Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Buffy Birthday

It's my birthday today.  The day of mine birth.
Also, the official birthday of Buffy Anne Summers- though the slayer is a little younger than me.

Buffy and I have a few things in common.  Both of us have green eyes, sharp wit, deliberately mangle English, have a tendency to solve problems using axes and of course we are both sexually attracted to Faith Lehane.  (Which would result in Jessica Jones.  Shhhh don't mess with my headcanon).

We both also share today with Edgar Allen Poe and Janis Joplin - however they won't be celebrating their birthday today on account of not being resurrected like Buffy and I.

I treated myself to a female spy miniature from Reaper to celebrate being both a mini geek and poor.   

I am off to work to piss around with shader networks and eat rainbow cake.

Have fun y'all.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Bones Progress

This is my haul from working on the Reaper booth at PAX 2016.  I actually have quite a bit of progress done, and as I mentioned earlier, I want to get these done before I get my collection back.  Which, by the way, is likely to be in the next month with my new job I started yesterday.  Woot!

First off the bat was my victorious Pathfinder rogue and a Paint and Take Dwarf.

Orcus has been glued and filled.  I think he deserves a better base later on, but I don't want to put him on hold for that.

I have pushed most of the others forward, but nothing complete yet.  Stone Golem is closest.  I may do something a bit fancier with him.

The one that is really concerning me is the spider woman. Her legs aren't the best for basing, and I suspect I will heat bend them and replace one or two with wire and putty for strength. That is making me put the project off.  Boo.

Anyhoo, next on the table is some sculpting commissions, then I press on with these babies until they are done.

What you working on?

Friday, January 6, 2017

Floorplan test

Chris Di Donna printed out my test piece for 33mm grid dungeon tiles and it looks good.  The men are on 25mm bases, and the GW figure is on 40mm base.  So yeah, pretty roomy without being ridiculous.

Grid testing courtesy of Chris Di Donna @BigChrisDid on Twitter

The idea is that most modern minis need 30 to 32 mm for their bases, and often encounters feature 40mm monsters too.  A 33 mm grid allows for more room to play.

I am releasing all these floorplans as ongoing rewards for my $10/month playtest Patreons (as well as access to beta testing rules for Stardred and later Skulldred, and tutorial PDFs).  (www.patreon/darkling if you wanna join)

First up is a complete set of basic dungeon tiles along the similar vein to Citadel's original dungeon tile boxed sets- with crisp digital artwork and many more additions and variations.  After that, a 33mm scale Heroquest like tile set, walls, caverns and wilderness encounters.  I will start wandering into different genres after that.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 goals

Hey folks, so how is everyone holding up after 2016?  What are your hobby plans for 2017?
For me, it's about bringing together my life and healing up the chaos of the past three years. That means completing the projects that I had to stall.

A wild and somewhat happy Laney King appears, roll for initiative!

The return of Skulldred and Stardred are my top priorities. I will get huge closure releasing Skulldred 1.4. She is my special baby.

Once I have the money, and new photo ID, I will ship my storage unit from Sydney to Melbourne. That will mean not only access to my hard drives with Skulldred on it, but all my greens for new miniature ranges that I had to put on hold. Finally, it also means I get my beloved collection back (and paints and tools).  That is going to be a tear jerker for me- imagine getting thousands of minis for a present.  :)

Once I have raised enough for a camera through my patreon, I will be dipping my toes into a youTube channel, so you can watch along as I paint, restore, convert and sculpt things.  Pdf tutorials and playtest stuff are rewards I am releasing to my patreons.  At the end of the year, I will be gathering up those tutes into a compendium which will go up for sale (free to patreons).

As for my hobby side, I am also in completion mode.  I have been collecting minis whilst in Melbourne, and I think it would be fantastic to have all those done by the time my collection is shipped up.  This means I will be focusing on mostly Reaper minis and modern GW for the next period of this blog.  I have some really exciting figures, especially Silver Tower which I consider to be one of the greatest GW products ever released.

Next up is my Heroquest blog appearance for the Heroquest challenge!

