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Here are the painted monsters for Arcadia Quest.  I used the quick painting technique that I gave for the troll for all these models.  I will be getting the painted characters up this week.    I do need to touch up some of the bases on these models.  I have not decided how I am actually going to base the models since the board tiles are so nice (I may get clear bases to put the models on).

 

Arcadia Quest (AQ) Goblins Arcadia Quest (AQ) Orks Arcadia Quest (AQ) Monsters Arcadia Quest (AQ) Minotaur Arcadia Quest (AQ) Spear Beastman Arcadia Quest Hammer Beastman Arcadia Quest Troll

 

Last week I was with some friends and we had been talking about painting models.  I was giving some advice on how you can actually paint a model quickly and make it look great with a few techniques and a bit of patience. I prime my models black to begin with, the prime coat does not have to be heavy and just needs to barely cover the mode, even if some of the plastic is showing threw that will be fine.

The first step to quickly painting some models is base coats.  I highly recommend watering down your paints while painting with acrylics.  A drop of water with a few parts of paint will really help to smooth out the paint and avoid those brush strokes, and globs of paints.  You may need to go over some spots twice, however the paint spreads better and probably takes about as much time as a heavy first coat.  On my model you will see some of the base coat still coming threw, I am not too worried about this because there will be a highlighting stage yet and as I mentioned this is the technique I use to speed threw models.

Troll Base Coat

 

After getting down the base coat I go ahead to the ink wash.  Nunl Oil from Games workshop is great for models that you want to give a gritty look to (like this troll for instance, I also used this was on my orks and goblins).  You can be generous with the wash and you want to cover most of the model and let it seep into the lines that are providing definition (like the arms, fingers, teeth, etc..).  However after the ink you will want to give the model some time to dry.  If you are doing a group of five or ten models you can probably get  started on the next step on the first model after you finish the ink on the last model.  I usually take a clean paper towel and dab the model to make sure that no ink is wet if I have not given the model a lot of time to dry.

Troll Ink Wash

 

Next will bring up the colors with a drybrush (for details on dryburshing there are a ton of great videos on youtube for free).  The paint color that I use is typically brighter then the base coat, but sometimes the base coat color will give it enough of a highlight.  In this instance, I brought up the red on the skin, brown on the leather, and wood.  I also used some brighter white on the teeth, and the bones in the bag (never did any side shots, but will probably add some at a later date if people want).  You may notice that the straps are a bit brighter then leather over the body.  This was done by simply completing a second quick coat afterwards.  I also added some yellow for the base of the eyes, and drybrush grey on the hair.

Troll Dry Brush

 

Last step is just some finishing details.  For this model, I did another drybrush of pink on the warts , silver on the nails of the bat and on the hair, and a dark white  on some of the pieces that I want to bring up to a brighter color (arm straps, some of leather bits, pink warts, etc..).  I also drybrushed the nails with the same white and got out the really fine details brush for the eyes.

 

Details

 

If I had the time, I perhaps could have done a bit better detailing (and I probably would not have missed the tongue :p ).  Also I did not do the base of the model yet, but I would say that other then waiting on the ink to dry this model took < 2 hours, maybe even close to an hour, but I was watching football at the time.

Arcadia quest was probably the second biggest reason I got back into miniature painting, models and table top games.  When I came across Zombicide earlier in 2014 I noticed this game created by Cool mini or not (CMON).  The art work on the cards, tiles and details of the models is amazing.  Also this game is right up my alley of interests.  Growing up I have always liked dungeon exploring games (more so video games then table top).  I also watched some of the game demos and it always looks like people are having a ton of fun playing the game.  After getting my hands on my copy this game has been a pretty big winner.  I have actually managed to get in nearly a whole campaign with Lesley and she is never much for games.  Also painting and finishing the models has been a lot of fun.  My only complaint is that I was not able to get the game off Kickstarter so there are a bunch of models that I do not have, and will probably never get because of the prices that people try to charge.  To be honest I have never been much of a fan of the way CMON has done this with their games on Kickstarter.  I feel like people who are late to the party miss out big time.  Also it probably hurts the middle guys at the games store.  I don’t think the games stores are ever making much from board games and I am sure they don’t want to pick up a title that has already done two million in presales.  Any how I digress again…

