Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Wizkids, Mantic, And 4Ground Bits And Bobs


I have an unhealthy obsession with scatter terrain and accessories. I can never have enough and always want more, as you can see in the photo above. Clearly I went way overboard with everything lol! I even picked up some of the new pre-painted 4D Wizkids sets that I found for 50% off.


There is just way too much stuff to bother with individual photos, so I'll just show some of my favorite ones. The bunk beds behind the cage are from the castle barracks pre-painted set and are really nice.


The bulk of the items are all from $125.00 in store credit I had at one of the local game stores. I used all of it to buy a bunch of the "primed and ready to paint" Wizkids Dungeons and Dragons accessory pieces from their Deep Cuts and Nolzur's lines.


I blew through pretty much all of it thanks to Citadel's new contrast paints. If you have anything that needs painted in a wood color I highly recommend the Snake Bite Leather and Gore-Grunta Fur - the stuff is absolutely amazing, especially the Snake Bite Leather!


The same goes with any type of stone work you may be doing. Highly recommend both Space Wolves Grey and Basilicanum Grey. This stuff takes absolutely no time to do and the results are pretty astounding in my opinion. My only tip is to just do one coat, don't even try to do multiple passes on an area - just get it evenly covered and you're done. Less is more and definitely don't over think it!


I also made up this fun Ark of the Covenant set from 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'. The shipping crate is from a 4Ground box I modified a little, and the Ark itself was a stretch goal from Crooked Dice's last pulp Kickstarter. In hindsight I should have built the crate so the bottom was removable as the Ark is the perfect size to fit in there.


I also made up these books to kind of look like the books the story of three knights was in from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - the books that were in Walter Donovan's office. Forgot to add a red ribbon book mark though.


I know the contrast paints get a lot of hate, but they absolutely have their uses as you can see in all the photos, but especially above here. That green is just perfect 😃

Until next time, thanks for looking!
Cheers!
Ivor

50 comments:

  1. They look brilliant - well worth the effort

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  2. Nice big bunch of stuff :)

    The crate with the Na.. symbol on the side, did it have that already on it or did you add it your self and how if you did?

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    1. Much appreciated! Yeah, I added everything to the Ark crate - I spent WAY too long online searching for an image of it, finally found one I liked then brought it into Photoshop to make the necessary adjustments to make it fit the space 🙂

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    2. Ah the homemade decal part of the hobby :)

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    3. Indeed! Big big fan of it 😀

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    4. Ivor I presume you give the decals you print a layer of gloss varnish, but how much?

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    5. Actually on the book page decals I used Mod Podge on both the front and back to glue it down - the Mod Podge gave the pages a shiney look I wanted. For the crate decal I just used regular pva (white glue) on the front and back to seal it.

      Honestly, every decal I print is different in how I do it, all depends on what it's going on, what it is, what it's made out of, etc. I have used a matte varnish spray before, usually only like two quick passes though. Because of the weather nowadays and not wanting to walk everything out to the shop by the barn I've been using Vallejo matte varnish from the bottle a lot and just brushing it on.

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    6. The reason I ask is that its said that one should give the printed decal paper a coat of gloss varnish or the ink will be washed of.

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    7. The spray varnish is definitely a popular way to seal decals, I also use Microscale's Micro Set and Micro Sol when applying water slide decals. Lots of different ways to attack sealing decals 🙂

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    8. I wonder if we are talking about the same things, I meant when you have printed the decals on decal paper one have to give it a sealer so when the decal paper is put into water the print won't get wet and wash of, I might be misunderstanding or something I'm not sure, I just want to be sure I got it right :)

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    9. Gotcha, yeah seems we got lost in translation a bit. All the decals I do myself on my computer I just use regular printer paper, I don't use decal water slide paper - though I do have some, just haven't used it since the regular paper works so well for me 🙂
      To your question though I do seem remember that varnishing water slide decals is what you should do before putting it in the water so that the colours don't run.

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    10. Okay, I just thought the one on the said of the crate was a water slide decal.

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    11. Gotcha, yeah that one was just printed on plain old printer paper, cut out and glued on, nothing special and easy peasy 😀
      I think the last actual water slide decals I did would have been some Matchbox jeeps I converted for my 82nd Airborne army a few years ago. But those decals were store bought, I didn't print them out myself.

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    12. Got it, I have been thinking of making some water slide decals for tattoos for my gangers and some decals for some diecast cars I want to repaint.

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    13. Nice! Post up your results if you do!

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  3. I'm not sure you can ever have too much scatter, big fan of it myself! Love all of these and I have that Ark of the Covenant too, soon to be seen in a forest beside an Austrian Castle. :D

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    1. Cheers Michael! Can't wait to see what you do with your Ark!

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  4. Totally agree, you can never have too much scatter terrain. Having said that, wow! You've got quite a bit there! It does look awesome though. The plastic fantasy accessories are great value.

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    1. Thanks a lot Bill! Really enjoyed the end results on all the fantasy pieces, it's always a good thing when it looks like someone much more talented than me painted them 😀
      Hope you are doing well, miss seeing your blog posts.

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  5. Wonderful collection! One can never have enough of scatter terrain, in fact those usually go a long way to bring a table top to life by adding all those extra details. 😀

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    1. Much appreciated Stew! Agree 110% 😀 *and I'm sure I'll have more to post about in the future*

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  6. You've got some fantastic stuff there and the paint has worked really well. As already said you can never have too much scatter :)

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    1. Thanks John! Yeah, completely gobsmacked by how good the contrast paints are for stuff like this 😀

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    2. Well I felt a right nana head asking for Gore-Grunta Fur in the shop today, so it had better be good. :)
      Is the GGF paint the one you did the barrel in the 4th picture and the Snakebite Leather the bag in the same picture. I got both.

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    3. Lol! The barrel was definitely Snake Bite Leather, the leather bag I'm fairly certain was Snake Bite too. The Gor Grunta I don't see a good example in any of my close up photos - it's a darker brown. I think an example may be that chest in the 5th photo. Apologies I can't remember which paint was used on what, I definitely used Snake Bite the most though 🙂

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    4. Thanks, they look different in the photo, maybe the light. I'll give them a go
      Cheers

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    5. Yeah, they very well could be. It could even possibly be another color as I was messing about with several. Looking forward to seeing how you make out, definitely post up some photos 🙂

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  7. Scatter terrain is the best!! Love it ... what a great haul!

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  8. I love all that stuff and am slowly building up my own as it adds to the flavour of the battlefield. I also concur about some of the contrast paints, and yes, Snakebite Leather is brilliant.

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    1. Cheers George! Snake Bite Leather is pretty amazing stuff 😀

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  9. Wow some gems there Ivor & not a bit like you to go over the top buying stuff :)

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  10. Superb collection of 'bits' and it does look like it was a labour of love for you as there is so much detailing - great eye-candy.

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  11. I love me some scatter terrain too, though don't have nearly as much as you. Really nice lucky haul mate!

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  12. So many things to enjoy here, very atmospheric...these splendid books are my favourites, truly impressive details on them, congrats!

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    1. Thanks Phil! The books are definitely a favorite of mine too 😀

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