“Dead Cthulhu” Looks Pretty Lively

Cthulhu miniature, all painted up.Local gamer, spinner, knitter, painter of miniatures and generally crafty person Toby recently completed a huge undertaking: painting up the enormous Cthulhu model from Reaper Miniatures’ absurdly successful Bones crowdfunding campaign. The model’s scale and detailing are amazing to begin with, but Toby’s work elevates the piece to a whole new place. Check out more pictures on Toby’s Flickr account.

Legions of the Frozen North Doubles Down

Bear riders in progress. Photo by Brennan.

Bear riders in progress. Photo by Brennan.

The riders are astride their ursine mounts in June’s update from Legions of the Frozen North. Brennan gives a peek into the process of creating these figures, as the bears and knights are completely unrelated items that he’s putting together into a new configuration:

Three of the knights are demigryph[1] knights and three are regular knights.  I had ordered the DG bits but afterwards figured I could use the regular knights which I have a surplus of.  I added bed rolls from the Outrider/Pistolier kit to add ‘something’ to the back, snipped shields for back supports, and various banner topper or other bits to act as a pommel.  I think I might also try to get the sheathed swords on as well.  The straps are strips of paper that I glued into place and then struck on the idea of adding a couple drops of super thin super glue which wicked into the paper and then hardened making them more durable than untreated paper… and probably less likely to have issues curling or falling apart when the paint is added.


[1] Ed.: Perhaps demigryph knights are the demi-chickens referred to last time.

Deep Dark Dungeons Shows Off Their Bones Figures

Vampire package of the Reaper Bones crowdfunding project. Photo by Josh.

Vampire package of the Reaper Bones crowdfunding project. Photo by Josh.

Miniatures company Reaper left many jaws agape when their Bones crowdfunding project ended at $3.4 million in backer pledges. Now, eleven months later, the rewards are coming home to roost in the form of cardboard boxes stuffed to the gills with figures.

Deep Dark Dungeons posted a few select peeks into the Vampire level reward package. Highlights include a oodles of figures, a carrying case and this cheery fellow:

Cthulhu, dry-assembled. Photo by Josh.

Cthulhu, dry-assembled. Photo by Josh.

Legions of the Frozen North’s Mystical Prowess Grows

Beast Wizard, painted and photographed by Brennan.

Beast Wizard, painted and photographed by Brennan.

With the addition of a Beast Wizard to their ranks, Brennan, High Commander Supreme of the Legions of the Frozen North, comments, “I had a lot of fun painting him.  Most of the paint went on in just 2 or 3 sessions.  I also liked how the colors work together.”

Next month promises the rise of the 1st Mounted Ursine Cavalry. One question, though: what’s a “demi-chicken?”

Vermont Tabletop Gaming Round-up

A Game of Thrones board game. Photo by François Philipp.

A Game of Thrones board game. Photo by François Philipp.

There must be something in the weather, because new opportunities to get out, meet new people and play tabletop games are springing up all over the state. Let’s take a look at the state of play in open gaming events as it currently stands, divided up by regions of the state.

Central Vermont

Northeast Kingdom

  • Border Board Games meets monthly at the Derby Line village hall for an evening of friendly gaming, usually on the third Saturday.
  • Parker Pie in West Glover hosts a Tuesday night game gathering, according to a recent Facebook update from Green Mountain Gamers.

Northwestern Vermont

  • Bakuretsucon, Vermont’s anime convention, includes an open gaming space as part of the festivities.
  • Fall-loha is a Burlington area game day hosted by Green Mountain Gamers at some point in the fall.
  • Quarterstaff Games hosts themed game nights all week long in downtown Burlington. Area of focus include board games, Magic: The Gathering, Legend of the 5 Rings, other card games, Warhammer, Warmachine, Dungeons & Dragons and the Pathfinder Society living role-playing campaign.
  • Vermont Gaming Community is a new Facebook community based out of Winooski. They regularly host Magic and board game nights at the moment, with occasional LAN parties.
  • Westford Strategy Board Gaming meets periodically in the Westford area.

