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About the Project

My 2nd Edition Kickstarter landed on Sunday. This is a brief blog about my progress in getting them painted

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Done and dusted!!!!

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Thats it!  They are done!

So…. project complete I guess, all bar the shouting.  I’m looking forward to using them in anger against my friends.  I’ve played a couple of games against my 11 year old son, and also one with my 9 year old joining in in a 3 way crazy battle where my halflings faced off against the 11 year old’s Albionnican (nee Imperial now it’s second edition, but I’m old school!) to catch a baby dragon.  The 9 year old was using the baby dragon, as well as Wotanwðdues who was hiding in a bit of terrain, outside the deployment zones, which  he wrote down at the start of the game in secret so we wouldn’t know if we got near him.  I can put pictures on here of that game if people want action shots?  But thats a different post.  This one is group shots, hugs and cheers all round… and a nice cup of tea to celebrate a job which I am really pleased with.  I hope you’ve all enjoyed following along.  Anyhoo, time for the money shots!

 

The New Hewenden militia, alongside the rangers.  A great force to choose from when playing gamesThe New Hewenden militia, alongside the rangers. A great force to choose from when playing games
All the kickstarter bits painted, dragons, The Explorer and his journal, a troggle, arcanite tokens, the halflings and, of course, Buttercup the Thing FlingerAll the kickstarter bits painted, dragons, The Explorer and his journal, a troggle, arcanite tokens, the halflings and, of course, Buttercup the Thing Flinger

All thats left, unless people ask for AAR pictures of the games I’ve played, or people want to see the Albionnicans, is to say how much fun these characterful models were to paint, and how nice a game Arcworlde 2nd edition is.  It’s definitely one for the narrative gamer over the competitive gamer… don’t get me wrong, it’s awesome to win games, however it’s much better when everyone at the table is having a blast running through a story (My own opinion, others see things differently) and this game gives that in spades.  The feats function is a great mechanic.  If there isn’t a rule for doing something, basically you decide, with your opponent, just how hard it is to do that and what the effect will be, which gives you easy, medium, hard feats.  You then need to roll that many successes on dice, one per ap spent, to see if you succeed.  4 or 5 is a success, 6 is a crit and counts as 2 successes.  In our game last week, my son wanted his crossbow armed Albionnican to leap off a cliff onto the dragon, firing his crossbow as he went.  Incredibly heroic, and stupid… but mostly heroic.   He rolled 2 dice as we said it would be a hhard feat, it was really unlikely to happen successfuly and sure enough he failed, missed the shot, bounced off the dragons hide and landed prone in gfront of an angry forest dragon.  Could have been amazing, but was instead hilarious, all of had a good giggle at his ineptitude, especially as it was just in front of the Albionnican Captain and the dragon was going to be the next model to activate.

Sorry, rambling.  To summarise, its been a blast.  I highly recommend the game and the minis.  I suggest you all get over to the Warploque page and buy some (please note, I am in no way affiliated with Warploque!)

Old Gold

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The second edition kickstarter wasn’t my first dabble with Arcworlde, I’d gone halfs on the original 1st edition starter set ‘The battle for Troll Bridge’ with a freind. He took the Bayourks and the Troll. I took the Albionnicans and the halflings. So, here is my original lot of halflings, the rangers of New Hewenden and also the mounted cavalry support

Stumpy Fleecewringer, the noblest halfling this side of ArcworldStumpy Fleecewringer, the noblest halfling this side of Arcworld
Turpin Oldbuck (counts as sheriff) He retired from being New Hewenden's sheriff as he was tired of all the political infighting in the town council.  Much happier dodging dragons in the forestTurpin Oldbuck (counts as sheriff) He retired from being New Hewenden's sheriff as he was tired of all the political infighting in the town council. Much happier dodging dragons in the forest
Snitch Tattletale, knows everything about everyone.  Is Turpin's most trusted advisorSnitch Tattletale, knows everything about everyone. Is Turpin's most trusted advisor
Roly Butcher.  Was caught poaching and was persuaded that being a ranger was better than 6 months in the stocksRoly Butcher. Was caught poaching and was persuaded that being a ranger was better than 6 months in the stocks
Polo Tinyfoot, rubbbish with a bow but can poke things with a sharp object really wellPolo Tinyfoot, rubbbish with a bow but can poke things with a sharp object really well
Hal Hogpen, always close to Turpin to protect the halfling he idolisesHal Hogpen, always close to Turpin to protect the halfling he idolises
Frumpy Ballcock, sword, axe and bow... probably best not to take the micky out his nameFrumpy Ballcock, sword, axe and bow... probably best not to take the micky out his name

