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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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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!

A fencer walks into a cafe...

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Back to the Ash and Oak gang for a moment with my recently completed Fencer mini.  This is one of two sculpts of a new Henchman choice for the gang and I have to say I love the pose.  It was fun to paint though I had to wait for the metal versions to be released as anyone who knows me will attest, I break resin minis with alarming regularity.

Having seen Black Site Studio’s new Corner Cafe model in an On Table Top story I knew I had to have one for my collection.  It is slightly smaller than the MicroArts pieces I own but will still fit in well.  The new fencer has dropped by to show scale.  I also turned a Holiday Village Standing Clock into a terrain piece as my market place really needed it.

A fencer walks into a cafe...
A fencer walks into a cafe...
A fencer walks into a cafe...
A fencer walks into a cafe...
A fencer walks into a cafe...
A fencer walks into a cafe...
A fencer walks into a cafe...
I really think there needs to be a big Art Nouveau style poster covering one side but that is a project for later.I really think there needs to be a big Art Nouveau style poster covering one side but that is a project for later.
A fencer walks into a cafe...
A fencer walks into a cafe...

A Timely Addition

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Finished painting another ogre cousin for my Scylla gang so I am on schedule for my beginning year goals.  This is the alternate model for “Ogre with Tommy Gun” and I might prefer him to the other and not just because he’s metal compared to resin.  I wonder what deadline he’s waiting for.

A Timely Addition
A Timely Addition
A Timely Addition
A Timely Addition
A Timely Addition
A Timely Addition

Grave Individual Indeed

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The Gravedigger Ogre from my Scylla gang is now complete and ready to deliver something or someone from inside his casket.  It could be Roberto or explosives or a massive tentacle from another dimension.  Not sure how to use that last one in game but looking forward to finding out.  Looks like I’m going o be reviewing some “Let’s Plays”.

I just love the pose.I just love the pose.
Grave Individual Indeed
Grave Individual Indeed
Grave Individual Indeed
Grave Individual Indeed
Grave Individual Indeed
Hmmm, wonder what these bode for the future of my painting table?Hmmm, wonder what these bode for the future of my painting table?

Second Pistol Armed Cousin

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I finished painting the second pistol packing Scylla cousin and this little guy is a two-fisted shooter.  While I am a little frustrated that my “Wolsung completion rate” has considerably slowed I am pleased with what is getting done as well as the fact that I now have enough of the basic figures table ready that I can field a Scylla gang.  It will be a regular gang war when these guys tangle with @necron099’s Triad gang.

Second Pistol Armed Cousin
Second Pistol Armed Cousin
Second Pistol Armed Cousin
Second Pistol Armed Cousin
Second Pistol Armed Cousin
Second Pistol Armed Cousin
You talkin' to me?You talkin' to me?

Scylla Cousin with Pistol

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Got half of another Henchman entry complete with this Scylla Cousin with Pistol.  As I am working on this I realize I may have to re-shoot as I am unhappy with the focus.  Unfortunately, I am away from my workspace and really want to post some Wolsung progress right now.  His other half should be done as soon as I can get back to my painting table.

Scylla Cousin with Pistol
Scylla Cousin with Pistol
Scylla Cousin with Pistol
Scylla Cousin with Pistol
Scylla Cousin with Pistol

Cal and Apone

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In addition to being a fun figure to paint, the back story is entertaining as well.  As ogres can be born into any family with the big guys in their background, Cal And Apone are actually brothers who have always been close and protective of each other. One was stabbed in the back during a fight with the Triad, barely surviving, and this was the solution the two concocted.  Long being inseparable and even more so now most can’t remember which brother is which.

In game, they look to be a deadly hero carrying plenty of firepower while able to throw cards.  These guys should be entertaining on the field.  With another hero carrying a grudge against the Triad it looks like Necron_99’s Triad will be my nemesis.

Cal and Apone
Cal and Apone
Cal and Apone
Cal and Apone
Cal and Apone
Cal and Apone
Cal and Apone

An Ogre Throwing His Weight Around

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I’ve been plugging away at some freelance work lately so my Wolsung minis have been a bit neglected.  I have, however, been able to complete one of the ogres for my Scylla gang.  This one is a Thrower and is posed most dynamically.  I especially love his fedora.  Now that he is done I really have to figure out how I can fix the broken machine gun on his compatriot.

An Ogre Throwing His Weight Around
An Ogre Throwing His Weight Around
An Ogre Throwing His Weight Around
An Ogre Throwing His Weight Around
An Ogre Throwing His Weight Around
He really looks most perturbed.He really looks most perturbed.
An Ogre Throwing His Weight Around

Vito Vendetta Returns... Mostly

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Roberto’s brother, Vito, has returned, sort of.  Seems he was ambushed by Triad thugs, wrapped in chains and dropped in the river.  His rage and determination to get revenge animated and sustained his corpse until some fishermen accidentally pulled him up, tangled in their nets. Now he seeks out those who tried to kill him.  There are debts to be paid.

The gallery consists of Work in Progress shots. The first three are the base coats while the rest are post washes.  Finally some pictures of the finished figure.

Vito Vendetta Returns... Mostly
Vito Vendetta Returns... Mostly
Vito Vendetta Returns... Mostly
Vito Vendetta Returns... Mostly
Vito Vendetta Returns... Mostly
Vito Vendetta Returns... Mostly
It's not personal.  It's business. Okay, it's a little personal.It's not personal. It's business. Okay, it's a little personal.

Lady Ellendeanne leads her first team.

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Had a day of gaming to celebrate my birthday recently.  Many a board and card game were played PLUS Necron_99 and I got in some Wolsung.  While I was running the Comedian in the Watchmen expansion to DC Heroes Card Game he coached a group of newbies through their first Wolsung experience.  Word is a good time was had by all especially when the Scylla Tommygun fire caused the car to explode. Later he and I joined in a five player game with some more learners one of which won the scenario.  I ran Lady Ellendeanne accompanied by her butler and a distant cousin. It was a lot of fun, we got to put out our lovely terrain, and many figures saw their first combat.

Necron’s giant flea golem is as effective as it is well painted.

Here is the lady herself.Here is the lady herself.
Necron's golem that is a bear to deal with.Necron's golem that is a bear to deal with.
The team moves out around the Fish Market.The team moves out around the Fish Market.
Distant cousin taken out by a mad inventor leaping from rooftops.Distant cousin taken out by a mad inventor leaping from rooftops.
Snorri Rottstein, man of the match. Lethal as well as expertly painted and an excelent reason to bring an ogre next time.Snorri Rottstein, man of the match. Lethal as well as expertly painted and an excelent reason to bring an ogre next time.

A Second Tommygun Armed Cousin Is Ready For Action

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At two for the cost of one I had to get this guy done to back up the last one.  These guys are a little fragile so I need a lot of them and their Tommyguns if I’m going to challenge the Triads for control of the underworld.  This gang has a whole bunch of Tommyguns… oh and tentacles but that’s really for another post.

A Second Tommygun Armed Cousin Is Ready For Action
A Second Tommygun Armed Cousin Is Ready For Action
A Second Tommygun Armed Cousin Is Ready For Action
A Second Tommygun Armed Cousin Is Ready For Action
A Second Tommygun Armed Cousin Is Ready For Action
A Second Tommygun Armed Cousin Is Ready For Action

More Family Arrives.

