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Thank you for checking out Cathedral Arcanum.  We'll be using this blog to update you with new product information, concepts, upcoming events and just about anything else we can think of.  We hope to deliver the highest quality miniatures for all your gaming and modelling needs.  We'll strive to create new and innovative idea's while maintaining an equally high quality of customer service and a YOU based atmosphere.

Stick with us as we launch from beneath the surface and journey further and on to greater creation.  Help us imagine-er along the way and we'll meet you at the finished product.

Try the Rock Walls... They're To Dye For

Joseph Latham

As you probably already know, we've released some Natural Rock Walls.  Perfect for use in any 28-30mm games, made with... blah blah blah, yada yada.  You know the spiel.  We'll spare you this time!

What you might not know is how easily these beauties paint up!  

I've always been a fan of "easy to paint" miniatures, especially when it comes to gaming terrain.  Some things need the extra love of a meticulous, steady-handed, paint job; an awe-inspired rendering of real life portrayed on the tabletop.  However, terrain, for the most part, can be the exception.  After all, they aren't handing out many Golden Demon's for terrain these days...  although, there was that one Crystal Brush awarded to our sandbag.  Some of you will know what I'm talking about :) 

The reality is... sometimes we just want to get something tabletop worthy and get down to business... and by business, I mean rolling dice!

That reality plays a major roll in how we tackle our terrain concepts.   I wanted to make terrain pieces that not only looked realistic and provided functionality on the tabletop, but also used real world textures that could easily be exploited with a simple dry-brush or ink/wash.  So that's what we did!

I used a primer, a basecoat, some different colored inks, and a drybrush for these... Voila!  Not too shabby, eh?  

Let us know what you think!

      

Take Cover! Sandbag Varieties in Stock

Joseph Latham

With bullets, laser-beams, and artillery fire to hide from, cover often means the difference between life and death.  

Give your troopers something to hide behind with our Sandbag, straight-style emplacements!

This set of three 6 inch sandbags is perfect for any 28-32mm table-top miniatures game.  Whether your'e fighting a galactic battle far in the future or re-enacting your favorite historical battle these sandbags will help decorate your tabletop and the theater of war!

Let us help you make that "movie-in-your-mind" and use these as urban fortifications, beachhead barriers, or city street roadblocks.

Available Now!

This set is hand-sculpted, hand-cast, and composed of high quality resin. They are textured to appear as burlap and paint up with ease.

This set contains 3 varieties - resin miniatures supplied unpainted.

Products are made in the U.S.A.

Available Now!

Product's May Be Smaller Than They Appear

Joseph Latham

(ehem) "For those of you who made it through re-material-entry, thank you for joining us and we hope you enjoyed your tour of the Arcanum.  Please feel free to stop in at our Gift Shop and take the adventure home with you!  We've even allowed for a little member discount today.  Ahh! yes... um... if you will be needing your affects please see Bertram by the portal opposite the gift shop.  I'll stick around for the next few minutes if anyone has any questions.  Thanks!  We'll see you soon!"  

-Some of our sandbags with a set of our Sci-Fi female soldiers assembled-

Snow Days are the Best Days for Painting

Joseph Latham

Inclement weather always does the trick in terms of keeping us inside; away from our "responsibilities", shuttered away from the big, scary world, enabling our creative side to once again unlock the secrets of our pigment-driven conquest.

I utilized this snow day to do my first paint up of our Sandbag Straights and I thought I would share with you all on how I got my finished product.  I am by no means a professional painter.  Quick and easy, effective, and table-top worthy are often the points I aim for when completing any given work.  I hope you enjoy!

Before adding any paint at all I wanted to give you a look at the bare bones.

Before adding any paint at all I wanted to give you a look at the bare bones.

First Step - Prime (no pun intended :D)

I used black for the these as I'll be sticking with earthy tones and I wanted the recesses to show some shadow.

I used black for the these as I'll be sticking with earthy tones and I wanted the recesses to show some shadow.

Second Step - Basecoat

I used a dry, wet-brush technique here using a beige brown paint and a flat large flat brush.

I used a dry, wet-brush technique here using a beige brown paint and a flat large flat brush.

Third Step - Dry-brush 

I used a dry brush technique using a brown sand paint and the same brush used in the second step.

I used a dry brush technique using a brown sand paint and the same brush used in the second step.

Fourth Step - "...Not Another Dry-brush"

I used the same techniques as those above and used a bonewhite paint for this step. 

I used the same techniques as those above and used a bonewhite paint for this step. 

Really, I could just spray these with a matte finish and call it a day, but since I have the extra 10 minutes to spend thanks to this nifty snow day, I went a step further to make them look a little more like they've seen the ash and dust of war.

Final Step - Ink Wash

I used an old medium brush I designated as my "ink brush" and applied some ol' Devlan Mud Citadel Wash for this final step.  Lastly, I'm just going to spray these with a matte sealer to protect the paint job and I'm satisfied.

I used an old medium brush I designated as my "ink brush" and applied some ol' Devlan Mud Citadel Wash for this final step.  Lastly, I'm just going to spray these with a matte sealer to protect the paint job and I'm satisfied.

Thanks for sticking with me till the end.  Once these are available for sale and you get your hands on them, I hope to hear and see some of your works as well!  If you have any questions or feedback please feel free to drop us a line or comment on our facebook or right here on the blog.  Happy hobbying!

Update! 28mm Kneeling Legs WIP

Joseph Latham

"Progress is preeminent!  Concentrate all power to the generators, bring them up to full capacity, and on my signal, unleash hell on the dissident hordes of the unholy!"

Ok, so maybe that's a little too intense for some folks.  It's just so much fun to write that way!

But in all seriousness...

We are please to bring you our newest work in progress on our quest for a complete 28mm Female Sci-Fi Soldier multi-part kit... Kneeling legs! 

It's starting to get really exciting as the kit is coming together nicely.  More and more modifications are manifesting in the workshop and I'm really happy with the way things are turning out.

Let us know what you think!  

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