Saturday, 19 August 2017

Moisture vaporator... on a budget

New installment in the 'on a budget' series :D

Today I have the invaluable collaboration of the missus, who generously donated this empty can of hairstyling whatever-the-thing-is to the cause.

The other element is a tap of a cologne can. No product placement
Soooo, what can be made out of these? I oddly envisioned some kind of Tatooine-like moisture vaporator... or something like that. Not sure of what would be the result like, but let's add just as many rubbish pieces as I can...

Card, MDF leftovers, whatever
BTW, classic staples ladder, useful everywhere
 You begin to see what I had in mind? The cologne tap will be the contol console:

General overview of the original idea

Control panel. Looks simple for such a large thing!
Then to the colours! I firstly primed it all white:

We're finally coming to something
 And then I thought it would look nice in some desert colour. I tried the water based Montana sprays with this result:

And suddenly I didn't like it

Right. I didn't like what I saw. The piece in white gave me the vaporator vibe I was looking for, it was more Star Wars -ish to my eye, if that makes any sense. In colour... not that much. I felt I had to paint it white again!

So I did paint it again. Then it was time for weathering and detailing...

Some night shift work
Now some rust over the dirt
Funnily enough, having primed it three times, it now has an interesting texture. It helped weathering to look more natural. Weird.

OK, after final details, this is whay I got:

Still uncertain of its purpose. Let's stick to the moisture vaporator theme
It looks shabby enough to fit on any RT setting
A couple of close-ups:

No, I don't know how to operate that
I was just about to pull that handle and run
Now I have to think about storage issues, ahh.....
 Finally, a magnificent show of my uttermost knowledge of photoshop:

You couldn't say what's a miniature and what's not
Ahem, let's call that a moisture farm and let it be over.

The whole process has taken no more than a few days of actual work, but they were spread along a few weeks. I kind of like the result, I may have to build a full complex in the same fashion...

Friday, 18 August 2017

Ballads of War 2x12-2x13

New pages; a little late this week, but I'm behind schedule... on my whole life :D

A little bit of action, a little bit of comic relief. It was important to show that Brent isn't a know-it-all with solutions for everything. It's an easy mistake one can make when building the leading role for any kind of story, and Brent was dangerously coming to that. This time he's outsmarted by El'Kais and we can see some team effort. It is fun to show how different races interact; introducing the Tau factor here allowed me to play a little with different approaches, falling apart from the usual human focus on WH40K.

Art wise, the twilight orange sky was the main challenge here, or the colour gradients, trying to look 'natural'. Not many details on the background on any panel, but tricky anyway!

We have our guys on the run! Most likely High Farseer Ellinderelion won't push the pursuit too hard, but that's still to be seen!

More stuff (hopefully) coming soon. You know, all previous stuff... HERE.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Scenery hotchpotch

I'm mixing stuff from different manufacturers today, but all of it will serve the same purpose, crowding my board! 
The first pieces here are made by Valquiria Studio, a relatively new company specialised in coloured translucent resin pieces (among regular resin scenery elements). They don't have hundreds of references, but everything they have is really sweet. Some time ago I got a few tokens kits, a sci-fi one and a post-apoc one. This is what I've done with them:

Power generator and beacons
Control consoles (not all of them properly working!)
Supplies and land mines

Some really nasty looking alien eggs! Yikes!
Then the post-apoc stuff, again with translucent resin

Objective tokens!
 About the cans, just a couple of close-ups, as I did some freehand work on them. The upper one says 'Prandium', which is just Latin for 'food' (not that creative, I'm afraid, but this way I keep it WH40K friendly). About the other two you can see the ubiquitous Blue Sun logo (dual use material it's also Firefly friendly!!):
 The other one is just a bad pun. 'Bona Mala', which one could say means 'Good/Bad' really translates as 'Nice Apples' in Latin. that's it, end of story, my mind plays like that, I cannot avoid it.

Let's move on. Next thing here is from TTCombat, from their urban ranges. They were a gift from a friend, who split up his kits and allowed me to have these cones, a parking machine, a newspaper dispenser and an ATM:

Really sweet stuff, I didn't expect to have these on my board :)

 Finally, street lamps by Fenris Games. Street lamps is something my board is really in need of. I have a few kits on my radar, but these are the first ones I actually get:

I'm the star of the show!
I of course will need more, many more, and more sci-fi looking, but for the moment these will do their part.

This is it for now! My board keeps on growing slowly (and randomly!). Not even me can tell what will come next, but ahhh, that's the charm of it all :D

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Ballads of War 2x10-2x11

Things move forward...


Quite a transition scene today. A reminder of what's been of the rest of the group (they are surprisingly unharmed, the High Farseer really kept his word!) and then back to the strange alliance between Brent and El'Kais. Everybody is on the move, will they meet again?

There's not much else to say about the story, just some Tau fluff that will become relevant later on when we delve a little into El'Kais. All the Tau Caste system had to be introduced slowly, so we have a few hints here and there. Trust me, I (think I) know what I'm doing... :P

More stuff coming soon, all previous pages, as usual, HERE.

Monday, 7 August 2017


For quite some time I've been toying with the idea of adding some more diversity to my games, and specifically to HeroQuest. Well, the thing is, one day, wandering through the Hasslefree web (any sentence starting like that is doomed to end with an empty wallet) I just saw a few minis... and I immedately knew I had a project. It was love at first sight. I was to make female characters so you could choose whatever you wanted. This is what I mean:

The Barbarian

 I know it's supposed to depict that girl from the Vikings TV show, but I don't follow the series, so I know nothing of that character. I just saw the mini and loved it. I didn't want a Red Sonja nor a chainmail bikini, this was exactly what I was looking for. In fact I got two minis! The other one will be converted to become a Rogue Trader adventurer, but that will come in time...
Let's go on:

The Dwarf

 This one took me some more time to choose, but in the end I think she's up to the duty! Probably the helmet is something I would have liked to convert, but she works good enough as it is, so I finally left her just like that.

