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    TheBeninator got a reaction from Blustorm in STL Share   
    I wanted to start a share for STL files on the interwebs. STL files for those who are unfamiliar, are 3D files which are used to 3D print models. There are several search engines for finding 3D models, but to be honest, you find the best stuff by just aimlessly scrolling through pages. 
    To start, this is a print that reminded me of @Pecksata's army of construct samurai in a desert theme. It is a bit out of his particular army aesthetic, but its a pretty unique model concept that checks the desert and samurai boxes pretty well.
    https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/game/ozito-beetle-samurai
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    TheBeninator reacted to Sume in New Vampire Arise Blog   
    Well got the dragon put together.  A little disappointed that I didnt get all the gaps filled in right.  Thought I did.  Way easier once you get some primer on it though.  Still unsure if I should try to fill them in or just give up.  I might paint it look like its a wound.  Of course some among the tail.  I really think I should try to fill it in.  As it looks bad.  Also the barbarian miniature came in.  





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    TheBeninator reacted to Sume in New Vampire Arise Blog   
    I wanted to provide an update. I get a few hours most nights to paint. So far I got the green body, mouth/tongue and bones all highlighted and done on my zombie dragon. I have the wings and green scales to finish highlighting. Then I am going to pick out the vines that are all over the body and going to paint the critters etheral looking. Figured that would do the trick. Then of course will work on the base after that.

    I also managed to get what I was told was a mixed up lot of 29 glade riders. Turns out I managed to get 24 out of it. Will need to get some more calvary bases though. Still think thats a pretty respectable amount for what it was. It also came with some extra bits. Mainly I got 7 sword arms from it. I am going to take 20 of these and paint them up etheral to be my hexwraiths. I am going to take the extra ones and see about finding some mounted elf models or bits, and make a wight and a mounted vampire or two. Maybe a necromancer also.

    On top of that. I also got 2 unopened boxes of hexwratith/black knights, and 2 boxes of skeletons. I also got 24 glade guard on sprue, along with 10 more that I need to stripe the very thick white primer off. Also going to see if I can get the arms off. If not thats not a problem, will be cutting into them also. Then finally I have one of the spellweaver models. This one is resin and has some paint on it. Which also needs to be stripped.
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    TheBeninator got a reaction from Peanut in Kingdoms of Equality-tane   
    Progress!
    First of all, I for the first time actually took a picture of what paints I used for my test models so I don't have to guess what colors I used.
    5 Primary colors (clothing/shields)

    5 Secondary colors (metal, shoes, wood, leather, skin)

    Mass production of the remaining 40 peasants is well under way. At 5 sprues each with 8 peasants, I used the 5 primary colours to make up their outfits. I decided to be as "equal-tane-able" (har har) as possible, and divided the 5 colours across the 5 sprues, so that I ended up with 8 torsos, 8 left arms, 8 right arms, and 8 shields of each colour. I actually ended up sort of randomly choosing pairs of arms and shields throughout the sprues to add in a bit more randomness in the poses. Next time, Ill just spray the entire sprue 1 color, which would be MUCH easier, and makes very little difference.

    Next I separated all the torsos out and paired to each torso matching coloured left and right arms (shoulders) that are of different colour than the torso. Since there are 8 of each torso colour, and 4 colours remaining (after discounting the torso colour), each colour is repeated to two torsos.

    Finally all was assembled...


    Next step is a whole lot of paint brushing. I plan to go 1 color at a time to touch up all models which need that color (due to clipping from the sprue, and various spots I missed). Additionally, bottom of the torsos (the bottom fringes of the torsos) will take on the colour of the shoulders, and the forearm sleeves must take on the colour of the torso. 
    After all of that, the heads which should be simple as they have no primary colors on them. They are just skin, leather, and metal.
    Once heads are done and attached, its off to accessories.
    Shoes, belts, weapon grips, blades, and hands.
    Luckily these peasants have no personal belongings, so no pouches to mess around with.
    After that will be basing, which I still need to decide on.
    The final step will be the shields which will take some time to do all the masking.
     
    As for the rest of the army, there is plenty to paint, with plenty more coming in a couple weeks.
    48 peasant infantry
    24 peasant archers
    24 foot knights
    12 "Teutonic mounted knights"
    12 "Templar mounted knights"
    12 mounted sergeants
    2 mounted characters
    2 characters on foot (from Reaper minis)
    1 mounted magical person
    I have some musings as to what I want to do with war machines, a part of me wants to scratch build trebuchets. Another part of me wants to say to hell with that and just buy the $5 catapults from D&D 5E scenery:
    https://www.miniaturemarket.com/wzk73731.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&adpos=1o1&scid=scplpWZK73731&sc_intid=WZK73731&gclid=Cj0KCQjwiILsBRCGARIsAHKQWLNj9hUFNlvpJXdigm_cqkNwQSew59HhMaXrSPRtiZCPRbeCcr86resaAiNiEALw_wcB
    It's slightly larger than scale, but pretty dang close. Its also a torsion device and not a counter weight design, which is totally nerd-heresy, but for only $5?! Pre-primed, and available at most FLGS! Did I mention they are only $5?

