Thursday, August 11, 2016

Alive! Alive I tell you! My creations are alive!

A quick update to share my new sculpts now that they've had a dash of paint

I als knocked together a tiny 1x1x1 cm gelatinous cube out of hotglue using DmScotty's method.
Got to keep them dungeon corridors clean don't you know ;-)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

More 6mm Fantasy Madness!

So after being well and truly bitten by the 6mm fantasy bug I found to my great dismay that there seems to be a frightning lack of 6mm dungeon monsters on the market.
There's only a handfull of companies making 6mm fantasy and while some of them have fairly extensive ranges most of it is your standard humanoid armies with the occasional riding beast thrown in.
Now there are some really nice beasties scattered throughout Microworlds ranges that I've got my eye on. And I really like, and have bought the whole small, Rapier Miniatures Greek myth line( more on that in a different post later).
But true dungeon crawl monsters like say carrion crawlers, beholders, rust monsters, etc. have so far eluded my search.

If I wanted monsters there was only one thing left for me to do...

Time to dig out the greenstuf and sculpting tools and start leafing through the old Monster Manual in search of critters that were within my sculpting powers ;-)

I started by making some armatures form sewing pins and started slapping on the greenstuf

The first mini I did was an Othyug

As you can see I forgot to add the third leg left off the third leg to avoid ip infringement lawsuits.

Next a Grell (easy Peasy, basically my 6mm Cephalod aliens but sans the eye and with a few tentacles more)

And then a Carrion crawler
This one came out a little different then I had first envisioned him but sometimes when I'm sculpting things just naturaly flow in a certain direction and I simply go with it. All in all I'm quite pleased with how it came out.

Added a Microworld barbarian for size comparison
By this time I felt ready to tackle the beholder. Looking it up in my trusty Monster Manual I found that a beholder is a four foot sphere. So in 6mm scale that would be...   ... 4mm...    ...gulp.
Well I think I managed to pull it of, though I did cut back on the number of eyestalks as I felt it would be a bit to crowded.

The next three minis were an experiment in sculpting with a mixture of greenstuff and milliput which I had read about online and had been wanting to try out. I am almost ashamed to admit that I can't even remember what the benefits of this mixture were suposed to be but hey I knew it was possible so...

I give you the Purple Worm, Roper and the Rust Monster

There was something about that Rust Monster...
After staring long and hard at him I have decided to call him Bowser :-))

And here they are assembled ,based and ready to paint as I ponder which monsters to tackle next.

Suggestions, critiques and comments always welcome.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Heroquest Nano

First of, as you can see, Planet Ares VI is branching out into fantasy, doesn't mean I've given up on scifi just broadening my horizons ;-)

I actually started this project more than a year ago but it got packed up when we moved to our new house. Fast forward to about a week ago when I ordered a copy of a new 6mm dungeon crawler called Pocket Quest which caused me to dig it out again and finally finish it.

Ok enough history lessons, "Get on with it!"

If you want to play Heroquest you need a board.
Being the magnet nut that I am I decided to build mine completely out of magnetic paper.

then I painted it using sponges for the larger areas and a size 0 brush for the details.

On to the the minis.
I sent an email to Steven Salotti over at Microworld Games and asked if he would make a special Heroquest pack for me as I only needed a few of each type of figure.
Got a reply the same day saying "no problem" and "which minis would I like?" 
Here's what I ended up ordering:

8 Orcs (orc warriors)

6 Goblins (goblin warriors)

3 Fimir (dread ogers?)

4 Chaos Warriors ( Alliance Destroyers)

1 Chaos Warlock ( dark alliance command sorcerer )

1 Gargoyle (minotaur lord)

4 Skeletons (skeleton spearmen)

2 Zombies ( zombies or ghouls)

2 Mummies (wraiths ?)

1 Barbarian ( alliance barbarian)

1 Dwarf (dwarf berserker)

1 Elf (wood elf hero)

1 Wizard (wood elf sorcerer)

As you can see I had to make some allowances as certain models were not available at that time and I had to pick something that would feel similar.
On the other hand at $13.50 USD for all the minis shipping USA to Belgium included, I don't really mind buying more later if anything better should pop up.(Microworld have since released an awesome figure for the gargoyle in their demons line) 
They arrived 4 days!!! after I ordered them.

Here are the heroes: The elf, mage, dwarf and barbarian

Followed by the villains,

Everyones favourite badguys the Orcs

 Their orange skinned partners in crime the Goblins

The undead: skeletons, zombies and, because I couldn't find any mummies, specters

For some serious Evil, the Warlock and his Chaos Knights

Alas no 6mm Fimirs to be found so I decided to go with a trio of Ogers

And another placeholder until I find a good Gargoyle figure, the Minotaur King

Well thats the board and the minis sorted out, but what would Heroquest be without all the 3D senic bits?
Lots of senic bits!

16 open doors
5 closed doors
6 secret doors

2 double square cave in tiles
8 one square cave in tiles
1 set of stairs
6 pit traps
1 wizard's work table
2 ordinary tables
3 treasure chests
12 skull tokens

Bookcases and wardrobe

Torture and weaponrack

Altar and tomb

And finally after more than a year the fireplace, stone block traps(bronze plated for that extre Oomph!) and the chair.

And so now our heroes can finally move into their dungeon.

And there was much rejoicing...

Due to a combination of making them fit a certain amount of squares on the board and this being my first time working with Milliput some of the furniture turned out a bit to large, more like 10mm scale. Oh well, the original Heroquest pieces always looked a bit to large for the minis to me to so it doesn't really bother me.

Well that's it for the base game...       ...there were a bunch of cool expantions...      ...yeah I know ;-)

Ps: for those of you wondering why I went through all this trouble for such an old game, I can only direct you to this little youtube gem  Why Heroquest is so Great