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Iron Kingdoms Cosplay Part 3: Gun Mage & Mechanik

I debuted the Gun Mage costume a month ago at the first Saturday night D&D session at the fantastic Nerdy Coffee Co. but it has taken me this long to sit down and write it all up. The team at Darkblade LARP did a fantastic job on the leatherwork and after some back and forth the parts all fit perfectly.

First up we have the Gun Mage costume:

And then the full Mechanik costume:

And just because 2 costumes wasn’t enough variety I’ve started working on some more parts. I’m currently playing a Rhulic Dwarf Mechanik with a Repeating Pistol and a Mechanikal Arm in a campaign so I figured I’d start there. Whilst looking around for Mechanikal Arm inspiration I found the picture of the Khador Mechaniks Chief from the Warmachine game and noticed the head on his ‘Jack Wrench looks like a ratcheting socket set, so I started to build a new head for my wrench too. The socket heads are going to be magnetized so they will be interchangeable and they will also fit into the Slug ammo loops for ease of carrying.

Next up was the repeating pistol and for that I went to thingiverse to try and find a revolver to suit. I ended up with a Destiny gun that kinda looked the part but didn’t have a functional interior, so I downloaded the files and got to work of making it all work. The first prototype is done and the hammer and trigger mechanism works, I just need to get a few more parts printed to test the cylinder advancement system. I’m also working on adding runes instead of the detailing on the original files. It’s also scaled to fit in the Magelock holster and to use the same bullets for maximum cross purpose.

Now to look into working on the Mechanikal Prosthetic Arm, that’s gonna be a fun one.

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The Requiem Brotherhood

Requiem Templars stand before the chaos and corruption that rages in the world as immovable fortresses, protected by consecrated armour and incenses, capable of warding off the sacrilegious curses of their enemies. The Requiem Brotherhood was created centuries ago in the name of the saint Sol the Holiest in the stronghold of Dosmagal, hidden in the freezing mountains of Rotvar. Skilled clerics and paladins, the Requiem Templars are selected and trained with the sole purpose of breaking the bones of the creatures of corruption and chaos, wielding immense hammers, clubs and flails to break their bones.

This company is officially licensed to sell physical prints of Artisan Guild models, obtained through the Artisan Guild Patreon, Shop or ?AMAZONS!? Kickstarter. Original digital .stl files of this model can be purchased either by joining the Artisan Guild Patreon (at: https://www.patreon.com/ArtisanGuild ), or at MyMiniFactory (at:https://www.myminifactory.com/users/Artisan_Guild)
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New Bases Now Available

February’s Patreon Commissions have resulted in some a new base range here at Monstrous Makings. All 3d printed in PLA for a tough but light base for your wargaming figures.

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New Accessories – Painting Handles

Tired of rubbing the paint off your mini while you are painting it, try our new painting handles to firmly grip your model by the base and provide a solid grip for your hand while keeping your greasy fingers away from the paint.

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Community Call for Help

I find myself in need of help from our awesome Dungeons and Dragons Community in creating some pre-gen Characters that I can use to make sure I can always include anyone at my table when Nerdy re-opens. I would normally try and do this myself but I’m finding little free time to work on these so I am asking the community for aid.

What I Need:

10-15 Pre-Gen Character PDFs. Each character needs to be level from Level 1-20 with a PDF cheets for each level.

What I am offering for your help:

Each completed Character will gain you a £10 voucher for this website.

If you are interested in helping me out with this endeavor then please keep reading, otherwise thank you for stopping by and reading this far.

The Details:

Firstly the Characters should be based upon one of the models featured in one of the following categories (so that I can provide the player with a fully painted miniature for the game)

Next please get in touch with your model choice and intention to create a character, this is to ensure there is enough variety in the characters that you create. If too many other people have already created a character based upon that model then I will ask you to select another one, please also include the model’s name or description on the character sheet. I’ll also provide details on where to send the completed character sheets.

Characters will primarily be played in an Eberron/Arcana Punk setting and that should be taken into account, things like prosthetic limbs are readily available and can be utilised at any level. Firearms are also present in the setting (counting at martial ranged weapons) and the following table provides details of all the available weapons. I wont be policing equipment but please make your best effort to keep equipment level relevent to character level.

Any character class and subclass from an officially published Wizards of the Coast D&D book is acceptable.

Magic Items and Other Equipment: Using a slightly modified version of the DMGs Starting Equipment Table on page 38 Characters will receive the following starting gold, equipment and magic items.

Character Level
1st-4thNormal Starting Equipment
5th-10thNormal Starting Equipment, 500 plus 1d0x25gp, 3 Uncommon and 1 Rare Magic Items
11th-16thNormal Starting Equipment, 5,000 plus 1d0x250gp, 6 Uncommon and 2 Rare Magic Items
17th-20thNormal Starting Equipment, 20,000 plus 1d0x250gp, 9 Uncommon, 2 Rare and 1 Very Rare Magic Items
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Troubles in Tavern Winner

Congratulations to ‘peteispainting’ from Instagram, get in touch with the page and we’ll sort out sending out your prize.

