I’ve had a chance the last few days to get the elves to the point of “almost finished”. For the display board I used an adhesive floor tile from my local home improvement store and glued it to a piece of cardboard for added stiffness. This was coated with black sand from the dollar store and drybrushed a few different shades of green and yellow.
I decided to go with the angled design as I did with the Undead Legions of Shadow and framed it with a few pieces of stained decorative wood trim.
Last summer when I was visiting my local Rock & Gem show I came a cross a vendor selling Lucite flower jewelry and picked up a few bags:
I started the bases by gluing down some coffee grounds which i then drybrushed green and yellow before adding flower colored flock and a few leaves from a GW wood elves kit:
These were followed by the Lucite flowers:
Eventually I’ll add the Forest Spirit miniature and base the statue and pillars but I think I’ll save that for rainy day when I need to break off from something else (I can’t have all my projects completed – I wouldn’t know what to do with myself!).
I’ve been working on a stronghold/fort using Hirst Arts blocks off and on for the last few months in what little spare time I’ve had between projects. Some pieces get moved on to other projects and some stick around. I’m not a hundred percent sure of the configuration yet but I think I am honing in it finally.
I don’t know if this is going to be a permanent diorama or if I’ll keep it available for gaming so I tried to make it as modular as possible.
I wanted to add some water features so I made a fountain and a couple of pools.
I used white glue to build up the water letting it dry for 24 hours between layers and then topped it with glass varnish before adding some lily pads.
I decided it wasn’t big enough so I added some more parts (and may still add some more).
So the timing was pretty good to try to figure out how to incorporate Narthrax into the project and for most of today I’ve just been playing around trying different set ups.
I think I will build a different tower that will be specifically for him and can be both part of this set and a stand alone base. I’ve never casts with magnets but it looks like it might be time to learn just to keep him up where he belongs.
I’m getting excited enough about this project that all the others may have to be put on hold for bit!
It’s time for the next skirmish crew. Introducing the Cloud Tribe. Their main element of power is air with a water influence.
I’m using mostly the Alkemy Jade Empire miniatures for this race, with a few additions such as the WOTC Drunken Master and a few dollar store plastic tigers.
I’ve converted the Hell Dorado Soul Carrier upper body with a set of Persian cavalry legs and mounted him on a water ox that I found for a buck at the thrift store a while back.
Since air is readily available his job is to provide the water necessary to cast spells such as:
Cloud Shroud – cast on one allied unit will deflect one point of damage
Wind Burst – cast on enemy unit and forces that unit backwards 3 spaces
Layer of Fog – For two turns, all enemy movement is halved, all enemy ranged units do half damage
Air Elemental – Summons air elemental within 2 spaces of caster
Water Jet – launches jet of water doing one point of damage
Their animal companions are the Clouded Leopards (did anyone guess that last week?) I tried to emulate the same pattern but bring in the blue and cream from the army color scheme. At first I wasn’t completely sold on it but it is growing on me.
They obviously have an Eastern flavor to them so I wanted to continue with that theme and used an aquarium decoration for the display board.
I added a small waterfall and some plastic bamboo.
I still need to base the miniatures and come up with some kind of cloud or water crystals. I’ve got some Christmas ornament icicles that may be worth experimenting with. That will keep me busy this week.
Well these went a lot quicker than I thought they would.
I used some old 30mm Confrontation bases because I thought the texture was a close enough match. I primed them, shot them with some Krylon Almond, and drybrushed them with the same muddy brown I used on the display board.
The undead are the only race so far that will not have a tier 5 spell which summons a large creature. They will have a powerful level 4 spell, however, to balance that out (I hope anyway, we’ll see when we playtest!)
They will have:
Wall of Death
Shadow Strike (one ranged damage to one enemy unit) / Rigor Mortis (slows one enemy unit to half speed for one turn)
Plague (-1 to enemy defenses)
Darkness (paralyze all enemy ranged units for one turn)
Reanimate (raise and control one dead allied or enemy unit with half of starting health and half move points)
So that’s it for the Shadow Tribe and the fifth race.
