Betrayal at Calth Painting Log Part 1

Kew’s Painting Log 

Hi everyone, today I’m going to show all of you that painting can be done in three simple steps, Washing, Over brushing and Dry brushing. Those that follow these steps will be able to paint decently enough, even for beginners. First of all, you need to undercoat the miniature it with a primer. Primer is a coating layer that helps ensure that the paint stick on the miniature and does not fall off easily. For beginners, I would recommend priming it either black or white.

White Primer The reason I primed it [the model] white is because I’ll be painting it yellow for the base colour. As yellow is a bright colour, priming it black may not be a good idea because it will cause the model to look duller after painting a bright colour on a black surface. Now the issue with a white undercoat is that it causes any mistakes or regions that you might have missed out on to stand out even more. A way to tackle this is to wash the model with Agrax Earthshade. Washing is a technique that can be used as a touch up when painting models, but I’m using it first because I want make certain that some areas will be darker to create a shadow effect, especially for those areas that I did not manage to paint or missed out. Just dip a shade brush into the paint, don’t have to drive it and just paint as per normal. Try not to leave any excessive pools of the shade on the model as it may make some of the fine details less obvious.

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Soldiers getting in line to get a good nice ‘Mud wash’ Soldiers getting in line to get a good nice ‘Mud wash’

Once done with washing, leave it to dry completely. There you have it, 1/3 of the painting is complete. Till next time stay tuned!

Mokan’s Painting Log

Hi everyone, I am into the second week of my task to prove how easy it can be for anyone to pick up miniature model painting.

Just a general recap from last week, I learnt a few different methods of painting models like dry brushing and applying base colours. I also put to that knowledge to good use and tested it on a few models.

Continuing from where I left off from last week, I continued with the painting, but a bit differently. Initially I did one model at a time, which was primarily because I was a bit afraid on making mistakes. However since I am more confident now on doing the models as I was taught, I changed my routine slightly. Basically I did dry brushing first for all the remaining models and then the added the base colour, followed by the detailing and finishing it up with a little clean up. Since I did this way, I managed to actually do it at a faster pace and also my models seems more consistent as well.

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As far as problems goes, I did not encounter any new issues this week, but I still had some trouble from the previous with regards to handling my brush so that I don’t go over unintended parts of the model. I found myself making significant improvements on getting the mixture between water and paint, compared to last week where I ran into the issue of diluting the paint too much which caused the result to be not as expected.

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I also had a small little session with a group of two where I taught them on how to paint similar models with the same colour scheme and technique that I was working on. I gave them a short tutorial similar to what I got before embarking on painting these models. The quick and easy method of producing such astonishing visuals by using the dry brushing technique was definitely something that caught their attention greatly. That encouraged them to try out the dry brush technique as well and honestly they did a way better job than I did on my first model.

As a whole, I managed to get quite a number of models done this week compared to last week, and I am also much more satisfied with the results. The fact that I managed to get a small group involved and try out successfully the techniques I am using to quite a substantial effect proves my point that painting models are actually not that hard.

The Hunt for Cypher

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Stand a chance to win yourself a 25% off a single item in our store!

Have you already signed up for the Hunt for Cypher painting contest? Don’t worry if you haven’t already done so, remember to sign up by the end of November to earn yourself a $6 Store Dice.

Need more details? Head over to this post to find out more about the painting contest. We look forward to judging all your fantastic models!

What are you supposed to be, some kind of a cosmonaut?

Hey PI-Fans,

I figured I should probably get the obligatory Ghostbusters references out of my system right and early.

So yeah.

Who Ya Gonna Call?


Are you troubled by strange noises in the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in basement or attic? Have you or your family actually seen a spook, spectre, or ghost? If the answer is yes, then don’t wait another minute. Just pick up the phone and call the professionals. Call the Ghostbusters! We’re ready to believe you.

Welcome to the height of technology and comfort, the Space Station Atlantis! Along with an obligatory alien invasion. Will your crew find space on the limited escape pods, board fighters and attempt to destroy the aliens or trust in their space suits and float for it? But with the alien Warriors, Spawns, and Queens patrolling the space around the station, only the luckiest will make it out of SURVIVE! SPACE ATTACK!

