Thursday, August 18, 2016

Exotic Adversaries for Silver Tower

Getting ready for our first game of Silver Tower at the club, I discovered that new adversaries could be added to the random encounter tables during play. These are called Exotic Adversary Groups. So I built a couple.

The first is this Exalted Flamer, which comes from the Burning Chariot kit for Chaos Demons.

It turned out to be the biggest model in the set so far. That's a 40mm base hiding under the entire floating disk structure.

From the same kit comes the Herald of Tzeentch. There are many, many optional parts to build this relatively small model. But, because he comes with an Arcane Tome in the adversary description in the game, I made sure to build him with a book.

Both these models were painted primarily with the airbrush.

Our first play experience in Silver Tower was fun...but the heroes ultimately lost, as enemies spawned faster than they could be dispatched. Looking forward to attempt number two.

Well, that's going to be it for Silver Tower models for a while. Time to turn to other projects.

'Til next time.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Heroes for Silver Tower

With all the Silver Tower adversaries painted, and a game coming up on Tuesday, it was time to get some heroes ready for the table. Four of these are from the boxed set, and one is an Age of Sigmar individual that has stats for the game.

The large 32mm format for these figures gives you lots of detail to paint. Really like these figures.

First up was the Exalted Deathbringer. I bought this figure separately as my own hero for Silver Tower. No reason other than it's a pretty cool looking miniature.

Then there is the Warpriest and Gryph-hound. Nothing quite like a dog crossed with a gryphon and painted like a tiger!

This is the magic user from the set, called a Mistweaver.

Tank = Knight-questor. Actually kind of fond of the standard Sig-marines paint scheme. That gold and blue looks good on the table.

Finally in this batch we have the Darkoath barbarian dude. Lots of nicely sculpted and sharply cast detail on this figure.

The Silver Tower boxed set does allow for adversary expansion, so I've started working on a Herald of Tzeentch. We'll see how he turns out.

'Til next time.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Ogroid Thaumaturge and Gaunt Summoner

Finally, the last two adversary models from Silver Tower...done. I was traveling for a week and then got sick as a dog for another week. These guys should have come off the table some time ago...but better done late than never.

The models are fairly large, and required a bit of effort to finish off. Can't say I'm a big fan of my final work on them, but it sure does feel good to be a huge step closer to playing the game.

Speaking of which, the only thing left to do now is paint up some heroes. Here are some members of the first batch on the table...a few partially painted at this point.

Hope to get a game of Silver Tower going next week at the club. Fingers crossed!

'Til next time.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

More Silver Tower Denizens

Almost two months in, and I can see the end of the Silver Tower painting project...just not quite there yet. However, this week, I got a lot closer by finishing off the 8 Chaos Familiars and 2 Deathstalker models.

The Familiars are great little models; full of whimsey. There are the walking books, the fish, dragonettes and..."moon-headed guys"...whatever they are. I felt I had the freedom to really go to town on these guys and just make up all sorts of outrageous paint schemes. So, that's what happened.

The Deathrunner model was pretty cool. I had done some Skaven last year, so was familiar with how I'd approach doing this guy.

A simple paint scheme, but the model is strong enough to show off with just minimal paint attention.

Well, all that's left on the adversary side of the game is the Ogroid and Gaunt Summoner. They are next!

'Til next time.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Baleful Realmgates

GW has a pile of new terrain pieces out for Age of Sigmar, and these Baleful Realmgate models caught my eye. A short build and painting project to make up for the pitiful gate model I've been using in the D&D game.

Hmmm, the paint job on the box art is much more impressive. Think I'll throw this box away an imagine I never saw it. ;^)

'Til next time.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Painting Skeletons: Step-by-Step

When it comes to assembly line painting lots of figures for a table-top army, it doesn't get much easier than skeletons. Here's a quick way to get lots of skellies on the table.

First, the main set of painting operations are laid out here for you. White base coat, a home-made dark wash, bone, umber and then aged white.

So, I've started with some skeleton archers from the GW Tomb Kings Skeleton Warriors box. Here, assembled and based with sand.

The simple process begins with a base coat of white spray.

Next is a brushed-on coat of home-made dark wash. The recipe is pretty straightforward: floor wax, a little black paint and a little dark brown paint. Finally, a touch of matt medium to take the shine off. Here, the base coated white models are on the left, and the dark-washed models are on the right.

Next comes a light overspray of Vallejo Skeleton Bone. You can see it applied to the models on the right in this photo.

The next step is a glaze of Umber Wash. That's Umber Wash mixed with some Vallejo Glaze Medium. Here, the skeletons on the right have the glaze layer applied.

Finally, each model gets a final spray of Aged White, just from the top down.

Once all the bone is done, it's time to paint in the few details on the models. This includes the bows, quivers and a few bits of armor and jewelry.

And then it's time to finish off the bases. These are done with the Foundry Base Sand set of colors. Quick and perfectly fine table-top quality models. Ready for just about any game system you care to use.

'Til next time.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Grot Scuttlings...And A Lot To Throw Away

The Silver Tower project continues. Today, the Grot Scuttlings came off the hobby table. Hmmm, really don't like these figures much. But now at least they're painted, and the whole project is more than half over. Next will be the Deathrunner, I think.

OK, Warmachine Mk3 is out. That means that all my Mk2 stuff is garbage. So I pulled out all my Mk2 unit cards.

Ouch...and this went into the garbage.

Oh well, that's the way of it. Had another Mk3 game this evening with Elliot and had a good time. Still pretty rusty with my rules so far...but playing to get better. Liking my new Thyra list.

'Til next time.