It has been quite a while since I’ve posted any new painting and with the upcoming Analogue Challenge, I thought it was about time to get the brushes back out again and put paint to plastic (or MDF in some cases) to I wasn’t quite so rusty. The f…
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The base of the new Blood Bowl scoreboard is now covered in sand, painted, and flocked. I might still add some additional foliage or other details to the base, but it’s perfectly usable as is and I’m willing to declare it finished and move on! Instead of puttying around the strip of plexi in the … Continue reading A Goblin Scoreboard, Part Two →
So my Frostgrave City of Dragons has a few more statues…If you recall in my last post I decided to add a Dragon Feel to my city build. It really pays to search down these beasts on ebay in the collectables sections.Last post: http://shedwars.blogspot…
Decided that my Blood Bowl Goblin team, currently glorying in the name of T.U.R.D. (what that stands for changes every single game they play…) needed a scoreboard, to use as substitute to my existing Lizardman temple BB setup. Goblins have an reputation for being clever but not smart, and for lunatic behaviour at the best … Continue reading A Goblin Scoreboard, Part One →
I finished up a pair of buildings on the weekend. First up was this brownstone. This was a lovely kit retrieved from the stash in Terry’s crawlspace. Lots of nice details.I particularly liked the laundry line for the roof-top. It makes the building loo…
Hi FolksLast Post was here…this was where I introduced the dragonshttp://shedwars.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/frost-grave-terrain-build-part-5-dragon.htmlI decided to finish off the buildings this weekend rather than focus on the base boards – having been…
A mixed post today. I started with a 1/72-scale Grant from Airfix. Arrived NIB (and bagged) with a part missing. Fortunately I managed to work around that! It turned out okay–wish the hatches opened and had crew. Fits in with the 8th Army well en…
Between £10.00 and £16.00 per building what’s not to like.
“Old Fritz” of MordheimMordheim has had a bit of local resurgence lately. Although I’m not a participant in the current league/campaign, I was able to get in a “one off” game Thursday night. I’ll try to post some pics of the game sometime n…
Previous Post on this project Starts here…
When I left you last I had just completed a number of foam core structures. Over the last few nights I have
- Added Sand and grit to the exposed areas
- Added Eva Foam Flagstones to all the plinths
- Painted the whole lot black
|Ready for black base coat…is that a dragon top right…read on|
Added an Octaganal tower – quick set of pictures on the build…
Foamcore tower – remember to paint the inside before assembly !
I added the EVA foam as brick work to cover the gaps. This was cut out in a zig zag pattern.
|Standard PVA works on these sheets|
The infill was painted with sand and then painted black
The top is another piece of foamcore with a couple of hard plastic spheres glued in place. Again this was covered in sand and pva before painting.
Remember all these buildings will be drybrushed grey like the bridge below.
So as you can see the city is starting to take shape.
|Must do something about the base….|
|The Amera pyramid flat surfaces have been clad in foam and the sides with sand. It looks much less plasticy|
What the City really needs is character and at the moment it all looks a bit bland.
A moment of madness…this will become the Frozen City of Dragons
A couple of chance cheap finds on ebay settled the question and in the coming days these will be added to. These are all Dragon Collectables found on ebay – they are resin, beautifully cast and will make fantastic giant statues.
|Can you see the 28mm figure on the steps…|
Lets add the Dragons yto the city scape
|Once these are also repainted it should tie all this stuff in together.|
In addition I have bought a number of cheap dragon pendants to add as features on the buildings – still waiting for these to arrive.
The pictures laid out cover an area of about 4ft x 4ft so some more foamcore buildings will be needed to double this area. One of these will be the temple of dragons.
Firstly however I need to address the gaming board..that will be the next task…
Before I disappear one more piece currently being worked…
This Kiddie tower will become a Wizards Tower – again using the flexible foam to clad the building
Until next time
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Onto the terrain – a few more hours spent in the Shed over the weekend building my Frostgrave city – I have added more walkways, towers and added few bits.
Started to sand up the various items and slap on the first coats of paint. But this is going to take time as you can see from the mess I am working in.
As this develops it appears to be developing into a mishmash of Arabian, Indian, Gothic and Crusader styles. The city is only in part decay – many of the structures will be sound but empty. Those that have collapsed will feature but concentrated in key zones that were ravaged by fires, ice damage and magical storms.