Dragons are big, terrifying creatures who eat people and burn stuff. In Wrath of Dragons, you are a dragon terrorizing the  Old World while laying waste to settlements, scorching fields, snatching livestock, hoarding gold, and capturing nobles (don’t think too hard into the last one). Will your destructive rampages earn you a place in the history books or will that title go to another dragon? Try out this clever inversion of worker placement (worker destruction?) games and terrorize your way into legend.

Encounters: Bravest Warriors is a quick push-your-luck dice game set in the world of the Pendleton Ward cartoon. Players can stop rolling any time they want, but there’s always a temptation to keep going for Heroic Points. If you fail, other players can leap at the opportunity to “assist” you (using their items to help you win in exchange for half the points, and you can’t refuse!) or just let you fail and ride on your coat-tails, picking up where you left off. Will you become the Bravest Warriors and battle your way through a myraid of encounters to Victory?

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New Board Game Releases
Encounters: Bravest Warriors Blue Deck
Encounters: Bravest Warriors Red Deck
DC Comics Deck Building Game Crisis Expansion 2
Ghostbusters: The Board Game
MORE Kittens in a Blender Expansion
Munchkin Treasure Hunte
Survive! Space Attack!
Wrath of Dragons

Board and Card Game Restocks
Adventure Time Fluxx
Castles of Burgundy
Castle Panic
Cthulhu Fluxx
DC Comics Deckbuilding Game
Dragon Slayer
Doctor Who: The Card Game
Epic Spell Wars II: Rumble At Castle Tentakill
Flash Point Fire Rescue
Kittens in a Blender Card Game
Love Letter: L5R Edition
Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000
Star Fluxx
Tides of Time
Unexploded Cow
Munchkin
Munchkin Deluxe
Nuts
Poo
Tokaido

Role Playing Games Restocks
Dragon Age Core Rulebook
Dragon Age Blood In Ferelden
Fantasy AGE Core Rulebook
Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana

Abstract Contrast

Hey PI-Fans,

We though we might start this week with a few abstract titles.
Here’s a wave of light strategy to get the week going.
Crabz is an aggressive little strategy game about stacks of crabs. With the tide coming in, crabs scuttle to safety, inadvertently piling on top of each other in a bid to escape the waves. With large crabs happily plonking themselves on top of smaller ones, players work to immobilize opponents by pinning their crabs underneath crabs of their colour in an attempt to have the last available free crabs when the tide comes in.
Despite it’s obviously punny name, Battle Sheep is a light and fast playing territory control game. In Battle Sheep, players control flocks of sheep trying to sieze the biggest chunk of a pasture for themselves. Each flock consists of a stack of sheep, which slowly splits into smaller stacks as they control ground, becoming less and less flexible the fewer sheep there remain in the pile, making it a balancing act between grabbing ground early or keeping your options open to cut off other players later on.
A unique take on the card-draft mechanic, Sushi Draft has players battling over plates of sushi as they strive to collect the largest sets in a winner take all rush to secure points. With flexible scoring that rewards both specialization in individual sushi types as well as rewarding the biggest spread of food consumed and nasty tiebreaker mechanics (neither player in a tie scores), players must make an effort to balance their consumption to come out ahead of the competition in this light 15 minute card game.

It’s hard to describe Okiya as anything besides addictive. While easily dismissed as yet another line building type game, Okiya is unique in the ability of players to force an opponent to choose their next placement based on the Japanese themed illustrations on the tile they previously chose. Players must therefore not only plan their own moves, but also take into consideration the options opened up to their opponents in this light and fast two-player game.

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New Board Game Releases
Battle Sheep
Crabz
Flash
King’s Gold
Nada
New York 1901
Okiya
Rings Up!
Sushi Draft
Wakanda

Board and Card Game Restocks
7 Wonders
Betrayal at House on the Hill
Cranium
Hanabi Deluxe
Hive
Resistance Avalon
Risk 2210
Mage Knight – The Board Game

Betrayal at Calth – Interns’ Edition

With the release of The Horus Heresy – Betrayal at Calth, we’re introduced to the 31st Millennium of the Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe. While some of us are busy assembling our miniatures, our interns here at Games @ PI are already painting the miniatures up for a store demo!

In our recent poll on our Facebook page, you guys have voted for the Iron Warriors and the Imperial Fists to be the rival legions painted by the store, so without further ado, let’s hear from our interns, Kew Sheng Yao, and Mokan s/o Yoganathan!

