Monthly Archives: November 2018

Ghost Archipelago: Christmas island

Chris Palmer    Our December campaign game is coming up in a couple weeks, so I decided to give it a bit of a Jimmy Buffett twist this year, and name the scenario after the singer’s Christmas Island album.  In keeping with this idea, I decided to make some Buffett-themed central treasures.

  There were three that sprang to mind: A Parrot Head knight’s helmet, a Cheese Burger in Paradise, and the Lost Shaker of Salt.   I figured I’d have to sculpt all three, but lucked out and found a knight figure that actually had a helmet with bird figure on it!  For the salt shaker I found some clear beads I had that would work with the addition of a sculpted shaker cap; but for the burger I did have to sculpt the whole thing from scratch.   I decided to mount them on small cork “rocks”, to give them a bit of a platform to sit on.

    I primed them black, and then set about painting them.    I think they turned out really well, and look forward to using them in our upcoming game!

 

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Ship Hand: Bones 3 Figure

Chris Palmer

  This past week I picked another easy one to paint.  With it being the Thanksgiving weekend, I was traveling; and I still have a number of other painting projects I’m trying to finish up before the holiday stuff gets really crazy.   So, following on the heels of the Ship Captain last week, I did the Ship Hand, from the Bones 3 “Mythos Expansion: Part 3” this week.  I didn’t buy this expansion, but picked up this figure through a trade.
     I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.   I then glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip.

      I began by painting his face and hands with Americana “Shading Flesh”, and then painted his jacket with Crafter’s Acrylic “Navy Blue”, and his pants with Americana “Neutral Grey”.

     Next, I painted his hair with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cinnamon Brown”, and his hat with Ceramcoat “Opaque Red”.  I then painted his neckerchief with Apple Barrel “Apple Scotch Blue”, his belaying pin with Americana “Light Cinnamon”, and his shoes with Ceramcoat “Black”.

    When everything was dry, I gave his face, hands, and hat a wash with Citadel  “Reikland Fleshshade” wash; and when that was dry, I gave the rest of him a wash with Citadel “Nuln Oil ” wash.    I then painted his eyes, and highlighted his face and hands with the base “Shading Flesh”, and some Crafter’s Acrylic “Flesh”.  After that, I highlighted his hat with Crafter’s Acrylic “Orange Spice”, and his hair with Americana “Sable Brown”.

     I then highlighted his pants with Crafter’s Acrylic “Storm Cloud Grey”, and his jacket with Ceramcoat “Denim Blue”.  Next, I highlighted his neckerchief with crafter’s Acrylic “Cool Blue”, the belaying pin with Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige”, and his shoes with Americana “Zinc”.
      Lastly, I painted the figure’s integral base with Americana “Bittersweet Chocolate”.
     I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor’s Dullcote".

     I’m happy with this one too.  Like last week’s Captain, he’s nothing exciting; but will certainly work just fine on the tabletop.

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Ship Captain: Bones 3 Figure

Chris Palmer

   This week I picked another easy one, as the holiday season time pressure has already started to some degree, and I have a number of other painting projects I’m trying to finish up before stuff gets really crazy.   So, I did the Ships Captain, from the Bones 3 “Mythos Expansion: Part 3”.  I didn’t buy this expansion, but picked up this figure through a trade.
     I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.   I then glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip.

      I began by painting his face and hands with Reaper MSP “Tanned Skin”, and then painted his clothing and hat with Crafter’s Acrylic “Navy Blue”.

      I then painted the rolled up map(?) in his hand with Americana “Bleached Sand”, his mug with Americana “Light Cinnamon”, and his pipe with Apple Barrel “Apple Maple Syrup”.  (I decided it looked like a corncob pipe.)    When everything was dry, I gave his face and hands a wash with Citadel  “Reikland Fleshshade” wash; and when that was dry, I gave his map, mug, and pipe a wash with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade” wash.

     Next, when the washes were dry, I painted his hair with Americana “Zinc”, his sweater collar with Americana “Neutral Grey”, and his teeth with the “Bleached Sand”.  I then painted his shoes, and the brim of his hat,  Ceramcoat “Black”.   I let everything dry awhile again, and then gave his hat, hair, and clothing a wash with Citadel “Nuln Oil” wash.

     When the wash was dry,  I painted his eyes and highlighted his face with Raper MSP “Tanned Highlight”.   I then highlighted his hair with Americana “Grey Sky”.  Next, I highlighted his clothes and hat with Ceramcoat denim Blue", and then did the brim of his hat and shoes with the “Zinc”.  I then highlighted his map with Crafter’s Acrylic “Light Antique White”, and his mug with Americana “Sable Brown”.   After that, I went pack and painted in the holes in the pipe and mug with the “Black”, and then painted his buttons, and the bands on the mug with Ceramcoat “Bronze”.
     Lastly, I painted the figure’s integral base with Americana “Bittersweet Chocolate”.
     I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor’s Dullcote".

