Posts Tagged ‘Terrain’

Batman Beta Test Forum Now Open

Posted on March 26th, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Knight Models have just added a VERY interesting section to their official Batman Forum.The new Oracle Beta Test section will cover all sorts of upcoming rules for the Batman Miniature Game and expansions.First up are some test rule…

Building a Volcano – Entering the Competition

Posted on March 25th, 2015 under . Posted by

Hi Folks If you have been following the Volcano thread and wondered whatever happened ? Well I can report that the beast did get finished but I was not allowed to share any information until competition time.Twenty four hours ago the competition was la…

SCW Terrain – Vineyards Finished

Posted on March 25th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Evening all,It’s been quiet around here, but I’ve been beavering away on various bits and pieces. First to completion has been these vineyards, built in anticipation of some 28mm Chain if Command Espana games this year. I made eight strips to give me a…

Somewhere in Libya – 6mm North African Town

Posted on March 25th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Last week I bought a load more 6mm buildings from Leven Miniatures for my 6mm North Africa project. These will be added to my existing collection of buildings and combined I now have enough to make a small town or administrative centre. I haven’t done …

Building & Painting Seminary College – Part 1

Posted on March 25th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello,When Sally 4th released their 28mm laser cut MDF Seminary College model kit for Gettysburg I couldn’t resist but pick it up.  Now I’m a big fan of pre-painted MDF kits and have shyed away from “raw” MDF kits as they require *a lot* of work t…

Assault Publishing releases laser-cut modular system EDCV Labs Starter System!

Posted on March 24th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Available here:

Laser-cut March 2015 special deal!

After many inquires we decided to introduce special starter set with our new laser-cut articles. ‘EDCV Labs’ special deal is very good beginning of you adventure with Assault Publishing modular system terrain!

The starter consists of the following elements:

1. 3 x 6″ corridor [LCHT-02]
2. 2 x L-section [LCHT-04]
3. 1 x short X-section [LCHT-06]
4. 1 x short T-section [LCHT-10]
5. 2 x room w/2 entries (adjacent) [LCHT-11 – note photo shows version with 4 entries]
6. 16 x blast door (6*type 4, 4*type 5, 6*type 6) [LCXD-04, LCXD-05, LCXD-06]
7. bonus “EDCV Labs” wall layers – limited only to this set!

This is limited offer valid untill end of the March 2015. You can buy EDCV Labs set in Assault Publishing store in special price of 99 EUR (these elements normally cost 120 EUR if bought separately!).

Check out the rest of their laser cut terrain here:

Remote Airfield

Posted on March 24th, 2015 under . Posted by

Heavy Metal Map is a great program.  It’s oodles of fun and can occupy my time for hours. On a lark I decided to warm up the old program to make a new map.  The Remote Airfield map is designed to represent a small isolated airport for small craft (not a dropship port).  While mostly […]

Broom Binder House from Thomarillion

Posted on March 23rd, 2015 under , , . Posted by

At this year’s Hamburger Tactica show I bought the newly released Broom Binder House from Thomarillion.

Usually the buildings and terrain I collect for wargaming are made from resin. The buildings from Thomarillion (produced by Ziterdes), however, use a very different, unique material: a light-weight, dense hard foam. Ever since I first saw their products I have been both intrigued and sceptical, but never found a good reason to buy any of these products. That was until I saw the new release the Broom Binder House, at the Thomarillion booth at the Tactica. It is a bit bigger than what I have seen from them and I immediately thought it would fit perfectly with the Stronghold Terrain buildings, such as the Town house.


The first thing you will notice is the weight. As someone who is used to handling resin and plaster terrain I find it very unusual to lift off such a light-weight piece. Of course, this is a good thing, though. Especially pieces cast in plaster are very heavy and when they break – they explode into a hundred bits. A piece of hardfoam does feel safer. On the other hand, if you accidentally hit this on the table edge or whatever then you still do end up with dents which may even be more difficult to repair than on conventional resin products. All in all, I find the hardfoam to be sufficiently sturdy, though.

