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Temple of the Sorceress of the Sea: A Ghost Archipelago Terrain Build

Chris Palmer         Over the past few weeks I’ve slowly been assembling and painting a terrain piece made up of various toy and craft bits, that I call the Temple of the Sorceress of the Sea.
     It all started back at Cold Wars in March, where I found a large action figure of a unidentified female sorceress or superhero.  So I stacked some pieces together, not gluing anything, just getting a feel for how I like the arrangement.  The base is a sand mold form the Dollar Tree, and then figure is standing on an orange juice lid and a wooden base.

     I liked how it looked, so I began the assembly. I mounted the sorceress to the wood disc by putting screws up through her feet.  I then glued the wood disc to the juice lid.     After that, I superglued together the scepter, and added a little seashell to the top to help sell the sea soreceress theme.  I also superglued all her arm and leg joints to help hold them in place.

      I had ordered a pack of cheap sea creature charms on eBay for this project, and glued some as decorations onto the base .   At that point I decided I wanted to get some small conical seashells to top the crenelations on the four corners.

      They didn’t have the ideal size I was looking for, so I settled on something a little larger. I had to trim the bottoms down anyway so they’d sit flat, and that reduced their size.

I then glued them to the four crenellations, and put it all together to see how it looked.
  I then primed the top piece with Army Painter “Necrotic Flesh"  (It’s my go to spray primer for unknown plastics), and I primed the temple with Rustoleum Paint and Primer "Flat Black”.  With paint on it, I realized there were a couple problems I needed to correct on the statue; first there were noticeable gaps between her thigh joints and where they connect to her lower body which I needed to fill, and secondly I noticed the hinges on her elbows were very obvious now and needed to be covered over.  So I greenstuffed the elbows and thigh joints of the statue, as well as a large gap in one of the shell crenelations on the temple. I also applied a Mod Podge coat to the temple base to give the smooth surface some texture.

      Then, when the Mod Podge dried, I did the dry-brushing on the structure and the statue base.  Dark, medium, and light gray; followed by a last white highlight application.

     I then painted the statue, crenelations, and sea life decorations all with a verdigris bronze look. Then I did the doors as weathered wood, and the chains and hinges as weathered metal.
     Here is the final results.

      I always pictured in my mind, the temple standing above a cliff face with the giant statue looking out over the waves.  There’s a door in the back for access, and another on the front which, drawbridge style, opens out over the sea providing a platform for the acolytes to stand on and do their magic.
     I’m really pleased with how this turned out.  I may add some vines or such to the walls, but I would hate to mess it up some way.

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Goblins: Bones 3 Figures

Chris Palmer

   This past week I painted up the half dozen Goblins from the Bones 3 Goblins set, as I needed a few more for a game I’m running at Historicon in July.   Nothing fancy for these guys, just a get-‘em-on-the-table paint job.
     I used the same color scheme that I started using on the Bones Goblins back in in 2014 with the Goblins from the Bones 1 Kickstarter; based on my old D&D Monster Manual, which said Goblins ranged in color from yellow to dull orange to brick red.
   So, I prepped the figures in the usual way; soaking them in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added and then rinsing and drying.   I then glued them to 1" black-primed fender washers with Aleene’s Tacky glue.  I then glued the figures to a pair of tongue depressors, 3 each, with a couple drops of the Elmer’s glue each.
 

       I began by giving all six figures a wash with Reaper MSP “Brown Liner”, and when that was dry, I painted the skin on all six with accent “Golden Oxide”.  Then on the first three I painted the first and third ones’ shields, and the second one’s pants with Reaper MSP Bones “Cinnamon Red”.  Next, I painted the loin cloths on all three with Folk Art “Teddy Bear Brown”.  I also used this color for the back of the shields.  After that, I painted the second one’s chest armor, and the cross pieces on the third one’s shield with Black.

      I then painted all their shoes, belts, straps, and wrist braces with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cinnamon Brown”.  After that, I painted their weapons, and the second one’s helmet, all with Americana “Zinc”.

       Next, when everything had had a chance to dry, I gave the figures a complete wash with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade wash.  When that was dry, I realized I hadn’t painted their teeth, so I painted them with Americana "Antique White”.  I let that dry, I then went over their mouths again with some of the “Agrax Earthshade’.  When it was dry, I painted their eyes, and then highlighted their teeth with Americana "Bleached Sand”.  After that, I highlighted their skin with a mix of the base “Golden Oxide” mixed with some Ceramcoat “Maple Sugar Tan”, and painted their weapons, the hemet, the chest armor, and any studs, with Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey" 

     I then highlighted the red on the shields and the second one’s pants with some Ceramcoat "opaque Red”.  After that I highlighted all the shoes, belts, and straps with Americana “Sable Brown”, and the loin cloths and shield wood backs with Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige”.  I highlighted the Black cross bars on the third one’s shield with Americana “Neutral Grey”, and then highlighted all the metal bits with some Ceramcoat “Metallic Silver”.   Lastly, I painted the figures bases with Americana “Raw Umber”.
     I then turned to the second group of three. I had already painted their skin with the “Golden Oxide” when I did the first three, so I then painted their clothing with Vallejo “Brown Violet”, and all their shoes, straps, belts, and the quiver, with the “Cinnamon Brown”. 

       Next, I painted the bow, and the shafts on the halberd and spear, with the"Teddy Bear Brown".  I also used this color for the back of the shields.  After that, I painted the edged weapons, the second one’s helmet, shoulder armor and wrist guards, all with the “Zinc”.  On the third one, I painted his shield half Apple Barrel “Yellow”, and half “Black”.

