REAPER BONE MINIATURE PREPARATION

I can’t believe it’s been nearly 7 years since I’ve backed Reaper Miniatures Bones II: The Return Of Mr Bones! ; it was my first real exposure to the miniature painting hobby. Over the years, I’ve had ups and downs with these affordable figurines, and I’ve certainly learned a thing or two. By no means is this the only way to prepare a Reaper Bones Miniature, this is merely the approach I take to help illuminate those fine details before adding color.

WARHAMMER 40,000 KILL TEAM STARTER SET

During the last couple weeks I’ve begun painting the Games Workshop Warhammer 40,000 Kill Team Starter Set which I picked up months back. This was my first time painting anything from Games Workshop, and I’m blown away with the fine detail on these sculptures. They were extremely enjoyable to paint! Check out the timeline as I paint each module layer by layer. Warhammer I used the following products on these miniatures:

DIY DUNGEON & DRAGONS TERRAIN

I’ve been spending a lot of time watching Terrain building on Youtube, and Black Magic Craft has some bad ass videos! Following one of his earlier video’s I set out to make myself some realistic foam Dungeon Tiles : I decided to go all in and grabbed myself a Proxxon 37080 Hot Wire Cutter . This table makes cutting the base foam, and the 1x1 grid lines a breeze:

MORE CARDBOARD WARGAMING TERRAIN

I wasn’t completely satisfied how my paper craft shipping container came out. I thought I could probably do better terrain with cardboard and acrylic paints. That is when Scotty’s awesome DIY 3D Ruins from Cardboard Miniature Terrain gave me some much needed inspiration. Shortly there after I set off on constructing my own scene out of a cardboard box. I managed to constructer 8 pieces in just a couple of days using basic craft supplies:

EXCELLENT WARGAME TERRAIN

I’ve been wanting to play some Star Wars Legion , but don’t have a lot of large terrain to make the matches interesting. Thats when I noticed a had a large pile of cardboard boxes laying in the corner. I originally thought about create structure from this cardboard and painting them, but then I got an idea, why not print out artwork and textures and glue it to the card board.

BLENDER 2.8 HAS REACHED LIGHT SPEED!

With the release of Blender 2.8 I figured it was time to dive back in and see what all the hype was about. I immediately noticed a much cleaner, and much improved user interface. The software really feels like it’s reached the modern generation, huge kuddos to the development team! Due to all the changes, and my time away from Blender I needed a little help relearning the fundamentals. This was where the official Blender channel blew me away.

LORD OF THE RINGS CARD GAME TRACKER

Lately, I’ve been playing a bit of The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game by Fantasy Flight . The game is seriously fun and quite strategic. Like most strategy games, there is a lot of token and phase tracking, something I thought could be easier with a simple web application! Introducing LotR TCG Tracker !

DIGITAL TABLE TOP BOX

After seeing a lot of people in the community building either digital tables or boxes I decided to give it a shoot. A couple of 1x6 and hardware from the local bulk store, and an affordable Insignia 32-inch 720p HD Smart LED TV from Amazon.

INSPIRATION FOR A GUILDMASTERS' GUIDE TO RAVNICA CAMPAIGN

After picking up D&D Dungeons & Dragons - Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica I quickly realized how easy it would be to use Magic Inspiration for the Ravnica setting. This application’s source code can be found on my Github.

USING MAGIC THE GATHERING ART FOR D&D IDEAS

Recently I’ve spent a bit time reading some of Dragon+ Magazine articles, one particularly grabbed my attention. Using Magic Cards as D&D Items presents a very interesting way to craft items, using Magic the Gathering cards, one can gain inspiration for their next +1 Dagger, or even an Elven Stronghold. I think the reason I so quickly latched on to this idea was because Magic the Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons are two of my favorite games, plus I really dig the Ixala art work, I mean who hasn’t fantasized about riding a dinosaur to work.