Thursday, 29 September 2016

The Road to Victory - Part 1

Breaking Ground! As promised the roads are coming. The printed terrain I've been using for the last few years was fine, but since I started modelling all my buildings in MDF I really wanted to get some 3D texture into the roads. 

I had a look around online and the Clean Streets tiles from Tablescapes came up as the nicest solution so I put an order in in April with a local online retailer. However, since then the delivery date has shifted and shifted. Knowing I had a game coming up I looked around again and found the damage streets tiles going exceptionally cheap (60% off) so I ordered those. I'm not too keen on the heavily damaged sections for general play but the lighter ones will do for now and if the clean streets turn up I'll be able to have both damaged and undamaged sections. 

So the tile arrived today and I eagerly assembled them and set about applying the base coat. 

This is Montana Gold Black Granite which will do a lot of the work for me. After this dries it should take little more than a wash and a drybrush around the damaged areas to finish the tarmac. After that it's stencil time. 

The set also comes with 8 plaza style sections which I'll spray tomorrow or next week when I do the pavement sections on the road tiles. So far however, so good. 

Until next time, keep on painting!

The Duke

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Big Damn Heroes – Pulp City

It's been a while since I posted the Pulp City Villains so I thought it was about time the Heroes stepped up to stop them.


An abandoned alley, the perfect site for an ambush.


Tekkna holds back  to offer her much needed support, without getting caught in the crossfire.

While Ace and Wildman push on seeking Nuke and his good-for-nothing goons.

As well as the heroes you can see my newly painted Jersey Barriers from Fenris Games, and if I had positioned the camera better you might have been able to see my newly made trash bags. So here's a shot of them hanging out underneath the Harmonic Theatre fire escape instead/

I'm hoping that Pulp City will be hitting the table again in a few weeks time so you can expect to see some more terrain updates soon and hopefully some in game pics. 

Until next time, have fun gaming!

The Duke

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Just a Quick Update

Things are progressing nicely at The Blood Keep but finding time to get photographs taken has been tricky. To that end I have set up a Facebook page, allowing me to post quick WIP updates from my phone. Don't worry, if you don't use Facebook I'll still be posting full updates and tutorials here too.

So, what have I been up to? Well July was a busy month for me, clocking up a whopping 41 miniatures. 11 were from Imperial Assault, painted for Leonardofury's Birthday. There were the four turtles from the last update and the rest were from Otherworld.

I have a very geeky spreadsheet where I log my painting for specific manufacturers. According to that spreadsheet I own 401 Otherworld miniatures. My aim for July was to bring the total painted to 301, leaving just a mere hundred to go. Success was mine and hopefully over the next few weeks I can get some of the pictures up. I'm also considering finding the time to put together a shot of all 301 if people would be interested in seeing that!

So, that's it for now, I just wanted to update you guys and let you know about the FB page and my current projects.

All the best,

The Duke

P.s. Here's a sneak peek at my completed Cockatrices...

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Heroes in a Half Shell

As some of you have probably guessed by now I’m a huge TMNT fan, so when I saw these minis I couldn't resist!











I bought these guys mostly just to paint them but I also plan to use them in the upcoming TMNT board game from IDW (designed by Kevin Wilson, one of my favourite designers) and of course they will work with my Pulp City Minis.


For now they will be used as Ninjas or Vigilante minions but hopefully in the future if Pulp Monsters release a Build Your Own Supreme book these guys will have their own special rules.


These are just 4 of the 19 minis I’ve painted so far this month so keep checking back for more content in the next two weeks.

Keep on painting…

The Duke

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Building Bridges - Part 10 Inserts

So, the alley is coming on, here's a shot of the three bridges together to give you an idea of what I'm aiming for.

Today's work has consisted of a fair amount of photoshop and very little painting. 

First up I wanted to try the idea of having a mural inside one of the arches. Using photoshop I bashed this together and then added some random graffiti. This is attached to the back of the insert, meaning I could paint the other side and flip it round (to make use of the billboard). 

The other insert is this alleyway which connects to the high street. Here I wanted to try creating this kind of effect

It didn't really work, maybe I can fix it by concentrating on the edges. Regardless, I used Agrellan Earth, a GW technical paint which blisters as it dries (you can see some of the effect around the archway). This gave the bricks a nice texture. I also removed some bricks from the archway to give it that derelict feeling.  

The whole thing probably needs a little more work but I'm happy enough with it for now.

Hope you like,

The Duke

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Building Bridges Graffiti Update

So, based on feedback from yesterday here's the updated version of the graffiti wall. 


The Duke

Monday, 11 July 2016

Building Bridges - Part 9 American Graffiti

I started work today on the back of the archway shops. I wanted to give them a very grungy alley feel in contrast to the fronts which will be nice and well kept. Here's what I came up with...

What do we think?

The Duke