Community Spotlight: Elven Fleets, Five Parsecs From Home & Gladiators!

September 1, 2021 by crew

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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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Man O' War Elf Fleet by noyjatat

We start with a little bit of a nostalgia hit. noyjatat from the community has been inspired to dive back into a bit of Man O' War, the old naval wargame from the folks at Games Workshop. With miniatures from the olden days being so expensive though, they have decided to print some off!

Man O War Elves #2 by noyjatat

Here is the finished look at a bunch of the different ships that noyjatat and a pal printed off and painted up! The first fleet that has been given a lick of paint is for the Elves and I think these look utterly fantastic. The prints came out crisp and clean and I think the painting on these particular ships is equally spot-on.

Man O War Elves #3 by noyjatat

A mix of Contrast and regular paints were used on these miniatures alongside a couple of washes to bring out the details. I think the bright blue sails on these ships look particularly magnificent and I love how they contrast so well with the pale white wood used on the boats.

Man O War Elves #1 by noyjatat

An utterly fantastic fleet which is going to look very at home on a storm-tossed sea. As well as working on an Elven fleet, noyjatat has also been working on a selection of scenery pieces to use during their games of Man O' War and also a Dwarfen fleet for these Elves to face off against.

I am very eager to see how both fleets look when they are battling it out on the tabletop. Have you been tempted to revisit a classic tabletop game thanks to the advent of 3D printing?


Five Parsecs From Home by darkdanegan

Next, we've got a bit of a slow burn project but one that I am eager to read more on. darkdanegan has been working away on a project which follows their journey into Five Parsecs From Home. There is even a fun battle report in here!

Five Parsecs From Home #1 by darkdanegan

Five Parsecs From Home is a solo Sci-Fi skirmish game where you make a gang of miscreants and vagabonds and head out into the galaxy. So, darkdanegan has done just that. They assembled a fantastic crew from a range of different games and tied them together into a great-looking cast of characters.

They then took to the tabletop and started playing out some narratively driven adventures! I really like the way these battle reports have been put together as they combine a bit of the narrative with the flow of the game mechanics in play.

Five Parsecs From Home #2 by darkdanegan

I was also won over by the way that darkdanegan has clearly taken some time and care to photograph the games in progress and capture all of the exciting moments from their games. Good photography always makes something like a battle report pop!

The actual miniatures from darkdanegan are also really well painted. I like the mix of characters they brought together as part of their crew, especially because they come from varied collections.

Five Parsecs From Home #3 by darkdanegan

darkdanegan takes plenty of time to go through each of the characters and discuss where they are from and how they tie into the group as a whole. There is even a scenario where his crew has to hunt down massive bears on an alien planet. So, they went out and picked some up and they look great! I will leave you to explore the project yourself for all of that goodness.


Blood, Sweat & Cheers by henrileite

We finish things off with a trip back in time to Ancient Rome. henrileite has been tinkering away on some miniatures and terrain for playing out a game from their collection called Blood, Sweat & Cheers.

Blood Sweat & Cheers #1 by henrileite

The reason that this particular project caught my attention is that it was approaching Ancient history from a much smaller perspective. It's great seeing massive armies clashing on the tabletop but I like when you focus in and see the personal conflicts. Gladiatorial combat is very much that.

Blood Sweat & Cheers #2 by henrileite

So, henrileite painted up some fantastic-looking Gladiator miniatures from the folks at Brigade Games and then also worked on assembling the Ludus terrain from Sarissa Precision! The end goal is to put together a Ludus game board in order to play out Blood, Sweat & Cheers using those fantastic miniatures!

Blood Sweat & Cheers #3 by henrileite

As you can see, some great progress has already been made on the game board. The miniatures are looking fantastic but the next step is taking all of that undercoated terrain and building it up into a fully-fledged Ludus on the tabletop. The game itself seems fun and simple too so this feels like a nice project to build on something that was previously lost to the pile of potential!

I hope to see more from this project as it comes to fruition!

What Are You Painting Right Now?

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!

What do you think of the entries this week?

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