Thursday, April 13, 2017

An Iconic D&D monster, The Rust Monster



Back in the early days of creating D&D Gary Gygax, was looking for figures to represent monsters. In a Dime Store(think Dollar Store) he found a bag of "prehistoric animals" from Hong Kong. He took it home and started to come up with names and stats for the weird plastic animals.


I don't know where I got it but I've had one lying around for years and years. It's been lost and found about 2 or 3 times in moves. The other day I was struck with inspiration to paint it. So once again I had to go find it. I was in luck, only 3 boxes searched and I had it.


He's a big fella so I used a 40mm base. As with all my plastic figures I glue lead fishing weights to the underside to add stability and just a nice feeling of "heft". I primed him up and was ready to go. It came out pretty good. 


I should have color adjusted the image. In reality it's more red than brown.


 You might notice my hack attempts at blending. A technique I suck at.





 Fireforge figure for scale.


Classic D&D art.


Overall I'm pretty happy with the way it came out. What image I had in my head was writing checks my painting skill couldn't cash. I have to finish the base, and add a heavy level of sealer. The plastic figure doesn't like the paint I used. It already scratched off on one leg. Maybe this guy needs to travel to Frostgrave.

Xin

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Building Eylau Battlefield Part 5 and Final Setup

The convention is over, the games have been run and we are back home. It was a good time had by all. Despite our horrific time management skills, we got the table completed.

For the sake of completeness, I have the final build steps and pictures of the completed project for this last post.

I do not have pics during the game as I was running my Frostgrave game at the same time, but maybe someone else will post them.

As I've recounted earlier, Tuesday before the convention was supposed to be a full day of building Eylau and Frostgrave. The weather had other plans. We were hit with the worst storm of the winter, and lost power about 11am. Didn't get it back till sometime after 3pm. I spent about 45 minutes trying to get the generator going to no avail.

So I had to work in the dark, and I did.


  Working with a headlamp I did some finishing touches on Eylau, and painted some figures I needed for Frostgrave.


All the streams and lakes were poured 2 part resin. This takes 24 hours to dry. The plan was early pour on Tuesday, and not touch the board till Wednesday. The power outage pushed the pour back by 5 hours. So in effect it pushed the snow flocking back by 5 hours on Wednesday.


 All the streams that go off the board need to be dammed. I used plastic card and low temp hot gluel.





Ready for pour.


We use Enviro Tex Lite Pour-On High Gloss. When it cures it is rock hard.








Using model railroad ballast and hot glue to make stone wall for the Eylau graveyard. Building it on waxpaper first, then the whole thing just lifts off and can be glued down to the board.


We started Flocking about 6:30PM. As I mentioned earlier in another quick update post, we ran out of snow flock.


My wife volunteered to drive the 55 minutes to Maplewood Hobbies in Maplewood NJ to get the one bottle they had. Funny Story, I had called to see if they had stock and asked the bottle to be held and my wife would pick it up. When she gets there the guy running the store asked what her husband was building, and she told him a big battle table for a convention. Well he asks if I was Xintao, cause he had been following my blog. LOL.  


Eylau, needs more snow!


Done, ready for transport.


Here we are setting up in the Lancaster Host Resort. Troops just starting to hit the table.














All the troops set up.

















Here's the "aerial shot" from the staircase next to our game.



We won 2 PELA's, for Friday night. Both Eylau and Frostgrave. Then on Saturday night we won Best in Show. Thank you HMGS.

Thanks to all of you who stopped by and admired our work. Thanks to all the kind comments online. Thanks to the wives for not filing for divorce.

I hope you enjoyed the journey of our insanity we call Wargaming.

Now we have 2 weeks to decide how to top this for Historicon.

Cheers

Monday, March 20, 2017

Frostgrave Table for Cold Wars 6

The convention is done, but for completeness sake, here's the last of the build pics.



 This will be the dock in the harbor. Basswood and Dowels mounted on foamcore.


Popsicle sticks for decking. I used a grinder to quickly "age" the wood.


 First ship rigging and dock complete. About 24 hours before departure.


About 4 hours later, 2nd ships rigging complete.


 One coat of brown paint on the ships at 12:20AM.


So this is at the convention, we are in the gaming area finishing my table. I'm using foamcore for simple ice flows. Alan and I are quickly carving them out with an x-acto knife and glue down with a hot glue gun. Lou is in the background painting the ships. We have to leave space for the hulls to sit on the water.


 Getting there. Need to finish drybrushing, and add tattered sails.

 With the ships done, we can fit them into the ice.

 I traced out the hull on foamcore to use as a base for the ships to slide into.

 Then Alan and I cut more foam to build up the "ice" around the ships. Also it's hard to see but one of the ships is pushed up and tilted as the ice crushes in.



I think they came out pretty good.


Finished board pics to come, Xin

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Packing

Eylau is done

About 6pm we started putting on the snow flock. We had 4 shaker bottles of snow. It wasn't enough. We realized this about 7pm, just as the 2 closest hobby stores were closing. I called Maplewood Hobbies cause I knew they stayed open late for gaming. They had one bottle. My wife volunteered to drive the 55 minutes to get it. She is awesome. Big thanks to Maplewood for getting us out of a tight spot.

Not alot of pics. It's 2:21 and I am just taking a break from painting my Frostgrave table. We might tweak the table a little in the morning, but it is ready to go.




Night all.