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Made in de
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Nuremberg

Recently I've been painting a lot of stuff from various board games, so I thought I might include it all in a P&M blog.
(NICER PICTURES AFTER THE FIRST POST - THANKS GUYS!)

Most recently, I've been painting all the bits and pieces for Dungeon Saga.

Here are the heroes (they could do with a little more detailing, but I wanted them ready for gaming!)


And the Skeletons. I decided to keep all the minions the same colours in this to keep it clear who was who while playing.






Zombies came next - the armoured zombies need a little work, but I'm happy with the purplish flesh tone for them. I'd done enough green zombies for my undead army.






Then the Zombie Trolls (these were fun to paint - I still have to do the leader and one more!)


Ghosts and the Banshee


Dwarf Revenants with King


Still got to do the necromancer and the troll shaman from the core set. Then I'm going to work through the expansions.

Still getting my photo set up right, so apologies for the slightly cruddy pictures. I've a better camera than I've had before but I still need to work on how I'm using it!



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UK

From what I can see, that all lookas good. Try taking pics against a plain background like a folded piece of paper, and cropping the pics to get a closer look at the minis.

   
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Illinois

What para said, but it's definitely nice to see some photos of painted DS minis. Thanks for sharing

 
   
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Nice paint jobs. I especially like your Zombie Trolls.
   
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Japan

Everything looks very nice so far. How long did it take you to get through all of these?

Finally finished my LoER contest entry. With a couple of bonus Vanguard models as well..




Painting total as of 6/16/2019: 51 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 28 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
Made in de
Battlefield Tourist






Nuremberg

Thanks for the replies! I will try and put some better shots up. I was sort of forcing myself to put SOME shots up to get the ball rolling, but I should make sure I put up some quality.

Josh: Not entirely sure - the heroes and skeletons I painted during the week, they took me I guess 5 hours? The zombies I did on Saturday afternoon, and they took about 5 hours too. The trolls, revenants and ghosts took a similar amount. So I guess 15 hours for all of them?
My "technique" is pretty simple anyhow these days. Block in base colours, 1 or 2 highlights (by drybrushing!) and then washes (usually just earthshade, but sometimes a few others as well.

I want everything to look kinda grimy, so I'm happy with Earthshade, but I also like the slightly brighter colours for the leather and clothing.

Anyhow. Back to it!

Oop- new shots will be slightly delayed. Girlfriend not well and sleeping in the spare room!

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Adrift within the vortex of my imagination.

 Da Boss wrote:

Then the Zombie Trolls (these were fun to paint - I still have to do the leader and one more!)


I have been trying to avoid reading the scenarios but I have been looking at the miniatures requirements.
As the game has set usage there will be minis extra.

Galahir and Infernal Crypts all use two bags of minis each, so one full bag is spare. The core game uses two bags and Valandor uses a third but even so some miniatures are only used twice.
From looking at the tallies of all the scenarios you don't have to paint up one zombie troll and one ghost (you need two of those and three of every other miniature to handle every scenario.
I am planning to remove the third zombie troll and use the base for something else for variety. Specifically the old Dark World manticore miniature, which will now be useful for one of the Valandor scenarios.

n'oublie jamais

It is by tea alone I set my mind in motion. By the juice of the brew my thoughts aquire speed, my mind becomes strained, the strain becomes a warning. It is by tea alone I set my mind in motion.
 
   
Made in gb
Blood-Drenched Death Company Marine






Good to see some DS stuff up on the blogs, seems like you are
working through it at quite a rate as well.

The miniatures seem a bit less bendy then some of the reviews I have heard/seen as well. The bases look like a really good piece of casting as well.

Keep it up.

My 40K and assorted projects: Genestealer Cult: October 15th http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/1290/583755.page#8965486
 
   
Made in de
Battlefield Tourist






Nuremberg

Thanks!

