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Stylites Game

Hello all.

So last weekend I got together with Alex of Leadballony and we had a few games of Stylites, a game that Alex and I wrote one hot summers day. It was the first time we played on the board I designed and I tell you what it’s a pretty brutal game.

 

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The rules, which you can find here, are very simple allowing for very quick games of stylite hopping, servo skull dodging madness.

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One of the things we found was that the penitents that occupy some of the stylites are tough buggers and I found myself being battered off an occupied stylite more than once ( rolling damn 1’s ) ending the game as my character plummeted to the ground with a wet thud.

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Get off my Stylite!!

After playing a few two player games we decided to play some four player ones and this is where things got interesting. Hacked servo skulls flying around all over the place! Cruel shoving, bad fumbles and just hanging on for dear life after being smacked around by an insane penitent. All good fun 🙂

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I dare you skull- jacker!
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Take that! You smelly bastard!
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Now come to Papa.

All in all much fun was had and don’t forget to design your own Skull – Jackers and penitents for your chance to win the monster Skull Crab. Here’s some more images from the day. Cheers! 🙂

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The Wall

Hi folks,

Today is just a quick post on an experiment. I’ve been playing around with making transfers and applying them to textured surfaces. The result you can see below.

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This wall is a test piece for something greater and it was a great way to practice weathering and rust and all the grimness I so totally love.

 

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It’s purpose now will be for use as a back drop for photo’s.

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Worship of the Worm. The Herald.

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The bell tolls for Ghryan. The worship of the worm has begun again and with it comes the decay of all that was beautiful. The lands will be consumed from beneath, the rot will start from under the skin and the excrement of Chaos will reign supreme.

 

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It starts now. The bell tolls. It’s sound heralding the beginning of the end and the cruel laughter that follows.

 

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Welcome to the first post of my AoS28 project, The Worship of the Worm. Now I haven’t been that into AoS in the past but with the recent release of Soul Wars that all changed. It has become a much grittier and grim setting and with the wonderful night haunt models I was set on a path to create a few projects around it. Making a war-band for AoS28 was inevitable and as I already have a night haunt project I chose to create my story around the followers of Nurgle. It’s early days yet and I have a load of other projects on the go ( don’t we all ) but I have finished the little puss filled, bell swinging loon known as the Herald you see above.

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Presenting! Mag Bellum.

Greetings!

Today I have something marvelous to show you. It is the result of much hard work and I hope it will change people’s war gaming lives a little as it’s designed to be space-saving.

Many of us don’t have big games rooms, some of us have only one room, some of us have kids and some don’t own a garage. That was the motivation in creating a tile system that anyone, no matter how much space they had, would be able to have a great tabletop board to play on.

In the images below you can see what will be a 2 x 2 skirmish board. The tiles are thin and magnetized. Some tiles are indented to allow scenery plates to be inserted – this allows you to have a variety of scenery that can fit on the same board giving you more options as to the type of board you want to play on. The kit shown is a prototype and some things have changed for the final products.

 

And here it is all assembled in two different configurations. You will be able to make a board any size you like with this system and it will just pack away into its box and be placed away with ease.

 

The final kit will be much bigger than the one shown and will have a variety of different tiles included, with enough scenery plates to create different settings for you to wage war on. Also, and I think this is cool, you will get a whole set of pieces that you can use to create a zone mortalis type board. The theme of this will be an ancient library, with other themes being released as well so you can mix things up if you choose. Below are images of the tiles and a setup.

 

In the main kit you will get 64 tiles which is enough to create a 4 x 4 board, with endless possibilites as to how you can lay it out. Expansions that are currently being designed will be available as kits to bring even more variety to your games, like multi level, with further designs being created as well for different scale games.

The possiblilities are endless with this system and I’ll be showing you more very soon.

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Stylites Revealed

Hello all you lovely hobby goblins!

Today I have a treat for you all. I few weeks ago I hinted at a thing called Stylites and now it is the time to reveal what it is.

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‘Stylites’ is a fast paced ‘push your luck’ mini-game set in the Chapel – a mysterious edifice set in the grim darkness of the far future. In this game, you take on the role of an intrepid skull-jacker – one of the deep denizens of the Chapel, and you are tasked with maintaining the servoskulls within your territory. The problem is, your territory consists of whole caverns filled with stylites – towering poles topped with tiny platforms, where ascetic penitents live out their days trying to atone for their sins, (both real and imagined). The servoskulls that you service float among these platforms, monitoring the penance of these strange individuals, so doing your job involves death-defying leaps from platform to platform, and dealing with the unhinged penitents who live on them… As if that wasn’t difficult enough, rival ‘jackers are trying to encroach on your turf, and turn your precious servoskulls against you!

