Monday, 6 July 2020

Sir Dreyfus Painted


Here is Sir Dreyfus the last Storm knight! He is a Riot quest Guard class hero and a Cygnar Storm Knight solo in Warmachine.
I bought into the Riot Quest starter box just to get him, and figured I would give the game a try and if I didn't like it just sell the rest of the box on to someone else.

Well as it turns out Riot Quest is a lot of fun so that's a bonus! 



I had a tricky choice recently of how I wanted to paint the base rims of my Riot Quest minis. I wanted them to have the colours of the hero class they are to make it eeasier for me during games of Riot Quest but I also didn't want them to stand out too much when used in my Warmachine and Hordes armies. I got some advice from other members of the Riot Quest community in the Facebook group (which you can find here) and a few people suggested I keep the front arcs to match my Warmachine and the rear (which is normally left black on my models) the colour of the heroes class.
I like how this looks now, and will be doing the same to the rest of my models.






Here he is with Professor Pendrake for scale. Dreyfus is tall but not freakishly so... except those thin spindly ankles!!! 


And here he is with some other Storm Knight models. I think he fits in well enough to not stand out too much in my Storm Knight army, the blue rear arc colour doesn't ruin things too much.




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Sunday, 5 July 2020

Product Review: Hullgrinder Fabric Playmat


Today we take a look at the hullgrinder map for Riot Quest!

I was extremely excited to try this map out and find out how it plays differently from the starting arena of the Thunderhead fortress.


The map is really well printing with bright vivid colours and interesting details.
I could have taken way more pictures to show you all of the fun things included on this map but I want you to experience it for yourselves somewhat.
I know I spent some time gazing over it drinking in the detail and fun inclusions like the patch of crabs as an obstacle space.







Made of the same material as the Thunderhead fortress map it has a mesh style rubber backing which really helps it grip onto glossy flat surfaces and is super flexible.


Have you tried out the Hullgrinder map yet? What did you think of it?
I've really been enjoying it and how it changes up the dynamic of the game.
The three gangplanks between the two ships certainly become hard fought over areas, and models with movement abilities which allow them to move through or over enemy models really go up in value on this map.
On a similar level gear which places models on the table such as the ones from the Gear expansion can be great for blocking enemy movement from one ship to the other unless they remove them first.



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Friday, 3 July 2020

Model Review: Doctor Stygius



Today we take a look at Doctor Stygius who is a Specialist class hero in Riot Quest and a Warcaster attachment solo in Warmachine who works for Mercenaries and Cryx. 

It comes in 4 metal parts.


The main body swoops forward, it does have a nice flat surface on the bottom to attach it securely to the base which is nice.
It also has a hood over its head like the warcaster versions have, which makes me think that its quite a powerful member of its species.





A row of syringes line its chest which will be fun to paint up with various chemicals in them for the medical experiments it likely preforms!


These two parts make up the four tool appendages which attach to the side of its head cowling. I think it was a smart move to have them modelled in pairs, as it would be a lot less secure if each arm was separate (which is often how older models would be).

All these different tools will be interesting to paint in different ways, especially the Injector arm. I'm going to try and paint the liquid receptacle as if it's made of glass with a coloured liquid inside.



These are its arms and a part of its backpack
I think it might have taken drama class at school because it's doing some pretty epic jazzy pointing fingers!



And here it is fully assembled! There were slight mould lines on this mini but nothing too bad. I was thinking that I might need to pin the mechanical arms but tried attaching them without pinning to see how it went and they haven't come off yet! So it seems they don't need to be pinned if you don't want to.





And here it is with Professor Pendrake for scale. It really is a big mini, a bit too big for a 30mm base in my opinion I would like to have seen it either scaled down a bit or put on a 40mm base. Its considerably bigger than other 30mm based Cephalyx.

I would recommend putting it as far to the back of its base as you can to help improve its stability due to its front overhang.