     
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    TheBeninator got a reaction from Peanut in Kingdoms of Equality-tane   
    Hear yee, hear yee, the benevolent King has decree that Knights shall no longer be the sole sword and shield of the rhelm. We call upon the brave peasants to take up arms and show their valor, skill, and ability to stand and be slain by greater foes. The burdens of war must be shared, and all subjects are equally capable of giving their lives to this honor. Hence we share the wrath and horrors of war, for the Kingdoms of Equality-tane see no titles.
    Except for the King of course...
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    Since blogs are super in vogue, I am starting one up. I am starting a KoE army! Why might you ask? Because I have a huge mini addiction problem, and TBH I am already a little bored of dwarves' abysmal charge range. I wanted to flip this on it's head and over compensate with an army that prides itself on cavalry hammers. 
    I am going with FireForge games for just about everything. The main reason is they are the easiest to put together and have the least amount of mold lines (both of which are my least favorite part of the hobby). They are about on par with Perry miniatures for price and have a reasonable amount of detail and diversity.
    For now I am experimenting on production line painting and how I can utilize airbrushing to it's fullest potential. This first batch of 8 peasants I painted almost entirely on sprue, then clipped them out, touched up where the sprue attached to the bits, repainted those areas, assembled, and hit with strong tone.

    Lessons learned: 
    1) The arm attachments to the torso are not necessarily all interchangeable. There are a few torsos that have significantly larger army connection points than others. Therefore, I need to pre-plan what bits will go where before I just start randomly painting stuff on sprue.
    2) Less is more - Due to the previous lesson I learned, I had peasants with different colored shoulders. This was fine as I just kep that split color scheme all the way down the model, but it caused some repainting headaches, and slowed down painting dramatically.
    3) Masking shields is hard - I tried frisket (which is this like masking liquid that dries to something like rubber cement), and masking tape. The frisket is awful. Masking tape worked alright but I need to get a really solid bind between the shield and tape, otherwise paint seeps under the masking tape during air-brushing. 
    4) Varnish early, varnish often - I never really used varnish before but I am seeing a lot of value to it. After laying down a base coat on shield specifically, I varnished them which helps seal in the paint. Then I apply masking tape without "de-stickying" the tape first. Normally, blue masking tape will have a tendency to pull your paint off after you remove it. With the varnish, no problems so far.
    5) Strong tone on shields looks bad - It just muddies them up too much. The strong tone works great for anything with texture, but the shields just being flat it looks terrible. I didn't want the tone contrast to be too pronounced though (as everything darkens when you hit it with strong tone). Ill need to come up with something else that darkens the shield tone a bit, but that I can ideally spray through an airbrush for an even coverage.
    6) Everyone has their own mound - This is just sort of annoying, every infantry figure is standing on an amorphous blob mount. Makes for easier build and application to the bases, but looks kind of weird. Need to think of a way to mask that effect with some floc.
    Ill be timing the next sprue I build, so ill have better numbers for painting efficiency. With another 62 peasant type infantry to go, I am confident ill find the solution.
     
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    TheBeninator got a reaction from Wentwizard in 9th age or 8th ed warhammer players   
    No doubt the rule book is not inspiring. It’s good at not leaving ambiguity, but lacks flavor.
    I’d be down to play a game with either of you. Or even be the rules ref while you play each other. Or do a 3 way FFA and encourage you both to gang up on me. Whatever your pleasure.
    To me, location to play is the biggest consideration. I am not as keen playing at Ordo since it has almost no ventilation. I could host with some lead time (Foster-Powell neighborhood). 
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    TheBeninator reacted to Andrewgeddon in A Tale of the Deep Woods: Sylvan Elves   
    Just rearranging my core. 30 Dryads and 22 Archers turns into 27 Dryads, 15 Forest Guard, and 2x5 Heath Hunters.
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    TheBeninator got a reaction from Jason in Interested in 9th age, a few questions   
    I am printing my entire next army, so no salt. In fact, I think most people would be happy to not see GW on the table. Its not a game that produces new models and forces players to buy them to keep up in the arms race meta, so there is no "I paid the extra $$ to play this at a high level, and you are just proxying trash" mentalities. 
    Mantic's dwarves are awful, I got a few units of theirs, they have ranking issues.
    Andrew describes dwarves pretty well. Very elite, you can go between gunline and full combat, with mixed arms being the nice in between. The big downside to the army is that they all advance slow, which is to say you typically dont get the luxury of charging your opponent (they charge you). Their magic phase is boring, period. It is certainly not useless, but there is not a lot of thinking or strategy to it.
    Print the army! Do it!
     