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One of my tommy gun armed cousins is complete.  Since they are two for the cost of one I’m going to have to get his partner done quickly so I can field them together. I must say that this gang is a lot of fun to paint. Got some ogres underway right now to add some much needed punch and there’s a strange pile of tentacles on my prep table.

More Family Arrives.
More Family Arrives.
More Family Arrives.
More Family Arrives.
More Family Arrives.

Sort of a Pippy Shortstockings

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At two for the price of one it is in my best interest to paint them in pairs so here is the second halfling worker to join my Scylla clan on the docks.  She looks like quite the feisty little fighter, full of piss and vinegar, as they say. I really enjoy how characterful Wolsung miniatures are and the Scylla do not disappoint.

Sort of a Pippy Shortstockings
Sort of a Pippy Shortstockings
Sort of a Pippy Shortstockings
Sort of a Pippy Shortstockings
Sort of a Pippy Shortstockings
Sort of a Pippy Shortstockings
Sort of a Pippy Shortstockings

A Little Help from a Little Friend.

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I have finished up one of the Halfling Workers that help out the gang from time to time.  Being halflings they are,”Two for the Price of One” when assembling one’s force so I have got to get the female one done next.  Otherwise, Roberto is paying more than he should and he never likes that.

Tough looking little guy.Tough looking little guy.
Should probably warn him that smoking stunts one's growth.Should probably warn him that smoking stunts one's growth.
A Little Help from a Little Friend.
A Little Help from a Little Friend.
A Little Help from a Little Friend.
A Little Help from a Little Friend.
A Little Help from a Little Friend.

Seen Dockside

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Reports of questionable individuals seen lurking around the Fish Market by Lady Ellendeane’s ogre chef had calls made at the highest levels of law enforcement. Alven Yard was dispatched forthwith to round up any hooligans or ruffians gathering.  Instead they found a certain Roberto Vendetta, supposed member of the notorious Scylla crime family.  He claimed to be an honest businessman looking for dockside real estate in which to open a humble eatery, in order to provide for his ailing mother in her final years.  He then asked if any had seen his brother Vito who had disappeared recently.  With no evidence of wrong doing the constables were forced to let him go on about his business.

Lady Ellendeane was heard to say, “Something sinister is afoot, mark my words”

Roberto Vendetta, Capo and sniper for Clan Scylla. Looks like the criminal underworld of Lyonesse is about to get a major shake up.Roberto Vendetta, Capo and sniper for Clan Scylla. Looks like the criminal underworld of Lyonesse is about to get a major shake up.
Seen Dockside
Seen Dockside
Seen Dockside
Seen Dockside
Seen Dockside
Seen Dockside
Seen Dockside
Seen Dockside

Time for Calimari the Fish Market is Complete

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First off is a gallery of the finished crates I didn’t have pictures of for the last post. I rather like how the octopus turned out.

The next two galleries are of the base color and stained stages of the final stack.  I really like the sculpt of this one especially the lines of hanging fish. Yes, yes, I know it will provide great cover and a possible objective but I like toys that look good.  They were all fun to paint.

Finally there are individual shots of the finished stack.

Time for Calimari the Fish Market is Complete
Time for Calimari the Fish Market is Complete
Time for Calimari the Fish Market is Complete
Time for Calimari the Fish Market is Complete
Time for Calimari the Fish Market is Complete
Time for Calimari the Fish Market is Complete
Time for Calimari the Fish Market is Complete

More Crates from Dockside

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Got more of the Fish Market completed.  Just one big one left.  As before, the gallery shows pieces at various stages while the single shots are finished stacks.  I seem to have missed taking pictures of the finished octopus crates so will include those with the next post.

More Crates from Dockside
More Crates from Dockside
More Crates from Dockside
More Crates from Dockside
More Crates from Dockside
More Crates from Dockside
More Crates from Dockside
More Crates from Dockside

Something Smells Fishy

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The Fish Market has been coming along at a sea snails pace thanks to real life but it has progressed none the less. Here is the first completed stack.  The gallery shows them base coated then stained before detailing.

Something Smells Fishy
Something Smells Fishy
Something Smells Fishy

Walkways Completed and Repaired Portions Painted

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I finished painting both of the long 19th Century Walkways as well as the damaged ladder section I had to rebuild.  No surprises here, really, but I need a larger space to photograph the all set up.  I did add a shot with minis as I couldn’t resist.

Walkways Completed and Repaired Portions Painted
Walkways Completed and Repaired Portions Painted
Walkways Completed and Repaired Portions Painted
Walkways Completed and Repaired Portions Painted
Walkways Completed and Repaired Portions Painted

The broken railing on the stairs (see earlier post on Lessons Learned) was sealed with a little more superglue after I fixed what I could. Once that dried I applied wood putty to try and even out a few of the bends and rough spots.  Once that dried I trimmed and sanded it to even out the edges.  I did prime it with a brush on white primer before painting the entire piece.  All in all not a bad fix.  The real trick will be to avoid breaking anything else I am assembling in future.  Ah dreams…

Walkways Completed and Repaired Portions Painted
Walkways Completed and Repaired Portions Painted

Arthur Baskerville and Golem Hound Ready for Walkies

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Okay, another Unaffiliated figure finished and ready to join in the action.  Fun, if delicate, sculpts that were a pleasure to work on.  The broad sweep of the cloak was just asking for pattern of some sort and I think I pulled off an adequate tartan like one. I realize now I should have added a ball or frisbee to the hound’s base.

Now I really need to start working on the fish market so my ogre chef has somewhere to pick up fresh seafood.

Arthur Baskerville and Golem Hound Ready for Walkies
Arthur Baskerville and Golem Hound Ready for Walkies
Arthur Baskerville and Golem Hound Ready for Walkies
Arthur Baskerville and Golem Hound Ready for Walkies
Arthur Baskerville and Golem Hound Ready for Walkies
Arthur Baskerville and Golem Hound Ready for Walkies
Arthur Baskerville and Golem Hound Ready for Walkies
Arthur Baskerville and Golem Hound Ready for Walkies
Arthur Baskerville and Golem Hound Ready for Walkies

Arthur and Hound get More Color

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I spent much of my evening getting up and answering the door as it was Halloween last night so didn’t have as much time to focus on the painting table.  I did get a little time to build up some of the highlights on both Arthur Baskerville and his mechanical companion so the evening wasn’t entirely lost to handing out treats.  Obviously I’m quite a ways from the fine detail work but I am liking more and more the idea of black and white tartan lining the cloak.  It is such a big, smooth surface after all that it seems a shame not to do something.  With tonight being the weekly online RPG I think I may get some painting in so will have to see what happens to these two.

Arthur and Hound get More Color
Got the dog hair removed before pictures this time.Got the dog hair removed before pictures this time.
Arthur and Hound get More Color
This fellow is looking close to finished.This fellow is looking close to finished.
Arthur and Hound get More Color

Arthur Baskerville beginnings

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With all of Ash and Oak complete I am moving onto figures from the Unaligned section.  After Harriet Kinsley the next one I got my hands on was Arthur Baskerville and his golemic hound.  Being resin I have avoided working on them as crazy as that sounds for a painter.  While resin holds detail beautifully, can have amazingly smooth surfaces, and can be just wonderful to paint I have a tendency to break them before they ever get to the game table.  I am still haunted by visions of the Kev White female landsknecht sliding off the primer tray to shatter into three pieces on the concrete two feet below. Shudder…

But that is the past, Arthur Baskerville and his hound are the present so best focus on them.  Very nice figures with a minimum of flash and mold lines though the sword cane and dog legs had me moving carefully and with purpose, especially once I realized I was going to have to drill and pin those delicate pieces of machinery to attach the dog to it’s base. Both minis have received their base coats and some washes.  Now they await a lot of highlights and details.  I might even try a tartan lining for the cloak… might.

