Terrain


"Big" Hill Sectional Terrain Panels 2: Ground Texturing

 With the frames and base foam installation complete the next step is carving the foam to look less "wedding cakey" (yes, that is a real term) and apply the ground texture.  Being pretty much an idiot, I forgot to take pictures of carving the foam but I just used a very sharp knife to smooth out the slopes and as you can see in the first pictures added some exposed rock face with some pink foam.  Once that was down a layer of sculptamold was applied to fill in any big seems and smooth out any transitions.I do focus of figure stability so there are still layers but they're just not as a prevalent as some of my earlier hill attempts.Once the scultpamold has set, it's time to cover the whole thing with my "secret" terrain tool - pre-mixed tile grout (and pre-colored!).I do mix in a little PVA glue which really helps with hardness and makes the surface very durable.  Application is dead simple - put on a pair of surgical gloves, grab a handful out of the can and plop it down.  Now hears t

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More HO-scale buildings

No gaming for me this week (school events intervened) but I did finish up some painting. I'm almost finished the fourth season of Gotham, so I'm back in a superhero frame of mind.A few month back, I picked up a few more HO-scale railway buildings for my Gotham layout. One of the better ones was JDs Furniture. The building needed some additional painting and washing.The most interesting part is the lovely (and brittle) fire escape down the side. I also painted a random factory of some kind.I finally ran out of decals so I broke down and ordered some online (along with some graffiti decals). I'll have to finish this building up when they come in.I also knocked off this oil tank, which will make a useful scenario objective and LOS block.I've also been making progress on finishing off the British rebasing in my War of 1812 project. I hope to have these done by the end of the month--there was quick a lot of paint touch-ups to do.

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Cyberpunk Hover Car on DriveThruRPG

The Cyberpunk HoverCar kit is available on DriveThruRPG now. This kit lets you build two mix-and-match Cyberpunk Hover cars for your 28mm sci-fi tabletop. It’s the second kit in a series of street vehicles I’m working on, and the parts also mix with the Cyberpunk Compact Car kit for even more variety. The next kit I’m working to produce in this series will be either a sci-fi convertable with seating for 28mm or 1/56th figures, or a sci-fi urban taxicab.

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Designing a Hover Car

I’ve always been a huge Blade Runner fan, so it was natural to try and take the Compact Car design and turn it into a ‘spinner’ style flying car. Unfortunately it turns out I’m not Syd Mead and after struggling with trying to get a spinner design working that didn’t look odd, or refused to gel properly in Fusion 360 I started working on a more traditional hover car. Years of watching 80’s sci-fi movies like The Last Starfighter, Back to the Future, and Total Recall must have sunk in because a more traditional flying car just seemed to come together in Fusion 360 without difficulty. It started with a snub-nosed bumper, and a set of front hover pods that replaced the wheels and grew from there into the two vehicles I plan to release this weekend as a new kit. Designing stuff is interesting. I think if you find yourself having to force a design, or you struggle to make progress it’s often a sign the concept is flawed, or not well thought out to begin with. My Fusion

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HCON Prep: Big Hill Sectional Terrain Panels

 I really like the 2x2 terrain panels I built a few months ago but they do suffer form one issue - their umm flatish-ness.  I wanted to add some height variations and decided to build some modular hill sections.  The height of the hills will be four inches (3 inches from the top of the terrain as standard height of each panel is 1 inch). The first step in construction was to make the sloped panels, since I'm making three sections, I cut 3, 5 inch x 24 inch pieces of plywood and traced out the dimensions of the slope which is 4 inches flat in from each end and a diagonal line connecting the two points over the remaining  linear 16 inches (4+4+16=24).  The three panels were then taped together and I ran them through my band saw. And just like that I've now got 6 perfectly matched side panels.  Well perfectly matched after bit of sanding as band saws are never really precise.  At least the way I use them.....I then cut the rest of the side pieces out.  Here's the full

