Tabletop Gaming – Unfathomable Painting Guide

My most recent painting guide in Tabletop Gaming magazine covered the creatures of the deep from the board game Unfathomable. You can find the guide in Issue 65 of Tabletop Gaming magazine.

This one felt very similar to the Nemesis guide in that it had a variety of enemies painted in a very similar style, but without any hero models to go alongside them. I also love big gribblies, so the Mother and Father figure were a delight.

I opted for a purple to green tone to lean into the deep sea angle and keep them very similar to the art style of the game, and a red accent to the eyes to increase the sinister aspect.

Tabletop Gaming – Moonstone Painting Guide

My most recent painting guide in Tabletop Gaming magazine covered some goblins from the charming Moonstone. Find the guide in Issue 64 of Tabletop Gaming magazine.

This was a fun wee guide where I tried to push my NMM a little. Mostly the same tone of metal but I am really pleased with the results.

It’s something I’m likely to keep going with in the guides and pushing my own skills forward.

Tabletop Gaming – Descent: Legends of the Dark Painting Guides Part 2

My latest guide sees me working my way through a massive game from Fantasy Flight. Descent: Legends of the Dark is a reboot of a classic dungeon crawler. The second part of my guides covers the enemies of the game.

This guide can be found in Issue 60.

Just like the heroes before them, the enemies are stunning models. There’s a great variety, something usually missing from core set enemies, that really adds to the feeling of a living, breathing world. The detail is superb as well, these are not your usual board game minis. Each one oozes character and have a real feel of dynamism, such as the bandit leaping through a cloud of smoke.

I’m really excited to see what they do in future expansions.

Take a look at the finished models…

Tabletop Gaming – Descent: Legends of the Dark Painting Guides

My latest guide sees me working my way through a massive game from Fantasy Flight. Descent: Legends of the Dark is a reboot of a classic dungeon crawler. The first part of my guides covers the heroes and the Dragon Hybrid Centurion. I’ll be covering the enemies in the next guide.

This guide can be found in Issue 59.

These are probably the best selection of characters I’ve seen from a dungeon crawler. A 32mm scale gives them much more presence and a great amount of detail. The variation is fantastic with both a cat and dragon person, a magical phoenix and 2 women. I only note the women as they fit in traditionally male roles, knight and dwarven fighter, in what I think is a tasteful way, no skimpy clothing or provocative poses.

I also loved the addition of POC. For these guides I base the paint job off the art work or other source material. This gave me the chance to stray from my norm and try different skin tones.

The only character that was a bit of a let down was Galaden the elf. Still great by most standards, just the most generic of the batch and very similar to nearly every other elven archer I’ve seen.

It’s a mild complaint though and they are some of the coolest models I’ve worked on in a while.

Take a look at the finished models…

Tabletop Gaming – Nemesis Painting Guide

Another guide for Tabletop Gaming magazine, this time covering the everything from the Nemesis board game.

This guide can be found in Issue 57.

This was an exciting project me as I’m a big fan of Aliens, and it’s not difficult to see the clear influence the film series had on this game. The Intruders (what the game call the aliens), have clear similarities with the titular creatures. The similarities seem to cross over to the gameplay too, meaning this is one firmly on the to play list.

There seems to have been a lot of focus on the intruders as a big part of the package. The models are large and impressive, but tower over the crew as you’ll see in the images. Whilst this is fantastic for painting, giving a greater amount of space to work with and more detail with it, they do seem a little out of proportion for gameplay.

Take a look at the finished models…

Tabletop Gaming – Bloodborne Painting Guides

Another guide for Tabletop Gaming magazine, this time covering the heroes and bosses from Bloodborne the board game.

This guide can be found in Issue 56.

It’s always challenging tackling something derived from other forms of entertainment. I’ve never played the videogame these models were based off which is nothing new. It happened before with my guide for Horizen: Zero Dawn the board game, so I followed the same path I did for that. Lot’s of image searches and gameplay videos, focussing on the elements I would be painting, hopefully to get a look that a fan of the video game would recognise.

I’m a big fan of the Gothic aesthetic and the sculpts were over all great. The hunters each have a unique look but they suffer due to their size. They’re very small and as a result lose a lot of detail, with some elements blending into each other. The bosses are larger, which means you don’t see the same on them, other than Father Gascoigne, who stands around the same height as the hunters.

I didn’t have the space for the other enemies, but they are more like the bosses in quality, being quite large, crisp sculpts. It’s a shame that the player characters didn’t get a wee bit more to make them stand out.

Take a look at the finished models…

Tabletop Gaming – Super Fantasy Brawl Painting Guides

I completed these a few months ago for guides in Tabletop Gaming magazine. The first covering the core set characters and statues, and the second covering the Circle of Blood & Art of War expansions.

These guides can be found in Issue 54 and Issue 55.

I found the minis to be great quality and detail. Much bigger than the minis I normally paint, in fact towering over them. It might take longer, but I enjoyed having the space to play with.

Super Fantasy Brawl is an Arena combat game with champions from the fantasy world teleported through time to fight for the utopian futures enjoyment. Each model is an individual character which offers a varied and interesting line up and a plethora of painting opportunities.

I tried to stretch my boundaries with these, deciding to not use any metallics, instead going for a semi NMM. I’m really happy with what I pulled off and it emboldened me to try on it on future figures too. In fact, I’ve not used a metallic in a few months.

Take a look at the finished models…

Back in the Saddle!

I’m finally back and ready to paint! It’s been a tough couple of years for everyone and I’m no exception. I’ve not been posting due to mental illness, general stress and a little bit of painting fatigue. I may write a bit more about that in the future. After a good amount of self care I’m feeling ready to jump back in the saddle and get some content out there.

I’m jumping straight back into guides for Marvel: Crisis Protocol. I took a bit of a break from this over the last few months, which is where the fatigue comes in. The Inhumans managed to form a painting block on me, and I just couldn’t find the inspiration to break it. This week I managed to break through that barrier…

You can find a guide for this pair here, alongside another new guide for Captain Marvel & Crossbones, with Crystal & Lockjaw not far behind.

I’ve also steadily been working away on articles for Tabletop Gaming magazine and I’ll be adding more information about these soon, but for now enjoy some pretty pictures from the guides…

I’d also like to say thank you to those who keep coming back for more and/or checked up while I was absent, and sorry to those whose comments I didn’t get back to.

Until next time, be excellent to each other!

MCP – Heroes of the Core Set

My first foray into Marvel Crisis Protocol is painting the core set for Tabletop Gaming magazine. Split over 2 guides the first covers the heroes half of the set. You can buy the first guide here.

I really enjoyed painting these, as the larger scale(approx. 40mm) gives much more area than usual and this combined with some pretty impressive sculpts provides some awesome minis to paint.

I’ve also been really enjoying playing the game. It’s a great skirmish system with the added advantage that there are no real restrictions on who you use. Sure there are leadership abilities for building around a team, but you really can use whoever you want in your squad. I’ll be writing more in the future once I’ve had a chance to collect my thoughts a bit more.

Here’s my first five and the start of my Avengers…