I hope you all have a fantastic year, and look forward to being part of it.  Thanks for all your love and support!  X

Monday, January 2, 2017

Stardred FAQ

I am psyched that everyone is excited about this project.  Okay so here is some more info on the project.

Stardred is a tactical skirmish miniatures game for 2 or more players.  It will be initially available as a PDF and print on demand book.  The beta will be distributed as a reward for my 'beta tier' patreons- who will receive a free pdf copy when launched.

What's special about it?
Stardred is a mental arithmetic free system.  It is designed with specific consideration for young players, people with dyscalculia, issues with short term memory, attention deficit disorder and so forth.  The benefit of this for other players is that it takes off the load on your brain so you can relax, maybe enjoy a few drinks or get into a game after a long hard day crunching numbers.

How does it work?
Stardred uses dice totting for all the maths. You pick up dice for positive modifiers, whilst your opponent picks up dice for negative ones.
Both players roll and the outcome is determined by who has the highest number of dice that roll hits.
The cool thing about this mechanic is that the dice roll outcome is immediately obvious at a glance- no rolling then adding modifiers to determine the outcome.  It gives it the excitement of a 'craps shoot' when you roll.

You can play with D6, D8 or fudge dice. For fudge dice, rolling a negative is a miss.  For D6, rolling a 5 or 6 is a miss. If you want to play with D8- you can use 567 or just 67 as misses- depending on your playing style.  You can take blank dice and just mark 2 faces.

You also need 1d8 for scattering (or an arrow die) and a 6 sided custom 'action' die (made from a blank die or by putting stickers on a d6).

Any miniatures:
Stardred works at any scale. You can use any miniatures you like, and convert them to your hearts content. Scratch build your own vehicles and walkers, use action figures, paper minis, pogs or even play with funko pops!

Setting:  'Universe of Yes:
Stardred comes with 'light fluff' explaining  the gist of the universe.  However it is focused on inspiring your ideas and imagination rather than limiting.  It leaves a lot of room so you can incorporate any miniatures you like.
Typical scifi fare like a federated star trading system, universal currency and languages (info so you can swear fluently at your fellow players in alien dialects), star guilds, some systems and planets are named and described.  But it is a spine, not a cage.

In this universe humans, aliens, droids, psychics and mutants can all work together.  You can build your away team however you like.

No army lists
Rather than army lists, each character in your team has a creds cost per mission, based on how powerful they are.  You can fit them out with weapons, tech and armor.
Custom profile, weapon, tech and armor card templates will be available to download and print. These fit in standard trading card sleeves.

The focus is on small to medium skirmishes on tables with lots of cover, tight coridoors, weird anomalies, traps (toxic dumps, mines, deadly alien plants wandering monsters) and lootable objects.
Play is fast and tactical, positions of your individual characters are important, what they have armed.

Comms channels are a vital part of the game, hacking enemy systems, jamming, magnetic interference, psionics and so forth are mixed in with brutal laser battles.  Psychological warefare is included, and characters can bug out and act weirdly and be driven insane.  Yes, dust off your Reaper Bones Cthulhu minis folks.

Campaign rules are included.  You can even play cooperative with a games master.

Things it ain't:
Mass combat rules needing lots of figures. Two armies charging at each other on an open table.  Sexist, racist, ableist or homophobic. Minimal book keeping. A roleplaying game system.

Product tie ins:
I probably will make some minis for it, but the idea is that it is for independent mini makers who make retro inspired figures to come together and be celebrated.  Expect to see figures from all my mates companies gracing the pages.  I will use the book as a showcase for these companies to plug their gear.  Much cross links, mang promos, so indy, wow.

We probably will do a box set with laser cut tokens, rulers, custom dice and so forth at some stage.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

First glimpse of Stardred

Saturday, December 17, 2016

New look

Thought I would try out a new look for the blog, and a quick costume change for mini me.  Wait... I guess big me is a mini me too.  Huh?

After a tough year I got into regular swimming and am now one of those annoying skinnier and fit-ish kinda persons- so I coud slip into something a little more Amazona Gothique.  I am so not ready for a giant bleached back comb do, so I settled with my current hair style.

She is rough, when I have time I will paint her up properly full scale- but I couldn't resist a little refresh.

