From Fantasy to Sci-Fi, Part 2
Lanse TryonHaving created Adonese soldiers in Fantasy to Sci-Fi Part 1, Lanse needed someone for them to fight. Once again, he scanned through the Warlord grunt models, and came across the Overlord Crossbowmen. From the picture at least, it looked like all he'd have to do is add a gun barrel to the end of the crossbows and he'd be set. Things are never as simple as they appear, which became clear as soon as Lanse actually had the parts in front of him.
Making Space Stations from CAV Bases
Lanse Tryon"The moment I saw the new CAV flight bases in the Reaper store, I knew I had to have them. The shape immediately suggests the rotating toroid sections used in many sci-fi space stations. I was able to procure four of these bases, and used them with a variety of parts to make two space stations of my own. Here's how I did it."
Replacing Those Huge Bendy Swords
Lanse TryonIt's happened to all of us: We race breathlessly to the gamestore for that new release, snatch it off the shelf, and realize, to our despair, that the sword got mangled in shipping and no appears to be more a banana than a weapon. We've also had the problem where there's this swashbuckler mini we really want, but due to molding and casting limitations, the sword is large enough to be a scottish claymore.
The Ritual of Mashaf, Performed With File and Rotary Tool
Lanse TryonThe Darkspawn Ritual of Mahsaf is described as being unpredictable in its results, and it creates no two spawn exactly the same. We dragged some prisoners up from the dun- that is to say, we selected some joyous volunteers and went to work.
Differentiating Non-Unique Sergeants by Way of Conversion
Lanse TryonWith "Differentiating Non-Unique Sergeants by Way of Conversion" Lanse shows us some practical examples to add some variety to your units on the Warlord field. Featuring Reven and Overlord Sergeants, this article ought to get your creative juices flowing.
When the Quartermaster Just Doesn't Understand You
Lanse TryonLanse walks us through Quick and Fairly Easy Weapon-Swaps, depriving Li'l Death of his glaive, giving him a nice swishy sword instead.
Janelle SchulzetenbergEver have a difficult time deciding what colors to paint your mini? Afraid the colors you're thinking of using won't look right together? Can't quite make up your mind as to what shade of red would look best on your dwarf's beard? Here's a quick and simple way to experiment with colors without the risk of needing to repaint your mini.
A Beginning Mini Painter's Shopping List, Part 2
Ron VutpakdiYou have a few painted minis under your belt, and now you want to try something that requires assembly. What do you need to get? Where can you get it? If you want to get started painting minis that require assembly, this guide lists the additional items that you should purchase and where to get them.
A Beginning Mini Painter's Shopping List
Ron VutpakdiSo, you've finally decided to take the plunge and start painting miniatures. You've purchased a few minis, but what else besides some paint and a brush do you need? What would be helpful? And, where can you buy this stuff? This guide lists the items that I consider essential, important, and helpful for beginning mini painters and has details about where you can buy these items.
How I Made the Water for 03353: Pirate King and Queen
Jennifer kaufmanIf you've seen the base for Jen Kaufman's rendition of our 03353: Pirate King and Queen, you're sure to be impressed with the detail and quality of that water. Jen has kindly taken the time to document her process for the benefit of the hobby community at large. Here it is.
Making Sand-Cast Foam Terrain
Andrew PieperHave you ever used that expanding foam stuff to fill a crack in the house? Maybe between two boards that are expanding or something like that? Turns out that you can make some incredible-looking terrain using it. Andrew Pieper takes us through the process.
Sci-Fi Terrain, Part 2: Small Plastic Garage
David EwenDavid's Sci-Fi terrain Part two article is up. He demonstrates how to use an electrical box to make a nifty garage building. Of course, you don't have to make a garage. How about a town hall? Which your stompy robots will ultimately smash into little bits.
Sci-Fi Terrain, Part 1
David EwenPainting is half the game here. You also want your figure to look like they have a place where they belong. A lot of text has been written about presentation of fantasy figures, but Daivid Ewen has given us an excellent first part to using found objects to create evocative Sci-Fi terrain.
Andrew PieperYou've finally painted up your big stompy robots to look utterly deadly on the battlefield. And they do look utterly deadly, and quite awesome, I might add. But something's missing. Huh. Your 100 ton stompy robot didn't leave a footprint! It didn't even manage to bend down a single blade of grass. That simply won't do. Luckily, Andrew Pieper is here to show you how to make a convincing footprint for your CAV, your frost giant, your ice queen, whatever. Details matter, you know.
Andrew PieperAssembling large sets takes a bit of patience and skill. Andrew Pieper has graciously allowed us to take a thread from our forum and show it to you. Here's his step-by-step on assembling on of our big dragons, Cinder, complete with techniques that transfer across the line for any large figure. Caution, 2.4 MB of images inside -- this is a large article.
Sean FultonSean posted a really slick tutorial in the forum and said it was all right if we post in the Craft section. Prepare for great gobs of slippery presentation fun as Sean takes you through a very straight-forward method to getting your monster slobber just right.
The 20-Minute Monolith
Lanse Tryon"On a whim, I threw together a stone circle in 20 minutes, including the time spent looking for supplies and tools. These work well for Significant Locations for your Warlord campaign, deployment areas for your Faerie Armies, portals, or anything else that might meet your terrain needs."
Big ol' Pile of Treasure
Marie BayerMarie has kindly allowed us to post a tutorial she worked up for creating a Big ol' Pile of Treasure. Cleverly titled "Big ol' Pile of Treasure", the technique in this article is so simple but so effective that you owe it to yourself to check it out.
Birch Seed Leaves
Daniel Joyce"H&A sells 2 kinds of leaf litter. One made from punched out colored paper, the other is from some sort of plant with leaf-shaped parts that are small enough to be used for model leaf litter. I knew I'd seen the plant as a kid growing up in Missouri, but I couldn't recall what it was..."
Making Warlord Body Markers
Ron VutpakdiYou've just spent many hours painting a Warlord troop: basecoating, shading, highlighting, detailing, and basing. Even though you have properly primed and triple sealed each miniature, do you really want to lay that miniature on its side for possible scratching when the model gets stunned or killed? Rather than tipping the miniature on its side, replace it with an easy to make, custom body marker (aka "corpse" or "killed" marker). Ron shows you how.
Pins and Section Markers
Lanse TryonCAV armies can often be large, and large armies can lead to battlefield confusion, and battlefield confusion results in lots of smoking, twisted CAV hulks littering up an otherwise nice battlefield. Lanse shares with us a clever way to ease that confusion using a few common household items.