Frost Crystals and a Tease

I know,  I know.  This really is the last post for the Frost Barbarians.  Well…until I get their spells and unit cards designed.  I just keep thinking of more things that are needed to complete the army, that’s all.

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While I was making scatter terrain last week I realized that I needed race specific as well as the neutral terrain.  So I took some crystals from the same mold and sanded the bases down at different angles and glued them to plastic  poker chips.

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I based them, along with some plaster rocks,  with a baking soda, white paint and water mix and painted them with a neon blue and Future floor wax solution.

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I couldn’t resist making a snow white hex board to go along with them so I could see how everything looked together so far.

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Whew,  now I can move on to another army. Tonight I’ve been messing around with some color schemes for the next race and I think I like where I’m going to go with this.  In fact, I’d say they are electrifying!

Next week I’ll reveal the who and what but until then…

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Thanks,

Night Owl

 

 

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A few additions

It’s been a little tough to stay focused this week for some reason. I’m exploring several avenues for the Legions of the Damned skirmish board terrain but haven’t come across anything that I’m completely sold on yet.  So while the experiments continue I keep working away on the pile.

First, we have a couple of additions to the Legions army.

The Summoner (Reaper miniatures):

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Another Succubus (Reaper miniatures):

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The Possessed (Mantic Zombies):

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I also added two additions to the Frost Barbarians that will get based this weekend:

The Healer (Sharyn, Reaper miniatures):

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And an Archer from Westwind Minatures’ Dwarf Wars:

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I have a few other projects started but I’ll wait to show them when they’re a little closer to completion.

Back to the lava board…Styrofoam…cork…plaster…???

Thanks,

Night Owl

 

 

Skating Away on the Thin Ice…

This is the final post for the Northern Barbarians project. This is one of 14 armies I’m gathering to use in my tabletop skirmish board game. I still would like to find another archer or two and perhaps a shaman miniature down the road but I’m pretty happy with how this played out.

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Here’s a quick rundown of how I did this.

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I have five trees and a campfire as fillers so that if someday I decide to expand the group I can add more figures.

As of now, this one is officially going to the display shelf.  Thanks for following along.

Thanks,

Night Owl

 

Snow and Ice Bases

I’ve heard it said that every time we do something to push ourselves a little further than we are comfortable with. This is how we get better. I’m feeling like I’ve got a little momentum going finally so I’m going to push and try some stuff I’ve never done. I think I’m very happy with what has happened! This is a little how-to about how I based my miniatures with snow and ice.

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I’ll walk you through it step by step and list products used throughout.

Step 1:  I primed and painted my slot bases white.  Let these dry.

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Step 2: I painted the recessed area with Bahama Blue Americana craft paint.  Let these dry.

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Step 3: I covered the newly painted area with Folk Art crackle medium.  Let this dry.

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Step 4: Paint over this with white paint.  I had to work fairly quick on this step because before I could finish each base it was already starting to crackle.  Let this dry.

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Step 5: Mix up some baking soda, white paint and a little water. I don’t know exact parts but I had the consistency of a thin paste.  In fact it was just runny enough that each time I grabbed the camera to take a picture it would drip off the toothpick just as I was focusing.

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Step 6: Next I glued my miniatures into the bases and covered the slot with a little bit of the paste but trying not to cover the entire base. A little here and a little there.

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Step 7: Now the magic happens.  I found a product about a year ago that I love to use for water effects.  It is called Triple Thick gloss glaze and made by DecoArt.

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Step 8: Using a toothpick I spread some of this medium onto the crackle areas but not the baking soda areas and viola!

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Next I thought to try something different for my wolves.  I cut up some cork board pieces, glued them to the base and followed the same process from there.

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So there you have the run down on my snow and ice bases.  I was a little intimidated to go out of my comfort zone of just using baking soda but I’m sure glad I did.  Hopefully there is something here that you can use on a project, or even better, something that might make you think of a better way of doing things.  Give it a shot!

Thanks,

Night Owl

Invaders From the North

Today I got the last of my Northern Barbarians painted.  I think watching the Vikings premier the other night got me itching to finish them.  I had to search for specific miniatures to use for this skirmish army and have so far, I think, been fairly successful.

The idea behind this faction is a nomadic tribe that utilizes frost as their primary element and wolves as their primary animal companion.  This is part of a skirmish game that I’m developing that will have multiple races all using elemental forces.  Think Might & Magic or Disciples to get an idea of how this will work.  More on that as it develops.

Here is an overview of them (not the best pics as I’m still trying to tweak the new workspace):

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And some closeups.  This is a Chaos Hero on horseback made by Gamezone Miniatures of Spain and has had the shield replaced with one from an old Demonic Gnoll made by WOTC from their late Chainmail series:

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The mage is a Tre Manor sculpt and distributed by Hasslefree Miniatures:

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This is a Rusted Heroes miniature. I believe they are out of business but they can still be floating around ebay and game stores:

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I tried to paint the axe as a Skyrim glass axe but looking at it now I might need to hit it with a satin finish.

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Also mixed in are some Reaper wolves, some Freeblades miniatures and some Zenit scuplts.  I love the idea of being free to pick and choose from different manufacturers and not be confined to certain lines.  I’ve only completed the base on one miniature and am currently working on designing a display board for them.  In fact, later this week I’ll post a tutorial on basing with snow as I get this crew all set up for the board.

Thanks,

Night Owl