Saturday, October 28, 2017

Pressed cardboard house and some pottery

This one is a classic, packaging material used for terrain. 
I got this pressed cardboard packaging with those amazing shapes.
After a lot of work I turned it in this strange ruin/house. No particular theme, but I think it is a good element to put on the table.

Also I found a nice use for some wood beads. Pots! And they are pre-painted!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Driders and Dark Elves

Do you remeber the post with the giant bats? I wrote I had some spiders, here some use for them. Dryders. And some dark elf. I tried something different for this guys and girls for the usual "we are evil and wear black and purple".
So more colors, exept for the spider parts in black and purple...

The minis are from Warhammer, some older then others. A mix of dark elves, wood elves and empire.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Zoat 2: the return

I found enough parts to make another one, but I was too lazy to sculpt the shell, so this one is a little skinnier than his brother.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Roper: a sort of tutorial.

The roper is a silly looking monster from d&d. Basically it is the love-child of a squid and a stalagmites.
The older is the art, the sillier it looks. In more recent time the artists tried to make him a little more cool, with mixed result.
Don't belive me? Look at it.

The miniatures have the same problem, some are pretty good, some are silly.
Fortunately it is very easy to make one, in the end it is a rock with an eye and a big mouth.

Take this as a simple tutorial:

Step 1, the materials.  
One 2-inch washer as the base, a cheap putty, a small bead for the eye, wires for the tentacles, a toothpick to sculpt (not shown in photo), a ball of tinfoil or a rock for textures (not shown in photo) and a cone of tinfoil as the main body.

Step 2: putting everything together.
Glue the pieces together to have the main shape of the creature.

Step 3: sculpting.
Unfortunately I have no photos for this part but here some advices.
Please consider I wanted the roper to be fully made of rock, so no organic parts, except the eye.
Cover the tinfoil with a fine layer of putty and use a stone or more tinfoil to textuirize it.
Make cones of milliput and arrange them around the mouth. In my case in two rows.
Try to be random, in the end this beast should look as a stone. Add some small stalagmites around.
The eyelid is the only part you need to be careful, you don't want to lost that eye :)
The roper should have no feet, I think it's a little stupid, so I add 3 stumpy appendages, again, they are milliput cones.

Step 4: twist and turn.
Twist the tentacles as you like, you can round the tips with more milliput if you like, I like them flat.

Step 5: flock.
Maybe with sand or stone. As you like.

Step 6: paint.
This model is great for drybrush. If you have a diorama, color it in the same color of the surrounding rocks and use a more bright color only on the eye and those nasty tentacles.

And that's it.
I know, not a very detailed tutorial, but this beast is easy to make if you don't want to sculpt a realistic mouth. And in my opinion it is more terrifying in this way.

If you want to go a step more, you can make a rock prop for this guy, and change it to the fly with the miniature to surprise your players.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Plague doctor

Let's continue our horror themed month with this character.

I love this guy. He is the first kitbash I made after my return to the hobby. I bought a random WH bit box online and I simply put together some cool parts.

I think he is a mix of empire, skaven, bretonnia and elf parts.

If you can identify the mask please let me know where I can find it, I think it is a bretonnia flag pole, but I'm not sure.

Well, here the images.