I never drink…wine

We’re finally back to posting after a long hiatus with the first concepts for the fleet of the Blood Sycophants, the vampires of the GRAVETIDES world.

The aggressive nature of this bloodthirsty monsters is reflected by their warships built to serve as floating platforms for small armies ready to engage the enemy in violent boarding actions in which the vampires excel for ferocity and swift execution.

The Admiral Sycophants flagship, known as ‘The Thorns Cathedral’ for the spiked branches (a recurrent theme in the vampire culture) that adorns its hull, brings in battle the biggest boarding bridge ever devised, capable of grappling even the biggest enemy ships.

‘The Tormentor’, another assault ship of smaller proportions, carries one of the most powerful magic item devised by the Sycophants, an icon of suffering and bloodletting whose creation has costed the life of innumerable enemies.

We hope you enjoy this new entry, and please, do not refrain from posting comments, suggestions and constructive criticisms, they are essential to understand if we are pressing the right buttons!

Other warships of the Blood Sycophants fleet and the flyers that complements it are in development and will follow in a future post.

Keep sailing your fleets!

That is not dead…

Hi!

Just a quick post to let you know that, yes, we are still alive and work of the GRAVETIDES project is actually continuing.

In these few months concepts for new  fleets have been drafted, rules have been further developed (just a few hours of play testing can change a lot) and some ship designs have been sketched, but work overload on our everyday jobs and attending the digital sculpting course have drained almost all our time preventing us to prepare something we really thought to be worth to show you.

No obstacles notwithstanding we expect to be able to do some proper posts in the course of the next month taking firstly a look at the warships of the Blood Sycophants, the sadistic vampires of the GRAVETIDES world.

In the meantime we wish you the very best for the Holidays of this last tract of  2018 that we will certainly remember for being the one in which our first Kickstarter (we are saying ‘first’ because we do hope to make some more) allowed us to let know our work beyond the four walls of our playroom reaching you all “in the wild”.

Keep watching this space!

Happy New Year and keep sailing your fleets !

Res In Aere

The mother of invention

Welcome to the first post of the GRAVETIDES blog!

This site has been created to be both a development diary and a feedback collector for GRAVETIDES, a hobby project about wargaming with fantasy model ships that has kept us entertained for a long time and that we are now trying to evolve into something more.

After a successful Kickstarter for our first war fleet, an interpretation of the undead fleet that was lost in action in the range of the most famous naval fantasy wargame of all times, we are now trying to invest this positive result to further develop our project, creating new fleets and finalizing a first draft of the wargaming rules that accompanies them.

First of all a slice of the earnings of the Kickstarter have already been invested in an advanced digital sculpting course (ZBrush) that will hopefully allow us to be faster in creating better miniatures.

Our undead fleet was entirely sculpted by hand in the ‘old school’ spirit that permeates our project with results that our pledgers and other people around the web had seemed to appreciate.

Said that, we have realized that to be more productive we need to go digital, acquiring a skill that we have always wanted to learn, thanks to the generosity of our pledgers who we will never be able to thank enough.

The ZBursh course have already started and it will finish by the end of January giving us time to push forward ideas for new fleets and to have a go at rules playtesting.

The plan is to publish on this site descriptions, sketches and other stuff like background and narratives on new warships and fleets and to disclose snippets of our GRAVETIDES rules, with the intention of both spreading our work and gathering comments and hints from people out there interested in what we’re doing.

The final target is to launch a new Kickstarter in the course of the 2019 with the offerings we will anticipate here.

As we are just two enthusiastic guys trying to push our passion ‘beyond’, we are unable to (now) have a reliable schedule but we will be doing all our best to make GRAVETIDES a continuing project that other hobby enthusiasts may appreciate.

So have a look a the site, read about GRAVETIDES, its dying world and the warships that roam its haunted seas, and leave your comments and impressions.

Hope to see you here again soon!

Res In Aere