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Two or three years ago, I backed a Kickstarter from TTCombat for the miniatures game Carnevale. They delivered a couple of months ago and I felt that they would be a good choice as a focus for this year's challenge. To be honest, it was more the terrain aspect of the kickstarter that got my attention rather than the figures, although they looked pretty cool. The backstory for the game can be seen in the following video.
I have been to Venice many times but I will always remember my first visit about 20 years ago in February during the Festival of Carnevale. It was a particularly cool and foggy year and at night the image of the festival goers flitting about in the dark is still with me. It has never been the same since.
Unfortunately, I am having some difficulty getting up the interest to paint the figures. They are resin figures, the first I have dealt with and I find the detail is not as to my liking. They were a nightmare to assemble, very fragile and I broke a couple of them....just not a lot of fun. I think I have around 25-35 figures, it was difficult to know where to start. I believe I have 4 factions, so I had a look there are 6-8 figures in each faction so I decided to go with the Strigoi first as they looked the easiest to paint. Character information for the following figures can be found here as well as the faction cost.
A Strigoi Priest and 2 Nosferatu
Two Romani and a Blood Crone
Well, I am somewhat pleased with the painting, they did not come out exactly as planned and as usual I am having all kinds of trouble with the photography. But I got some painting done and that is the good part!
It is no secret that some figures can be a grind to paint if they don't inspire you. When they're frustrating to put together, doubly so. The Venetian scene is wonderfully evocative, but requires some specialised scenery- I'd love to see your approach to this. The Varcolai looks like a bigger figure, so have some bonus points, and good luck with the rest! Barks