This mini is purely for Riot Quest for me as I don't collect Cephalyx for my Mercs or play Cryx but I am interested to see how he plays in Riot Quest.

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Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Reaper Miniatures Ghost Painted


I painted up this Ghost by Reaper miniatures to use in the Iron Kingdoms RPG. I managed to finish it in a single painting session which is quite rare for me!
I painted it while GMing the IKRPG for my party during a particularly role play heavy session. (I think it might have even been a session without any combat at all!)






I like the way that the ghost is travelling through the grave stone


Here is the scale shot with Professor Pendrake. Its a pretty good size for a ghost, shade or wraith so I expect I will use it as needed to fit the situation.

The reaper minis code number and name are: 77007 Ghost
If you want one for yourself you can pick one up here (This is Mighty Lancer Games the best stockist of Reaper minis in the UK) if you live overseas you might find other web stores or Reaper's own site easier to shop from though.

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Saturday, 27 June 2020

King Vinter Raelthorne IV Painted


So I've finally finished painting Vinter! I've owned him for years but never got round to finishing him.
What got me to push through and get him done was taking part in Rikers Irons Alternative history caster competition. This is the second year he's run this competition, last year I entered Menite Vald.










Here he is next to Pendrake (as per tradition).

One of the things which put me off painting him for so long was that originally I had planned to paint the metal trim on his armour gold. Changing this to P3 Orgoth Bronze (My new favourite paint) really helped me progress in painting him.

I'm looking forward to using him in an Oblivion campaign using his alt history rules (with some community mods as his PP rules are a bit trash...)


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Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Model Review: Flugwug the Filcher & Treasure Chest Expansion


So today we are taking a look at the Treasure chest expansion with Flugwug the Filcher!

I have a soft spot for croaks and was really excited to get my hands on Flugwug!

This set contains Flugwug with his stat card and a riot gear card, 6 treasure chests and a new treasure deck!

Flugwug is a Rogue class hero in Riot Quest. In Warmachine and Hordes he is a Mercenary/Minion Solo who will work for Cryx, Circle, Legion, Skorne and Trollbloods.



The Treasure chest are made of resin and come on these sprues, I recommend clipping them off slightly away from the chest itself just to be safe then remove the excess afterwards.


Flugwug comes in two metal parts, the main body and his left hand. There is also an optional coin purse.


Flugwugs long tongue is flicking up to clean its own eye!Crazy details like this really give this mini great character.



He is carrying a large sack of treasure, which has been patched multiple times, I think it will be neat to paint the different cloth in a variety of colours or shades.


He is also carrying around a treasure chest! 


His left hand and the coin purse. I really like that he has the exact same wrist strap details as other croak models. It really ties him in with them nicely.



The treasure chests are nicely detailed. The one of the left the detail is super crisp even deep into the recesses showing the clockwork details.




The chains on the left hand one are nicely sculpted and look similar to the chest Flugwug is carrying.





I really like how different they all look. I think I will base mine onto 30mm round bases and paint the rim of the base to correspond to the colour of the class of hero who can open them for free.


And here Flugwug is assembled! 





And here is the scale shot with Professor Pendrake, Flugwug has a stoop/crouch so isn't as tall as other croaks in the setting

The quality of the sculpts here was great, very minor mould lines if any at all. 

I can understand players of just Warmachine and hordes having "sticker shock" at the idea of "having to pay that much for one small base mini" but you get much more than that (as long as you play Riot Quest I guess...). I feel the modelled treasure chests add a great visual element to the game and since using them I find myself playing more towards trying to loot them in the game too.

The new treasure deck which also comes in this set is a great change of pace and has a larger effect on the game than I initially expected! Some even damage your enemies!

Overall I think this is an excellent addition to the game and well worth at least one player in each group getting (until the rest get envious that they never get to play Flugwug and end up picking it up as well...)


If you want to pick them up for yourself you can find them here at The Outpost (a UK webstore I'm affiliated with)


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