Orlanth: That's right, yeah. For the expansions you only need doubles of each mini, not triples. But I wanna do them all anyhow

Thraxas Of Turai: I'm really happy with the quality of my DS stuff. I'm never going to be much other than a pretty adequate painter, so I don't need hyper detailed minis (though I love stuff like Red Box Games as you can see) so these minis are right in my comfort zone.

They're nice and robust. I had to do a session where I sat down and hot water straightened I'd say 60% of the minis to some degree, it took me about 45 minutes. Valandor's noodle-spear was the worst offender. But once straightened everything is fairly tough and rigid. It's more rigid than the material the descent minis are made from, for example.

The bases are really good and the little pegs for attaching them are a very good way to do it. What I wasn't expecting from the bases was the variety - there are many different versions so they don't all end up looking the same. I was going to put them on 20mm/40mm bases for use in KoW but the dungeon bases are so nice I kept them on them.

I do need to do some green and mud washes on them though to break up the grey and make them look a little more interesting. I figure I'll do that in one big batch.


Automatically Appended Next Post:
Okay, so I messed around with my lighting and got some paper and tried again with the photos. I'll keep working on the set up - I'm taking the photos with an Ipad so angles are a little difficult at times.

Heroes:


Madriga


Rordan


Orlaf


Danor


Minions
Skeletons with capes


Skeletons with Scythes


Skeleton Archers


Zombies with clubs


Close Up


Zombies in shirts


Close Up


Armoured Zombies


Ghosts


Banshee



Dwarf Revenants


Close Up


Trolls


Phew! Hope these are a little better.
Going to get some bascoats onto Hogger and the last troll before bed.


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Made in de
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Nuremberg

So I finished Mortibris, Hogger the Troll Shaman, and the last Troll Zombie.

I deviated from the Mantic scheme for Hogger quite a bit because I thought the greenish robe he had was too similar to his greenish flesh. I think the light grey gives a better contrast.

I like the studio scheme for Mortibris, so I stuck with that. I think he's a great model - he's a necromancer, but he shows it because he is actually carrying out an act of necromancy rather than being cover in skulls and bones and crap. Really good design choice in my opinion!

This is the entire core set plus an evil dead booster done, which is not bad going for a couple of busy weeks for me. Next on my list is some dungeon furniture and doors.












(Looking at those in giant size photos makes all the flaws stand out. Now I have to go correct them!)

Group shot tomorrow!







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UK

Good stuff!

Any plans to hit them with a matte varnish, just to take the shine off? I think it would really take them up a notch.

   
Made in de
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Nuremberg

I should get some matte and try it out. I had a bad experience with some purity seal a long while ago and stopped using varnish of any kind pretty much except those that paint on.

Though they're not quite as shiny in real life - the harshness of my lighting probably brings that out in them. I'm hoping to pick up some diffusion paper this weekend and sort that out, maybe also a couple of less harsh table lamps. Ikea, ho!

I took some group shots today of all the minis in the core set plus my Evil Dead set together. It's a sizeable amount of stuff - 35 minis total.






And here are the heroes and villains squaring off:


Next on my hit list are enough doors to do the whole core game (so 1 third of my total amount of doors. I figure breaking them up between batches of miniatures will make them less tedious!



   
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Nuremberg

Quick update - here is a quick snap of some WIP doors.

Hopefully get them finished tomorrow. They're a little tedious to work on, but they're coming out okay. Then I'll get on with the two 80s cartoon characters, Ba'el and Valandor.


   
Made in gb
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You have smashed out the core and evil dead set in no time at all, great to see the sets done so quickly.

I think Hogger is my favourite, great sculpt and you have really done him justice.

Good start on the doors as well. Very motivational work all told.
Zur Unendlichkeit und darĂ¼ber hinaus.




My 40K and assorted projects: Genestealer Cult: October 15th http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/1290/583755.page#8965486
 
   
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Illinois

Doors look nice, and the title is worth a chuckle

 
   
Made in de
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Nuremberg

Thanks guys!
@Thraxis: Hogger was my favourite miniature from the lot to paint, though I really like the basic Zombie Trolls as well. I sorta rushed through some of the others because I wanted to have everything painted for my first session of play with my girlfriend, but Hogger was lots of fun to paint. I like Morty too, though he didn't come out quite as well, I'm pretty happy with him.

