Monday, December 5, 2016

Miniatures Monday

This week, we have another woodsman, but this fellow is wielding a sword rather than a spear. Perhaps he is a friend or traveling companion of last week's miniature?  Both this miniature and the one from last Monday are from Casting Room Miniatures in the U.K. and are part of their Scout Warriors set.  Casting Room has a nice variety of miniatures ranging from ancient and fantasy to Victorian adventurers, and they are reasonably priced.  On a side note, I'm quite pleases with the clump foliage on the base.  I think that it's easier to work with and seemingly more durable than Citadel grass.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Hobbits Invade the Museum!

Last night, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History held one of their After Dark events, and the theme was the Lord of the Rings.  There were cocktails, games, sword fighting demonstrations, a costume contest, and a showing of the 1977 Rankin and Bass animated Hobbit film.  It was a lot of fun, and I feel very lucky to have a museum that does this sort o thing.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Miniatures Monday

This week, we leave the night-haunted crypts behind and step out into the fresh air of the autumn forest.  Here we have a doughty woodsman with a spear tracking some unseen prey.  Is it a wild board or something more sinister?  This wasn't an overly complicated miniature to paint, but I decided to try a bit of clump foliage on the base to spice it up.  I was pretty pleased with the results, and I think that I will keep using his on future outdoor themed bases.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving or Thursday: Whichever you celebrate :-)

While it is a specific U.S. holiday, my wish to all of my readers is the same.  May your food not fight back, and may your travel plans not be thwarted by gigantic, mutant bird-monsters.  I realize that this is just a re-colored version of last year's picture, so I apologize for not having anything original this year.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Miniatures Monday

Well, the Silent Sorcerer hasn't yet managed to eradicate the undead infestation welling up from the crypts beneath the Tower, so this week we have a couple of photos of another skeleton.  This fellow has a pretty hefty axe, so normal doors aren't going to be much help!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Time is running out to back Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea!

There are only 56 hours left to back the Kickstarter for Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea by +Jeff Talanian!  For just $59, you can get a hardcover edition plus a map and a PDF.  For just $99, you can get the foil stamped special edition.  If you're into Wwords & Sorcery, what are you waiting for, a sign from the Elder Gods?  If so, consider this your sign!  If you would like to know even more about the game, check out the official website.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Miniatures Monday

Well, Halloween may be past, but the restless dead continue to infest the Tower of the Silent Sorcerer.  Here we have two views of an animated skeleton wielding a corroded greatsword.  Sadly, I can't remember who made the miniature, so I can't point you in the direction of getting one of your own.  Overall, it's a simple paint job, but I'm quite pleased with how the corrosion on the sword turned out.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Miniatures: Works in Progress

I've really been neglecting this blog lately.  No Weird Adventure Wednesdays, no crappy illustrations, and not too many miniatures.  This doesn't mean that I haven't been working on anything, just that I've been too lazy to post much.  My plan is to get back into drawing and other things, but in the mean time, here are some works in progress.  I've been using a lot of green paint lately. :-)

Monday, November 7, 2016

Miniatures Monday

With Halloween now past, it's time to return to some more corporeal miniatures.  I've always been a fan or orcs and goblins, and I've always felt that spears get short shrift in roleplaying games.  So this week, we have an orc warrior with a spear.  The miniature is from Reaper Miniatures, and you can get one of your own here for $4.99.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Kickstarter Ennui

So, my Conan board game Kickstarter rewards arrived on 26 October, and I have yet to open it.  I should be exited, but 20 months after pledging, I just really don't care.  I backed it for the miniatures, but even those fail to excite me anymore.  Given that the rulebook is by the creators' own admission, a mess, I'm unlikely to even try to play it until I have a printed copy of the new version in my hands.  This is my trouble with Kickstarter.  Many of them look cool and lure me in, but past a certain point, I lose interest.  Oh, well.  At least I have a bunch of new sword and sorcery miniatures (221 to be exact).   Does anyone else find themselves generally feeling blah about Kickstarters once they arrive?

Two Boxes.  I don't have room for this stuff.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Miniatures Monday: Beware the Barrow Downs!

Since it's Halloween, we will continue with the undead theme and also with a figure from Mithril Miniatures.  This one is a barrow wight, which sadly no longer appears to be available.  I bought this back when I was in college, but I just never got around to painting it.  The paint job was fairly easy, being mostly black with progressively lighter shades of grey as highlights.  I was hoping to make the sword look a bit eerie with a light coating of Nihilak Oxide, but that really didn't work out.  Overall though, I'm fairly happy with the results.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Jack Chick Joins Black Leaf.

Jack Chick, fundamentalist cartoonist and RPG hater seems to have died at the age of 92.  For those of you who might not be familiar, Chick wrote cartoon pamphlets known as Chick Tracts designed to be handed out by evangelist folks.  They cast dispersion on what he viewed as the evils of many thing.  One of his most famous (for the RPG Community) was Dark Dungeons, which focused on the evils of fantasy roleplaying games, however it is far from his most infamous.  I'd link to his site, but I have a rather strict no hate speech policy on my blog.