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Guild Ball: ‘Nother Round

Posted in Miniatures with tags , on January 12, 2017 by Sean

More Brewers for Guild Ball! Set ’em up, barkeep.

The team gets a good veteran midfielder in the form of Spigot. I love the pose for the figure, at a full run on the pitch, with a full pint in one hand and broken bottle in the other. I painted him with distinguished grey hair and beard to show off his vet status. I posed him a little off-kilter on his base to show his level of intoxication. The mug was painted to look like frosted glass, with base coat of GW Balor Brown, washed with Seraphim Sepia and Agrax Earthshade, followed with highlights of Averland Sunset and White. The sloshing beer was done the same way, except with a base coat of Doombull Brown.

Stave is one of the big guys for the team. The sculpt shows off his massive bulk, twisting as he prepares to deliver another cask bomb to his opponents. There’s lots of animation to the model, arms counterbalanced and his legs planting. The size of the model allowed for lots of extra detail, with bandages, leg wraps, and folds of fat and muscle. I liked the foam spilling out in an arc as he goes through his delivery. The beer was painted in the same fashion as the splashing drink in Spigot’s mug, though with more white mixed in the highlights to show the foam more. I painted his skin flushed with exertion (not easy being a big guy).

Last is the team cat, Scum. I decided to keep him a more or less solid tabby color instead of a different breed. I figured he’s a small model so needs a solid color to make him appear better on the table. A few white spots on his muzzle, tail, ear, and socks added some life. One eye is clouded from some injury, while the other is a fierce green-yellow. He got a taller base to make him stand out.

I have a few more members to go, as well as the team goal.



Guild Ball: Brewers

Posted in Miniatures with tags , on January 3, 2017 by Sean

I haven’t painted Guild Ball in a while now, so I decided I wanted to do the Brewers. They’ll play very differently than the Morticians, and will certainly present different painting challenges. The prevalence of lots of hearty bare skin, leather, fur, and cloth is a sort of ‘uniform’ for the members. Another ubiquitous element is stitching in the clothes and bandaged wounds, showing that these are folks used to a good brawl. These three are the starting box.

The most common elements are the little kegs they all carry and the tartan patterns, used on kilts, wraps, and bonnets. The tartan pattern is actually a simplified version of the Fraser clan’s hunter pattern (my own ancestral colors). I used a base of warm brown, with red, white, blue, and green lines. Lots of shades of brown were used in their clothing, as well as dull greens, greys, and tans.

Tapper is the captain, and he has a nice gruff demeanor. A forceful pose, swinging a boat hook, still puffing his pipe in the middle of a match. His pose was very forward moving, so I mounted him on a tiered base to emphasize it (and to elevate him). Lots of detail on him, with the bandaged fingers and patched kilt.

Friday is the sole female team member I have at the moment. Consequently she’s much more willowy compared to the big burly dudes of the team. Her kilt is mostly just a wrap, but it still has the tartan pattern. I gave her a white top for an Oktoberfest feel (appropriate for the Brewers, though they seem more like a melange of Scots and Irish/Vikings than Germans). Friday’s skin was a little paler than the men, but I made sure to give her flushed cheeks, since like the others she goes into play with a few drinks on board. Her more static wide-legged stance suggested a relatively flat base.

Last is Hooper, one of the midfielders for the team. Like Tapper he dives forward, swinging his favored weapon, this time a boat oar. He wears a tam o’shanter (or a beret maybe) that got the same tartan pattern as his kilt. Overall, I like his pose, even though it’s too close to Tapper’s. Other sculpts of Tapper alleviate this somewhat, but there is a sameness to them both. I put Hooper on a base to really highlight his momentum, leaping forward to smash someone with his oar.

All the team are based on resin bases from Scibor Miniatures (some instead use Micro Arts Studio bases). These bases have a mix of masonry and industrial ruins, with random moss overgrowth and Celtic designs. Grey stone and moss serves as a strong contrast to the warm color scheme of the team.

More to come!