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Epaka

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  1. I’m working to get the 6 starting heroes from Gloomhaven painted up so I can get that beast of a game to the table. It is interesting to tackle some High-Fantasy minis after the hundreds of Low-Fantasy minis I’ve painted for Conan. As per my usual MO, I’m trying to follow the game art in my color selections. It isn’t easy with this game though, since the game art has so many lighting effects and some fairly unusual color schemes going on. I’m fairly happy with them; not destined for a display case, but good enough for my game table!
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    It’s Always Sunny in Gloomhaven

    It's Always Sunny in.... Philadelphia!
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    It’s Always Sunny in Gloomhaven

    Or a little disk shaper dial type counter that can sit underneath the mini. 🤔
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    It’s Always Sunny in Gloomhaven

    @Matt John S, I’ve seen that some peeps out there use other minis, including from Conan, instead of the cardboard standees for Gloomhaven. I might follow suit. I’m currently assembling one of those storage solutions for organizing Gloomhaven. I got the one from Daedalus instead of the one from Broken Token. It has a better look, doesn’t result in cover lift, and has nice etchings on the side so you know what everything is. I’ve also ordered a couple sets of 12-sides dice to use for tracking hit points for the baddies. I’ve seen others do that, and it looks like a better solution instead of having to refer back to the monsters card and count up tokens.
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    It’s Always Sunny in Gloomhaven

    Agreed @garbetsp... These are a real mixed bag of minis, and very different in every respect from most of the other minis I’ve painted. They are cartoonish, with a pretty wide range of quality and detail. Some I kinda like, others not so much. For example, the Spellweaver looks ok from the front or back, but at an angle you see that she was almost sculpted in 2D. She’s super flat, with no dimensionality to her. Of course, the minis in Gloomhaven are really an afterthought, and the creator of the game even acknowledged that he didn’t really want minis in the game at first. His desire to create a more Euro style game is evident throughout, even down to the art for the components and game board tiles. I’m looking at adding more bling to the game by building scenery using dental stone and silicone molds from Hirst Arts. All that said, I haven’t got it to the table yet, but I think we are going to love playing it!
  6. I finished these peons awhile back, after I wrapped up the Winged Ape, but they are so beige and boring I never posted a pic... Well, here they are in all their, um, glory? I wanted to wrap them up quickly, so after priming in white, I used a small can of tan spray paint to give them all a base color, and then quickly hit them with varying skin tones and a few details. I had them all done in very short order. Nothing special, but hey, they are just members of the wretched masses after all. 😉
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    Shinobi7 acquire Conan rights

    Yup @garbetsp. I’ve got entirely too much Conan stuff. A full collection of every English language Conan comic in existence, books, toys, statues, video games, board games, cards, etc, etc... I was actually happy that Dark Horse wrapped up their comics run, primarily because it never regained it’s footing after the execrable Queen of the Black Coast series (ugh, worst Conan comics ever!), but also because I don’t really want any more Conan stuff on my shelves. But, now that Marvel is back in the Conan game, I have no choice but to dive in. I hope it’s a return to the excellent quality of the earlier Marvel and DH efforts.
  8. A few weeks back I thought I was all done painting my All-In Conan pledge.... But I completely forgot about some remaining pieces of scenery that I had primed months ago. Well, NOW I’m truly all done with my painting chores for this game. Just in time too, as my copy of Nemesis from Awaken Realms arrived today... So, leaving behind the distant Hyborian age I’m now blasting off into the future with brush in hand! side note: If you plan to paint the doors, I’d say it is probably easier to paint them unassembled. Also, there is a notch on the inside of the door frame that holds the door shut, you might want to cut it off or sand it down before painting; It’ll just chip off the paint if you don’t.
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    Shinobi7 acquire Conan rights

    I’d like to say that I won’t be buying whatever Shinobi comes out with.... But, as a Conan collector, I might be unable to resist. It sounds like they are doing a miniature game first, and then later a card game. I’ll look at it all with an unbiased eye, even though I’m more than happy with Monolith’s excellent game. Honestly, I have to wonder if Monolith will even make a big effort to get the license back after Shinobi is done releasing their products. It sounds like there is at least a bit of bad blood between Monolith and CPI at this point.
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    [Request] New gallery - Other Games

    Gates done... Might have to redo the bases for the Accolytes... 🤔
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    [Request] New gallery - Other Games

    Yellow Sign Desecration Tokens... I’ll prolly splatter them with some blood as a finishing touch.
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    [Request] New gallery - Other Games

    Getting all the extras for Cthulhu Wars knocked out over the holidays. They have a unique ‘first player marker’, it’s a bust of Cthulhu Mythos creator H.P. Lovecraft... I tried to get a marble-ish look to it. It really makes more sense to give it a look akin to a sculpture, versus painting his head and shoulders as a human likeness with flesh color etc.
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    Compendium 2En & 3EN.