 

Arthur Baskerville beginnings
Arthur Baskerville beginnings
How is it I don't see the attached dog hair until I am posting pictures?How is it I don't see the attached dog hair until I am posting pictures?
Arthur Baskerville beginnings
Arthur Baskerville beginnings

Fredrick Finished (as well as Ash and Oak)!

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Whew, between work, illness, and house sitting I have had no time at my painting table. Even once I got back into my own apartment I still had trouble getting back into a stable painting schedule.  I’m still not up to where I was but I did finish the OSL (and some details) on Fredrick Olafsson.  Not only is he complete but he is the last figure for my Ash and Oak club.  I now have a completely painted faction that includes a few duplicate henchmen.  Good thing I have mercenaries and terrain to focus on next.

Those 19th Century Walkways are just about ready for pictures after all.

Fredrick Finished (as well as Ash and Oak)!
Fredrick Finished (as well as Ash and Oak)!
Fredrick Finished (as well as Ash and Oak)!
Fredrick Finished (as well as Ash and Oak)!
Fredrick Finished (as well as Ash and Oak)!
Fredrick Finished (as well as Ash and Oak)!
Fredrick Finished (as well as Ash and Oak)!
Fredrick Finished (as well as Ash and Oak)!
Fredrick Finished (as well as Ash and Oak)!

Fredrick's Paint Job Done- Now Onto OSL!

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Fredrick Olafsson is now table ready but armed with a flaming sword he just needs a little more work. So the next stage will be to create the glow of the flame with washes and paints or Object Source Lighting as it is known.  This is always a little tricky for me and the thought of covering part of a good paint job goes against my basic nature.  It does require focus and planning which are not my strong suits late at night so I stopped here.

Fredrick Progresses

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I got another layer or two of paint onto Fredrick Olafsson last night but he still has a long way to go before I can work on the object source lighting (OSL) from the burning blade.  This and the multiple small parts are, I believe, why this guy got started last. He is a very nice figure though if I weren’t so impatient to build things I would have found it easier to paint his face before I glued the sword hand in place.

I was productive with my limited time and got other figures prepped for primer and painted more planks on walkways.  So, I also got less photogenic things accomplished last night.

Strolling on the Boardwalk.

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Have been working with the 19th Century Walkways I assembled for my game with Necron099 as they really need some color.  Like the Pneuma Post model, I used artist’s acrylics from Liquitex and Golden as they are much thicker than my model paints so work well with MDF.  I don’t mind the variegation color as it adds a sense of age and weathering.  Living in the San Francisco Bay Area I found myself inspired by the reddish brown of the Golden Gate Bridge when choosing my colors.  I wanted to keep it simple and in earth tones.  Since the surface of the walkway is such a visually prominent part I decided that was a good place to add some texture and detail.  Parallel lines of ivory make for nice wood grain and give the pieces a little polish, in my opinion.  This scheme has the added benefit of being easy to do, in future, with parts still on frames.

The gallery is of my early tests as well as where I have sanded the pegs that hold the railings.  The rest of the photos are of my first finished pieces.  Note that the railings are detachable, merely in place for photography and sealant. I’d like to avoid adding any thickness to the pegs I so carefully sanded.  I’ll be working on the long sections tonight.

Strolling on the Boardwalk.
Strolling on the Boardwalk.
Strolling on the Boardwalk.
Strolling on the Boardwalk.
Strolling on the Boardwalk.

Fear Not With Mary Fearless

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Well, despite getting distracted by painting some 19th Century Walkways I did complete the details on Mary Fearless.  She was a lot of fun to paint and I’m rather pleased with the plaid on her skirt, if I do say so myself.  Her special rule of being able to fire back when fired upon will make her quite entertaining on the battle field.  Think I’ll keep an ogre by her side to deal with those pesky Security Golems or maybe the Dwarf Gardener.  Seems I may be spoiled for choice with this gang.

Now to get brush back to Fredrick Olafsson…

Fear Not With Mary Fearless
Fear Not With Mary Fearless
Fear Not With Mary Fearless
Fear Not With Mary Fearless
Fear Not With Mary Fearless
Fear Not With Mary Fearless
Fear Not With Mary Fearless
Fear Not With Mary Fearless

You Rang?

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Would you care for a glass of Burgundy to go with your explosives?

Since there are two variations for this henchman and butlers are so helpful in game I knew I’d need more so here is the alternative version of one I painted earlier.  Like said earlier paint job, I really love the combination of innocuous and deadly items on the tray.  Clean simple sculpt that paints very quickly.  He’s also the last Ash and Oak henchman I have to paint, at least until the Fencers are available to order, so now I’ll be focusing on the last two heroes in my collection; Mary Fearless and Fredrick Olafsson.

Mary is getting close to finished.  The pictures show where I left off last night.  She is really down to final clean up and fine highlights. Oh, and I think she needs a darker shade of lipstick…

You Rang?
You Rang?
You Rang?
You Rang?
You Rang?
You Rang?
You Rang?
You Rang?

Harriet Kinsley For Hire

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Harriet is complete and awaiting her zeppelin (well, waiting for sealant but that’s less theatric). I mounted her on a MicroArts base which, all by itself, was fun to paint. Not sure when or where she will show up in a game but she is ready when called to action.

Harriet Kinsley For Hire
Harriet Kinsley For Hire
Harriet Kinsley For Hire
Harriet Kinsley For Hire
Harriet Kinsley For Hire
Harriet Kinsley For Hire

The Post has Arrived

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I finished off the Pneuma Post Box this weekend.  It’s a fun little model I feel could have come out better. Perhaps some weathering will help cut some of the brightness.  Perhaps I will buy a second one and paint it differently.  Either way, it’s done and ready to be an objective in several scenarios.  If nothing else, it will provide some much needed cover from enemy snipers.

The Post has Arrived
The Post has Arrived
The Post has Arrived
The Post has Arrived
The Post has Arrived
The Post has Arrived

Postal Progress

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Thursday night was rather productive, all in all.  I got the Pneuma Post booth assembled and was reminded of the importance of dry fitting everything before glue is applied.  The design is excellent and the pieces fit together well with several connections/interactions key to larger ones.  I forgot to mention in the last post that I am using Liquitex and Golden Acrylics as opposed to my miniatures paints as they are much thicker (and is what several tutorials recommend).  So far it has needed fewer coats so that is a plus though I will have to see how well the ends take paint tonight.

In addition I took Fredrick Olafsson all the way through his stains so it will be all about highlights and details now.  Speaking of such, Harriet Kinsley is about 2/3rds of the way through hers.

Really fun little model that comes with scenarios for the game.  Clearly the ends need to be painted before I can field it though.Really fun little model that comes with scenarios for the game. Clearly the ends need to be painted before I can field it though.
I just love all the little gears and dials. I just love all the little gears and dials.