Here are the finished doors. A pretty quick and simple approach- sprayed brown, and then some were highlighted with Doombull Brown, others with Graveyard Earth (or whatever the equivalent is these days) or left as they were. They were then washed with either Earthshade or the Privateer Brown Ink, which I really like because it gives this rich brown colour. Pretty happy with the results. But definitely looking forward to painting something a little more interesting next!


   
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UK

Nice array of furniture there! Just realised I forgot to comment on the last lot of minis, excellent stuff there as well. I'm going to have to get some of these Undead at some point!

   
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Illinois

Doors have really come along, great work. Keep us posted, I hope to be following along with my own set soonish.

 
   
Made in de
Battlefield Tourist






Nuremberg

Thanks!

I've got Valandor, Ba'el and some of the furniture pieces drying in my cellar right now. Probably won't get them painted tonight, as I've been spending the last two days putting together ikea furniture and drilling holes in walls.

But I thought I might try out the Black Fortress dungeon tiles and see how they looked with painted minis on them. I made a crappy "dungeon" background from two printed pieces of A4. I'm probably going to try and improve on that when I get a chance to print in colour, but I think it looks okay right now.

Anyway, enough nattering, pics!








(I've also bought a new lamp which I was hoping would reduce the glare - I think it's slightly better. I've got some of that diffusion paper which I am hoping to make into a rudimentary light box shortly, but I'm happy that the quality of my previously terrible pictures has improved a little!)

   
Made in de
Battlefield Tourist






Nuremberg

Just a quick WIP - started Valandor and Ba'el today.
My least favourite minis in the set, I think they stray a little too far into Satuday Morning Cartoon territory for me - Captain Floppyspear vs. The Underbite Demon!

Since Valandor is the weeniest expansion, I also painted up some of the grey stone furniture too. Keeping one tomb and throne to one side to try a marble effect on.

Sticking to the studio scheme for Valandor, but I think bright orange Ba'el looks like poo so I'm giving him the same rotted flesh as my trolls. Thinking of giving him black/brown horns like the Legion beasties from PP though.


   
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Illinois

Good stuff! I like your photo/dungeon background too, helps immersion level of the photos.

 
   
Made in de
Battlefield Tourist






Nuremberg

So, it's been a while since I posted - life got busy as usual!

Thanks for the compliment Grim, I got the idea from some of your "action shots" actually, figured it might be cool to set some up with the tiles and so on.

I've still been working away, trying to get the Valandor expansion finished. This is the smallest expansion figure wise with only 2 figures, so I decided to grind out some dungeon furniture too.

Valandor and Ba'el are my two least favourite DS models - I just don't like the style of either of them, and therefore I didn't really enjoy painting them. I went for a clean, cartoony look for Valandor and I tried to make Ba'el look presentable as he may see use as a D'n'D Bone Devil at some point in the future. It's all a bit 80s cartoon for me though! The Bael model is fine, even if I question some of the design choices, but Valandor's detail is really soft and I found the gold filigree on his armour to be a real pain to get right. The furniture was actually more satisfying to paint. It might not come across in the pictures but there are six distinct shades of wood colour, so no two chests or tables are exactly alike! I want to do a marble throne and sarcophagus, so I've still those two to do, but I'm about ready to move on to the Abyssals, which I am looking forward to.

Anyhow, pics!

Captain Floppyspear and the Underbite Demon


Gratuitous Ass Shot


Tables


Chests


Stone Furniture


Face Off!


And just to show the furniture with normal sized minis because Valandor is ridiculously big:


I was mooching round the game store looking for robust board game style minis to add to my growing RPG collection. Bones would be ideal but it's hard to get over here, so I plumped for the official D'n'D minis. I used to have quite a collection of these from the old range, and they were pretty okay if you picked your sets carefully, so I was optimistic.

