More Humblewood-Minis

Just a short update on my Humblewood minis. Duncan Shadow has a very, very cool collection of anthropomorphic animals on MyMiniFactory – and here is a Hedge(hog) paladin in full armour, a Jebeen (mouse) rogue/ranger and a Mapach (racoon) rogoue.

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Entering Humblewood

Vacations in our gaming group will make it necessary to pause the ongoing D&D campaign for a while. So, I decided to plan a shorter campaign for a smaller group, even a 1 on 1.

While planning something in my homebrew setting, I changed my mind and gave Humblewood a new chance. I have had the book for a while now, loving the artwork, but never really bothering to read the campaign. I admit, I was disliking the notion of playing plushies…

But now, reading into the campaign, I think the artwork is just plain wrong. It is great, don’t get me wrong, but it transports the wrong images.

Humblewood is not nice. Not a cuddly world of plushies...

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New Dice

Just got my Norse Mythology Dice from the kickstarter I backed. Very nice dice (a bit larger than the ordinary Chessex&Co stuff), that come with a pouch for every set, a dice cup, two coins (to give out Inspiration f.i.) and a money pouch (which immediately became home to my two favourite sets, for future use).

They will probably see their first use in my upcoming Humblewood campaign…

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Heroes & Villains

After changing the LCD-Display on my Creality, the printer is working fine again – and it got quite some work to do, as I’m leaving on vacation soon and am in need of miniatures to paint when not hiking around or photographing wildlife.

But it also has provided me with some heroes and villains for future D&D adeventures.

Like my new character in our weekend-group (which goes into summer-break) – Nemmonis Drafarn, a Dragonborn Warlock, who has a pact with The Raven Queen,

 

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Working Resume

I’ve been lazy with adding content here, I admit. But I’ve not been so lazy with building and painting things.

Covid gets more and more depressing, with spring seeming to be on hold (we’ve actually had short snow-storms here in Vienna for the last days!). Not much motivation to go outside, anyhow…

So, the big build first. I’ve built the Temple of Lada, in Stjepanstoren, for my D&D campaign. Lada is the godess of love, dawn and light (taken from the old Slavic pantheon).

 

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A Battle Board for D&D

So, we finally switched to D&D 5e – with some house rules taken over from 13th Age (like the Escalation Die, Distances, etc.). What can I say, it works just fine.

But after playing RPGs with theatre of the mind for years, D&D seems to just call for miniatures – and I’ve got that covered, oh yes, I do.

But when it comes to miniatures, the next thing are Battle Mats. For those using a grid, they are essential to measure distance. To me, I just need a base on which to draw walls or place actual terrain pieces.

I use some books with battle mats, on which I can draw with a dry eraser pen, but it just doesn’t look the part.

So, I build myself a Battle Board.

Its made up of two parts, each built from 10 x 10 x 2 cm s...

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Printing Miniatures

After entering 3D printing, I looked into printing miniatures – and soon discovered, that a different kind of printer would be necessary. Resin printing seemed too much hassle, though. Too much chemicals, too much effort in cleaning and hardening…

But then I did some more research, and stumbled upon the Creality LD002R, an entry-level resin printer with filters dedicated for indoor printing.

I took the plunge, ordered the printer together with the Elegoo water washable resin and a cheap nail lamp for UV hardening.

It was a lot easier than I had thought. The first prints came off the printer:

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Building my General

As of now, I’m mustering a new Oathmark-army. I’ve not decided upon a Kingdom-build, but at least I know what I want my Leader to look like.

Or, rather, I know that he will be mounted on a fiery black stallion.

This stallion comes from Terre Ostili, is resin-printed in Italy and is one of the most lifelike models of a horse I’ve come across.

The original base was round, but for Oathmark, I prefer the oval ones, so I printed one on my Nano.

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Painting Basics

There are a lot of painting guides available, from written ones to videos. Still, every painter has their own way of doing things, and I’m no different.

But let’s get in medias res, with two models from Wizkids.

First step is the base-coat. I’m usually using a color that is slightly lighter than the tone I want to achieve. As you can see, I’m using with a LED-magnifying glass to make out the small details.

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Looking for Alternatives

Normally, I buy miniatures from the usual stores. The minis are either metal or plastic, mass produced by different companies.

But ever since I began to build armies for SAGA, I was looking for smaller companies, more exclusive models. Now, with a 3D-Printer, my search algorythm changed again.

I know about Etsy as a platform for small makers and companies for a while now, and so I thought, why not look over there? And lo and behold! I found some great things!

My first order went out to Poland, to a company named MiniaturesForge. They have really great looking renders of the models online, so I took the dive and ordered some.

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