It's a little odd. shes like some sort of fairy looking thing. and the overall shape and design of the model is something most painters will think "i'll paint that one last!"
and i was going to leave it till last...until that is. my 3 year old daughter proclaimed her "that's my favourite character please daddy can you paint it next"

repeat that over a thousand times over a couple of days. and you now understand why i tackled this one much earlier on.

onto the design. i searched the internet to see how others had painted this. and as i expected. there hasn't been many paint strokes thrown in seer Kels direction.
the overall shape of the model is a challenge to paint. and even though i base my models onto a loose paint pot with some blue-tac. i found myself constantly having to go and retouch up the edge parts of the model. This mini wasn't easy to paint. and i really have very little idea what i was going to do other that attempt to follow the hero card.

so he were go

the challenge here was the obvious focal point of the model is at the back of the model. the skirt thing is huge and what gives her the levitating look. the base artwork had this shown with dark blues. not sure if this was a shadow effect or not. but that's what i went with. and due to the design of the model. what i decided to paint first and get out of the way.
the next challenge was actually ficuring out if this skirt was supposed to be peacock feathers or leaves. i went with a mixture of both.
the final challenge was "what level of detail shall i go for?"
she has some facial/tribal type markings on her face.
and then there are those intricate designs on her leggings..
freehand is something i really want to improve on. so i thought "screw it, lets give it a bash!"
also shes blind..hence the lack of pupils on the eyes.
the freehand didn't turn out too bad. its hard enough painting at this size and then managing to get it completely symmetrical. i tried. and well i think it came out well.
ive given the expansion heroes much more love than the original descent base game. but that said. these are better models in every way. they are actually a joy to paint. and i think that shows with the fact that they can keep my attention throughout.

still got many more to paint. but going strong i think :)

Friday, 3 February 2017

More descent Monsters

having recently gotten back into descent, along with the purchase of a couple of expansions. i've been painting some of them up.

first up i have the hybrid sentinels from the lair of the wyrm expansion
simple technique applied to all of the monsters. base colours and army painter strong tone. thats it. no highlights. no nothing..want to keep it simple on these paint jobs and then make the heroes stand out more by giving them decent paint jobs.
Regardless i still think these work well. they are painted...which is better than not painted right?

Next up we have the Ferrox from The Stewards of the secret hero and monster expansion box

i did something a little different on these. due to the colours. giving them a murky wash of strong tone wouldn't of given the desired look. so these were painted different using various washes over the white basecoat

these however were back to the old strong tone. i gave the bones a wash of sepia and touched the eyes up at the end as i prefer an older looking bone to my skellies

all nice and simply done. and adding a bit more to my collection.
enjoy :)

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Nanok of the blade

Descent Descent so many expansions to choose from after being away so long.
of course i go with the one thats got a barbarian in it!!

all games. i wanna be the barbarian.
cluedo...im the barbarian
monopoly....im the barbarian
poker.......yeh im the barbarian

and of course descent. i now have the barbarian. so guess who i'm gonna be?

The guy was really fun to paint. i get a lot of enjoyment in painting fleshtones. and i like the contrasts between the red and yellow/gold.
and just had to try freehand on that emblem.

i also want to add how impressed i am that FFG decided to change the designs of the descent figures. they are a huge improvement.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Descent finally gets some love!

OK I've not been shy in the past on my opinions of the miniatures that came with the base box set of Descent Journeys in the dark 2.0



In fact in this household we loved the game and played it a lot. at the time there were no expansions. so this sat on the shelf for a while.
Following the disinterest and quite disastrous reign of Warhammer quest silver tower at our gaming table, this baby was brought back off the shelf.
noticing a whole load of expansions had been released i decided the research a little.
and you know what?
i think the designers have read my blog!! hahaha.
From each expansion the miniatures have seemed to of improved. the miniatures in the most recent expansion released being far superior in design to the original. you can actually see the incline in quality from each expansion.
so much so i went out and bought a couple to put my theory to the test.
the scale has increased from realistic to heroic. which is'nt totally out of place. but it is actually a whole lot better.

so i went back over my 2 previous posts where i pretty much berated 90% of the minis within the descent base box.

was i harsh or was i fair?
I guess opinion may be divided. but regardless I thought "maybe i just did'nt give them any love"
so seeing the massive upheaval in quality i thought maybe i should at least revisit the older minis and try and give them a little love to bring the quality up

so lets start of with Avric. ive decided to put a before and after shot side by side mainly for myself to see the difference that extra time and effort may or may not of paid off. I think it did!

 Leoric of the book.. still smug. but definitely looking much better. i was pestered and pestered to repaint him by daughter #2 as he was her favourite at the point of painting these. that has since changed after purchasing some of the expansions

Syndrael. again another full repaint. toning down the facial features a little rather than trying to over compensate them. not a great sculpt but the repaint brought out a much better overall look i think.

Widow Tarha. i like this character. the scale leaves a lot to be desired. but the repaint definitely brought out more in the sculpt.

Tomble. i didnt actually repaint this one at all. i just painted the base and gave him a nice dulcoat finish. still an improvement i think.

Grisban. another i chose not to repaint. the original did'nt come out that bad. so again i just painted the base and gave him a dulcoat finish. still look better than he originally did

Jain. full repaint on this one. not a great sculpt but was able to breathe a little more life into daughter #1's fave character. i think one of the major flaws with these figures away from the scaling was the mold lines. any of the character facing sideways all had mould lines directly down their faces. which is why in not giving you full 360 images of these! haha

Ashrian...poor Ashrian. i forgot to take a picture of her. but it doesnt matter. because i didnt repaint her anyways. just painted her base and gave a dulcoat finish. but regardless you can see her below with all of her base game buddies!

my eyes are firmly locked on progressing with descent now and fleshing out my collection with more expansions. i now own

Lair of the wyrm
Treaty of champions
Stewards of the secret

so expect to see some posts of my paint jobs on those
i may also possibly revisit some of the monsters from the base game. at least finish the bases on them at minimum :)

oh and happy belated 2017!