Thursday, February 16, 2017

Sean Bean is my test peice

I decided on a color scheme and theme for the warband of humans I assembled from the LOTR scraps box someone gave me.
Here is a snap of the test peice as I am playing with looks.

It's going to be aqua/creme with a sea goddess theme. They can battle my Reaper Fishmen warband for coastal superiority.  I haven't decided on the skin yet- was toying of going green!

I am loving the new GW metallics.  Such an improvement in metal flake size to their older stuff.

Monday, February 13, 2017


I had my first 'viral' tweet thingie happen two days ago.  It clocked 1,423 by this morning and brought over 200 follows. 

Oh yeah, incase you followed my mini blog for ages and didn't know, I am a professional video game and VFX artist and have a whole bunch of AAA games under my belt- including Dragonage Origins.  I have also given Kratos his eyebrows and pit hair, made Batman for Rocksteady Games' pitch to DC comics, worked on the preproduction team for Assasin's Creed, made the cutscene characters for Civilization IV, did The Mumakil in Lord of The Rings Online and painted every Kobold you ever grinded on in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. Yup. 

What is really nice about this is that it is mostly young lgbtiqa+ gamers who are reacting positively because they didn't know that transgender women are part of the games development industry in such key roles.  They love Dragon Age and they now feel even more connected to it and now know the industry door is open for them.  Being able to be the messenger for that is pretty special.

Recently I was attacked by Gamergate for the second time. I expect a third attack soon after this.  What is really cool is seeing the response from Gamergate pale into insignificance compared to the massive positive reaction to this post.  They really are a sad smidge of very vocal little assholes compared to the mass of great people in gaming.

Tabletop and RPGs are no different.  There are many trans people involved in your products.  We are just regular people, and we tend towards writing, design, coding, music and art as growing up, these are empowering activities that can be done from the safe retreat of one's bedroom. Being bullied and feeling like you don't fit in drives us into these areas.

Anyway, thought you may like to catch a glimpse of my life outside miniatures.

If you wanna follow me on twitter- I am @delaneykingrox.  I mainly post miniatures stuff, flirt with Eliza Dushku and crack rude jokes with Gail Simone and Freddy Prinze Junior.  You are welcome to listen in.  

Have a fantastic hobby session.  Treat yourself to something nice today and remember, don't let the bastards grind you down.  :)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Eureka Chaos!

The missing Darkling shipment arrived last night (wrong number on address it turns out) so I will be getting those in the mail to you all in the next few days.  Thanks for being patient!  I move house in the next few weeks so will be able to hold stock for future orders :)

Inside the box was also my Chaos Army by Eureka minis!  Bosch Bosch Bosch!  Loadsa lead.  They are absolutely fantastic figures, certainly the weirdest, most fun fantasy figures I have seen in a long while.

I used fender washers for the bases this time, as I plan to... no, it's easier to just show you... gonna do this...

I am piggybacking them all on Skirmish trays.  I made these from MDF drinks coasters, and holding washers in place with a light dab of glue, built up around them with Aves Apoxie.  Once dry, I will pop out the washers.  Later I may drill and glue in some diddy neodymiumiamy magnets.

Oh, and I popped into visit my friend Lauren Stardust (check out her hilarious #fuckedbyaunicorn hashtag on twitter) at her game store and look what I found!   The roper from the dnd prepaints!


Okay, I am off on a date.  Wish me luck!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Suffragette City of The Dead

My chicky babe collection just went up by ten.  These will be starring in one of my first video blogs as I abuse this kit to make other stuff :)

At least one of these heads is bound for those spess mehreens I got given :)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Kiss Macragge

I got to raid the scraps box at my local game store and came up with a few sprues of basic Spess Merhehns.  This was my test peice for a squad of The Blanchitsy Betsys.

She came out quite well, like Kristen Stewart on SNL a few days ago.  Totally called that BTW.

The base is made from a Renedra 25mm disc, bicarb, superglue and tree bark.

A spot of tortured John Blanchey freehand on the pauldrons is the focal point fot her super suit.

Her remaining five sisters will be Vlog material... because yes folks, who has six thumbs and raised enough money on her gofundme to get a high end webcam and tripod?


A super massive thank-you to all here who contributed to camera-ising me.  I shall endeavor to start shooting content for my vlog after I move house this fortnight.

