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144Artist Explores Lyonesse or My Journeys into Wolsung

144Artist Explores Lyonesse or My Journeys into Wolsung

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About the Project

Have long been intrigued by the system and setting for Wolsung by MicroArts. Once I received a Starter Club for my birthday I knew it was time to learn the game and paint some great figures. This project blog is to chart both my creative endeavors as well as my journey into learning how to play. In addition to MicroArts' lovely minis I will be adding in anything I think fits the genre of what I am building. Might even build some terrain...

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Oi, You're nicked!

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I’ve now finished painting the last member of my Alven Yard squad.  This is also the last team or gang I have for Wolsung as well.  I would say that this project was reaching an end except I love the aesthetic, models, and terrain kits.  I have a feeling that I will be making more buildings as well as finding more miniatures for our role-playing efforts.

The first gallery is of Dirty Harold a tough, no nonsense elf dectective.  Next is Gerat, the dwarf detective with a golem body that is pretty much Inspector Gadget.  Then come the constables starting with an elf, then the troll, the human, and finally the halfling.  I like how they have tea and donuts.

The Squad is off on an investigation.The Squad is off on an investigation.

Shedding Some Light

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A friend had given me several sets of lamp posts from the Batman Miniatures Game as he thought, rightly so, that they would fit in well with my collection. I must admit that the resin they are cast in doesn’t respond to the hot water trick that well and these are as straight as I could get them.  The way I see it, in a city full of steam powered monstrosities, rampaging ogres, and strange vehicles it’s a miracle any lamp posts are left standing at all.

I’ve had this strange Armorcast resin bit bouncing around my collection for literally decades but only recently gave it another look and thought it would make an excellent objective point.  It even looks like something those mad inventors would come up with.  Besides, being about the same size as the Pneuma Booth it will provide good cover.

A few of these look like Lady Quimby bounced her monocycle off of them.A few of these look like Lady Quimby bounced her monocycle off of them.
I really like how the electrical pulses came out.I really like how the electrical pulses came out.
Shedding Some Light
Shedding Some Light
Shedding Some Light

Dwarf Civilians Finished

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I’ve been working on a couple of non-MicroArts steam punk dwarfs.  They will make good RPG characters and NPCs but I can also see using them as another pair of Halfling Workers in my Scylla gang.  I am especially fond of the guy holding a wrench as he looks like he is conversing with that squirrel.

The Gallery is of the various Work in Progress shots while the singles are of the finished minis.

Dwarf Civilians Finished
Dwarf Civilians Finished
Dwarf Civilians Finished
Dwarf Civilians Finished
Dwarf Civilians Finished
Dwarf Civilians Finished
Dwarf Civilians Finished
Dwarf Civilians Finished
Dwarf Civilians Finished
Ah, you don't say, well I would have to agree with you.Ah, you don't say, well I would have to agree with you.

A Hostage Situation at the Convention

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Since I rarely have space to set up my Wolsung terrain collection I took advantage of the time between games at a recent game convention to take some fun staged shots.  It may not come into gameplay but my three wheeled Morgan conversion usually makes several appearances.  I think he fits the aesthetic well and as he’s sporting Magoohan’s license plate he must be looking for danger.  The gallery is a collection of these shots.

So after the Newbies finished their tutorial game, Necron099 and I prepared for a long awaited one on one.  Since my Ashe and Oak cards and minis were already out I decided to run them.  They have served me well against the questionable machinations of his crazed Inventor’s Club so I was feeling pretty good.  Once we had finished I saw he had out some odd terrain pieces and realized I was going to have to face the shambling undead hordes that are the Van Rier.  I won’t lie, Necro-Golems freak me out a bit.  Big blades, big guns, AND undead.  The fact that they are beautifully painted in Color Shifting paints by Necron099 makes them even more unsettling.  It was the Strigoi I really should have been afraid of but we will get to that in a moment.