The Halflings of New Hewenden (revisited)

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New Hewenden is a settlement on the border of Greater Hobbleshire and Scotstaine.  The town sends many parties into the Mildaark forest to claim Arcanite.  However the region isn’t always safe so the town has a large militia as well as a few employed town guards.

These are some of them…..

 

Somehow these two slipped through the net, so here they are now

Robur Bottomhill and Odulf Proudbottom.  These two are as thick as thieves, rarely are they seen one without the otherRobur Bottomhill and Odulf Proudbottom. These two are as thick as thieves, rarely are they seen one without the other

A short film about arcworlde

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My YouTube Fu is weak but here goes nothing 😁

No words, just pretty dragons

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Above is the first juvenile dragon, below is the second

And finally Wotanwðdues the Forest dragon. NB:  The name is a play on words.  When the kickstarter was launched the dragon was anounced on a Wednesday under the banner: Wednesdragon!  As such, I used a combination of words for Wednesday.  Wotan which is the god Wednesday is named after apparantly and Wodues which is old english for Wednesday

Poppo Claymeade

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The last thing to paint on the dragon was the lost halfling, obviously if you’ve been following this project then you will have seen him earlier but here ho is on the dragon model in full.  First shot is of the model with the halfling just brown, but I painted him up in the livery of New Hewenden.  Then I filled the base with Tamiya soil effect

Then the dragon was based and was ready for the glamour shots.  I had to fudge a blue white background with multiple sheets of paper,  Next time!

What a horny beast!

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After I got the biggest bits done it was time to work on the bony spikes and antlers.  Simple bone colours.  Started with a brown, worked through khaki to bone and a tiny highlight of white

And that was it.  Big guy painted!  Just basing and a little bit of detailing at the base of the tree to do.  At this point I wanted to take a couple of glamour shots, however it was too big for my thrown together photo area

Next time it will be the end of the dragon pictures.  I’m very happy with the work to date

Time to bait the trap

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A little bit of an explanation before I get on to the pictures of the next stage.  The Forest Dragon in Arcworlde is an ambush predator.  It lies hidden on the floor of the forest and then pounces on unsuspecting prey.  Well, as Arcanite is very much sought after on Arcworlde, what better bait could there be?All of the big plates on the back got a lick of pint using the same recipe as i did for the arcanite on the Explorer and Journal :  A mix of Creed Camo and Altasaar blue contrasts, followed by a highlight along the edges of vallejo white and then gloss varnish

Basecoated, no highlights on the arcanite yetBasecoated, no highlights on the arcanite yet
and the other sideand the other side
And after the white highlight and gloss varnishAnd after the white highlight and gloss varnish

This just left, bone, antlers and claws on the dragon.   Before that the dead tree needed a sort.  Lots of drybrushing!  Vallejo flat Earth, then GW Castellan(?) grey, then a brown inkwash followed by a white drybrush in the empty areas

The dragon has got wood! (Fnar fnar)The dragon has got wood! (Fnar fnar)

Green, lots and lots of green!!

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After successfully completing the green on the little guys it was time to do the green skin on the dragon.  I didn’t want to drybrush the highlights on him, I’ve always found drybrushed highlights on bigger models doesn’t work well if its a big contrast between the two colours.  So I edge highlighted all of the relevant edges on the skin.  Took an evening.   And then looking at it it was a very harsh jump from one to the other.

