It’s been a week of good distractions but I finally got the bases and display board finished up for the Storm Elves. I went ahead and continued the lightning theme across the minis and the crystal terrain. I was hoping for more of a dark stormy display board but found it almost impossible to model such a scene. So I went with dark and wet. I tried to run some lightning up the legs but it was utter failure so I just went with lightning running along the ground.
I went with the same process I used for the Frost Barbarians and framed it with trim.
It’s a lot blacker than these pics show so here are some earlier shots with the overhead light:
A fairly basic board but it does what it needs to do. It’s nice to have these done and now I can get back to some of the core races that are going to be coming up.
The skirmish rules I’m making for this group will be fun. A few of the spells and special abilities they will have:
- “Shrouded by Rain” – cut enemy ranged damage in half
- “Hail Storm” – damage to an area (one hex plus any immediate surrounding hexes that might be occupied)
- “Wall of Rain” – creates a barrier that the enemy will have to move around
More on this later, but to get an idea of where this is going take the PC games HOM&M and Disciples II & III and throw them into a blender with the board games Mage Wars and Summoner Wars.
I mentioned earlier about the good distractions. Last August my motherboard fried and I’ve using my tablet and my wife’s laptop ever since. This weekend we finally got what we’ve been dying to get for a long time:
Oh baby! 240mm water cooled! EVGA Super-clocked GTX 770 GPU! 27 ” 1920 X 1080 HDMI LCD monitor!
So, needless to say, most of my week end has been getting this beast up and running and exploring Skyrim on Ultra settings. Wow, just wow!
There are those who debate that video games are a direct competitor of tabletop games. I would disagree as in my experience one has always inspired the other. I don’t buy into the “one or the other” mentality and believe that they can both not only coexist but actually feed each other. I know in my case Heroes of Might & Magic and the Disciples lines got me thinking about getting back into miniatures while a WWII game called Faces of War, the precursor to Men of War, finally sent me over the edge – I just had to have some Panther IV’s to “blow up” with a squad of Allied foot soldiers. So off I went to Plastic Soldier Company and the rest is history. I’ve recently acquired some Pegasus Russian Great Coats that have been staring me down for a while. It looks like I could have a detour from the fantasy stuff on the horizon…we’ll see.
Thanks for taking a look,