HOBBY: 6 Hobby Essentials I couldn’t do without!

The Path of the Artificer is one of lifelong dedication and self-improvement. However, whispered legends tell of six powerful artifacts that can aid the disciple on their path to mastery of the paintbrush…

Greetings warmongers! I’m in the throes of a house move, so unfortunately the only time I’ve had for painting recently is rolling emulsion paint onto the walls of my new place. As such I’ve not had much to share here on the blog. Full service should resume soon though!

In lieu of miniatures I thought I’d share some of the hobby essentials that I find invaluable! Continue reading

Project Log: The Shining Path – T’au Empire

Here we stand on the brink of a golden dawn. In a universe of ancient tyrants, the destiny of our birthright burns unstoppably like a newborn sun. Illuminated by the Greater Good we shall blaze a shining path through the darkness.

In stark contrast to the grim darkness of the far future I love the naive optimism of the Tau. Having coveted them for a while, when the new releases came out I couldn’t help but jump on the band wagon and pick up some kits for a new project! Continue reading

Showcase: Chaos Sorcerer on Disk of Tzeentch – Age of Sigmar

Shrieking from the æther atop a disk of hellish origin swoops a diabolical servant of Tzeentch!

Gifted with clairvoyance by his dark master, Tzeentch, the Sorcerer Xori’kaan Shattermind has been driven beyond the brink of insanity. Barely a shred of his humanity remains; a three-eyed head crowned with dæmonic horns sits atop his gangling, multi-limbed frame. Shrieking defiantly he wields weapons of of arcane power to summon forth coruscating magics upon those that would dare to defy him.

Xorik’aan rides to battle atop a glimmering Disk of Tzeentch. A surge of eldritch blue flame swells below the Disk like a bow wave. Both the flame and the Disk itself are spare parts from the Burning Chariot of Tzeentch kit.

The earth itself is split and cracked asunder – blasted by the ruinous energies that propel the Disk of Tzeentch. Chunks of rock were created with pieces of cork tiling.

Like the Chaos Warriors and other units in my Age of Sigmar army of Tzeentch, Xorik’aan is bedecked in blue and bronze armour. As with other characters such as my Bray-Shaman I’ve used accent colours of magenta and purple to distinguish him. I extended the use of these colours to his weapons, a crystalline sword and orb-capped staff.

Sadly I lack the sorcerous gift of mind reading, so if you like what you see here or have any constructive crits then please leave a comment below! Thanks to all that have supported us at Technasma so far!

Showcase: Masters of the Deep – Cog Automaton

Big, clanky and full of personality!

That’s how I’d describe the Cog Automaton I had the pleasure of painting this weekend. If you saw my previous blog-post you’ll know that I won the chance to paint a prototype from the game Rivals: Masters of the DeepSet in a Steampunk world of underwater adventure, this forthcoming game is packed full of fantastic miniatures.

The model I was sent had been 3D printed which was a first for me. I should probaby point out that this is because it is a pre-release prototype, and not the finished product. Despite a few rough edges, it was a nice, lightweight material to work with, and pretty easy to clean up with a file and modelling putty. It intrigues me to see where this technology will take our hobby. I wonder if we’ll be printing our own miniatures in the future?

When I was thinking about how to paint the Automaton, I sought inspiration from various nautical sources.

Clearly, the miniature shares design cues from ancient pressurised diving suits and so I knew I wanted to use warm metallics such as brass or copper. Equally, the round design made me think of those bright red decomissioned sea mines that you see at British seaside towns. The big flat areas were perfect for building up gradients and blends, and I was able to get some lovely transitions up from purpleish crimson shadows up to vibrant scarlet zenithal highlights (something my photos don’t do justice).

Whilst I don’t know much more about Rivals: Masters of the Deep at this point I certainly look forward to adding some more of its miniatures to my collection. The cartoon style and colourful art direction are a nice departure from the grittier Games Workshop miniatures I usually paint. Last week the game relaunched on Kickstarter and has already funded – head over and check it out!

What do you think about Rivals: Masters of the Deep? What’s your view on 3D printed miniatures? Tell us in the comments…

WIP: World of Rivals Cog Automaton

Clunking out of the abyss lumbers an automaton of the Cog Empire.

Rivals Cog Automaton 3Dprint 1Rivals Cog Automaton 3Dprint 2

Well this is exciting! Here at Technasma we’re amongst the first people in the world to own this miniature. I was lucky enough to be sent a 3D printed prototype of this World of Rivals: Masters of the Deep miniature by entering a competition via their Instagram.

As a rapid prototype, it’s a little rough around the edges, but undeniably an awesome mini. This week I’ll be breaking out the file and putty to get this guy ready for painting. The models themselves are quite large (see shot below for reference with a £1 coin) and present an interesting challenge to paint.

Rivals Cog Automaton 3Dprint scale

The Masters of the Deep miniatures have a cartoon style to them with lots of smooth curves and flat surfaces. Some of the characters have a chibi-vibe with big heads and exaggerated proportions. Coolest of all is the game’s nautical Steampunk art direction!

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Rivals Cog Automaton 3Dprint 3

Keep posted to see how I paint up this mini. I’m currently deliberating whether to go for full brass with steampunk metallics, Non-Metallic Metal or try a more cell-shades look like the Necrons we’ve done…

You can see more about World of Rivals via their Instagram and be sure to check out their relaunched Kickstarter that goes live tomorrow!