Man was I disappointed! First of all, I opened my booster (which cost me 20 euro!) to find 4 measly minis inside! I remember when the boosters cost about a fiver less and came with three times the friggin' minis! You're looking at over 200 euro MINIMUM to get the whole set, which is ludicrous when you look at the sculpts and realise that they are mostly woodenly posed badly painted computer designed lumps with no character or expression to them. The only decent mini I got in the set was this Carrion Crawler, which is cool because it's a D'n'D specific monster that would be hard to find otherwise and I like the 5e look for it. I've given it a simple Earthshade wash here to make it look a bit better.



Cheers!

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UK

The furniture is great! Can't same I'm a huge fan of the Angel or Demon dudes, but that's 100% a reflection on the sculpts, not your paintwork!

   
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Illinois

Wow that sounds like you basically were buying heroclix models at 5 euros a pop. Burn. Lame. Soz.

Nice work on the expansion though.

 
   
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This is shaping up to be a very nice set to play with. I look forward to seeing more. IMO you could paint the eyes of the dungeon crawler to get it to pop a little. Nice work on the heroes too!
   
Made in de
Battlefield Tourist






Nuremberg

A quick WIP shot of my Lesser Abyssals while the crimson wash dries on them.

Pretty happy with how the red skin is coming out - just layers of drybrushing (khorne red - mephiston red - evil sunz scarlet - wild rider red (which is really orange)) with a wash.

Their cartoony faces really catch the paint in a good way though. Think I'll give them green eyes for contrast. They're pretty fun to paint - if I'm not careful I'll have a regiment of these bought when they get released


   
Made in de
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Nuremberg

And they're pretty much done. I might still wash the leather a bit.

I'm also wondering if I should do some blending on the horns and bone growths - blend them from light-reddish brown at the bottom up to black at the tips. But I wasn't too happy with how it came out on Ba'el and the horns and so on are so small it might be a real pain in the arse.

I like them as they are though - the green eyes really set the faces off, and I love their toothy grins now that I'm done with them. I like the normal lessers more than the champions, who had soft detail and were a bit of a pain to paint (and they have stupid looking weapons too).

Better pictures tomorrow - it's too late to set anything up right now!




   
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UK

Looking good!

   
Made in de
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Nuremberg

Cheers!
Finished, with hopefully better pictures. I used Dakka's auto-adjust on these, so hopefully it hasn't distorted the colours too much!






Starting to think the "action shots" in the Dungeon photograph better than the ones against a white background, oddly enough.

Next up are the Efreeti and the Firethrower Abyssals, as well as the Tortured Souls. Hoping to get the expansion finished by Saturday. Though I think I left my Naiad in Ireland...

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Nuremberg

Painting Abyssals is great fun. I've got the Hellhounds, Molochs, Succubi and the Abyssal Champion all drying with their skin done.

And I finished the various fire themed abyssals and the Cleric.

Here is the Cleric. My Naiad demonhunter is currently MIA, I think probably back in Ireland. So she's representing the heroes on her own. I liked the studio scheme and tried to replicate it, and I think I was moderately successful. I like the model quite a lot for a female adventurering cleric, and she was fun to paint.



Here are the Firethrowers, I like the model but not sure if I should do more detailing on their large back spines:


And the Tortured Souls, not hugely inspired by these but they can double as Chain Devils for Dungeons and Dragons.


My favourite of the bunch are the Efreeti. I gave them green eyes too, though it doesn't show well in the pictures, and I'm trying for a sort of "cooling lava" effect on the bases since they are riding a pillar of fire and in game spend most of their time crusing around giant lakes of fire. I might do more work on the bases in future, but they are simple and effective sculpts that have a lot of style in their posing that I really love.


Common to all the Abyssals was the fire effect, which is built up in layers of orange and then finally a touch of orange/yellow/white. I'm happy enough with it.

I hope to finish the expansion (minus the rogue Naiad) tomorrow, and I've been spraying and prepping my Orcs and Goblins for the trip back to Ireland. I hope to finish that expansion over Christmas.

   
 
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