Tuesday, 9 December 2014

LXXVI. Merchant's Shop

Last month I finally got my hands on one of Tabletop World's resin houses. It was the lovely Merchant's Shop.


I painted it for a step-by-step tutorial published in last month's Figure Painter Magazine. You can purchase Issue19 if you follow this LINK. It was fun, even though I had to paint fast to meet the deadline. It will be a welcome addition to my terrain collection. The only problem is that it makes my own scratchbuilt houses look quite poorly made in comparison. I guess I'll have to up my game when it comes to terrain making. Or fill my table with Tabletop World stuff. Spaking of which, the newly released Mansion is a real beauty. But that price tag...




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I recently bought another blister of Reaper Dire Wolves, so the Plague Doctor got two more cheap minions. The newcomers are at the front, and the two old ones are at the back.

The undead pack.
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Another thing I did in November was a redesign of the Bell-ringers. I wanted them to look more visually coherent, and more reminiscent of the source material. Before setting off I made some sketches:

The faces got an overhaul.

The Devil gets a new head. Also, possible new types of units are here. The stag and hounds belong to the Hunter Horse-man, though- whose crew is planned for a distant future.

The Plaguebearer arms are replaced by the longer Horror arms. They wield new clubs as well.

The big, Blightking-based fellow I haven't started yet; the Devil again, and the musician got a change of concept.
The next post will feature before and after pictures of the six minis that went through the makeover, as well as inspiration, design and execution notes.

9 comments:

  1. Oh Wow! What a lovely update. I've had my eyes on those terrain pieces for some time and I might treat myself in the new year :) You've done a fantastic job with painting it. Suitably grim but not too dark. I love your character design doodles and the eureka moment "yays" throughout :P Can't wait to see what you do with the Blight King.

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    1. Haha, thanks! When I doodle it's sort of like talking to myself. I sketch and write down my train of thought, that's why the result can be amusing sometimes. :D

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  2. That blight king dude looks interesting. Any ideas on what your going to base it off yet?

    Cheers.

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    1. The corpulent bell-ringer with a pair of blight sickles will be based off a GW Putrid Blightking model; the one with a bell hanging inside his abdominal cavity. If you look at this picture, it's the one on the left: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vjDjSpCzQpE/VFXoHOwZS4I/AAAAAAAACXE/IiVRaiZOBp8/s1600/blightkings002.jpg
      I'll need to sculpt him a furry neck, head and an animal mask, just like for the rest of the guys.

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    2. Suppose it doesn't help that I don't look at GW stuff much anymore :)

      Thanks for the link. Your conceptual illustration looks great, intrigued to see how it turns out from the base mini. Looks like you've got your work cut out :)

      Cheers.

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  3. Your merchant's shop looks fantastic, Ana.

    The ghost deer(stag) sketch caught my eye straight away. Great idea. Should pair up nicely with a pack of hounds.

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    1. Thank you, Finch! :)

      Since you've mentioned the hounds, do you by any chance know of any 28-35mm grayhound minis on the market? I can't find any, and they would be the perfect breed for this.

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    2. I can do one better. Why settle for greyhounds when one can have proper deerhounds? http://www.thunderboltmountain.com/products/8046-wood-elf-huntsman-w-dogs

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    3. Wow, thanks! These are exquisite! Plus, I can get a set of six of these hounds for 12.50$ (+shipping), which is also very nice.

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