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Critical Role Miniatures: Mighty Nein

This set of miniatures is a lot better than the others. There was much less warping of the plastic and the mould lines were far smaller. Detailing on the miniatures was still not amazing, however it was more defined than the other ones. I definitely preferred painting this group and even got to experiment a bit with different skin colours – purple, blue and green. I don’t know who the characters are really, so googling them to find out what they were supposed to look like was also rather fun. Perhaps I should give the show a listen.

Anyway, here they are in all thier D&D type glory…

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D&D Scenary

I have spent the majority of the past two days painting bits of the large D&D scenary commission for Stronghold Games. Mostly what I have done is wooden items – barrels, beds, chairs, tables and that sort of thing. While it is not the most interesting thing I have ever had to paint (that’s Ahriman and the Ahrimen if you want to know), it has been fun. Most of the bits don’t take that long to paint, so it’s a ‘quick’ win in that regard and I like the idea of people using the bits to create scenes for their games. It will add a big visual element to playing and I know that is a good thing as I have done so myself.

I created a small scene in the light box using some of the bits I have painted today and one of the Mighty Nein who is awaiting basing!

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I really like the plush looking chair, though I am not sure how comfortable that bed would be!

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Shalaxi – 2

Just a quick update on how I am progressing with the daemon prince(ss) of Slaanesh. I have decided that this will be my reward miniature. For the last hour of the day, I will paint it as a reward for getting through the D&D scenery and the Critical Role stuff as well.

Today I managed to get most of the other claw finished. The blending takes a long time to get right and I am still not totally happy with where I ave left it. I think there are some parts that need smoothing out in terms of colour transitions, however I made a good start on it. I can look again tomorrow with fresh eyes and make any adjustments that need doing then.

What do you think?

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Humanity Ascendant – Part 1

I am going back to LARP. It wasn’t something I thought I would ever do so I am a little surprised at my enthusiasm for it. I stopped around three years ago as I thought someone suffering from violent voices actually running about wielding weapons wasn’t a good idea. The system had grown stale in my eyes as well and so I thought moving on from it was for the best.

Then a friend of mine set up a post apocalyptic system that sounded much more interesting. I haven’t been yet as I have resisted going, however the more I think about it, the more I want to go. It was sold to me as ‘Fall-out’ meets X-Files and today I have been deciding what I am going to play.

I decided to go for a scientist. I want to be able to create augmetic limbs not unlike a tech-priest from 40K. I have no idea whether this is possible or if it will work but I will neevr find out sitting about at home.

Going presents a couple of problems for me. One is gathering the relevent bits of gear to make myself look half decent when I go. A labcoat and microscope is high on my list, and I managed to pick up a kid’s science kit at a car boot sale today as well. The second is my level (or lack therof of) fitness. I have been wanting to shape up for a while and it seems this will be the reason to do so. I’ve been going on walks daily, gradually increasing the distance, and I have been eating a lot healthier too.

I am looking forward to giving it a go at the end of October as it looks like a lot of fun. I can only give it a try after all! If anyone else is interested in going along, the website is here:

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Fossil finding!

Time for something different! Today, we headed out of Hull to the ‘dinosaur coast’ to look for fossils. The weather was warm, the day clear and so off we went. Robin Hood’s bay is just south of Whitby and features some picturesque countryside and views. Car parking is at the top of the hill, and you have to walk down a considerably steep incline to get to the beach.

Walking along the firm sand was a lovely experience, and we searched for fossils. They can be found in the cliffs, which are made from a crumbly slate-like rock.

We walked for a good hour but we didn’t find any fossils. I did find egg rock, a flat rock and a rock with red in it though. They have been added to the rock collection in front of the fire place and I had a really good day. The walk back up the hill was less fun, but all in all, it was great fun.

40K · Age of Sigmar · miniatures.

Slaughterpriest

After the disappointment of the last miniatures I painted, I decided I needed to do something totally different before I moved on to the next set. I have had a slaughterpriest kicking around the house for a while and I wanted to practice some non metalic metals as it has been a while since I have done them. Last thing I want is to forget how to do them after all. The slaughterpriest seemed as good a mini as any to have a go at and so he became my willing volunteer.

I also tried something new out on the leather he wears as well, I wanted to give it an aged, cracked feel and I had a tutorial on Pinterest that I wanted to try, adding my own tweaks in here and there if I needed to. Here are the results:

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Best parts for me are the red plates with the blended highlights, and some of the areas of the brass look pretty good. Others could do with improving. Painting silver is pretty tough, but I am not going to improve that without practicing it. This is only the second time I have done so and I am hardly going to be an expert at it already. Just keep practicing!

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Critical Role: Vox Machina Miniatures

I won’t lie, I bought this miniatures with the intention of painting them and selling them on. I am not a fan of the show particularly, though the bits I have heard were amusing. I must say I prefer playing table top than listening to others do so. That said, I thought the miniatures would be different to paint and a break from what I usually do.

They were a break. I was not all that impressed with the quality of them however. The quality left a bit to be desired in my eyes. Most of them needed heating and bending back into shape and the mould lines on some of them were particularly bad. If I had backed this on the original kick-starter, I would have been disappointed with the result. I even found air bubbles on one of the miniatures, which is never a good thing! At least it was a relatively small one and didn’t affect the overall look of the miniature.

I did my best with the painting on them. Some of the details were so shallow in the design that they are absent from the finished product. I know Grog is meant to have tattoos on his head, but they just don’t show up. Scanlan’s facial expression is also a little amusing if you look at it closely. One side seems to be smiling, the other seems to be fixed in an evil grin! Anyway, here they are all finished:

I know the show is popular so it is a real shame that the quality in these miniatures is lacking, especially with the high standards that are around from other companies.