        Next, when everything had had a chance to dry, I gave the figures a complete wash with the “Agrax Earthshade wash.  When that was dry, I realized I hadn’t painted their teeth again(!), so I painted them with the "Antique White”.  I let that dry, I then went over their mouths again with some of the “Agrax Earthshade’.  When it was dry, I painted their eyes, and then highlighted their teeth with the "Bleached Sand”.  After that, I highlighted their skin with a mix of the base “Golden Oxide” mixed with some “Maple Sugar Tan”, and painted their weapons, the hemet, the chest armor, and any studs, with “Gunmetal Grey”

     I then highlighted their clothing with a mix of the base “Brown Violet” and some Americana “Jade Green”.  After that I highlighted all the shoes, belts, and straps with Americana “Sable Brown”, and the wood weapon parts and shield back with Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige”.  I highlighted the Black half on the third one’s shield with Americana “Neutral Grey”, and the Yellow part with Crafter’s Acrylic “Daffodil Yellow”.  After that, I highlighted all the metal bits with some Ceramcoat “Metallic Silver”.   Lastly, I painted the figures bases with Americana “Raw Umber”.
     I let the figures dry overnight and the next day I gave all 6 of them a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the bases.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed them all with Testor’s Dullcote". 

     I’m real happy with these guys for simple paint jobs, and they should fit into the horde quite nicely!

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Napoleonic Combat Patrol(TM) Play Test

Buck

A helicopter view of the start of the game.

The second play test game yesterday was a game Duncan will run at Historicon with the Napoleonic supplement to Combat Patrol™.  The scenario involved a supply convoy getting ambushed by Spanish guerrillas and Portuguese troops in a small town.

Getting started.

The convoy advances. French infantry has decimated by Portuguese in the woods with incredibly accurate musket fire.

French cavalry redeploy. In the bottom of the picture, you can see my other Portuguese have moved to the edge of the woods to fire on the convoy.

French cavalry advances into the town, where they are attacked by “Crazy Dave” and his Spanish guerillas.

Though my Portuguese and Crazy Dave’s Spanish were just about wiped out, the arrival of two fresh units of Cacadores caused the French to break player morale and concede victory.  It was a fun scenario with lots of action.

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Combat Patrol(TM) in Little Basely by the Sea

Buck

A panoramic view of Little Basely by the Sea prior to hostilities.

I have been away for work quite a bit lately, so I haven’t had a chance to play test my scenarios for Historicon at regular club nights.  I invited a few folks over to play test one of Greg’s and my Sea Lion games and Duncan’s Combat Patrol™ Napoleonic games.

In this scenario, a German bomber has crashed near Little Basely by the Sea (a name I took from an old Avenger’s television show episode).  This bomber, however, wasn’t headed to London.  It’s mission was to secretly land some Fallschirmjaegers to cause trouble.  Since the German Navy and Luftwaffe don’t like each other, the Fallschirmjaegers were unaware that the Kriegsmarine was also landing a squad of soldiers near the coast to conduct reconnaissance.  In the meantime, the Home Guard was out on maneuvers and hears the bomber crash.

Getting read to begin the game.

The start of the game.

The units closest to the bomber crew were some Women’s Land Army girls out in the fields (two five-girl teams).  The bomber crew began the game stunned.  The bomber crew immediately dashed to the waiting petrol truck, but the Land Girls were in hot pursuit.

The German bomber has crashed near the town.

A closer look at the bomber.

Little Basely by the Sea — the calm before the storm. The buildings and roads are from Sally 4th’s photorealistic building collection. These are wonderful kits that go together easily and look great on the table.

The Women’s Land Army advances with shotguns and farm tools to capture the bomber crew.

The ladies postpone planning for the upcoming jumble sale and pinch the Vicar’s car to try to run over Jerry.

One Land Girl bravely resisted the molestations of the Fallschirmjaegers before being killed. The black bands represent stun. The red band represents a wound. The green markers on the Fallschirmjaeger’s command die represent morale checks that need to be made before the unit can activate again.

The home guard captures one of the Fallshirmjaeger equipment containers.

The Pubkeeper’s wife spots Germans rowing ashore in rubber rafts. The bunker is from Sally 4th. The figure is from Bad Squiddo.

The bomber crew have climbed aboard the petrol truck, but the ladies are in hot pursuit.

The Regulars were unable to stop the bomber crew in the petrol truck from driving to safety.

The home guard has absconded with the German equipment container while the action heats up in the back garden’s and allotments.

The Home Guard passes out German rifles to the Women’s Land Army ladies.

Germans land on the beach in rubber rafts.

The petrol truck with the remainder of the bomber crew makes it to the coast. The Germans who landed in the rubber rafts, set up a beachhead to protect the bomber crew and await the arrival of the Fallschirmjaegers. (They don’t know that the Women’s Land Army and the British Regulars have killed half of them already.)

The Germans who landed in rubber rafts engage in a melee with the church ladies while the bomber crew transfers from the petrol truck to two rafts. The car had bogged down in the woods, as the ladies were trying avoid scratching the vicar’s paint. It was a hard-fought melee, but it ended with just two dead Germans and four dead church ladies. The fifth church lady (named Felicity Kendall) had fled the action and taken cover near one of the bunkers.

At this point, we stopped the game to make sure we had time to test Duncan’s Napoleonic game.  I will make a few small adjustments to the scenario before the convention, but in general it worked well.

 

 

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