The Barsoom Brawlers and Drake Yeev Dragonkin.

One of the things I like about Mars Attacks!, is that they have no qualms about doing crossovers into other IPs.

So when Mantic was doing their Mars Attacks! kickstarter, they threw in an option to buy a Martian team for DreadBall, (and cards to use the Mars Attacks! factions in Deadzone as well Yay!).

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Here is my Martian DreadBall team, The Barsoom Brawlers

aka the Emissaries of Peace Ack Ack Ack Ack.

As for all my DreadBall minis, I mark the bases’ threat zones (and one panel on the back side so I can see what a given mini is when playing) Green for Striker, yellow for Jack, Red for Guard. Like traffic lights. I have also painted boots and gloves in similar colours.

also,

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a Yeev dragonkin from the Drake: the Dragon Wargame.

40mm base, metal.

February Painting Resolution, chapter 14. That’s all folks!

14. Drake the Dragon Wargame

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Drake the Dragon Wargame: Terrax of The Mystics faction.

Not much to say about it really. Terrax is a type of Dragonkin, a smaller breed of dragons that are servants to the true dragons that rule the Drake world of Dara.

Drake was a kickstarter that delivered one wave of nice minis (with many teething problems, but nice anyhow), then did another kickstarter and disappeared with all the money, ponzi-style. I do not expect to hear any more from them. Too bad, the concept was really good and with some work could have been a viable game.

40mm base, metal miniature.

 

This is the last one, and that fulfills this months resolution. Yay! Two months down, ten to go!

Now to ponder what kind of resolution to do for March. Do X amount of miniatures? Complete such and such squads? Do specific types of minis such as in February? Maybe manufacturers I have not done before?

…right now, I tend towards completing some squads. Get something ready for the table, just in case I actually would get to play some games. Which totally might happen. Yeah.

 

Drake Cherek Hunters group finished at last!

Does it count as coming from the shelf of shame if the minis in question were started less than half a year ago?

At any rate, these have been cluttering up my workspace, half painted, since May. Now they are finished.

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Drake the Dragon Wargame, Cherek Hunters.  Painted as Frostmen from the Cold Mountain kingdoms.

This unit is actually one less than it should have been, as the seventh one was miscast with a massive fault line all around. I have been promised a replacement in wave two. Whenever that might happen.

Just as the other two original foot-mook-types in Drake, there is a stylistic difference between what I presume is the first original sculpt, and the to variants. I expect this is because of being made at a different point in time, and maybe by a different sculptor. At least these are more or less the same scale as the original, although the skin texture and clothing is different and the depth of detailing is more shallow on the new ones.

The Great Master from Drake: the Dragon Wargame

One of my favorite minis from the first Drake Kickstarter is The Great Master

 

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In the game The Great Master is a Chant Constuct, which means he is summoned to the battlefield during play.

This miniature is one of the original pre-kickstarter Drake minis, sculpted by Alex Huntley of Warploque Miniatures. Which I assume also means that it is sculpted by hand and not in a computer. I made the mistake of priming it by hand, and since this mini has a lot of sharpish corners and bits, the paint tends to rub off leaving bare metal. You can see this on the horn in one of the pictures. I have already had to repair the paint job several times, even before it was finished. The paint job will not survive the handling of gameplay I think.

Good thing I have another one. Note to self: Always prime metal miniatures with a spray primer.

Off the shelf of shame, part III. Also Drake.

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Another old, half painted, uninspired figure from the shelf.  A metal Reaper Knight on Foot, The mini istelf is really nice.

But for some reason it has been sitting around half-baked for ages. I have also rebased it with a Citadel 20mm base.

At any rate, now it is done. There is a similar one with a sword that still resides on the shelf, thought. That one is being more heavily repainted.

 

Another one that also has been sitting on the shelf, a few weeks instead of a few years, is the mini for the Drake Cherek Hunters that I was doing a test paint on. So now I have at last finished it.

The skin tones are a new approach for me, being light and clear demanding much more neat painting style than I am used to.

 

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This is an army from the Mountain Lords faction, and I wanted to do something completely different with them.

The official versions are obvious Noble Savages, loosely based on African sub-Sahara archetypes. I am theming this as a frostpeople-type thing. They are after all, not human.

They came from the Land of the Ice and the Snow!

 

 

 

 

Actually getting something done at last, part 3: Drake and Reaper

While waiting for more spray-friendly weather to thaw and dry us out, the Drake figures have gone on the back-burner after finishing all the prep.

At least I have done one of the little Eyes of Kyran, demon-things:

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Will this picture too wind up on Ebay to illustrate some scalper flipping the kickstarter miniatures?

Cute little tyke, no? Although the incessant staring can get a bit annoying at times.

 

Here I have tried the newfangled Citadel technical paint that is supposed to make a “cracked, dried up earth”-look on the base. Not really happy with the results, the cracks are too tiny. I will have to experiment more to see if I can get a better effect.

The mini itself is a very simple basecoat, wash, drybrush, details-job.

As I have four of these, and they are individually summoned, I am thinking to do them wildly different from eath other. I have some ideas for what the next one is to look like.

 

Next up is the Reaper Bones Stone Golem:

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Guite a delightful miniature. Drybrushed on black, with no washes.

Also, the golem is well hard, having no regard for peoples’ flower-beds at all!

 

First mini painted from Drake: the Dragon Wargame!

Drake is one of the most promising new miniatures games and settings I have seen in quite some time.

Fantasy, but very different than your bog-standard Tolkien lookalikes.

The concept is that in the land/continent /world of Dara, which mostly is populated by humans and near-humans, the ancient Dragons have awakened. The Dragons are seperated into clans, and have promptly started infighting, and have conquered or otherwise become the de facto rulers of the human nations. These peoples are used for fighting the other dragon clans togther with a very diverse set of beasts and magical “chant” creations. There are now four major factions that are in opposition to one another, and one unaligned faction that plays both ends towards the middle.

I found the shear scope and imaginativeness (not to mention the potential) of the setting extremely attractive, and have spent far too much on the first kickstarter, and will probably be spending far too much again on this second one.

Also, they make really nice minatures. True scale 28mm, which means they are a bit on the small / thin side when compared to Warhammer, especially because the true scale means everything is actually (almost) proportionate to real life and not cartoonishly oversized like warhammer.

The game itself is a skirmish game with a bit of the feel of magic the gathering, with chant (spell) cards playing a siginicant part. All dragons and a few other units are spellcasters, and you get to customize your deck of chant cards before the game. (These are not collectible or trading cards, you get all cards available in the deck supplied with the game).

The peoples we have seen thus far is the Gondor-like Rivercrest, the Prehispanic first americans (aztec/maya)-inspired Kayamayuk, and near-human stone age savages called Cherek (wooden spears, clad in animal skins) and nomadic Sarmations (wielding crossbows and ballistae), and with the second kickstarter (that is ongoing at the time of this writing) they also introduce the Shi, a heavily egyptian-inpired human faction, with massed, lowly infantry and their snakelike dragon allies/guides.

I coud go on, look rather at actiongamesminiatures.com for the whole story.

at any rate, I recieved the first shipment of mins from the first KS, and have at last gotten round to actually painting one of them:

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Rakhera – The Demon. “The Poison of the Night. The Stealer of Dreams. The Killer of the Dawn.”

Chant creation, summoned magically to the battlefield.

I painted this close to the concept art. I struggled getting a sharp picture of this one. It is too bad a lot of the finer details and colour variatons do not show up in the picture.