Welcome to the Flaming Faggot

Callovia is called "the boundless empire" yet you have managed to find its northern border - a notorious roadhouse deep within the Madrasan Marches on the edge of the wilds of Llanvirnesse. The sign above the door reads "Flaming Faggot," which would suggest a cozy, homey inn with fresh biscuits served at teatime if not for the severed troll heads mounted on pikes at the gate.

As you cross the threshold the raucous din quiets momentarily as all eyes dart to the door and calloused hands drop instinctively to well-worn sword hilts. The threat, instantly assessed, is dismissed and roadhouse patrons go about their business hardly missing a beat.

Grim, hard-eyed men huddle around tables in close conversation thick with conspiracy; caravan guards gamble away their earnings; Caemric rangers sit close to the fireplace cooking the damp of the Black Annis from their clothes as they warm their innards with Red Dragon Ale; minstrels play and buxom wenches dance for the pleasure of men who pay them little attention - until they need a companion to warm their bed.

As you approach the bar, a huge, bald barman with a greatsword slung across his back slides a mug of freshly-pulled ale towards you, its frothy head dripping over the rim.

"Pull up a seat, lad," he says, "and let me tell you a tale of high adventure."

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Prince Althran

I've been slacking off quite a bit on my posting this week, but this time I have a good excuse.  I've been busy painting the Warhammer Fantasy High Elf lord, Prince Althran, which was just released last weekend, for a painting competition this Saturday.

I've used this miniature to practice my non-metallic metal (NMM) technique, which, as the name implies attempts to create the illusion of metal without using any metalic paint the same way that artists do in paintings.  What's tricky about this is it requires fairly seamless blending of paint shades, which is quite difficult and I am still trying to get right.  The other trick is that you have to decide where the light is reflecting off the metal from an imaginary light source and paint the reflections on.  I have an especially difficult time doing this with curved surfaces and ever since I first attempted the NMM technique, it has changed the way I look at things.  I now find myself consciously assessing at how light reflects off everything I see.  It definitely makes you look at the world in a different way.

Anyway, I still have a long way to go towards mastering this technique, but I'm pretty happy with how Prince Althran turned out; he's my best NMM effort to date.  Hopefully he'll do well in the competition this weekend.

Now that this is off my plate, I hope to be back to posting on a more regular basis.


James said...

He looks good! Good luck with the competition.

A Paladin In Citadel said...

Now i'm just depressed. Your painting is first-rate, and makes my meager skills appear that much more amatuerish.

Gorgeous paint job. Best o luck!

Sean Robson said...

Thanks, guys! I'll post the results tomorrow.

migellito said...

Very nicely done Sean! You should consider posting these pics on cool mini or not.