Army of the Dead for Middle Earth SBG

First batch of Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game models nearly completed. Just need to finish their bases which I’m doing in the same style as my Blood and Plunder terrain base colors. These Army of the Dead are from the new boxed set that was released back in August. Rohan is next on the list, and have already started working on them. Pretty straightforward as I want to have these models all look nice, but not take too much time. Also, at 25mm, they’re smaller models in general and should take less time. Ghosts – always easy. Pretty happy with the results.

Paint Recipe
Primed: I am still figuring out zenithal priming, and only using gray and white primers (Badger Stylynrez)
Base color:  GW Nighthaunt Gloom Technical thinned with medium for flow
Wash: GW Waywatcher Green glaze
Chainmail: GW Leadbelcher washed with GW Nuln Oil wash
Wash again!: GW Waywatcher mixed with Nuln Oil over the shield wood and lower half of the models. If I do more I may bypass the initial green glaze step and just do this instead
Drybrush: GW Underhive Ash Dry to give some final pop to them.

 

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Assembled Relicblade Minis

Back in May at Kublacon I met the designer of the Relicblade miniatures game, Sean Sutter. There was a booth for the game and he was on hand to talk to folks and run demos. His models were painted by the always talented Malev. The game was a lot of fun and I love the aesthetic and humor he’s mixed into it. Quick games on 2×2 boards with about 3-8 miniatures per side. Even has a nice campaign system to go along with it. I was hooked and brought home a bit of everything for the game. Unfortunately I haven’t had time to work on the minis or get the game to table since…bad me. But last night I did have a wave of ‘why aren’t these done’ hit me and went ahead and got things assembled. Here’s pix of the different starters and a few addon minis for the game. Will post progress on painting (hahaha) as I go. Commentary on the pix

 


Blood and Plunder Paint Frenzy. Countdown to Kublacon

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I’ve mentioned previously that I will¬† be attending Kublacon and running two Blood and Plunder events. I want to keep to my original goal of having everything I own to date painted when I head out. Coming into the home stretch I’m realizing I may have over committed, but am going to push through and see how far I get. I’ll track my daily progress here and on the BnP Facebook page if anyone’s interested. Tuesday night ended with the models being at this point.
As you can see, plenty to do. I had a good batch primed and semi-painted, but a way’s to go as well as the Unaligned models I still needed to wash and prime.

Wednesday evening I had some time to work on things, but the progress may not seem that dramatic.

Primed the bare metal minis, fixed the Spanish Commander’s loose arm, put shoes on nearly everyone, a few models needed base colors on pants/shirts, and base color on the…bases.

Where will tonight get me? We’ll see.


Blood and Plunder Frigate and Sloop Finished

Whew, finally finished painting both my frigate and sloop from Firelock Games. Two great kits for their awesome Blood and plunder game. I’ve mailed them off for the rigging and masts to be completed (I don’t trust myself to do the rigging/sails justice, plus then I’ll have a good example of what they should look like!). Only other item to be attached would be a lantern and the gunport covers. Those would probably snap off in transit so they’ll be glued on after the ships return to port. I’ll be sure to post again on these guys once everything’s where it should be. Both were a delight to paint, and makes me want to do more. I’ll add a post with the three longboats completed once I finish the last one.

SLOOP
Finished Pictures
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FRIGATE
Finished Pictures
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In Progress Pictures


Blood and Plunder Painting – Countdown to Kublacon

Realizing after looking at the calendar today that I leave for Kublacon in just over 4 weeks. Since I’ll be running two games of Blood and Plunder at the con and need to finish painting up things I’ve got my work cut out for me. I think it’s doable, but when I consider what’s left I get nervous. Checklist of the project below:

  1. Assemble and paint terrain (done!)
  2. Play mats (done!)
  3. Carrying case (done!)
  4. Counters/measuring tapes/dice (done!)
  5. Reference sheets for players (need to finish)
  6. Treasure objectives (painting)
  7. Ships (need paint)
  8. Ship sails/rigging (after paint – contracting that out)
  9. Longboats (almost finished)
  10. Pirates (some painted, too many to go)

Just need to focus on my painting time and get things finished. My airbrush has been a problem lately, spent time trying to remedy its issues, but might just be easier to skip it for now.

At least all my cannons are finished!
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Treasure Objective Tokens for Blood and Plunder

Continuing my work on my Blood and Plunder models/terrain. Finally received some nice treasure chests and coin piles from Dark Arts Studio. This is their Chests & Treasure set. You can buy bits of it individually, but I grabbed the lot and happy I did. The barrels and bases are Renedra. I’ve since textured the bases and moving on to painting. I have a lot to do before May, but I should be able to finish it all if I stay on track.

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Avast! Big Blood and Plunder Post!

My usual PADD has been in full effect over the past couple weeks, but I’ve tried to keep it consistent between my Bloodbound army and my Blood and Plunder gamestuff. I have put in for two come and learn demo style events at Kublacon in May for Blood and Plunder, so maybe I’ll see you there. That, of course, has incentivized me to finish my table and get everything painted up. What follows are a couple blog posts in one lengthy post. Enjoy!

Jungle Terrain
I completed my jungle terrain tiles with a couple touch ups needed. Used the Pegasus Hobbies palm trees, all three sets, as well as the collected NUOLUX palms I found on ebay. Just run a search for NUOLUX palm trees on Ebay to find. They come from various sellers but should be an inexpensive 15 piece set. The bases were a mix of the Worldsmith Industries resin area terrain bases and base inserts (flat and trunk) and Hobby Lobby wooden circle and oval pieces. Plus various lichen, tuft grass, static grass, Vallejo Dark Earth base texture, and aquarium plants cut to fit. Photos of the process and final results below. Very happy with these. I am impressed with how they turned out. The resin bases with inserts are great, I thought about getting more down the road, but for now they fit the style perfectly.

Treasure Chest
Was looking for something that would draw eyes to the table other than the awesome models and ships (and my terrain) that could also carry the rules/supplies for the game. Eventually found this one, again at Hobby Lobby (wonder why they get the things I can’t find locally elsewhere, but win for me). Wasn’t too expensive, and was wide enough to fit the books. I’m working on Army Transport trays for my models since they fit this just about perfectly.

Sea Battle
Had a great first sea battle game a couple weeks back. We initially wanted to try out amphibious but decided to go pure sea so we wouldn’t have to stress land and sea rules at the same time. Had a blast, got a boarding action in, ship rammed a longboat, much carnage ensued.

Spanish Buildings
Another player on the Blood and Plunder Facebook group posted a picture of the spanish church and arched house from Empires at War. I went looking for them as I wanted some buildings and so far only had the French settler’s cabin from 4Ground. My wallet was not happy with me once I was finished buying, but they were great folks and shipped everything quickly. Spent the past few nights getting the town assembled. They went together easily and fit the game well. Interiors are not detailed like 4Ground’s are, but the multistory buildings do have removable floors. Can’t wait to get these on the table!

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Group shot/4Ground cabin comparison

Church
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Taverna, 2-Story House, Arched House

3-Story House

Villa

Farm