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  • #61629

    jagannath
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    Hiya All,

    I’m honestly not just copying Michael’s excellent stuff, but I have been working on a vaguely ‘desert’ fantasy thing for a while (it’s sort of far-Harad, sort of early Baghdad, sort of Bronze age). The barbarians are still making their way through my painintg queue, but here’s the first batch of ‘baddies’ – desert raiders who strike at encampments

    They’re Forged in Battle Picts that I painted up to give a more vaguely ‘Arabian’ feel – really nice minis to paint. There’s another batch of them on the table at the mo, then Copplestone Barbarians then some civilians.

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    #61630
    shelldrake
    shelldrake
    Participant

    They look great – I will watch your progress eagerly.

    #61632
    Angel Barracks
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    Super sweet, they 15mm?

    #61637

    jagannath
    Participant

    Super sweet, they 15mm?

    Cheers. Oui oui – from here:

    http://www.forgedinbattle.com

    They’re a bit less ‘characterful’ (though maybe that’s not quite the fairest word) than Copplestone but work really well. They’re meant to be Picts.

    #62179
    Mike
    Mike
    Keymaster

    any update sir?

    #62182
    Patrice
    Patrice
    Participant

    Very nice! I always like such little troops that can be used in fantasy and also in legend-inspired games. I could as well imagine them fighting vs Conan the Barbarian, or vs some GoT characters lost in unknown lands, or vs a group of half-historical Carthaginian, Roman, or Greek/Trojan explorers…

    http://www.argad-bzh.fr/argad/en.html
    http://argad.forumculture.net/

    #62205

    Great work

    #62208

    jagannath
    Participant

    Thanks all – no update yet, another batch are about half done plus some barbarians, but I’ve been super distracted by making a sci-fi slave trader this week and turning ancient slaves and civilians into sci-fi slaves and civilians. I’ll put some pics up this weekend.

    @patrice – thanks, that’s exactly the sort of fantasy world I’m trying to create, as opposed to a normal ‘wester europe/dark ages’ fantasy world.

    #64260

    Dr De’Ath
    Participant

    Forged in Battle Picts

    How do they compare size wise with Copplestone and Xyston, could you do a few side by side pics – or should that be picts 

    #64287

    Gone Fishing
    Participant

    That’s some lovely brushwork, Jagannath. I keep getting fooled into thinking the figs around here are 28’s, only to find that they are the little fellas. Keep us posted on future developments! With more photos!

    #64298

    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    Looks great, would have guessed they were 28s if I didn’t know better!

    How are the barbarians coming along, anything to share? 😉

    #69293

    jagannath
    Participant

    Well, it’s been a while and I still don’t have much to show, but i did get a matte coat on these two today:

    I like that the hairy barbarian looks quite out of place in this desert setting. My desert fantasy project isn’t intended to be quite as Conan-esque (more sort of ancients, sort of bronze age, sort of Far Harad, sort of heroic Greek) but I though a Conan chap would let me play some Crom at the very least.

    #69294
    Angel Barracks
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    Noice.

    So what is the plan?
    Warbands, a hero vs the world?
    Epic Quest or one off slightly connected adventures?
    or  or?

    #69295
    Angel Barracks
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    Oh, and what is that grass / scrub made from?
    It is wicked.

    #69296

    jagannath
    Participant

    Thanks chief.

    I’m sort of going to take the approach I’ve taken with my Sci-Fi – some minis get painted as specific protagonists and others get to be part of the general ‘cast’ of miniatures.

    Sometimes I game stories with the protagonists, and sometimes I just game general stories set in that world. Still got a chunk to work out really. I quite like the Greek odyssey idea, so something along those lines maybe.

    #69297

    jagannath
    Participant

    Oh sorry – grass is silfor/miniNatur moss pads. These are the ‘spring’ ones believe it or not. I absolutely love them – they complement the base colour well (I don’t like busy bases) so if your paintjob stands out from the basing (something I find important in small scales) this won’t interfere.

    #69341

    Graham Harrison
    Participant

    Looking very nice. I’m often tempted with some of the fantastic 15mm available now, but I’ve just got too much invested in 28mm already.

    #72356

    jagannath
    Participant

    Hiya folks,

    Long time, no update.

    I’ve been doing a lot of ‘fiddling’ recently (priming, basing, prepping and trying out an idea in 10mm) so haven’t had a huge amount to update.

    I’ve got a good chunk of minis at the ‘almost’ finished stage at the moment though, so over the next fortnight I should have more to show off.