I dulled it down with the Thrakka green. It really made a difference:

Flesh on the head done!Flesh on the head done!
The next evening I did the rest of the body, legs and tail.  I also textured the small dragons bases with Tamiya soil effectThe next evening I did the rest of the body, legs and tail. I also textured the small dragons bases with Tamiya soil effect

It's all in the detailing

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At this point I had to pause, wasn’t entirely sure how I was going to highlight the green, and I wanted to sort this before doing the green on the big guy.  There was an awful lot of it, and I wanted to get it right.  I decided to experiment on the babies (I’m expecting a visit from the unethical treatment of fantasy creatures any day now)

 

I chose nurgling green as it was still green but much, much brighter..... in fact it was too bright so after drybrushing the little guy to pick out the raised areas I had to dull it down.  At the back of my really useful box of GW paints I had some oldschool Thracka green wash.  A quick coat of that and the skin looked great (well, I think it looks great and they are my toy dragons so thhhhhhp! to all the haters.  You'll notice the horns and tongue are done on this one now as well.  The tongue was just painted gw dwarf flesh (or whatever current gw name it is now!) then washed with a red wash.  The bone was done by painting it umber then khaki, then bone then white on the tipsI chose nurgling green as it was still green but much, much brighter..... in fact it was too bright so after drybrushing the little guy to pick out the raised areas I had to dull it down. At the back of my really useful box of GW paints I had some oldschool Thracka green wash. A quick coat of that and the skin looked great (well, I think it looks great and they are my toy dragons so thhhhhhp! to all the haters. You'll notice the horns and tongue are done on this one now as well. The tongue was just painted gw dwarf flesh (or whatever current gw name it is now!) then washed with a red wash. The bone was done by painting it umber then khaki, then bone then white on the tips
The other little guy, although I've not done the boneThe other little guy, although I've not done the bone
The big dragon, painted green and washed with creed camoThe big dragon, painted green and washed with creed camo

You’ll notice I have done the eyes on the big guy.  This was because it was easier to do now and if i sploshed yellow about or screwed up the black pupil it would be easier to sort if there werent highlights in and around the eyes.  I painted them orange, then yellow closer to the centres then a black line for the pupil (I cheat and use a black 0.1mm fineliner pen for eyes).  Finally a small white dot on the yellow to represent a reflection and then a gloss varnish coat to give the idea of a wet sheen

How to paint your dragon

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This isn’t a guide on how to paint your dragon, I hasten to add!  It was a terrible pun on the book name ‘How to Train your Dragon’    This post is about how I painted my dragons.

Some of the pictures were in the earlier post ‘Here be Dragons’ but shhhhh, no one will know if we don’t tell them.  I’ve also edited the pictures so they are now in the correct format (for your knowledge, the OTT forum doesn’t like portrait pictures much).

All of the dragons were given a Rhinox Hide spray undercoat, for two reasons, one This resin likes rattle cans better than the vallejo airbrush primer and two, I wanted a dark brown colour to give a more earthy look

Anyhoo, enough rambling, time for some pictures

The bellies for all 3 were done the same way.  They were basecoated Vallejo brown earth, then heavily drybrushed with gold brown.  Then an Agrax earthshade wash and finally a drybrush of Vallejo Game Air BonewhiteThe bellies for all 3 were done the same way. They were basecoated Vallejo brown earth, then heavily drybrushed with gold brown. Then an Agrax earthshade wash and finally a drybrush of Vallejo Game Air Bonewhite
A picture of the paints used and an ickle babby dragon.  You can see on the left the basecolour and wash for the green.   Vallejo Russian Green and then Contrast Greed Camo as an inkwash, it gives a lovely rich dark green.  The only drawback is that it has a bit of a sheenA picture of the paints used and an ickle babby dragon. You can see on the left the basecolour and wash for the green. Vallejo Russian Green and then Contrast Greed Camo as an inkwash, it gives a lovely rich dark green. The only drawback is that it has a bit of a sheen
Here are the two juvenile dragons with completed bellies and the green done, bar highlightingHere are the two juvenile dragons with completed bellies and the green done, bar highlighting
The big guy, human for scale, but you can see the fur around the legs and neck done.  This was gorgrunta fur contrast then drybrushed bone before a sepia washThe big guy, human for scale, but you can see the fur around the legs and neck done. This was gorgrunta fur contrast then drybrushed bone before a sepia wash

This post is just a filler

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..well not a filler, but about filling.  Once I’d glued them together and swore at myself for creating gaps, I started to fill the gaps with greenstuff and attempted to match the detailing (no sculptor I!!!) I also added a few more rocks to the big dragons base, it’s 120mm across so the big flat areas would look big and flat.  I used milliput for this, something I’m terrible with.  It was just roughly circular bits blobbed down, kind of shaped and then textured by pushing a stone into it.  Did the trick, as you’ll see in the painting bit in the next post

Now, my sculpting/filling skills are weak so on the final models in a couple of places you can see a bit of a seam, I always forget green stuff shrinks but it’s not too bad.  Still, that was them built.  They then waited a while whilst I painted the halflings.