Now, how the hell do I walk in those heels?

Darkling Games is Live!

I am stoked to announce that Darkling Games is back in business and the doors have just opened on my new (temporary) website.  You can buy one of the massive range of 2 products!  Woot.

Also the banner blinks if you wait.  Trust me.  :)

Click the banner above to head over to Darkling Games

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Darkling Games minis available now

Looky, looky!  Laney has been hard at work getting her oldschool shit together!


A sharper, sassier new logo, funkier text and my new name. Because branding isn't just for kinksters.

First up, an oldy but a goodie- The Chaos Dwerg are back!  All 17 dark dwarves available as a starter boxed set- but you get a limited edition Hoglet thrown in while the mold lasts (then he is gone for good).  Hardcore collectors note: the next recasting will feature integral D-bases instead of slottas, and a couple of minor changes to make pulling the mould easier for Nic.  Bless him.

The box set is AUD$150 for all 17 figures +pp.

Next up, Spelltoads!  21 figures for your old school boardgaming pleasure.  As retweeeeeeted by Gary Chalk (no, I am still not over that).  AUD$60 for all 21 minis.

And finally, yes- next year the kickstarter will go down for expanding the range by another 21 figures.  Zulu toad is my fave.

Head to my DARKLING GAMES site to order!

Casting and postage will occur after Xmas break!  


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Thank you and excitementage

Thank you to all you who have generously donated and/or signed up for my Patreon!
Obviously I still need to get a camera set up before I can begin video tutes, but the first of the reward 'Eavy Mental tutorial PDFs are on the laptop and the brand new floorplans are slated for January for my playtester tier rewards.

Twitter has been going off!  It has been a fantastic way to connect to more oldhammer fans.  I have the honor of a few follows from Citadel designers, comic book authors, artists and game designers I love.  Fun times.  Follow me on @delaneykingrox - but beware it can get pretty darn rude, with lots of feminism, lesbianism and Buffy stuff. What?  I have diverse interests.

Everything in this cafe tastes like chicken grease.  Even the drink water.  Just thought I would let you know this.

So another AWESOME thing is I have been invited to be part of the Heroquest Blog Challenge. I have been assigned one of the Orcs, and judging by the standard of entry so far- this girl is gonna have to up her game.  Conversions are discouraged, but it's ME.  I may have to go cold turkey.  Wish me luck.  Post will appear right here folks!

Thanks for all the leadLove and PsychostyreneSupport!  Love ya guts.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Skylands of Skulldred

It's a lovely warm sunny day in Melbourne, and the flea markets are in bloom, filled with young beautiful pixie manic dreamgirls of Brunswick selling their hipster wares.  I found a box of Skylander figures for sale at a whopping $9.  Not each.  For the box.  Yes.  The box.

 I rebased them for Skulldred Skirmish rules using left over GW bases from the big packs they sell, dollar store poker chips and MDF coasters from the craft store.  I glue cork down which I reinforce in areas by stabbing with a pin and pouring a little superglue into them.  They go rock hard allowing heavier figures to be pinned securely.

One mechanical critter became a junk yard scenery feature, using bits left over from the cracked off bases.  For my effort, I now have a lovely blister from my on my thumb from my tin snips.  Naturally I cooked with chilli powder tonight.  Yes.  I am a doofus.  I don't mind the pain though- I asked out a crush of mine last night and she said yes!  Honestly I could nail my foot to the floor today and still be grinning.

The Skylander material is the same as prepainted DnD minis- so I know dettol isn't gonna shift the paint they use.  A light sand with wet and dry paper to take off the worst shine off the larger areas and a quick coating or two from a grey spray enamel rattlecan will do the trick nicely.

Once primed, I will have a better idea what needs filling or resculpting.  I will use pure greenstuff so that it can flex with the rubbery models.  I will also decorate the bases after the conversion work is done.

Because Skulldred uses a 'match your profile to your minis' points system, you can turn anything into a playable model for it.  You can also shift the scale easily for larger figures like dollar store toys or action figures.  This makes it great for getting your kids into gaming.