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    TheBeninator got a reaction from Pecksata in Interested in 9th age, a few questions   
    Don’t like abstract? You are going to hate my next army project 😇
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    TheBeninator got a reaction from Pecksata in Interested in 9th age, a few questions   
    I am printing my entire next army, so no salt. In fact, I think most people would be happy to not see GW on the table. Its not a game that produces new models and forces players to buy them to keep up in the arms race meta, so there is no "I paid the extra $$ to play this at a high level, and you are just proxying trash" mentalities. 
    Mantic's dwarves are awful, I got a few units of theirs, they have ranking issues.
    Andrew describes dwarves pretty well. Very elite, you can go between gunline and full combat, with mixed arms being the nice in between. The big downside to the army is that they all advance slow, which is to say you typically dont get the luxury of charging your opponent (they charge you). Their magic phase is boring, period. It is certainly not useless, but there is not a lot of thinking or strategy to it.
    Print the army! Do it!
     
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    TheBeninator got a reaction from Blustorm in Interested in 9th age, a few questions   
    I am printing my entire next army, so no salt. In fact, I think most people would be happy to not see GW on the table. Its not a game that produces new models and forces players to buy them to keep up in the arms race meta, so there is no "I paid the extra $$ to play this at a high level, and you are just proxying trash" mentalities. 
    Mantic's dwarves are awful, I got a few units of theirs, they have ranking issues.
    Andrew describes dwarves pretty well. Very elite, you can go between gunline and full combat, with mixed arms being the nice in between. The big downside to the army is that they all advance slow, which is to say you typically dont get the luxury of charging your opponent (they charge you). Their magic phase is boring, period. It is certainly not useless, but there is not a lot of thinking or strategy to it.
    Print the army! Do it!
     
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    TheBeninator got a reaction from Wentwizard in New to 9th age needed suggestions   
    hey @Damunky just wanted to check in to see how you are doing? It's rather unfortunate you got your first taste of T9A right before the great lockdown.
    Did you end up getting your Dark Elves? Have you had a chance to play some sort of practice game?
    Looking forward to hopefully getting to play a game with you once we are back to gaming.
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    TheBeninator reacted to Damunky in New to 9th age needed suggestions   
    I 3d printed some bolt throwers 

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    TheBeninator reacted to Damunky in New to 9th age needed suggestions   
    @TheBeninator I did pick up some raging heroes dark elf models and have been working on them super slow. I also got a resin 3d printer so I have been printing unit fillers to help make it easier to get large units. I haven't had a chance to play any games at all because I'm not sure where I can go for that but I would love to
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    TheBeninator got a reaction from Andrewgeddon in New to 9th age needed suggestions   
    hey @Damunky just wanted to check in to see how you are doing? It's rather unfortunate you got your first taste of T9A right before the great lockdown.
    Did you end up getting your Dark Elves? Have you had a chance to play some sort of practice game?
    Looking forward to hopefully getting to play a game with you once we are back to gaming.
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    TheBeninator got a reaction from Romans832 in Kingdoms of Equality-tane   
    So what if the grail was simply Fimbriation with a coloured inside.
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    TheBeninator got a reaction from Romans832 in Kingdoms of Equality-tane   
    PROGRESS!
    It has been some time since I painted anything. I finally got the itch for painting again after a few months hiatus. Working on a unit of grail knights, or maybe they will be realm knights, or aspirants. All the same thing really...
    As per usual, going with mass production and painting on sprue. I didn't take any pictures of the WIP until this point, so this is most of the way through.
    For this unit I am using 6 bright colors; purple, white, yellow, blue, red, green. This batch is 12 models, so in traditional equality-tane fashion everything is in duplicates of 2.

    In addition, there are 4 primary features which can hold a solid color, the barding, robe, cloak, and shield.

    There are 2 more sprues exactly like the one above but with the remaining 4 colors. So the plan here is to mix together combinations of horses, cloaks, shield, and robes. To keep things as equal as possible, I put together a quick matrix of the colors I would use for each model. I have two different matricies I put together, honestly either of them would work fine. Some of the color combinations will clash, others will not, in all it will probably just look ridiculous. 

    I currently do not have any plans to do anything fancy with the shields (I was going to paint a black grail on all of them) since all my cavalry will look damn near identical. I am somewhat second guessing my plan to not put the tincture stuff on the shields, since every other unit has it. This unit is already going to stand out like a sore thumb (or maybe it wont after I hit it with the wash).
    Next steps are:
    1) paint touch ups on horses
    2) glue bases to horses
    3) cutting and assembly of riders (minus shields)
    3) touch up on riders
    At that point ill have to make a decision on the shields...
     