After unpacking the house I encountered the most awkward thing about the foam: the feel. It felt like it was dusty/friable(?) – like there were lots of super tiny crumbs all over the surface. When you rub your finger across the surface it feels like tiny dusty crumbs come off but when you look at your fingertips – there is nothing. It was weird (in a negative way) but that turned to fascinating (in a positve way) after undercoating the entire piece, because now – with paint on it – the surface feels totally normal.

When you paint the model you will notice the biggest disadvantage of the hardfoam. Although it does hold lots of detail it still is only foam in the end. The surface is rougher than traditional resin casts with a number of air bubbles here and there. So the casting quality is definately lower than comparable resin products (especially the flawless Tabletop World products).

A large hole in the “wall plate” beam had to be filled with modelling putty

Detailing and Style

The appearance of the Broom Binder House immediately reminded me of the excellent buildings from Stronghold Terrain: beautiful timber-framed houses, suitable for historic and medieval fantasy settings alike (with no crazy symbolism à la Games Workshop such as cheesy skulls and spikes). Their styles are quite similar (e.g. in contrast to the very authentic and realistic timber-frame structures of Tony Harwood‘s creations for GrandManner).

Overall the house may not look very spectacular but it does have a few nice touches. Most obvious is the curvy roof which gives the building a lot of character despite its standard rectangular shape. What I also like is the wood beams that break up the stonework of the ground floor and make it look at lot more interesting.

On the other hand there are a couple of spots of sloppy workmanship on the model. You can see rather large bits of glue where the roof is fixed to the walls. It would have been nice, had these been cleaned up on the master model. On the painted model this is barely noticeable, though.

The last thing to mention is that the building has no accessible inside. Looking at the bottom you can see that the walls of the model are very thick. I assume it would not be possibleto produce buildings with modelled interior and thinner walls as they would probably break too easily.


Although I am not entirely sold on the material I am quite happy with the building. I appreciate these types of modest medieval houses. Working with the hard foam was an interesting change from the usual resin. If you have not yet tried one of Thomarillion’s buildings I recommend you try it.

The Finished Model

So, finally, here is the painted model – complete with ivy and posters.

The Broom Binders House with a few
Pike & Shotte militia men from Warlord Games

The Hills are alive…with the sound of polysterene

Posted on March 23rd, 2015 under . Posted by

Hi FolksI decided that I wanted to build some terrain over the weekend – afterall it was my birthday weekend and aside from too much beer watching the rugby Mrs Shed said I could do what I wanted.Now if you have been following my blog over the last cou…

Adepticon 2015 Photos

Posted on March 23rd, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Having made another successful trip out to Adepticon this year with my Brother, as usual, I took pictures of all of the things I thought were neat.  They are of course, in no particular order and are all things I walked past and went…whoa, that’s neat!

All Quiet on the Martian Front CBB Terrain Mats!

Posted on March 22nd, 2015 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Here are our two newest releases – officially licensed Alien Dungeon  terrain mats for “All Quiet on the Martian Front”! These mats represent a generic 6’x4′ playing surface for ” All Quiet on the Martian Front”. They feature highly detailed, professionally illustrated  terrain and of course….. Martian Red Weed! We offer two versions of the mat: […]

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54mm AWI and 20mm Scenery

Posted on March 22nd, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

A bit of a mixed bag this week as I transition from one project to the next. I have the last of the 54mm AWI figures finished. This fellow is a mounted British officer.Despite spending a lot of time dry brushing to create the effect of a coat, the damn…

Infinity: Terrain and A New Army…

Posted on March 16th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hey Folls, Took the plunge and ordered some Micro Art Studio terrain :)I also scratch built a science module. Still a bit of tidy up work to do as a but trademark “dirty” at the moment but I’m happy so far.Crates, consoles and holo ads from Micro …

Miniature basing tutorial – highland bases step by step

Posted on March 15th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

This tutorial was made to show you how I made bases for one of our armies for Song of Blade and Heroes.

