It has taken me awhile to finish this lot as I have had, and continue to have, a lot of ongoing projects. Some of these pieces have been been more challenging than I expected. I know these things are not as glamorous as high end miniature heroes and monsters but they are the bread and butter building blocks of cool gaming table setups.
The Monster Fight Club terrain was not as difficult as I expected, in part because the Pokorny Paints we bought from Dwarven Forge are excellent to work with and help make matching the DF pieces easier. As you can see here I used some greenstuff to add foliage tonten rocks in the same style as the what the DF pieces generally have. I decided against adding any foliage to the smaller “partially submerged” rocks as these were MFC KS exclusive resin pieces which we are unlikely to get more of, unlike the larger plastic rocks.
With the MFC rock pieces a key point was to use a Citadel Sepia wash to “warm” them up. I also used greenstuff to sculpt some fallen leaves on this piece…
… which cleverly has a cave hidden behind the wall of vines.
The MFC pieces are flatter and more blocky looking than much of the DF pieces but that can be helped by mixing in DF pieces… if they are painted to compliment each other. The DF piece is in the center, surrounded by MFC pieces.
In addition to these I decided to spruce up, if you will pardon the pun, a 3d printed fallen tree from our mate Tom over at…
I am still a bit fussy about 3d print lines but Mrs. GG is more forgiving. She is pretty excited about the current Printable Scenery Hagglethorn Hollow Kickstarter.
While we have no intention of taking up 3d printing we are considering backing the KS just so we can have the files to get someone else to print things for us. We think the quirky, organic design aesthetic of Hagglethorn Hollow may be more forgiving of print lines but that could also be us being over optimistic.
Another idea I had was to modify toy trees. Schleich toy trees are not generally cheap but they are as robust as DF trees. Collects and Safari toy trees are a bit cheaper but really the trick is to get lucky on eBay with second hand toys.
I really thought I had made a mistake with these all the way up until they were finished. Now I am satisfied with them. Not as good as DF trees but some diversity for tropical plants at least.
Most of the work was getting the bases to look decent on the Deep Cut Studio neoprene mat. These prehistoric trees should work fine for primordial tropical plantlife in Tarnished Splendor, especially when mixed with DF swamp trees and old, out of production Citadel jungle trees that we have.
The Schleich Mopane tree, normally only found in Afria, will likely find more use than just savannah maps as it seems too cool to use so rarely… but we will have to wait and see. Certainly the odds of getting any more for a decent price are low.
In other news I binged on the Netflix tv series “Kingdom”. The more I watched the more hooked I got. Unfortunately when you really relate with a character that connection can hurt when they do something foolish or something bad happens to them. The two seasons worth of shows flew by. There were some annoying plot holes but I found myself caring about characters and wondering what was coining next. It was over all too soon. Or was it?
No word on a third season but there is a special additional episode coming…
I really hope this show gets picked up for more seasons as two just is not enough for me.
For decent undead storytelling Undeadwood was also fun to watch. A group of folks, including Matt Mercer of Critical Role and Khary Payton (Ezekiel) of the Walking Dead, role playing the investigation of supernatural events in the infamous town of Deadwood.
Watching these folks role playing was much more enjoyable than I expected. The story line was a bit underwhelming but the interactions between the players and game master were entertaining enough to carry it. Most of the time, as much as I enjoy role playing, I can not enjoy watching folks role play on YouTube. This one was different and I hope to find more like this.
Something I found that was not good was Day of the Dead: Bloodlines. This remake managed to be worse than the original, which is saying quite a lot.
The ending was very, very different from the original and was surprisingly bad…. Despite being the kind of ending that in theory I should enjoy.
Also bad was this version of Robin Hood…
… despite a stellar cast the writing was abysmal. The costuming and set design was about on par with Costner’s Prince of Thieves version but Costner’s was much better due to the writing and fight choreography. There was obviously a lot of work put into this version but it falls so far short of its potential. This could have been a good movie and that is what makes me most sad/disappointed. We watched it in English but I could not find an English language trailer. My favorite character, with the best lines, was the Welsh bowyer but he had all too few scenes.