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It’s a game and a free one at that. You will be able to find the downloadable rules later on in the post, but first a little bit about the creation of the game. Stylites means ‘ pillar dweller ‘ and I liked the word and what it meant so I had the idea that I would make a whole board of these things, just because I thought it would look cool. But how to play on such a board? So the idea of making rules came to me. Help was needed on this little quest and I contacted Alex of the leadballoony variety and we arranged a much-needed catch up with some dice throwing. So we set about making a game. It took us most of the day with playtesting as well and even with the most ones I’ve ever seen someone roll in all my life we managed to have a few good games where Alex didn’t just fall off his Stylite. With the basic rules all done we returned to our lives with duties to fulfill. Alex was to write the rules out and I was to create the board and the scenery to go with it and providing Alex with the same scenery to create his own board. Something to look out for soon.

THE BOARD

Below is the board I created. Its 2 x 2 and can be arranged in different ways. The platforms can be turned to add more variation as well. Also the Stylites themselves come off so it is easy to pack away.

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I also made a measuring tool to go with it. All nice and dirty!

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CHARACTERS

You have the scene, now on to the characters. But wait, I have none to show you. That’s because, my hobby nuts, its competition time!! All you need to do is come up with two characters, a Skull Jacker and a Penitent with a paragraph written about each. The rules are as follows.

1 : Characters must be on a 25mm base.

2 : GW bits only.

3 :  Posts must be linked to this page. Instagram # stylites.

4 : Must be submitted by October 31st.

5 : Final images and the fluff must be sent to my email, which you can find in my about page.

PRIZE!

So whats the prize I hear you say……… Well this is.

A BIG SKULL CRAB!!! This creepy mechanized monster stands at 40mm high and can be used to mount big guns on, carry around a suitably deranged character of your own devising, or just left how it is. It comes in two parts and is made of resin and was produced at Black Edge 3D.

So get cracking on those characters! I look forward to seeing what you all create and then judging you on it ;P

THE RULES

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Click on the link to Download the rules.

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It’s a pretty simple game and can be played quickly. Any feed back is welcome as we plan to expand on the basic rules.

And if you are interested in having a set of Stylites you will be able to order them from my shop pages very soon. ( I’m away in August for two weeks ) The complete set consists of all the pieces pictured below x 20, or you can purchase just the platforms and create your own.

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Please allow a few weeks for me to make them as I have to cast them to order.  Either way I hope you enjoy playing it and good luck to all who take part in the competition.

Next Stylite post. Battle report!

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NIGHT HAUNT – I

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Hi everyone,

For today I have the first post of my Night Haunt project. These models are great and are responsible for me getting into AoS. They are easy to build, have loads of converting possibilities and are fairly quick to paint, each model here took around 3 hours to complete. They are also the first models in a long time I haven’t cut up and kitbashed, but I will eventually as like I said they have great potential.

First we have an image of the first one I painted to get the colours right. I went for a fleshy look to them with the use of the new wash Hexiwraith flame as the spot colour. It’s a pretty intense shade and it looks like it could glow, so I watered it down a lot and blended it in to the flesh tones. The scythes are rusty and so are the bits of chain mail, chains and bells. I used pigments for these.

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Next up are some scene shots with terrain I have recently painted up. Enjoy 🙂

 

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The Chapel Box of St Ascerion

Hello one and all.

Some of you may have seen this already but this time it’s with more info!

I started making this box a while ago and the one you see in this post is the prototype of a kit. The idea of cool travel boxes is awesome, with the likes of Nicolas Grillet doing some truly inspired work and it got me thinking about making a kit that you can customize to create your own box of grim dark.

In this kit you get 8 wall sections that make 4 walls, 4 lid corners with inserts and a blank plate for the middle, 4 floor sections and 2 flag stones. You also get the wooden box that comes blank and ready for whatever staining or painting you wish and a steel plate that your magnetized models will stick to.

The design of the parts are pretty blank with only a few details, this is so you can use your own bits and textures to make it original. There’s lots of space to do so, the box is 29cm x 24.5cm x 15.5cm in size. Most of the kit is 3D printed in grey plastic with the rest of the parts cast in grey resin. This will change to fully cast in resin in the near future.

So there you have it. Now it’s on to making one for an order and depending on how busy I am they can take up to three weeks to complete. I will post an image of that order before it gets sent so you can all see it in its blank, hurry up and paint me, stage 🙂 Any questions please ask and if you are interested in one for yourself please contact me via email as found on my about page. The cost of these depends on where you are in the world as the postage for one can be hefty due to its size and weight.

Here’s mine, hope you like it.

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Rust and Wood

A great combination and one which has always been inspired by the works of John Blanche. I’ve always wanted to bring such imagery to the tabletop and the cable tree is a great way to do just that.

So I set about producing one and this is the result. The model is large and stands at 160mm tall and will eventually be part of the new Chapel board and a piece you can buy.

Hope you like it.

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New Shop Page.

Hi Guys and Girls,

This is just a quick post about a change to my blog. The shop is now here! The Etsy shop will eventually be used by my company for digital downloads and not for my scenery items.

So please take a look and any feed back will be greatly appreciated, as I’ve only just started doing this and I want to improve and offer cool stuff at a reasonable price. Any suggestions on items you would like to see would be awesome to.

Thanks for looking and I will leave you with this teaser image. Dark things are coming.

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