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.

For the ...

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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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Building those trees

Trees are one of those things, every wargamer has in their terrain-box. Sometimes trees (and woods) are even the only pieces of terrain for a gaming table available.

Trees for model-railways are the go-tos for easy forest-building. But trees made from wire and flock are also often used.

For the scale of 28 mm wargaming, those trees suffice. Yes, there’s always a better way, but using high-quality model-trees makes for excellent wargaming forests.

For my RPG battlemaps, I wanted something a bit different. Something invoking a certain mood – and so I printed some trees on my 3D printer.

Using files from, I scaled the trunks to not only get different forms, but also different sized trees.


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Printing the Dungeon

For a long time, I didn’t want to own a 3D printer. Too expensive, too loud, too slow. And, after all, I could build almost everything by hand, using styrofoam and a hotwire cutter.

But now, 3D printing has become affordable, the printers smaller and less complicated to assemble. So, finally, I took the plunge and bought a da Vinci Nano, a very small entry level 3D printer.

OK, there were some troubles at the start, and printing is still slow, but at least the things that come out of the little printer, look quite good. And as to the noise – it’s bearable.

So, starting off small, I began by printing tables and chairs for my 13th Age group – and then I found the Dungeon Sticks.

While most Dungeon building systems have floor tiles and interlocking walls, the Dungeo Sticks consist of walls t...

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Tabletop World – Houses for Professionals

Tabletop World is known for their high-detail 28 mm houses. But those high-quality resin models are not cheap.

So, this is what you get:

Every building has a detachable roof and a fully modelled interior. It’s therefore useable with any kind of wargame or your RPG system (as long as you use miniatures with it).

When it comes to painting, be prepared to spend quite some time, discovering ever more details in the process. Depending on your level of skill and motivation, you might finally come up with something like this:

So, are those models worth their price? Quite so.

Do you need them? Probably, yes.

Will I get more of them? Definitely, yes.

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