Posts Tagged ‘Terrain’

What Next…?

Posted on September 26th, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Well…We’ve had a busy week or so.When I last posted We’d just finished our second week of our 30 Games in 30 Days September Challenge, I’d play-tested my game for ToonCon, and was getting ready to do some serious terrain building. In the last 10 days…

2nd Hand Buildings Purchase

Posted on September 26th, 2016 under , . Posted by

I recently saw someone offloading a bunch of 15mm buildings which I thought would be a good addition to my building collection considering I was having trouble getting started on building some of my own or finding some to purchase that I would be happy…

Ascloha revisited…

Posted on September 26th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hoi,Well Hugo is settling in fine and since he’s rather quick falling asleep in the evening I get a little downtime then. So here’s the promised post about the MDF buildings I am currently working on. I basically have two projects: one is a Dark Age pr…

Terrain Corner

Posted on September 26th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The big thing about wargaming is its a huge hobby.  Its not just spending time painting the amazing armies that we use, its also the field of battle we choose to fight on. I have to say I actually find painting the terrain to be a lot more fun that the miniatures.  I think its … Continue reading Terrain Corner

Wargamer vs The Elements: A Battle Report

Posted on September 24th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

It was a sunny Saturday morning in 2016 and the weary wargamer (me) had been hatching a plan. I had all the raw materials for some terrain work and now saw an opportunity to forego the housework in favour of some groundwork. My felt gaming mat and some…

New Batman / Suicide Squad Buildings

Posted on September 19th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

Knight Models have posted up a closer look at the terrain coming in the Suicide Squad boxed set for the Batman Miniatire Game.Not only is it printed and cut card with DC / Gotham themed decoration, it is also reversible and stackable!There is no news y…

Sunday Colour #16

Posted on September 18th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

For a little change this week I have assembled and painted some scenery.  I’ve never really owned any to call mine before because I’m lucky enough to be a member of a very good club that provides a great deal.  But just in case I want to play a few small games at home and in … Continue reading Sunday Colour #16

Renedra Tower: Rough Review

Posted on September 18th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

I’ve seen a fair few sort of previews and sprue pics around. However, one good thread on Lead Adventure forum aside, little that describes what people have done with the the finished product. I’m approaching this from my typical Rough Wargamer perspective. I build and paint my stuff but aren’t much of a wargaming artiste. I also don’t tend to want to spend a huge amount of time or expense on things as now am on three kids, so don’t have these to spare. I was prompted to get this by another Local’s epic blog post, of a massive Fantasy siege battle. It made my mind go back to when I was a kid and some guys were demoing Wargames in the foyer of a supermarket. The Warhammer game had a cool castle tower. It was probably that little GW one but hey, I was about seven years old. Basically, I’ve got the idea that a cool castle is now mandatory for any Fantasy project. To do this, I clearly needed something easy to make table ready at a low skill level for a decent price. So how does the Renedra Tower measure up to these criteria?