Another Work in Progress Update

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I am now in the midst of working on my last three Ash and Oak figures. Last until I pick up a couple of the new Fencer Henchmen I saw on MicroArts’ website but that is an entirely different conversation.  I added a mercenary, Harriet Kinsley, to the mix as it is time to expand my options.  Arthur Baskerville and hound are waiting for their turn as well.

While I’m not finished with any of these I did want to show off what progress I’ve made so far.  Be really nice if they were done before the weekend as I have terrain that is screaming for color.

First up is my third butler, this one carrying a bomb as well as a nice Cabernet. Must be working for Zachary Fiercebatten III.  Next is the official Mary Fearless figure which means my wonderful Hasslefree mini will probably become a Distant Relative or a custom hero.  I really like that second idea.  Third in line is Harriet who I’ve mounted on a MicroArts Jungle base. Finally, I have a couple pictures of Frederick Olafsson who only just started his “basic training” as I call it.

Fingers crossed my next post is of all of these AND the Pneuma Post completed.

The Post Arrives in the Post

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So a couple of things arrived in the mail recently.  The first is a Pneuma Post kit (along with windows for my building) and the second is a rulebook.  The Post is a small but intricate build. Following some of my recent lessons on working with MDF I painted it all still attached to the frame.  Was a quick job and I will be assembling it tomorrow night after work.  The second package is a copy of the Wolsung Roleplay rules which I’ve wanted to try out for quite some time.  Between Necron099 and I we have enough toys and settings to make for some wild RPGs

The Post Arrives in the Post
The Post Arrives in the Post
This is quite the tome.This is quite the tome.

Starting a shanty town.

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After watching a few videos on how to best paint MDF I decided to forgo my over riding need for instantaneous gratification and paint the shanties before removing them from their frames. I have to say it worked a treat and will be how I tackle the next building project.  Below are some shots of the pieces in process.  I kept it simple, just wood grain on the doors, but can see doing a lot more weathering on these.  Hmm, maybe some of those advertising posters might help…

Starting a shanty town.
Starting a shanty town.
Starting a shanty town.
Starting a shanty town.
Starting a shanty town.
Starting a shanty town.
Starting a shanty town.
Starting a shanty town.
Starting a shanty town.

Another Relative Comes to Visit.

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I finished the second Distant Relative figure and I think I prefer him to the sculpt of the other one.  I think this pose is more expressive and I love the little smirk on his face.  All in all, a fun figure to paint and his steam powered hunting rifle should prove very helpful.

Another Relative Comes to Visit.
Another Relative Comes to Visit.
Another Relative Comes to Visit.
Another Relative Comes to Visit.
Another Relative Comes to Visit.
Another Relative Comes to Visit.
Another Relative Comes to Visit.
Another Relative Comes to Visit.
Another Relative Comes to Visit.

Distant Relative comes to Town

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With so many of my Ash and Oak minis finished and having adventures it is only natural for distant relatives to arrive looking for a cuppa and a bed.  Best to keep them busy with mundane tasks or “dirty work” as they say.

I finished one of the two Distant Relative minis last night.  Not a bad little sculpt though I am rather sure they just reused the body from Thorvald Nielsgaard of the Inventors Club while adding new arms and a new head.  It works okay though I must say I prefer the other Distant Relative sculpt which should show up here next posting.

Distant Relative comes to Town
Distant Relative comes to Town
Distant Relative comes to Town
Distant Relative comes to Town
Distant Relative comes to Town
Distant Relative comes to Town
Watch your step. It's a mess down here.Watch your step. It's a mess down here.

More Crates for the Marketplace.

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I was able to complete the set of seafood crates that have been sitting on my desk for the last couple of weeks.  Like the Spare Parts Crates I finished before they have some nice details and were fun to paint.  They will look very nice on the table and even give my Ogre Chef the opportunity to draw an extra card into my hand.  Of course they also grant a bonus for the Scylla Vendetta, halfling godmother, to summon tentacled horrors but that is problem to be dealt with at a future time.  I did pick up a Fish Market set that these will work well with but it is further down the priorities list.

Lady Ellendeanne is Ready to Step Out or Step Up as Occasion Requires.

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Took a while to get to this figure and once started, get her done. Life can get in the way of hobby after all. I must say, I think she is worth both the effort and wait. A nice little sculpt with clean details.  My only concern is that I probably should have replaced the umbrella rod with brass.  Only time will reveal the wisdom or lack of in my decision.  Either way, I know she will be in my team next time I get to play.

Lady Ellendeanne is Ready to Step Out or Step Up as Occasion Requires.
Lady Ellendeanne is Ready to Step Out or Step Up as Occasion Requires.
Lady Ellendeanne is Ready to Step Out or Step Up as Occasion Requires.
Lady Ellendeanne is Ready to Step Out or Step Up as Occasion Requires.
Lady Ellendeanne is Ready to Step Out or Step Up as Occasion Requires.
Lady Ellendeanne is Ready to Step Out or Step Up as Occasion Requires.
Lady Ellendeanne is Ready to Step Out or Step Up as Occasion Requires.
Lady Ellendeanne is Ready to Step Out or Step Up as Occasion Requires.
Be seeing you...Be seeing you...

Lady Ellendeanne and some Distant Relatives Work in Progress

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Lady Ellendeanne is still not quite finished but she is getting close.  My goal is to finish her tonight and if I’m lucky the relatives will join her on the Sealant Tray.  In addition I’m almost done with the last crates from my Seafood Crates set.  First up is a gallery of Lady E, second is one of the Distant Relatives, and finally a couple of pictures of the crates.

Beware, knaves, Lord Bucklepunch is ready for you.

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Thought I was going to work on something else tonight but this jaunty fellow demanded to be finished.  He is rather commanding or confounding depending on perspective. The rocket powered hobby horse is even cooler than the spring loaded grappling fist. He could be a lot of fun on the table.

 

Beware, knaves, Lord Bucklepunch is ready for you.
Beware, knaves, Lord Bucklepunch is ready for you.
Beware, knaves, Lord Bucklepunch is ready for you.
Beware, knaves, Lord Bucklepunch is ready for you.
Beware, knaves, Lord Bucklepunch is ready for you.
Beware, knaves, Lord Bucklepunch is ready for you.
Beware, knaves, Lord Bucklepunch is ready for you.
Beware, knaves, Lord Bucklepunch is ready for you.
It's no secret that I love my Secret Weapon bases.It's no secret that I love my Secret Weapon bases.

Ready for Deliveries or Hijacking.

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Got the final highlights on this morning with the Weekender going beside me. Screaming Skull was used on the tarp, Ogryn Camo on the truck body, and Runefang Steel dusted onto the bronze. I agree with @davehawes, it’s a really fun sculpt that glued together easily and painted up quickly. Considering the backlog of minis I have waiting for paint “quickly” is an important qualifier. The only thing it still lacks is an appropriate license plate. Once it comes to me, or someone thinks of one for me lol I will paint it on in white.

Ready for Deliveries or Hijacking.
Ready for Deliveries or Hijacking.
Ready for Deliveries or Hijacking.
Ready for Deliveries or Hijacking.
Ready for Deliveries or Hijacking.
Ready for Deliveries or Hijacking.
Ready for Deliveries or Hijacking.
Ready for Deliveries or Hijacking.
Ready for Deliveries or Hijacking.
Ready for Deliveries or Hijacking.

