We’ve made the jump to Patreon!

Hey Rune Warriors, I thought I should show you what I’ve been up to since I blogged last. Well Josh and I are going to talk about the first 200 point battle we had, which was tons of fun and made me want to play even more (should we find the time). But last paint […]

Hey Rune Warriors,

I thought I should let you know we have made the jump to Patreon and our page can be found at here!

Unfortunately the content we provide comes at a cost to us and we believe our best way of sustaining the output of content is to ask those of you who can to support in whatever way you see fit.

Fear not!  Our Audio podcast and YouTube playthroughs will remain 100% free.  We will however, starting with episode 11 for the audio podcast and video 4, be giving our patrons early access to our content.

There are also fantastic rewards for our patrons!  From the ‘Soldiers of Daqan’ all the way to the ‘Lords of Terrinoth’ we have offered some great exclusives for you our fans!  So I highly encourage you to head on over to Patreon.com/runecasters and help us provide you with the best Runewars: the Miniatures Game podcast out there!

 

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Painting Blog, Part 5

I am here to talk painting today!  It has been a while and I did promise to give you guys the scoop on what I’m doing with Kari.  So lets dig in!

Hey Rune Warriors,

Wow, it has been way too long, and I apologize for that.  With our podcast aiming to meet a twice a month release schedule and me learning how to edit video for our youtube channel the blog has fallen through the cracks.  I’m going to try to convince Josh to write his two posts about the morale deck and dice analysis soon, so stay tuned for that.

I am here to talk painting today!  It has been a while and I did promise to give you guys the scoop on what I’m doing with Kari.  So lets dig in!

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Kari is getting the same treatment as my other Daqan with the purple and gold, but since she is a hero it is worth taking the time to do her wraps and tails in white.  I also did her fletching and the patch on her cape in green as a bit of a tie in with my elves (post on that later).

The fun thing I am doing is with her base.  I am using Vallejo Dark Earth Texture to build up the front of the base and I purchased Ardus from FFG’s Descent Lieutenant Pack to cut up.  It’s a bit spendy to just have a guy cut up in front of her, but I couldn’t resist having a bit of extra flavor.  I built up the front with basing paste and while soft pushed some select pieces I cut off of Ardus into the mud.

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After it dried I did a base coat on Ardus, the rocks and then washed the entire base down in Citadel’s Agrax Earthshade.

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After some highlights (which for a hero were far more extensive than I did for my chumps), I added some drybrushing to flush out the mud.  Then I added some of Citadel’s Middenland Tufts.  Pro Tip: Wait for the super glue to dry before you matt spray.  The matt spray with the wet super glue created the white base to the tufts you see on Kari.  So for winter grass that might be a cool effect.  It kinda plays here so I didn’t uproot them and start over, but you may not want this on your tufts so FYI.

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Here is a bit of a close up.

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And here is Kari at eye level.  I was actually very lucky to hit the eyebrows very subtly and get the eyes in the first shot.  I must be getting better at this painting thing.

 

Next time: my Daqan Commanders!  Well, what pics I have of them anyways.

Daqan:

Heroes: 2/3

Spearmen 28/40

Cavalry 12/12

Rune Golems 2/4

Infantry Command 4/4

Latari:

Heroes: 0/1

Archers: 0/32

Leonx: 0/8

Scions: 0/2

 

Tournament Final Battle Report!

 

Hey Rune Warriors!

Josh and I just played in a very fun tournament at Around the Table Gamer Pub in Lynnwood, Washington.  Around the Table is one of my favorite places to game.  They have a great atmosphere, good food, and a very friendly staff to boot.  Special thanks to Tim for hosting us and making room for us on a busy Sunday.

I am writing this report because Josh and I just happened to meet in the final table and I thought I should update how our little rivalry is going (no matter what happens to day, still not very well for me).

