Sunday, November 27, 2011

Super Dungeon Explore for the Novice

So part of my blog is to try to help people out with their modeling and painting. Through my various going ons and contacts I have noticed that a large part of the Super Dungeon Explore crowd happens to be board gamers who may have a limited modeling experience. This instalment brings you some helpful tips and advice for the general assembly and painting of your Super Dungeon Explore game.

Step one: Cut a hole in the box.... 

That is to say make sure you have everything. There are a lot of peices in those little bags. So lay out all the pieces and make sure you have them all ( use the assembly guide bellow to make sure your peices are all there). Then make sure you have all the cards and boards and such. Despite the awesomeness of this product sometimes mistakes are made. It's nothing to get upset about though because Soda Pop Miniatures will help you out if your missing things. Just go to their website and send em an email and there "info" address. Sometimes Deke gives out his too so they can get you squared away.
It's dangerous to build alone, take this!

Now that you have all your pieces....

Time to get started! Find some music or a movie you've seen before because this is gonna take a while.
Next get some tools together. I recommend the following for all your assembly needs: Exacto with fresh blades, Super Glue (buy some at CVS or Rite Aid cuase it's cheep like the budget!), Small files ( you can acutally find a nice set at the dollar store), Liquid or solid green stuff, and-if you can get a hold of it- Insta Set.
So now that you have all your tools find some time and patience. 

Now we can begin assembling. I am going to focus on a hero or two to systematically show you how to get the most out of these models. If you have any questions regarding assembly check out the nice assembly chart I posted above. 

 Flash makes Angry Bear ANGRY!! 

This stuff is the bane of my existance. It can ruin models and paint jobs. Basically what it is is excess plastic or metal that remains on the model after casting but is not acutally part of the sculpt. Failure to remove it can cause models to look horrific and paint jobs to be ruined. It is often across an area of the model that is very important or intricate too.

That little white glob on the otherwise gray druid is flash.

Pick a model you want to assemble and gather all of it's pieces. Inspect each on for any flash it may have. Look along the center lines of the model and on weapons, arms, feet ect. To get rid of flash simply take a file and file it down, or if it is in a tiny area you can shave it off with your exacto blades (just watch your fingures). 


Now that all the flash is gone we are going to assemble whatever model you have chosen (it's up to you!). Wash your pieces in soapy water and dry them nice and thorough. Now use your super glue to glue them together according to the assembly guide.

Some of the pieces may not stick together too well. Thankfully you have some options. The easiest is insta- set. Just glue your pieces, hold them together and give a little squirt of this stuff and it will set instantly. If you don't have Insta-Set you can simply put glue on both ends of the pieces and then put a small drop of Elmers glue on one of the ends. Then stick them together. Hold for a little while and that Elmers glue should give you the extra stick you need to keep things together.

Putty style green stuff works as well. Just mix the yellow and blue together (keeping it wet) till it's green. Then put glue on both ends an stick some of the Green Stuff on one part and stick the pieces together. You may have to shave some green stuff off the joint because it smooshed out. 

Gaps can really get to the new modeler. They are a pain. Thankfully I have the ansewer. Green Stuff! Liquid or Putty style. 

This is a gap (look where the arm meets the hand on the axe): 
To fill it we just apply some liquid green stuff (or putty, but putty will require some manipulation) via brush till we have filled what we want filled. 

Use a clean damp brush to smooth out any areas that are a little unweildy. 

You can do this with the bases too! get rid of those gaps make your models look good! 
IF you want to maintain the stone texture just take a dental tool or toothpick and kind of trace some stone lines in the green stuff once it's started to set. Keep it damp during sculpting!

There you have it you have an assembled modeled that is together, flash free and with gaps filled !  Now on to some simple painting advice. 


I am not going to go too far in depth with this part. I am just going to offer some basic beginer things. There are some schools of thought that it is not a good idea to assemble your mini before you paint it. I think this school of thought is generally wrong, especially for novice hobbyists. So don't be afraid to get all those little guys assembled first so you can just through down and play.

1) Prime it! if you don't do this you are dumb and deserve it when your paint falls off your model. Utilize a hobby primer, you can use black or white but i prefer black. It is more forgiving. I will give tips for both though. Check out this brush thralls run down of priming. You don't need the fancy gun though, just keep it about six inches away from your model and get as much of it as you can. If you miss some things just go in with that color of paint and fill in. I use spray primer but there is also brush on primer. 
2) Get your materials! I recomend the following: a size 1 or size 0 round tiped brush ( pointer the better), water, paints : if you primed black pick up some GW foundation paints, if you primed white pick up some GW washes. 
Painting tips: 

As a begginer do not expect this: 
I have been painting for a little while. The only way you get to level up in the painting world is through practice. You will be a success if you do the following: 

1) Keep your colors clean. That is to say if her hair is suppose to be red make sure her hair is red, and her face does not have any red on it. Keep the colors where they are suppose to go. 

2) You have good coverage. Sometimes a paint color won't always cover up the primer completly. You will see streaks through the paint. If this happens make sure you apply another coat. keep doing this until the color is there and the primer is not. 