Next miniatures on the table

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With no convention to impose a deadline on my painting I will have to keep up my motivation on my own.  Since there aren’t many Ash and Oak club members left I should be able to do so.  Last night I started my truck model.  It went from primer to having the first layers of washes applied.

Nice, sharp details on the model. It should paint up nicely.Nice, sharp details on the model. It should paint up nicely.
Warplock Bronze, Knarloc Green, Lothern Blue, and Baneblade Brown are all I used for the base.Warplock Bronze, Knarloc Green, Lothern Blue, and Baneblade Brown are all I used for the base.
Next miniatures on the table
Agrax Earthshade was used to completely cover them model.Agrax Earthshade was used to completely cover them model.
Now onto highlighting and details tonight.Now onto highlighting and details tonight.
After using the same colors as the base coats I added white and yellow for a couple of layers of hightlight. After using the same colors as the base coats I added white and yellow for a couple of layers of hightlight.
Looking good but stil not quite done.Looking good but stil not quite done.

Some of the final club members I need to finish are Lord Bucklepunch and the two “distant relatives” which are all primed and waiting for paint.  In the desk, waiting filing and glue are Captain Fredrick Olafson and another butler I want to assemble holding the bomb.  In addition, I just landed an eBay lot that includes a Mary Fearless mini so I guess I will be adding her to my collection after all.  Still think the Hasslefree Steam Boudi, sculpted by Kev White, is my favorite.

Finally, the terrain I so rapidly assembled will need to be painted as well so expect to see it showing up here soon.

Ooops or What Not to Do.

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I love the entire aesthetic of Wolsung from the miniatures to the terrain. Parts of my current collection will fit in but a lot of it, like the 19th Century Walkways, are quite specific. So I turned to MicroArts and their lasercut MDF pieces.  Now I love a good laser cut model which can be as satisfying to assemble as many plastic kits.  Even the little bit of extra weight feels more “building” like to me.

MicroArts makes some very nice pieces that fit together well with my only complaint being the minimal instructions included with each kit.  The instructions included are very helpful in getting one started and detail some of the trickier fits but I am one of those people who could use some warnings here and there. At the risk of stating the obvious or what is common sense, I thought I would share some of my errors in order to help others avoid them.

First thing is always safety. I didn’t injure myself (this time) I just broke delicate pieces and confused others. Always use a sharp blade and cutting mat when cutting pieces from their frame. Do so gently though as thin MDF pieces can be fragile.  MicroArts knows this and include a couple extras of the smaller pieces. Next advice is to locate the Pusher Tool and remove it right away.  It is super helpful.

I prefer to use Aleene’s Tacky Glue as it is thicker than most PVAs, sets a little quicker, but stays sticky as it does so allowing me to move things I mess up. It has been invaluable in repairing my errors.

This thing helps get tiny things out but also reduces the tendency to push too hard on spots.This thing helps get tiny things out but also reduces the tendency to push too hard on spots.
When assembling parts be very careful where pressure is applied. Pieces not only break off but into smaller bits as well.  I glued this piec back together and let it dry before trying to re-attach it.When assembling parts be very careful where pressure is applied. Pieces not only break off but into smaller bits as well. I glued this piec back together and let it dry before trying to re-attach it.
The entire top half of the bannister collapsed and shattered as I tried to attach the top step. I wasn't paying attention to where I put the pressure. Some of the bits that broke off were so small they got lost.The entire top half of the bannister collapsed and shattered as I tried to attach the top step. I wasn't paying attention to where I put the pressure. Some of the bits that broke off were so small they got lost.
Luckily the fixed piece fit right back in place and dried nicely over night.Luckily the fixed piece fit right back in place and dried nicely over night.
After I sand the rough spot it should paint up nicely.After I sand the rough spot it should paint up nicely.
The railing was a much more complex issue as the damage involved multiple pieces going in different directions.The railing was a much more complex issue as the damage involved multiple pieces going in different directions.
It didn't help that some of the smallest pieces got lost.  I think I'll use wood filler or glue a strip of cardstock over it before painting.It didn't help that some of the smallest pieces got lost. I think I'll use wood filler or glue a strip of cardstock over it before painting.
As my friends say,As my friends say,"Paint obscures most sins" so I will hope this mess is less noticable once covered in paint. Of course it could just be damage from some previous altercation...
The Advertising Columns are resin cast so best assembled using Super Glue (Cyanoacrylate) but the posters are paper. Paper and superglue don't really interact well so once again I turned to Aleene's Tacky Glue. The Advertising Columns are resin cast so best assembled using Super Glue (Cyanoacrylate) but the posters are paper. Paper and superglue don't really interact well so once again I turned to Aleene's Tacky Glue.

I learned a lot working on some of these pieces so I am hopeful I will not repeat some of these mistakes, especially breaking the railing, as I have a few more MicroArts kits to work on.  I can not emphasize strongly enough the importance of test fitting pieces as well as working patiently.

The 19th Century walls have pegs at their bases for fitting them together in various configurations. I think it best to only glue in about half of them to increase the versatility of them.

I decided the railings on the 19th Century Walkways are best left unattached for the same versatility. The pegs that hold them in place are a bit tight for repeated use so I am giving mine a VERY light sanding, focusing on the top and bottom. This leaves the sides just a little snug so they hold tight. We will have to see what effect painting them has on this.  Seems like that might just make it into a future post.

The staff awaits

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I managed to complete the halfling kitchen boy at the convention last weekend but the maid and ogre chef had to wait until this week for me to finish them. Good thing I didn’t need them for the last mission but I am fairly certain all three of these will be taking the field next game. Which can’t come soon enough if truth be told.

Ash and Oak throw down with the Inventors... again. Part Two.