I think next week I’ll take a break from the minis and start some work on the World Board.
This weekend I was able to get my display board built up for my undead skirmish party.
It is finally warming up enough here in Colorado that I can start working on some larger projects out in the garage again. I go on casting binges and load up all my cardboard flats with Hirst Arts castings.
I’m utilizing the field stone line of molds for this project and just for something different I decided to do a diagonal build for this race.
After some dry stack testing I glued it all up and let it sit overnight. I really wanted this to be a Skyrim inspired build so I base coated everything in black. For this project I’ve gone with earth tone back wall and a black foreground. I really like the way the two-tone color scheme helps my eyes to differentiate what I’m looking at.
I glued a stick-on vinyl floor tile stuck to a Masonite floor tile. I decided to keep the natural sandy color and highlighted the textures with some earth brown dry-brushing. Lastly, I filled it all in with some Wargames Factory Skeletons, some banners and some pottery made from beads.
Now if I can just figure out how to match the color of this floor to the bases of my skirmish party I’ll be in business.
I have to admit that the undead might be my favorite race. Somehow they feed my darker side and allow me to get in touch with all things morbid and unnatural. I have been collecting undead miniatures for a while now and have built for them a display board. Unfortunately, it proved not to be big enough as I still have 50+ Wargames Factory skeletons and 25 or so Mantic zombies to add to the mix. It has always been an ongoing project that will probably never be completely finished so let me see what I can cull out of the goods for a skirmish army.
I’ll start with the Skeletal Orcs from WOTC defunct Chainmail series. They were supplied with a great axe but I lost one years ago and just recently added new arms and swords to one of them.
Next I’ll use the Reaper Bones skeletons for Melee troops. These little fellas have been block painted and dipped but still need weapon details painted.
Next for the Healers will be Reaper spirits:
For the mages I’ll use the old Games Workshop Tomb Kings banner bearer and the WOTC Chainmail Necromancer Ahmut.
And finally for the Champion I’ll be using the Gamezone Vampire standard bearer.
Like the demon army some of these will need to be repainted and/or touched up as they have had some use over time and they’ll all need to be rebased to 30MM rounds.
I’d like to maybe go with a crypt themed display board for this race but work off the existing graveyard theme. The intention initially was to be able to use the displays as modular terrain and in the future races I would like to focus more on that.
Well, there you go . This race will probably take a few weeks and I’ve got some good ideas for how to do the crypt display – is anyone else thinking Skyrim influence?
I started out the bases with what I call “turf”. This is fine mulch that you get at the garden center. I run it through an old coffee grinder for a few seconds. This breaks it up into a smaller scale particle but not enough to pulverize it into a powder so that it still has some texture.
Next I throw on some Woodland Scenics flock.
Then I top it with Secret Weapons’ Summer Leaf Mix:
I followed this recipe for the ruins and “greened it up” a little bit.
A few of the footmen:
The ranged crossbowman:
And the Grand Inquisitor:
I was painting this guy up and trying to come up with some background that would justify the ruins:
The Divine source is an ancient and mythical element. It was fabled to be only a legend as it was oppressed long ago, however, pockets of devoted followers kept it alive under great secrecy. The followers were poor and humble, yet stoutly proud. Recently, rumors of it’s resurgence was thought to be only another passing cult. Then the Angels arrived and the land knew that the Divine had indeed returned.
Some of their spells will be:
Cocoon of Light: 1 allied unit immune from attack for 1 turn
Sunstroke: 1 point of damage to 1 enemy unit
Sun Shower: 1 point of damage to an area (1 hex plus all six adjacent hexes)
I’m kinda get itchy to test a few of these skirmish groups. I don’t know if I’ll have time but I would like to try out a few games this weekend. The rules are scattered throughout a spiral notebook but I think I can pull it together enough to try out some basic mechanics. If it happens I’ll make sure to take pics and post an update.