Terrain


Shaving the Bear

I'm sure many readers will recognise this scenario, particularly if you make your own wargames terrain. You're working on a new project and you have a sudden moment of clarity when you see yourself from the outside and recognise the absolute absurdity of what your doing. I had one of those moments over the weekend and I'm still chuckling about it days later. I'm my case it all came about because the night before I was having trouble getting off to sleep and my mind just wouldn't shut down. There I was in the wee small hours, trying to get to sleep, when I had an idea; what if I shaved my teddy bear?OK, don't call the men in white coats just yet, hear me out first. I've recently play tested The Men Who Would Be Kings with my 6mm Zulu war collection and rapidly came to the conclusion that I need more terrain for my Zulu's to hide in. One type of terrain that I need is something to represent long grass and/or Mealie fields (ie Maize, derived from the Afrikaans word milie) but I wasn't sure how to repre

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Moon Base Klaisus - STC -Ryza Pattern Ruins

I finished up a few more of bits of the STC-Ryza Pattern Ruins. These AREN'T the ones that came with Moon Base Kalisus. There were STC-Ryza Pattern Ruins that came with Moon Base Kalisus, but these aren't them. These are from a set I bought separately a couple months ago when Kill Team first came out. The ruins that come with the Moon Base aren't exactly the same either. They are similar... but not all totally the same....The new ruin bits. Basically identical to the previous section I completed (I posted pictures of them at the end of THIS POST). The only difference is I painted the outer side of the building reddish brown, where as the previous ones were blue.Same ruin, different angle. The board I've taken pictures of them on are the boards that came with Moon Base Klaisus.More of the same - but with some of the previously painted blue building ruins (and some T'au).A few of the building sections that came with Moon Base Klaisus are a bit longer than the ones I've just finished. I'm working on them ne

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Necromunda Building 1

Sometimes I wonder why I start certain projects, this building is very much one of them. All seemed reasonable as I started but soon the error of my ways was revealed! It is hard to dedicate a lot of time to a single project and it is even harder to keep up motivation once the project is started.As I have slowly been building up my section of the underhive I felt that I needed a proper building that could occupy a moderate chunk of the table, blocking line of sight, offering cover and give the walkways I have been working on something to connect to. Making a solid building with the Sector Mechanicum pieces just wasn't going to work, the time invested in making the pieces and then painting them was too high and so I turned to the bulkhead walls that come with the base Necromunda set to help me out. I cast the pieces for the ground floor and started painting them up. The repetitive nature of them was fine as I guess this is an industrial building and as such would be made without much thought to pleasing aesthe

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Old West Tents

I've been working away on some Old West terrain for a while. As I am slowly building a complete town with a friend we need quite a lot of terrain. While buildings are fun to do we also need some more scatter style pieces. As the town represents a rapidly growing gold rush location we felt that some more temporary accommodation might be fitting. Having looked at the Dead Wood series we came to the idea that tents would be a common feature of towns like this as people arrive but can't afford to build a house straight away or live indefinitely in a boarding house. I tried making my own to varied success and finally felt that the effort wasn't worth it for the result and so I went in search of some alternatives online.Renendra make some very nice generic tent pieces for a very decent price and as luck would have it when I went to order they were running a sale on exactly what I wanted. I think these are called dog tents and as they are very plain and simple they will work in almost any genre that I play. The scal

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Doing up some terrain

Been on a bit of a terrain blitz of late, as well as playing some Frostgrave.  This is a Celtic Roundhouse I just finished. I have wanted a Celtic roundhouse since 2011 when I first saw this one (as I recall from this post http://tasmancave.blogspot.com/2011/07/celt-roundhouses.html).  This year I finally bought one for myself for my birthday, and thanks to a club terrain day I got all inspired.  As a result it went from bare resin to this in a week. This is a Hovels product, which was very nicely finished with no resin bubbles or flash I quite enjoyed adding the diorama bits to bring it to life and add colour to the otherwise drab Dark Ages! Separately I have been playing with an airbrush on some of my Kill Team terrain. Really enjoying playing with it - I'll tell Santa. Did I say Kill Team? yes I did...