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Turn one and Singh is shot down before he can do anything. So much for Zach's re-rolls not to mention my second sniper.  Double ouch.Turn one and Singh is shot down before he can do anything. So much for Zach's re-rolls not to mention my second sniper. Double ouch.
The Inventors' lab golem moved toward and tried to activate an objective with the Jack-in-the Box guarding all approaches. Luigi flew over to move Ingrid to a position with more targets. Unfortunately that also meant Zachary could just see her and I had a handfull of red face cards. The Inventors' lab golem moved toward and tried to activate an objective with the Jack-in-the Box guarding all approaches. Luigi flew over to move Ingrid to a position with more targets. Unfortunately that also meant Zachary could just see her and I had a handfull of red face cards. "That's for Singh" Fiercebatten muttered as Ingrid fell dead, still partially obscurded by a statue.
Luigi took to the sky to land next to the center objective and gained two activations. With their mistress down the two surviving mirror golems helped the lab golem finish activating an Objective so we were at one each.Luigi took to the sky to land next to the center objective and gained two activations. With their mistress down the two surviving mirror golems helped the lab golem finish activating an Objective so we were at one each.
On the other side of the street and up a walkway Lugg finished the third activation while Lady Quimby shot at mirror golems.  On the other side of the street and up a walkway Lugg finished the third activation while Lady Quimby shot at mirror golems.
She then zipped right up to the parked car (with the fifth objective) and shot at Luigi, again failing to hit.She then zipped right up to the parked car (with the fifth objective) and shot at Luigi, again failing to hit.
Unable to gain a third success on the objective, Necron099 threw down a four of Hearts sending Luigi straight up into the sky. He then drew his blade and dive bombed Lady Q. I kid you not, the litte blighter blasted her for 2/3rds of her Health.  With the monocycle's wheel as shaky as her head, Lady Quimby was able to get out of melee (I couldn't run him over as I had no Spades to play) and shoot Luigi down.  Unable to gain a third success on the objective, Necron099 threw down a four of Hearts sending Luigi straight up into the sky. He then drew his blade and dive bombed Lady Q. I kid you not, the litte blighter blasted her for 2/3rds of her Health. With the monocycle's wheel as shaky as her head, Lady Quimby was able to get out of melee (I couldn't run him over as I had no Spades to play) and shoot Luigi down.
Suddenly, with the last scientist down, all the golems stopped moving and seemed to go into a reboot mode. The end was closing in and neither of us had achieved three objectives.Suddenly, with the last scientist down, all the golems stopped moving and seemed to go into a reboot mode. The end was closing in and neither of us had achieved three objectives.
Seeing a chance grab victory from the jaws of a tie Zachary sped down to the walkway where he Seeing a chance grab victory from the jaws of a tie Zachary sped down to the walkway where he "Released the Hounds!" As one, Goggles and Puddles leapt the railing converging on the center objective with Lugg who had also leapt from the walkway. Unfortunately my spate of bad dice rolls continued leaving Lugg injured and Puddles out of the game.
In the final activations of Turn 3, Lady Quimby, Lugg, and Goggles were just able to shift enough successes to claim a third objective.  Ash and Oak had secured the field.In the final activations of Turn 3, Lady Quimby, Lugg, and Goggles were just able to shift enough successes to claim a third objective. Ash and Oak had secured the field.
These guys deserve some respect for quietly churning through two of the objectives all on their own while scaring me away from going near the market.  Doesn't hurt that I love Necron099's paint and conversion work.These guys deserve some respect for quietly churning through two of the objectives all on their own while scaring me away from going near the market. Doesn't hurt that I love Necron099's paint and conversion work.
So after picking up their casualties and before the Alvin Yard could arrive, the Ash and Oak club sped off, disappearing into the labyrinthian streets of Lyonesse. At least until next time.So after picking up their casualties and before the Alvin Yard could arrive, the Ash and Oak club sped off, disappearing into the labyrinthian streets of Lyonesse. At least until next time.

Ash and Oak throw down with the Inventors... again. Part One.

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After all the gluing and painting I was able to sit down for a game of Wolsung with my friend, Necron099, at the convention this past weekend. He chose the Pothole Market scenario as we had market pieces to use as well as crates. I really like how convention game tables are often a mix of different people’s collections. The cobblestone street he carved out of foam really helps sets the mood and sets off the figures wonderfully.

Our combined collections make for a nice looking battlefield.Our combined collections make for a nice looking battlefield.
Both minis and terrain look even cooler on this board.Both minis and terrain look even cooler on this board.
I chose Zachary Fiercebatten the Third and Lady Quimby to lead my team...I chose Zachary Fiercebatten the Third and Lady Quimby to lead my team...
... while Ingrid Rangvoldlottir and Luigi Canpari (not pictured as he's flying around somewhere) would represent the Inventors Club. ... while Ingrid Rangvoldlottir and Luigi Canpari (not pictured as he's flying around somewhere) would represent the Inventors Club.
Lady Quimby brought her mechanic, Lugg, along to keep the monocycle at peak performance While Zachary was accompanied by his faithful friend Singh. I was looking forward to having those re-rolls for Zachary as long as Singh also has line of sight.Lady Quimby brought her mechanic, Lugg, along to keep the monocycle at peak performance While Zachary was accompanied by his faithful friend Singh. I was looking forward to having those re-rolls for Zachary as long as Singh also has line of sight.
Ingrid brought her mirror golems as well as a lab golem while Luigi was seen carrying a Jack-in-the-Box. I don’t know what he does but I’m sure it will not be some thing I like.Ingrid brought her mirror golems as well as a lab golem while Luigi was seen carrying a Jack-in-the-Box. I don’t know what he does but I’m sure it will not be some thing I like.

We set up our objectives a little more spread out than the diagram in the book but the seemed to fit the terrain better.  They appear as black gears on the battle field pictures.  When activated they are green for Ash and Oak or red for the Inventors.

We opted for the “Deploy on opposite sides 6 inches onto the table”.

Zachery deploys on the rooftop within sprinting distance of an objective.Zachery deploys on the rooftop within sprinting distance of an objective.
Lugg and Lady Quimby deploy on the street in the center. The Red Marker in this shot is actually one of the possible spots Singh could be deployed due to his special rules.Lugg and Lady Quimby deploy on the street in the center. The Red Marker in this shot is actually one of the possible spots Singh could be deployed due to his special rules.
Ingrid deployed behind the brick building but stil in view of one of her Mirror Golems. Luigi lead a lab golem through the market while concealing the deadly Jack-in-the-Box among the wares and shoppers.  I wouldn't see him until I got close and he pops up with twin machine guns blazing..Ingrid deployed behind the brick building but stil in view of one of her Mirror Golems. Luigi lead a lab golem through the market while concealing the deadly Jack-in-the-Box among the wares and shoppers. I wouldn't see him until I got close and he pops up with twin machine guns blazing..

I won the bid for first turn and began to move my troops toward objectives and firing positions.  Zachary started on a rooftop near one objective and was able to even get one activation before adding a card to gain a second.  The Inventor’s used their first activation to have Ingrid line up her mirrors and shoot Singh dead before he could do anything.  Man, she is cold and deadly.

 

To be continued in the next post…

Almost Done and Packed

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Between locating various materials and packing for the convention I didn’t finish the five figures I had hoped to.  I did make quite a bit of progress though. Really, they are almost table ready but as I am bringing my travel painting kit with me I plan to work on them a little more. Heck, I even packed a can of matte sealant in case my optimism is warranted.

The truck got prepped and primed but not painted.  No way was I leaving it behind, I mean I painted the car in a couple hours it could happen during an RPG this weekend.  Besides, even bright white it will work as terrain.  Speaking of which, my current collection of terrain fits neatly into the plastic bin I had on hand. Still room for another residential building and some more walkways.  The next convention is in February so I have some time to get these pieces painted.

The vehicles all fit into a 2 1/2' thick tray. How convenient.The vehicles all fit into a 2 1/2' thick tray. How convenient.
I'll have to come up with a more efficient way to pack once the collection grows but for now it works.I'll have to come up with a more efficient way to pack once the collection grows but for now it works.

Some More Works in Progress

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I’ve been plugging away at more of my Ash and Oak Club members.  I agree with @lancorz in loving the Ogre Chef and his Halfling Kitchen Assistant.  I really want to finish them by this weekend as I think they would be a great team to accompany Lady Quimby in her adventures.

Lady Ellendeane and her Lady’s Maid are approaching completion as well.  I picked up a MicroArts maid figure as my Reaper Naughty Maid figure might not be seen as family friendly.

Once I finish the figures for this gang I think I’ll add some neutral mercenaries to my collection. It is almost time to consider a second force so that I can always run games for newbies. Those devious halflings are looking awfully tempting.

The Market Place Opens

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I assembled my Market Stalls.  Deciding that minimal painting is what was called for (the game convention is next weekend) I decided to paint the metalic parts bronze and then just touch up the lighter “connection points”. I will go back later and liven them up with some color but for now they will look good enough on the table.