This also came in the post a few days ago- my friend I used to roleplay with in high school sent me his original 1988 catalogue!  Thanks Julian.  :)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Armoured Ghoul Warband in the style of Austen

When a lady of my social rank and persuasion finds herself in great need of some leisurely persuits and yet found herself lacking the foresight to prepare for its rare occurance, what is she to do?  Surely the noble persuit of a husband of means and status should suffice to fill the feeble mind of a lady- and yet, dear reader, I do not hasten to call the carriage to whisk me to London for such a persuit, for I must confess the lowly rumours you have no doubt heard spoken of in hushed tones as you go about the village are, for once, quite accurate in regards to my sapphic tendencies.  Thus a quest to find a husband most undoubtedly will come to no good, for either involved parties and I must alas turn my mind to other trivial trifles to tinker with to keep myself from my very wit's end.
Thus, dear reader, your humble journalist found herself today engaged in the persuit of a relaxation via the base craft of miniature decoration.  A form of minor idolatry that I can only imagine the clergy would overlook for such is its spiritual benefits that one can easily cast aside any thought of eternal damnation.  But forgive me, I digress.

Without expectation of leisure time, I had sought the safety of my office to store my miniatures collection, and so I had no access to toys to tinker with.  Yet, in a blinding flash, I recalled a box of figurines most kindly and thoughtfully donated to my cause by a friend, and set about finding it with great haste.
Reader, I quickly laid hands upon the long forgotten gift, and, turning it out upon the desk found a collection of ten mostly intact models that I could easily salvage.  
Notwithstanding my previous missives bemoaning the great works of Tolkien (and my dissatisfaction furthermore of the dreary series of plays based upon his works by Mister Jackson et al), I find myself thusly in posession of many models from that tired oeuvre.  What to do?
Well, dear reader, I struck upon the idea of redressing my models in the guise of Armoured Ghouls, for that is what, to my eye, they mostly resemble.
I also took it upon myself to create a themed warband, and to allow myself some frivolity in my selection of palette bringing some gaity to my work.
I am certain you wish to see my progress, so I have included in this letter for your edification, an image of the incomplete work.

There is still much to do before I am satisfied, however I think you would agree they are of sufficient quality to enter the field of battle upon the dining table.
I am thusly greatly pleased with my efforts, and attained the desired relaxation of which I so greatly craved after many stressful weeks without reprieve.

The shields are quite barren, and I fancy the addition of a banner to the solitary pikeman to make him a standard bearer- however I am greatly distracted by hunger and must dedicate the morrow to commissions that still await my labour.  I am afraid it may be some time before I complete these scurrilous savages.

I imagine the addition of a few elements of whimsey, sculpted by yours truely to augment the most fantastical nature of the ghouls. I am tempted to strip them of their weapons and manufacture a more fantastic arsenal for them. I shall set my mind to the challenge in due time.

I hope my letter finds you in good health, do pass my warmest regards to your sisters- especially the prettiest of them.  I must away and prepare myself a humble supper to appease my beastly belly.

Yours, most prideful but far from prejudiced, Ms Delaney King

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Walking Dead Minis

Hey sexy gamers, here is a quick review of The Walking Dead minis I have picked up so far.
The material is gamer perfection. Harder than Bones, but flexible enough to bounce without possibly snapping. This to me is where minis should be. GW hard plastics are fragile in comparison. The detail level is great, smooth enough for blending, sharp enough for drybrushing.  Excellent.
The mid grey color makes them easy to look over for detail- again, much better than Bones - but I saw a pack of Bones minis in mid grey yesterday so that excites me.  Bones need this, and could so with another shift towards a firmer material. The progress Reaper have made so far has been great.

So there is a downside.  Glue.  The minis are pre-assembled.  Which is cool, but the glue work can be sloppy.

I may try a dettol bath to loosen the glue on my next purchase- then reglue.  However I have idea if this will work.

The minis are closer to 30mm scale and to be honest I love it.  It makes models' eyes brush sized, makes the figures easy to read on the game table.  It means more robust figures and... yeah I have to say I love it.

9/10 Mantic.  Will buy the range.

Personally I want DnD and Pathfinder to ditch prepaints from gaming and switch to this scale.  :)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Girl power

To celebrate my first paycheck I popped into my local game store and treated myself to some females of the 'take no shit' persuasion.  The Womans March was inspiring, what can I say?

Amelia Fox is a gumshoe from Reaper Chronoscope range and the others are apparently from a zombie TV show noone has ever heard of called 'Wanking Ted' or something like that.  Weird name if you ask me.  Maybe the old guy the two women came with is Ted.  I dunno.

Anyhoo, I am feeling virtuous as I got these babes (and Ted) home, rebased and enamel spray primed them.

The walking dead (yeah, I know, I know- my brain is a mystery) minis are about 30mm scale- which is actually really nice.  I think it is the *right* scale for a game played around a dinner table.  Easy to paint, lots of detail and detail you can see at range.  Bravo Mantic!

Back to work tomorrow.  Hoping my new castings arrive- alongside all the Darkling minis, I ordered the fantastic chaos range from Eureka. That's gonna be a blast!

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!