The game opened with Lady Ellendeane captured and held hostage on the top floor of the warehouse.  Here we see Wormwood caught mid monologue.The game opened with Lady Ellendeane captured and held hostage on the top floor of the warehouse. Here we see Wormwood caught mid monologue.
With her butler, Chauncy, holding on, Lady Quimby races up the walkway between the buildings.  Here is where the Strigoi crashed through the windows and reduced her to 2 wounds in one round!  Three actions with three possible attacks each action. Ouch!With her butler, Chauncy, holding on, Lady Quimby races up the walkway between the buildings. Here is where the Strigoi crashed through the windows and reduced her to 2 wounds in one round! Three actions with three possible attacks each action. Ouch!
Every turn one of these monstrosities would lumber out from the main doors.  Those big machine guns spit out a hell of a lot of shells a turn.Every turn one of these monstrosities would lumber out from the main doors. Those big machine guns spit out a hell of a lot of shells a turn.
Playing any suit (thanks to her butler) Lady Q uses her heroic action to leap her monowheel to Lady Ellendeane's rescue. All three of my heroes, and the sniper outside, tried their best to take down the evil Wormwood.Playing any suit (thanks to her butler) Lady Q uses her heroic action to leap her monowheel to Lady Ellendeane's rescue. All three of my heroes, and the sniper outside, tried their best to take down the evil Wormwood.
He is a crafty villain and kept transporting away, summoning his creepy ghost kid, or moving the Eisenfield generator to further mess with my team. He is a crafty villain and kept transporting away, summoning his creepy ghost kid, or moving the Eisenfield generator to further mess with my team. "Curse those meddlesome nobles!"
After the Distant Cousin sniper and Ogre Chef dispatched the deadly Strigoi three Necro-Golems set off their heavy guns filling the warehouse and near vicinity with countless bullets.  Everyone hit the ground and one of the undead hulks attacked the ogre who parried and actually survived to take out two of the mechanical brutes.After the Distant Cousin sniper and Ogre Chef dispatched the deadly Strigoi three Necro-Golems set off their heavy guns filling the warehouse and near vicinity with countless bullets. Everyone hit the ground and one of the undead hulks attacked the ogre who parried and actually survived to take out two of the mechanical brutes.
In the end my fencer gained two victory points by activating one of two objectives, the death of the Strigoi earned two as well, while Lady Ellendeane's rescue garnerned me three more.  So a final score of seven to zero that in no ways showed what a close fought affair it was.In the end my fencer gained two victory points by activating one of two objectives, the death of the Strigoi earned two as well, while Lady Ellendeane's rescue garnerned me three more. So a final score of seven to zero that in no ways showed what a close fought affair it was.
Oh, well done, my friends. Thank you for your timely arrival.Oh, well done, my friends. Thank you for your timely arrival.
But of course, dear girl. Mustn't let a few animate corpses interrupt cocktails.But of course, dear girl. Mustn't let a few animate corpses interrupt cocktails.

Grabbed Some Newbies

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Necron099 and I recently attended a local game convention and with all the terrain I’ve completed as well as all the minis we have both finished, we were determined to set up at least one Wolsung game.  As he hadn’t made the cutoff for an official convention role playing game Sunday morning we decided that was the perfect opportunity.  There was also a couple of couples who hadn’t made the list and were looking for a game to play.  The four of them played some traditional board and card games but the amount and variety they discovered at the convention (a first for all four) blew their minds.  Necron099 and I decided to set up small skirmish and coach them through the details.  All four of them took right to it and with the two women being actual sisters an instant grudge match ensued.  The whole fight ended up on the roof of the highest building with the Inventors bidding a Queen of Hearts for one more turn while the Ash and Oak team won with a King of Spades thus ending the game before their hero could be overwhelmed.

After that, Necron099 and I set up a long awaited one on one but that is a story (and pictures) for the next post.

Here I am checking deployments for Ash and Oak...Here I am checking deployments for Ash and Oak...
While Necron099 helped the Invenors strategize.While Necron099 helped the Invenors strategize.
Lots of levels, stairs, and things to hide behind.Lots of levels, stairs, and things to hide behind.
Hmm, those stairs aren't really attached.Hmm, those stairs aren't really attached.
I love the way that wall of windows looks.I love the way that wall of windows looks.
Grabbed Some Newbies
Ash and Oak deployed behind the factory and split up before moving toward the Inventors.Ash and Oak deployed behind the factory and split up before moving toward the Inventors.
Here is our table set up.Here is our table set up.
The troll, Fredrick, charging through machine gun fire to attack the deadly little Jack in the Box.The troll, Fredrick, charging through machine gun fire to attack the deadly little Jack in the Box.
In the end, Fredrick took down the lethal toy but was quickly surrounded by angry Inventors. By winning the bid to end the game at three turns he avoided being swarmed.  In the end, Fredrick took down the lethal toy but was quickly surrounded by angry Inventors. By winning the bid to end the game at three turns he avoided being swarmed.

Walk About...

