[WoA] Wrath of Ashardalon - all painted!

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Enjoyed playing (and painting) the first in the series so was looking forward to getting my grubby little fingers on a copy of this as soon as it came out.


Zipped through the Wrath of Ashardalon game contents, again all speedpainted using the same techniques as CR. This is the follow up to Castle Ravenloft and while a lot of the miniatures seem to be recycled clix figures there are still some little gems in there.


This is how they come, single colour lumps of plastic


IMAGE(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/BulldogUK/Wrath2.jpg)


This is how they end up after a tickle with the hairy stick...


IMAGE(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/BulldogUK/WrathofAshardalon1.jpg)


Gibbering mouthers and other crazy stuff in this one


IMAGE(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/BulldogUK/WrathofAshardalon2.jpg)


5 more heroes to be devoured!


IMAGE(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/BulldogUK/WrathofAshardalon3.jpg)


The box villains, orcs are nice sculpts too


IMAGE(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/BulldogUK/WrathofAshardalon4.jpg)


IMAGE(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/BulldogUK/WrathofAshardalon5.jpg)


Cultists, cave bears and a weird tentacally thing with losts of teeth (always the worst type)


IMAGE(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/BulldogUK/WrathofAshardalon6.jpg)


Ashardalon himself, kept him simply but bold, a 3 colour scheme


IMAGE(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/BulldogUK/WrathofAshardalon16.jpg)

Roll on the next expansion, they make a nice change from my usual Sci Fi stuff!

These are fantastic! Real jealous right now.
Wow! Excellent, these are masterful! I set my sights way too low, seeing the detail you brought out, I'm approaching these differently now.
Looks great!  I'm prepping up to paint my set as well, once I'm done with some other stuff.  I picked up Wrath two weeks ago and my girlfriend loved it so much she bought my Ravenloft as a present.  Looks like I've got some work to do.

*edited, after seeing your post in the other thread
I looked at both posts of your painted miniatures for WoA and CR.

WOW! I am blown away by the quality of your work. It almost makes them seem like entirely new games, as compared to the unpainted figures.

I have never painted miniatures, and would love to try, but after seeing this I don't think I would be happy unless I was able to create something like you have done.

You wouldn't happen to be willing to share detailed info about what you used and how you used it, would you? Or perhaps point us in the right direction on figuring out how to do this ourselves?

Again, kudos for being so awesome. 
I completely agree with Alexrok. Some hints of how to (at least try to) recreate your work would be awesome!
Wow! Wish I could paint like that. Luckily, I have a lot of pre-painted D&D minis and just substitute them, back for the upcoming Legend of Drizzt Board Game, I'd love to have such a paint quality. Can you teach me? ;)
Sweet! I love your painting style, very graphical. Makes the figures look like three-dimensional illustrations. Great stuff.
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Wow!!! Those look amazing! Great job on the minis.
I know for a fact I can't paint to save my life. Those minis look fantastic, hats off to you sir! Can I just ship you my minis in their sealed bags (just got the game yesterday) and you can send them back all pretty? I'll pay whatever you want :-)
Ok, just saw these myself and I have to throw in my "kudos" too! Nice job!
Spectacular!
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Awesome work!!!

Those are great, one of these days I will get around to painting mine

Looks like an extremely good job.  Also makes the game look so much better.

To the OP.

I have one quick question.  Do you need special paint to paint plastic minis?  I have painted a couple hundred minis in my day, but never plastics ones.  Can I use the same paints I use for the metal minis or do I need special paints.

Also, one other thing.  Do you use an airbrush to paint these?  The more I look at them the more it seems like it wasn't all brushwork.  Just curious.
Very well done. The blending in particularly is superbly well done.

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... wow.  Well done.

I was going to paint mine, but now I'll need to get all creative-y and whatnot.  Your colors are suberb, man - any plans to bring your set for demo play at Origins or GenCon?

I'd love to see them in action!

 

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I would love to see a step-by-step on one of the minis.

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Also, one other thing.  Do you use an airbrush to paint these?  The more I look at them the more it seems like it wasn't all brushwork.  Just curious.



I was about to ask the same question, the shading is fantastic. keep up the good work.
Hi guys, sorry about the late response but have been away for a week relaxing, not a paint brush in sight!