     Well, there he is.  Nothing great, but a good tabletop-ready paint job.   Should have given his eyes more attention, but I was in a hurry to get him done.

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My Fall-In Game: Escape the Dungeon using “Feudal Patrol” Rules.

Chris Palmer     At the Fall In gaming convention, held back on November 8th-11th, Buck Surdu, Greg Priebe, and I all conspired to run a trio of games on the new Secret Weapon “Tablescapes Dungeons: Mines” terrain that Buck and I had purchased earlier in the year via a Kickstarter: Tablescape Dungeons: Mines.  Between Buck and I, we had purchased 5 of the base sets, 5 of the mine track sets, and 4 of the walkway sets.  I also had bought some of the riser pieces.   We frantically got it all painted, with the goal of running games with it at Fall-In.

The players hear the rules brief, as Buck (on the left) helps a player with a question. 

     We picked Saturday to run our games, so we could set up Friday night.  Saturday afternoon, Buck would run a GASLIGHT game set in a secret Nazi laboratory, hidden in an abandoned mine, that GI’s were attempting to raid to steal scientific secrets. In the evening, Greg would run a Dr Who game, also using GASLIGHT; that would be set immediately after Buck’s scenario, with Dr Who arriving to stop an even greater menace that would appear in the Nazi Lab.   And I was set to start things off with the morning game.

The Dwarves are surprised by the appearance of a dirty trick generated Ogre, bursting through a door on their right. 

     My game was something of a reverse Dungeon Crawl, using the under-development Feudal Patrol rules. The scenario was called “Hunting Evil in Small Places”.  Players would each control a team of adventurers; but they would be starting at the back end of the dungeon, already loaded with treasure, and need to escape with the treasure they had found.   Each player also had a half dozen “dirty trick” cards that they could play on their opponents in an attempt to slow them down and make them lose their treasure.  These were things like making monsters appear, or springing traps.   Also, on turn three, a trio of big bad evil monsters would appear at the back of the dungeon, spurring the adventuring parties to move even faster towards the entrances, or face an uncertain future.  Whoever got out the quickest with the most treasure, won.

The Dwarf Cleric, separated from her party, narrowly escapes some pursing Halflings.  

     I was pleasantly surprised when I had all 6 ticketed players show up; though I sadly had to turn two stand-by players away.    The players selected from a  half dozen themed parties, including: Dwarves, Elves, Humans, Halflings, Drow, and Barbarians.

A dirty-trick generated Large Boulder drops from the ceiling and begins rolling towards the Dwarf Wizard.  In the end he was able to outrun it, even with his short legs!

     The players were quick to pick up the rules, and soon they were racing through the tunnels, and throwing monsters and traps in the paths of their opponents.  It was a great crew of players, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, including myself.

The Dwarf Cleric finds herself squeezed between the Ogre, and one of the quickly approaching big bad evil monsters.  Again, she somehow escaped!

     A highlight for me was a big three-way brawl that broke out between the Humans, Elves, and Barbarians.  All the players had a lot of fun skirmishing in the tunnels.  Also enjoyable was following the course of the Dwarf Cleric, who got separated from her party, and took a rather circuitous route through the mine, facing all sorts of perils, but somehow coming out mostly unscathed.

The big three-way fight develops between the Humans, Elves, and Barbarians.   The white rocks spread around on the track are the Barbarian Wizard’s “Ice Blast” spell which created a 2"x3" section of rough icy terrain that halved movement. 

          In the end, the Halflings won, by not only being the first out, but also managing to get their whole crew safely out, and recovering 6 treasures.  Somehow they passed through much of the dungeon being left relatively alone, as is true to their Halfling nature.   🙂

We loved the Halfling Wizards surprised look as he came face to face with the towering Drow Sorceress.

The three-way fight continues!

Just as the game was ending, the big bad evil monster, Flame Elemental reached the Elf Ranger, and the Ranger actually managed to damage the Elemental without taking any damage herself! 

The winning Halfling party

A look at Buck’s Nazi Lab game, as GI’s rush into the main room.

Greg, seated, running his Doctor Who game for a group of enthusiastic players..

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HAWKs Kick off Their 2019 “Armies for Kids” Project.

Chris Palmer        This past Saturday a group of HAWKs got a jump on next year’s Armies for Kids project by getting together to start painting the hundreds of 25mm figures donated for next year’s Medieval armies. Th session centered mainly on dry brushing the armor and getting the flesh and hair blocked in.

