I’m super excited to be heading out to Adepticon tomorrow, to see all the cool stuff that I can’t afford, but mostly because I want to see if there will be any sneak peeks of the new Sisters of Battle.
Anyhoo, last week I sallied forth up to Grognard Games and played my first ever game of DeepWars by Antimatter Games, a rule set based on the Song of Blades and Heroes engine by Ganesha Games. It was actually at Adepticon a few years back that I saw the demo games being played there and was immediately struck by the fact that this was a game set in the unfathomable deeps, where dive-suit clad fortune hunters pit their wits against all manner of enemies in the quest for fortune and glory. (Unashamed Indiana Jones reference there, kid).
Now that Chiberia/Ice Planet Hoth seems to be retreating, life seems to be returning to normal. I recently picked up a copy of ‘A Song of Blades and Heroes’ by Ganesha Games as I wanted to use a simple and fun rule set to give me an excuse to put together a warband using the Pantheon of Chaos figures I picked up a little while ago through the Knightmare Miniatures Kickstarter campaigns.
Well, that’s another check off the list! Here is a heavy hitter for my Deepwars Dark Mariners faction. Amazingly, it only took two nights to complete, which for me is supersonic. First I hit all the areas with the base colors:
Once I had a good foundation and was happy with the coverage, then came several washes:
Then the application of highlights. As I’d mentioned in a previous post with my Dark Mariner Vanguard – I like to be a little bit ‘sloppy’ with the highlighting as these miniatures have such an organic feel to them, it seems to work quite well:
These undersea monsters need to look weathered and algae covered, so washes of greens and purples really help with that look I feel. I really need to figure out a better camera as my phone one seems to be getting worse, but still, hopefully you can see the work here OK.
I’ve been making some scenery for my Deepwars gaming table, which I’ll be posting up soon 😉
I had made an unofficial rule a while back that I wouldn’t be posting miniatures on here unless they were completed, but I’m breaking my own rule today as I wanted to share my WIP picture of a tentacled, barnacle encrusted beastie from Deepwars by Antimatter Games. The Dark Mariners faction have a very obvious Elder Gods/Cthulhu connection which is pretty darn cool. He’s looking very orangey brown right now but I’ll be adding a few green patches here and there to break it up a bit. So far what you’re looking at are a basecoat and a few washes. The only part that has received highlights are the helmet and the ether crystals on the shoulder and the weapon:
I’m going to try some of the OSL on this (hopefully I won’t cock it up!) because I love the idea of these creatures skulking around in the abyssal depths, eerily outlined in the gloom by the light from the ether crystals.
When this guy is done, that will be 2 of the 4 miniatures for the Dark Mariners warband that I have for playing Deepwars. Then I can start on the Ancients of Atalan! I’m hoping to run a few demo games of this soon to try and garner some interest at the FLGS’s in the area. The setting for Deepwars and the fluff and the miniatures are all really great, and deserve to have a lot more exposure, especially since the low buy in costs can be very appealing. Couple that with the RPG elements and different play styles that you can opt for, this really is a hidden gem in the depths that more people should know about!
I have lots planned for upcoming articles: Deepwars demo game terrain, some long overdue fan fiction and also another international paint pledge/reducing the unpainted pile of shame project. In fact, I’m considering opening this up to other people who may be interested in participating. Drop a comment below and we’ll see what happens!