Firstly, thanks for all the kind comments, appreciate it.

to answer a couple of questions off the top of my head, yes you can use the same acrylic paints used on metal miniatures, important thing with plastic is to give a good wash first with soapy water then rinse well. Undercoat using any acrylic based car primer (I tend to use black) then paint away!

The base colours are laid down using an airbrush (I find the black undercoat helps with shadows), I adopted this method a couple of years back as I had a huuuuge 40k army to paint and wanted to complete it in a very short time, an airbrush seemed the quickest and easiest method to get the paint where it needed to be, an upshot of this is with little skill (believe me, I am NO expert in the use of an AB) you can actually achieve some really nice bold, perfect for gaming, techniques in minimal time. I do absolutely everything this way now which is why I turn out mini's faster than a really fast miniature painting machine!

I generally finish the minis with a hand blend and strong lining. I find this gives a much stronger look and the overall effect is quite cell shaded, cartoony and looks great from about 2 feet. which is what I am aiming for, it's no good going for a Golden daemon winning effect (I can do it, I have a couple of trophies in the attic!) when after a few gaming sessions your minis are covered in jam, fingerprints and war wounds from your friends cat getting as little too frisky! Paint for effect I guess

I didn't know about the planned third in the series and am really looking forward to that now! Any release date?

I will try and reign in the speed a little next time round and take some WIP shots and work on a little tutorial, I promise I will try though it's hard to pause for breath once I get into the jazz!

 
The next game will be "The Legend of Drizzt" with a scheduled release for late October. I hope we'll see some previews soon or get some hints at the contents.

Any hints, Mr. Lee?
Just to chime in with the others. That is some excellent painting. I love the dragon.
To the OP,
How  do you manage the  vials when you use an Air Brush.    That is what has kept me  from buying one (they are not cheap).  It seems like  you will spend more time cleaning and  changing vials over painting.  I can definitely see the value in the primer,  but the rest of the painting it seems like it would be a chore.  Do you have multiple vials prepared a head of time with  all the colors you will use?  How much  do you need to clean  the gun between vials?  Take it apart?  thx.
Hi ElricsBane, no vials, I use an Iwata HP-BH airbrush which is gravity fed. Bascially means all you do is poor a little of the paint in the little cup on the top, once your done empty unused back into the pot, give it a blast and pour in you next colour, I don't even bother cleaning the cup between colours unless they are very different colours. At the end of the session I simply give the cup a clean with some Tamiya thinners, give the brush a quick blast out with clean thinners and take the needle out to give it a wipe. In 2 years I have never had to dismantle the brush for a clean, occasionaly remove the crown at the front to give a clean out as if your using water based paints (the GW range in particular) these can sometimes clog. Generally I use strictly Tamiya paints and thinner, never had an ounce of problems with them. Regarding colours, 99% of the time I use straight colours from the pots (I tend to simply top a new pot whith thinners and give it a good shake, comes out about the right consistency for the work I do, HATE mixing colours...wastes time and paint!!!)

I guess the biggest learning curve is getting use to your colours, eventually it becomes second nature knowing what colours will work with each other and to be honest you only need a very small collection of the prime colours when speed painting, everything else is down to mixing and matching

For instance imagine your black undercoat, Tamiya bright red can be anything from a deep red to a vibrant shining red depending on how heavy you lay down the paint, no mixing! It truly is a really lazy way to paint, more importantly for me a relaxing passtime that chills me out

Thank you!  You certainly make it seem easier than I have it in my mind.   

Is This what you use?  Pricey, but if it  isn't as big a pain as I imagine then it certainly seems worth it.

