Tuesday, May 20, 2014

New Monster: Voorian Mind-demons

Voorian Mind-demons

Hit Dice: 12+12
Armor Class: 17
Attacks: 1 sorcerous blast (4d4 + possible knockdown)
Saving Throw: 3
Special:  Immune to mind-affecting magic, immune to sleep magic, spells, sense presence, knockdown
Movement: 9
CL/XP: 15/2900

Only three such beings exist at any one time in the Necropolis of Voor.  They appear as robed figures with strange features, but unlike most undead, they are highly intelligent and were formerly leaders in their mortal lives.  If one of the mind-demons is slain,  the Necropolis itself will seek out a replacement from the remains within the Necropolis, and the sorcery responsible for the mountain's semi-sentience will animate and empower the appropriate corpse.  This process takes 3d6 days.

In combat, Voorian mind-demons have a few options.  Their main attack is a blast of invisible, sorcerous force that may be conjured at will as a normal attack, at melee range and at missile range up to 30 feet.  If struck, a target must make a saving throw or be knocked prone by the force of the blast, in addition to taking damage.  Mind-demons may also use spells as a 6th-level wizard.

Perhaps the most unsettling of the mind-demons' abilities is their ability to locate intruders in the Necropolis.  They can execute this location with alarming accuracy, to within 300 feet of the interloper.  An intruder is classified as any individual that the Necropolis does not want to permit access.

Prepainted Miniatures

When I was terrible at painting miniatures, I was a huge proponent of the different prepainted miniatures lines that exist.  I still think they are useful for those folks with no time to paint or without the talent to paint very well.  However, since I've buckled down and learned a few things about painting minis, I now realize how truly awful most of the paint jobs are on the prepainted lines, and how a lot of the castings lack detail that would be present even in a soft plastic mini put out by a true miniatures company.  The early D&D prepainted minis are especially awful.  As usual, the Pathfinder line stepped up the quality, as Paizo does with every idea they take from WotC (but they are still not quite table-quality to me).

So, I began sifting the prepaints I had, looking for sculpts I liked, and after isolating them away from the total crap, I began looking for a way to strip the paint from them.  I found out that it's impossible.  The paint on these things, at least on the lines I researched, is baked on and coated with something, and is often part of the mini itself is some cases (the plastic is that color, too).  Apparently the paint is vinyl-based, and might as well be solid vinyl when in its final form.  So, no stripping possible, at least not without using an acetone-based chemical, which will ruin the plastic anyhow.

So, prime and repaint it is!  I've selected about 100 different minis that I will be repainting, from various lines.  I've found a few that I thought were good enough to not need a repaint, only a touch-up.  But I like to start from scratch most times, so I got a cheap can of primer that I knew would stick to plastic, and have begun the process of making all those minis white, gleefully covering the bad paint jobs they formerly had.  The good news:  unless the paint is totally caked on (see early Mage Knight products), some nice detail will stand out when it's not covered up by the totally insane use of dark colors that seems to be ubiquitous to these lines.  I've had a few really pop after priming, and was able to see so many things on the mini that I didn't see the first time (including massive flaws).  In the end, I think I'll be able to get some serious mileage out of these, and as long as the paint isn't too think, I've just extended the minis I have available to paint!

Monday, May 12, 2014

One line that makes a great gaming post...

I found the following here.  I found it amusing, as someone who has used Citadel washes.

"Additionally, the Citadel Washes taste horrible. If you are a brush licker these will make you think twice."

I can't vouch for the taste, but the Citadel washes are gross-smelling, so I didn't think they would taste good.  I've been working feverishly at painting miniatures lately, including four of the old WEG Star Wars minis for my best friend.  I've gone from passable to above average at the hobby, but when I see some guys' Warhammer armies it still makes me want to toss my brush in File 13.  Yeah, I don't have a camera of any sort, so you don't get any pictures to see.

One thing I have come to really notice - and this is a subject that is old hat on the interwebs - lots of the prepainted stuff out there is terrible.  I will be stripping and repainting many, if it's a mold I like.

Note:  my favorite line to paint?  Reaper.  The Bones stuff lacks a bit of the detail, but it's not terrible, and assembly time with the Bones material and a good CA glue is immediate!  Still a fan of the metal, though.  You can beat the heft of metal minis, especially old Grenadier lead minis! And Citadel paints for the win.