    I have been working on a terrain idea though. There’s full ramblings over on the blog, but basically I’ve been thinking a lot about the type of games I want to play (narrative, small RPG encounters) and what sort of terrain I want and need (archetypal, ‘reusable’ terrain – i.e. not unique to one specific use – that allows me to easily set a scene). One of the things I’ve given thought is city and street fighting, in the vein of Songs of Shadow and Dust. I don’t want to have to buy loads and loads of buildings just to make a street scene, so instead I’m going to take a dungeontile approach to modelling a medina/souk (I knew there had to be an advantage of making a desert theme!)

    With a liberal sprinlkling of ideas nicked from Matakishi, this is where I’m up to so far:

    https://bladesandblastersdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/img_0836-e1506253017899.jpg

    Some basecoated, the rest just at the varnished stage. Arranging these will allow me to model the narrow streets and alleys plus the more open spaces that I think of when I think of somewhere like Marrakesh. I want to also make a fairly large, open space (maybe 240×240 or 300 square) that will be a central market area.

    These should work for sci-fi too if I can come up with some suitable scatter terrain (I’m pretty buzzing off the idea of a sci-fi souk).

    Next up is ancient street furniture – need to have a research on what to make for stalls, benches and the like. I know I’ll want amphorae, a broken down cart, some dry goods and some colourful silks.

    #72359
    Mike
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Nicey nice.

    #72494

    jagannath
    Participant

    Not a massively exciting update, but I have managed to finish (and take a terrible photo of) another Barbarian

    I’ve also managed to box off a Crom’s Anvil mini, though ironically he’s converted for sci-fi!

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    #72502
    Angel Barracks
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    Blondy eh?

    Had much chance to play a game, or set up a table top or….?

    #73530

    jagannath
    Participant

    Blondy eh?

    Had much chance to play a game, or set up a table top or….?

    Yeah – I’m actually ‘starting again’ on my barbarians (I want a whole pile of them that represent the same chap in different places and at different ages and stages of his adventure career) so thought I may as well finish this guy off as something completely different.

    Not played much, but may well have a push-about tomorrow afternoon.

    Next up off the painting queue is these Eureka man-orcs – speed painted months ago then sat waiting for basing for absolutely ages

    They’re by no means the best thing I’ve ever painted, but I’m oddly pleased with them – It’s nice boxing things off and I’m in a bit of a rut at the moment, it’s a nice buzz to finish a group like this.

    #73535
    Thaddeus Blanchette
    Thaddeus Blanchette
    Participant

    Those Picts are just lovely. I want to buy me some for my fantasy Iron Age set up. How do they compare to Copplestone, size wise?

     

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #73536

    jagannath
    Participant

    Thanks – a little smaller and a bit less ‘characterful’ (though that’s not quite the right word because they’re still full of character). Doesn’t bother me – makes the barbarians look right big and imposing. I’ve always thought the barbians were sculpted well in a fairly middling ’15mm’ scale (i.e not massive) but that they’re rightly bigger and bulkier because that’s what they are – big and bulky. The FiB stuff is an absolute dream to paint – the sculpts really work on that front. Perfect for fantasy iron age.

    #73549
    Mike
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Next up off the painting queue is these Eureka man-orcs – speed painted months ago then sat waiting for basing for absolutely ages

    They are very effective!

    Hmmmm they could almost pass as some sort of ghoul type creatures…

    #73556

    Dr De’Ath
    Participant

    Those orcs turned out nicely, I’ve just ordered some of their orc fell beast riders to mix in with my wolf pack.

    #73560

    jagannath
    Participant

    Thanks both

    Next up off the painting queue is these Eureka man-orcs – speed painted months ago then sat waiting for basing for absolutely ages

    They are very effective!

    Hmmmm they could almost pass as some sort of ghoul type creatures…

    Definitely – I didn’t intend them specifically as orc fellas, just green-ish naughty guys.

    Those orcs turned out nicely, I’ve just ordered some of their orc fell beast riders to mix in with my wolf pack.

    The Orcs are better than the man orcs for me – they’ve got a good retro barbarian style (fur trim and horned helmets).

    #73575

    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    I can only agree that those orcs are exellent, very nice job!

    #77445

    jagannath
    Participant

    Hiya folks

    Managed to get a matte coat on these 5 civilians for my Souk tiles

    I’ve written a bit more about then on the blog, but I’m really pleased to have them finished. I carried on experimenting with a solely layering method (no washes) as per my Old West stuff, which reaffirms my feeling that the issue with those cowboys is more the sculpts than the painting style choice. These work much better I think.

    My Crom’s Anvil Crom-funder arrived (thanks AB!), so I’ll be painting up some Copplestone Picts next I think to accompany the new Crom’s anvil minis.