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Death World Forest Kill Zone - Shardwrack Spines

This isn't the very LAST of the Death World Forest terrain... but I'm almost done... I have two little bits left to do (I think they're called "Grapple Weed"..?).Shardwrack Spines from Games Workshop.I went with red for them partly to make them stand out from the Barbed Venomgoarse, but also to give them an alien, otherworldly look - and I figured how better to make things otherworldly than to paint them the opposite colour you'd expect them to be on the colour spectrum given that most terrestrial plants are green!Also in a Cthulhu Now adventure I ran ages ago, there were these plants that fed off carrion that had red stems that seemed utterly creepy...I thought of putting the Valhallans in here for a laugh... but then decided against it..Looking forward to actually PLAYING A GAME on this... hopefully this afternoon... or perhaps tomorrow...Definitely feeling like I have enough to play a game. Really, if I had much more I'd be hard to move the figures around in there without catching a sleeve on some terrain

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More cardboard buildings from Paperboys

I’ve been quietly boxing on making some more of the cardboard models from Florian Richter and Peter Dennis’s book European Buildings: 28mm paper models for 18th & 19th century wargames. In addition to the windmill I have previously posted about, I now also have a mansion, a church, and a watermill. This impressive mansion will be perfectly at home as either a country house or a town hall. The book also provides roof connectors to so you join more of this model together to form a larger building – making the entire Palace of Versailles wouldn’t be out of the question! I’ve made this and the other models straight out of the book. The only additional work I have done was to strengthen the inner structures with some heavy card. The northern-European church looks surprisingly solid for a cardboard model. I think it is the buttresses that make it so sturdy-looking. If you wanted to super-detail this model, you could cut out the windows and then re-inset them behind the holes to

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3D Printed 15mm Fortified Farm - Done (well almost..._

 The farm is 95% done - I still need to paint the wagon and add some additional "farm-yard" details but the piece is pretty much ready for the table top.  I'm actually very pleased how it came out.Once the buildings where painted they were given a black wash to bring out the details (no pictures of that step).  I was a little nervous doing this out of concern the wash would highlight all the print layers.  My concerns were somewhat valid but the whole look is fine. I used a new (for me) wash formulation which was a 50/50 mix of water and matte medium, a few drops of flow aid and black and brown acrylic ink.  I'm finding ink based washes to be superior to paint based ones.   Like a lot of my recent scenery ideas, I got this one from the wonderful Black Magic Craft Youtube channel - if you like making scenery, go check it out.  Jeremy does fantasy and D&D stuff bit the techniques have a much wider set of applications.After the wash dried, the next step was to add some floc

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Death World Forest Kill Zone - STILL More Barbed Venomgorse

Here it is, folks, the last of the Barbed Venomgorse (and Eldritch Ruins).Barbed Venomgorse (and Eldritch Ruins) from Games Workshop's Death World Forest Kill Zone for Kill Team.I'm not sure what happened with this one. perhaps I didn't assemble a couple as suggested and ended up with more of one particular foliage type and not enough of another...? so we have a hybrid variety of Barbed Venomgorse...?I should have put figures in all these pictures to give a greater sense of the scale of them.This one, technically, counts as "Eldtrich Ruins" (or something like that) which is effectively the same, but has additional bonus tactics that can be used to booth Psychic abilities.Guaiacan Commandoes - back in the jungle.I now have enough of this terrain I can mostly fill the board with terrain bits. I could add in a few other bits of other stuff and be able to play a game right now!I still have the Shardrack Spines and two other little bits to finish up from this set, then it will be complete.I should mention that the

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Death World Forest Kill Zone - MORE Barbed Venomgorse

