After having a look at the player puppets, lets look at some of the weird inhabitants they encountered inside the witches hut.
Victoria, a fierce puppet made from metal and cloth, is the leader of the enigmatic outsiders, an isolationistic faction of puppets who spend their days gambling and fighting. Seeking the aid of the outsiders the party members were forced to undergo their initiation rite, before they would even speak to them – step into the arena and survive a one-on-one match with Victoria…
And last, but not least, Horthol, the fifth player turned puppet:
The fashionable leather trench-coat and hat worn by this puppet manages to slightly distract from his gruesome face which consists of a cloth draped over some kind of miniature skull. Both of his arms end in cork gun barrels and though most miss the fact that he only has one leg as long as he stands still, it becomes rather obvious as soon he starts to move.
Two more player puppets to go. Today I present Alyssa:
Made up from wood and cloth this puppet is designed in an exotic fashion. One of her “arms” end is a wickedly sharp knife, the other in a broken stump. She elegantly hovers above the floor, her dress never touching the ground.
Here we go to with the third player puppet, Kogul:
This puppet, mostly made from metal, sports two large metal claws, which always seem to move in sync. The old pocket watch on his back ticks loudly, but the hands never seem to move. His eyes, partly hidden by an executioners mask, glow in a fierce red light.
Lets continue to go through the player puppets. The second one is Tara:
A horrifying puppet made from bone and grey cloth with no eyes and a sinister grin. Both her arms end in sharp spikes. She hovers above the floor like a ghost, dragging her ragged dress behind her.
I love to present the occasional wacky or even plain weird adventure to my RPG group and bring it to life with fitting minis. Arguably the best of those I have played in a long time was “No Strings Attached” from Wyrd Games, which we played last year.
In this adventure the players are captured by a swamp witch and wake up as voodoo puppets in her hut. Trying to escape they are caught up in a war between two voodoo puppet factions and meet quite a few strange things living in the hut of the witch.
I started prepping the minis for the adventure back in late 2016 and mostly used the minis from Wyrd Games “Puppet Wars” line, which was the inspiration for the adventure itself.
So, first off we have the puppet of first PC, Gillian:
A mass of delicate red dreadlocks above her mismatched button eyes are the main distinguishing feature of this puppet made of wood and cloth. Her intricate littles goggles serve no real purpose, as they are sewn to her forehead. They look cool, though. A kitchen knife and a cork gun, which fires with a satisfying “pop”, are firmly attached to her “hands”.
Comet Lord Miniatures started a Patreon for 3d printable models in Feburary and one of their first minis was a Bulette. While most Bulette minis available are very static, this one has a great dynamic pose, which really brings it to life.
Creature Caster is a manufacturer of large scale resin monsters from Canada, specializing on demons, but also doing some dragons and elemental beeings. I backed their Kickstarter back in 2014 because I loved their original Treewalker. The quality of the mini I got was flawless, but their Boreal Treewalker, released after their Kickstarter was fulfilled, really caught my attention. This huge mini is nearly 200mm tall and I enjoyed building and painting it very much.
There are not many adventures available for the Iron Kingdoms RPG, so I tend to look at other RPGs for adventures and modify them for the IKRPG. One great source is the Penny Dreadful line from Wyrd Games. A highlight of their line is the adventure “The Ferryman”. We played through the fantastic first half without any changes, but I completely rewrote the second half. In September 2016 I painted some Wyrd miniatures for the adventure.
What started as a military sponsored program to improve the quality of prosthesis turned into a rogue program involving twisted minds, undead, and mechanika. The result were the “Enhanced”, a group of undead scientist and ex-military personnel with extreme mechanical body enhancements.
Private Ennis Mosley, one of the first subjects of the program and complete mad and homicidal, escaped into Corvis and became known as the mysterious “Waterfront Butcher”, killing dozens of people along the river. This lead to one of the largest manhunts in the city in recent history and in the end to the discovery of the “Enhanced” program.
The Waterfront Butcher:
Captain Vanessa Garrys, a brilliant engineer, was the mastermind behind the “Enhanced”. While the program started with nothing but the best intentions, a series of self-experiments conducted with the help of Professor Victor Halstead, twisted her mind and drove her to perform more and more extreme procedures on herself and her patients.
Captain Vanessa Garrys:
Professor Victor Halstead, a renowned surgeon teaching at Corvis University, completely fell to the charms of Captain placeholder and left his family and his academic career behind to help her with her project. Blinded by love, he never questioned her methods or her state of mind, until it was too late and he too ended up as one of the “Enhanced”
Professor Victor Halstead:
It’s really great to see how many fantastic new minis turn up on the net as printable 3D models almost daily. One good source for these minis is Patreon. More and more talented artists share their work on the site for mostly very reasonable monthly fees. I was thrilled to see a brand new Monster Mini Patreon last month by Rocket Pig Games. One of their first minis was a fantastic Bone Naga, which I immediately printed and painted.