You can find plish version here

Please notice that this is not a guide for professionals who make outstanding scenic bases. It’s rather for wargamers who are looking for some tips and inspirations to make good looking simple bases for their vast armies. I hope that at least some of you will find that article to be interesting and useful.

According to the story we designed for Knights of Drakenborg army their seat is located on the broad highlands so I tried to represent that theme on the army’s bases. My first principle was to make something different from usual simple grey stones but still cohesive and fitting the theme of the army. On the second hand I knew that I need to make at least 60 bases and I cannot spend much time on every single one of them.
Let’s start with list of materials that i have used to prepare those highland bases:

  • 20 mm bases and masking tape (1)
  • dried broccoli (2)
  • fine-grained stones (3)
  • epoxy putty: green stuff or miliput (4)
  • bark (5)
  • sand
  • cyanoacrylate glue
  • PVA glue
  • acrylic paints (Games Workshop, Privateer, Vallejo)
  • isopropanol
  • pigments in 3 different colors
  • scissors, modeling knife, brushes
Basic sculpt and primer
1. I usually start with getting rid of a hole that manufacturers put into bases. I use masking tape and modelling knife. It’s simple. Just look at above photo and you will get the idea.

2. Next stage is more complicated. Use aforementioned materials and try to make something on the bases. It should be more interesting than “glue some sand on the base” but also you need to remember that you should not overdo it. It’s the miniature itself which is the main actor on the table and you have at least 20 miniatures and bases to make. Take a look at the photos. I present some obvious applications and techniques like imitating stone with bark or using epoxy putty to make simple tile patterns (use a stone to make some texture in that case). I really like to use dried broccoli as it really good imitates old, knock down trees. It takes about 2-3 weeks to prepare a broccoli but the effect is worth it. 

Remember to wait until everything you glued to the base is dried enough before priming.

3. I cover everything with black primer. Next I drybrushed light grey on every base to make some preshading. 
You can also use an airbrush to speed up the work. Using this tool I skip drybrush phase. I apply basic stone color on primed bases without preshading.

4. The next stage of the process is an application of a basic color to the stones. I use Heavy Warmgrey from Valejo Game Colour range. It has unusual pink grey color which fulfil my first principle not to paint everything with simple shades of grey.

5. I make shading using separate layers of different diluted washes: brown, red and purple (Seraphim Sephia, Ogryn Flesh, Leviathan Purple). In the crevices I apply mix of aforementioned washes and black paint.

6. First highlight is made using mix of Heavy Warmgrey and yellow. The second highland is a mix of Heavy Warmgrey and white.  

7. The final highlight is a pure white paint drybrushed very lightly on the stones.

8. You can achieve interesting effect by glazing cold tones (blue for example) to the stones/tiles.
You can see this effect in beneath photo.

9. Optionally you can also paint some cracks on the larger stones or tiles.

In my opinion stones are properly painted after finishing this stage. There is always a place for improvements but remember that we have at least 20 bases to paint. In that case I had about 50. :) I will use dry pigments in next stages so my precious paintjob would not be cost-effective in the end.

10. Now it’s time to paint those parts of the bases which imitate the earth. As a basic color I use the darkest brown I have in my ressources. In next phase I highlight it with Terra Earth and Balor Brown (you can see this colors in the photo beneath). You can overdo last highlight with some bone colour (Ushabti Bone from GW or Ivory from P3) if you have dry pigments and you plan to use it in next stage. This extreme highlight will be covered and toned down with pigments. 

Optionally you can add more different shades to the soil. I prefer to use thin layers of dark green, in that case – Castellan Green.

11. The last part to paint are knock down trees. As always you can use whatever color you like :) but I suggest to paint those using different shades of browns than you used to paint the soil. I have also tried to use black and greys and trees looked quite nice too. I know I could paint the trees better but pigments and quantity of bases will cover any imperfections beneath a high level illusion. :)

12. At that moment I usually attach painted miniatures to the bases. In case of plastic models I simply use cyanoacrylate glue. It’s not uncommon for me to pin every model to make the connection more durable. In case of metal model pining is a must.