A bit more of the Death World Forest Kill Zone for you today - MORE Barbed Venomgorse! Though the foliage is different on these, they still count as the same in the game. I have three more of these to finish up - with yet another sort of foliage! They are nearly complete, I'll probably have them up tomorrow. Then it's on to the "Shardwrack Spines"! After those, there are just two other little bits and all of the Death World Forest Kill Zone will be complete! Can I get it all done before Rogue Trader is released on Saturday!? That would be pretty fantastic if I could!MORE Barbed Venomgorse from Games Workshop.Maybe it's just the lighting, but I didn't find these quite as lost in the background this morning when I was out taking pictures.Maybe there's a bit of glare coming off the board which is muting the busy print bit...?Some bog-standard Cadian troops in the Death World Forest.Inexperienced as they are in such environs, they're totally going to die in there... and it won't even be the enemy t

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Death World Forest - Barbed Venomgorse

It's been a busy week with skewl and all the regular activities of fall starting up! We've been trying to cram a lot of games in for the Game-a-Day September challenge and lots of bike rides before the weather gets awful and last weekend we binge-watched all of Stranger Things Season One (I actually got all of the deathward forest terrain assembled while watching it - along with starting a few of the Drukhari Wyches). I did manage to find some time to paint a few of the pieces of terrain that came with the Death World Forest Kill Zone....Barbed Venomgorse (and Eldtrich Ruins) from Games Workshop's Death World Forest Kill Zone - on the Death World Forest Kill Zone board. If you're having trouble making out details of the pieces, you're not the only one. The Death World Forest Kill Zone board is very busy and I find it difficult to make out details myself - even in all the pictures of it in the booklets and on the internet taken by the professional photographers at GW!Also it was a bit dark this morning when I

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3D Printed Wall Farm in 15mm scale - Basing and Initial Paint Up

A few weeks again the first test printing of a walled farmhouse in 15mm scale was finished.  It consists of 18 separate pieces and came out rather well.  My next step in of my 3D printing adventure is to see how well these things paint up. Since I'm experimenting, why not vary all the elements - so I'm also experimenting with different materials.  First up is the base- which is made of chip board.  Chip board is essentially the same thing one finds as a backer for legal pads.  Given this is 15mm, I did want to try something that would be thin so the base edge doesn't stand out.  I'm using 1/16 inch thick board.  The pieces in 6 inches wide by 11.5 inches long. The chip board I purchased is defined as medium weight and, in hind sight, I should have gone with the heavy weight version as I think that will be more durable.With any card-board based material that's used for basing it's important to protect all of the surfaces (even the bottom) from moisture and wear and

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Imperial Terrain - Desert Tower and Mechanic's House

Another two 3D-printed houses left the workbench: Imperial Terrain's Desert Tower and Mechanic's House.Both buildings belong to my absolute favourites in the IT range (although Dave is constantly pumping out new favourites...). While the Mechanic's House was painted right after printing, completion of the Desert Tower took a bit longer: It was part of the first shipment of Imperial Terrain buildings I received almost a year ago.Main reason for the painting delay was having to fix the deformed pipe detailthat runs along the tower. This copy of the tower had been one of Dave's early test prints so this obviously isn't an issue if you order from IT these days. I hesitated over it for quite some time but it eventually turned out to be an easy fix. I removed the misshaped part, remodelled it by hand and sanded the whole thing down until it looked right.Both buidings are quite an important addition to my table as their copper roofs will provide some nice contrast to the brick coloured gaming mat. As a result I went

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Lazing on a Monday afternoon!

Close up of road mix going on (top left). The bare hessian backing can be seen on the remainder of the road areas.Having slept on my idea (well not literally but I am sure the mat would have been soft and sort of comforting), Bank holiday Monday dawned with me getting my 'road building' materials together, to wit; a coarse hair brush, PVA glue, some fine sand and water.Showing the roads painted and dry brushed but as yet - un inkedLeaving the road as the hessian style backing mat is fine but looks a little bit of a cop out in my opinion. I therefore decided to come up with an effect that appeared a bit more textured. The main thing was to produce something which would not crack or fall to pieces when rolled or folded.This works if the weather is dry p- a big IF in Scotland I hasten to add.I figured, a paste of fine sand mixed with flexible PVA glue might give me what I wanted. This gloop is what I use to coat adobe and stone walls and the quantity of water defines the spread-ability and final texture.The mat

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