The Towers can be bought separately, along with separate wall sections and also a separate sprue of the tower walls so you can build it one level higher. Renedra sell this direct, including as a couple of different castle bundles. The largest massive castle bundle is £290. It’s seven towers, one more tower with extra level to be a gatehouse, and eight walls. From my preferred stockist, Caliver Books, Individual Towers are £32.50 and Walls £10.50. They don’t do the bundles. Towers are about $100 NZD here in NZ from Mightyape so seem pricey even allowing for the benefit we also get from the Brexit bonus to our exchange rates. I purchased one tower from Caliver, free shipping. Full details and measurements can be found at Renedra: but to paraphrase/c+p: the basic tower measures 160mm x 130mm with a height of 270mm. Wall sections measure 145mm high x 205mm long x 49mm wide (this gives an internal walkway measuring 39mm. The material is hard plastic, of the usual high Renedra quality, and is detailed and easy to work with. 
There are three different sprues (pic borrowed from Renedra) and two pieces of flat plastic with stonework detail to act as floors. You get four of the first sprue, which act as the first two floors. Two of those sprues can be bought separately as the height extender. There are two of the second sprue, which is the top floor. You also get two sprues (not pictured) to make parapets. This has gargoyles on it. The last sprue is extras to make doors, the trapdoors for the removable floors, and corner prices intended to go on the tops… To Fantasy the tower up still further. 
Here is a pic of the tower in full fantasy mode (from Renedras Facebook). Even without the corner pieces and gargoyles, it’s not exactly ‘historical’. I saw a top floor with arched windows exactly like this when watching Return of the King (the bit where the army of the dead turns up), this morning. There is also some fantasy style lettering on the top of the wall with the arch detailing. Personally, I am ok without 100% fidelity for my historical toy soldiers but others may like to fill the lettering in. I did without the gargoyles and corner  pieces though. To me, the tower looks pretty good as a standalone square tower or keep for a motte and Bailey style fort. I didn’t realise it when I bought it, but I don’t exactly mind that it is a perfect Gondorian tower either…
I think my rough version tower looks the part. To get it to this point, I built it, filled in a lot of gaps with PVA glue, and then applied spray coats of grey, sand, then a light wash. I may eventually do moss etc on some parts but this is my traditional ‘good enough’ point that lets me move on to all the other things in my queue. You can see the gaps between levels pretty clearly between the ground and first floor in the pic of Renedra’s fantasy style build, above mine.
This is another Renedra pic, here they show how you can mod the kit to make a gatehouse. If you look at the wall pieces for the first sprue (the top wall of the leftmost sprue) you can take the ‘flat’ piece in the middle out and replace it with that piece in the last sprue with the portcullis on it. This brings up one issue with the the kit: there is the promise of flexibility but a scarcity of material to achieve it with. I don’t think you could do the above with the kit without sacrificing something else, or using extras from another kit/scratch build. As you can see in the last sprue, the door needs to go onto another wall piece. The build in the pic above could just work, if you halved the size of those interior side pieces. Since they’ve put in floor detail, that’s one of only two floor pieces (the other is needed for the roof parapets) used up so no lift out interior detail for the top floor… Unless you give it a wooden or other scratch built floor. Likewise, two floors pieces means only one room with a modelled interior. As you can see in the above pic, two of the floors have no interior stone details modelled on the walls. You can’t use the top floor pieces to make a detailed ground floor, due to those windows. 
I’m a bit conflicted about the modular design. It seems to, largely, work if you are making a whole castle or one tower. But what about if you are making a tower and trying to expand to a castle? It needs a gate or door. But making it into a gatehouse as above would look very weird for a standalone tower. If you give it a single door at ground level, then this will be the same size as the main gate and might look odd as an internal facing door, and an internal facing door makes it not work as a corner tower. So it would work ok as part of a straight wall but not so much in a corner layout at one edge of the table. If it was exterior facing…. Seems like a flaw in the defences, being an other large door at ground level to defend? The wall kits come with two doors narrow enough to fit between the middle two column like pieces on the side walls. Personally, I’d hav liked it if they’d found a way to fit one of these on the sprues, as this would look better as either an ground level door facing the castle interior or as could be a postern gate. 
For my tower, I went with a top floor with interior detail but no more. You could make more floors but it seems to me that the only practical way to get inside would be to have each floor (walls and all) lift out as its own piece. I’m not clever enough to figure out how to have this look ok given the gaps that occur and need to be filled. If you don’t mind the gaps,then the way this is designed would make it easy to have up to three detachable levels. Given there is only interior detail on one floor, I’d say the intention is that you only have one with a lift out roof. 
Others have commented that the Windows seem a bit open. The general idea is that when there are walls, the Windows would look sideways over those walls, and not face frontward. This obviously works less well for a corner tower or standalone tower. Still, I like them, they give detail without resorting to gargoyles. I’ve also seen the comment that the arrow slits are a bad idea for a ground floor. However, if you look at my pic below, those arrow slits are quite high off the ground. I really like the trapdoor, they’ve built it quite a surrounding lip. So it’s easy to grasp and lift the floor to get at the one accessible floor below. Doing more than this ‘default build’ will take a lot of effort and extra materials. I did however do a little modding at ground level to get something that could make my tower somewhat (I think  a smaller door would look better) work as a standalone tower or a corner tower/part of a larger wall.
It’s a bit out of focus, but I built a landing and raised up the level of the door. There is just enough material to do this if you cut out the door and stick it into a portcullis door fame. Then the wall you can cut out can provide the top and sides of the bit in front, and the other portcullis can be a kind of grill in front of the tower drains, or something. My daughter said I should paint red eyes staring out of the darkness there. Smart girl. The steps are easily made out of those stick on corner pieces. I got the idea off the guy who had the thread on the Lead adventure forum, though he got the material for it by basing the tower on a sloped base and so cut out part of the back. My ‘theory’ is that this will look ok as a postern gate in a larger wall (or as a corner tower) as would be difficult to tackle with a battering ram. If not, it at least it looks visually distinct from the gate in the gatehouse. 
So how does it do vs my stated criteria? 
It was easy to make table ready. The tower alone is big enough that it can be a centrepiece by itself and the design of the roof and top floor makes it very practical for Wargames purposes, as you can easily put models inside to mark occupants. 
I found it appropriate for my (admittedly low) skill level. I think what I did looks fine at table distance and all I did was put it together with a knife and some glue, with no extra parts or bits from other kits. Then I painted it with spray cans. So the detail is already there on the frames to make this user friendly…as long as you aren’t a perfectionist or want to do something more than what they intended with it. 
I think the price is right, it’s a big tower for £33 pounds. The detail is decent for the cost. I’m not 100% sure why all walls couldn’t have had internal detail. That would have given the kit even more potential for either minor modifications or conversions into other buildings. Still it works as intended, even if the flexibility isn’t quite as much as you might initially think. 
I am very satisfied with it, and would definitely recommend it for rough Wargamers. The real modellers out there may be disappointed with the limitations of the kit and will have the skills/tools/store of bitz to modify things like plastic toy castle kits. Still I’m sure a real modeller can of course make this look fantastic, so YMMV. If it’s any indication of my impression, I plan to buy another and some wall sections as a medium term project. I want to have a castle or town wall to put along the width or one side/corner of my table. This seems like a cost and time effective way to do it. 
I hope this was useful to others looking at buying it. 