Kew’s Introduction

Painting, the way of making things look pretty and outstanding. Most people say it’s costly as you need to buy a huge range of colours and tools which are not cheap. That’s what I understand about painting, but there are others who disagree with this statement. So in order to decide for myself, I’ve decided to try it using the recently release game called The Horus Heresy : Betrayal at Calth. In this game, where will be miniature where they are required to be assembled and painted with colour representing the faction. After the community voting, the decision has been made. The battle will be between pre-heresy Iron Warriors and pre-heresy Imperial Fist.

The Horus Heresy Betrayal at Calth (It looks damn cool!)

I’ve done a few Gundam assembly before that makes me think that building the miniature should not be a problem but of course, never jump to conclusion so early. After looking at the models of the game, I notice something different about it. If you look closely at the model, you will notice that there are no gaps and clips to hold the model. Instead, you are require to use a special glue to make sure that the parts are holding each other. The moment I noticed it, I was like telling myself ‘oh my god, this is a whole new level of building model and painting.’ In the end, I’ve decided to paint pre-heresy imperial fist and my friend Mokan will paint pre-heresy Iron Warriors. Just let everyone one know, this is my first time having to assembly a model using glue and paint it. I shall start painting the model soon!

(Left to Right) Iron Warriors, Imperial Fist

 

Mokan’s Introduction

Hi all, I am here to prove how easy painting is , and how do I prove it. Well I will take the challenge on myself. I will be painting the pre-heresy Iron Warrior models. With no prior experience of any kind, I had no idea where to start at. Luckily for me, one of my superiors, who is also well versed with painting miniature models decided to help me out by conducting a 10 minutes tutorial. He taught me how to do dry brushing and application of base coat for the miniature models. Besides demonstrating how to do the techniques he also let me have a go at it.

Using one of his painted model as a reference, I started off doing another model from scratch (already primed black). I put to use the technique that I just learnt about like dry brushing and application of base colour. I spent about 20 to 25 minutes to complete a model, which is significantly longer compared to any other amateur painters. The longer working time was mainly due to my inexperience and mistakes that happened.

After somewhat completing the model, I am satisfied with the overall look of it. I felt dry brushing was easy to do and require very little skill or experience. However applying the base colour was challenging. One factor was the mixing of water with the base colour. I had the problem of mixing too much water that made the paint feel too “runny” and not “smooth” anymore. Another factor was the handling of the brush itself. Being relatively new I had trouble with doing straight strokes and often tend to overlap into other area, which in turn cause me to redo the layer again. Otherwise I had a good time getting used to painting miniature models.

Back In The Loop

Hey PI-Fans,

Apologies, folks. Duty called and I ended up spending the past couple of weeks in holed up somewhere near Lim Chu Kang.

But enough about me.  You’re here for the games. We’ve got our usual spread of new stuff, and all those Splendor, Ticket to Ride and Dixit restocks you’ve been waiting for.

Business as usual, folks!

Alternatively described as a gripping co-operative game of supernatural deduction and a “game of ghosts, murder and hilarious incompetence“, in Mysterium, players are alternately Mediums attempting to grapple with cryptic clues from a haunting as they attempt to solve a murder, or a Ghost who is increasingly frustrated by the inability of the Mediums to follow his instructions. Will the murder be solved before the harried Ghost player has an aneurysm and collapses?

In Shakespeare, players are theater managers who must recruit actors, craftsmen, jewelers and others in order to assemble everything needed for the play’s performance at week’s end. Each day players recruit one new character and take actions with the characters they have. After the actions, they must check the ambience level in their theater, hoping to gain gaining points and rehearsal time.  Players must juggle the balance between earning revenue to pay their actors and at the same time ensure the artistry of their plays to maintain their credibility.

The Audience has spoken – in the Room 25 Season 2 expansion for the claustrophobic Room 25 survival game, new arrivals have been tossed into the labyrinthine survival game – and the existing cast has gotten all new power boosts. Of course, the complex hasn’t stayed the same either, and the players will have to face more hazards and traps in their bid for survival.