This game is great.  I really need to get a two or three friends over for a whole campaign (which I think could be played over three to four hours).  What is great is that you do not need to play a whole campaign at once, and you are left with nice notepads to keep track of your progress in a campaign.  The game is well thought out, seems very balanced, and  10/10 on entertainment.  I won the first quest that Lesley and I played, she drafted loot well and punished me in quest two, Third quest was close, and I really put the hurt on her in the last quest.  We do have the final quest to play yet and will probably give a proper recap at a later date.

I will be adding the pictures of some models, and I actually used the troll model for a quick step by step tutorial on how you can get some great looking models without a lot of time.

 

Managed to get the majority of the models painted (have a squad of stormtroopers and a E-web gunner left).  I have some little details that I would like to clean up on the rebel heroes but they are definitely ready for playing.

SWIA IMPERIALS

Star Wars Imperial Assault (SWIA) VADER AND ROYAL GUARD

Star Wars Imperial Assault (SWIA) STORMTROOPERS & OFFICERS

 

Star Wars Imperial Assault (SWIA) DROID

Star Wars Imperial Assault (SWIA) E-WEB GUNNER

Star Wars Imperial Assault SWIA NEXU AND HUNTERS

Star Wars Imperial Assault (SWIA) REBEL HEROES

Fantasy Flight (FF) has been putting out a bunch of Star Wars games for some time now.  After moving to Montreal I got away from board games, and miniatures for a while.  However I am now back and at it with a passion.  The latest addition from FF is Star Wars Imperial Assault.  This was probably one of the most anticipated games of the year, and it just made it in for the year.  To be honest I was sure that it was not going  to make it to the shelves for Christmas and the last thing you want is for your wife to show up at a nerdy board game store and not be able to get exactly what you ask for so it was not on my list :(.  But no worries, I got out on boxing day and picked myself up a copy and made painting the models a priority for January.

Out of the box the game looks great.  The models are made pretty well, and the art work on the game tiles is beautiful.  After painting up my models this week it really helps to add the cinematography that goes with the story telling of a campaign.  Now I just need to get in a campaign.  I am planning on playing a few mission with my buddy Steve over Skype, and I plan on recording the game and getting it on a YouTube channel and my blog.  I have gotten in a few missions with Lesley, however there is definitely some learning pains with the rules and set ups.  It is a bit difficult getting the first game up and going if you and your friends have never played before, but after the first mission or two it all comes pretty easy and the game actually moves pretty quickly.

I am going to hold off my judgement on the game until I get in a campaign or two, however if you enjoy painting miniatures like I do then the investment of ~$80 is worth the 34 minis (including a AT-ST which seems to scale with the rest of the minis).  Since I am trying to make this year more about post, sharing and spreading my joy for the games I am going to make sure that I get my painting completed more and to a schedule.  As a result I did not spend as much time with each individual model as I would like, but I am happy with the results and spent the better half of two days completing all the minis.  I think this is the part I love most about the game.  There are enough minis, and with enough variety that you have something to get, spend a day or two painting with out feeling overwhelmed, and afterwards have something super nerdy and fun to share with your friends.  Serious, who doesn’t want to role play through a campaign as a Wookie, or the quick to draw smuggler.  Perhaps you are fond of the Jedi, or want to put some distance between you and your foes as a commander, veteran soldier, or sniper.  Maybe your like me and want to wound all the rebel scum that you can.

I will be adding pictures to the page as I can along with some campaign stories and future thoughts of the game.  It definitely seems like a game that I can get a lot of playing time out of, and would be a great game to just soak up a day playing.  I also am not 100% of the replay ability of the game yet, but I think that there are enough missions, to keep it fresh, and so long as you are not playing a lot of campaigns as a rebel player the game should feel fresh.  I also have high hopes that players will come forward with ideas for extra missions, or create their own campaigns.