    Until next time!
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    TheBeninator got a reaction from WestRider in Kingdoms of Equality-tane   
    PROGRESS!
    It has been some time since I painted anything. I finally got the itch for painting again after a few months hiatus. Working on a unit of grail knights, or maybe they will be realm knights, or aspirants. All the same thing really...
    As per usual, going with mass production and painting on sprue. I didn't take any pictures of the WIP until this point, so this is most of the way through.
    For this unit I am using 6 bright colors; purple, white, yellow, blue, red, green. This batch is 12 models, so in traditional equality-tane fashion everything is in duplicates of 2.

    In addition, there are 4 primary features which can hold a solid color, the barding, robe, cloak, and shield.

    There are 2 more sprues exactly like the one above but with the remaining 4 colors. So the plan here is to mix together combinations of horses, cloaks, shield, and robes. To keep things as equal as possible, I put together a quick matrix of the colors I would use for each model. I have two different matricies I put together, honestly either of them would work fine. Some of the color combinations will clash, others will not, in all it will probably just look ridiculous. 

    I currently do not have any plans to do anything fancy with the shields (I was going to paint a black grail on all of them) since all my cavalry will look damn near identical. I am somewhat second guessing my plan to not put the tincture stuff on the shields, since every other unit has it. This unit is already going to stand out like a sore thumb (or maybe it wont after I hit it with the wash).
    Next steps are:
    1) paint touch ups on horses
    2) glue bases to horses
    3) cutting and assembly of riders (minus shields)
    3) touch up on riders
    At that point ill have to make a decision on the shields...
     
    Until next time!
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    TheBeninator reacted to Ish in Kingdoms of Equality-tane   
    That'll work. 
    Crisis averted.
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    TheBeninator got a reaction from Andrewgeddon in Kingdoms of Equality-tane   
    PROGRESS!
    It has been some time since I painted anything. I finally got the itch for painting again after a few months hiatus. Working on a unit of grail knights, or maybe they will be realm knights, or aspirants. All the same thing really...
    As per usual, going with mass production and painting on sprue. I didn't take any pictures of the WIP until this point, so this is most of the way through.
    For this unit I am using 6 bright colors; purple, white, yellow, blue, red, green. This batch is 12 models, so in traditional equality-tane fashion everything is in duplicates of 2.

    In addition, there are 4 primary features which can hold a solid color, the barding, robe, cloak, and shield.

    There are 2 more sprues exactly like the one above but with the remaining 4 colors. So the plan here is to mix together combinations of horses, cloaks, shield, and robes. To keep things as equal as possible, I put together a quick matrix of the colors I would use for each model. I have two different matricies I put together, honestly either of them would work fine. Some of the color combinations will clash, others will not, in all it will probably just look ridiculous. 

    I currently do not have any plans to do anything fancy with the shields (I was going to paint a black grail on all of them) since all my cavalry will look damn near identical. I am somewhat second guessing my plan to not put the tincture stuff on the shields, since every other unit has it. This unit is already going to stand out like a sore thumb (or maybe it wont after I hit it with the wash).
    Next steps are:
    1) paint touch ups on horses
    2) glue bases to horses
    3) cutting and assembly of riders (minus shields)
    3) touch up on riders
    At that point ill have to make a decision on the shields...
     
    Until next time!
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    TheBeninator got a reaction from Romans832 in Kingdoms of Equality-tane   
    Umm,
    Since the great shutdown I have.....
    Primed 12 knights
    Hand painted a Duke for about 3 hours, then made a terrible mistake that will take me another hour to fix >_<.
    Staying far too busy for my own good.
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    TheBeninator got a reaction from valourunbound in Kingdoms of Equality-tane   
    Umm,
    Since the great shutdown I have.....
    Primed 12 knights
    Hand painted a Duke for about 3 hours, then made a terrible mistake that will take me another hour to fix >_<.
    Staying far too busy for my own good.
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    TheBeninator got a reaction from Romans832 in Kingdoms of Equality-tane   
    Yep, forlorns.
    say goodbye to your devastating charge distracting!
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    TheBeninator got a reaction from Romans832 in Dim and Slimeridden Kingdoms: Return of the Greatest Power For Evil   
    Oh dang, hell level speed runs with a hammer pally. That’s quite the marathon speed run.
    the army looks great too 😉
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    TheBeninator got a reaction from Andrewgeddon in Dim and Slimeridden Kingdoms: Return of the Greatest Power For Evil   
    Oh dang, hell level speed runs with a hammer pally. That’s quite the marathon speed run.
    the army looks great too 😉
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