What’s in the Box?

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Salyut Zond, Gecko Squad, Tsyklon Sputnik

Hello there fellow tabletop gamers (there’s one inside us all). Recently, I posted this image onto Wargamers Consortium-Infinity, a great Facebook group moderated by a friend of mine, Nestor Medina. Big shout out homie! To kickoff the new group WGC-I hosted a painting challenge, and these are my entries. However, this post isn’t going to be about the models, it’s going to be about the swanky crates you see in the background. What if I told you that for pennies a day you too can cover starving tabletops with terrain such as this? Well you can, and here’s how.

Here’s what you’ll need:
- Box cutter or X-Acto knife
- Corrugated paper
- Scissors
- Tape
- Paper glue
- Marker
- Cardboard granola bar or cereal box
ShippingCrate-Assembly21I’m not the most precise person when it comes to building terrain, which is why I like to use already made boxes as my underlying structure. Using this granola box I’ll be able to make two 2″ x 2″ x 6.5″ shipping crates with clean right angles.
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First, tape the open end closed. I can’t be the only person that destroys the packaging on these boxes when I open them. So that’s what the tape is for. :-)
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Next, 2″ measurements along the long edges of the box. Two is an easy number to remember, and fits the 28mm scale of all my tabletop games nicely.
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Cutting time! Okay, so slicing into a box that’s already assembled can be dangerous and unstable, but I find it to be way faster than deconstructing, cutting then reconstructing it. All that being said, I always do several light passes with a very sharp blade. Also, cut only the long sides using a blade and then finish the shorter sides with a scissor. Don’t worry if this doesn’t look super neat and accurate. You can fix that later.
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I bought a 30″ x 20″ sheet of this corrugated paper from an art store for about 3 dollars. It’s great stuff and comes in several different colors. Since then, I’ve found it online for even cheaper.
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After cutting the paper into 2″ long strips I glue them onto the sides of the crate using paper craft glue. Turn the box top-side down onto your table. This’ll help keep the edges of the paper flush to the top of your crate. Then cut off the excess flap of paper with a scissor.
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Do the same fro the top of your crate, and you’re almost done with construction!
Next I sliced a few .5″ stips of cereal box card.
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Add some glue along the top edges of the box…
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…and along the strips of card.
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Then snip off the excess.
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And there you have the final constructed product. Now this is a very simple concept, but you can do all kinds of interesting stuff using these simple techniques. Perhaps you’d like to add doors to your crate, or use this idea on bigger boxes to make entire buildings? Do your thing and have fun. :-)
ShippingCrate-Assembly0In my next post I’ll show you how to paint this bad boy up and add detail using stencils and posters. Thanks for reading and happy building!

PEW PEW PEW!

Hey there my friends! So much time has passed since my last post, but it’s been well spent. Over the last couple of months I’ve been busy with freelance, martial arts training, painting a lot of models and playing even more games. Most importantly though, I started taking a class in 3D animation! It’s taken some adjusting to balance my busy schedule but I’m getting into a groove again so expect to see more frequent posts really soon. In the mean time, wanna see a picture of what I’ve been working on in class? Of course you do!

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Stormtrooper Mighty Mugg

Our instructor asked everyone in class to start with something simple (like a toy) to animate. I chose a Stormtrooper Mighty Mugg by Hasbro. These toys are cute as hell and I figured it would be a pretty fun and easy character to create. Well it’s definitely been fun but man was I wrong about it being easy. Apparently 3D design takes time, a lot of time, but as you can see the results are worth it. I just need to practice more and the speed will come later. As a side note, eventually I want to design my own line of miniatures, but that’s a story for another post. ;-)

Huge thanks to my homie Alex Cheparev for teaching a great class and for putting up with my constant questions. If you’re interested in taking a course in 3D animation and live near New York, you need to sign up for Alex’s classes at the School of Visual Arts. Otherwise, take a look at his Youtube channel HERE. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a stormtrooper to animate.

Tabletop Gamers United

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If you’re like me, you spend lots of time listening to podcasts. So when I found out that one of my local gaming groups was coming out with their own, I squealed with joy! Tabletop Gamers United focuses on all aspects of tabletop gaming, “No game will be shunned, no game will be frowned upon.” It’s hosted by Andrew, Scott, Calvine and Nestor and they all bring something unique and fun to the show. So if you like smart, jolly tabletop gaming banter give ‘em a listen. Episode 1 is up and waiting for your support, feedback, and general ridicule. Enjoy! 

P.S. Thank you to the TGU crew for using my logo design for their show. Good luck you guys and keep on being classy. ;-)

Represent!

