I’m decided that I’m going all-in with Shadespire. However, despite the relatively low model count, I don’t have the time or motivation to paint all of the warbands for this game, so I recently reached out to another Shadespire player and asked him to paint Spiteclaw’s Swarm for me in exchange for a set of terrain. I recently received the finished models and I’m thrilled with the job that he did. They’re better than anything I could do myself in the mere two hours that he said it took him, and just flat out amazing for a speedpaint! Besides the overall great quality, I really like the way the green turned out on these models — a deviation from the standard studio colors for Spiteclaw’s Swarm and a great color choice in its own right.
I’ve still been mostly keeping my head down for the past few weeks, working on making new terrain and filling orders. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t done anything non-terrain related. I have been getting in a small amount of tabletop gaming time here and there.
One game that I recently got into, almost on a whim, is Shadespire. I plan on writing more about it some other time, but suffice it to say that it’s already become one of my current favorite games. Shadespire is a fast-paced, tense, tightly-designed, highly enjoyable experience that all comes in a neat little package (plus a bunch of expansions that you’ll probably want to get as well).
Gameplay aside, Shadespire also provided me with an excuse to make some new terrain pieces:
3D terrain pieces are not required to play, and I’m not the first one to make something like this, but they to enhance the experience and kick it up a notch, even when unpainted like the ones in these photos.
A few pics of some new terrain pieces I finished up recently. These are based on original models by Kevin Rau and are the first of what I’m planning will be several new terrain pieces created with this style of rock.
If you look closely, you can see that the three pieces are actually all the same original model, just scaled differently on their z axis (in other words, same base size/footprint, but different heights). These were originally a commission piece for a customer. Rather than deciding on just one, he thought all three sizes looked pretty cool and bought a few of each, so I figured I’d follow suit and make all of them available in my shop.
It’s been kind of quiet here lately because I’ve pretty much had my head down working on filling orders and designing new terrain pieces. Here are a couple Tyranid-themed pieces (or Zerg-themed, if that’s how you roll) that I’ve been working on. First up is the “Thorn Prime Mini” from Worlds Over Run:
Next is an in-house take on the iconic “Spore Tower,” a staple of Tyranid invasions:
Both of these will be available in the shop soon, and there are a bunch of other Worlds Over Run pieces coming as well, which I’ll post as I work on them.
A scene featuring a medley of Dynamic Hills, Ghost Stones, and the Mystic Portal terrain pieces. Plus, an ettin painted in classic AD&D 2e skin tones.
New terrain piece just finished and added to the shop, plus a step-by-step tutorial!
This version features “Krass Omenthrall” from Reaper. Of course, you can use a miniature of your choice for your personal version.
EDIT: The file for this model is now available on Thingiverse, so you can download it for free and print your own!
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!