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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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Penitent Poles

Greetings all!

I’ve been away from the hobby for a while due to getting married in Oz last month and all the life comings and goings that goes with it. Now though I’m back on it, and oh how I’ve missed it 😉 Also it looks like I have loads to catch up on to. You busy bunch!

So to kick things off I’d like to introduce a concept for a game called Penitent Poles but before I do let me introduce a couple of misguided loons.

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These two used to have the holy task of maintaining servo skulls but after many years they have lost their minds and now they jump from penitent pole to penitent pole capturing servo skulls and messing with their protocols before sending them on their way to do god knows what to who. Insanity rules the Imperium of man so they say and these two wayward souls are testament to that.

Right so the game will go like this : Two teams of three take to a board made up of penitent poles with the aim to knock off or kill each other. Sounds simple yes? But wait, servo skulls will be floating around the place. You will be able to capture these and set them against your enemy but your enemy can recapture them and turn them back against you also. This will be determined by a series of dice rolls which I’ll think on a bit more. To add to the mayhem some of the poles will be occupied by penitents and these are best avoided but that’s not always going to be the case and you may find yourself tackling a truly insane soul hell-bent on killing you for disturbing his/her penance.

Obviously this still needs a lot of thought but I think it’ll be great fun and games will be quick as the board won’t be that big. I will be creating mine starting now as this is a precursor to the next Chapel, which I have also been working on.

So any thoughts or suggestions are welcome and once it’s all done I’d like the opportunity to knock a few of you off your poles 😉

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Display Tile 1

Welcome to the first display tile post. In these I will be showcasing my display tiles and showing a few w.i.p images as well with brief descriptions on the process.

The display tile idea came about so I could add to the narrative of my characters by placing them in particular scenes of note. The first of these are settings in which my new ][nq28 war band, pictured below, are taking part in.

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The introduction to some of these characters can be found in earlier posts with the rest to follow soon, if only there were more time in a day or better still a three day weekend! It’s only the beginning of the year and already I have a back log 🙂 Any way the stories have begun and the scenes are being made and I’m sure I’ll have them finished by mid year………or later 😉

So to kick things off are a few images of the first tile without any Photoshop parts added. I used one lamp from above to light it and white paper was used to surround it. This makes it easier to add the photoshop elements later.

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The materials used to create this tile are as follows.

GW bits. Parts from the tree kit and the flesh eater courtiers.

Scenery parts designed by myself, which can be found in the shop page.

Left over resin support bases from 3D printing. I’ve been trying to find a use for these for a while now because it’s such a waste and I’m loathed to throw resin away. So to use them as the textured floor worked really well and will do it again as I have so many of them.

Skulls, candles and random bits plus the usual suspects when texturing up a tile or base.

All was painted using washes and pigments with areas being drybrushed in grey and toned with washes.

Fake grass was added last in random areas.

Once I had the character placed right and the shot I wanted I open it up in Photoshop and began to create the background image. This one is of a worn ancient wall with a dark foreboding entrance and I used images taken on my trips to castles and various old or ruined stone structures I have seen over the years.

Although it takes a while I feel it adds to the process of a narrative wonderfully and is very rewarding. To have you’re characters placed in a scene it’s like a snap shot from a film.

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Well there you have it. I hope you like it and any questions please ask.