Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cow Boy "Apis" - Crocodile Games Minotaur

I've been working on this guy off and on since early this year. At first I was a little bummed that he wasn't the other sculpt (with the big stone block chained to his right arm) so that contributed to slow painting and indecision. But over the months of doing a little bit here and there he began to grow on me.

A week or so ago I finally decided that I was gonna finish him off so that he'd at least make room on the painting table for a half a dozen more minis. I decided on the black skin and reddish hair way back when I started him. Sort of like some Greek pottery art bulls.

It wasn't until I was focusing on details that I decided to give him a tattoo of the Apis heiroglyph. I know he's from Greece, but he likes the exotic Ægyptian culture and identifies with the Apis Bull. When I was almost finished with all the painting, I decided to give him the warpaint around the eyes and on the horn. Also probably not terribly Greek, but YOU tell him that!

Here's Apis with a Typhon spearman on one of the recently completed pillar bases. And on a foam rock base with a Satyr- "C'mon lil' buddy!" I've come to really like this sculpt and can't wait to see the rules coming out for him....

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Foam Rocky Outcrops DONE and Multiplied!

These turned out way better than I expected. They're by no means the greatest generic rock terrain ever, but they'll do the job without bringing shame to me.

There were only going to be three of these, but because it turned out to be so easy to throw together I did two more. Now I've got five generic rocky outcroppings for all sorts of settings.

Here a Void Synth and a Warzone Bauhaus Blitzer prepare to go up against a superior force...

Here we have two Satyrs sniping at an approaching Spartan Phalanx...

Here two StarGods Assessors face off, a Rebel and a Loyalist- only one will walk away...

This is the first 'bonus' rocky outcrop. Instead of a regular sized CD this is on one of those mini CDs. Since it's a smaller base I decided the rock should be pretty big. A Starfleet Security guy and the Grymn Pirate Chick, Sola, search for an alien menace...

The other 'bonus' rocky outcrop, this one's just a variant on the earlier versions. Some Stormtroopers on patrol on some backwater world...

Well another Lame Terrain Project that hopefully showed how easy it is to have some passable terrain to spice up your gaming. Ideas for other "Lame" terrain projects are welcome.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Foam Rocky Outcrops Painted

Painting the foam spongy rocks was a lot less trouble than I expected. They did take several hours to fully dry, but the results seem pretty good.

They look pretty much like rocks.

They provide blocking obstacles.

And they fit well with 28mm figures.
Next up is the basing and these will be done and ready to use in good conscience.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Lame Terrain Project 2 - Foam Rocky Outcrops

After playing the Isle of the Cyclops scenario Thursday, and not having any rocky outcrop-type terrain, I realized that most of my terrain is building related - there’s not really any natural terrain. I cut my own foam trays for minis transport and always end up with some odd shaped/too small pieces of foam that aren’t good for much. If only these two dilemmas could solve each other. That’s what this Lame Terrain Project is all about. I have no idea if it will work but I’m going to give it a try.

I started out with a few of the odd pieces of foam and three CDs for bases. I cut the foam with some scissors from various angles to try and get ‘natural’ rock-like shapes.

This first one has a tall chunk, a medium chunk, and a little chunk. I’ve placed them to allow room for one model to pass through a gap so monsters and units will have to go around.

The second one is a variation on the first. Three chunks, this time all about the same size. They’re grouped together to allow one model to easily pass through while forcing anything with larger than a 20mm base to go around.

The third one only has two similar sized chunks. It’s also designed to make it hard for anything bigger than a lone man-sized model to get through.

Each CD has had the hole covered with some thin clear plastic. I used some crafter’s glue and let it dry for 24 hours or so. I think as long as rough handling is avoided the ‘rocks’ should stay attached (depending on how the painting goes and what that does to the whole piece). Painting should be interesting since the foam chunks are kind of like sponges. This could turn out to be brilliant or a total waste. Wish me luck!

Special thanks to the Typhon and Heru for posing with the unfinished rocks, they really give a sense of how a battle among these outcroppings will look.

Lame Terrain Project 1 - Pillar Bases DONE!

The second Pillar base is done and ready to be used and abused on the tabletop. It’s blue-themed, so that’s different from the more reddish themed first base.

It’s not as clear as I would have liked in the pictures, but the white ring around the base of the pillars is marbled. I had planned on putting some words in greek or hieroglyphs (or both) saying something silly like “your ad here” or “no entry” or “wrong way” or any number of other messages. In the end I went with the marbling so they’d be so generic they’d fit in almost anywhere…

Here are both pillar bases side by side with a Typhon and a Heru defending their specific pillars. I still have quite a few of these pillars, so any interesting terrain ideas are encouraged - or I could just make 4 or five more of these. I hope I’ve shown how easy it is to make something as ‘lame’ as two plastic cake pillars look pretty good.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

First Completed Pillar Base

Well the painting and basing for one of the test Pillar Bases is done. I still need to put some sealer on it (maybe touch up the pillars a little). It's not awesome, but it's pretty not bad.

The marbling technique is something I think I learned a looong time ago from watching the Bob Ross Joy of Painting show.

These top views show off the grass growing in the cracks of the paving.

Next up should be the other Pillar Base. It's going to be a totally different color scheme than this one. Suggestions welcome...

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Lame Terrain Project- Pillar Bases

So I have all these wedding cake pillars that need to be used for terrain (goto the Hobby Lobby site and get the 40% off coupon when it's available and you too can stock up on pillars for cheap). I finally pushed myself into seeing what can be done with them.

Two olde CDs as bases. A little leftover 'brick' paper. Some clear plasticard and a couple pillars. Craft glue and some Gorilla Super Glue round out the supplies. With a very little amount of thought as to placement then some glue and they're halfway done...

The Nekharu conversion guy is there to help give an idea of the scale of these.

One of the pillar bases with my still unfinished Minotaur.

The other pillar base with some Heru and an Asar.

Coming very soon: the first 'finished' pillar base.

I'm Bloggin!

Another venue to share my occaisionally usefyul information. I plan to share painted miniatures pictures, miniatures projects, and whatever the hell else strikes my fancy I guess.

The title "Minismith's Forge" is a goofy thing from when I first started messing around with miniatures and someone made a joke about how I was like a blacksmith but with miniatures. Thus it was that 'minismith' was born. A minismith needs a forge to shape the miniatures right? So the Minismith's Forge became a place to share pictures of my creations. I should really get one of those heavy aprons....