There is often a problem with excess of the glue which make shiny spots on the finished base. Use matt varnish to get rid of it. You can also glue some static grass or tuft in that spots. 

13. In order to finish the base and give it more depth I use pigments mostly those made by Vallejo. In that particular case I use 3 different shades but generally only earth brown would be sufficient. Start with the lightest color and use the darkest one at the end of the process. Try not to cover everything with pigments and apply your strongest color only to deepest spots at the base.

I use two methods of applying pigments. In case of making bases for gaming I apply the pigments mixed with water and then after they dry I use small drops of isopropanol or white spirit to harden everything. After the isopropanol is fully evaporated I paint the sides of the bases in black and then using airbrush I cover everything with varnish. 
 Pigments have been placed…

and hardened.

Another technique is to apply the pigments directly from the jar. Once again I use several different colors but I don’t use anything to harden the pigment. That technique makes the models look more natural but it is obvious that its rather for those miniatures that are place in the cabinet.

14. The last step of finishing the bases is to add some artificial vegetation. I prefer to use two or three different static grasses and/or tufts.  

In that project I also used some fragmented green sponge to imitate the moss. In certain spots I glued several birch seeds and dried oregano. I am certain that at least some of you would make it better but in my opinion the final effect is sufficient. 
As always it’s a good idea to take some inspirations from the nature. I also recommend to take a look at the works made by Honour Guard, one of my favourite artists. He makes some outstanding natural looking scenic bases. You can see his gallery on facebook here.

We are also there. ;) If you like this tutorial share it with your friends.

Till the next time.

Re-basing frenzy

Posted on March 15th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Planning is always a good idea.My mind continually re-assess my terrain collection. It’s almost a sickness. As I have moved so many times in the last couple of years (Back to Australia, Back to the UK, and now a new flat again) I don’t have the luxury …

Terrain Boards Trials

Posted on March 15th, 2015 under , . Posted by

For quite some time, I’ve been thinking of doing some terrain boards. For all the reasons everyone can think of, I’ve never got around to this fairly space and time consuming activity but recently, I took a bite of the bullet and just got stuck in, and…

Model Brush Reviews 15mm Ion Age Terrain

Posted on March 14th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

From the Ion Age Blog

Model Brush is a wargaming review website run by a small group of talented guys in Spain. Late in 2014 they approached us to review our Ion Age Terrain Range on their website. Specifically we sent them the introductory starter set IAF044BU01 Habitation Outpost Bundle which has a 20% saving giving a great overview of our terrain range.

You can access the product review HERE.

The review looks in depth and impartially at the pieces in the Habitation Outpost Bundle and features many images and opinions. They look at the Hab Domes, the Connector Corridors, the Turret Modules, the Pressure Door, Crossroads Connector and the Power Spire. I like their review style and I will leave you with the final line from the review:

“We can only say good things about these little outpost: the quality is great and the size is bigger than we expected. The only bad thing about it is… that we want the bigger outpost packs!!! (Meanwhile, we have started painting this outpost, so stay tuned for it!)”

Challenge Distractions: Terraining

Posted on March 13th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Keen-eyed followers of the AHPC may have noticed a drop-off in my productivity. As in ‘dropped off a cliff’. After finishing the Carabineros I fancied a change, so hit the terrain as a ‘brief’ diversion. Too many days later, I’ve finished off these Jum…

RIP Sir Terry (oh, and some ebay Trees)

Posted on March 12th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Today saw the very sad news that Sir Terry as left us and gone to have tea with Binky. It’s not often that something gets me choked up (normally it’s something stupid, not someone famous passing on). When we had the Great Clearout before moving, the Pratchett collection was the one book collection that remained intact as it is dear to both of us. Time to go back and start re-reading the Diskworld books from the very beginning.

On a brighter note… the next parcel arrived for the Great Terrain Project this morning, all the way from China. I wasn’t expecting this little bundle of joy for at least another few weeks as the estimated delivery was early next month.

