Monday, February 1, 2016

And now for something completely different - Arcadia Quest monsters

Not dead, though missing in action may be a fair assessment. The recent issues with models and painting really took the wind out of my sails hobby-wise and I needed something to rekindle my enthusiasm. A friend at work asked if I'd be willing to take on a small commission job and paint up some of the villains and monsters from a board game he's been playing called Arcadia Quest. Something completely outside the norm sounded like an amusing painting exercise and he handed over a small tray of critters which I bashed out over the past weekend.

11 models in total so they went pretty quickly. Each of the models has an associated card with some matching art, and I tried to stick close to the color schemes shown on the cards, for a sense of continuity. Some liberties were taken here and there to help jazz 'em up a bit (lots of black robes and tabards which would have made them a bit too dark against the requested black bases). Chibi vampires and hulking fantasy monsters, definitely a 180 from the recent projects!

I rather enjoyed painting up the beastmen, minotaurs and ogre, the varying skin tones were fun to do - not a lot of monster-y tones (or exposed skin and hair at all, for that matter) in the recent marine-centric Heresy projects!

All in all a fun little diversion and enough to restart the ol' hobby mojo. Finished off the painting stage of the remaining Geno Five-Two this evening (only had four color passes left when I hit the wall on 'em earlier), and following an overnight "let the darn wash dry thoroughly" step they'll get flocked and photographed over the next day or two. Pics to follow!


  1. Lol they look great, very super dungean explore. Nice job man, and a good way to get the ole hobby mojo back on track :)

  2. What fun! I like to change what I'm painting completely every so often for variety.

  3. That is a fun style of minis and something nice as a change of pace.

  4. Love them! Def have a SDE vibe! I'll just try to absorb a tiny bit of your mojo...

  5. Very cool. My mate has this game from when it was Kickstarted. Not think he's yet played it though...

  6. Holy shit. You do chibi minis really well! I don't think people understand how hard they are to make look good and smooth and clean. Respect sir. You have a whole other level of skill I did not see coming :)

  7. @NafNaf: Indeed! Was a hoot to paint 'em, so far afield from my usual fare!

    @John Lambshead: Indeed - was just what was needed to blow out the cobwebs!

    @Rory Priest: Aye, lots of fun textures and such that just aren't found on the tidal wave of power armour I've been working on of late!

    @Greg Hess: Haha! Always happy if my stuff can provide some inspiration!

    @Dai: From what I understand it's quite amusing to play, haven't tried it yet but will have to give it a whirl!

    @Zab: Thanks very much, man! They were definitely an interesting challenge, really made me think about what I was doing as the model's aesthetic was so different from what I am used to!

    Cheers, everyone!