It has been a challenging week, so not as much finished as I would have liked. From spending entirely too much time online to various real world issues… there have been entirely too many distractions that have disrupted my painting mojo. So, my apologies for this blog entry being a few days later than planned.
I have finished tweaking the factory paint work on some of our new Dwarven Forge pieces as well as made a couple of small objective markers/scatter terrain.
Oh, and a giant snail. No idea how we are going to use the snail yet but I was in the mood to paint it.
I have tried to make the DF terrain look a little bit different to add some individuality to repeat sculpts. Again I was surprised by the little details that had been hidden by the factory paint work.. like the little lizard I painted brown. One thing we love about the DF sculpts is that they have little animals just like what I tried to add to our scratch built terrain.
My wife decided to experiment with our new Dwarven Forge pieces to put together a build… just to see what she could come up with and how the pieces can all work together. As you can see the pieces can create quite the sprawling environment, even when laid out spontaneously rather than to a plan.
I think the photos show how well the cavern, cavern deep and Erinthor mountain pieces all work together color wise. The only jarring piece to my eye is the one dungeon piece… that particular shade of grey just stands out too much amongst the other pieces.
We have been experimenting with road ideas but have not found a solution we love yet.
This one is in the lead so far but using mountain terrain trays to create cobblestone roads is expensive when you add in the cost of the negative space transition banks.
It is also frustrating that I am increasingly in love with Dwarven Forge pieces and really want to completely phase out our golf course green Games Workshop grass mat. Considering how long it is yet before we have our Wildlands pledge, more Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game skirmishes in our continuing Battle Companies campaign look to be quite some time off.
However I do feel now that we are going to have an epic table for our Cave Drake campaign finale.
In other frustrating news, following some reviews I saw online I decided to experiment with an inexpensive paint shaker to help with some issues I have been having my the paints.
The results were mediocre for a few weeks until this week the machine broke. I was unable to repair it myself so that was an annoying waste of time, money and effort.
I have spent a lot of time, too much probably, on the Dwarven Forge forums… learning a lot about Dwarven Forge pieces and the DF Community. There are a number of amazing builds on display, lots of advice and help with questions. Plenty of friendly, experienced people on there. But it has not gone completely smooth and at times has reminded me why I left Facebook. Still, the good has outweighed the bad. And much of my difficulties online are down to my own outspoken personality. As it has been repeatedly said to me over the years, I think too much, I care too much and I wear my heart on my sleeve.
For much of my adult life I have been required to keep my opinions to myself due to my career choices in the military and law enforcement. So these days, now that I am a much more free person I feel the urge to speak my mind. Needless to say this does not always go well… especially as I am a somewhat vain person with a strange mix of confidence (that some consider arrogance) and insecurity.
It was interesting to see that despite the two different 7th Sea kickstarters (which we did not participate in) continue to have fulfillment problems there appears to be a 7th Sea boardgame in development.
The premise sounds good and I like the artwork so far.
Games Workshop really surprised me with some new Easterling troops on the horizon…
Dragon Cult Acolytes… I am thinking these are pure GW but does anyone know of Tolkien mentioning such a thing?
I see Archon Studios is getting ready for their Dungeons & Lasers 3 Kickstarter…. and that our D&L2 pledge should be getting shipped out in 2 to 3 weeks. They are looking to unlock some things for the next KS through folks subscribing for the KS start notification.
If you are curious about D&L 3, it is focused on the village of Woodhaven… so buildings, townsfolk and villagers that are compatible with the previous D&L pieces.
CMON just closed their Wild West Zombicide Kickstarter, having raised over 3 million Dollars.
Lots of great sculpts, and it was tempting but we just can not do another game/genre. I particularly liked Sheriff Mittens.
The Hagglethorn Hollow Kickstarter from Tabletop Troubadour continues to have issues. We have been dismayed by the continuing poor communication. Yes, we had the brief unboxing video… and now the first post on the TT Facebook page since April last year. That post is good news, the first backer getting their pledge by picking it up in person in New Zealand. The four photos show the sheer size of what the full pledge shipping boxes looks like and photos of the family enjoying the buildings in a game. The buildings look good from what we can see. However this is marred by unclear delays in the US delivery and no new word on EU delivery. So when, if ever, we get our full pledge remains unknown.
The Dwarven Forge Wildlands Kickstarter is having some issues apparently and whilst some of the things are on schedule others are not… so we potentially seen a split shipment which I suspect will further add to the costs. If they send out the first part, that should be June. Since we have been phasing some of our terrain out we are relying on the VERY large factory painted pledge we made on Wildlands for our main gaming projects.
Reaper Bones 5 Kickstarter pledge delivery is on schedule for April, my birth month. We pledged big on this one, so ALOT of minis in Bones Black and the big frigate. My painting backlog will grow quite a bit from this.
Monster Fight Club’s Icy Wilds Kickstarter pledge delivery is on schedule for July. More factory painted trees and small scatter accessories for us. We did decide for budget reasons not to dip into the winter biome and instead focused on summer/autumn temperate biome pieces.
Our Firelock Games Blood and Plunder: Raise the Black Kickstarter pledge is on schedule to arrive in October. A decent sized pledge so a good bit more unpainted figures and two sloops to add to my workload.
For sci-fi our Core Space: First Born pledge is scheduled to arrive in October.
Then in November we should be getting our One Ring (Second Edition) RPG Kickstarter pledge.
This next Kickstarter is one we do not plan on backing but we do find it very interesting and it is clearly popular..
There are several videos on YouTube about the dice. Expensive and does a lot of things we do not need but we wish the creator success.
Are you backing any of these kickstarters? Are you particularly excited or disappointed by any of them? Are you backing any kickstarters that we are not that you want to talk about? Leave a comment and let us know!