Thursday, June 23, 2011

Blazing Horizon Painting Progress

Okay, the name has changed from "Burning Horizon" to "Blazing Horizon" because it sounds better. Some painting has taken place, including a nice surprise on the floor of the chariot. Enjoy...

Friday, June 17, 2011

Shining Chariot 3 “Burning Horizon”

First came Dawn’s Searing Rays. An insane undertaking to make a Mage Knight chariot into something useful- a Shining Chariot for WarGods. They said it couldn't be done but it turned out pretty good. So good that my nemesis, Jordan Banisher of the Dead, decided he needed one too.

 Thus Hetshepsu’s Shining Chariot was constructed. I got input from Jordan on what should be done and he approved the progress pictures I sent him, offering suggestions. I think it turned out even better than the first. I especially liked how the flagpole turned out and cursed myself for removing it from DSR...

Now we have Burning Horizon. This will be my attempt to make a Shining Chariot I won’t decide to sell on eBay in a few years because it's just not as cool as I will have hoped it could have been (sorry about the tense madness there).  

Burning Horizon will be the ultimate power on the battlefields of the Antediluvian World. She shall crash through weakened units, harass the enemy’s flanks, and sieze scenario objectives with impunity. She shall truly be an awesome sight— or at least really cool. 

 Once again we start with a Mage Knight Charger Chariot acquired for a wonderfully cheap price at one of my FLGS’ in anticipation of another Shining Chariot (I actually picked up TWO of them so I can have a companion Shining Chariot for later). It has a single horse, but that head is not a normal horse—painted correctly it will look like a hawk-headed horse. Sure there’s only one but it’s magical so the one horse has the power of 2 lesser horses.

Wings from a plastic wedding dove replace the wheels. They've been pinned to keep them attached for good. 

On the undercarriage I've attached the tail from a smaller plastic dove to help cover the plastic support. I've added two Warhammer High Elf streamer bits around the support too. And I think I may have inally discovered the best way to attach the chariot to a base-- by securing the support in a 20mm round base that will eventually be affixed to the chariot base. This will make it easier to paint the whole thing.

 Finally a little more Ægyptification of the chariot by adding the top of an old Tethru Master of Words' staff as a sort of hood ornament.. The rest will just be paint, I think.
Progress as it becomes available...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Lame Terrain 3.5- More Market Bases

An extension of the previous Market Bases project. I'm mostly out of the beads now, so future expansions of the market terrain will have to wait.

This time I measured the card so I'd have 2 40x40mm bases. But the gift card shape is more than 80mm long so one is actually a little bigger because I didn't want to waste it and it's only off by a few mm. Then there were the 2 short strips that I decided would be a nice addition to the whole market base set. I have no idea how big they are because I didn't measure them.

This is the 40mm square base with Memnon the Blameless.

Here we have the 2 small bases (they're probably about 40mm long and 10mm wide?) with the Priest of Aten Revealed mini from GenCon 2009. He can't believe the prices!

Finally the 43x45mm (or whatever it is) not quite square, again with Memnon.

I set up a small market scene with Memnon and the Atenist Priest vying for the Stone Age Venus Figurine by Forge of Ice.

A mini's eye view of the confrontation.

These should help break up easy avenues on the tabletop, but I think more are needed if only for variety's sake. Hopefully I'll have a battle report or two soon with these in the pictures...

Monday, June 6, 2011

Fake Battle Scene 2- Rebel Ambush

This second battle used fewer figures for the Rebels (representing their losses from the 1st battle?) but they seem to have the upper hand with an ambush ready to take the Loyalists and Yiksossi completely by surprise...

I did two versions of this and another similar shot. This one lets us see the Rebels with the blurred loyalist/Yiksossi force in the background. The other version has the Loyalists in focus with these Rebels as blurry. Both are really cool and I used a similar picture (from the other side of the big head) as the "in game" picture for my entry. Here you can really see the tie-dye job on the Khanumite guy's kilt (this ties in with the Khemru as 'sand-hippies' in WarGods).

Here we get to see Assessor Scarmoth's plan ready to spring shut onto the foreign invaders. He and the Philosopher will frontally assault the Yiksossi while the other two Rebels will attack them from behind.

The three Rebels by the big head are there initially as bait and then to provide supporting long-range fire. Hopefully the Loyalist Army unit won't screw everything up for our heroes....

I really love how this picture shows Assessor Scarmoth patiently waiting for the foreign scum to get right where he wants them to be.....

This battle's outcome is completely unknown. I never bothered to figure out how it would turn out. I'm sure it'll be a victory for the Rebels but I'm not sure if they'll capture the Reiver to use in a future attack against the Loyalists or if it will manage to escape. Let your imagination go to work...

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Lame Terrain Project 3- Market Bases

I've gone into lame terrain mode again. This time it's some "market bases" for use in various settings to add some things to search or impede movement. These are only the first 3. I think I've learned some valuable lessons from them that will make the next batch turn out better.

The bases themselves are simply cut from an old gift card. Gift cards are always useful to make big bases for 'unimportant' stuff- never let the store keep your empty gift card!!! Of course, I didn't actually measure the first one so it's something like 33x59mm. Oh well. The other 2 used the first one as a template so at least they match each other...

The jars are simply various glass beads from a couple of cheapo packs I picked up at JoAnn's or Hobby Lobby a while back. There is some frosting on some beads from the Gorilla Superglue, but I don't think it looks too bad. Perhaps those have cold liquid in them? Right.

Instead of gluing some of my standard desert sand to these (since I'm not sure exactly where the container is hiding) I did a painted base desert-ish thing to them like with THIS guy's base. I'm still not sure if I like the results or just the idea of the technique.

The figure for scale is a WarGods of Ægyptus Horde Mummy on a 20x20mm base.

These turned out not bad. The next set of market bases will have different sized/shaped bases (40x40?) and I've got a well that's almost done too...