Got a lot of orders to fill this week, so probably won't be finishing any of them just yet.  Darkling is really taking off again and so I have a website AND new releases to sculpt.

I would say it sucks to be me, but you should see this girl!  She is not only adorable but a fantasy artist too.  Laney is a happy camper right now.  My heads in the sky lands.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

We're Baaa-aaack

Today I am launching the Spelltoads of Skulldred boxed set from Darkling Games. I am now taking orders via email/paypal until my webstore is up and running again.

The set contains 9 character spelltoads:

Armoured toad.   Wizard.   Rogue/theif.
Vampire.      Tim.      Spy/witchhunter.
Futureballer.  Star pirate.  Zombie.

The set also contains 2 each of the nekkid Pete, Delmar and Everett toads, as well as six tiny Garp toads- ideal for decorating bases, using as familliars and for 15mm HOTT toad spells.

The whole set is cast in classic lead based pewter for that delightful old school heft, by master caster Nic Robson.  Sculpted by Delaney King.

Models supplied unpainted without bases. Shipped in padded bag.

To order yours, send me an email at...

Delaneykingrox&@frogsgmail.frogcom (but delete the words 'frog' from here- toads are not frogs after all).

Price is a bargain at only AUD $60 for the entire set plus postage and packaging (PayPal only).  That's all 15 Spelltoads and 6 toads.

At this time I cannot sell individual minis- this is a one mould spin per set deal (I don't have warehouse space at the moment)

!!!Warning: metal miniatures are not toys and are not suitable for children. Harmful if chewed or swallowed. !!!

Website up soon!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

An open letter to Rick Priestly and John Lambshead

Just got handed this gem by DiceBag Lady at Badsquidso games.

It's an excerpt from "Tabletop Wargames – A Designers’ and Writers’ Handbook".

Speaking personally as someone who er 'transmogrified' from a David into a Delaney, all I can say to Rick Priestly and John Lambshead is this.

Fuck you.

Fuck you from the bottom of my heart.  Fuck you and your transphobic, misogynistic, bigoted little brains.  You should be ashamed of yourselves.  You behaviour here towards women gamers, towards transwomen and (for some reason moreso) to transmen is a stain on our hobby.  You want to take responsibility for the damage you cause people like me?  For all the hurt and humiliation that spreading drivel like this to the community causes us.  Trans people are murdered, are attacked and driven to suicide by people who read material like this and think we are a joke- in your words 'unsettling'.

Transphobia aside, the misogyny here is disgusting.  You wonder why men treat women gamers poorly that we leave the hobby?  Do you even think for a minute about what our experiences are like attempting to engage the hobby?  This is what is waiting for us.

Oh and this gem...

'It?' Seriously, you think that is okay to call someone non binary?  Like, I dunno... intersex people like myself?  Am I an 'it' to you?  An 'unsettling' 'it' perhaps?

Pull this book, revise it and clean up your fucking act.

Our hobby deserves to be better than this.

UPDATE:  and a response?  Hmmm...

And then...

John is currently being called out by other women gamers right now.  His responses, I am told, are disgusting and childish. However he has blocked me, so I will just have to imagine.

I hope Rick carries himself with more dignity.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Ged too da choppah

Twenty Cadians for a buck each?  Why yes, bargain bin at Mind Games Melbourne, that will be lovely.  The paint jobs are game ready- but naturally I will wanna do my own thang.

If it bleeds we can repaint it!  Ged too da dettol!  It's nodda toomah.

Hey did you realise Arnie's daughter in Tru Lies was none other than Eliza Dushku- star of Dollhouse and Faith from Buffy?  Oh yes.  And I plan to marry her one day (if I can just turn her gay first and get her to move me to Boston).

Unfortunately, like my unrealistic nuptial expectations, I don't have time to fix these minis up just yet- other projects must be finished- but hey, nice little nabaroonie.

Probably will do them up as martian guards to fight my Chaos Cultists in Necromunda style action.  And no doubt covert them a fair bit, because it's me.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Gearing up for new site

Welp, I have been a busy grrrl today, cranking away on a new branding for a new website that will crunch together my worlds into one.