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I’ve now finished the last piece of my SEVEN sets of 19th Century Walkways.  Yes, I have seven sets as apparently there is no such thing as too much terrain and Micro Arts had a really good sale last November.  That means I should be able to build all kinds of vertical battlefields.  Heck, I could even do a raised train track.  Hmmmm, there’s a thought.  Anyway, the set up in the photos is made up of just three sets as I hadn’t packed them away yet.  Still need to photograph the finished fences but they were harder to get to so hopefully next time.

Walk About...
Walk About...
Walk About...
Walk About...
Walk About...
Walk About...
Walk About...
Walk About...
Walk About...
Walk About...
Walk About...

New projects in the new year

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While I’ve been quite a bit painted and assembled, I’ve not been photographing it.  A habit I am trying to change as it makes these posts more entertaining.  Since I finished all the terrain kits I had stored last year and MicroArts had a huge sale  I picked up a few more pieces I thought would round out the collection or add height to the table. That means I have been working away at 19th Century Walkway kits for the last month.  I’ve just washed the last set and have started painting it.  Once it’s finished I will see what complex creation seven sets can build before taking pictures.

I also picked up a set of the Iron Fences as I had none and they looked like fun designs.  They are fast to paint and easy to assemble but can be a little fragile so one should be careful both when removing pieces from their frames as well as while assembling them.

New projects in the new year
New projects in the new year
New projects in the new year
New projects in the new year

Familia Scylla is complete

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The Scylla gang is complete and ready to expand their empire of legitimate businesses.  Felicia Vendetta and her deadly felines are now painted.  The explosive cats are the first pictures.  Not sure how effective these guys will be game wise but the will certainly be entertaining.  Felicia herself is pictured next and she is a tiny, deadly, pink haired Julie Newmaresque Catwoman.  Again, not sure what she does in the game, I just love this mini.

So I have now painted two entire gangs; The Scylla and the Ash and Oak Club as well as every Non-Affiliated (that’s three 2019 Hobby Pledges done for those counting).  Time to get to work on my Alvin Yard. I’ve already picked out their bases.

Don't let them rub up against your leg.Don't let them rub up against your leg.
Familia Scylla is complete
She looks deadly.She looks deadly.
Familia Scylla is complete
The The "Lloyd shot"
Familia Scylla is complete
Familia Scylla is complete
"Now, my kittens, what trouble shall we get into?"

Another Kev White sculpt joins my collection

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Wow, this little lady has been partially painted on my desk for months (at least) and I am happy to say now complete and game ready.  She is an alternative sculpt to Steampunk Boudi called Weird West Boudi (both from Hasslefree Miniatures).  I think of them as sisters.  The two of them might make very nice female versions of Distant Cousins, which are henchmen for Ash and Oak.  I know they will be great for role playing figures.

The gallery is where she started and was stuck for the longest time.  The individual shots show how far she came to get ready for adventure!

She's a saucy little peach.She's a saucy little peach.
Another Kev White sculpt joins my collection
Another Kev White sculpt joins my collection
Here's the Here's the "Lloyd" shot.
Another Kev White sculpt joins my collection
Another Kev White sculpt joins my collection
Another Kev White sculpt joins my collection
Another Kev White sculpt joins my collection
Be seeing you...Be seeing you...

Another Residential Building

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Alright, I finished the bulk of the painting for my second MicroArts Residential Building while the parts were still on their frames.  The gallery shows the stage I began assembling the parts. I did go with the same color scheme as the first building simply so I could stack the floors for taller buildings and not have to make any artistic decisions.  The next ones I build will probably be in two tones of blue.

As can be seen from the final pictures, the next stage is to complete the touch-up painting and install clear acrylic windows.  Since I am leaving the plastic coating (friskit) on them until the very end I think I will glue them in place BEFORE I spray seal everything.  By next post there should be an answer as to whether that was a wise choice or not.

Another Residential Building
Another Residential Building
Totally usable in game but needing more work for my own peace of mind.Totally usable in game but needing more work for my own peace of mind.

Housing Progress... and some cats.

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Even before I had glued windows into my first Residential building I began painting the next one on sprue or panel, whatever you want to call the piece of MDF everythig starts out attached to.  They are much easier to paint this way. I’m getting better at keeping tabs clean and clearing out the holes paint gets into all in an effort to reduce frustration during assembly.  I also assembled and painted the second of walls though I’ve no pictures to share yet.

I have also finished and photographed all four of the ninja cats from my Scylla gang.  Their mistress, Felicia Vendetta, should be appearing here soon.

I wouldn't suggest petting them.I wouldn't suggest petting them.

