17 February 2018

Saber & Blood Poles and Cossacks painted up

Some minis for the upcoming board game "Saber & Blood" painted up, the minis are all metal and great quality. They were great fun to paint and they work well with the Anno Domini 1666 range in terms of size and style (even though Anno Domini 1666 minis are a tiny bit bulkier).

I received a prototype copy of the Saber & Blood board game and a review will be posted soon. Basically the game is a card driven tavern brawl game, which also uses three types of fencing dice and command points. It's great fun. It's also has one of my favorite settings, 17th century central/eastern Europe. Core set come with Poles and Cossacks, there may be additional factions released as part of the upcoming Kickstarter which is set to launch soon.

14 February 2018

Lots of trees and forest bases finished

In early January I ordered a large amount of terrain for my personal collection. I primarily needed a decent amount of trees and forest bases to go with the upgraded terrain I had. I ordered both trees from 4Ground and found some nice large pine trees from Battlefield in a Box.

The 4Ground trees are affordable and come with both bases for the individual trees, as well as a forest area terrain base - and tree base inserts if you want to add that do your forest bases.

I skipped the tree inserts, I like the idea and it does look good with the tree bases being hidden into the larger forest base - but I have never found it practical during my games at the different clubs or when playing over at my friends. It is maybe not as good looking, but it makes less of a visual impact to slide a tree over to the side on the forest bases than to pluck a tree base out of a large hole and leave the forest base with a weird looking crater.

I'm also very happy that I managed to fix all the tree bases and forest bases in less than 2 hours. PVA glue and sanded the whole lot, and then used a can of black spray as a basecoat followed with a light coat of Leather Brown from Army Painter. With grass and flock added it looks really good. I was initially worried that I would have to paint the bases by hand using lots of paint and wear out some brushes in the process - and it would have taken a LOT longer. But this method worked better than I thought.

I also got some of the great looking 4Ground Dark Ages buildings for Viking and fantasy themed games, more of that will be posted later as I finish the remaining buildings.

I'm super happy how my terrain collection is coming together, and once again - a huge praise for the battle mat from Deep Cut Studio. It looks fantastic! You can't beat that look unless you make a custom table from scratch, but that's not an option for my apartment.

12 February 2018

Astropolis miniatures batch 2 of 2

Final 6 characters from the "Astropolis" commission I did for my friend Thomas, along with a group picture of the entire gang. It will be interesting to see what he does with these in terms of gameplay.

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