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Terrain required

So before I start to get in some games of Age of Magic I will need to build some terrain. Saga requires some specific types of terrain and while I have a few that can be of use I will need some things like rough patches, swamps, marshes, and some variations of hills that I currently don’t have. I will also have to build some faction specific terrain pieces for the Grand Kingdom and Horde that will be needed for my games. I have some MDF board but I think that it is a bit too thick to use for terrain so I may be making a trip to the hardware store to see what thinner options present themselves. I also have some hills that I picked up recently that are quite thin and have multiple levels. I am not sure how applicable to Saga these will be but I will have to trim them down and also repaint them to match the other terrain I have already. I also might be able to break them apart to make some smaller, rough hills. Experiments will have to be done before I am able to make a final determination.

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Terrain is everything - TT Combat Gothic Ruins MDF kit - the inner sanctum.

Now that the Sanctum Imperialis is complete I should probably be putting this ruin kit in that big pile of projects that were fun at the time but really too much to do just at the moment.Well I thought there was no harm in laying down some brown where the verdigris would go, I'm not even bothering with Warplock Bronze, it just isn't going to be seen. Wasn't sure about the crenalated battlement being coppery...?I did add a bit of gold into the mix so there was some metallics, not entirely sure I should have bothered with it on the windows - it's just going to be a pain to do but nevermind.And inside just a quick coat of cream paint.Ready for the burnt umber next......unless I see sense and leave this and go back to something smaller! ;)

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Historicon Prep: Post 1,

The official countdown timer for Historicon now reads 42 days and 11 hours so It's time to "get it in gear".  First on the task list is painting the village sets I picked up from Total Battle Miniatures.  I've primed all the buildings with grey auto primer (my go-to primer) and laid out the flexible base for the "Hamlet".After about 90 minutes of work, I've gotten the Hamlet about 80% done and started another building.  The manufacture suggests not priming the flexible bases and just painting them with acrylic paints, which what I've done.  There is an amazing amount of detail in the building casts which just cry out to be painted.The buildings look a bit shiny now as the paint is wet and I haven't applied any washes or the matte sealer.I have three sets to paint:- A Hamlet which has three buildings (to the right) and is mostly painted- A Village which has four buildings (the buildings are on the left of the tray)- A Town which has 7 buildings (grouped on the right of the tray).  The

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Terrain is everything - Sanctum Imperialis - Home stretch

By the time you read this the Sanctum Imperialis will be complete. All the finials have been painted,as well as the buttons and lanterns.Buttons and screens have been done internally too.With just some select Tamiya Clear to be added after varnishing. I tried to keep the button colour limited to warm colours, just didn't want yet another set of colours, it's already garish.And, having bust a gut to meet the weekend deadline for the store painting challenge it turned out it is next weekend afterall! Still, having that deadline pushed me to finish so I don't mind.Now what...?

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"Your Graveyard is in the Post"

Way back in April I headed off to Salute 2019 with a very long shopping list. One of the items I wanted was a set of 15mm gravestones to accompany a church I have for my Normandy setup. I wanted to get the MDF 4Ground ones but by the time I got to their stand they had sold out. Thankfully though they offered to order them for me and send post free, so I paid for them and tucked the receipt into my wallet... and then promptly forgot all about it. Then last week I received an email from an unknown email address with the above-mentioned subject line and for a moment several thoughts passed through my head, including "This is a rather unusual spam email...", "The local undertakers have taken marketing to a new level...", "My wife has bought me a plot and not told me about it!!",  and finally (as the penny dropped) "Hang on a minute, didn't I buy something at Salute...".A few days later a little package arrived in the post and settled the question, it was my order from 4Ground, a little later than expect

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Widgets and Wonders Ep 150 – Pre-Painted Batman Terrain from Muse on Minis!

  It’s time for another Widgets and Wonders! Today we take a look at a big bunch of new Terrain and Accessories for the Batman Miniature Game by Muse on Minis! Check them out HERE: https://www.museonstore.com/collections/batman

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