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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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Lady Quimby sans her monocycle

Tutoring 5
Skill 6
Idea 5
3 Comments

Okay, so this Reaper Minis figure, Rowena Von Graaf, isn’t really Lady Quimby on foot but as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to use her as such.  Not identical, of course, but it made my color choices much easier.  I have no idea how I would use her in game, of course, but I’m more concerned with how she’s painted than how she plays.

Lady Quimby sans her monocycle
Lady Quimby sans her monocycle
Lady Quimby sans her monocycle

Necrogolems Stride into the Collection

Tutoring 5
Skill 7
Idea 7
2 Comments

I had been putting off tackling the Necrogolem kits because all the strange little pieces and unique shapes were a little intimidating.  Fortunately my friend, necron099 has already assembled some and even posted his discoveries on his own project blog;  https://www.beastsofwar.com/project-entry/1273890/

This made it a lot easier.  They do take a bit of time to clean and assemble the parts but they paint up quickly.  The key really is to start assembly at the base and carefully pin as much as you can as you move up the mini.  Again, taking a leaf from necron099’s book, I used Vallejo Colorshift paints to give them an insect look.

Necrogolems Stride into the Collection
This is really not a comforting sight.This is really not a comforting sight.

More Ven Rier Undead are Summoned.

Tutoring 5
Skill 7
Idea 7
No Comments

I have working away at the pile of zombies I’ve acquired over the last couple of years. Other than the soldier they are all resin which paints wonderfully but is super delicate. As they will most likely betaken out of game quickly I’ve only given them basic paint jobs.  I’m sticking to Prussian uniforms for inspiration on the soldiers though I want each to look like they are from different branches of the military.  Good thing I have a second Pneumabooth to summon these guys from.

An Orc Smuggler Comes in With the Fog

Tutoring 4
Skill 7
Idea 4
No Comments

Resin has such a nice surface to paint on that my clumsiness breaks my heart as well as a lot of minis.  This Henchman of questionable employment will join my Triad gang lurking around the docks, clashing with my Scylla.

An Orc Smuggler Comes in With the Fog
An Orc Smuggler Comes in With the Fog
An Orc Smuggler Comes in With the Fog
An Orc Smuggler Comes in With the Fog

Zombie Soldier

Tutoring 4
Skill 5
Idea 3
3 Comments

In addition to Zombies and Gun Zombies, the Pneumabooth can summon a single Zombie Soldier who has slightly better stats.  The Ven Rier have a decidedly Prussian look to them so I looked there for inspiration on the uniform.

Zombie Soldier
Zombie Soldier
Zombie Soldier

Necrogolemic Workshops

Tutoring 4
Skill 6
Idea 6
1 Comment

I painted two Necrogolemic Workshops.  These will be placed on the battlefield before the game starts.  Each of them can summon a Necrogolem every turn so I have some to assemble.  I stole the idea of using Color Shifting paint on the carapace from my friend @necron099 as I just love the unearthly look it gives the figure.

Necrogolemic Workshops
Necrogolemic Workshops

So That's What Comes Out of Those Things...

Tutoring 6
Skill 7
Idea 6
2 Comments

So one option a Ven Rier agent has with the Pneuma Booths is to summon two generic Zombies a turn.  Considering that these guys can be eliminated as quickly as they’re summoned I didn’t put a lot of effort into them.  Even then, the close up photos are showing me a couple of spots I should go in and touch up. Going to need more of them so I better get back to work with the reclaimers and re-animators.

Perhaps This Booth is Out of Service

Tutoring 6
Skill 9
Idea 8
No Comments

I’ve already painted my Bones phone box as the Tardis so I thought it best stick with the traditional red of the Lyonesse Pneuma Booths.  It is supposed to blend into the urban landscape after all.  No one knows when and where Ven Rier agents will strike and this will be a marker for where they might summon zombies or even zombie soldiers into the game.  Good thing I just spray primed some of those very same miniatures.  Might be part of a diabolical plan but it certainly means the Ven Rier Agents have infiltrated my own little neighborhood of Shadows Gate.

Perhaps This Booth is Out of Service
Perhaps This Booth is Out of Service
Perhaps This Booth is Out of Service
Perhaps This Booth is Out of Service

Go Ask Alice... When She's Got a Big Wrench.