    I think that Monolith can still help publishing the fan-made Compendiums. They aren’t ‘products’ that they are ‘selling’. They are just collecting money to offset printing and shipping costs. But I dunno...
  14. Nice work dude. Love the basing too!
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    Painting Minis

    I often paint the color I want, hit it with shader, and then drybrush or carefully re-paint the area to get back my desired color AND get the shading effect.
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    Painting Minis

    @BertD: The Army Painter Strong Tone is a fine shader, and will work nicely. I used it on most of my Conan minis. However, it is very brown. That seemed to work for rough and dirty low-fantasy warriors and monsters just fine, but I don’t know if it will fit into the colorful world of Batman quite the the same. The AP Dark Tone has a much more neutral ‘black’ effect. It is very dark though, so it will definitely darken your overall painting job. Ultimately I’m not sure that there is one shader that will work for everything you paint. For example, I recently painted the Viral Outbreak mini set for Pandemic, and I learned some hard lessons about shading modern-era colorful minis. There are colorful characters with yellow hazmat suits, and scientists with white lab coats. The Strong and the Dark shades made them look ‘dirty’. Fine for an orc, or Barbarian, but just not right for a mini that should look ‘clean’. I wound up using the AP Soft Tone for the faces and hands, and then either using a watered down Dark Tone for the clothing and doing a LOT of drybrushing to return clothing to a bright clean look. In the case of white lab coats, I didn’t shade them at all. It’s nice to have many options of shader. I don’t have experience with other brands, but the shader set sold by Army Painter that has several tones and colors has given me a lot of options. With the Conan minis, I found that painting armor with gold paint and then following up with a red shader would give me a very nice copper effect. Or painting chainmail or platemail with silver and then following up with blue shader made for a cool looking effect. Options are key with shading, I could possibly see wanting a blue shader for a blue rendition of Batman’s cape, as an example. I’m painting the Gates for Cthulhu Wars now, and the colored shaders are working great. Another example; I got a nice ‘Ice’ effect on the gates by applying blue shader directly to the white primer and then using a sponge with white paint over that. The red shader is working well over red paint on the Black Goat’s Gates. So, again, options are nice...
  17. Will do! So glad to see the community being so active with this game.
  18. Ok, scratch that previous question... I see the additional VPs that are listed in the win conditions for the scenario 'Fight or Flight'. So, my new question is this; are we supposed to add the VPs listed in that scenario to the 1 VP awarded for a win, as per the instructions on the bottom of page 3? Or does the win conditions for 'Fight or Flight' replace the 1 VP normally awarded for a win?... Thanks in advance for any clarification. 🙂
  19. @Ken, @Matt John S; Hey guys, I've finally printed out the campaign and look forward to giving it a play very soon. It looks great, congrats on all the hard work! Reading through it, I have one question right away (although I may have others eventually)... If Victory Points are added up at the end of the 4th scenario, and winning a scenario is worth 1 Victory Point, why is there a potential bonus listed for 5 Victory Points? How would the Heroes or the Overlord possibly have 5 VPs?...
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    The Devil in iron, show your khel

    I happened upon a pic of Khel from way back when. He was pretty early on in my Conan mini painting adventures, and I would almost like to take another stab at him actually. At the very least I’d like to add some red eyes now... Meh, as always, I’m painting for the game board, not a museum.
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    Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu

    As a huge fan of Pandemic, I’ve picked up the Cthulhu spin-off. It’s a good game IMO. It’s different enough from the original Pandemic to hold my interest, but still keeps the same cooperation and strategic thinking that makes the original game such a winner. I recently painted the (admittedly middling) minis that came with the game. This is a pretty crappy pic, so I’ll eventually get around to taking some better ones.
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    [Request] New gallery - Other Games

    Getting around to all the odds and ends I have not painted yet. That includes some of the upgraded components for Cthulhu Wars that I have. I’m tackling the plastic gates now... I have the paint plan now, and I should be able to crank out 6 gates per faction, as well as 3 or 4 generic gates to represent abandoned gates. I think that should be enough for almost any game of CW. I’ll be adding some blood to the alters on the Yellow Sign gates as well, since I used blood fairly liberally on the Undead minis and the King in Yellow...
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    Painting Minis

    @garbetsp, thanks for the advice on the red sable brushes. I’m putting in an order for a set. $23 for a set of 7 detail brushes. Can’t complain about that price point.
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    Painting Minis

    Nice work @BertD! Honestly, very good looking mini, particularly for a beginner. Your technique will only get better from here. The only thing I would note, is that it looks like he has a fur ‘skirt’ on, under his chainmail loincloth. It is hard to tell from the picture, but it looks like you painted the chainmail and the fur the same metallic color. I might have gone for a light brown on the fur part. That would make the chainmail stand out more perhaps? But that is a minor nitpick, you’ve done a good job. Hopefully you had fun painting him. As for brushes, I’m not the one to ask. I’ve mostly worked with pretty cheap, low quality brushes to be honest. Getting some better brushes has been on my list for awhile. As for primer, I’ve also been cheap. I’ve always used standard cans of white Rust-Oleum aerosol. It’s always worked fine for someone like me, who isn’t a master mini painter. Perhaps some of the really skilled mini artists on here will have some more insight than I do? @garbetsp? @Walrusboy77? Any thoughts?
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    Painting Minis

    Any set of quality paints is just a collection of colors and potential colors, which can be used to create any kind of ‘style’... How you choose to paint your minis is up to you. The same miniature will look very different based on who painted it. Just look at the thread on this website called ‘Show your Conan’, you’ll see a lot of different styles applied to the same miniature. Some are stylized, some are realistic, some look like a photograph of the lifelike thing, some look like a comic book illustration. Just keep painting and find your own style... and share your work here!
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