 The new site will pull all my bloggy shit together into one place.  You will be able to check out my art, download game stuff, watch video tutorials and get hold of my new merch!

To help fund this, I am set to re-release Darkling Miniatures Dwerg Warband and release the Amulet Spelltoads boxed set (no single packs yet) as part of this.  About time huh?

Today was about rebuilding all the old Darkling logos in high print res from the shitty little web ones- since they where all lost in The Disaster (tm), tomorrow I should have new Kingsminis branding and logos done. I want a Della Chaos Paint Knight logo T shirt, dammit!

Remember folks- the goal is a new camera so I can take crisp, sexy shots of all my minis- and make tutorials for you to enjoy.  Oh, and to keep me alive.  I like being alive- it has miniatures in it.

Thanks for all the support so far!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Patreonize my old school ass

My Patreon is LAUNCHED!

Free Tutorial vids are going to be monthly to begin, with additional tutorials added when it becomes possible through funding.  
Rewards include win a painted mini draw as well as PDF versions in the style of my previous 'eavy Lead articles and access to my games playtest PDFs (starting with 33mm square floorplan dungeon tiles)

When I have enough of the PDF articles, the whole lot will be collated into a compendium- available in December for free if you are a patron, or pay per pdf download or you can buy the print on demand hardcopy.

Once I can relaunch my Darkling minis site, supporters will also gain access to casts of the minis and components I make during tutorials.  I may release these some limited editions as a bonus teir.

Redbubble merch will be available later.

All this will keep me alive and making cool shit for you lovely (and obviously physically attractive if you donate) grognards.

Basically, I can't find work here in Melbourne so I am damn well making some.  Because I am a tough bitch and like to earn my keep!

I am gonna cut promo videos for kickstarter to upgrade my gear in stages.  I can't get it all sorted right away methinks.

Thanks for supporting me!  You really, really nice people you.   X

P.s not-talisman toads and bederken dwerg boxed sets will be available again shortly.  XXX


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Buggering about with Bugbears

Here is a work in progress of my Reaper Bone's bugbear leader.  About three quarters done methinks.  How do I know he is a leader?  Because he is pointing.  It's a fantasy wargaming trope.

It's amazing the difference good lights can make to your work.  The first bugbear I painted at ther start of this year is dreadful in comparison.  He shall be repainted to match.  I have four of the Reaper bearbuggerers, originally purchased for my Arcade Demo of Skulldred.  Feeling virtuous by finishing them up.

So I figured out what I am doing with that uninspiring troll mini I purchased on a whim.  He is now gonna be a dire bugbear.  Shhhh they exist in my world.

So I started layering up the fur.  I will drill and pin some ears onto him once that is dry.  The trick to good fur is lube.  I use vasolene but KY jelly will work nicely too.  Apparently nose or forehead skin oils work too, according to Kev White.  I remain... strangely grossed out by that.
Apply the putty firmly and smooth it in, then shape it to give it the right general bulk.  Once that is good, grease it up like Groundskeeper Willie.  Drag your tool in downward wiggly strokes, tugging upwards slightly to create each layer.

Hey, I shall do a video tute about it soon (nudge nudge wink wink).

See previous post about VIDEO TUTES!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Do you want Video Tutorials?

Question.  How would you like to see video tutorials from yours truely?  How about everything miniatures from painting, restoring, repairs, sculpting, converting, adding spikey bitz, making scenery, throwing axes at fruit, basing and rebasing for eternity, how to ask girls out, interviews and the finer points of blending and tinting?

All done whilst swearing, attempts at dark comedy and no doubt bitching in a bitchy manner like a lil bitch in magical bitch heat about bitchy stuff?

Fuck it, I will throw in some sock puppets too.  You know I will.

So here is the deal- to unlock all this EPIC GLORY I need a good HD webcam, mike stand for pointing said cam at minis, better lights so you can see said minis and editing software so I can edit said footage.  That's what she said.

So what are your thoughts?  Kickstart?  Ongoing patreon?  Anyone want to sponsor this with in-video ads for their wargaming products?  Anyone got a top notch webcam they can donate?

