Sunday, May 31, 2015

Carpathian Industries subsidiary in Wappelville?

Naturally, Carpathian's evil minions are drawn to the supplies of RJ-1027, in addition to all the other "raw materials" that are to be found in the cemetery and the Undertaker's.

Some of the terrain in this image is from Burn in Designs, as most of you already know.  I also made some of it myself, such as the charging stations and the power generator.

The view from above makes it appear that Creation 7 has some loading to do of those wagons!

Speaking of the Undertaker's we are back to the Final Slumber funeral parlor...

One of the Yi Sisters clearly had some business inside. 

As neat as it is to see the pictures of the finished miniatures, it's even more fun to view them in this context.  I love seeing them in terrain!

These are the same kind of scenes that play out in our games of Wild West Exodus, as you have seen in the battle reports.

At a certain point I will have my own Enlightened posse.  This will center around Eiffel and other constructs, as well as the Monocav.

The next Burn in Designs building that is getting its final details is the train station, as well as the Battle Train.  Those two kits together should make quite a scene!

En'counter'ing token issues...

As you already know, we love Wild West Exodus because of all the actions which are available to even the lowliest Outlaw grunt.  These actions (and effects) are designated by various tokens, which WWX furnishes:

You have seen Rich and I use these quite often in our battle reports.  They work very well.  Since we use a lot of terrain, lots of counters are needed.  To handle this, we combined all of our token sets together.

This has worked just fine, until the day I tried to run a game for a new player.  After we set up and started playing, I realized to my horror that all of the tokens were with Rich!  Yikes!

I set about to rectify this lack of tokens as soon as possible.  These are items that I have made in the past for out WFB and 40k games, but I wanted to have something a little better.

I thought briefly about using a lot of unique shapes, and even charge/retreat markers...

Instead, I settled on circles, because I had dozens of wooden circle cutouts from the Burn In Designs paint pot trays.

A few google searches located appropriate graphics for various effects and actions.

These were sized in photoshop, and text was added where needed (the Wappelville stuff is for the railway sign).

A finished token set!  Well, one of two.  I also thought that I would make custom influence counters, since we frequently got ours mixed up, etc.  The shields are for Lawmen's Forward Eschelon effect.

This has more Influence counters, as well as some close combat designations.  With each figure having a "halo", it's very rare thet two minis are actually in base to base contact during close combat.

Now we know exactly who is fighting who!

So, lots of action on the table... all I have out there are a few fire markers...

But now I am armed with a full supply of counters!!!

And what a difference it makes.  Now it just takes a quick glance to know exactly what's going on!!

Lawmen sniper on the lookout... taking careful aim.

Close combat hired hands in Forward Eschelon.

A maelstrom of combat!!! True WWX style.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Great Furniture sale!

New from Burn In Designs!  Come and get it... new furniture!

Play it again, Sam.

Pull up a chair...

Shall we recline?

Look how comfy that bed is!

Bunk bed.

Feeling safe?  Not even these Outlaws can crack it!!

Frosted Flakes for Dessert?

One more post for you showing some more modification of broccoli bases.

Oxide paste is set down first, to set the pieces of bark like mortar.

This one had far less texture on the original base, which left me free enough to do more than just fill in the blanks.

Mica flakes!  And old favorite returns.

It not only filled in the gaps between bark pieces, it also made a fun leaf texture.  I will be trying out some paper leaves on this one, I think.

A few touches of sand and gravel were just the final touch I needed.

Another Dark Sword figure gets the additional bark treatment.

Four figures, four broccoli bases dealt with!  Time for priming...

Friday, May 29, 2015

Carpathian's Creations...

Look what young Edison has brought with him!!!  It's the massive Creation 7, as well as the Yi Sisters.  This view shows you how huge that 4 armed monster is.

The Yi Sisters are very stealthy, able to approach silently right up to an unsuspecting target.

Edison's Sonic Weapon can deal out damage, or move objects and people around.  You saw that play out in the most recent battle reports.

Dealing with all these threats on the table at once will be no easy task.  Holy Order might have the most difficult time, since there are not many of them. 

The Spirit Aim could help against Edison, but the Yi Sisters are designed to get right up to you.  Let's say that they're mighty handy with those Katanas!

I have one more set of these figures which were taken in a nice setup with some Burn In Designs terrain.  Stay tuned!

You don't have to hate your broccoli

For all the fans of Dark Sword and even Reaper miniatures, working with the so called broccoli bases is a common occurrence. 

Most of the time, I use a razor saw to cut them away, and pin the figure to a different base.  However, this is not always practical.  The feet might be too fragile or small for pinning, or the texture of the original base is important to keep.

Never fear, brave hobbyists!  It does not take much to bend those broccoli bases to your will.

I used to take sculpey pieces and glue those around the base, filling in gaps with glue and gravel.

Now that I have bark, oxide paste and other tools, this process will be much easier!

As usual, the pieces of bark are held in place with the use of oxide paste and some glue.

The oxide paste fills in the gaps that the pieces of bark might leave.

I can also add some branches if I want, just as I have done on some of the Bark and branch bases that have been profiled here many times recently.

This straw like material is something I have been adding to my bases a great deal lately.  It started with my Wild West Exodus bases, but that has worked very well to simulate a variety of scrubs or tall grasses, depending on the scale of the figure.

After cutting out a tuft of the straw, I take the bundle and stick that into a dot of super glue (sometimes even set into oxide paste).

Almost ready to go!  Just some rocks and ballast...

And voila!  Broccoli base is now covered.  The overall footprint of the figure is still the same, since the original metal went all the way to the edges of the plastic base.

I have another post coming with a few more figures that I did at the same time!  Stay tuned...