Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Carpe Noctem: New release ideas?

no progress lately, but I'm looking for ideas. With the release coming up next month, I'd like to maybe have a Varghulf. However, I'm having a real hard time thinking of how to convert one that would fit the theme. Does anyone have any suggestions? Teddy bears are already taken for the dire wolves, so that is out.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Carpe Noctem: Zombie lights update

Zombie lights update - Well I picked up some mini (not labelled as such, but I think these are about "Grain of Wheat" size (there is also "Grain of Rice" and "Micro-flame", but I haven't been able to find these except for on-line, and I want to try things before committing to buying enough for the unit) bulbs, and these will work (and found some very cheap - $3.99 for 10!). But I also found that the power I hoped to use won't be enough - hearing aid batteries just aren't strong enough. So I'll have to go either AA or AAA batteries - which now means I need to find a way to hide them, since I can't imbed them in the base like I'd hoped to do with the hearing aid batteries. I also got a few from a model railroad store - but these I couldn't get to light at all (they were 12 volt). They aren't very bright, but I think that may be more due to the power than anything else - if I use a few more batteries then they should look better. The thing I have to watch out for is buring them out - because they won't be easily replaceable (if at all).

I'm thinking of putting them in the movement try - but I don't want them to interfere with game play (i.e. they can't be sticking out the back etc). One alternate could be some type of square centerpiece that hides the batteries - but I'm not sure what would fit into the general 'crowd' image I want. If I go underneath, then at least part of the try will have to be raised to fit them - either the entire tray, or just the back (make it sloping, like lawn seats?). The other option would be to have the power supply completely external to the tray, with a plug for display, then uplug them for game play. That may be the best way. Hmmmmmm - bit more thinking now.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Carpe Noctem: No LEDs :-(

Unfortunately I don't think the LED idea is going to work - the ones I've found are simply too big. At is interesting that I think I've found some mini-bulbs (like from mag-lights) that could work, without some of the other requirements (like needing resistors etc). However the other issue is that all the ones I've found are about $2.00 - $3.00 each - and when I'm looking at 40 of them, this is starting to look to be a bit pricey. Also, I'm not sure how to hide the wires either. So I haven't completely abandoned the idea, I haven't done any more on it yet.

As for the right hands on the skeletons - those will hold canes. I probably won't do the hook end, more likely just plain straight black with a white tip on the top. I'm thinking like the old Vaudeville tap dancers etc.

Carpe Noctem: Top Hats done

Ok, top hats done - now to work on the arms. I have to wait until at least tomorrow to do more, once the arms are nice and solid, to either do the other arms or the sleeves. I will probably use plasticard to do the cuffs, like the lapels, as it will be easier than trying to sculpt them (for me at least). I don't know if I'll do the canes (that is too easy, simply cut down spears) pointing down or to the back at this point. I also haven't decided if I'm going to do hair or shoes either.

With the new army rumors going around, it looks like my idea for groupies is going to have to change - but not radically. I'm now thinking of doing a unit of wraiths as groupies - and picked up three blisters of dark elf harpies (2 per blister) to convert to groupies - cut off the wings (without ruining the arms) and I'll have six topless chicks.

Don't know about the roadies however. The new hunched over ones could actually work (though I have 6 blisters of the old ones), carrying amps etc on their backs. I may do them with an empty base every other one though, to space them out a bit (the base will be equipment, etc). Just thoughts.

Ok, some new pics - tophats and arms. For the tophats they are simply thin plasticard that I used a hole punch on, then cut off the tops of the skeleton heads. Then make a roll of greenstuff, wait until it had dried about 2/3 of the way, cut it into sections and glue on.

Most of the arms are actually off of Tomb Kings sprues - they have the open hands for their archers. I have a bunch of tomb kings stuff because several times now I have won a tournament with product as the prize, and they didn't have skeletons of zombies, so I took Tomb Kings for skeletons. So I got a Battalion box of Tomb Kings when I won "Favorite army" at the 2007 Marauders Mayhem, and another box of Tomb Kings Skeletons (and empire soldiers to use as zombies) when I won the Warhammer tournament at GenCon 2007. Anyway, I liked these arms better, just for the open hands. I need to make sleeves now, as well as the right arms.




Sunday, January 20, 2008

Carpe Noctem: Something more

Finally did something more today - started on the top hats. I hate the waiting - I need a big rope of green stuff to cure up so that it doesn't get all bent out of shape when I cut it (for the hats). I'm looking to see if I can find a tiny hole punch to make the sunglasses now.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Carpe Noctem: Paint her up

Well the Golden Zombie competition made me get up off my lazy butt (at least slightly) and paint her up.

There are some details I like a lot, and some other parts I'm not that thrilled with. The overall skin is ok, not sure what I'm going to do unit wise though. Maybe pick up some flesh wash, my son loves the look of it. I do think the nipples came out good without being too much. The finger and toenails didn't quite look as good as I want - I like the foot but making them individual right now just doesn't quite look right


The tramp stamp on the back isn't what I want either - but I need to pick up a new fine brush for the details - and my freehand painting really sucks. Plus at this level I'm not sure how much I can even paint on for it to work.


The heart tatoo on her ankle I thought was a nice little detail.

I'm still working on figuring out how to really do the tie-dye for the shirt - this will need to be across all the rest of the unit.
Meanwhile, I've got the bodies done for the first skeleton unit (the picture was before I finished the last 8 figures):

I thought of using plasticard to do the lapels. Next is either the arms or the hats - not sure which to do first.