     For the past 10 years or so, the HAWKs have prepared dozens of painted armies and given them away to kids who take part in specially designated games each year at Historicon.  This year each child who takes part will be getting a pair of fully painted Medieval armies, along with assorted terrain and gaming aids.

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Fall-in Photos: Saturday in the HAWKs Room

Chris Palmer   Here are some photos I took of several of the games in the HAWKs room on Saturday at Fall-In this past weekend in Lancsater PA. 
 For Friday’s games, see: Friday HAWKs Room

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Fall-In Photos: Friday in the HAWKs Room

Chris Palmer    Here are some of the pictures I took from a few of the games being run in the HAWKs room Friday at the Fall-In convention in Lancaster, PA.

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HAWKs Wargaming Calendar for Sale

Buck

The Harford Area Weekly Kriegspielers (HAWKs) have created a wargaming calendar on Zazzle.com.  It is full of high quality images of games the HAWKs have run at conventions.  The dates of conventions that were known when we created the calendar are annotated on it.  Don’t miss out on this really neat calendar.  Proceeds support the HAWKs Armies for Kids project, in which we provide painted armies, rules, etc. for kids to take home and play with their buddies.

The calendar is available here:  https://www.zazzle.com/hawks_2019_miniatures_gaming_wall_calendar-158945036899989441


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Bandit Leader: Bones 3 Figure

Chris Palmer

  Well, I was able to squeeze in some painting time last week after all, (despite Fall-In being this past weekend) and I finally finished the figure I had been working on for the past 3 weeks: Bandit Leader, from the Bones 3 Stoneskull Expansion, Part 3.  This is the final figure I had left to do from this set.
   The figure was a bit oddly sculpted I felt, being almost entirely two dimensional looking.  So I decided to do a little modification on him to help look less stilted.

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     I prepped this figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.   I then cut both arms at the elbows and after slicing off a small angled section of each arm, re-glued them so they bent in more.  After that, I glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip.

      I began by painting his armor with Ceramcoat “Black”.  When dry, I drybrushed the armor with  Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”.  I then painted his skin with Americana “Shading Flesh”.

     Next, I painted his leggings with Americana “Neutral Grey”, and his skirt with Accent “Real Umber”.  I then painted his hood and sleeves with Folk Art “Barnyard Red”, and his leather armor with Americana “Terra Cotta”.  After that, I did his waist belt with Americana “Light Cinnamon”, and boots and the shield strap with Americana “Raw Umber”.

     I then continued with the “Raw Umber, using it to paint all the straps and the pouch on his belt, as well as the grip of his sword.  After that, I painted the front of his shield with Folk Art "Deep Tomato Red”,the back with Americana “Mississippi Mud”, and the sword with Americana “Zinc”.  Then, when the figure had a while to dry, I gave the entire thing a wash with  Citadel “Agrax Earthsahde” wash.
     Unfortunately, I must have fouled my “Agrax Earthsahde” or something, because I found in many places (see the base of the hood for example) it dried white for some reason.

     When the wash was dry, I painted the eyes (I hate doing eyes inside hoods!), and highlighted the face and hands with Crafter’s Acrylic “Flesh”.   I then highlighted the leggings with Crafter’s Acrylic “Storm Cloud Grey”, and his hood and sleeves with Crafter’s Acrylic “Orange Spice”.

     Next, I highlighted the skirt with Nicole’s “Brown”, and then the leather armor with Accent “Golden Oxide”.  I then highlighted the belt with Americana “Sable Brown”, and the shoes, belts and straps with Folk Art “Teddy Bear Brown”.  After that, I highlighted the face of the shield with Ceramcoat “Bright Red”, and then painted the sword with the “Gunmetal Grey”.  I then went around and highlighted all the metal with Ceramcoat “Metallic Silver”.
      Lastly, I painted the figure’s integral base with Americana “Bittersweet Chocolate”.
     I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor’s Dullcote".

     Well, considering he took 3 weeks to complete, I’m glad to finally have him done!   There’s nothing that great about him, but he will do just fine for the table top.

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No Figure Again, Sorry!

Chris Palmer

   Well, last week’s under-the-weather turned into a serious electrolyte problem this week, and I’ve spent the last few days in the hospital while the doctors sorted out what was causing it, and came up with a solution for fixing it.  In fact, I just got home this afternoon.   So needless to say, I was unable to finish the figure I had been working on.    I may be able to squeeze in finishing it in the next couple days, but this weekend is the Fall-In convention; so I can’t make any promises that I’ll have it for next Monday. 
   In the meantime, here’s a preview! 

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