Thursday, 19 January 2017

January's Geomorph Submissions

My current plan (for the Patreon campaign) is to dedicate the second half of each month to creating maps based on the suggestions supplied by those kind folks who've pledged at the 'dungeon builder' level or higher.

So, for the first of these, I have drawn the following map based on the 'ruined/flooded dungeon' idea submitted by Doug Z:

...and I have to say that I'm happy with the way it turned out :)

(Note that, over on the corresponding Patreon post, I also mentioned a few basic environmental hazard/encounter ideas that sprung to mind when drawing the map let me know if you'd like to see more of that kind of thing in the future).

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And for the next suggestion, Peter Webster asked if I could add a simple 'corner passage' to the set (rather than design a custom tile of his own) - thus making the set (as it stands at the moment) more usable for everyone.

So I've gone ahead and drawn 4 of them :)

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And finally...

I've also been playing around with a simple tile overlay that can be used to represent secret passage entrances... I've included a bunch of these in the 'extras folder' over on GOOGLE DRIVE - along with an EXAMPLE LAYOUT that shows all of the tiles that I've drawn thus far.

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And that's it for this update. As always, my thanks go out to everyone for supporting the Patreon campaign - but even if you're not able/inclined to support the project financially, your thoughts, comments, and shares, are always welcome ...and help to keep me motivated.

Thanks again!

Monday, 16 January 2017

A Year (of miniature painting) in Review

As regular followers of the blog will be aware, last year I set myself the task of painting at least one miniature every week that I could use in my Age of Shadow games.

- The current group of adventurers -

Well, I'm pleased to say that I managed to exceed that goal - as I not only painted more than 60 miniatures, but I also ended up making quite a few bits of scatter terrain (though I've not included all of those in the picture).

- all of 2016's miniatures -

However, I'm not sure if I've actually put much of a dent in my 'box(es) of shame' (i.e my stockpile of unpainted miniatures) - as I've probably purchased just as many new miniatures over the course of the year, as I managed to get painted :S

Oh well, as least I tried ;)

Sunday, 8 January 2017

January's Geomorphs (part 3)

This year's geomorph project has reached the next milestone ...which means that, each month, I'll be creating a minimum of:
  • 3 batches of basic geomorphs (each consisting of 4 small maps).
  • 1 small 'custom' geomorph (based on the suggestion of a $6.25 patron).
  • 1 large 'custom' geomorph (based on the suggestion of a $25 patron).
So, I've sat down and drawn another batch of geomorphs this weekend (to fulfil my '3 batch minimum' promise) ...and here they are:

Also note that all of these geomorphs are freely available (whether or not you are able to support the Patreon campaign), and are collected in THIS ALBUM, as well as being available over on GOOGLE DRIVE.

And if you're interested in seeing how these maps look when you piece a few of them together, here's another little example...

....though more complex and varied layouts will be possible in the coming months - i.e. when I manage to add more tiles to the library!

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

New dungeon geomorphs!


As regular followers of the blog are probably aware, for the past few years I've been drawing a bunch of greyscale geomorphs, and sharing them here on the blog and over on the various social media sites. These maps include:

-a dungeon made up of five of these maps-
However, after five long years (and probably close to 200 maps later), I'm going to call this range of geomorphs done I'm pretty sure that there is enough content to keep even the most hardcore of dungeon crawler's out there happy for quite some time :)


That being said, all good things need not necessarily come to an end ...and (I'm hoping that) you'll be pleased to hear that I have begun work on a whole new set of colour maps...

...which will feature 12x12 geomorphs (or multiples thereof) that will contain a wide variety of empty rooms and passages (like those pictured above), along with fully furnished maps that can be used for specific areas/encounters (like that pictured below).

And just like the previous 'greyscale' maps, you can help me to create more of them by supporting the accompanying PATREON CAMPAIGN (and yeah, every single $1 pledge really helps).

That being said, all of these maps will continue to be freely available to everyone* (regardless of whether or not you are able/inclined to support the Patreon campaign), and will be collected in THIS ALBUM over on Google plus (though I've only got a handful finished at the moment, as the project has only just begun).

However, the more support I get, the more time I'll be able to dedicate to this new project ...which will then result in more maps for everyone!

-an example of how the tiles can be pieced together-

So, if this sounds like something you'd be interested in seeing more of, then please checkout my PATREON PAGE ...and even if you choose to not support the project as a patron, words of encouragement and suggestions/criticisms are always welcome!

*Note that, at the moment these maps are for personal use only - but if the Patreon campaign really takes off, I'll consider making them available for commercial projects too.

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My Patreon page:
Free geomophs collected here:

Friday, 30 December 2016

One Mini Every Week #52

As regular followers of the blog will probably know, back at the beginning of the year I made a resolution to try and paint at least one miniature every single week throughout 2016 (or at the very least - do something miniatures related).

Well, it's the last week of the year, and I've somehow managed to stick at it! (though I've also purchased a bunch of new mini's throughout the year - so I'm not sure if I've managed to lessen my unpainted stockpile or not ;) ).

Anyway, for this week's project I've done something a bit different (and I've also cheated a little - but more on that later), as I seem to have been bitten by the WW2 bug again. So here's what I've painted:

Both of these mini's a from Warlord Games' plastic Bolt Action range, and I've assembled them to use as crew for a Marder III tank destroyer (note that I originally painted up a couple of metal crew members from the same range ...but they are tiny by comparison, and so I'll not be using them :( ).

However, for the Marder itself I've cheated somewhat (as I hate painting tanks or large models) and have opted for a pre-painted 1:48 scale model from China (as they only cost £7.99 delivered, from this ebayer - though they obviously take a few weeks to arrive).

Now the paint job on the model is nothing to write home about - but I think it's an acceptable 'tabletop quality' ...and after the crew have been added I think it actually looks more than presentable:

So that's pretty much it for the 'One Mini Every Week' project ...and all that's left to do now is to take a group photograph of all the mini's I've painted throughout the year (which will probably be a separate blog post next week - assuming I can find the time).

Saturday, 24 December 2016

One Mini Every Week #51

Well it's the penultimate blog post for 2016's 'one mini every week' project - and this week has seen me splash some paint on a couple more GW skaven miniatures...

...and there's not a whole lot more to say about these guys that I didn't already say last week :)

Anyway, I still have a few more of these little fellas left to paint (and I'm toying with the idea 'multi-basing' the rest of them like I did with some of my Mantic zombies), but I might try to paint something a little larger for next week's project (though I haven't quite made up my mind yet :S ).

Monday, 19 December 2016

One Mini Every Week #50

For this week's painting project I've painted up a couple more 'ratmen' miniatures (that I'll be using as Age of Shadow lesser beastlings)...

These particular ones are GamesWorkshop Clanrats - but as I've mentioned before, since I'm using them for RPG purposes I don't really need a whole box of them, so I'll generally pick up the parts to make half-a-dozen or so models from the various 'bitz' websites out there (THIS ONE for example).

But what do I think of the models themselves...

...well, I kinda like them. They are very easy to assemble (as you just need to stick on the weapon arm and shield), and they paint up nicely (though I did make it harder for myself by gluing the shields on before I started painting them).

My only real gripe is that, although they come with a variety of different torsos (some armoured, some unarmoured, some wearing hoods, some bareheaded, etc.), they all seem to be in a very similar (almost identical) pose.