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Painting Blood Rage

Painting Blood Rage

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About the Project

As Blood Rage from CMON is one of my favorite games, and upon receiving the new KS 'Digital' add ons, I decided to take the plunge and paint the game's miniatures, especially as I plan on also using them in Ragnarok (Osprey publishing). Miniatures are rather good sculpts and will look magnificent on the new game mat.

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End of a Long Road - Last Creatures and Monsters... Ragnarok Dawns Upon the Tabletop

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I had to rethink storage as teh new minis from the digital KS added too much for the original Broken Token set. All minis are now magnetized and reside in the roginal core box (save for a few that would not fit).I had to rethink storage as teh new minis from the digital KS added too much for the original Broken Token set. All minis are now magnetized and reside in the roginal core box (save for a few that would not fit).

Stag Clan - Last on a long list

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Monsters Wave 2

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Here comes the second ‘wave’ of Bloodrage monsters and they were a blast to paint.

The Serpent Clan Slithers onto the World Stage

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This clan was probably the most enjoyable clan I painted so far, along with the Raven clan. The miniatures achieve an excellent balance between the feminine form and a sense of dangerousness. I moved away from the artist depiction (using red as a dominant color alongside green) so as to preserve the clan identity.

Bloodrage, First Monster Wave

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I decided to split my Bloodrage monsters into 3 groups so as to pace my painting and integrate the last two clans I have to finish to complete the game. This first wave contains small and large monsters, all of which I am rather happy with.

The first Elf of a series of three. I like her dynamic pose but felt she lacked detailsThe first Elf of a series of three. I like her dynamic pose but felt she lacked details
Male and female werewolves. They are very different in style, one being much more classic (the male).Male and female werewolves. They are very different in style, one being much more classic (the male).

The giant boar (dire boar) makes for a very interesting monster. I particularly like the base which allowed me to use moss.

Bloodrage, First Monster Wave
FIrst giant, part of the newest Kickstarter, has a very imposing and dynamic pose and offers great painting opportunities.FIrst giant, part of the newest Kickstarter, has a very imposing and dynamic pose and offers great painting opportunities.
Bloodrage, First Monster Wave
I love the traditional Nordic look of the Troll, minus a tail…I love the traditional Nordic look of the Troll, minus a tail…
Bloodrage, First Monster Wave
The Snow Giant is a marvelous sculpt and I had great fun adding GW Blizzard base effect to the rock, beard and groound.The Snow Giant is a marvelous sculpt and I had great fun adding GW Blizzard base effect to the rock, beard and groound.

Bloodrage Valkyrie

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The Valkyrie miniature does not have a very dynamic pause but, as it is usually the case, painting the miniature added a lot to its appeal.

Bloodrage Valkyrie

The Sea Serpent

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The sea serpent was, in my opinion, one of the mosts iconic miniature of the game and I both looked forward and drewaded painting it. Adrian Smith wonderful art served as an excellent inspiration and I am quite pleased with the end result, feeling the creature merges quite well with the ocean from which it emerges. I used satin varnish instead of matt so as to maintain the ‘wet’ look.

The darn platform would not let me position this photograph vertically!!!The darn platform would not let me position this photograph vertically!!!

The Ram Clan bashes its way into the world of Bloodrage

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The Ram clan was a pleasure to paint as the sculpts had interesting personality, except for the clan leader which, like all of the leaders in Bloodrage, is quite unremarkable, probably due to the need to present them with a recognizable pose.

Five Minute Basing Tutorial

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For my Blood Rage miniatures, I adopted a very simple technique that exceeds board game/tabletop standards in many ways and takes minutes to perform. All you need is:

  • Paint
  • 2 types of basing material (actually oen is fine but quite monotonous)
  • Basing glue (I suspect white glue is fine)
  • Old brush/stick/toothpick to apply the glue to the base

 

Step one – Apply paint to your base

No need to ensure complete coverage or lack of streaks. This paint layer is only there to mask basing material irregularity. I am using craft paint for this step, burn sienna being my go to color.

Painting table ready for basingPainting table ready for basing

Step two – Choose your basic material.

For this job, I chose Army painter Grass Green, Brown Battleground and Ash Grey and GW Glade Grass.

Step three – Apply glue to the part of your miniature base you wish to cover with your first choice of basing material.

Use a toothpick (for 20/28mm bases) or a brush/sculpting tool for larger ones). Be parsimonious with the glue as it will ease the next step and avoid white splotches in your basing aspect. When dealing with a large group of miniatures, such as this viking clan, try to process 3 or 4 at a time.miniatures at a time.

Five Minute Basing Tutorial

Step four – Dip the base of the miniature in your basing material container.

While there is always a risk of contaminating the content with glue, if you followed step 3, I found it to be less wasteful on the basing material than to pour some in a separate container.

Five Minute Basing Tutorial
Then remove the miniature from the container, press gently on the basing material adhering to the base and finally tap the base over they container to minimize waste.Then remove the miniature from the container, press gently on the basing material adhering to the base and finally tap the base over they container to minimize waste.

Step five – Apply glue to the other part of the base and dip the miniature base in the other basing material.

Apply glue in the same manner to the rest of the bases and repeat step 4. Of course, you are free to choose more than two basing material types and thus repeat this step as many times as you have basing material. Keep in mind, however, that if you are working with board games pieces or rank and file wargame miniatures, you really do not have to get to this level of sophistication. That allows you to deploy these miniatures on the table faster.

Et voila! Quick and easy base…Et voila! Quick and easy base…

Flight of the Raven Clan

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The Raven clan for Blood Rage was a pleasure to paint. I particularly like the ‘beefiness’ of the miniatures and the ‘wicked witch’ style of the shamans. These miniatures would be a perfect fit for viking fantasy skirmish games, such as Ragnarok. I know I have mentioned this Osprey game before so that should be a hint that it is coming to a blog near you soon 🙂

Adding the Wild Boars to the Roster

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While I was not (and still am not) in love with the models sculpts of the Wild Boar clan, painting them added some details to them that makes them bearable to deploy on the table. I found the regular clansmen legs to be strangely sculpted and failing at a dynamic pose, without even comparing them to Games Workshop masterpieces such as the ones recently designed for Warcry single pose miniatures. In the end, another clan has been added to Blood Rage and offers another fielding possibility for games such as the excellent Ragnarok from Osprey – https://ospreypublishing.com/ragnarok .

Bear Clan is Entering the Fray

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The Bear Clan offered a unique challenge to paint bear fur that would look unique yet realistic. SOme delving into Google images of various bear colors offered a wide palette to choose from. The miniatures are quite bulky but with enough details so as to provide interesting poses. Not a fan of the mystics though, especially facial features.

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