It’s been a few months since I’ve posted, mostly because my creative pursuits have been spent in different areas than this blog was intended to explore. This has led me to question whether to open up this platform to my other art and design work, or create another platform for other genres, or whether to simply put all of my other content onto third party platforms like tumblr or Deviant Art… The possibilities and combinations are endless, so… what do I do?
I wanted to share a picture of the cottage I recently made while it was still a work in progress, but it turned into a photo of one of our cats. She says hello.
Well, I already post a lot of my art (specifically the non-fantasy RPG and Wargame related stuff) on my Instagram. This also goes to twitter, and I have ARG (Ingress) and other stuff on my YouTube and even way back in the early years on blogger.com before I had my own domain.
So it seems that this particular channel is the only one that is focused specifically on the Fantasy RPG and Wargames niches, Dungeons & Dragons, etc. I think the time has come to bring my other pursuits onto this website and blog so that it can remain as active and vibrant as the other channels that I continuously maintain presence at, not least of which is the Nerdtastic Facebook Page.
We won’t be radically altering this website and blog, at least not right away, but you will start seeing more content and art that I create in other spaces besides gaming and fantasy art.
The Lands of Eastern Terrule
I’ve been working on my homebrew campaign setting, The Lands of Eastern Terrule, on and off since about 1995. That’s 21 years now. I cannot believe I have consistently expanded upon one campaign world and managed to hold onto it in the lulls between work on it. I had not published any of it online yet, because I didn’t know where I wanted to go with it. With the vague notion that I might want it published in physical form at some point, I thought it might be advantageous if none of it had been previously published anywhere. I’ve given up on that idea, and I’m still not sure how I want to introduce the outside world to this universe, but The Lands of Eastern Terrule Google site has been up for a couple of years.
Another recent Nerdtastic shopping trip netted us a bunch of craft paint for super cheap and some new brushes. Also, there were these decorative stones on sale that are amazing! I can easily see these pieces going into some upcoming Warhammer style building ruins.
Below is also some pictures of the viking miniature set I’m currently working on. Keep an eye on The Nerdtastic Shop on Etsy for these miniatures, listing soon!’
New Addition: Reaper 03308, Marise Greyshroud, Painted and Based
I was excited to paint and base this miniature, I just love the ghosts rising up out of the cemetery. I mounted it on a 2″ x 2″ juice cap, as I have used for other large-scale miniatures. They work quite nicely, and of course I love up-cycling material that would otherwise become landfill.
The surface of the base was coated in Liquitex Modelling Paste and painted with gesso and acrylic paint. I really like using modelling paste, it makes natural textures like mud, lava or water super easy to accomplish.
I realized recently that my rock pieces could easily become ice pieces. Queue the ideas for arctic ponds and icebergs. By basing the XPS foam piece in a nice True Blue color and then progressively over brushing and dry brushing with lighter shades, the effect is immediate and obvious.
Here are 3 shots of my first experiment in creating ice. Experiments in snow coming soon…
These are my first attempt at making models of ruined modern buildings. These are scratch built and may not represent the final design I will use going forward, although they will be sold in our Etsy shop once they are finished. They are in the beginning stages of texturing and painting at this point, so they are far from finished, but it’s been 2 weeks since an update so a post was overdue. Thanks for your patience!
These 3 pieces are constructed from plastic, wood and cardboard so far. Stone, sand and other material will be added as I develop them.
I’ve tried to add little focal points on the sides of otherwise bare walls, like the pipes and camera dome you can see on 2 of the pieces pictured above. Without windows, the bare sides needed a little dressing up.
As I mentioned above, these will be sold in the Etsy shop, although going forward my future designs will be much different, with more cohesive construction design.
This terrain piece evolved from an experiment, and it’s the first time I really tried to create a deep well effect, as well as using this much Realistic Water on one piece of game terrain. I’ll definitely be adding it to the arsenal of terrain pieces to craft.
I added it to the Etsy shop last night, so be sure to check that out if you want one.
The Making Of…
Here’s how I made it. Starting with a plastic lid (from a sour cream container I think.) I covered it in hot glue.