“In its almost 700 year run since the Ascension the auguria are a popular as ever. Created to give the public a more visceral democratic experience the games are the mechanism of elections and publics votes commonly known as the Referenda. This illusion of choice has kept the people both united and factionalised for who does not love the auguria? Who does not love their Astral?”
Manuscript on Governance; Tract MDXIV
I’m pleased to announce our first card game, Referenda, in which players control teams of techno-barbaric gladiators fighting in the newest form of democratic process on the planet. The game itself is adversarial for 2-4 players and will come with tokens, dice and three sets of cards representing;
- Astrals: The warrior embodiments of the western zodiac.
- Arcana: Aspects of humanity as defined by the Major Arcana which an Astral can assume to grant additional skills or abilities. Beware though as each card can be reversed to the detriment of the Astral and their allies.
- Arenas: The fabled lands and settlement of history before the Ascension
As for the game’s current status the prototype was signed off at the start of September this year and I’m taking the project into closed alpha testing in the next two weeks. If you are interested in joining the testing pool please contact me with details of your gaming group at email@example.com
This project will be funded via a Kickstarter campaign launching in early 2014. There are a lot of irons in the fire for this project including Astral and Arena miniatures, metal tokens, scrolls and a set of thematic limited editions hand crafted for us by Styrka Silver.
I hope you will join us.
Owner, Pyre Studios
Here is a quick shot of the minis for those contributors who chose to have them painted. This initial stage comprises of assembly, undercoat (mid brown) and then a stain with coloured washes that a) defines the detail in the miniature before applying the paint and b) serves as the deeper layer of shadows for the project.
Olivier put in a good few hours over the weekend and I wanted to show you the latest update for the mini. More shots are available at http://www.indiegogo.com/Haar
Very excited about this one! Last week I received the bits and bobs needed to begin the Court of the Young King. Comprising of a Forgeworld Avatar and 7 Exarchs. The client has yet to decide on the schemes and basing for the Exarchs but I’ve started on the Avatar.
Below are a couple of WIP shots showing the bulk of the body work is done. I just need to tidy up the areas around the runes
The good folks at Brain in a jar, a racing games developer, contacted us to get a small piece done for their boardroom. Synching up nicely with their name is the SWD Drohne from the Incursion miniature line.
Painted up in their company colours and logo the Drohne will eventually sit on an F1 style pit base. One of the more interesting commissions we’ve had…
We’re working away on our Color Warz MiniZ though we have yet to decide which colour to play. Regardless we thought we would show you how we assembled or chaps ready for painting. The more experienced of you will no doubt see a better way of assembling them but this worked for us…
Mini Golem: The easiest miniature first. Simply clip the resin tags from the base of the miniature and sand/file smooth. We used an emery board for all of the miniatures that needed it. Done.
Maxi Golem: Clip the resin tags from the arms and file smooth. Use a scalpel or sharp knife to trim the corresponding holes in the shoulder joints. Be careful if you have to do this too, it would be very easy to cut yourself or worse… the miniature. Because of its “blobby” nature it had to be cast on top of a flat surface. You can either remove it or use it as part of a scenic base. We, perhaps stupidly, chose to remove it by VERY gently sawing through the base tab.
The Hunter: Clipped the catapult and grappling hook from the sprue and removed flash and resin channels. Be careful with the head of the catapult as t would be very easy to break it. we removed the channels from the base of the hunters feet and drilled a hole into one of them to take a pin. We also drilled out holes in the wrists. This is not for a pin but to give the glue a bit more surface area to adhere to.
The Shaman: the component clean up was as per the Hunter though caution should be taken with the miniatures right hand… don’t clip too high! The only additional step was straightening the Staff. We used a small cup of warm/hot water and suspended the staff in it for 15-20 seconds. We straightened the staff by hand and left it to cool on a flat surface.
The Warrior: Second simplest miniature after the mini golems. Remove the channels and file smooth. Drill out the arm on the axe-brush for additional support and assemble.
The Chief: the single trickiest miniature to assemble in the range (so far!). Clip and clean as per the other miniatures. Assembly should be done in the following order a) Stalk in the top of the head b) Berry racks into the back of the head c) Left arm d) Right arm and Paintbrush. Keep the head dress totem on the sprues until you have decided which colour you are going to play.
Here a quick shot from the rear to show additional detailing and placement of parts.
It’s been quite a while since I made any progress on the World of Twilight starter set I picked up as a Christmas pressie last year. Real life and all that… I present a couple of WIP shots of one of the studios Fubarnii militia units. This is the first of 2 units of militia.
We’ll be posting further images and details on how we painted them up on the project page here
My very first team for Blood Bowl was the champions of Death. I converted them up from the old skeleton army plastics and the beakie marine box set, … they looked horrific. Given the number of BB commissions I’ve gotten of the past year I thought I’d try the CoD again.
It’s a full team of 16 comprising of 5 Zombies, 4 Skeletons, 3 Ghouls, 2 Wights and 2 Mummies (not pictured). In the pic below the back row is Wights and Zombies and the front row is Ghouls and Skeletons.
Hmm, how do I construct the Mummies?
Hailing from the 1st/2nd edition of Blood Bowl the Underworld Creepers were a team of Goblins and Skaven. It was one of the worst teams to play in Blood Bowl but utterly hilarious. I’ve kicked off modelling a full team of 16 using current WFB plastics.
I’m tackling the goblins first. It’s 8 minis: 5 goblins, 1 looney, 1 fanatic and 1 bombardier. The last three mentioned are at the back of the photo in the order above.
I just need to construct the chainsaw, out of a 40K chainsword, and convert and place the bombardiers right arm. After that I’ll start converting up the Skaven.