3) your paint is smooth. beginers tend to put too much paint on their brush. Make sure you add water to dilute your paint to around the consistancy of skim milk ( maybe a little thicker) then apply. This may cause the streaking i talked about earlier but if you add a few more coats you will have a nice color. 

4) You take care of your tools. Keep your brush clean!!! make sure paint doesn't get above the halfway mark of the bristles. This will eventually RUIN your brush.  

If you want to try hi-lighting as a beginner

This is how you do it: first pretend your good, smooth, complete base coat of color is a square. What you will do now is simply picture a smaller square inside of that original square. Than you will mix your original color with a little bit of white to achieve a slightly lighter color. Then you apply that color to the smaller square inside of the original box.

So finally don't get discouraged while painting. It takes a while and I consider someone a good painter who simply paints and keeps trying. I promise if you keep it up you will get better. In fact if you paint all the Super Dungeon Explore miniatures you will probably end up better than many painters out there simply because you have so much experience. Don't use my blog as your primary painting resource either. There are so many Youtube tutorials and great painting forums out there you have all the information you need to succeed.

Putting some time and effort into your super dungeon explore stuff will really pay off in the end. The game is awesome but it is epically awesome when you have well put together and painted minis. Good luck! 

That's all I got for now. I have a box of the new Quarriors expansion in front of me so I am gonna sign off now. If you have any questions leave em in the comments. I always try to respond. 

Peace out, 
Steve (your guide to the scary dungeons of Crystalia)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Super Dungeon Explore - THE UNBOXING!

It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! It's here! And it's sitting in a box right here next to me! In a box! That I opened!

Ok, deep breathe. Breathe in, Breathe out. Super Dungeon Explore has finally hit my doorstep courtesy of the Warstore. So for all you soda popping, coin slinging, deep diving dungeon explores I will show you exactally what is in this oh so magical box.

First of all it is sturdy and hefty. You will have no trouble storing your stuff in this guy. It will last for a good long time. Nice thick easy sealing cardboard.

As you can see there are nice little cardboard flaps that will tuck into the game box making for easy and reliable storage. Going a little deeper in to SDE we get past the rule book and find the dungeon tiles.
You get five double sided dungeon tiles about 12 inches by 12 inches. You also get another one that allows you to track the progress of your adventure and gives you a place where you can place the Loot, Treasure and Adventure effects. There are two styles of dungeon tile: illuminated cave and lava palace. A closer look at a dungeon tile gives you this:
At this level of the box we also see the beautiful thick cardboard counters. Lots of them. Counters for everything. All the effects!

Next up we get to the bones of the box which contains the  miniatures, cards and dice.

 Your gonna find yourself with about 45 beautifully cast plastic models that are about 32mm scale (chibi of course).

The bases are also relief stone. This is super cool especially for the non hobbiest who picks up this game. If you want to fill in any gaps in the bases or models utilizing some liquid green stuff would do the job quick for you.

The Dice that are found in the game are super high quality and truly reflect that clean arcade style that Soda Pop Miniatures is going for.
The cards have great art on them too. You get a lot of the cards since you need them for the monsters, heroes, treasure and dungeon effects.
Now that i have exhibited the content of the box for you all I want to talk a little about the rule book. I love this thing. The art in it is fantabulous. The diagrams and charts are great learning tools and the instructinos are very easy to read ( and easy to play). The thing that really caught my attention was the map of "Crystalia" in the front. While the name is reminicent of the Simpson's "Equalia"that was thought up by Lisa, it is still super sweet.

The quick referance was also a welcome page in the rule book. This is something that is not usually done to this effect. I really do feel like I opened up the booklet from a video game with this rule book. Love it.
That is the box. I will probably post a review of the game again ( even though i have the old review back from January)- Oh no! Candy look out!

Crash! Bang! Kapow!

Never mind. Guess I should have warned the Kobolds...

This Month: 
Wow. This is a huge month for gaming. So let me put the things that have been or will be released this month: 

Quarriors expansion 
Legend of Zelda: Skyward sword
Super Dungeon Explore 
Puppet wars stuff (ok late last month) 
Assasins creed: Revelatoins

And finally are you ready for this? Pocket Kung Fu. That's right the game I have been waiting for for 2 or so years and the game you have probbaly never heard of is finally being released. The creator was very thankful for my help devloping it so he even made me a character. Needless to say, as soon as i get permision once it's released I will be throwing down a review of this jive dish. 

One MORE thing! 
I saw this and thought I should share it with everyone I can. This is a deathbattle between Starscream of the decepticons and Rainbow Dash from My Little Ponies. 
Until next time all you Jive cats, this is Leaping Eagle signing off!
- Steve

Thursday, November 3, 2011

More Puppets!

I'm board and all my plans were canceled today. So here are some puppets because that is all I have been painting lately (because it is easy). Also added a few new blog links you might like (Hi Daughters of the Emperor and Garden Ninja!). Now onto fan service.

His name is Coffee Beans. Trust him, he's a doctor.

Fire + Stuffing = Scary! 

 Gene Simmons? Is that you?

Undead hookers anyone?

And now a Death battle. Why? Why not?
I'm going to go do something else now.