Saturday, 6 September 2014

Note3 Vanquish Sketches

While at the UNSW Open Day today I took a range of moments to do 8 little sketches on my Galaxy Note 3 phone. It is easily big enough to get some detail in there even without zooming about the place. I ended up with 4 sketches as I think about our FATE Core superheroes heading for their gala event.  I am trying to find a quirky look I can bring to each hero while keeping things consistent.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Nigel Gala Pic

In our FATE Core supers game, after the epic conclusion of the first arc the team is gearing up for a Gala charity event in honor of Captain Atomic. Doubtless there will be heroes (and villains) a-plenty there, but it is a great opportunity for the team to come out and mingle. Alas our team has a reputation for ruffling the feathers of everyone we meet...

Anyhow, here is a sketch I did for The Conductor gearing up for the event. He still has pieces of his costume in there and I was really trying for a more 'characterful' vision without it turning into the classic superhero styling. I had lots more fun with this one...

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Franciso Herrera Art

I have been trying to find a nice way to illustrate our heroes (FATE game) and when I was struggling with what was hitting the virtual page I went hunting for inspiration. Hey presto I found one Franciso Herrera, actually via his page on the Masters of Anatomy kickstarter. I love the zany styling he brings to the characters, they still retain all their individuality - in fact they highlight areas that make characters special. Maybe drawing on ideas like characature he makes every drawing a ball of fun. Just look at some of these drawings and quick sketches:

Sunday, 31 August 2014

X-Wing Storage

One of the things that Fantasy Flight doesnt give us with the X-Wing miniatures game is a storage solution. Even the starter set box doesnt hold the models we get and soon we are all looking for a way to bring these gorgeous starfighters to the table (along with an asteroid field's worth of tokens and other bits.

There are cool foam solutions, some with inserts specifically for the game, others just using foam storage cases like the ones used for camera lenses etc. I thought some sort of tackle-box might work and then saw this post by Winchell Chung where he is using a nice 3-tier storage box from Bunnings under the Tactix brand. This unit looks great as it keeps the models horizontal during transit and the compartments can accommodate the various sized ships and components.

Alas when I went to Bunnings today they didnt have this baby anywhere to be seen, so after much indecision I wound up with some of the Tactix 2 PC Storage Box Sets. These have some decent interior adaptability with the larger boxes great for the models and the smaller ones doing a nice job of counters, cards and dice.
Everything I have fit in 2 sets quite easily (2 starters, x-wing, a-wing, falcon, tie advanced) - plenty of room in some of the sections still. The set was in the 'storage' section while there were other options in the toolbox section - this set doesnt show up on their website at all though...

I like that the smaller boxes will be able to sit by the table to hold counters etc and everything being transparent will make it easy to find things. I could probably use another one or maybe two to allow for some more expansions and plus separate more of the components. At least they were nice and cheap at $7 a set - though I will still have to put them in a small bag of some sort to carry them about.