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New Board Game Releases
Dixit Memories Expansion
Mysterium
Room 25, Season 2 Expansion
Shakespeare

Board and Card Game Restocks
Concept
Dixit
Five Tribes
Kingdom Builder
Jungle Speed
Splendor
Takenoko
Takenoko Chibis Expansion
Ticket To Ride
The Werewolves of Millers Hollow

The Horus Heresy – Betrayal at Calth

Are you ready for the Betrayal at Calth? Do not forget that The Horus Heresy Betrayal at Calth will be up for sale tomorrow. Have you participated in our poll to determine what the Legion rivalry should Games @ PI paint up for our store demo? Don’t worry, we’re closing the poll tonight! So head over to cast your vote!

What are you waiting for? Cast your vote here!

Sales for The Horus Heresy Betrayal at Calth commences tomorrow. Don’t forget to come over to our store to pick up your copy (or copies)!

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Dale’s XV88 Broadside Painting Log

It’s still the month of the Tau for fans of Warhammer 40,000! To prove that anyone can paint tabletop quality models, our staff, Dale, decided to take on the challenge to speed paint (and assemble) the fantastic Tau XV88 Broadside Battlesuit just a couple of days ago. Without further ado, lets dive into the makings of!

October 27th, 2015

8:00 PM: I pried open a box of the XV88 Broadside Battlesuit. Looking at the components inside, there doesn’t seem to be many. This should be fairly doable.

8:38 PM: Seems like the XV88 Broadside Battlesuit is now online! I finished building it with the options that I wanted. As expected, it wasn’t all that challenging. Took me longer than anticipated as I was managing the Netrunner League as well.

8:42 PM: Joe offered to help with the undercoat (or priming of the model) since I was busy with the League.

8:49 PM: The undercoating is done! Now the only problem is waiting for it to dry and cure. Joe offered to help with the base coating of red, as I wanted this XV88 Broadside Battlesuit to be part of the Farsight Enclave.

9:16 PM:  The base coat of red is completed! Joe did a pretty even base coat with the airbrush, which sped things up significantly. I decided to bring it home for further painting of the details.

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The base coat is done.

23:42 PM: Supper needs to be dealt with first before painting. Instant ramen looks fantastic.

0120 AM: Food coma happened. Finally decided to start on painting. Will begin with the major colours.

0147 AM: The grey areas now done. They were done carefully so I don’t have much to touch up on later.

Greys are done! Looks better now.
Greys are done! Looks better now.

0150 AM: Decided to take  quick break. Tuned in to Netflix for some background noise while I prepare to work on the minor colours and detailing.

0352 AM: Still working on the details and such while watching “Parks and Recreation”.

0405 AM: And I’m done. It’s way past bed time. Time for me to turn in. More models can be completed in the days to come.

And it's done! All that remains is to put it on the table and play!
And it’s done! All that remains is to put it on the table and play!

TLDR: Total time taken for a pretty basic tabletop ready paint job? Around 3 hours, that includes assembly and not loafing around.

The Hunt for Cypher!

‘Fortune favours the faithful’

Fancy yourself a chance at a 25% discount off a single item from our store? Look no further! Join us in our Hunt for Cypher Painting Contest!

The theme of the contest revolves around your interpretation of Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 character, Cypher. The model you would like to work on does not have to specifically be an Dark Angels Infantry Space Marine. You’re free to use your creative engine to reimagine Cypher! Perhaps he could be an Ork in a parallel universe, or even actually ascending to a Daemon Prince!

So what’s required of you?

The entry fee to the contest is SGD$10.00, although you’ll be given a $6 Dollar Voucher Dice to be used in our store. The deadline for registration is November 27th, 2015.

Participants are required to submit a single model mounted on a base no larger than 60mm. The final submission date is December 18th, 2015, although you can always submit yours before the deadline. The following bases can be used:

  • 25mm round
  • 32mm round
  • 40mm round
  • 50mm round
  • 60mm round
  • 35x60mm Oval
  • Bike base

Participants are also encouraged to post a Work-In-Progress update to our Facebook page with #huntforcypher; participants that post at least two updates will receive one PI Store Dice.

Your models will be judged on the following criterion:

  • Modelling
  • Painting
  • Theme Compliance

Results will be announced on December 25th, 2015. Two winners will be picked by staff voting, as well as public voting in the store during the period of December 19th till December 24th, 2015. Each winner will get an incredible 25% discount of any single item in the store!

If you have any queries regarding the contest, feel free to drop by our store, or contact us through our website!

 

*Disclaimer: Terms and Conditions apply, Games @ PI reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions of this contest from time to time at its sole discretion.

 

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