Next post is about ruining the sculpts with my haphazard painting

Whats big scaly and hides in the woods?

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This post is a bit of a visit to earlier in the project.  I built all the models at the same time, so these build pictures are from a while ago

First is the components and how they looked glued together before filling.  There was very little in the way of cleanup on any of the detail.  The gates were generally on bits out of site or that would be inside a join

Once they were built there was a bit of gap filling to do.  Mainly because I was over zealous when filing down the gates from production

Other Kickstarter Miniatures

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As well as the halflings, and the dragons (more on them soon!!!) I got a free troggle (think raccoon troll) as well as the Explorer and his magical Journal.  The Explorer is basically the person who describes the world.  The fluff is written from his point of view.  He’s a wizard and the floating book is a spell book.  In the game he can be used as a mercenary for any force.

 

Troggle:“Troggles are a small subspecies of Troll that can be found all throughout Upper ArcWorlde. They are seen as a pest by most - their keen sense of smell and nimble fingers often leading them to ransack food stores and refuse heaps. They are also excellent diggers, and many an ArcWorlde resident has awoken in the night to find a host of Troggles escaping down a hole dug into their (now empty) larders. Troggles are often opportunistic, and follow larger Creatures on raids and hunting excursions. Adventurers in Mildaark must be wary, lest the smell of their cooking fires attract unwanted attention. They may wake to find their provisions, or their party, a considerable amount smaller than when they went to sleep...”Troggle:“Troggles are a small subspecies of Troll that can be found all throughout Upper ArcWorlde. They are seen as a pest by most - their keen sense of smell and nimble fingers often leading them to ransack food stores and refuse heaps. They are also excellent diggers, and many an ArcWorlde resident has awoken in the night to find a host of Troggles escaping down a hole dug into their (now empty) larders. Troggles are often opportunistic, and follow larger Creatures on raids and hunting excursions. Adventurers in Mildaark must be wary, lest the smell of their cooking fires attract unwanted attention. They may wake to find their provisions, or their party, a considerable amount smaller than when they went to sleep...”
“The individual known as The Explorer is an enigmatic traveller, traversing the countless realms of ArcWorlde in search of knowledge. Accompanied by a sentient Enchanted Journal he found (or met?) on his adventures, he has returned to Upper ArcWorlde after many years across the sea. Although he is not a man who seeks out conflict, his escapades often put him in danger. Many Warbands from across all the Factions have stories of how they saved him from a scrape, or perhaps captured him, though only the Explorer can say for certain if these tales are true.”“The individual known as The Explorer is an enigmatic traveller, traversing the countless realms of ArcWorlde in search of knowledge. Accompanied by a sentient Enchanted Journal he found (or met?) on his adventures, he has returned to Upper ArcWorlde after many years across the sea. Although he is not a man who seeks out conflict, his escapades often put him in danger. Many Warbands from across all the Factions have stories of how they saved him from a scrape, or perhaps captured him, though only the Explorer can say for certain if these tales are true.”
Enchanted JournalEnchanted Journal

Other bits I got for the game were the rule book, a set of tarot cards (used for magic spells), some mdf tokens and some resin/plastic (No idea which) Arcanite tokens, used for some scenarios.  Using up some resin bases I had knocking about I mounted the Arcanite onto them, just to give them a nicer look when put on the battlefield as an objective.  I also discovered if you mix creed camo contrast and talasaar blue, you get a good green-blue mix perfect to give the impression of Arcanite

Arcanite. A magical stone resourceArcanite. A magical stone resource

Next up will be dragons!  They are done but I want to post them up as a step by step type thing

The Halflings of New Hewenden (Last one.... for now!!)

