Hey everyone - sorry I haven't 'blogged in so long, but stuff is in the works. Yes, I'm still working on the Demon Idol (new 'blog coming about that one very soon), and new videos at the youtube channel and all. Stay tuned!
Okay, after having spent a few weekends working on my 1:1 Scale human bathroom, I decided to squeeze in some painting on a slightly smaller scale and work on the Demon Idol.
That's a roughly 35/65 mix of Reaper Pure Black (9037) and Rainy Grey (9038). I didn't mix up enough to do a second coat (or even a proper first one), much less get the whole miniature done, even with thinning. Speaking of, it is going on thin. There's a lot of lovely detail - pits in the stone, cracks, cuts, chips, etc. - sculpted in and I would hate to lose those fine details by gunking it up with too much paint. So slow and steady wins the race. Hopefully I can reformulate the mix and his lower body won't wind up too dark, or too light. After two good coats (or one and heavy retouching), I'm going to ink with Reaper Black Ink. Then, I'll highlight with rainy grey. I may stipple with pure black to give it that basalt look, as well. After that, the brazier, and then I'll consi…
If you've been missing the .PDF 1e AD&D books, they're once again available from dndclassics.com! These are electronic scans based on the reissues from 2012, though, so any persistent errors in those print copies (dwarves having 7 hit dice, for example) are still there, so be aware of that.
Now all they need to do is put these items on Print on Demand and 1e AD&D will be an evergreen product...forever!
Now for original D&D, fellows!
Oh, lest I forget: I haven't forgotten about my painting projects. I'm still painting! It's just that right now I'm painting a room rather than miniatures. Oh my achin' back...anyway, stay tuned for more Demon Idol goodness.
Primed and Ready, Redux
This is just kind of a brief entry; I ended up going with "the brush" for priming for a couple of reasons: chief reason is I don't have any rattlecans left! I guess I tossed out the last can of "Skull White" GW spray primer a while back, or at least it's somewhere I can't locate it. That's fine, a 50/50 mix of the aforementioned Vallejo primer and water did the trick.
Also, the altar itself got a coat of primer. The standing braziers did not; I neglected to put them on caps for armatures! So between this update and the beginning of the painting, I'll do that.
Anyway, the next update, I'll have started work on the two thieves. Oh, and you might have noticed that I have not attached the gemstone eyes; those will likely be put on after I paint the mini. I know generally, assembly comes before painting but in this case, I want to get the paint job just so before I commit to attaching those.
Idol hands are the Demon's playthings...
Okay, this time around let's talk about construction. Firstly, as noted in the previous entry there's a large gap in the right wrist that must be addressed. For this I'll use my trusty old (and rapidly depleting) Apoxie sculpt, a two-part epoxy. It's basically the same as "green stuff" but this particular substance turns a yellow-gray when mixed.
I just need a small bit, really, so a couple of pieces the size of a large pea should do the trick:
Once mixed, it goes into the wrist. I still had some left over, so I used it to work on some other minis that needed a little TLC as far as filling in gaps went.
Now, while that sets up (I usually give it 24 hours or so to cure), I went to work on the two thieves. The first thing was to put them on an armature, in this case, simple plastic bottlecaps. Normally I'd use Elmer's glue to hold a mini to a cap for painting but in this case as they only have a tiny a…
Phase 1: Construction
Okay...so, as I reviewed in my video 'blog, I have Otherworld Miniatures' DD1a, "Demon Idol" piece. This is one assembled and painted (it is not mine):
...so what I thought I would do is 'blog the assembly, painting and construction of my own!
Without further ado, Step 1, Construction:
Two points of interest: one, the model is covered with bubbles. Normally, if this was a character piece I would be righteously displeased, however in this case I'm not; the statue is graven from stone, and all the little flaws lend it character! The second point is the wrist joint for the right hand: a highly imperfect match. I could have made either hand fit perfectly and left the other with a large gap, but the left hand was a better fit to it's respective wrist. Here's a close-up photo:
I'll fill this gap in with Apoxie Sculpt, a kind of "yellow-grey stuff" two-part sculpting plastic, then sand and file down the irregularitie…
Thinkin' Small - Worth the Big Cost?
So I've done a couple of shows on miniatures recently, and I'm thinking of picking up the "Scourge of Suderham", not only are they
a viable band of adventurers in general, it's the bad guys from A3! It
just seems a bit pricey at anywhere from $35-$50 to get five miniatures that are cast in plastic. Here's what they look like...
I'm intrigued, not just by this set but by a similar item, the infamous Qesnef the Ogre-Mage from S2 White Plume Mountain (and his Halfling alter-ego):
...which, likewise even with typical reseller discounts of 11%-30% is still in the $20-$22 range for a pair of miniatures cast from plastic.
So how about it - has anyone purchased these? Do you think they're a good buy?
Unfortunately this has nothing to do with D&D and psionics, so please bear with me. If you don't care about Cyberpunk, transhumanist ideas, or that sort of thing then I won't blame you if you tune out...
With that said, I just got done with a not-quite-a-year-long hitch playing Eclipse Phase ( www.eclipsephase.com ), and here at the end I thought I'd share a few thoughts with you good folks.
WELCOME TO THE END TIMES
The world of Eclipse Phase
In the very broadest most general sense you might say that Eclipse Phase is Gamma World meets Star Frontiers and they have a very Cyberpunk:2020 baby together. But only in the broadest terms. Eclipse Phase is a post-apocalypse game. Earth is virtually uninhabitable and has been abandoned by what is left of humankind. In the middle of a global war that involved nuclear, biological and chemical weapon exchanges and tens of millions of people dying at a monthly rate, war-bots called TITANs massacred most of humanity, cut off a …
I'm really happy about the reception the video 'blog has gotten - but don't worry, I'm not going to neglect this 'blog here. The "official" first episode goes up tonight (hopefully, if not, then tomorrow).
You'll have to pardon the Ums and Ahs, I'm kinda getting used to this...
I apologize for the lag in updates; real life and all of that. I've got the "big announcement" on the tip, it's coming in just a few days, I promise. For right now, here's a little something to tide you over. I know many (most?) people reading this 'blog are aware of the AD&D modules I've put together, but on the outside chance that you're not, here's where you can download them:
Now, you might note that there's no "WGH1". That was planned for a sort of introductory module that was relegated to the DD series, but then never published. Then, I got the crazy idea I'd create a mega-dungeon type adventure and have it be W…
all our gaming friends: Jeff Perren, the co-author with Gary Gygax of
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His leg amputated, he now lives away from his family, in a nursing
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This could mean a big change for Jeff Perren, and that would help
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Feeling good surrounded by your loved ones goes a long way towards
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...and trust me, it IS coming, and it IS going to be pretty big! Technical difficulties are holding me back at the moment. That and time. But it's coming.
As to things AD&D related, to step away from the managing of the DD collective and talk more about the stuff that makes it up itself, I'm lucky enough to have a gaming group that is completely in to AD&D. Oh we've wandered a bit here and there, usually for a one-off game where necessary due to absences or just a want of change of pace for a bit, but in the overall we've stuck with AD&D for the whole of the three ... four? years now we've been gaming.
It started out really as a way to accomplish two things: one, to show off my Sisyphean project "Castle Delve", a (wait for it...!) megadungeon in the grand style, cribbing heavily from D2, D3 and stories about Castle Greyhawk. That project came about one night when I was looking for a good map generating program that would do non-orthog…