WV Fox Commission

Some friends in Southern West Virginia have started a Extra Life team, known as WV Fox, to raise money for the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. As part of the Children’s Miracle Network, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital helps thousands of children every year regardless of illness, injury or their family’s ability to pay. WV Fox takes their name and inspiration from a 4-year old Hero Kid named Maxwell who has a rare genetic syndrome called Fox G1.

Our Hero Max

Our Hero Max

Fox G1 syndrome is a neurological condition that happens most commonly from a spontaneous, non-hereditary genetic mutation that occurs in utero. Symptoms of this syndrome include profound, global developmental delays, microcephaly, seizures, cortical vision impairment, low muscle tone, feeding issues, sensory processing disorders, and inability to verbally communicate.

In Maxwell's case, he is non-verbal, has a cortical visual impairment, he cannot sit, stand, walk, or feed himself and requires a feeding tube to nourish his body. Aside from these challenges, Max is the happiest little guy. He loves Mickey Mouse, Puppy Dog Pals, music, swimming, and people.

The doctors, clinicians, and therapists at Cincinnati Children's Hospital see Max every 6 months, and have provided strategies to help his family provide the very best of care for him. By donating to his campaign, or by joining Team WV Fox, you help Maxwell, and so many children like him who depend on Cincinnati Children's Hospital and their amazing staff to provide excellent care!

For those of you who are unfamiliar, Extra Life is a charitable organization that unites gamers in support of their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Raising money to help children, while playing the games we love it’s a win-win! The WV Fox team have set an ambitious fundraising goal ahead of their 24-hour gaming marathon on Star Wars Day, May the 4th (#puns).

To try and support the team, I reached out to my buddy Jerad Bailey last week to discuss designing a bespoke terrain piece that could be auctioned off as part of their fundraising efforts. He put me in contact with their team captain, Geoff Cullop and we excitedly began riffing on each other’s ideas to create something unique that Heave Ho Studio could donate to their cause. The end result was a rough sketch for a Japanese themed outdoor shrine known as the Forest Shrine of the Celestial Fox.

I never claimed to be a sketch artist.

I never claimed to be a sketch artist.

While early in the design and implementation of this project, I wanted to share this with my shipmates as a way to promote the work that WV Fox and Extra Life are doing to help children and their families. You’ll be able to see the project evolve here at Heave Ho Studio through pictures and narrative as it takes shape. If you like what you see in the WV Fox Portfolio, we would love for you to participate in the auction of this one-of-a-kind terrain piece, or you can donate to WV Fox’s team page directly through a secure link on extra-life.org here. Honestly, why not do both?


Gargoyles, Lore, & Death

A few weeks ago, I ordered a unit of Kings of War Gargoyles sculpted by Mantic Games. These 28mm figures are multi-part plastic and feature a variety of head, torso, leg, and wing configurations. If you convert them from regiment style bases to round ones, you will want to glue some washers to the bottom of the base for added weight and stability. My box came with a few extra heads that went immediately into my bits box. There are 10 figures in a box and they currently retail for $26.11 USD on the Mantic Games website. The figures are dynamic with some great action poses, they are down right creepy painted up, and were exactly what I was looking for in a small gargoyle force.


Mythic Age tomb guardians

warped by magic most foul…

In my campaign setting Gargoyles were created, during a lost Mythic Age, as tomb guardians for those of means. Convicts and other condemned were often used in their creation, warping them mind, body, and soul into rock winged horrors. The magics used to bind them had the unintended consequence of giving them an affinity for Necromancy. In the Common Era, the bindings which held these tomb guardians in place have long since failed. Some Gargoyles still make the tombs their home, especially forgotten ruins, but they live mostly in clutches high in the mountains.

Over the millennia the short-lived races have forgotten the origins of Gargoyles, but still believe they are protectors of the churchyards. They cover churches and cemeteries in their image to ward off grave robbers, evil spirits, and the restless dead among other superstitions. These stone beauties by Mantic are a perfect fix for the theme and look of the Gargoyles in my world.

To paint these up the way I did you will need the colours listed below. Note there are no “right” or “wrong” colours to use, these are just the ones I used and was happy with. You can find my work in progress photos and the finished pieces in my portfolio Project: Gargoyles.

Colour Palette

Base Coat - Army Painter Matt Black spray primer

Dark Grey - Craftsmart* Deep Grey dry brushed to about 90% coverage

Medium Grey - Craftsmart* Dark Grey dry brushed to about 70% coverage

Light Grey - Americana* Slate Grey highlights

Wing Membranes - Army Painter Abomination Gore

Eyes - Army Painter Dragon Red

Wash - Citadel Agrax Earthshade

*Yes I am one of those blokes that uses craft paint. #unashamed