At the end of my recent Carnevale battle report, I commented that I'd like to paint some more models for it. Unfortunately, there were two problems with this plan:
- I don't have any unpainted Carnevale models,
- Its far too close to Christmas for me to buy things that were on my somewhat extensive letter to Santa (I like to give him options).
Therefore, I need to to find a workaround...
My answer to this conundrum was actually staring my in the face whilst I played the games in the battle report. I may not have any unpainted Carnevale miniatures, but I certainly had terrain that needed work, specifically three bridges.
Therefore I set about painting one of them, keeping it consistent with the first bridge I painted months ago, whilst varying things a little for visual interest. Therefore the base colours remain Administratum Grey and Ratskin Flesh, drybrushed with Corax White, but I painted the visible pegs in the side in Rhinox Hide and did a different design on the flagstones.
I'd originally intended to keep the paving slabs grey for simplicity's sake, but I was enjoying myself whilst painting this and decided to play with a faded black and white design, using Eshin Grey and Grey Seer, down the centre. This was also a bit of a test run for my more fancy bridge, as I'm thinking of going much heavier on the black and white theme for that one.
All in all, I'm quite please with it.
The little chap running over the bridge is actually a Warlord Games celt child I've have for some time, who has seen service in Frostgrave and my Masters of the Universe project. I've decided to repurpose him as a Pilferer working for the Guild.
One of the things I really appreciate about Carnevale is the fact that the profiles are all online, so you are able to proxy models to your heart's content. I like this approach from gaming companies because it allows you to try before you buy and supplement your collection from other sources. I also think that it shows confidence in the quality and price of their miniatures.
I intend to add more official miniatures to my Guild and Rashaar forces as I like the aesthetic of the TTCombat models, but to add variation to my games, I'm also putting together a proxy Vampire force to prevent things being too predictable, which you should see coming together fairly soon when the bases arrive.
Despite the impeding arrival of the jolly fat man, I did pick up a few more miniatures yesterday whilst I was in Sheffield. I bought another sprue of plastic miniatures for building another Freedom Force character. This still leaves me in good shape for ending the year in the black.
I'm fairly sure that this is my last post before the big day, so I'll wish you a merry Christmas and see you on the other side.