 

I finished up the set of crates full of spare parts as well as the merchants would need something sell.  I’ve still got a set of the “Food Crates” waiting for primer but I don’t see them getting finished before Friday. Maybe I’ll bring those with me to work on in the hotel room.

Obviously this is a Obviously this is a "Before" painting shot.

Lady Quimby has Arrived

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From the beginning, Lady Quimby has been the miniature that seems to best exemplify Wolsung in my eyes.  She has character, movement, and a mean looking sidearm.  Knowing my opinion of the mini and my desire to paint one could have been part of the reason I was given an Ash and Oak starter set as opposed to another gang.  Regardless, she is in my force and now completely painted.  I am quite happy with the addition of a Malifaux lamp post to her base and am eagerly anticipating using her in a game.

I’ve included a gallery of some closer shots as the details on this mini are just so nicely sculpted and cast.  Such a fun time painting this lady but now it is time to start prepping that truck that arrived last month.

Lady Quimby has Arrived
Lady Quimby has Arrived
Lady Quimby has Arrived
Lady Quimby has Arrived
Lady Quimby has Arrived
Lady Quimby has Arrived
Lady Quimby has Arrived

Archibald Armstrong is ready for action.

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Gotta admit, this one took a lot longer than I intended.  I figured,”Glue on the arms and head, he’ll paint up in a jiffy”. Might have actually worked out that way if I hadn’t started a few parts over again or been distracted by other thing. Hoping to match the illustration in the book I had painted him with striped pants but hated them halfway through so had to re-do those and am much happier with how he looks now.  He’s one dapper looking power hitter when all is said and done.

Like ogres don't punch hard enough already, Archibald has golemic arm.Like ogres don't punch hard enough already, Archibald has golemic arm.
Going to be fun to see what it can do in game.Going to be fun to see what it can do in game.
Archibald Armstrong is ready for action.
Archibald Armstrong is ready for action.
Even has a pistol for those Even has a pistol for those "hard to reach" villains.
Look out security golems!Look out security golems!
... and don't you even THINK about trying striped pants on me again!... and don't you even THINK about trying striped pants on me again!

Lady Quimby Approaches Completion

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I’ve previously mentioned that Lady Quimby is one of my figures from the entire Wolsung line so it should be no surprise to anyone that she is taking much longer to paint.  It doesn’t help that I glued her to the base before priming but then that is a longtime bad habit. Now I did keep the lamp post separate for painting so I maybe be learning.  Maybe being the operative word there.

I wanted the lamp post to look like ancient bronze, long exposed to weather so actually used very little metalic paint until the final stage.  I did document the process so have included it below with the names of the Games Workshop paints I used.

Archibald Armstrong is also just shy of being finished.  The pictures look a little dark as one of my desk lamps burned out but the progress is still visible.  With school having started up again this week I’m not sure I will get these two done by this weekend but I am hopeful.  I now have a truck to prep and paint after all.

Photographed just after being primed white.Photographed just after being primed white.
Used Dryad Bark for the base coat on the pole and Yriel Yellow for the bulb.Used Dryad Bark for the base coat on the pole and Yriel Yellow for the bulb.
Gorthor Brown was used as a highlight while I mixed the yellow half and half with White.Gorthor Brown was used as a highlight while I mixed the yellow half and half with White.
Nihilikh Oxide was applied in two rough coats. I didn't want them too even and I applied the Wash from top to bottom to simulate centuries of rain and fog dripping down it. More white was added to the yellow mix.Nihilikh Oxide was applied in two rough coats. I didn't want them too even and I applied the Wash from top to bottom to simulate centuries of rain and fog dripping down it. More white was added to the yellow mix.
Finally I ended with two light dry brush layers of Runelord Brass, also applied top down and concentrated on areas that might be rubbed regularly.  Final bulb highlight was almost entirely white.Finally I ended with two light dry brush layers of Runelord Brass, also applied top down and concentrated on areas that might be rubbed regularly. Final bulb highlight was almost entirely white.

Lady Quimby and Archibald Armstrong get some color

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I got the base coats and washes onto Lady Quimby and Archibald Armstrong. I primed the lamp post to add to her base but no more than that yet.  The hole to pin it into is just visible on the corner of the sidewalk. I haven’t started the metalics on Archibald mechanical arm but it should end up a well shined gold.  So, not finished but progress none the less.

On the other hand, I have been assembling some terrain from MicroArts but that’s for another post.

It seems the postman follows this blog. This arrived the day after my last post where I pondered where the truck I ordered was. Talk about service.It seems the postman follows this blog. This arrived the day after my last post where I pondered where the truck I ordered was. Talk about service.

The Zitrone "Dime" Hits the Road

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As I mentioned in the last post I had finally decided what color to paint my Zitrone Dime model from MicroArts (no small feat there).  Once I had the vision of a sleek shadowy car zipping through the darkened streets of Lyonesse and had primed the model black I was eager to get started.  Fortunately for me Thursday nights are when some friends and I meet online to play a long running Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG campaign and I usually paint while the game is running.  Naturally, I worked on the Zitrone and actually completed it in TWO HOURS (holy cow that was surprising). Now the MicroArts examples are covered in a fine filigree of curly cue pin-striping that I had intended on putting on my car in silver but once it was complete I just love the clean, deadly shark look it has and have postponed any pin stripes for now.  It reminds me a bit of the 1930’s Batmobile actually. Of course now I want to get another one (to paint British Racing Green) but that will have to wait as other terrain acquisitions have priority (I really need some residential buildings and a Fish Market!).  Besides, Necron099 already has one and maybe this will inspire him to get it painted so we can race!

Now then, Mr. Postman, where is that truck I ordered?

Some Work in Progress

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Picked up a few more Ash and Oak team members and got them based waiting for primer. Pictured are the maid, the ogre cook, hobbit kitchen boy, and Sir Bucklepunch because he’s so entertaining.  Just prepped Lady Ellendeanne and a Distant Relative after taking the picture so they are also waiting for the next stage of “basic training” as I like to think of it.

I have been struggling with what color to paint my lovely steam powered roadster. Watching the old Boot Camp VLOG and seeing the line of gorgeous, brightly colored ones painted by the BoW team left me even more indecisive. It hit me this morning as I poured a cup of strong, black coffee that Ash and Oak would really lean toward sleek, timeless black. So I primed it such and am about ready to take brush to it. I better hurry, my classroom will be full of students in a couple weeks.

Have added a couple since this picture was taken.  Have added a couple since this picture was taken.
I just love this modelI just love this model
Black with tinted windows just seems to fit Ash and Oak. Well, that's the plan.Black with tinted windows just seems to fit Ash and Oak. Well, that's the plan.

More Henchmen are Ready for Action

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I was able to finish up the Dwarf Gardener and Ogre Bruiser so they can join my Ash and Oak Club in their next adventures.  After seeing how helpful one ogre was to Mary Fearless I can see me needing more of these guys.  The dwarf’s color scheme was taken right off of his data card but the ogre isn’t the one pictured on his so the crippling demon of Indecision was threatening to cast it’s shadow over my table.  Fortunately Google Images lead me to this blog- http://somegamers.blogspot.com/2014/07/ that had a wonderful color scheme I had to steal, or should I say  “acquired”.  It was the pants that did it.  I may not like mine as much as the one that inspired it, I like it enough to call him finished. Okay, I am going to add some Secret Weapon Realistic Water to the base but that will have to wait until after the spray sealant.