Links of Interest, 15 September 2016

Posted on September 15th, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

I’ve been spending some more time on YouTube recently, rummaging around the wargaming-related channels. I don’t have the time or the patience for the long rambling unedited vlog-format stuff, but there’s some good, properly edited, to-the-point stuff out there. Two channels I particularly like are Kujo Painting, who did the great “How To Paint Tartan” … Continue reading Links of Interest, 15 September 2016

Creating my own Munitorum Armored Containers and Promethium Tanks

Posted on September 13th, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Games Workshop decided to release a new set of terrain that does a great job of blocking line of sight and providing for cover.  Then they went and gave it a really cool Data Sheet to allow for some cool rules in game.  I was able to get my h…

Mixed Bag 4 – More Silver Tower, Shipping Containers and Kill Team!

Posted on September 9th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

This week saw me grinding through a little bit more of my Silver Tower box. I managed to finish up the two Skaven models and a handful of the Familiar models. So far, the amount of models in the set is perfect for me – not so many that I get bored pain…


Posted on September 7th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

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Infinity and Scenery

Posted on September 7th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Getting some more regular games of Infinity going so I picked up some new terrain. Have heard good things regarding the pre painted/printed plast craft games so acquired 2 double modules, 2 two door simple modules and a curved modular building from mig…

