In case you did not know, Printable Scenery just had a Kickstarter for Hagglethorn Hollow 3d printing files.
As I was following it I saw in the comments that someone had researched the thatch roof weights and found a historical example of Roman fishing net weights made of terracotta.
This made a lot more sense to me than grey stone so I went back and repainted the roof weights I recently did. I think I prefer the contrast given by grey colored weights aesthetically but the terracotta color makes more sense to me intellectually and Mrs. GG likes this color better.
As an aside, we decided to back the 3d print campaign even though we have no intention to get into 3d printing. We love all the new Hagglethorn Hollow designs by Johnny Fraser-Allen and they will add to our original resin cast pieces…. if we can find a good printing service to make the models for us. We are hoping a professional printing service can reduce the print lines we see so commonly with hobby print services. Some folks have recommended Shapeways but I am unsure about using them. Do you have any recommendations?
Even if we get stuck with print lines we are hoping the quirky, organic aesthetic of the models will work better with print lines compared to many other designs.
Something else we saw in the comments on the KS…
Recently fellow blogger Kuribo helped me out by suggesting AK Interactive Ultra Matte Clear Coat Varnish to deal with models that just will not get matte enough with the usual acrylic matte clear coat varnishes.
It has worked a treat. In fact it is so good that sometimes it can be too matte. But it really helped on this Warg and this bear, both of which were still too glossy for my taste with Army Painter and Vallejo Matte Clear Coats. You have to experiment with it as it seems different depending on the surface. Sometimes it is great but other times it visually flattens the appearance, undermining the effect of washes and highlighting. It can make some things look chalky but it does tend to work very well for stone and I like it on Dwarven Forge stone walls.
So, thank you Kuribo! You can read his blog here…
I also decided to go back and try a few things on the Reaper translucent Nymph I did earlier.
My plan was to experiment a bit before starting on the big group of translucent minis we have. I wanted to try some more washes, Citadel contrast paint and dry brushing with my usual Army Painter paints.
The washes went ok for her hair and skimpy attempt at modesty but not so well for her wings. So I dry brushed the wings with one of the new Army Painter metallic colors. I then went a solid neon green for her eyes, trying to get a magical look. Then I decided on an overalls dry brush to bring out some of the details. It started good but I got too carried away, a common risk with dry brushing, and the mini started to lose its translucency. Worse the mold lines become apparent and the soft material is difficult to trim well. I got some of the excess dry brushing off but there is still more on there than what would be optimal.
Still, I am satisfied with it. And it helped me with these…
A pair of Reaper Elementals with simple dry brushing. I also added a complete Army Painter gloss coat on Water Elemental but just a few random spots of gloss on the Fire Elemental to help it catch the light a bit. I had experimented with more complex dry brushing with different colors and washes on the Fire Elemental but did not it so removed them and went back to the simple dry brushed Army Painter Moon Dust Yellow.
We have been committed to playing Ghost Archipelago at some point, having backed one of the Nickstarters from North Star Miniatures awhile ago… but I have been toying with the idea of trying Rangers of Shadow Deep, even though I should not be thinking of more games! Frostgrave itself did not appeal to me due to the wintery setting and the additional financial drain. However, researching Ghost Archipelago and Rangers of Shadow Deep got me thinking more and more of Frostgrave. Then I saw folks doing their own take on game, with things like Forestgrave, Wetgrave (Venice), Sandgrave, Junglegrave, etc.
So when I found some Frostgrave books at discounted prices I decided to reallocate money set aside for Kickstarter miniatures to going down the Frostgrave path…. Now, what non-frosty setting should I go for?
And for those of you with experience in the *grave series of games, what advice do you have for a new player like me getting started?
Bear in mind, my thinking on all three of these games is that they should be integrated into our Tarnished Splendor project so set in our version of the 7th Sea universe. Getting to the Ghost Archipelago via navigating the dimension connecting 7th Sea seems conveniently appropriate.
In other news, we finished the first season of Loki and loved it. Disney has really been getting the Marvel movies and TV shows right as far as we are concerned. Tom Hiddleston was perfect as Loki.
I thought there was only going to be one season but looks like I was wrong. We are both looking forward to more of this show as well as more of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in general. Hopefully Black Widow will be free on Disney+ soon.
Season 5 of Van Helsing is out and I started watching it.
Not bad so far, certainly better than some of the previous seasons. And certainly better than a number of similar shows, the kind Mrs. GG does not like to watch.
Normally Mrs. GG does not like to watch post-apoc movies or tv shows but she is enjoying Sweet Tooth….
…. which I am also very much enjoying. Gus, the main character with the nickname Sweet Tooth, reminds me of my son. Mrs. GG says “Big Man”, the large guy that begins to travel with Gus, reminds her of me…. which my mother agreed with. An interesting observation on how I am perceived by some folks that know me well. And so I guess he will do as my Doppelgänger for this post.
So what are you watching these days? What games are you playing? What minis are you painting? Please feel free to leave a comment, ask a question or just say hello!