Friday, 25 October 2019

The Burning of Innsmouth Issue 1

Following my post in January this year, I am happy to say that the first issue of my Lovecraft-ian comic is now done and up for sale on DriveThru Comics. Click here to purchase a PDF for a very reasonable $2.99.

I want to say a big and heartfelt 'thanks' for all the advice and support everyone has given me. It's been a labour of love and it's been great to see the WIPs be received positively.

I've not posted many updates here, instead concentrating on keeping the Facebook page current with almost daily posts and the comic's own website up to date. Indeed, I need to do a full update on the latter now the comic is out in the wild. Do check those two places out if you haven't recently.

Now Issue 1 is done I've been asking myself, 'What does the future hold?'

My current plan is to spend much of 2020 making a 'one shot' comic not tied at all to Burning. I'll then return to Burning for Issue 2 thereafter. Now I've refined my pipeline for making comics, I anticipate the one shot will be quicker to make, and certainly faster than the two years it's taken me to make Burning Issue 1!

I'm currently plotting the one shot and will start to post WIPs and updates when I get into production.

Thanks all!

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Warcry micro gaming case

I was really pleased with how my Mordheim gaming cassette came out so I decided to make another, this time to hold all the components for my Legions of Nagash Warcry warband. It's the same format as the previous one although, annoyingly, this case is fractionally different in size so some of my templates were a little out. It happily holds a deck of cards including both the unit and ability cards, and two sizes of dice. It was highly annoying to photograph as a) the case isn't in the best condition and b) trying to light such a dark print under reflective glass isn't fun.

A note on the cards - I had fun redesigning them with UI in mind. The idea with the Abilities cards is you can fan them to show the number of dice which you need to trigger that Ability. That's a really important feature of the gameplay so I wanted to make it accessible. Also, the '/' markings on the unit cards correlate to the number of wounds that unit has. I figured one could use a marker or bit of blu-tack to track the wounds. With the Legions of Nagash, wounds tend to go both up and down as the cheeky Necromancer puppets his shambling minions.

Expect more tape cases in the future!

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Night Lords Raptor squad

Here's the latest bunch of murder-hobos for my Night Lords army.

They're a mash-up of kits using the 40K Raptor as the 'chassis'. The arms are largely plain old MkVII Marine pieces, with the Forge World upgrades for the heads and pad with the icon. They've therefore got a Heresy vibe to them and I think they'll play happily with my 30K squads.

The big news here (a generous term, I know) is that I changed the way I did the metallic blue. In the olden days I airbrushed metallic blue as a base. But my airbrush is now dead and I've not got easy access to a booth. So I experimented a bit with Citadel's wonderful new Contrast paints and found a recipe that successfully approximates the older blue:

  1. Spray Leadbelcher
  2. Drybrush with silver
  3. Liberally coat with Ultramarines Blue Contrast working up to Talassar Blue Contrast on the upper surfaces
  4. Add a second coat of Talassar Contrast Blue with a hint of green and thinned, all with Contrast Medium
  5. Wash with Drakenhof Nightshade Shade
  6. Chip and weather with black then silver
 Everything else is pretty much as-was.

Next up some Heresy Terminators for a very exciting group project that we're aiming to complete by early 2020.


Thursday, 17 October 2019

Oldhammer warband (finally) complete!

As the title suggests, I've finally finished my Oldhammer warband. Lovely family photo of the little blighters below.

They have already had a couple of successful outings using the Warcry rules. I also want to do a few Krawl photo shoots with them on my vintage floorplans.

I'm pleased with the way the 'trademark' grey-green ties them together, while allowing each to feel like an individual. I think some of my own armies have suffered a bit from having too-harmonious colour schemes which just ends up as a bit of a sea of monotony.

I'm nearly finished with my next cassette gaming aid box so hope to post that very soon.

Photos of the individual critters below...

Sunday, 13 October 2019

None shall pass! Steelheart's Stormtonnians

It's fair to say the next installment to my Stormtonnian army has taken a while. Sorry about that. I began them in January 2018 and (like a lot of other stuff) they languished in my Box of Shame.

They involved somewhat more conversion that their brethren. The addition of shields was a small challenge, while Angharad involved a major swap as I reversed which hand she uses to grip her melee weapon.

Painting was no different from what has gone before. Basically silver washed with the wonderful Gloss Nuln Oil (even over the golds). The main change is the heraldry. I've moved away from the very 'real world' schemes of my previous two units, which largely adhered to the Rules of Tincture. Having watched Fritz Lang's Die Nibelungen (which I've blogged about here) I wanted to go more abstract. I free-handed Angharad's shield and decided that was far too much work for the OK result I achieved. So I made a custom decal sheet with large sections of Nibelungen-inspired patterns in various colours.

This worked a treat and saved me lots of time. I cut a segment of decal which was bigger than shield, applied it, and when it was dry used a new blade to carefully razor off the excess. Expect to see more of this in the future.

I used the airbrush-blasted blood effect that I'm now very fond of. It produces micro-splatters which you really can't achieve any other way. They give a real sense of scale. The blood and cracks serve to mask any imperfections in the shields.

I'm not sure what's next for the army. Either a converted mounted Vandus Hammerhand. Or some really rusty, dirty Questing Knights who will be inspired by the chaps in John Boorman's Excalibur when they are ragged and filthy from their search for the Grail.

Individual studio shots below, followed by a few WIPs.