DancinDave-SFCGreetings! For awhile now I’ve been playing, collecting, and painting a lot for Infinity by Corvus Belli. I’ve even created some illustrations inspired by some of their amazing characters. One of my designs was printed on a t-shirt and Carlos Lorenzo (Concept & Graphic Designer for Corvus Belli) wore it during an interview! I was pretty stoked and thought I’d share the video with y’all. Warning to those that are not into tabletop gaming, this video might get boring. But there’s a bunch of cool concept art in it, and of course, my art. Woot! :-D

Watch here and enjoy!

If you’re interested in getting any cool Scarface and Cordelia merch, click here! All proceeds go to help support MayaCast Podcast.

Rhulic Showcase: Solos

The Mercenary line has a really nice range of great looking, character filled models. From drunken Ogrun bokurs to penny-pinching pirates and armored bears. There’s something special for everyone. Here’s just a few models I’ve used on the regular for my Rhulic force.

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Ogrun Bokur

One of the first models I painted for my Searforge Commission list, the Ogrun Bukur used to be a real bad ass back in the first edition of Warmachine. It wasn’t uncommon to see two or three of these beasts on the tabletop at once. Since then however, they’ve become a lot less powerful but still make for a great centerpiece.

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Gudrun the Wanderer

Gudrun was a real treat to paint. He’s a drunken Ogrun whose taste for the juice is only paralleled by his taste for ass kickery. You can almost smell his boozy breath from here. Wash yo mouth sucka!

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Herne

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Arquebus Jonne

The character unit Herne & Jonne go together like Bieber and hair gel. Originally, Herne had no beard but I couldn’t stand the cleft chin. It was ridiculous! So I went at it with some sculpting putty and gave him a nice distinguished beard any gentleman would be proud of.

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Reinholdt, Gobber Speculator

Once in a while I’ll paint a model that makes me feel all happy inside. This is one of those models. The simple palette and exaggerated, cartoon-like features made it a breeze to paint in a couple of hours. Quick and clean that’s how I like it. :)

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Lord Rockbottom

I made this conversion using an Iron Kingdoms RPG model and the original Lord Rockbottom. First I made a replica of the original Rockbottom’s belt and arms using sculpting putty (green stuff) and glued it onto the IKRPG model. Then I touched up the shoulders and collar using more green stuff. The coin in his hand was made using plasticard and a hole punch . Much better than the original goofy hat, peg leg version.

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Thor Steinhammer

This fella right here is an auto include whenever I play with this army. He provides excellent boosts to my warjacks and he looks bad ass! What more can a painter/gamer ask for?

So there you have it folks, my most prized Rhulic possessions. I may loose a lot of games with them but damn it, I look good doing it. Cheers and keep painting!

Rhulic Showcase: Warjacks

“In WARMACHINE warcaster’s true strength lies in his ability to control and coordinate the mighty combat automatons at the heart of his forces—his warjacks. Each and every warjack is a looming ironclad behemoth, a coal-fired engine of destruction with a primitive magical brain in addition to its unique weapons and capabilities. On its own a warjack is capable of only the most rudimentary actions, but when controlled by a warcaster its efficiency and deadliness increase dramatically. Using his warjacks wisely can decide a battle for a seasoned warcaster.”

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Ghordson Avalancher

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Ghordson Driller

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Wroughthammer Rockram

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Ghordson Basher

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Grundback Gunners

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Grundback Blasters

Rhulic warkjacks are some of my favorite models in the Privateer Press line. They have a unique design, easy to assemble, and a real treat to paint. I’m especially pleased with all the battle damage. It adds grittiness to the models and doubles as an easy way to disguise any messy blends. Next post, solos and characters. Until then, keep your brush wet and your nose dry! :-D

Rhulic Showcase: Warcasters

Been a long time since I picked up a Privateer Press model. I have a few armies painted up for  both Warmachine and Hordes and really like the steampunk fantasy theme. So while looking through my figure cases this weekend, I decided to take a trip down memory lane with my Rhulic Mercenary force. First up, Warcasters!

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Gorten Grundback, Rhulic Mercenary Warcaster

Gorten is the first model I painted for my Mercenary army years ago. I love this model! He’s one of the original boxed Warcasters in the Privateer Press line and the sculpt still looks great next to newer designs. The color scheme came out better than I’d expected. Using Vallejo Game Color, I went with a very earthy palette to go with the rough and rugged feel of these dwarf heroes.

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Durgen Madhammer, Rhulic Mercenary Warcaster

Durgen Madhammer is an explosive expert and lover of mayhem. Sure his hammer is impossibly large and his canon would send his little ass flying from the recoil, but damn it he looks so bad ass! One of my favorite things about this miniature is the option to model his blast shield up (as seen here) or down.

Anywho, that’s a wrap for this post. Next I’ll post some pics of some Warjacks; steam-powered automatons of destruction! Thanks for visiting and happy painting. :)