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Digital Subscriptions > Tabletop Gaming > December 2017 (#13) > Painting guide

Painting guide

Follow our tips to give Eric Lang’s brutal Viking board game a suitably epic makeover


This month I’ll be showing you how to paint a selection of the models that come with Cool Mini or Not’s Blood Rage, a game set during Ragnarok, with various Viking clans fighting for glory to earn their place in Valhalla.

Alongside the Vikings comes a healthy dose of Norse mythology in the form of gods and monsters, and it is these creatures that I’ll be focusing on in this month’s guide. The four largest models in the box – the frost giant, fire giant, troll and sea serpent – tower over the rest of the models and look amazing painted up for your games night.

The sculpts perfectly capture the essence of the artwork that created them and, much like our last guide for Scythe, this game has had its universe created through the work of a renowned artist. Adrian Smith has managed to create a beautiful vision of the Vikings’ end of the world and the use of a single artist really ties that world together.

The models that come with the game add to that unifying feel. Each one feels like it is pulled straight from the artwork which, if you want to keep to the theme, provides a fantastic painting guide in and of itself.

While the whole selection of models found within the Blood Rage box look exceptional, it is these giant creatures that really catch your eye. Painting them up will add a special element to the game, with every player vying for an allegiance with these beasts.



Abaddon Black

Agrax Earthshade

Averland Sunset

Baneblade Brown

Beil-Tan Green

Blue Horror

Cadian Fleshtone

Castellan Green

Ceramite White


Doombull Brown

Dorn Yellow

Drakenhof Nightshade

Fenrisian Grey

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In December’s issue of Tabletop Gaming we have an exciting first look at massive miniatures game Star Wars: Legion, as its designers tell us about recreating the battles of the original trilogy on the tabletop. As 2017 draws to a close, we’ve rounded up the 10 very best games of the year . We’ve also asked some of the biggest designers from around the world of gaming to chip in with their own picks for 2017. The sci-fi excitement continues with a close look at the return of legendary strategy epic Twilight Imperium. We chat with the game’s original creator and the designers who inherited its legacy to find out what’s new in fourth edition. Plus, we give our definitive verdict in the reviews section! If you want even MORE sci-fi, we reveal how phenomenal series The Expanse went from the tabletop to TV and back again. If fantasy’s more your style, we’ve spoken with the studio behind not just one, but two, upcoming roleplaying games based on the Warhammer universe. Cubicle 7 explains how Fantasy Roleplay and Age of Sigmar are shaping up to be something special indeed. Still hungry for more? Allow us to satisfy your appetite with an in-depth look at how Euro masterpiece Food Chain Magnate was made, with a little help from the founders of renowned studio Splotter. Speaking of renowned designers, the creator of World War II classic Axis & Allies is back with his biggest wargame simulation yet – Larry Harris tells us all about his plans for War Room. Of course, we haven’t ignored the fact that Christmas is fast approaching. This issue’s 10 of the Best list is a special Christmas gaming gift guide, so you can find the perfect tabletop-themed prezzie for the special people in your life (or just yourself – after all, you’re special too!). That’s just the beginning of what’s in store inside our first monthly issue – dive in!