Ruined Column Pedestal + Tutorial

New terrain piece just finished and added to the shop, plus a step-by-step tutorial!

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This version features “Krass Omenthrall” from Reaper. Of course, you can use a miniature of your choice for your personal version.

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Game Mat #14: Ice Floes

New year, new mat, and one that happens to be appropriately-themed this time! “Ice Floes” depicts an arctic environment with average temperatures that are pretty close to what we’re currently experiencing in the Midwest, lol. I’ve also got some preliminary concepts for matching terrain which I’ll hopefully be able to get to in the near future!

 

Something interesting and weird to start 2018

Something I just learned today: in 1990, a video game company called Color Dreams went to some pretty significant lengths to create a game for the NES based on the movie Hellraiser. It’s a short, but interesting read, even if you’re not particularly into video game history. Someone must have really enjoyed seeing Hellraiser to go to the lengths described here to attempt to adapt it into a video game, not the least of which being developing new (and expensive) hardware and programming tricks to enable Nintendo’s old workhouse to be able to run the kind of game they envisioned.

But there’s no need for me to rehash the same information here. The aspect of this story that I’m focusing on is how after this project failed, Color Dreams went on to rebrand as Wisdom Tree, releasing a slew of Bible-themed games for the NES and Super NES that, from what I gather, featured almost universally awful gameplay. I actually owned and played through one of these games as a kid: a blatant Zelda clone called Spiritual Warfare. It actually wasn’t too terrible, and the gameplay was fairly solid. But that’s not too surprising considering that it’s no exaggeration to describe it as essentially a reskin of the original Legend of Zelda.

While I was already familiar with Wisdom Tree, I didn’t know about their earlier start as Color Dreams. I’ve written some about how the moral panic surrounding D&D (not to mention heavy metal and other aspects of pop culture) impacted me as a kid. It would have been really interesting to see how the panickers of the time would have reacted if they had learned that the religious-themed video games being sold in Christian bookstores were made by a company that had been previously working on a Hellraiser video game before its rebranding (or maybe “conversion” would be more apropos?).

Also, since I mentioned Zelda and have been on a Breath of the Wild kick with my family lately, if you’re a Zelda fan as well, look up “Ancient Stone Tablets” if you don’t already know what this is.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I’m doing some traveling with my wife and daughter for Christmas this year visiting some family members that we don’t get to see that often. Part of this evening’s festivities was playing an ignominious little game that I will refer to only as “LCR”, a non-game “game” that possesses the exact same level of strategy and tactics as Candyland and Bingo (or, the i.e., none).

Although I felt like I was betraying my identity as a tabletop gamer in some way by participating, you make sacrifices for family. And even though LCR isn’t really a game, it was a fun diversion that managed to bridge the gap between young an old and be something that family members spanning four generations could participate in and enjoy together. And in this case, it probably did it better than any board game could.

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Oh yeah, my mom ended up winning the pot and decided to split it up equally between her four grandkids. 🙂

Star Portal Commission

Working through the backlog of commissions that I haven’t posted pictures of yet. First up is a stargate – warp portal – star portal. The customer ordered some ice and snow pieces as well and wanted the star portal to match. Actually, he inquired about having terrain done in an ice and snow theme before I had this theme ready to go. It was something that I had been planning on making, so his request prompted me to move it up in the development schedule.

The first picture shows the painted star portal before it was attached to the base. The second shows the fully painted model before adding the snow. There isn’t any snow on the pad because the rationale was that the energy from teleporting objects would melt any snow that collected there (that, and the heat from warping in objects from more temperate or volcanic worlds).

This model is made from an original model that I found on Thingiverse. I was going to look to the original, but I couldn’t find it again (it’s been a few months since I finished this commission).

Old Forest Vignette (plus Ice and Snow version)

This is another new terrain piece finished in the “Old Forest” theme that I’ve been working with recently. Also pictured are the minis for two of the other PCs that I painted for the short-lived D&D campaign I mentioned in a previous post. I’ve been getting a good amount of mileage out of my tree models lately now that I’ve finally started using them.

And here’s the same piece, finished in the “Ice and Snow” theme. I added an additional tree because I thought some more features would be a good idea. I still feel like it could use something else, but I’m not really sure what.