The Elf

The pose. Oh, it's all about the pose. I love it. A real pleasure to paint. And that goes too for the final one:

The Wizard

I thought of doing some more embroidery on the dress, but I think it works fine as it is. Where the Elf's cloak is a travel garment and I painted it like that, here I tried to show a more 'urban' look, something she would wear for her daily palace intrigues and stuff.

Well, not much else to add, I think you get what I was aiming for here. Just a final picture with her counterparts:

The same but not the same
I hope I have more chances of geting Mrs. Suber into gaming with these! :D
No, seriously, the minis were too good, I needed them. But now I'm tempted of doing things like this with basically each game I own. Oh, now I'm doomed...

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Ballads of War 2x08-2x09

By now you should have learned to expect the unexpected:

Plot twist! I hope it doesn't look too forced, this was in my mind the whole time. El'Kais was always shown way more sympathetic to the humans than the Eldar, and the decision of annihilating civilian population just as a mean to divert Imperial troops from the scenario was totally unacceptable to him. It was important to me to show the differences between xenos. Where the Eldar see all other species as nothing else than expendable cattle, the Tau try to not sacrifice them; not because they have higher morals, but just as a philosophical racial issue for survival.
Eldar see how they've lost their empire, their true identity, how everything they once had did vanish in front of them, and feel threatened by mankind and any other race. Though every Craftworld will have a different approach to the issue, they all see men (and others) as intruders, as lesser races not worth of being compared to them, so they all are eventually expendable.
On the other hand, Tau are at the early stages of their expansion, they cannot afford mass genocide as a valid way of usual relationship with other races. Their first try is always assimilation (and then genocide if that fails), it's the quickest way of building an empire given their resources and means. They don't share that idea of racial purity which inspires all Eldar thoughts, but they rather embrace the concept of conquest and brainwashing, so they can use any people and resources they find. Not that they consider other races as equals, as they cannot make any real progress in Tau society (everyone has a place, but a determined place). In fact all that stuff about the so-called Greater Good is pure bullshit, the way of mass control within the Tau society and towards all the conquered races.
So well, I might have been wrong when I said that Tau don't see humans et al as mere cattle, hmm...

But I digress, as usual. I was talking about Brent on the run and suddenly El'Kais helping him. Apparently Ellinderelion foresaw a number of possible futures and, by provoking this to happen, settled a scheme of events as the least grievious path to his people. That's kind of Machiavellan, but it's exactly the kind of thing you could expect of him. He still will have to prove his ways, but at some future point I was (eventually) going to show the whole course of events and why expelling Brent and making an enemy of his former allies the Tau was to be beneficial to his cause. For the moment just enjoy the unexpected tension!

To follow all what happened to this point, you may use this link.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Outlanders to populate new places

I've finally managed to put my hands on this looong time neglected project. These minis belong to the first KS from Blind Beggar Miniatures, so the ones who know what am I talking about can get an idea of the awful, painstaking delay I have on my painting queue :(

Anyway, good news is that I've been spilling some paint on them, so I have the whole group from that KS; besides, I added Barnacle Ben to the lot from a later KS. I thought the mini totally fits in the group, couldn't resist to that.

So OK, let's go:

No reason not to look in fashion here in the borderlands
You didn't expect these colours? Everyone in Necromunda wears them this season!
Ready to ransack each settlement from here to the outer rim
You can see I've favoured bright colours and I've consciously avoided dull patterns. I wanted them to stand out, to somehow break the FIW appearance, but with no conversions on them. My idea for them is to represent a nomad tribe of the wastelands, wandering from here to there, through the ash deserts, the contaminated promethium pump complexes, the upper wild mountains and of course the perilous underhive.

Seriously, no one will give them a second look at the harbors of the underhive
I do love the cyber hounds. Endless possibilities for scenarios
So here we have them all:

The whole clan of outcast outlanders
Well, they surely make a wild bunch of  rough badasses. Painting them has been quite easy going; I've enjoyed painting different patterns on the clothes and going to unexpected places with the approach I was aiming for them. The creator, Paul, is a true gentleman whose enthusiasm knows no boundaries; in fact he has been regularly expanding the ranges with different kickstarter campaigns, so now Blind Beggar Miniatures is quite a place to have into consideration. I had to restrict myself as the lead mountain is kind of imposing right now and I don't really want to compromise my schedule for the next couple of years with unpainted minis -at least until I manage to get more stuff done!

My RT board flows with people again. Yet more to come!

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Ballads of War 2x06-2x07

A couple of
WH40K action shots incoming:

Not much to say, we are still in the High Farseer's reflections, his off-screen voice lamenting the things that have happened and the things that are to come. In between we can see the Blood Angels, so you may imagine that they will have some role in the story.

For now I can't tell more. Just state the obvious, the Eldar are wiping the Orks out, but Space Marines are not that easy. Of course you can see I had Primaris Marines before they were cool ;) But it looks like we still have to go back to Brent for a while; we left him hanging on the edge at the end of last issue, we have to know what's coming now...

Well, the story resumes, so what can I say? Onwards! To adventure! I'll be bringing new pages soon!