Saw this over at penny arcade this morning. Thought it was an incredibly astute observation. We are all creators, and honestly, it’s always been that way. And we control our culture, we just need to be more aware of it.
The answer is always more art; the corollary to that is the answer is never less art. If you start to think that less art is the answer, start over. That’s not the side you want to be on. The problem isn’t that people create or enjoy offensive work. The problem is that so many people believe that culture is something other people create, the sole domain of some anonymized other, so they never put their hat in the ring. That even with a computer in your pocket connected to an instantaneous global network, no-one can hear you. When you believe that, really believe it, the devil dances in hell.
Figure this is as a good a way as any to get back into posting. You’ll see more from me in the next couple weeks now that school is out. I might even have a zine or three do and ready for consumption!
So I have continued to plug away and have completed quite a bit more of the set. I find I enjoy painted the singles better than the triple sets, however the triple sets are helping me to get better because they are quite easy to compare.
More to come
So I have been plugging away on my miniatures from my Wrath of Ashardalon game. I have been really enjoying myself and this set is so diverse in terms of painting techniques. I feel as though I am getting better with each mini. Here are my latest creations! Again comments and suggestions are much appreciated!!!
Needing a break from painting three of everything I painted a miniature that my brother bought for my birthday. I tried to do some shading…not sure if I did it right….but the beauty of painting is it doesn’t matter the process all that matters is the result.
Howdie! I’m new to painting miniatures and I am having so much fun with it I thought I might document my adventures with beginning painting. Since I got Wrath of Ashardalon at Gencon 2011 I have wanted to paint the crap out of them. I finally gave in to the temptation to paint and bought some paints and brushes and just went to town. The thing that surprised me the most was just how fun and relaxing painting miniatures can be, and I hope this blog will inspire those of us that want to add another dimension to our gaming adventures.
Below you will see the minis that started it all….every night as I would fall asleep I could hear these minis from within the box, crying out to be painted.
For my first minis, I went with the cave bears because they would only be one color scheme to deal with. I’d love to get some feedback on them, as I am new to the hobby and could use all the constructive criticism I can get! Oh and the reason there is only two…my friends cat got a hold of one…I guess Felis domesticus can beat cave bears! plus I have not finished any of the bases yet because I am still experimenting with colors to match the tile floors in the game.
Next minis that I decided to tackle were the snakes, because they would have a two color scheme that would help me advance from a single brown bear.
Next to go under my brush were the orc smashers. I kinda just jumped in with these and here is the result.
From these I went on to the legion devils….I tried to go for a charred red look for these guys.
next was the Deurgar Captain
and the grell were begging to get some color….went kind of Portuguese man of war with them…
the next minis I think I will paint will be the deurgar guards.
So it feels like this is as good a time as any to begin ending my campaign in Fallow’s Vale. Fallow’s Vale has been great, it’s allowed us to play some D&D while I was living in Nashville with friends from around the US, and it’s played right into the sweetspot of 4E D&D, which is points of light exploration.
However, I’m feeling ready for a different type of gaming, and I think Bellona will make a great campaign world.
The elevator pitch for Bellona is that something has happened in this city and now everyone is just trying to scrape by. The PCs however, have bigger plans. Perhaps it’s like New Orleans after Katrina, a city struggling to rebuild after a horrible disaster. Or maybe it’s like Gotham in No Man’s Land or New York in DMZ, with larger than life characters vying for control of various parts of the city. Or maybe it’s like it’s namesake, Bellona from the book Dhalgren by Delaney, a city so broken it’s memory has been forgotten by the rest of the world.
I see a major component of this campaign being the map. Each gaming session, the players will look at the map, and try to determine which faction or section of the city to put pressure on next. They’ll be forced into treaties with unsavory groups and individuals, and slowly they will build their own army of followers to do with as they see fit.
Perhaps their goal is to reform the city into a working community, possibly with the PCs at the top. Or maybe they just seek to plunder the riches of the city and try to find buyers outside the city. Or maybe they just wish to settle old scores and finish what the Gods/man/nature has started and burn the city down to the ground.