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How to build a winter forest for wargaming

In this post, you will learn how to build a winter forest for wargaming. If you want to build a whole gaming table, check out my tutorial on how to build a winter wargaming table. If you want to see the winter terrain pieces and the table in action, check out my post about our participation game of Blood Eagle. To add more variety to the gaming table, this tutorial will showcase two different kinds of terrain pieces. The big ones representing a small forest, while the small ones act as a single tree. As a result, you will gain more flexibility when setting up your gaming table. Stuff you need: styrofoamCDs / DVDssome washerscardboardwatered-down PVA (50:50 mix)sand & rockshot glue (optional)PVAtrees, tufts and other materials for building scenerymodel treesdifferent kinds of flockwinter snowacrylic paints (dark brown, grey, tan, sand)a spray bottlea sharp knifesome brushes Tutorial: How to build a winter forest for wargaming Time needed: 2 hours and 30 minutes. Please keep in mind, that th

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New Fogou terrain and more !

Hey there, Pretty chuffed to show you these today, I've been working on a bit of scenery as a back burner and it's starting to pay with many pieces coming to an end (and many more still in progress ^^'). Now today is special since it's also the opportunity for me to reveal one of the latest Fogou designs for a most excellent range coming !We're mostly all familiar with Starwars, Madmax or some of us might even be into more historical settings, bottom line being we're mostly all interested in getting good looking adobe buildings right ?Well look no further, these are the ones !Read Moar Skullz »

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'nids part 272 - Tyranid VSG part 3

Dreadtober starts tomorrow, but I mentioned the other day I had been sculpting the Tyranid Void Shield Generator and so thought I'd just slip this in before I can start sharing my Dread progress. I had been putting the VSG off, for over 3 years now, purely because I wanted to video how to do some of the tendon bits. I finally did the clip and I desperately want this complete, but among so many other projects Dreadtober included there's quite a competition for my limited hobby time.Here's how I sculpt a tendon:And static shots from the completed spine in the video.The inner spine is [almost] complete though.It's not perfect by any stretch but after the gloss and Tamiya Clear Red X-27 it doesn't have to be.My next stumbling block is how it interfaces with the ground. I was going to use some of the wood chips I used on my 'ground-bursting' Trygon but I still need to add some lava stones to look like alien growths. It's a fair bit of work and not without challenges, hence why it has almost caused my renewed

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Terrain is everything - Ferron Fire Firs

My last update on these was April 2018. They've essentially sat in a box untouched until now. Other projects take priority and terrain often falls by the wayside. Frustratingly not a lot needed doing to complete them - the Red Planet BASE! and some additional highlights on some of the trees for variety.I did my Red Planet BASE! highlights, I also did all the Genestealer Aberrants, Hive Guard, Rippers, Termagants, Tyranid Warrior and Redemptor Dreadnought while I was at it - you see that's the advantage of the Big Build programme, it allows you to get them ready for basing.I then did the extra highlights of the mid-yellow [lemon] and then threw on some white for super hot streaks of combustion. Hopefully they'll fit in with the other set I've done previously, although the very reason for the extra highlights is variety so not sure how 'fitting in' is supposed to manifest itself as I've expressly painted them different...Wraithbone chips next and then a quick varnish. I actually have once of those cheap spray-c

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Green is the new olive drab

Hello everybody and welcome! After Dennis had a look at the frames of the G.I.s from Warlord Games in his review, I'll say a few words about painting these guys today. However, before we get started, I would like to mention something: I made my first real experiences with real war at the age of […]

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Terrain is everything - Sanctum Imperialis - TO DONE!

Aah the Sanctum Imperalis… It's taken a while to get the opportunity to take pictures but I needed some to add to last season's hobby review.It's a big piece and so it's a struggle to fit it into my homemade light box but I got there in the end.As you may recall this was a project not without challenges, in particular the 'bold' choice of full verdigris on buttresses, supports and skirting boards.The red glass lighting also suffered from a lack of contrast that I repeated on my Ravenwing Dark Shroud - sometimes Tamiya Clear Red X-27 is too good.But the colour choices were made to stretch me, to do something more challenging than just the weathered brassy bronze and as you can see the Ferron Proxima background finally gives it the context it needed.On the full red/orange background the verdigris provides the ideal framework to break up the monotony of the red rockcrete walls.With the cream interior adding another dimension.I can't wait to eventually see these used on my Realm of Battle board, although that cou

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Learn the Basics!

It's finally happened, after painting miniatures "professionally" for 10 years, I'll be teaching a class in my home state of Wisconsin. October 19th at Gathering Games in New Richmond I'll be running a one day beginners class. I'm excited, I'm always excited to teach but this is special for the reasons mentioned :) Calling all northern troops, let's jam! Visit Samlenzartwork.bigcartel.com to get a seat!

