Saturday, 23 May 2015

Ancient statues (Terrain on a budget)

Hi, time for another update. This time I carved some pieces for my jungle terrain board. Since Im exploring a bit ancient temples and designs I went to look for statues and primitive constructions. There are all kinds of styles depending on which civilization created it.
After I had the ideas it was time to flesh them out, I went again to my cheap art store and got some Das clay for about £4 and started this project.

After a a couple days carving I got these done.







They are considerably bigger than the other ancient columns I did a few weeks ago.
These will be a better block of line of sight.





I also got a big base from Fenris games.


And finally the tools that I use to carve the Das clay, simple stuff really.



Thats it, got a few more things for my terrain and most importantly Im not spending a fortune .



Sunday, 17 May 2015

Nightfolk unboxing and review

Time to crack open some goodies that I have picked at Salute. Nightfolk miniatures is a new range so I take this opportunity to review them and do some scale comparisons to clarify the scale/proportions of these fantastic minis.


Unboxing

The blisters at salute were sold in 3 main formats, individual miniature blisters, 3 minis per blister and 5 minis per blister. I got the 3minis blisters.







Each blister comes with 3 metal miniatures and 3x 25mm circular plastic bases.
The metal cast is very sharp with minimal or almost non existent mould lines. Since these are one single casts with no multipart bits its a case of opening the blister, clean the metal and paint them. Simple & easy!

Miniatures come in different sizes depending on the race and the sculpted poses are very clever making a good use of the one piece cast. Some are quite chunky while others more slender. Here is a group shot.



The style is very Labyrinth (movie) inspired so this range has a very strong fantasy flavor. There is also a interesting blend of oldschool and modern features, I mean the miniatures are one piece metal cast like in the good old days but the casting and detailing is par with the best in the modern days.



Scale comparison

Zombicide and GW miniatures in comparison with Nightfolk.






Conclusion

Sometimes I think companies lose the plot by offering way to many fiddly bits or flooding miniatures with skulls and detail for the sake of detail, bad resin casts or even just plain boring sculpts.

Nightfolk keeps it simple and does it brilliantly, these are the type of miniatures that will provide hours of fun for the painter and gamer. Well packed in blisters, single piece metal casting and a very original theme. Nice! I mean if you are a painter these will be a joy to paint since they are very original with bags of character and if you are a gamer there is nothing more sturdy than a single piece metal cast on a gaming table.

The only problem with this range is that I need to get them all and there are already plenty of more minis on their online store http://ntseshop.co.uk/ so my wallet will cry a bit :D

Happy painting.


Saturday, 9 May 2015

League of Legends PORO

Hello folks.

Past weekend I had an extra holiday on monday so this was the perfect opportunity to flesh out another sculpt. I work for a big company with lots of people and one of the things I enjoy doing is that every birthday of any of my colleagues I draw them a doodle on their cards, its fun and a good way to make work a bit less stressful. This time around it was the Birthday of a good friend who is totally crazy about a videogame called League of Legends. He does talk allot about this game and one of his favorite creatures there is a chibi cute thing called PORO. Its like a strange anime snow yak cub that has a huge tongue. He also grows considerably each cookie he has in game. Cool stuff!

So yeah! I had 3 days to come up with more than a doodle for his Bday so I decided to sculpt and paint this Poro. It was going to be very hard to pull of this in such short time frame since sculpting does take time and curing alone is around 4 hours between stages.

Saturday and Sunday I managed to sculpt the little fella in greenstuff and even had the time to do a base in Milliput.

PORO








On monday I painted it, so I managed to get this project concluded on time.




Job done and its also a subject I do not usually sculpt so quite happy to do something a bit different.
My friend was happy so all was just perfect.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Salute report 6of6 Conclusion

This will be the final update regarding Salute 2015 and I will try to cover some terrain companies, nice tables and close things in a good fashion by reporting what was in my opinion the best at the show.

In general we have seen MDF laser cut terrain expanding each salute, this seems to be quite popular these days and there are plenty of companies with different ranges and prices. Good times if you want to build a cheap cool table.

Wargames tournaments laser scenery


This company had some really good prices and quite clever designs. I have spent some good money in here but I will cover that in another day. Some pictures of the kits.






Wolfsung and microart






Sarissa

Plenty of kits and funny that some have 15mm versions too. I loved the swamp house, will get one next year for sure.


15mm versions of the swamp houses





4 Ground


I think this company is the one that seems to be getting the most attention. With so many superb kits to choose from its difficult to just pick one.












Random overall set of pictures



















Best of the best

Its hard to pick just one thing at the show that impressed me more than anything else. How can you compare a big established company to a newcomer, or terrain to a game. The offer is just to diversified. With that in mind I simplified things to the most basic level. In short if I figured out exactly what at the show made me enjoy my hobby more than anything else I would have found my answer.  Nightfolk did that for me this year.

Nightfolk


Walking through the show and reporting all that I could I found a small quirky stand with lovely people. The black foam blisters with shiny metals grabbed my curiosity and I approached them.



Immediately I knew that this was something different! I mean a full new range, finished, packed in blisters ready for sale? Usually you see a new company with a few minis on preorder or kickstarter... But a complete range all done and dusted ready to be picked up? Thats rare these days. Also this was not plastic or resin or a mix of both but simply metal, the good old metal that  I loved so much.

At this point in time I thought to myself I need to report this because its a new company taking the risks of all the production on themselves, these guys need exposure... I was not even to fussed with what minis they had done... Well that was before I checked the full painted range on display. WHAT THA?!
What is this? Crazy funny things called Nightfolk with a huge influence on the Labyrinth movie? Wow I was sold right there on the spot!






The sculpting is perfect for this range too, with plenty of oldschool flavour into them, giving these Folks loads of personality. Every single one of these minis was irresistible. This made me go back to my first metal fantasy miniatures back in the day... I know that when I paint this range it will take me back to that time.  In the old days when I painted my mind drifted away into the mini background and I imagined all kinds of stories and adventures for my miniatures, with nightfolk I know that I will drift away again into that same limbo I miss so much at times.

New company, new range, modern and nostalgic at the same time and with a business model that is becoming a rarity these days. This is a company that is doing everything just right. I decided to spend my money here.

Nightfolk we Salute you.




Hope you all enjoyed the reports it was fun.