Terrain


Terrain Tuesday 8 - Monolith quick build

Hi All,I got back from Monolithcon last night and thought I'd fill you in on how I built the Monoliths this year. As you may remember I built some for the guys last year. This year we had two new people, so I built them again with one new thing.Let's take a look.I started with some pieces of styrofoam that I had saved from some packaging.  I cut them 4" tall.They are about 2.25" wide and .75" thickNext I used .25" foam core for the base. It's not the best basing material, but I have a bunch of old foam core on hand. I also want this to be light and fairly cheap, so I'm keeping it to what I have on hand. I cut it 4" long.I cut it about 2.5" wide.I then cut another layer 3" long,and 1.5" wide.I beveled the edges and rounded the corners of all the foam core with a 9mm snap blade cutter.I then cut tooth picks to a length I wanted with the wire cutter on a pair of pliers. A touch overkill, but it worked. I lost one piece when it bounced somewhere after cutting, so be careful.Next I punctured holes completely

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Spanish Fort by Slug Industries

The Spanish Fort by Slug Industries is a terrain piece modeled after the actual Fort Matanzas and successfully funded via a Kickstarter campaign early this year. In this article I take a closer look at the model and present my painted version as well as some gaming ideas for the fort.Ever since his first pirate-related kickstarter campaign I am in frequent contact with Philip Page, the creator of the Spanish fort kickstarter campaign. When he sent me the first photos of his fort I was immediately sold on the idea of a 28mm scale version of Fort Matanzas. Usually, when you think of forts and pirates you think of a gigantic Vauban fort that would fill an entire game board on its own (like this beauty). Fort Matanzas is a relatively small fort that is very well suited to be used in 28mm scale games. Therefore, it was a no-brainer for me to back the project when the kickstarter launched. In addition to the fort itself, there was a battery piece which was also part of the campaign and which I a

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Statue Base

I decided some of my town setups needed some statues to add a bit of character, so I created a simple mdf plinth. This design has actually been made for a Salute freebie model but I have tested it out on this random geezer on a horse. I have a bunch of Salute giveaway models from over the years and plan to make plinths to fit a variety if model sizes.

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Office Block

The Mark II version of the Office Block has a different stair entrance. For this model I also added the corner stonework which I painted a good contrasting colour. The roof and interior floors are just paper images found on DIY websites and printed, cheating I know, but it works for me! There is a Mark III with double doors at the front, but I don’t have one cut yet.

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Office Block Prototype

The original office block I designed has a different stair configuration that did not look as good as I had hoped when I actually came to build it. But it was still more than usable, so it has been inked to within an inch of its life. The flash has bleached out the pavement a bit, but I think I will go back and draw in the lines.

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HO-scale buildings

I finished off a few more HO-scale buildings I picked up at the model always swap meet. The first was this commercial corner.I needed some glue on the seams to firm it up. I also removed some window treatments on the inside and blacked out the windows. Then a dry brush, a wash, and a flat seal coat. Then I sanded the roof. I think I paid about $2 for the building so this was a deal!I also got a $2 water tower. It was painted grey and black so I dry-brushed, washed and sealed. Not a bad LOS obstruction in an industrial yard for $2!Up next: I have some 54mm AWI French marines drying. I also have more buildings but these will take some additional restoration work.

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Ironskull's Boyz and Wall of Martyrs

A few more things rolling off the workbench that I finished up over the weekend....First up; Ironskull's Boyz for Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire. These are for a friend of mine that bought into Shadespire last year. I painted the Stormcast Eternals over the Holidaze, got the Bloodbound Warband done a week later (so he could actually play the game). Then I got busy trying to get stuff done for the Shadow War: Armageddon Campaign.  Then I started dragging my ass on these and didn't get the Sepulchral Guard done until June... and I'd STARTED these around the same time... but then Imperial Knights (which I haven't even finished one of!)... and then Summer Holidaze... and then Kill Team... So I figured once ToonCon was over, these should be my FIRST PRIORITY! (Well, except for the rest of the Ad Mech Kill Team...)Ironskull's Boyz for Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire (from Games Workshop)Yeah, those are snowflakes on the ground... I like taking pictures outside in natural light. On

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Paper chateau and Mediterranean church

My previously-reported paper chateau now has some walled grounds and a wrought iron gate. As you can see from the picture, the finished model goes well with 28-30mm figures, such as this eighteenth century gentleman by Willie Figurines. I used some brick-paper to make the driveway, and flocked the lawn. The trees are cheap buys from a Chinese mail-order company, attached to some large square washers that have been given a ground effect. The front lawn is completely surrounded by a paper walls. Both the chateau and the walls come from Florian Richter and Peter Dennis’s wonderful book European Buildings: 28mm paper models for 18th & 19th century wargames. You simply photocopy the drawings and assemble them. I did add some  inner strengthening with heavy card, but otherwise my models are straight from the book. Here’s the rear-view. I imagine those French windows looking out over a rolling Capability Brown (or Bloody Stupid Johnson!) landscape. The building can be removed from the garden. I intend

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Citadel Painting Handle... Can't believe I bought one...

Yeah, well... The Citadel painting handle is one of those hobby products I never really thought I would ever need. Since there have been some mishaps last month and my left hand was immobilized for some time, I had a sudden change of mind: Don't Stop Me NowI was indeed very pleased with the result and I'm actually thinking about getting some more... It has been a great help finishing the Priority Supplies for Star Wars Legion and some Micro Art Studio Laser Towers for my Legion board.A chest of Lando's favourite wine.Ready to see some action...

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