Wargaming Tradecraft

Welcome to Wargaming Tradecraft

This website is dedicated to helping new gamers learn the miniature hobby as well as introduce unique techniques and supplies to advanced artists.

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My primary project these days is my Warcraft inspired Hordebloods army.

You can view my DeviantArt gallery to see all my art. I do have Twitter and Instagram, though I'm not very active there :)

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Count Vlagorescu's Midnight Court


This was a project that I completed for two reasons. The first was that I've been wanting to build an Age of Sigmar army to game with the folks at our new local Warhammer store. Then came along Armies on Parade 2016. That was the push that I needed to complete it.

Now, admittedly, my Hordebloods are my primary army which consume the focus of my high end painting efforts. I wanted an army that I could complete in a reasonable amount of time so I painted this one a little above tabletop quality.

Because I couldn't leave it at that, I took this as an opportunity to create something with an artistic angle. Looking at some of the other styles I've wanted to experiment with, black and white came to mind. This was a scheme I'd pictured at one point for Tyranids, but works great for a ghoul army too.

Did I ever get to play it? Only a couple times to be honest. However, I love how the undead-bat-monster-dragon-thing came to life, I've used it at shows from time to time and the display board has been an awesome attention grabber at some of the community events I've engaged in. (Maker Expo, Artist @ Work at our local libraries, etc.)

Fixing Broken X-Wing Peg Mounts

What should you do if you need to repair broken peg mounts on X-Wing Miniatures ships?

Relax, it's not actually that horrible and the process isn't too hard. The plan is basically this:

  1. Cut off the broken peg.
  2. Drill a hole in the body of the ship.
  3. Cut the female end from another peg.
  4. Glue that end into the hole you drilled.

Easy, right? OK, the drill step could be a little tricky. If you want to avoid that, here are some other tips:

  • Use the above method, but simply glue the female end to the bottom of your ship without worrying about drilling a hole for added stability.
  • Roll a small cylinder of green stuff, push the male end of a peg in and let it dry. Once dry, clean up the green stuff and super glue to the bottom of your craft.
  • Buy one of the kits out there that will allow you to magnetize your ships and convert.
If you're ready to learn how I fixed my ship, click on through.

Did you just find my ships and would like to see more photos of the completed fleet? I've got those too.

Fletching (Creating) Arrows

You may have noticed a wound on the wrap up post for my Hordebloods Axer Blademaster. It was an arrow that I made out of guitar string and feathers - pretty straight forward stuff but a nice way to add realism to a project.

Little details like this, wounds for example, add a nice touch to make your miniatures seem like they're interacting with an environment somewhere. You don't need to go overboard, covered in damage and blood - be subtle.

This process would also work quite well for notched arrows, (arrows in crossbows and pulled back in bows) adding arrows to bows or even just arrows slung in a quiver.