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New Hewenden is a settlement on the border of Greater Hobbleshire and Scotstaine.  The town sends many parties into the Mildaark forest to claim Arcanite.  However the region isn’t always safe so the town has a large militia as well as a few employed town guards.

This is the last of the current militia, missing in action

Poppo Claymeade, he's been lost in the woods for a while.  He's trying to be very, very quiet!Poppo Claymeade, he's been lost in the woods for a while. He's trying to be very, very quiet!

The Halflings of New Hewenden (Continued)

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The Thing Flinger, mounted on Buttercup, winner of best in breed in the recent 3 counties country show.  Her crew, Gerbut Chub, Fenny Hearder and Ted Fundersnootch are incredibly proud of her, and are deadly on a battlefieldThe Thing Flinger, mounted on Buttercup, winner of best in breed in the recent 3 counties country show. Her crew, Gerbut Chub, Fenny Hearder and Ted Fundersnootch are incredibly proud of her, and are deadly on a battlefield
Alura Goodchild (Monster Hunter) She lives outside the town, a bit of a loner.  She can take down trolls and juvenile dragons easily.  Currently hunting Wotanwðdues, the forest dragonAlura Goodchild (Monster Hunter) She lives outside the town, a bit of a loner. She can take down trolls and juvenile dragons easily. Currently hunting Wotanwðdues, the forest dragon

And thats all of the second edition halflings painted.  Monsters and bits tomorrow

The Halflings of New Hewenden (Continued)

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The Halflings of New Hewenden

New Hewenden is a settlement on the border of Greater Hobbleshire and Scotstaine.  The town sends many parties into the Mildaark forest to claim Arcanite.  However the region isn’t always safe so the town has a large militia as well as a few employed town guards.

These are a few more of the brave folk keeping the town safe..

Otto Swiftpad and Clodo Butterswipe.  Both are well renowned for the skill with the crossbow.  They are both hoping to be able to leave the militia and become full blown rangers Otto Swiftpad and Clodo Butterswipe. Both are well renowned for the skill with the crossbow. They are both hoping to be able to leave the militia and become full blown rangers
Tobold Stumblebumpkin - Not the brightest of folk, but handy with a blunt weaponTobold Stumblebumpkin - Not the brightest of folk, but handy with a blunt weapon
Brice Claymeade - A young halfling, who one day won't be afraid of his own shadow.  Worried about his brother who is lost in the woodsBrice Claymeade - A young halfling, who one day won't be afraid of his own shadow. Worried about his brother who is lost in the woods

Golden Button? Ooh!!

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Not only was a lucky enough to get a mention, and a gold button... but Buttercup became the banner!  Thanks!Not only was a lucky enough to get a mention, and a gold button... but Buttercup became the banner! Thanks!
Golden Button?  Ooh!!

The Halflings of New Hewenden

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The Halflings of New Hewenden

New Hewenden is a settlement on the border of Greater Hobbleshire and Scotstaine.  The town sends many parties into the Mildaark forest to claim Arcanite.  However the region isn’t always safe so the town has a large militia as well as a few employed town guards.

These are a few of the brave folk keeping the town safe..

 

Sheriff Gilbert Rumblefoot.  He's been in charge of the militia for about 6 months.  Still not sure of himself or his commandSheriff Gilbert Rumblefoot. He's been in charge of the militia for about 6 months. Still not sure of himself or his command
Rupert Crumbyshirt (Town Guard)  Stands at the gates, day in, day out.  Looks forward to his evenings in the tavernRupert Crumbyshirt (Town Guard) Stands at the gates, day in, day out. Looks forward to his evenings in the tavern
Barry Smith.  The town Blacksmith, always ready to use his smelting hammer in defence of his hometownBarry Smith. The town Blacksmith, always ready to use his smelting hammer in defence of his hometown
Treacle.  Barry Smith's faithful Trollhound.  Good with small children, pretty horrifying when riled Treacle. Barry Smith's faithful Trollhound. Good with small children, pretty horrifying when riled

More to follow tomorrow.  I need to edit the pictures into landscape format

Here be dragons!

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So, the halflings are done. As is the explorer and journal. Last night I put brush to dragon for the first time. Did the belly on the big guy and got the first bit of green on the juveniles.

 

A break from painting this evening to aid in not burning out. So I will upload pictures of all the completed models so far

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