(Feel free to skip the following few paragraphs of background blurb)
Some of you may remember me from such “tale of fantasy painters” as the 2010-2011 tale of fantasy painters. Unfortunately, motivation and opponents vanished part way through that (though I do now have an almost completely painted goblin army). Anyway, now I’m back with a painting log.
I’ve been planning to do this “plog” for a few months now, and it’s already gone through a number of different iterations (despite the fact that a paintbrush has not yet touched a model). To start with it was a plog of “models sssk likes”, but then I realised that many of the models I was planning to paint fit nicely with warhammer quest – so then it spent a while as a warhammer quest log. Unfortunately, I didn’t really have the motivation to paint all of the monsters, and I don’t have much space to store stuff, so lots of models isn’t really a possibility at the moment (and scenery is a big no-no).
Whilst hunting around for nice models to paint, I found wyrd miniatures (most famed for “malifaux”). If you don’t know about wyrd’s stuff, I really recommend you check out the website. The artwork and models have a really dynamic feel to them, and the game mechanics they use are fantastic (basically using a deck of cards rather than dice to determine the outcome of combats etc). Anyway, because I don’t really have many opponents here, I thought it’d be good to start a game which my non-gaming friends might enjoy. “Puppet wars”, by wyrd, is just such a game.
In terms of story, the game takes place in an old witch’s hut in the middle of a marsh. The place is full of magical energy (as so many placed seem to be), and long story short, the toys come to life (hence “puppet” wars) and fight. In terms of gameplay, I’ll describe it as a mix of chess, magic the gathering, and warhammer... but that doesn’t really do it justice. I might try and describe how you play sometime later in the plog, but I make no promises. I’ve never been outside the world of GW in terms of models, but the art and models which wyrd produce are amazing. So there are a few aims for this plog (in no particular order, as I’ll be chipping away at whatever takes my fancy at the time):
1 – Paint up some heroes for warhammer quest
2 – Paint up my puppet wars set
3 – Improve my painting skills (I’m intending to try out some non-metal-metal, source-lighting, maybe a bit of blending too)
4 – Improve my photography skills (not a strong start, as the photos in this first post are all taken by lamp light)
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I’ve only just picked up my paints from my dad’s house (hence the reason it’s taken so long to get the plog rolling), and I’ve not sat down to paint anything yet. However I have got some of the stuff I’ll be using for my warhammer quest dungeons.
First up, we have some nasty denizens of the dungeons. As I have a goblin army for warhammer, I quickly decided that my dungeons would be heavily goblin themed. Sticking with my theme of not having to many models (storage space issue), I have a bunch of snotlings, who will be representing bats and rats too. Then I have some average night gobos, who’ll represent gobbos, skaven, anything else there’re lots of. But they’re pretty dull. So here’s my gobbo big bosses, who’ll be representing orcs, elves, daemons....anything with more skill than a bog standard goblin really (I really like the mail order only guy with the hook and crown, he’s an amazing model). And my trolls, who’ll be representing anything big. (feel free to request close ups of any models, I want to practice my macro photography)
I know what you’re thinking: “Oh no! These dungeons have some nasty critters, where’re the heroes who’ll save us!
Well, maybe you aren’t thinking that, but here’s some heroes painted over the past 7 years or so. The dwarf miner is the oldest (and I think that shows), and the dwarf ranger, the newest (which I hope also shows). The High elf shadow warrior was a hired sword for my mordheim warband 4 or 5 years ago, and the wardancer (one of my favourite models of all time) was painted 3 or 4 years ago, as part of a wood elf army. These may well all get stripped and re-painted later in the plog, but who knows if that’ll actually happen or not.
So on to the first things I have to paint. I figure it makes sense to have one quest model, and one puppet wars, so here they are. The first one is a limited edition marauder champion from 2002 (I think). I managed to pick him up on ebay pretty cheap, I only hope I can do the model justice. Needless to say, he’s going to be a barbarian for quest. For puppet wars, I want to paint up the models used in the practice scenarios (puppet wars comes with 5 practice scenarios which gradually add more rules as a gentle introduction to the game), so we have a razorspine rattler, and a convict gunslinger.
Right... I guess I need to stick some paint on these things huh?
Hope you all enjoy the plog