I was playing a variation of my MSU cavalry list.  It has Kari with Fortunas Dice, 6 trays of spearmen with Rallying Cornicen, Citadel Weapons Master and Master Crafted weapons, 3 units of 2 trays of Oathsworn Cavalry with Rank Discipline and 2 trays of Deepwood Archers with Fire Rune (some idiots would try Moment of inspiration, but don’t do that because MoI is only usable on melee attacks, I might be that idiot).

Josh ran an interesting Josh list (the more we get content up the more you will realize Josh runs special lists).  He had 4 trays of Golems with Terrifying Heraldry, Hawthore with Might of Daqan and Sheild of Margath, 4 trays of Oathsworn Cavarly with Tempered Steel, Raven Tabards, and Rank Discipline, and 6 Trays of Spearmen with Citadel Weapons Master, Trumpets, and Tempered Steel.  He used Hawthorne to reform his Oathsworn Cavalry to 4 threat and 1 deep.

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As you can see we played Break Their Defenses on Hammer and Anvil.  We used the Stronghold, Rocky Outcrop and Dimoran Fissure as terrain for this match.

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Heres a look at the first blood taken in the match.  I used the stronghold to shelter my elves and jumped in and used the fire rune to put the first damage on Hawthorne.  Hawthore got me back, but thanks to the extra defense I only lost 2 archers all day.

Other than that the first round was just a lot of positioning, and rallying as seen below.

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Round 2 saw even more positioning and the only action was Hawthorne charging my archers as I mentioned above.  Josh did miss with charges on his Golems, spearmen and Cavalry making them sweet morale targets.  I shifted into his spearmen since I was first player turn 3 and would attack first.

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Round 3 My cavalry feint worked a bit, then charged his golem with my other set of cavalry.  the thing about MSU cavalry is you know they are lost, but they punch so far above their weight that used properly they can do real damage.  Here they took out a Golem.  Kari also gets a good shot at Hawthorne and does a Mortal Strike.  I also use some elven tricks to leave the stronghold (thank you green shift 1, green shift 1).

My Spearmen also did a 3 orange attack and used my Rallying Cornicen to take panic off of my Deepwood Archers.

From here I totally failed to take pictures, but I hope I can describe what happened well enough.

Josh’s Cavalry obliterated my cavalry, as my spearmen wore down his with the help of the Deepwood Archers and their Fire Rune.  His Golems also destroy the Cavalry they are engaged with in the next 2 rounds.  Hawthorne charged Kari, but doesn’t do enough against her to matter, as Kari used Fortuna’s Dice to Kill Hawthorne at the cost of taking a third point of damage.

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His Cavarly ended up killing my Spearmen off, and then the game became very much reduced in excitement over turns 7 and 8.

Basically we ran to each others zones.  I was afraid Josh would turn his cavalry around and come after a very woulded Kari and my Deepwood Archers, but after the game he told me he was more afraid of taking 3 ranged attacks per turn (Kari, Deepwood Archers, Fire Rune).  And Golems are just flat out not fast enough without red runes and Red Runes would only be better for my Fire Rune.

So I ended with 60 points in objectives, and Josh had 40.  Killing Hawthorne though was the difference in the game.  I ended up wining the game (and the tournament) 193 to 144.

Thanks to Josh for really making me think about this weird list he put together.  4 Trays of Golems is really intimidating to go against.  And you can see in our first YouTube Video that I have already felt the sting of 4×1 cavalry.

I did learn that Kari can hold her own against Hawthorne, which was rather surprising.  Also I might even like the Fire Rune on my Deepwood Archers rather than my Wind Rune.  In the tournament I played in at Meeples Games in West Seattle I experimented with Wind Rune and it was very useful to attack then move out of range.  Fantasy Flight, however, seems to reward aggression in their games and Fire Rune does that well.  Being able to throw 2 blue and back it up with a red kills a lot of things well.

Hope you guys enjoyed, and anyone in the Lynnwood, Washington Area please visit Around the Table and have a game of Runewars with us sometime!