Put your thoughts on the best way to go about all this in the comments below.  You know you want to.  Go on.  Be a devil.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Surfactant, mother f*#%er

Let's talk Windex.  No, not the cocktail (recipe to follow)- the blue window cleaning fluid.  It is an important part of my mini painting toolbag.  If it sounds like I am I am gonna lay some bizarre tips on you, you bet your ass.

Windex contains a whole cocktail of useful ingredients for acrylic painting.  It is a detergent, surfectant and... dammit, here is the cocktail recipe- get yourself a glass and drink up whilst we discuss mini painting...

  • 1 ounce blue curacao
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice

Okay, so we good now?  Right... now the windex you *shouldn't* drink.

Spray some Windex cleaner into your paint water.  It will dissolve acrylic on your brushes, stopping them clogging and keeping them clean.  Secondly, it will act as a flow aid- making your paint slide off the brush and onto your model- great for fine detailing.

Windex in your wet palette will help keep mould at bay- especially if paired with bottled demineralized water rather than tap water.  Less stinky and again, flow aid properties added.

Windex will clean your brushes and bring life back to your dead ones.  Dilute about fifty fifty and rub the brush in the palm of your hand- et voila.  Better than brush CPR- which just gets your lips dirty.

Windex can be used to speed up layered glazes (aka juicing). The isopropyl evaporates quickly, and the blue dye too- leaving a streak free glaze.  By the time you have glazed all around your model, the front is dry - so you can use thin glazes and build up gradually but quickly.

The effect windex has on acrylic is that it dilutes it, weakening the bonds, which rebond again apparently just as strongly as it evaporates.  Airbrush artists have used windex as a dilutant for years- it has the same active ingredients as professional air brush thinner- and smells the same.  I am told it does eventually gnaw your airbrush out- but meh, I am a brush kinda gal anyway.

(Sips Windex Martini)

However, all this means no brush licking for you.  I would also make sure your hobby area is well ventilated anyway, but imma gonna waggle my finger at you if it isn't already.  I bet your the kinda dumb ass that sands resin or applies static grass without a mask, or votes Trump right?  Dumb ass.

(Sips Windex Martini again)

If you use tube paints, windex water will turn them from a gel into something you are more familliar with quickly, without over diluting.  You don't want too much water added as it will make the paint translucent.  Translucent and pastey is not a great mix- outside of Nurgle minis.  Windex water will make it smooth and even with only a small amount.

Back when I had a studio, I kept a Reaper dropper bottle full of 1:3 windex-demineralized water on my desk.  Handy little bastard.  I called it Windy.  Windy Handybastard.  Maybe you should too.

Drink responsibility you salty sea dogs.  See you next episode.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Reaper Haul Progress

My friend Esther invited me around her pad for a painting session, and I got cranking on my Reaper Bones haul from PAXaus whilst she tortured me by playing Ouran High School Host's Club.  Just... don't ask, you don't want to go down that rabbit hole.
  My goal was to knock out table quality minis for an upcoming Pathfinder game so my elf rogue Ehzarelle took priority.  A few figures came along for the ride.

For me, table ready means 'looks okay from three feet'- which lends itself to exaggeration and bright, crisp edging and bold colors.

I painted Ehzarelle's skin tone more Drowish because in my mind elves are fae creatures and can be weird colors.  The gnarled tree on her base is naught but twisted tissue paper set with superglue and a little scatter.  Great for roots and fallen tree details.  The stale water on her base will be given a coat of modge podge to make it really glossy.

The dwarf and guard are also first pass.  They, along with the lizard man where all free 'paint and take' minis.  Woot for the loot!

When doing table ready, focus on 'good enough' rather than obsessing.  Hold the model at arms length every few minutes to check your work.

For quick game ready models I suggest painting all the flat colors before shading- it means you can hit the model with brown washes that work on belts, metal, padding, skin, fabric and so forth in one go.  A few black washes in eye sockets, armor and around joints can help.  If you are shit at picking out edges- go the other way, start painting the part the highlight color then shade down the middle of the parts- leaving the edges bare.  Far easier.

That's it from me tonight folks.  I have a lot of minis to catch up on.  Should be a productive few weeks.

Senpai notice me!