This company is officially licensed to sell physical prints of Artisan Guild models, obtained through the Artisan Guild Patreon, Shop or ?AMAZONS!? Kickstarter. Original digital .stl files of this model can be purchased either by joining the Artisan Guild Patreon (at: https://www.patreon.com/ArtisanGuild ), or at MyMiniFactory (at:https://www.myminifactory.com/users/Artisan_Guild)
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Ossarnus the Sarcophagus Guardian

Ossarnus was an ancient lord of a forgotten era. His power was so great that not only him, but his whole army he ascended to immortality. Ossarnus the Sarcophagus Guardian and his “Immortals”?are known as the Ash Plague, who have razed to the ground cities and strongholds.


Assemble this Epic Boss with a huge asset of alternative parts and weapons, such shield and flails, blades and spells. With weapons and spellcasting options, Ossarnus is perfect to cover the role of Lich, Skeletal Lord, Demon and Undead King!

This company is officially licensed to sell physical prints of Artisan Guild models, obtained through the Artisan Guild Patreon, Shop or ?AMAZONS!? Kickstarter. Original digital .stl files of this model can be purchased either by joining the Artisan Guild Patreon (at: https://www.patreon.com/ArtisanGuild ), or at MyMiniFactory (at:https://www.myminifactory.com/users/Artisan_Guild)

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Zantharot – Lizard Champion

Every ten years in the Goldmaw Lizard tribe a Ritual Pit Fight take places to appease the wrath of the gods. Being the winner and only survivor of the ritual arena fights, Zantharot has been elected as Goldmaw Champion. Taking the role of a one-man-army, he often fight the outsiders side to side with Xol’Toa the Goldmaw Prince.

This model is meant to be huge! You can use it as special boss for your rpg encounter, or as special unit for your wargames.

This company is officially licensed to sell physical prints of Artisan Guild models, obtained through the Artisan Guild Patreon, Shop or ?AMAZONS!? Kickstarter. Original digital .stl files of this model can be purchased either by joining the Artisan Guild Patreon (at: https://www.patreon.com/ArtisanGuild ), or at MyMiniFactory (at: https://www.myminifactory.com/users/Artisan_Guild)

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Big Changes Incoming

With some big changes in my personal and professional life coming up I am finding myself with a little bit more time to put towards Monstrous Makings and the range I can offer will be expanding from here on.

What started as a by product of converting lots of things for my old Space Orks army for Warhammer 40k has now evolved. I have since moved onto to 3d design and printing via an outside contractor to produce conversion parts for my latest projects.

Last week I bought an Anycubic Photon 3d Printer and I have been testing it out on some personal projects but with that done I can now move the production of my 3d printed items ‘in house’. This means I am more in control and I don’t need to find the money up front to re-stock each item. Meaning I can now offer a Sale on all of my 3d printed items.

So 20% off the following:


Go to the Shop

I would also like to take the chance to announce the release of my latest 3d printed product.

The AI Motorcycle

Click the picture to check out my latest release.


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How to apply Compass Bars to Bases

I have been asked a couple of times now how I go about doing the compass bars on my Infinity figures so I figured it was time for a write-up

First up you will need straight sided bases (the standard plastic bases will not work) and a set of the correct size Compass Bars

Antenocitis Workshop Compass Bars

I like to colour the recesses on my Compass Bars to help them stand out. For that I prefer to use an Ink of my chosen colour but ordinary paint can also be used.

Use the Ink/Paint and make sure you get into all the recesses of the Compass Bars. It doesn’t matter at this stage how messy you are.

Once the wash is dry you will then need some form of sanding medium. For this I prefer these soft sanding pads but you can also use fine grade wet and dry sandpaper.

Using your chosen sanding medium (500-600 grit for me), gently rub over the Compass Bars until omly the recessed areas are still coloured. This will also have the effect of polishing your Compass Bars. You can move to? a finer grade sanding medium to really polish them to a shine if you want.

The next step is to cut out and pre-bend the Compass Bars before attaching them to your base.

You can either use strong side cutters or a strong craft knife to cut the brass sprue.

To do this you will need to bend the Compass Bar around something smaller than your base. I find the lid of a Valejo Paint bottle works perfectly for the 25mm Bars.

Be careful to get an even curving bend, it is very easy to crease the Brass if you are not careful.

You are now ready to attach the Compass Bar to the base. I like to do this once the Figure is on the base so I can make sure the LoF lines up. However you can attache the Compass Bar first then glue your Figure on after.

Lay both the base and Compass Bar on a flat surface making sure the Compass Bar is the correct way up, apply Super Glue (Cyanoacrylate) to the inner surface of the Compass Bar, then gentle push the Bar onto the base. Once the Bar is on, apply gentle pressure around the circumferance to ensure that the bar is fully attached to the base.

…and Voila, lovely crisp LoF marked in a clear and concise fashion.