Have fun storming the Castle!
I've been working on the castle backdrop "flat" for one of the add-ons, while Drew has sculpting the miniatures. I want to share with you the process of what goes into making something like this.
I've imported the manuscript images for reference. You can see the White box layout on the right.
Cry Havoc!I'm working on the next Kickstarter, Killer Rabbits 2, featuring the thing most requested from the first Killer Rabbits Kickstarter- more hounds!
Here's a sneak peak of some of the "greens" master sculpts that Drew Day Williams has done for me.
|Hound commander mounted on hare|
|The Jousting! Who to root for?|
|two of the 10 hounds for the Kickstar's core set.|
Ooh shiny- but when does it launch?
Glad you asked. The goal is to go live first week of August. But with a Pandemic and everything going on, I'm not committing to a hard day yet. Stay tuned for more!
Blasted from the Past
I found this picture while digging through some old boxes. Back in the early 90's I managed to score some mis casts from my friend Tim DuPertuis, owner of Armor Cast. I think I traded him some of the Bunkers I made for them.
I made 4 terrain pieces from the bits I got. A bunker made out of a Reaver Titan carapace, a reaver arm in a crater, a reaver gun with some built up area, and this knocked out Ginormous baneblade tank.
We used to game at our local game store, Gamescape, and I had all of these pieces in the display case there. One day I got a call from Dianna, the store manager. Robin Williams had come into the store and liked all my pieces and wanted to buy them! I had met Robin a few times previous to this, as we both lived in the Castro district at the time. By now, he had bought his house in the Sea Cliff area (a really cool, yet posh part of San Francisco).
After talking a bit, We settled on a price and picked them up. Later, Robin commissioned me to paint up a set of commissars for him, which I delivered to his house. I got to see some of his eldar collection, which was vast!
I hope that Robin had fun playing with these pieces. I'm not sure what happened to them. Someone on FB said that his daughter Zelda was posting pics of his toys and asking questions about what they were, so maybe they will pop back up.
A Robot Royal in Peril!
Empress V, Queen Victoria's personal automaton envoy has been shot down by the Nefarious Baron Bomburust and his Cytherian (the Victorian word for Venusian) hordes. Can the Royal Robot Brigades rescue her in time?
|Empress V and her robo Corgi|
|the lady from every angle! Yay Woodens!|
As there was no Salute this year (along with so many other things in the world) I wanted to show off some of the "actors" that would have featured in the game I was going to run this year. The main focus of the game was a rescue of the Empress crashed in the center of the 10 x 12 foot floor top game table, and using my Wooden Wars rules- which of course means bouncing real rubber balls into your opponent's troops to knock them over. (See my Wooden Wars links to the right for more).
|Captain Schilling, formerly of the Rapa-nui Regulars, rescues the Empress|
Baron Bomburst's troops consist of his own robotic inventions, and a horde of the indiginous Cytherian hordes- giants all!
|V.O.G.'s or Venusian Otherworldly Gentlemen lead the robots|
And lastly, some of the Queen's own troops. Stalwart lads all with proper regulation mustachios.
Although I am bummed that I've not had the chance to run a a game of Wooden Wars for you all at Salute this year,there are much more important things to worry about and be thankful for, like my currently healthy friends and family. I'll get to to run this next year, which gives me time to make it even shinier- and hope to see you all there!
Cheers! Stay safe and be well.
|from prototype to hero model|
Of Ships and Space and Sealing Wax...Continuing to build all the parts for my upcoming Kessel Run Race game,
Last time we covered the Summa-Verminoth and the Tie fighters, so this time we'll finish up with the other parts needed for the game. As always, I need to make a list of things to check off so here's the current list.
Game table mat- aka the race track
Correlian Freighter ships on stands-with dice holders
Asteroids on stands - Foam and wood bases
Tie Fighters on stands with dice holders - acrylic
Gun sticks - cut from acrylic
Summa-Verminoth Boss monster
D6's (have these)
I first started with a basic shape, because the size of the thing and the structure of how it would work on a stand was really important. These things have to stand up to game play, hold the right amount of detail, and not crowd each other as I have a finite size that the race track could be. I first did drawings on paper scanned and made a few scale sizes in photoshop- then cut them out and played with them for a bit to see what would work best. Paper prototyping, or cardboard is a fantastic way to play around with the pieces and get a good "real world" feeling for the piece.
|Testing the size of the stand against the Tie Fighters|
After I got the size I wanted, I needed to really make a ship that looked like the Millennium Falcon. Luckily there are tons of wonderful blue print type layouts on the internets; I found one I liked and used it to draw over using Lasercad- the vector drawing cool I use for my laser cutter.
|Corellian Ship yards|
AsteroidsThe asteroids are standard foam. I cut them with a knife, shaped them with a hot glue gun, then painted them with a dark black/brown mix of house paint mixed with a bit of Golden course pumice gel to give the outside some more texture. When dry (takes 24 hours). After that a bit of drybrush with grey and some raw umber. Bases are laser cut base and dowels, rattle canned gloss black.
|bases were made to not interfere with the ships|
|finished asteroid on the track. sorry I don't have any closeups of asteroids|
My game play space is two fold out tables from Costco, which measure roughly 4 x 6 feet when put together. I've made a stretcher bar to fit my table, which I use to stretch canvas over when painting my gaming mats. For the Space mat, I had a piece of black died canvas, that would work perfectly.
|Ready for painting|
Then I took the canvas out into the back yard and using black, grey and rust red spray paint commenced to paint out the worm hole style track.
|Done and awaiting peeling Ironing the tape down really helped|
|Detail of the Boss fight area|
Done and Done
|Track with a race in progress|
|Starting line up.|
|Tie fighter squadron fires at a player|
|Summa Verminoth looking for a snack!|
|Working on a 1/12th scale Millennium Falcon at M5, back in the 90's|
|laying tape down to figure out the track. Lots of iteration!|
|Spent Thursday Night doing the sketch, then scanned and printed a few copies|
|I used glue stick to attach the paper to craft foam, and then cut it out. This was not as easy as I hoped|
|Ended up doing 2 layers to get more form and shape.|
|A face only a mother could love|
|rough prototype of the Falcon. Actually this is rev 2, or 3...|
|Tie fighter squad. Etched plexi painted in.|
During my "research" I came across this awesome anime short.