In Midnight Clad – Lockdown Heresy

Gaming, Horus Heresy, Manticore Blog, Night Lords, Painting

Thanks to the international viral lockdown I’ve had plenty of time to jump back into the Heresy.

RAPTORS WITH DOUBLE LIGHTNING CLAWS

Raptors

SEVATAR & TERROR SQUAD

Terror

RAPTORS WITH CHAINGLAIVES

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RAPTOR HEADSMAN

Headsman

RAPIER QUAD MORTAR

Mortar

PRAETOR CONVERISON

Praetor

MELTAGUN SUPPORT SQUAD

Melta

SNIPER SQUAD

Snipers

ASSAULT SQUAD

Assault

More Blood Bowl Designs

Blood Bowl, Designs, Gaming, Manticore Blog

I’ve been very busy over the last year training to be a qualified teacher, but have still been keeping my graphic design skills sharp with some hobby related projects, and here they are;

NAFC17 RULES DOCUMENT

Untitled-1I have yet again designed the NAFC2017 rules pack, this time with a change of design direction to signify the new TO and the new design aesthetics GW have started to use in their new version of the game.

BLOOD BOWL COMMUNITY ‘ICKLE BOOK

Untitled-2I have updated the community ‘Ickle Blood Bowl Handbook, which can be found here: Blood Bowl Ickle Book.

BLOOD BOWL REFERENCE SHEETS

Untitled-3And finally uploaded my A4 format Blood Bowl reference charts. Passing, Rules and League. Blood Bowl Reference Compendium A4

Gaming Community Designs – Blood Bowl

Blood Bowl, Branding, Designs, Gaming, Graphic Design, Manticore Blog

I am frequently tapped by members of the Blood Bowl community for designs to promote events, tournaments or for merchandise, so here are some of the recent commissions I have undertaken.

The below is in addition to designing the rules packs for the NAFC since 2013.

UNITED KINGDOM TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

UKTC Logo Final LargeI was tasked with designing the championship logo and accompanying information pack for the United Kingdom Team Championship, this design was also incorporated into a commemorative coin,

THE GOLDEN GAUNTLET

Golden Gauntlet CrestHere is the logo for the fledgling Goldent Gauntlent tournament series .

CHARITY EVENT BLOCK DICE

BlockDiceAnd the above were designed from a brief for a charity set of Block Dice, with a nautical theme.

NAFC 2015 Duel Entry

Blood Bowl, Gaming, Manticore Blog, Painting

Here’s the process of the construction and painting of my NAFC Duel entry.

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CONVERSION & ASSEMBLY

I was inspired by all of the outstanding entries of the 2014 Duel competition to such a degree that on the drive home an idea for the below popped into my head. Having been an life long Dark Elf player I appreciated the dynamic poses of the new GW Witch Elves, this exact pose has been used for one of my team Witches, so that was a no brainer.

When it came to her opponent I looked through the GW web store (barren as it is nowadays…) and remembered the Animosity Orcs from WFB, such great models that were crying out for some Blood Bowl action! It was a simple job of adding the arm holding the ball & green stuffing the join (a 40K Ork arm that usually holds the firearm), scooping out the head (!) of yet another unfortunate 40K Ork to gain his helmet and adding a shoulder pad from the WFB Orc sprue to make the Blood Bowl-ification complete.

You’ll notice that the Witch is leaping off the broken body of a fallen Gobbo, this was also from the Animosity Orc kit, and he’s normally being wielded as a weapon by another greenskin. So I removed the hand griping his head & flattened the back his body, with that he was ready for the diorama.

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PAINTING

I followed an old White Dwarf ‘Eavy Metal article for the orc, it was taken from the scheme for the plastic Ork Warboss, the Witch Elf utilized the new Wash & Mediums GW now produce. The blood is a mixture of GW’s Blood for the Blood God (what a stupid name…) & Tamiya Red.

You can see that I kept the Duel’ers separate for the painting, that way I could position them much more closely once they had been painted.

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EPIC BASE CREATION

I talked the resident Team Model Maker, Alan ‘Lamby’ Casey about a display base for the project. (You may know him from his awesome Dwarf Slayer team with custom beer barrel display) Things quickly evolved from a classic wooden display base, to a Block Dice and finally to a rotating display Block Dice!

I re-drew the dice face icons in Illustrator and then sent them over to be used in the laser cutting of the faces, the rest of the craftsmanship was then expertly executed by Lamby, including all the whirly gubbinz & gears contained within the base to make it rotate.

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FINISHED PIECE

Here are some multi-angle shots of the finished piece: (Click to enlarge)

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MOTION VIDEO

Here’s a video of the finished piece in motion.

If you want to contact Lamby about some equally insane custom work, email him at: lamby@manticore-inc.co.uk

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Welcome!

Manticore Blog

Welcome to the Manticore DESIGN Blog!

Things will be (even less) informal than the rest of the site, I’ll try to keep all you lovely internet people abreast of the goings on & developments at Manticore Towers in the various stages of my ongoing projects!

Until next time.

Rich