Small Scenics: Archon Studios Ramparts – “Eternal Cathedral Stairs System”

Archon Studios Ramparts - "Eternal Cathedral Stairs System"

Following on from my recent post with the sets of “Kazumi” stairs from the Archon Ramparts Kickstarter, today I have the “Eternal Cathedral” themed stairs. You can read all my hurfblurf about the Kickstarter on that post if you’re so inclined. The important thing here is that I finally got these things completed. I initially experimented with Contrast Paints on these in an attempt to get them done quickly, but …it didn’t work. It looked – as we say here in Australia – shithouse.


That’s why experiments are a thing, though – so with that, it was the more annoying than upsetting task to get around to re-priming the fucking things and doing the drybrush/wash/weathering powder thing. I did originally envision a lighter grey stone, which is why I did the Contrast thing, but in the end, more mid-grey is fine. The original plan was to get both sets finished in the same month and post them up together, but it didn’t quite work out that way. At least I got them done in the same calendar year!

Small Scenics: Archon Studios Ramparts – “Kazumi’s Stairs System”

Archon Studios Ramparts - "Kazumi's Stairs System"

Archon Studios don’t really have the greatest rep. Essentially a renaming/legal rebranding of Prodos, architects of one of the recent WarZone revamps as well as the fulfilment and licencing abortion that was AVP with some backers apparently just never getting their stuff. So when they rebranded and came up with a terrain KS in hard plastic that looked just too good to be true, I assumed it was, and went with “fuck those guys” and ignored it. Fast forward some length of time and they actually fulfilled that KS with quality product and then started a second one. I still skipped it. But then people started getting their “ship existing product early” stuff while the Late Pledge manager was still an option.. so I gingerly went ahead and added some stuff to my cart, and asked them to “ship existing product early“. And whaddaya know? Just as COVID was starting to hit the world, my parcel went out and a few weeks later was safely here.

And like I said, COVID hit. And so I never got around to even opening the parcels. Until a few days ago. I still haven’t opened the stuff I got from Vic Minis around her bushfire relief offer (and then some more shortly after that to support Vic more directly).

I found in amongst all of the really actually very nice stuff, these staircases. So I got to work on painting and weathering them quickly. There were also a bunch of other cool little scatter pieces like statues and stuff from the first campaign but I didn’t get any of those finished in time for the end of August. But I did get these finished. So here they are. Done not in the South American style of this scenery’s theme, but as pretty bog-standard stone/dungeon style, which is why I picked up these particular add-on-extra sprues. Suitable for historical through fantasy through modern through apoc and even 40k-ish sci-fi. Including any places with Minas in their names, as illustrated by today’s models.

Yadda yadda Dave Stone’s Winter of Scenery Challenge yadda yadda.