    #77449
    Stroezie
    Stroezie
    Participant

    Wow, you’re starting to give me a serious case of brush envy with all these beautifully painted miniatures

    I love the light, slightly faded, look of the colors on those civies.

    I look forward to seeing your take on the CROM-funder minis (then maybe I’ll have an idea how I’m going to paint mine)

    Cheers,

    Stroezie.

    If you like 6mm scifi check out http://planetares6.blogspot.be/?m=0

    #77450
    Mike
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Those civies are nice!

    #77452
    Angel Barracks
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    I look forward to seeing your take on the CROM-funder minis (then maybe I’ll have an idea how I’m going to paint mine)

     

    Oh like that is it!   😀

    #77454

    jagannath
    Participant

    I look forward to seeing your take on the CROM-funder minis (then maybe I’ll have an idea how I’m going to paint mine)

    Oh like that is it! 😀

    Haha, dissed!

    Not sure where I’m going with them yet – it’s a group of Picts, the Crom minis and the lady from the Northlander pack holding a skull and pointing. Might go a bit left field and do the kin in grey or something.

    Thanks for mentioning the faded look Stroezie – it’s intentional, so glad it comes across. Basically I mix all my highlights with a pale sand colour, so everything gets a warm hint.

    #77455
    Stroezie
    Stroezie
    Participant

    well I can’t possibly use yours as an example now can I Michael ?

    I think by now it’s fairly obvious we have vastly different views on how things should look😈😜

    If you like 6mm scifi check out http://planetares6.blogspot.be/?m=0

    #77476
    Rhys Humphrey
    Rhys Humphrey
    Participant

    There is alot of superb work and interest on this thread. Please keep it up and keep us informed.

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    http://thegreatspaceopera.wordpress.com/

    #77502

    jagannath
    Participant

    Thanks Rhys, that’s kind. I’ve got an almost identical style group but for sci-Fi almost ready to leave the painting desk then I’ll be on to Picts and Croms Anvil minis, so should be back to this thread soon.

    #77529

    Gone Fishing
    Participant

    Count me as another who will look forward to the next update! Lovely work.

    #77944

    jagannath
    Participant

    Hiya folks,

    Over on LAF I’ve been discussing how to go about making large cyclopean ruins – my desert fantasy ideas have started to crystalise into the idea of an ancient ruined city in the desert:

    Built by a race of 12 foot giants (which, luckily, is the height of a 28mm mini vs. a 15mm). The city is incredibly vast and complex, walled like ancient Baghdad. In some areas the structures are just the odd stone poking out the ruins, in some there are whole complexes of buildings and temples. The city/complex is so vast that exploring it is more akin to exploring an ancient forest or country – some caravans claim that to even cross the walled city takes months, though this isn’t helped by the fact that the camels and horses can’t climb the cyclopean staircases.

    Near the ancient gates that dot the walls small townships have sprung up – outposts and villages eking a living supplying the caravans and adventurers that pass through, the walls serving some protection from the desert bandits. Some towns are set up in ares where the ancient city has almost entirely disappeared, building adobe structures as they would outside the towering city walls. Other towns and villages are built as though squatting within the buildings of the ancient folk – the villagers adept at building extra floors and mezzanines within the huge ancient structures – ladders and ropes a regular part of life.

    It is said that deeper within the city terrible dangers lurk – bandit colonies, beasts and remnants of the city’s original inhabitants – degenerate creatures baring little resemblance to the creators of this once incredible city.

    So, thinking about all that got my juices going – and whilst I’m contemplating how to do the cyclopean ruins (i.e. what 28mm scaled ruins to buy) I got stuck back in to some old desert ruins (in normal 15mm scale) I started ages ago.

    Pretty pleased with them! They’re not the giant ruins I want, but they’re pretty fun and I’ll happily use them for Sci-Fi too. I did buy these today too, to act as the ‘orrid giants for my cyclopean city

    Any thoughts on the best way to achieve the giant ruins? AB – how much would it cost for you to cast me 100s of a particularly large brick?!

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    #77948
    Angel Barracks
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    oooh that is a nice idea/setting.

    The 15mm are cool too, is that cork tile or cork notice board?

    As for bricks, depends.
    What size and how many masters can you provide.
    For my bricks (walls and bottom of shrine) I have this mould:

    #77949

    jagannath
    Participant

    Yeah 6mm cork tiles – we use a local art shop with work a lot, so I get a cheeky discount on them.

    Oooh how big are those bricks? If they’re about right maybe I could sort an order for a load with you?

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