-Aaron

Painting Blog, Part 4

Hey Rune Warriors, I thought I should show you what I’ve been up to since I blogged last. Well Josh and I are going to talk about the first 200 point battle we had, which was tons of fun and made me want to play even more (should we find the time). But last paint […]

Hey Rune Warriors,

Today I thought I would go through my decal application process for anyone out there who might need a bit of help.  I will use my current tray of cavalry as an example.  (and yes that is Kari and Ardus in the background, more on that in a bit).

First as shown below I’m going to apply a decal to the shields.  For the models I have applied Citadel’s Ardcoat as a gloss varnish to the purple area of the shields.

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I have already used Testors White Decal Paper to print my decals as shown below.  I have also sprayed on Testors Decal Bonder and let it dry overnight.  I have cut the decals down to the size needed.

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I have experimented a bunch and for best results I use Microscale Industries, Inc Micro Set and Micro Sol.  I recommend these products but any decal set and solvent will be adequate, and should give much better results than water with minimal effort.

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Now I have my dish of hot water, my shop towel, Micro Set, model and decal ready.  I let the deal soak 20-30 seconds in the hot water, then set it on the towel to soak up excess water.  While the decal is soaking I liberally apply Micro Set to the surface I am going to apply the decal to.

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I then slide the decal in place (or as close to in place as possible).  I use more Micro Set and a brush to move the decal into place.  After the decal is in place I take up any excess Micro Set with a Q-Tip.  You need to be careful and as you can see while drying I moved the decal out of position and had to reapply Micro Set to move it back to an acceptable position.

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After the Micro Set has had a chance to dry (5-10 min) I apply Micro Sol.  This is a solvent that will erode the decal paper.  It’s not as bad as it sounds, and for those infantry guys who have battle damage on their shields the thinner paper will adhere to the battle damage better.  Really what this is going to do is make the decal look painted on and not stuck out.

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Repeat wiping off the excess with the Q-Tip like with the Micro Set.  Shown below is the first iteration of Micro Sol.  As you may see the decals still show wrinkles.  DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FIX THIS!!!  This may seem like I’m over reacting, but more people rip their decals this way than care to admit.  What you are doing here is making the decal softer so trying to move it manually will damage the decal.  If it still looks wrinkled repeat the Mirco Sol application until it has that painted on look (or close enough to it you are happy with.

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Hope that helps!!!

On a second note there have been some questions on my colors.  Unless other wise said they are Citadel colors.  My purple is Xereus Purple, gold is Retributor Armour.  My swords are based in Leadbelcher.  I shade with Druchii Violet on the purple, Agrax Earthshade on the leather and gold, and Nuln Oil on the sword.  For my highlights I force brighter tones by mixing with my base tones.  My purple is a 50/50 Xereus Purple with Nurgling Green.  My Gold is 25/75 Retributor Armour to Auric Armour Gold, and my swords are edged with pure Stormhost Silver.

 

Heroes: 0/5

Spearmen 16/32

Cavalry 6/12

Rune Golems 2/2

Infantry Command 0/4

-Aaron

P.S. Here is a preview of what I’m doing with Kari.  Hint it involves a descent lieutenant pack that Runewars players will be familiar with.

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Painting Blog, Part 3

Hey Rune Warriors,

I thought I should show you what I’ve been up to since I blogged last.

Well Josh and I are going to talk about the first 200 point battle we had, which was tons of fun and made me want to play even more (should we find the time).

But last paint blog I showed off how I was going to do a massive batch of 8 and pre-painted them all purple to save time.  Well it didn’t exactly go as planned as you can propably tell from the time between posts.  Between adutling things I found the repetitive nature really demotivated me.  I will never try that many figures at one time.  I usually pace myself to get 4 spears done per week, but I thought I could push out 8 and it didn’t work.  Instead of getting 8 done in one week it took me 3 weeks to get 8 done.