Thanks to the wonders of ebay and international commerce, I got a pile of neon trees. I wasn’t aiming for neon trees, but that is what I got none the less

In this photo you can see the 5 different tree types all lined up with a Warlord commando for scale. Starting form the left we have a fine example of the flower covered ball trees. These are wire based and very densely packed, so they look like nicely maintained miniature trees, perfect for putting in half barrels around the village. You can see a red one at the other end of the ruins. You get 30 of these for the exorbitant price of £2.80.

Next up is a very special apple tree, with fruit. They are a little bit big for 28mm your normal sized eating apples, but are perfect for cooking apples or those really large apples you get in Germany. The ones the size of your head. For £1.44 it is the most expensive tree in the parcel, but easily the nicest. Again, it is a wire trunk so the branches are pose-able and the leaves are pretty dense, so it doesn’t look half empty like the larger trees. At some point I may get some more of these ones to make an orchard.

The third tree is from a pack of 5 Mulberry trees. I wasn’t expecting too much form these ones as they worked out to be about 50p a tree. The stems are shiny plastic with no wiring, so with the plastic bent, the trees are most likely to be staying that way, unless I can heat them up, or wire the trunk myself. The leaves look like moss or shredded sponge and are rather neon compared to the others, so I need to work out how to tone the greens down a bit. I may try some green washes on them when I try to paint the trunks so they look less… plastic.  Not perfect trees, but certainly good for quickly building a forest cheaply.

The final tree type is the largest, generic tall tree. At 32p each, these are even cheaper than the Mulberry ones, but look slightly less OHMYGODGREEEEEEEN. They are all bent like that though, so again, I need to try to straighten them and make the trunks look less plastic. I think these ones will probably have the trunks cut short so they aren’t quite so bent. This should hopefully make them fit in more easily and removes the problem of the oh so plastic trunks.

The two cheap tree types are dropping bits of greenery all over the place, so definitely need some fixatives applying soon before autumn hits home. I think some of the mulberry trees might look a bit better if I fill in some gaps with bits of darker Scenics tree stuff. I’ve got plenty of them to try experimenting with, so we shall see.

It was an interesting experiment and none of them are beyond saving, so all in all a good little parcel that should provide lots of greenery for the board. Now I just need to get some basing for them so they actually stand up…

A Building For Infinity

Posted on March 12th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

I’ve previously shown my urban scatter terrain for Infinity, and after getting that assembled I decided to tackle something more challenging and larger. Quite a bit larger, actually. It’s a two-storey building that wound up being about 10″ long, 6″ wide and almost 7″ tall! The building is entirely made of mat board, usually used … Continue reading A Building For Infinity

Hobby Magazines: Irregular Magazine back again!

Posted on March 12th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Irregular Magazine No.1 Vol.2Seems like the hobby magazines stream doesn’t stop at the moment. Today I can tell you that an old acquaintance returned: Irregular Magazine. After more than 2 years the just published their first issue of the so called Vol…

Jungle Terrain

Posted on March 11th, 2015 under . Posted by

After years of putting it off, I’ve finally built some jungle/forest terrain. Why the wait? In the distant past I have made several different types of forest base, usually for GW gaming. I was never happy with my results.Single based Railway model tree…

Showcase: Tabletop World, Townhouse

Posted on March 11th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

My buddy and I got together to place a huge Tabletop World during their huge year end sale. These pieces are so stunning and very fun to paint. This first one was to test my color scheme out.More after the jump

World’s first 3D-printed Maori pa completed

Posted on March 11th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Here’s some great pics of the final result of my enlistment of Printable Scenery to model a Maori pa and print it on a 3D printer. (Don’t forget to click on the photos to see them in their spectacular full-size … Continue reading

Fantastic Terrain

Posted on March 11th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

 Amazing New Fantasy Human Buildings from are very few miniatures that get released that truly take my breath away and even fewer terrain items, but’s upcoming Hordes of Buildings line is one of them.Promising to be an a…