Tutoring 6
Skill 9
Idea 7
No Comments

Sticking with the Inventors’ Club (for now), I painted one of the two versions of Alice Tinkerly.  In addition to this lady’s Scientist skill, giving her control of steam golems within 12″, she has Repair which will keep them in the fight.  The +2S in Melee means she can handle herself in a pinch.

Go Ask Alice... When She's Got a Big Wrench.
Go Ask Alice... When She's Got a Big Wrench.
Go Ask Alice... When She's Got a Big Wrench.
Go Ask Alice... When She's Got a Big Wrench.
Go Ask Alice... When She's Got a Big Wrench.
Go Ask Alice... When She's Got a Big Wrench.

Thomas Rocketheart Jr. Joins my Inventors' Collection

Tutoring 6
Skill 9
Idea 7
1 Comment

Considering my love of all things Dwarf I’m surprised I didn’t start with this fellow.  He has such a jaunty, friendly look and I love how he can attach himself to a security golem and take a ride.  Handy and keeps the mechanical within control range. Guess I know what I’m moving up in the painting queue.

Thomas Rocketheart Jr. Joins my Inventors' Collection
Thomas Rocketheart Jr. Joins my Inventors' Collection
Thomas Rocketheart Jr. Joins my Inventors' Collection
Thomas Rocketheart Jr. Joins my Inventors' Collection
Thomas Rocketheart Jr. Joins my Inventors' Collection

Ash and Oak For a Friend

Tutoring 6
Skill 8
Idea 7
1 Comment

Well, Necron099 and I have succeeded in hooking a friend of ours on this wonderful game and he wants to start with Ash and Oak.  I had picked up a collection on eBay that included an Ash and Oak starter set which was just looking for a good home. So I decided to paint the minis as well in trade for gaming things he had, a win/win.  The set includes Mary Fearless and Archibald Armstrong leading an Ogre Bruiser, a Housemaid, and a Distant Relative.  Two ogres, one of which can throw cards and a dead-eye markswoman make for a formidable combination.  Add in the flexibility of the relative with the healing power of the maid and you have a great beginning team.  That was my first set as well.

Mary FearlessMary Fearless
I tried to keep the paint jobs close to the card art.I tried to keep the paint jobs close to the card art.
Archibald ArmstrongArchibald Armstrong
Ash and Oak For a Friend
Ogre BruiserOgre Bruiser
Ash and Oak For a Friend
Distant RelativeDistant Relative
Ash and Oak For a Friend
HousemaidHousemaid
For multiple reasons, I decided on tights rather than the fishnets I painted on mine.For multiple reasons, I decided on tights rather than the fishnets I painted on mine.

Inventors' Club Gets Some Love

Tutoring 6
Skill 7
Idea 6
No Comments

As I have been making steady headway on my collection Triad of the Lotus Dragon models I needed to provide some balance by working on Inventors and Ven Riers at the same time.  Thorvald Nielsgaard and his whole Tony Stark vibe seemed a good one to start the Inventors off with.  Between the punch of that arm, lightening,  and shield casting this Scientist is going to be fun to play.

Inventors' Club Gets Some Love
Inventors' Club Gets Some Love
Inventors' Club Gets Some Love
Inventors' Club Gets Some Love
Inventors' Club Gets Some Love
Inventors' Club Gets Some Love

First Figure Finished in 2021

Tutoring 6
Skill 7
Idea 6
1 Comment

This bruiser of a Triad Ogre Hit the painting table (Basic Training in my mind) the morning of New Years Eve.  I guess I wanted to start the year on a big note and this guy is big. All the other Wolsung ogres I’ve painted so far were on 30mm bases this Sumo is on a 40mm and even tougher.  Going to bring a lot of muscle to my Triad of the Lotus Dragon gang.

First Figure Finished in 2021
First Figure Finished in 2021
First Figure Finished in 2021
First Figure Finished in 2021
First Figure Finished in 2021
First Figure Finished in 2021
First Figure Finished in 2021
First Figure Finished in 2021
First Figure Finished in 2021

Shadow Comes Out of the Shadows

Tutoring 6
Skill 9
Idea 7
No Comments

As 2020 came to a close I was working away on some more Wolsung minis.  I’ve now added a henchman to my Triad gang.  Shadow looks to add some ranged firepower to my mist walking heroes.