Southwestern Vermont

  • Gamers Grotto in Bennington has a full calendar of daily gaming activities. They cover tabletop and video games, with the analog focusing on MagicNaruto and Warhammer.

Statewide

  • 802 MTG is a Facebook group serving as an access point for Magic players all around Vermont.
  • Green Mountain Gamers is an independent social network for Vermont gamers to meet each other and share news of what’s going on. They also host a series of game days around the state.
  • Tru Gaming VT connects players via events and Facebook.

Upper Valley

  • Carnage is an annual weekend convention of gaming, convening in Killington, Vermont in early November.
  • The Colatina Exit in Bradford sees the playing of board games every third Monday. The organizer advertises them via Facebook.
  • Fairlee Public Library‘s after school programming includes gaming on Thursdays. Tonight, May 24th, they’re experimenting with a evening board game night, too.
  • MEGA Spring Meltdown recently became the Green Mountain Gamers’ longest event, held at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee.[1]
  • Triple Play, a hop over the Connecticut River in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, offers in-store gaming most nights of the week, offering board games, miniatures, card games and more.

Have we missed something? Let us know in the comments.


[1] Green Mountain Gamers also host two game days that float around Vermont. Visit their website for details.

Legions of the Frozen North Tremble Before the Might of a Single Wizard

Swordsmen in progress. Photo by Brennan Martin.

Swordsmen in progress. Photo by Brennan Martin.

Legions of the Frozen North was caught unawares by the sudden shift from in seasons here in Vermont. It seems that surely as winter comes, so does summer. An army marches on its stomach, thus Brennan has tilled the earth to raise ample victuals. Meanwhile, the Stirland swordsmen are currently as you see them above:

They are very very fiddly and I am getting sick of running down the line of models with one color on my brush and seeing all the little missed bits that need a different color.  And of course when I next have that color I am seeing all the bits that needed that first color.  And what the heck is this thing hanging from his belt next to the always useful on the battlefield hour glass?

To switch things up, Brennan’s scaling back to one of a very different kind of model. Check out May’s figure on deck:

Raw, unpainted wizardly ferocity. Photo by Brennan Martin.

Raw, unpainted wizardly ferocity. Photo by Brennan Martin.

Legions of the North: A Bear and a Poll

A bear and his musician. Photo by Brennan Martin.

A bear and his musician. Photo by Brennan Martin.

Following through with alacrity in spite of the demands of home agriculture, Legions of the Frozen North teases the magnificence of a musician and a bear.  A bear wearing an eye-patch, no less.

Also, Brennan throws next month’s project open to the readers. Click through to weigh in what you want him to paint next: a steam tank, Knights of the Moor and/or Black Rose, or bears! More bears!

Legions of the Frozen North’s Stirland Conscripts

Primed swordsmen. Photo by Brennan Martin.

Primed swordsmen. Photo by Brennan Martin.

Legions of the Frozen North updates this week with a unit of Stirland swordsmen and a musician with a dancing bear. Musician and bear not pictured. Brennan comments:

I had used black primers in the past (often spraying white from above to pop the highlights) but this time I decided that I want to start with a brighter base since I have gotten tired of all the work it takes to get a good yellow over black primer. The bone color seemed a nice way to have that lighter base without risking having super bright white spots showing where the paint didn’t reach.

Legions of the Frozen North: The War Altar

Legions of the Frozen North is a photo blog run by Brennan, Vermonter, nerd, miniatures gamer and apiarist. In January, Brennan took up the Hobby Challenge put forth by the Bad Dice podcast, hoping, in part, that it “will provide me the incentive to be more regular with my painting and to actually do the last 5% on some of my projects.”

Being a recovering Warhammer player, Brennan’s working on an Empire army. Legions of the Frozen North chronicle his steps in painting figures and “finishing the final 5%” of various projects. This week, he posted pictures of a War Altar, fully painted and only needing some magnets attached for swappable components.

Check out the fruits of Brennan’s labors over at Legions of the Frozen North.