Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Doom the Boardgames - Painted the Miniatures

My friend with the Descent miniatures, got himself into the new Doom Boardgame from Fantasy Flight Games and asked me to paint the miniatures for that as well. I'm guessing, being a good chap, he wanted to give me a chance to redeem myself after messing up the fantasy guys.

I must say I didn't much look forwards to this, because the Descent miniatures were mostly crap from a miniature painters viewpoint (The game is great though). I wouldn't call them miniatures, but game pieces which look like miniatures. Well maybe that's a bit of exaggeration... I guess I'm just used to better stuff and really actual miniatures do not fit boardgames very well. You have to show them some love before you get to play and also after they are ready, if you don't want them to break in use.

However... The figures, when they came, were a huge surprise towards the positive!

The material was not that rubbery stuff. I mean it was still a little rubbery, but tougher kind of rubbery :) The sculpts were mostly ok, here and there AMAZING good (looking at you Cyber Demon).

The miniatures are clearly more than inspired by the Doom 2016 PC game and that was a good choice, since the models in that game are awesome. It also helped the painting, because there's loads of very nice pictures from the game, which allowed me to basically copy the paint job from online pictures.

Here're the images:

Cyber Demon



Baron of Hell



Possessed Soldier


The PC's (I'd choose the Chainsaw every time)

Family portrait

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Age of Sigmar - Finnish Stat Cards

Ok so I got a problem coming from a marginal language area, Finland. Since there's only about 5 million people speaking Finnish and because we tend to speak English and other languages quite well, no-one bothers translating stuff for us anymore.

Normally this would not be a problem, but wanting to play games with my son, who's learned to read,  I needed Finnish stat cards for our Age of Sigmar Games. I considered commissioning a graphic designer to make templates for the cards for me, but ended up using a great online tool.

The tool doesn't translate the names for the stats (like "move", "bravery", "wounds") because I assume it's meant for making up your own units, but it made it possible for me to make up Finnish names for the critters and translating the ability descriptions and so on.

I know Finnish Translations are not interesting to many people, but everyone interested in AoS should check out the web page with the app. It is great :D

Here're the results:

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Even more Descent 2.0 miniatures painted - Nerekhall and Labyrinth of Ruin

My grand plan of creating a group of articles for Otherworld Skirmish is on a temporary hold. The characters are ready and I even ordered the minis from Otherworld, but I haven't had time to paint them, because there's a pressing need for even more painted Descent miniatures.

This Time I got to paint the miniatures from the Nerekhall and Labyrinth of Ruin expansions. The Nerekhall miniatures, in my opinion, where mostly of crap quality, but luckily the Labyrinth of Ruin models where great so in average it was quite fun.

Here're the pics:

Here's a group shot of the Nerekhall minis and the lieutenant fire wizard which, I think, is sold separately. The rats and big lava demons where quite fun to paint, the others, not so much.

Labyrinth of Ruin sever dragons.

Labyrinth of Ruin spider crab -things.

Labyrinth of Ruin upright walking crab dudes

Labyrinth of Ruin goblin shamans

Labyrinth of Ruin heroes
I must say that it kind of pisses me off that FFG has ordered mostly AMAZING sculpts for this line and then proceeded to cast miniatures in rubber from those. I mean some of these miniatures would give Reaper a run for their money.

Next up, I'm going to paint the miniatures from the newish Doom the Boardgames and after that Blood Angels. This moment it looks like there're lots of miniatures in need of paint and I'm a little worried, since I was planning to shelve all my painting gear for the Golf Season which begins in a few weeks here in Finland.

I already got some of the Blood Angels for a test run. I was planning on this kind of scheme, which should be close to the canon colouring.

Panzer Grey - White Zenithal Highlights - Ferrari Red Glaze - Panzer grey for guns, eagles, skulls and eagles - Gun metal for bits and pieces - Strong tone wash for metals - Bright Green for eyes and lights - White edge highlights. Maybe I should put transfers on shoulder pads, I don't know...

Until next time.