Community Spotlight: Light Up Cylons, Blood Bowl Orcs & Bushido Terrain

September 7, 2020 by brennon

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Come and join us for another delve into the Projects to find the best of the best from the last week or so. We're going to be getting stuck into lots of great looking miniature wargaming painting and hobbying this week...


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Light Up Cylons by blinky465

We fire things up today with blinky465 who has taken up the challenge of adding more electronics into his miniatures and this time the aim was to make some seriously badass looking Cylons! You can see the finished product down below in this video from his channel...

This is an insane amount of work and I think that the final look for these Cylons is pretty darn awesome. I love the menacing look to those LEDs which are flicking back and forth, an element which was entirely unneeded but pushes these miniatures to the next level for sure.

The project linked above dives into all of the details concerning choosing the lights, working on the electronics, 3D Printing the Cylons in a way that would allow him to pack them full of lights and gizmos and then finally painting the actual Cylons so he can drop them onto the tabletop.

Cylons #1 by blinky465

I am forever impressed by what blinky465 has been able to do with electronics over the past few years and this was a great project to see come to life. Because of the step-by-step nature of the project, it's something which you could even potentially follow and do yourself. I love the idea of someone doing something like this for their Necrons!

Cylons #2 by blinky465

I think these would be a really awesome way to drop in some miniatures to a board game like Battlestar Galactica. Imagine if the boarding party wasn't little cardboard tokens but these terrifying miniatures! Hopefully, the work here will end up inspiring others to work on adding electronics to their tabletop miniatures.


Blood Bowl Orcs by jammyjim

Next up, we're looking at the work by jammyjim on a set of Blood Bowl Orcs called the Vargos Raiders who have been made to look like seriously brutal badasses!

Blood Bowl Orcs #1 by jammyjim

The schemes here look perfect for a team that has been scrabbling around in the dusty badlands of the south and playing their way up through the ranks to tackle the teams of the Empire and beyond. I really like the green skin tone here with a mix of dark and light plus those ruddy noses which show that these Orcs and Goblins might have been on a bit of Bloodweiser.

Blood Bowl Orcs #2 by jammyjim

The beaten-up look of these Orcs works really well and makes them feel different compared to the standard Blood Bowl teams that we see on those cleanly cut green fields. There are even a few conversions in the mix here between the Linesmen and the Blitzers which could help the team stand out on the tabletop too against similar greenskin teams.

Blood Bowl Orcs #3 by jammyjim

You can see the tusk and teeth work in more detail here too. I love their gaping maws and how they look like snarling beasts who are ready to chomp you down as soon as kick the ball or plant it on the touchline.

I am a big fan of these clanking players and I think that it would be fun to see what else jammyjim has lined up for them. According to the project, there is a Troll stepping into the ring soon for this team so it'll be fun to see just how that looks in this scheme.


Bushido Game Board by darkvoivod

The final project that we're looking at today comes from darkvoivod who has been working on sculpting, modelling and painting an excellent Bushido game board to play the game on. This is a fantastic look at the landscapes you'll be fighting in with this 35mm skirmish game.

Bushido Game Board #1 by darkvoivod

Because of the smaller scale nature of the game, the board that you see here is only 2x2 but it is packed with detail. The Temple and the Garden itself look fantastic and it seems like the perfect peaceful place to shatter with your clashes between samurai, monsters and more. As you can see there is a really nice mix between the vibrant greens of the grass and the white stone which makes up the side of the hill.

Bushido Game Board #2 by darkvoivod

You can see more of the vibrance of the garden here at the rear of the building with these small clumps of Asian foliage and the wonderful bridge which stretches out over a trickling stream. This is a really awesome looking at making water for terrain and you can even see little fish swimming around in it, bringing the terrain element to life.

Bushido Game Board #3 by darkvoivod

As well as the photos that you can see here, darkvoivod has also taken lots of photos of the final look for the table and also the different stages which went into its construction. You can follow the way that this came together from the very beginning and see just how much effort was put into making this pop. I really like the lovingly manicured zen garden and the paths that snake their way across the board. It makes me want to play Bushido!

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Every week we’re absolutely blown away by the incredible topics that are put into the Projects, it’s getting more difficult to choose Community Spotlights! We love your work and we hope to see a lot more of it in the future!

If you fancy getting your hobby fingers out and showing off your newest paint job, terrain piece or even greatest gaming achievement, we want to know about it!

We don’t mind if you’re a newcomer to painting or a veteran of the brush, everything you do inspires us to create more and more content together!

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