Musings on Lady Quimby

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Lady Quimby and her awesome mono-cycle have been sitting on my desk looking at me for over a week.  I can’t help feeling like she needs something else, something on her base.  I picked out this Secret Weapon base as I wanted it to look like she was zipping up close to the curb to take a shot at a target on the sidewalk.  She just seems to be in need of something vertical.

I was really thinking about a fire hydrant or something of the sort. Turns out there is a set of street lights for Malifaux that would work a treat. I picked one out that seems to fit her well and Blu-tacked it to the base to see how it looks. I started taking pictures using the same black background I used at first but the dark grey of the lamp’s plastic gets lost in it so I shifted to a lighter background.  All in all, I have to say I prefer it with the lamp post though I will rotate it to point at the sidewalk, not the street.

Some Work in Progress

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Saw a great paint job online for the capped Ogre Bruiser and knew I had to try and copy it so he hit the primer tray almost as soon as I got him (tartan pants!).  Really wanting more diversity and being a Dwarfaphile (it’s a word if you type it) I had to get the Dwarf Gardener underway as well.  Both figures have been glued to Secret Weapon bases, base coated, and given washes. They are now ready for highlighting and details.  I’ve included the shots from behind for Lloyd and the rest of us who know that’s the part the gamer sees.

He's already a mean looking chap.He's already a mean looking chap.
Going to liven up those pants a little.Going to liven up those pants a little.
He's a cool looking dude with his shades and high pressure water hose.He's a cool looking dude with his shades and high pressure water hose.
Can't quite see the potted plant next to him yet but that will change soon enough.Can't quite see the potted plant next to him yet but that will change soon enough.

Zach FierceBatten III from start to finish

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With the grandfather Zachary Fiercebatten the first done and ready for adventure it was time to take on his less heroic grandson, Zachary Fiercebatten III and his trusty hounds.  The hounds are my favorite part of this mini and I especially love the little guy with goggles and a saddlebag.  He looks like he belongs in an old motorcycle sidecar, tongue and cheeks flapping in the wind.

Here we see the three figures in bare lead, freshly washed, filed, and glued to Secret Weapon bases. Just waiting for primer.Here we see the three figures in bare lead, freshly washed, filed, and glued to Secret Weapon bases. Just waiting for primer.
Clean, simple base coats using GW paints. In addition to the metalics it is almost all Ushabti Bone, Zandri Dust, Mournfang Brown, Dryad Bark, and Bugman' Glow.Clean, simple base coats using GW paints. In addition to the metalics it is almost all Ushabti Bone, Zandri Dust, Mournfang Brown, Dryad Bark, and Bugman' Glow.
I find keeping the palette simple and shared between minis makes the work move faster and ties them together visually.I find keeping the palette simple and shared between minis makes the work move faster and ties them together visually.
I used a mix of Agraz Earthshade and Seraphim Sepia washes to give them a solid, even coating.I used a mix of Agraz Earthshade and Seraphim Sepia washes to give them a solid, even coating.
I used the same base colors for my first highlight layers then then lightened them a couple times as I added more.I used the same base colors for my first highlight layers then then lightened them a couple times as I added more.
I am rather pleased with how this little group came out.  To be honest, I want more of the hound miniatures for other projects I have in mind.I am rather pleased with how this little group came out. To be honest, I want more of the hound miniatures for other projects I have in mind.

Lady Quimby Arrives

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I have loved the visual of this dangerous lady on her mono-cycle since I first saw her in the rules.  It is wonderfully characterful and imaginative and well sculpted.  I am generally dubious of resin figures after years of fighting bubbles and fragile pieces even though the surface is excellent for taking paint.  I found the casting of Lady Quimby to be a nice surprise, with clean, minimal flash lines and no warping. MicroArts really do nice work and, other than one peg, everything fit together well.  One of the peg holes on the wheel had some excess resin within but was easy enough to clean out but it just stresses the importance of dry fitting everything beforehand.  I did wash everything to get rid of any mold release that would interfere with paint and then glued her together.  I picked out a Secret Weapon base and she was ready for primer.

Okay, alot of little bits but not too daunting.Okay, alot of little bits but not too daunting.
Whew, that went together rather easily.Whew, that went together rather easily.
Here she is, ready for paint. I am thinking of adding a lamp post or something to the sidewalk.Here she is, ready for paint. I am thinking of adding a lamp post or something to the sidewalk.

Substitutes plus

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I’m not sure why this double posted but I can’t delete the entire post and I can’t leave it blank so I figure I’ll drop a couple more shots of my Mary Fearless.

Substitutes plus
Substitutes plus

Substitutes

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I mentioned having some figures that would work well already in my collection.  One of them is Steam Boudi by Hasslefree Miniatures and one of my favorite minis by Kev White.  I’m using her as Mary Fearless as she fits the part beautifully.

I just knew I would find a use for this wonderful mini from Reaper Bones.  I had no idea what I would use it for when I saw it but knew it would find a home in my painted collection.  Ash and Oak may not run any steam golems, let alone giant ones, but it will fit into the game nicely.  I cut up some balsa scraps I had to match the flagstones, added textured medium (colorless acrylic paint with sand mixed in) and he was ready to stomp through the districts of Lyonesse though I still think it needs a lamp post.  I just have to keep Necron099’s Inventors away from it.

Getting Started.

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Received an Ash and Oak Club Starter set for Wolsung from Necron099 as he was anxious to get me playing the game. He is quite familiar with my collection of minis so knew I already had several painted figures that would work well in this gang. All the Beasts of War coverage really had me interested in trying out the system and minis got me excited to paint them.

Downloaded the rules, printed my cards, and started painting minis. Necron099 included Abinav Singh, Orc sniper, with the gift so I would have plenty of fire power.

Here is the back of the box showing which figures I'd be starting with. Abinov Singh came separately in a blister pack.Here is the back of the box showing which figures I'd be starting with. Abinov Singh came separately in a blister pack.

I decided early on that I would just try and match the minis on the box or in the rule book. This served two purposes; first it made it easy to connect the mini to the card/stats and, second, it eliminated the pitfall of indecision.  It didn’t hurt that the art direction is excellent and the minis full of character.

Starting with the servants/henchmen because someone has to get everything set up and make sure the perimeter is clear.  I love the ogre in a suit. The golf club is just a bonus.  The butlers were next though the one with an umbrella was delayed by a need to replace the shaft on his umbrella with brass rod.  Finally, Singh brings up the rear, his keen eye wary.

Then it was onto the heroes, Sir Lance Oakroot and Sir Zachary Fiercebatten.  As with the others I’ve shown so far, I mounted both of the miniatures on Secret Weapon bases.  They are among my favorite and paint up nicely.  I also use a lot of MicroArts and Scibor as well so those will probably show up on this blog too.

Those were a lot of fun to paint and will look good together on the field.  I already have a maid by Reaper and a couple heroines from Hasslefree and Bombshell that will fit this club perfectly.  Of course I am now hooked and have picked up some more Ash and Oak members as well as a steam powered automobile so can see this game keeping me busy for some time.

Now its time for a nice Now its time for a nice "cup of the brown stuff".

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