So lets get into the process.  Since I sprayed purple (my most prominent color), I started with the colors used the least and worked to the most so that meant first was the metallic which is colored with Citadel’s leadbelcher.

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Then I used Citadel’s Mournfang Brown for all the leather bits.

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Then I used Retributor Armour from Citadel to base coat the gold.  This is what it looks like before shading.

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After a shade and some highlights here is what my army look like (sorry their in space):

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Now that I bought the expansions for the infantry commanders and more cavalry I have a bit more on to do list.  Next time I plan on going through my decal process for those of you interested.

Remember to go to the facebook page and show us what you’re working on!

Heroes: 0/5

Spearmen 16/32

Cavalry 4/12

Rune Golems 2/2

-Aaron

Painting Blog, Part 2

Hey Rune Warriors! Thought I should pop in and write a blog post seeing how its bin quite a while.  I know on Facebook I promised a blog post on Monday, but as it does life and adulting get in the way. Anyways I’d thought I’d show off some of my work since we are […]

Hey Rune Warriors!

I thought I’d drop back in to give you the latest on my painting project.

Great progress over the weekend and 1st battalion, 2nd squad is complete!  (Well the varnish is drying anyways.)

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With that done I’d thought I really need to hurry up if I’m going to get my guys done before the expansions come out on the 18th of this month!

So I did a little process experiment.  Since the majority of my guys is purple, I took some of my purple base coat and thinned it down enough to go through my airbrush.  I use an old Testors Aztek that I’ve had since forever ago when I used to build model airplanes.

Thinning down the Citadel paint took a bit of experimentation leading to wasted paint by me and a bit more cash in the hands of my local GW store, but I finally found the right mix to spray without plugging or running.

The result is pictured below, and I think this is going to save me a bunch of time!  Now instead of painting purple and then brown, then dark metal, then gold and circle back to do touch ups, now I have all my purple done and can spend much less time to get these guys out!

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I’ll keep any of you guys who are interested on the progress and give you a guestimate of how much time it saved me in the long run.  As of now the amount of purple I did in 20 min with the airbrush (less in the future now that I know the process), it would have taken me a bit longer by brush and with much more demand on my focus.

I also have the added benefit that if I miss any spots when filling in my other colors it should be camouflaged in the purple.

What do you guys have painted?  Share with the community on Facebook and let us see!

-Aaron

Status:

Heroes: 0/2

Rune Golems: 2/2

Oathsworn Cavalry: 4/8

Spearmen 8/32 (Currently working on 8 more)

 

Painting Blog, Part 1 of Many

Hey Rune Warriors!

Thought I should pop in and write a blog post seeing how its bin quite a while.  I know on Facebook I promised a blog post on Monday, but as it does life and adulting get in the way.

Anyways I’d thought I’d show off some of my work since we are about to record our big painting episode.

My theme for my Daqan troops is a bit tongue and cheek since I’m going to switch to elves when they’re out.  Basically on the FFG forums someone said if you’re unsure how to construct a color palette for your army copy the colors of a sports team.  Living in the Pacific Northwest of the United States I had plenty to choose from.  Ultimately I decided to stick close to the box art as well.  Instead of blue and yellow I would be using the purple and gold of my alma mater.

As an added element of fun I decided not only were my Daqan to emulate the Washington Huskies’ color scheme, but I would also make some gold Ws to put on their shields.  Please do enjoy the gallery of my paints.

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Hope you like them, and feel free to tell me what you think in the comments!  We will be talking about how I did these guys on episode 4 of the podcast!  On our facebook page you can also see a great picture of listener Roy’s Carrion Lancer, well done Roy!  Black is a tough color to paint and you nailed it!  Also show us and the community some of your work by posting on facebook!

-Aaron

P.S.  I’m trying to get Josh to blog more so we can get you guys some more content to flip through, comment below to help me urge him on!