Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Zombicide – Ablobination

This Ablomination come from the Zombie Bosses box for Zombicide: Black Death.
It’s a large beast that attacks all heroes at range 0-1, making it very deadly. 
It will absolutely see action in our next game of Zombicide. I’m looking forward to something new.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Brimstone – Targa Plateau Guardian and Jargono Swamp Raptor

A couple of huge monsters for the Shadows of Brimstone boardgame.
The Guardian is some sort of metal construct, walking around on the Targa Plateau, an Otherworld that the heroes can reach through portals in the mines of Brimstone.
It was easy enough to finish, essentially just metallic paints, washes and some drybrushing. Coloured vision-slits and power pack to get some life into it.
The Jargono Swamp Raptor comes from another Otherworld, surprisingly the Swamps of Jargono.
It needed quite a lot of greenstuffing to be presentable, but the end result looks good enough. 
I think it might end up in my soon to start Paleo Diet solo-campaign. Poor cave-women… they will probably need to fight something much easier to start with.

Friday, 16 November 2018

3D printing - Hot off the printer – fountain, bridge, outhouse and more

The printer is a bit over a month old now and is happily chugging along. Much of it is dungeon terrain from Printable Scenery (more on that in a later post) but you’ve seen some Wild West outhouses and shacks in previous posts.
Here are some of the things that has materialized the latest week or so.
The Wightwood Abbey Fountain is made by Infinite Dimensions Games, and this one is a freebie from Thingiverse. It’s a great piece and will soon see action in a pulp adventure.
The Stone Footbridge is a Printable Scenery piece, and if you buy the set (NZ$ 5.95) you get two variants, this and one made for sunken riverbeds. This is 100% scale and is rather big, but I intend to print a couple more but smaller. I printed this with .2 mm layer height and on the nearly horizontal areas there is a noticeable layering. The next one I’ll print at .1 instead, to get a better result. A nice and very useful piece.
The greveyard pieces are also Printable Scenery and their Winterdale Cemetery set. That’s a rather excellent set with more than 20 printable pieces for your cemetery, see pic below, for NZ$ 9.95. It's also part of the Fantasy Ruins Bundle
© Printable Scenery and used with permission 

The cart comes from Fat Dragon Games and is a freebie from their newsletter, which is well worth the free subscription.
The box is from Hayland Terrain and their Gold Mine Expansion, which is a useful set of shacks, boxes and tunnel entrances for £5. More on the shacks here.
Finally, the outhouse is another Printable Scenery piece, this time from The Miners Shack set, at NZ$ 9.95, which includes a large shack useable in a Wild West setting and also this smaller outhouse.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

3D-Printing Review: Modelling Miniatures book

First off, I have no experience with 3D-sculpting in a computer and do very little real life sculpting, mainly with green-stuff.
So this guide-book is very much written for someone like me, as it is a beginners guide on how to sculpt in 3D using free software.
I began by downloading the free Sculptris software, as per instructions in the guidebook. Registering, downloading and installing took less than five minutes. Five minutes well spent, as it is.
Then I just followed the guide-book and started working through the examples.
I must admit that I started with the examples, but the fun of it got me side-tracked for an hour, when I just doodled in three dimensions. Dear me, it was really fun.
After the first exhilaration I went back to the guide-book and went through more of the examples.
And it is not that hard! (Well, at least not the basics) It is actually possible to create stuff. I sure wouldn’t print anything I’ve made so far, but I see a future where I might actually produce a stl-file and load it into my printer.
I haven’t gone through it all yet, mainly because I’m fully occupied with far too much work at the moment, but I’m slowly but surely going through the book. It’s lots of fun and one thing is absolutely sure – there is no way I would have done anything 3D-sculpting without a lot of help to get started. With this guide-book I got just that help.
Great stuff, indeed. It’s a must buy if you want to try 3D-sculpting but have no, or limited, experience, as it will kick-start your efforts and flatten the learning curve significantly.
You can get this book and its sequel for only £15, as it is part of Steve Hampson’s newest kickstarter. With the two books are also files for the figures you've worked with, meaning you'll get a bunch of printable minis as part of the deal. Then you will also get two stl-advent-calendars, bringing a haul of stl-files each day from December 1 to 25. What’s not to like?
You’re in a bit of a hurry though, as the kickstarter closes on November 19, 2018.
Highly recommended!

Disclaimer - I got my copy of Modelling Miniatures as a review copy.