Warehouses Finished

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Not only did I get the two warehouses painted but a set of fences as well and those had been on the table forever. As long as the residential building I’ve finally started painting but that is in the gallery at the end of this post.  The blue grey of the ground floor is darker than I would have preferred but it is an even coat so I’m not touching it again.  The first floor will get white or cream interior walls

I have to say it is quite educational to build these sets back to back. The second one was assembled without glue, as MicroArts suggests, which made the pieces fit together smoother as well as make corrections easier. Once I had finished assembly I then used a fine tip adapter to place regular superglue at key joints and intersections letting wicking action pull the adhesive into place. The windows, being transparent  acrylic, would frost with superglue so I used a general adhesive that dries clear instead but only in the slightest amount.  I also figured out after completing all the windows in the first warehouse that it is better to leave the friskit in place until everything is done to avoid fingerprints and glue trails.

Two warehouses and a fenced yard ready to host some action.Two warehouses and a fenced yard ready to host some action.
I love how all the sets work together.I love how all the sets work together.
Oi, you kids get outta the yard!Oi, you kids get outta the yard!
Clear windows are so nice!Clear windows are so nice!
Don't touch the car.Don't touch the car.
Scylla cousins just robbed the payroll.Scylla cousins just robbed the payroll.
The heroes cut off their escapeThe heroes cut off their escape
Such a nice space to game in.  Good thing I have plenty of boxes and crates to fill them with.Such a nice space to game in. Good thing I have plenty of boxes and crates to fill them with.
Warehouses Finished
I said, get outta here!I said, get outta here!

Role Playing Figure

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Since trying out the Wolsung Role Playing Game recently I’ve begun assembling miniatures from other companies that I feel will fit the look of the game. As usual, my mind goes right to Hasslefree Miniatures and the characterful sculpts of Kev White. I’ve already got two different Steam Boudis for the collection but this dwarf has been in my Unpainted box for too long and seems a perfect “Daredevil” as described in the role playing game. The gallery is of Work In Progress shots whereas the individual pictures are the finished figure.

Just watched the Weekender XLBS and saw that this little fellow had won a Golden Button. So excited and more than a little flattered as the Community Spotlight pieces are always inspiring. I just hope folks got to see the finished version as well. Thanks, OTT (and @brennon) for the recognition and encouragement!

Role Playing Figure
Role Playing Figure
Role Playing Figure
Role Playing Figure
Role Playing Figure
Role Playing Figure
Role Playing Figure
Role Playing Figure
Role Playing Figure
Role Playing Figure

Progress Marches On

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Progress Marches On

I am running out of Scylla character models to paint, am not quite ready to start work on my Alven Yard, and so have begun working on my long ignored terrain projects.  I have now painted and assembled three different kits; Market Stalls, 19th Century Walkways, and the Tratoria.  I have also begun assembling one of my warehouses now that I finished painting the parts.  My friend, Necron099, got great results from painting the various parts while they are still on the sprues BEFORE beginning any assembly.  This did make things a lot easier for numerous reasons, not the least of which being it forces one to really look at the instructions ahead of time.  I have also decided to use far less glue than in past as MicroArts really design their kits to fit together snuggly without adhesives.  I also decided that liquid Superglue is a better choice than the white Tacky Glue I had been using except for attaching windows as Superglue fogs clear plastic.

The first gallery is showing the steps of my painting the Tratoria. MicroArts has designed their plastic windows with a blue film friskit to protect them during painting and assembly.  The muntins (bars in the middle of the window) have a tiny, narrow piece of friskit that can be removed to make painting them easier.

The second gallery is of the Tratoria during assembly and complete.  The final images are close ups and set pieces of the three different kits together.

Progress Marches On
Progress Marches On
Progress Marches On
Progress Marches On

Roleplaying Wolsung

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Necron099 and I recently attended a local game convention.  He ran the Wolsung roleplaying game and we used my toys to set the stage.  I only took a few pictures of the opening scene wherein each of us is witness to or involved in a drive by shooting.  Different encounters and scenes took place in different parts of the table layout.  Necron099 and I have long turned roleplaying games into miniatures games and vice versa so if nothing else we set a pretty table.