Hi ElricsBane, yes that's the brush but I imagine a lot of that price is made up by the fancy compressor. Not sure but I would imagine prices have risen since I bought my gear (don't they always) but my brush was around £100 inc postage to UK from China (good old ebay) and I bought my compressor from a local hardware store for around the same, total £200. The compressor is a big 45 litre thing, basically room permitting the bigger the better as the motor has to kick in less, you get a cleaner and smoother air supply, and believe me, the less that motor scares the hell out of me when it pops on the better! Don't need to waste money on moister traps, etc for the kind of work we are doing either, bought one, never needed it, never used it. Only thing I have had to buy for my brush over the last two years are a couple of spare needles (touches wood), I can't recommend Iwata enough ElricsBane, yes you may pay a little more than some of the cheaper brushes but this really is a case of pay now and don't regret it later...it's defo worth it mate, just take a look at the website, I have literally churned out thousands of minis since then from the tiny 5mm Tide of iron to the 6ft tall 40k titan all with the same trusty old airbrush!! Wink

www.tanksandtrolls.co.uk


I knew absolutely NOTHING about the hardware or painting techniques but it's been great fun experimenting and playing around, in fact it's what I enjoyed most, don't like to waste time reading tutorials when I can be tinkering! 
Tinkerer  or not you have a good eye.  Those are some killer paint jobs you have done.  You've convinced me on  Iwata, so  I will shop around  and see  what i can find.  My goal will be to get half  as good as you are  and that will make me extremely happy.  Thank you for all the tips.
Ack, you sold me too on the idea. Now to convince the wife.
Enjoyed playing (and painting) the first in the series so was looking forward to getting my grubby little fingers on a copy of this as soon as it came out.


Zipped through the Wrath of Ashardalon game contents, again all speedpainted using the same techniques as CR. This is the follow up to Castle Ravenloft and while a lot of the miniatures seem to be recycled clix figures there are still some little gems in there.


This is how they come, single colour lumps of plastic



This is how they end up after a tickle with the hairy stick...



Gibbering mouthers and other crazy stuff in this one



5 more heroes to be devoured!



The box villains, orcs are nice sculpts too




Cultists, cave bears and a weird tentacally thing with losts of teeth (always the worst type)



Ashardalon himself, kept him simply but bold, a 3 colour scheme




Roll on the next expansion, they make a nice change from my usual Sci Fi stuff!

Can you do mine next? Seriously, beautiful job. Post more of your work!
A MA ZING!
Fantastic work! I just started painting mine... seven down and too many to go... so I know it's a big job! Congrats on getting through them all with such nice results.
Those are amazing!!  I plan on painting mine as well, and now I am more anxious to get it done soon!

amazing!  you inspire me!

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I'm impressed, excellent work BulldogUK! That must have been quite a job I didn't pay much attention to minis of the set before, but the collection looks actually quite good.

Now I'll have to track down your Castle Ravenloft post too!
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How well does acrylic paints hold on these kinds of models?

I got to play with a set of unpainted models yesterday and I have to say that some of the smaller parts of the models were quity bendy and thin and very wobbly..

Wont all the paint just chip off if I paint them and someone starte to wiggle  them around?
It's surprisingly resilient Holm76. Be sure to wash them with soap and water, rinse well, dry then give a good undercoat (I use auto spray)


Another important thing it to catch the scallywag just before he starts to 'wiggle' your hard work and 'encourage' him that such an action could be detrimental to his health Innocent
Yeah sure.

I do a little warhammer 40k painting when I get the ****. Its just that GW plastic models are allot harder than the plastic these models are made of.

I'll be extra liberal with the chaos black primer spray and hope for a critical hit if someones starts bending my painted models

Thanks for the advice. 
Those figs look absolutely fantastic.  I've only brush painted, but you are tempting me to give a try at airbrushing.

For those who are apprehensive about trying their hands at minis, it really is not that hard to get results that look better than prepainted minis.  A base coat followed by a dip in army painter quickshade can give some impressive results.  Take the ones below.  Both figures were base coated the with the same paints (with the exception of the sword hilts) with minimal hand painted highlighting and no hand painted shadows.  After painting, both minis looked roughly like the one on the left.  The extra step that makes all the difference for the one on the right is that it was dipped in quickshade strong and the excess shaken off.  The second photo shows the final figure for both after dipping and a little fake grass for basing.
 
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Just wanted to say thank you for encouraging noobs like me. Never realized that painting the miniatures is an additional layer of fun in these games Smile. Stumbled upon this thread while looking for fome some more info on WoA and was literaly shocked by the quality of artwork you guys do here. After much hesitation decided to try my hands with just one figure (the cave bear, heck, if I ruin it then what...) and loved every minute of painting. Wizards should really advertise these games as two-in-one: the board game and the miniature painting game Smile This bear was my first-ever paintjob but definitely not the last one...