6mm Roman Farmhouse

Posted on September 6th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Since I have been painting 6mm Romans and Carthaginian’s I haven’t had much need to paint any buildings, most battles being fought out in open ground. However I came across this model from Timecast and decided it was too nice not to buy and paint up. O…

Dark Age Village

Posted on September 1st, 2016 under , , . Posted by

I alluded to the fact a few weeks ago that I was scratch building a Dark Age village. There are lots of nice commercial products available for this period, but when I realized how many I wanted, I decided I’d better try to build some of my own. Besides…

Crashed Shuttle, Part One

Posted on August 28th, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Doing a bit of cleaning up in my boxes of wargaming supplies I rediscovered a shuttle I built at least ten years ago. It was nominally for 15mm science fiction gaming, but was built without visible windows or any other really obvious scale indicators, and it’s big enough to look like a small craft in … Continue reading Crashed Shuttle, Part One

Mixed Bag 3 – Time Bandits, Trolls and Terrain

Posted on August 28th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

“You see, to be quite frank, Kevin, the fabric of the universe is far from perfect. It was a bit of botched job. We only had seven days to make it. And that’s where this comes in. This is the only map of all the holes. Well, why repair them? Why not us…

On the Paint Table

Posted on August 28th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Today I want to show what I have on the paint table. These guys have been on the table for quite some time. I am planning to use some of them for a tournament at Council Fires 2016 this October, so I will have to finish them sooner than later.On the le…

Yet Another Hill

Posted on August 25th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

I mentioned in the last post that I’ve been working on a third large hill, with a roughly 12″x15″ footprint, that being the maximum interior size of a banker’s box. This one is a more complex outline than the previous two and was a fair bit more work to assemble, as I wound up using … Continue reading Yet Another Hill

A Pair of Hills, Part Two

Posted on August 23rd, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

I’ve finished the first two hills I started a while back, and built a third large hill to finish up the set for now. After the first coat of glue/sand/paint “goop” dried I added a second layer to a few areas of both hills, just to smooth out a few seams and such. I mentioned … Continue reading A Pair of Hills, Part Two

Bolt Action – Review: Knights of Dice Desert Building

Posted on August 23rd, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

Hello again team, for this review I am taking a look at an MDF building kit produced by Knights Of Dice as part of their 28mm desert range. The particular one I am looking at today is called Desert Residence 2 from their Tabula Rasa range and is made from 3mm MDF. This is the first kit produced by Knights Of Dice that I have ever built so I thought it was a good chance to do a review for you guys. The Tabula Rasa range is promoted on the website as follows – ‘A range of simple shapes and shells designed for the scratch builders and terrain enthusiast to improve upon, these kits include no instructions so we suggest dry-fitting all the parts before applying glue. Add some bits from your ‘bits box’ and you can transform these buildings into something only limited by your imagination’

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Test Dungeon Terrain Section

Posted on August 22nd, 2016 under , , . Posted by

 Dungeon Terrain?  On a Historical Miniatures blog?  Blasphemy I say!Well, no, it’s not really blasphemy.  I just need a change of pace and am thinking about doing something a bit daft for next year’s Historicon game that may mix hi…

Building an ACW Blockhouse

Posted on August 21st, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

The current issue of Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy magazine contains a very nice scenario for Sharp Practice featuring a fort, so naturally, I wanted to build one. For the ACW, a fortified blockhouse seemed to be the most appropriate version. During the American Civil War, blockhouses were widely used to secure lines of communication, such as … Continue reading Building an ACW Blockhouse

Building the arena part 2

Posted on August 18th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

I hope the most laborious part of this build is now over. Upper and lower tiers, left and right are finished and I solemnly swear that I will never cut a sheet of foamcore in carefully measured curved rows ever again!I added covered entry points to bot…

Bridging the Gap

Posted on August 15th, 2016 under , . Posted by

I still want a church for my WWII terrain and that should do it unless I decide to move into town, but for now I have enough buildings for the Norman countryside, what I did not have was a bridge, not only would it look good but it would come in handy …