A large caliber machine gun fires from the back of a passing truck.A large caliber machine gun fires from the back of a passing truck.
Roleplaying Wolsung
Roleplaying Wolsung
Witnesses to the eventWitnesses to the event
My Ogre Investigator returning fire as the truck speeds awayMy Ogre Investigator returning fire as the truck speeds away
The Orc Spiritualist and the Female Daredevil off seeking cluesThe Orc Spiritualist and the Female Daredevil off seeking clues
Lady E may have some informationLady E may have some information

Whoops, forgot Lord Fouley

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When I said I had completed the entirety of my Unaffiliated collection it was correct I just hadn’t shown Lord James Fouley when I finished him some time ago.  This needed to rectified for two reasons; a sense of completion and a hat’s off to MicroArts for their customer service. When I purchased the miniature it was face down so the miscast wasn’t apparent and I didn’t notice until I prepared to paint him.  I mentioned it to the folks at MicroArts when I placed an order for buildings as I figured they would want to check their quality control.  They sent me a new one with my order.  So here he is, Lord Fouley and Goldfeather.

Whoops, forgot Lord Fouley
Whoops, forgot Lord Fouley
Whoops, forgot Lord Fouley
Whoops, forgot Lord Fouley
Whoops, forgot Lord Fouley
Whoops, forgot Lord Fouley

Stop the Presses! I've Finished Two Teams.

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With these two figures two of my teams are complete.  The Alternative Fencer is, like the previously shown version, a henchman for Ash and Oak. More important in my view is that he is also the final figure from said team I needed to paint.  Now I have the full range of heroes and henchmen from which to pick my teams including a few alternative sculpts.

As if that weren’t enough, Timmy “Weasel” O’Conner was the last of the Unaffiliated awaiting paint.  Now he’s just waiting for sealant.  He is an odd individual with unique rules that I’ve only got a vague idea of how to use.  Well, there are plenty of others to choose from before I have to figure him out.  Now, back to filing cats…

I don't suppose you'd care to comment ...I don't suppose you'd care to comment ...

Scylla Take to the Streets

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I finally got to use some of my Scylla gang in a game recently with the brothers Luigi and Roberto taking on the Triad.  The two gangs were hunting each other’s characters and since Luigi had returned from their previous attempt to murder him he was worth two points if killed.  I like this gang but need an Ogre Thrower or Grave Digger instead of another Tommy gun next game as they lack punch in hand to hand.  Maybe it’s time to use the vehicle rules next.

An ogre with tommy gun, two cousins also with tommy guns, and two halfling workers follow the brothers into trouble withthe Triad.An ogre with tommy gun, two cousins also with tommy guns, and two halfling workers follow the brothers into trouble withthe Triad.
It all came down to a slug out in the fish market.  Sadly, the beautifully painted resin samurai all have warped sword blades due to the heat in the car they were transported in.e caIt all came down to a slug out in the fish market. Sadly, the beautifully painted resin samurai all have warped sword blades due to the heat in the car they were transported in.e ca
Neither side seemed able to gain an advantage until the two halfling workers were cut down.  Luigi and the ogre were able to cut lose with bonus due to their Familia rule but neither side had lost a character yet.Neither side seemed able to gain an advantage until the two halfling workers were cut down. Luigi and the ogre were able to cut lose with bonus due to their Familia rule but neither side had lost a character yet.
Roberto had eyes only for the spell caster who had called for his brother's murder.  He had worked his way from the walkway to the edge of the fish market and waited until he had a clear shot.  Dice rolled and cards flew but in the end Roberto put a notch in his rifle with the Scylla coming out ahead.Roberto had eyes only for the spell caster who had called for his brother's murder. He had worked his way from the walkway to the edge of the fish market and waited until he had a clear shot. Dice rolled and cards flew but in the end Roberto put a notch in his rifle with the Scylla coming out ahead.

Have Gun Will Travel

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As I work through the mercenaries, or Unaffiliated as they are called, I have finished Bernette Vigil.  She has a big, brass gun and I look forward to finding out what she can do. She looks pretty good for not being the best sculpt.  Her face could use a little fine tuning but overall, a nice addition to my collection.

Have Gun Will Travel
Have Gun Will Travel
Have Gun Will Travel
Have Gun Will Travel
Have Gun Will Travel
Have Gun Will Travel

Grandmother, what big tentacles you have...

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Two different generations of Scylla women join my gang with the completion of Nona and her granddaughter, Julia. Neither lady is to be trifled with as both can summon deadly tentacles from another dimension, Julia’s even carrying around a bespectacled cephalopod. Nona can also unleash the monstrous, multi-limbed Abominations, one of which is always transporting her from place to place.  There are a number of special rules and abilities that represent a bit of a learning curve but then that is half the fun after all.

This leaves me with one Scylla character to paint, oh, and her clowder of cats.

Now, now, mustn't question Nona.Now, now, mustn't question Nona.
Oh, I fully agree. Mustn't question Nona!Oh, I fully agree. Mustn't question Nona!

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