It is my considered thinking that our Frostgrave treasure hunters are going to head for the richer parts of the city – the temples, the palaces, the libraries and museums for their booty. Treasure is unlikely to be found in the slums or residential areas.
|A new walkway with towers and domes – sanded and part painted|
|The Alter of Evil has a plinth (steps required) and I have added paving to the America Step Pyramid|
|An Octagonal Tower – corner steps off first bridge now finished – awaiting drybrushing|
|There’s the first bridge completed – the temple top left comes from aquarium pieces|
|Another city shot – more steps and the towers|
|A close up on one of the towers – part sanded|
|Another city shot…plus mess in background|
|The Octagonal tower (top sanded)|
|The Ziterdes ruined tower painted black – all the pieces will be painted the same so they tie in together|
|More aquarium pieces|
More coming soon…including the first painted minis
Whew! This is it! There are several different ways we could finish off the river. It doesn’t look bad now, but after all of the work we’ve done so far, why skimp on one of the most important features of these boards. You could just paint the river with…
A few years ago I picked up a bag of model trees from Dobbies, our local garden centre [and craft shop]. They only have them in the run up to Christmas as they’re for making your own Christmas scene with miniature revelers and holiday nik-naks. I’ve not seen them the last couple of years but it might have reurned to my local store, or yours should you know of a Dobbies nearby. I’ve noticed online other garden centres do stock them also.
Time to paint the river! No point in buying quart tins of house paint for this step. I used artists acrylics. Water has no color of it’s own. It merely reflects the colors around it. The tendency of most folks is to paint model rivers blue, but the blu…
It’s been a fun couple of days spent assembling all my Systema Gaming Base-O terrain, and then an ensuing week of just staring at and toying with it on my table. I’ll get to reviews on all the individual kits eventually, but thought I’d start with an overall review as much of this is applicable … Continue reading The Big Base-O Review
As it was Halloween this past weekend I decided to put on a ‘Strange Aeons’ game for the boys. Here’s the scenario I cooked up for them:Spring 1937, Spain. Your teams have been dispatched to war-torn Spain to investigate reports of a strange atmos…
This week, with minutes to spare, we have the beginnings of my under-city terrain set. Judge Williams will be along presently, but I want to take my time with him, especially after watching episode one of Ash vs Evil Dead, which was pretty damn great, …
So Saturday saw the opportunity of spending some real time in the shed on my Frostgrave city project.
Over the coming weeks you will see all the various components I have both to build this table but in this post I will talk about the structure of my town. The rulebook advises that you need loads of terrain and that suits me just fine. However what I don’t want is just a load of ruined buildings plonked on a battlemat. It just has to be better than that.
My vision is lots of stairs, raised walkways, towers, bridges and temples all crowded into a small area. The structures on top of this undulating landscape will be ruined and the whole thing will be placed down loose to create variety of game play.
The best material to built these stairs and structures is in my mind Foam core – this can be bought really cheaply on ebay/amazon ( I bought 10 x A1sheets – the big ones – for £22 inc postage). With a supply of dressing pins, white glue, steel rule and a very sharp blade you are good to go.
The structures you can see in these pictures were knocked up in an afternoon. I reckon this about a third of what Ill need in the end. All the units built are either 5 or 10cm high to allow for switching pieces around.
The columned structure on top of this plinth is the Pegasus Alter of Evil – an acquisition off ebay for £9. To the left of this you can just make out the Gothic building set for Pegasus.
In the foreground of the picture below you can see the Amera stepped pyramid and one of their ruined buildings. These have been primed and painted black.
As part of this build I wanted to finish one piece to illustrate what the final project might look like. I took the three arched bridge in the top right of the picture as my test piece.
Whilst browsing the local poundshop came across these EVA sheets – they are A5 in size and give 10 sheets in a pack.
These are perfect for embossing flagstones and much cheaper than the 2mm blue foam I have used in the past. As you can see the bridge has had the flagstones added along with some buttresses to give it a much better 3d shape.
The flagstones were drawn out in 3cm, squares and then cracked using a biro
The structure was then coated in white glue and covered in sand.
Once dry the whole structure (including the underside) was painted in cheap black acrylic paint.
This was then drybrushed with a couple of shades of grey. The 28mm figure shows how big this piece actually is.
I am quite pleased with the final effect and if all the pieces come out like this my city will look suitably grey. I am particularly encouraged by the flagstone finish.
So the first piece is finished. I’ll now build up the rest of the foamcore structures before starting painting.
Until next time
Made some great progress today. I stopped by Bob’s Foam Factory on Saturday and bought all the blue foam I needed to make my Omaha Beach table. Today I hunkered down and was able to cut and shape all the foam and get the base table complete…
If you remember In most Fighting Fantasy books from the distant past, you always had the opportunity to heal your depleted Stamina score by munching on your provisions that you either had already, or simply found during the course of your adventure. So with this episode of Grim’s Dungeons of Doom, that’s what we’re going […]