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'nids part 270 - Rippers - Big Build TO DONE!

On to basing up the Rippers I used some cheap filler to blend the ground in a bit more.Then I got some thin slate and crushed it up to make more of a fractured crust they'll burst through - more represetative of their tunneling rules.Now, the red stuff is some Martian Ironearth that i thought I could just paint on and get the fractured earth effect. But the paint had started to dry out and it went on more like peanut butter. I really didn't think it would crackle, so I panicked and blobbed on the PVA and slate. It obviously did crack and even pulled apart the filler as it shrank! But the slate worked out OK too.I may even give some of my older Ripper bases a little paint touch up when I get round to painting these - the older ones look a little tired and it wouldn't take too much effort just to bring them up to current standards, although I'm sure I'll live to regret considering it...I final coat of PVA and sand and they're built Wait a minute, look what's just snuck up as well. I couldn't just leave the

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'nids part 269 - Rippers - Forgeworld inspired conversion

I'm continuing my Big Build theme and finally plucked up the courage to do my next three Ripper bases in the style of the Forgeworld ones. As you can see they got built and are considerably bigger and more representative than my first press-mold prototype.I had been struggling to work out how to build these up, then I just started gluing chunks of hardboard to a 40mm base with the press-mold Rippers coming out of the base [plus one Warrior face pushing through the ground].All in I think there are 12 Rippers on the base, 4 of which are the plastic ones.  The next base I tried to use some of my Ripper side pieces glued to a vertical strut but it looked really odd and I ended up with the three heads running up the spine of the strut to try and hide it. Hopefully it won't be noticeable that those two halves are different.I'll need to blend them in with a bit of ground material as they burst through the dirt. I think there are 14 on this base.The last one, I think there are 15 or 16 on this, including 4 plast

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'nids part 269 - Rippers

I'm continuing my Big Build theme and finally plucked up the courage to do my next three Ripper bases in the style of the Forgeworld ones. As you can see they got built and are considerably bigger and more representative than my first press-mold prototype.I had been struggling to work out how to build these up, then I just started gluing chunks of hardboard to a 40mm base with the press-mold Rippers coming out of the base [plus one Warrior face pushing through the ground].All in I think there are 12 Rippers on the base, 4 of which are the plastic ones.  The next base I tried to use some of my Ripper side pieces glued to a vertical strut but it looked really odd and I ended up with the three heads running up the spin of the strut to try and hide it. Hopefully it won't be noticeable that those two halves are different.I'll need to blend them in with a bit of ground material as they birst through the dirt. I think there are 14 on this base.The last one, I think there are 15 or 16 on this, including 4 plasti

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700th Post! Gothmog's Guide to Wahammer Meme Making!

Well, 700 posts. For a small time, no revenue hobby blog with predominately one contributor and the occasional post from his friends, that is quite an accomplishment IMO. I know at times it picks up and goes down. I've had years with over 100 posts. I've had others with less than 50. I have written some posts that seemed to set the 40k world on fire (the Petition) and many more that haven't. I've hobbied, been opinionated, started a podcast, and just generally been passionate about wargames.I want to thank you all for checking out my little corner of the internet for all those years (since Dec 2008) and posts.As a thank you, here is my guide to making 40k memes.IF you don't follow us on Facebook, you should, because that is where all my meme magic happens. SEPULCHRE OF HEROES FACEBOOK PAGEMagic like thisThat is probably the most successful meme I've made to date. If I had to say why, it is because it is something we all can relate to laid over a reference we all understand.&

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"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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'nids part 266 - Tyranid Warrior to Hive Guard conversion TO DONE!

I confess I'm back in avoidance mode at the moment, but I'm also going with the flow. The urge to build came over me and manifested as finally making 2 more Tyranid Warriors into Hive Guard so I can finally field a brood of 6. I originally did this conversion way back when and I've had enough parts to do these 2 for ages, although not all the same bits as last time. For these I'm using the blind Genestealer heads and I've some Tyrant Guard bits to create the armoured chest instead of the previous Termagant armour plates. I'd been delaying the kitbash because I was convinced one of the warriors was too good to be converted and I was sure I had a more damaged donor Warrior torso and legs somewhere. When I came to 'dock' the tails they were a little too short and predictably having docked them I immediately discovered the damaged torso was in exactly the same 3"x2" bits box. Anyway, the damaged one on the left was duly docked and I'll be trying to reattach the tail of the un-shown decent Warrior.Poses and basin

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