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"There Have Been Reports Of A Well..."

Updated: Jul 28, 2023


"...Somewhere in the city, that grants visions of the future."

This 28mm scale plastic Well is produced by "Wizkids" as part of their "Deep Cuts Miniatures high-definitions collection" and came both assembled, as well as already primed. The scenic piece is supposed to be used with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game by "Paizo Incorporated". But I bought it so as to play the opening scenario in Joseph A. McCullough's second edition of "Frostgrave", entitled "The Well Of Dreams And Sorrows".


The model was initially attached to a "Citadel" 50mm circular base, undercoated with a couple of coats of "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey and enthusiastically splashed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil. I then dry-brushed the stonework with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey, before adding some sporadic splotches of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade and Biel-Tan Green as a straightforward weathering technique. These areas were later given another, much lighter dry-brush of "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey.

"Pendraken Miniatures" WIPs - Two dry-brushed Panzer IV tanks and a Panzer II tank

For the well's water I first applied some "Vallejo" Heavy Blue and shaded it with "Citadel" Drakenhof Nightshade. I next carefully dry-brushed the surface with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Blue and then slowly added some White Star from "Duncan Rhodes' Two Thin Coats" range to my mixture, before patiently dry-brushing that over the water. Eventually, I gave the pool a super-light dry-brush of pure White Star.


The wooden beams and bucket were simply plastered in "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, washed with "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade and dry=brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna. I did something similar with the rope, using "Vallejo" Heavy Brown and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade. Finally, for the well's metal pieces I applied some "Vallejo" Gunmetal over a "Citadel" Abaddon Black basecoat, and then gave them a splosh of Nuln Oil.

"Warlord Games" WIPs - These Confederate soldiers just need some flesh and hats to be 'picked out'

In addition to my "Frostgrave" scenery, I've managed to make some further progress on a trio of long-forgotten 10mm German tanks by "Pendraken Miniatures" for my Early World War Two project. Due to my painting techniques for such 'small' armoured vehicles being reasonably straightforward these Panzers should be finished quite soon, and finally give me enough Axis firepower for a small battle.


I have also managed to continue working on a strip of 15mm scale plastic Confederate soldiers produced by “Warlord Games” I recently returned to after some months delay. I'm definitely starting to work out how best to pigment these little fellows in the future, and may well now employ a "Vallejo" Sombre Grey undercoat on future infantry lines as this appears to be the most prevalent colour. Furthermore, as I have to always tidy up my brushwork on the trooper's grey jackets with "Citadel" Abaddon Black anyway due to catching my tip on their straps and rifles, I can hopefully save some time by just having to do this during the early stages when there's less already painted areas to potentially partially ruin...

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undercoat2670
Jul 28, 2023

Scenery, tanks and epic scale soldiers. Blimey, you have been a busy chap. The well looks great and perfect for that Frostgrave scenario. I especially like the stone effect but was interested to see the water too. Is it sculpted as rippling or spashing?

The tanks and the ACW soldiers are coming along nicely too.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 28, 2023
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I've updated the picture so you can now see inside the well. LOL!!

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Jul 14, 2023

Nice well that will be usable in multiple games I think.


Also good to see the rebs coming along. So much detail on such small sculpts - reminds me of the pain that was my own 15/18mm CSA army and time I labouriously put into the teeny details to make them look "just right". (Never again)

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 14, 2023
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Cheers Dai. I don't do much scenery these days, apart from the odd objective marker, as I prefer to simply buy pre-painted terrain. But the well was rather nice, and I do like any opportunity to do a bit of weathering. LOL!!


I'm still re-learning how I painted the Confederates from last time, so this particular strip has been a bit of a pain - as is the second one I'm slowly working on alongside it. But I'm hoping the rest with prove much easier - and I already have some ideas for quickening the process for the last twenty Rebs I need to complete the first unit.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Jul 14, 2023

Great work on the well Simon, a simple piece, that has an effective use. nice progress on the tanks and ACW strip

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 14, 2023
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Thanks Dave. This was a nice fun little piece to work on after so many tanks and 15mm ACW. LOL!! But now I'm back to the grind. 😃

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