Shadow Comes Out of the Shadows
Shadow Comes Out of the Shadows
Shadow Comes Out of the Shadows
Shadow Comes Out of the Shadows
Shadow Comes Out of the Shadows
Shadow Comes Out of the Shadows

Hisao Shiryo Wizard of the Mists

Tutoring 9
Skill 10
Idea 9
3 Comments

While I do love the aesthetic of Wolsung minis some of their bits and pieces make test fitting a necessity. Hisao Shiryo’s magic smoke attaches at the end of the pipe as well as his upper back so some careful bending may be required.  The ties of his belt only attach in one small point so care and good lighting are recommended while super glue Zip-Kicker is almost required.

Hisao Shiryo Wizard of the Mists
Hisao Shiryo Wizard of the Mists
Hisao Shiryo Wizard of the Mists
Hisao Shiryo Wizard of the Mists
Hisao Shiryo Wizard of the Mists
Hisao Shiryo Wizard of the Mists
Hisao Shiryo Wizard of the Mists

Imports and Exports

Tutoring 7
Skill 11
Idea 9
1 Comment

I ordered two of the Orc Traders so I could build both versions.  Here is the first one I’ve completed.  He was actually the first Triad figure I painted and discovered I prefer my orcs to be green so repainted him.  I think the Secret Weapon base with Secret Weapon Water Effects really adds to the fellow’s overall look.

Imports and Exports
Imports and Exports
Imports and Exports
Imports and Exports
Imports and Exports
Imports and Exports

Back to Where I Started- Work in Progress

Tutoring 11
Skill 13
Idea 12
No Comments

I’ve been working on an Ash and Oak starter set for a friend of mine who has enjoyed playing the game so far.  I’ve already finished an Ogre Bruiser but I just got these other four base coated.  Other than the bronze metallic on Archibald’s arm I used all Contrast Paints.  They actually look pretty good so far, almost table ready but I have plans. Besides, they are for a friend so I really want to bring my A Game.

Back to Where I Started- Work in Progress
Back to Where I Started- Work in Progress
Back to Where I Started- Work in Progress
Back to Where I Started- Work in Progress
Back to Where I Started- Work in Progress
Back to Where I Started- Work in Progress
Back to Where I Started- Work in Progress
Back to Where I Started- Work in Progress

A Little Automated Help

Tutoring 10
Skill 15
Idea 13
2 Comments

Two Lab Golems and a Golem Servant are ready for action and in the collection.  The servant is one of the Unaffiliated so anyone can hire her.  The Lab Golems are Henchmen and the beginning of my Inventors Club.

Mr Cheng, I presume

Tutoring 9
Skill 13
Idea 11
No Comments

I didn’t notice the Two Face like appearance of this guy until I saw him up close and personal.  He has the ability to burn wounds to make his Fight and Reflex better so I am guessing that his messed up face represents that.  Quick paint job but he does look intimidating.

Mr Cheng, I presume
Mr Cheng, I presume
Mr Cheng, I presume
Mr Cheng, I presume
Mr Cheng, I presume

A Phoenix Rises in Shadows Gate

Tutoring 10
Skill 10
Idea 10
No Comments

Been a while since I worked on my Wolsung collection even though I have been quietly collecting minis from the remaining three gangs.  I figure I might as well have a complete collection so I can set up a game in isolation or teach newbies once this ends.  Okay, I just like painting these and love the aesthetic of it all so why stifle my creativity.  The Lockdown Leisure League has really inspired me to get back to the painting table.

 

Phoenix is a great figure with lots of movement and seemed a good place to start my Triad gang.  I first painted his skin a yellow orange to match the art on the cards and book but thought he looked way too much like a 1930’s Buck Rogers villain and not much like an orc.  Maybe it’s the grognard in me but I like my orcs and goblins to sport a bit of green in their pigmentation so started over with a green base and built up to a pale yellow green.  While not perfect, I do think it looks a lot better than my first attempt.

 

 

A Phoenix Rises in Shadows Gate
A Phoenix Rises in Shadows Gate
A Phoenix Rises in Shadows Gate
A Phoenix Rises in Shadows Gate
A Phoenix Rises in Shadows Gate
A Phoenix Rises in Shadows Gate
A Phoenix Rises in Shadows Gate

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