Sunday, April 6, 2014

Adelaide Dungeonbowl Cup 2014 - First prize custom board

Hi everyone,

I was asked by Alex over at AFOUL to put together a custom board for their tournament. This was quite flattering as Alex is quite the terrain-maker himself and has been putting together a really impressive dungeon over the years. You can read more about the Dungeonbowl crew over at their website.

Alex also runs a newsletter about fantasy football gaming called "Put the Boot In". He interviewed yours truly in anticipation of their big event, which you can read here.

I do like to support Bloodbowl tournaments, although I'm not much of a tournament player, myself. They are usually smallish community groups and tournaments really are in the spirit of the game. Their tournament rules are the result of hours of gaming and in the interest of fair-play, which is all good in my book.

Anyway, on with the board!

Here is the board's frame, with the modular elements set up, and a few more detailed shots towards the end:

Those last few shots show my scratch-built teleporters, as well as some treasure chests I prepared for the prize. The two identical, square chests are scratch-built, with the others coming from a Hirst Arts mold. The last two shots are taken on my own dungeon boards that you might see a bit more of in the future. I'll be using the Cavern Crawl rules, which I really recommend checking out for this sort of thing!

For anyone interest in custom pitches, for individual purchase or for tournaments, please feel free to contact me.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ludwig von Barkhoven

Hi everyone,

I am very proud to announce that, for the first time, one of my sculpts has become commercially available. Ludwig von Barkhoven is now available from Alternative Armies by clicking here. He is actually part of a giveaway at the moment.

So, the miniature!

I do love Napoleonics. With Flintloque I am able to actually get some games in, and enjoy the small-scale skirmishes I've wanted to do since watching Sharpe. After reading a scenario with Beethoven as the objective of a rescue mission, I immediately turned to Flintloque and how we could do something similar. We needed Beethoven... or is that Barkhoven?

Here he is in the green:

Gavin Syme from Alternative Armies very kindly accepted the miniature and set about putting him into production.

Here is a picture of the first cast, straight out of the machine and into Gavin's hand:

As you can imagine I was quite eager to get him painted, so when the casts arrived I got right on to it:

And here is the great job that Sam Croes over at AA did for their promo work:

The beauty of this process is that, even now, the esteemed Notables - the Flintloque Yahoo Group - are pitching together to put a backstory and rules together for this furry little chap. A really great community effort, bringing this lead dogman to life.

Have you got yourself Ludwig von Barkhoven? Be sure to send in some pictures, if you do!

Hope you like him.

- Christian

Happy New (?) Year

Looks like there was a bit of a false start to my blogging since I last posted. This is symptomatic of 2013 being, well, crap... for a number of reasons most which I won't bore you with. I did go through quite a slump both with model making and gaming in general. If any of you remember the Ancient Wall Fort project that is now lost in the post, with a lucky mystery owner somewhere between Melbourne and Sydney. That, amongst other things, was quite a blow. I guess sometimes it's good to learn that some people are just not worth wasting your time on.

I also know I'm not the only one that had a rough time last year.

But... I can happily say that, for me, all that has changed!

As 2013 drew to a close I rediscovered my enjoyment of wargaming and miniatures with Flintloque and its wonderful community of gamers and supporters. There's real fun to be had with this game, which I'll go into in later posts.

Yes, posts! I want to post at least once a month, even if it is this kind of reflective garbage (hopefully not!).

I had an amazing time away in South America, particularly the Atacama region of the Andes. My interest in archaeology ignited, I have also commenced (another) post-graduate degree: a master degree in Ancient History which, down the track will hopefully signal a career change.

You will also being seeing a shift into more sculpting... and a few more surprises along the way planned for later in the year that I hope you will all enjoy.

So, here's to the year ahead!

I can't wait to tell you all more about it.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Back from the dead...

Hi all,

I've spent a fair bit of time away from the computer, with plenty of commissions underway! Since the last post I've completed two more Blood Bowl boards and the building below. Let me tell you this bun has been in the oven for quite some time!

 And some more detailed WIP pics:

 This was a prize for the winner of a 2012 Warmachine Tournament at that year's Conquest event in Melbourne. We couldn't figure out what a Warmachine building looked like but I think we came up with a pretty good design over the phone!

There are a few more components left to make and I hope to update you on those soon.

In the meantime I'm making quite a bit of adobe and a very, very intricate piece... more details as they come!

P.S. miniatures used were from Lead Adventure Miniatures (survivor) and eureka Miniatures (zombies). Highly recommended!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Son of a pitch pt. 3 - the final installment!

Hi all,

Well, the tournament has come and gone, and the pitch I was building was raffled off with great success. All the best to the guys over at BBLOCSA (AusBowl blog here: with their club and future tourneys, it was great working with you!

Here are some pictures of the finished pitch:

The great news is that I am also supporting another local BB tournament called Eucalyptus Bowl in July, 2013. There will be another pitch coming along as a prize from me. Aside from being another fantastic home-grown intiative is that EucBowl also support Bowel Cancer Australia. These guys are all definitely doing a great job for the gaming and wider community, so get behind them if you can.

Hope you like the pitch, and more on the next project will be up soon!


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Tales from the Crpyt pt. 2

Hello all,

Here is an update on the crypt project. You can see a fair bit of detail as to how it all came together from the last update.

I hope you've enjoyed the latest installment! Plenty of work yet to go, but the plaster flooring really did take a long time. You can see how the segments came out, which should give you an idea of how much carving had to be done around the slabs. This was all done with a hobby saw for the larger chunks, but a craft knife for the majority of it (plenty of tiny angles just waiting to snap off). Still to go are some interior elements such as sarcophagi, bricks to drawn in the walls, and the paint job!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Son of a Pitch pt. 2

A really quick update, but I did a fair bit of work over the weekend, have a look:

Here is a clever hole in which I will insert goal posts... made from a tube of styrene, you'll be able to see the posts in a future update.

And some work on the grass...