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Massive Darkness Kickstarter set

Massive Darkness Kickstarter set

Project Blog by krakenwakes

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About the Project

I'm trucking my way through all the models in Massive Darkness. Done all the minions and heroes already, so just a few of the brilliant wandering monsters to go. Pictures as they're finished!

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It's a Bunch of Other Monsters!

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So here’s the rest of what I have done so far.

Too much to say to really go into much detail, I guess. The Overseer is one of my favourites, it gets used as a Neurothrope in 40K games from time to time. And I was pleased with the Ogre Mage and the Giant Spider in particular. That latter one got a scratch build victim on the base, which was a bit bare otherwise, it’s made from white cotton thread wrapped round tissue paper with two old 40K Space Ork arms poking out.

Otherwise I think they’re great models to paint, as I keep going on about! Hope you like them!

It's the Minotaur!

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Right, all the big photo dumps out of the way. Time for the real meat and drink of this project, and that’s got to be the Roaming Monsters!

The main draw of this Kickstarter was the monster models, to my mind. Lovely sculpts in almost every case, and a proper rogue’s gallery of common creatures for DnD.

As I post this, I’m actually well over half way to completing the whole set. I promised myself I’d get it done this year, and after a long pause (painting three small 40K armies), I’ve broken its back. The monsters were my big incentive to get the rest done, so now the slog is over, it’s a gentle coast through the splendour of these critters!

I’m starting with the Bloodseeker Minotaur, which came in the Troglodyte expansion box. It’s a big, beefy, Tauren-looking dude. Everything a minotaur ought to be imho. GW can take it’s weird looking bullcakes and stuff ’em, this is where it’s at!

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It's the Furniture!

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So hands up who loves painting doors?

…yeah, me neither. The only pay-off is that your game does look that bit better once the props are all painted. Just like a tabletop looks great once you’ve made the jump from random coffee mugs to scratch-built coolant storage facilities.

But lordy, is it boring to paint!

Easy and fairly quick, I guess. That’s the only other plus I can find. Slapping brown on a bunch of boards and then fast washes and drybrushes, it’s not long before you can move on to something interesting instead.

I very much have the mentality that the boring rubbish stuff needs to get done first, or it never gets done. So all these chests, doors, pillars and bridges were amongst the first parts of this project I tackled. Dull though it was, I did kind of get excited by the doors. Because they really open! Just like Advanced Heroquest used to! Ah, those good old days.

It's the Troglodytes!

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Having some non-monstrous foes in this game is a really nice touch. There aren’t many other dungeon crawlers around that have this, you’re usually up against various underworld monsters. I could think of Silver Tower from GW as one exception, with the Kairic Acolytes, maybe? Anyone think of any others?

Anyway, this is a pack of barbarians done with plenty of tattoos and facepaint. Red for a spot colour, and I spent a bit longer doing the details on them because there weren’t as many of them (I usually try to finish a unit of miniatures a week as a rough goal, and if it’s a big unit the really fiddly bits usually get rushed past).

Great models, as ever. CMON know what they’re about!

It's the Dwarves!

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On to the Dwarves, and these guys got blue as a spot colour. I didn’t use it much in the end, though, they’re mainly made up of armour and hair. Which seems appropriate – they’re dwarves, after all!

The standard warriors have mattocks, the more elite defenders have cleavers. The bosses are pretty sweet, they’d look good in a Chaos Dwarf army, but my standout favourite is the Agent. His pose really captures something for me, he looks mean and conniving. I can really see him standing at the back, sending his minions to their doom while he plots something major.

It's the Orcs!

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Orcs next!

There are two flavours for these, the Flayers with the twin knives and the standard Warriors with axes. The former are the slightly more elite kind, hitting harder but with less armour. I think, anyway! I’ve actually spent more time painting this lot than playing it, in all honesty.

The spot colours for the Orcs are purple and bone, which contrasts quite well with their deep green skin. I really like the Shaman model, and the Agent as well – brutal and cunnin’, both of ’em! The Agent is an albinorc, he’s got lighter skin.

It's the Goblins!

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These are all the goblin mobs (moblins) for the game. I want each set of minions to have a distinctive colour, so I can pick them out more easily in the box, and I chose yellow for these guys.

Great models, but a shame there’s only one sculpt! Sixteen identical minions is a slog to paint. Especially if you’re going to punish yourself and do checks on the edges of their robes. Sigh. Ah well – worth the effort, I was pleased with the results when I got them all done!

Heroes Catch Up

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So! Here’s the first of a series of photo dumps, putting down all the models I’ve painted so far for the Massive Darkness Kickstarter!

They’re brilliant models, I’m really enjoying painting them. Turning out nicely, even if I know I need more practice on eyes and things! And the photos have made me spot quite a few things I missed, so good to go back and fix the odd mistake or blotch. All the same, I’m pretty happy with it all so far!

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