Category: Scenery & Terrain

Wow, the past couple of months been busy! I’ve not had the chance to paint much at home due to work and my free time has been taken up with non-hobby pursuits.

Over the weekend I had the honor of judging the painting for Templecon’s Onslaught GT, both 40k and Fantasy, and saw so many great looking armies and this really served as an inspiration to get painting again.

As for hobbying, I have had a bit of time to work on some models and have been assembling some Hordes Trollbloods for an upcoming Journeyman League at Temple Games. Never having played Hordes or Warmachine before I’m looking for this to provide a good entry into the game while meeting new gamers and getting to work on some great models…more of that in the future.

On the 40K front I’m in between armies again. I cannot seem to keep one long enough to get more than 10 or so games in, not sure if it is the army choices I am making or if my years of playing the game are intersecting with my growing dislike of the GW in general. Or perhaps I just need a break for a couple of weeks ;)

As for looking ahead for 2014…I am hoping Warmachine/Hordes is great and plan on building an adequate army of Trollbloods as well as a Retribution of Scyrah force. I’ve all ready picked up a few models and the starter battle boxes for each and have been pouring over the rules while working on some of the models.

Would also like to build more terrain this year. A few of the GW plastic ruins have been built but they still need bases and painting.

Not sure what is in store for 40K. I keep looking back at Dark Eldar as the models are very nice but have not made a decision of picked up any models. The sweet spot would be something that is challenging to play and interesting to paint.

That’s all for now.

All of my free time has been going into getting a gaming table ready. So far I’ve got about 25 pieces of terrain built and looking at getting it all painted in the next week or so. The initial terrain set will be desert themed with a bit of  Necron flavor to it…eventually I will build some Necron plinths or obelisks.

I forgot how much fun it can be to work on terrain. When faced with the task I had considered just going out and buying a bunch of pre-made stuff but decided against it (especially given the cost of building the actual table and, of course, wanting more models for the game). While it has been a load of work I am very happy that I stuck with the homemade stuff…it is unique and hopefully very durable.

I did purchase one bit of GW terrain. The GW Moonscape set was picked up at discount, and saved me from making some convincing looking craters. These were glued to some plastic card bases and textured with various bits of gravel and sand.

Looking to be done with the table in a week and cannot wait to game on it.

Like Eric, I am making some “hobby-related-resoultions” for 2013.

1. Need to get my gaming table completely built and painted before hosting any games. Also need to finish the initial bits of terrain I have planned and get a some sort of mat to cover the table.

2. Finish all of the Necron models and kits that I have. Collect, build and paint a second army.

3. Play in two local tournaments.

4. Finally, I would like to pick up a few Warmachine/Hordes, models to build a small army and give it a try. Possibly Dystopian Wars or Legion, depending on interest, as well.

Having a rough go of getting the Annihilation Barge finished (perhaps I do not care for the model or maybe I need a break from black and green) so I decided to build a table over the weekend.
Table 1

There are few more things to finish ip, two more under supports and possible adding some boards to create a lip around the edge of the table but, for now it will work just great and is plenty sturdy.

To see if I was working on enough terrain I laid out all the bits I have started so far, seems good start.
Table 2

Now, I really need to finish that Barge…

Progress on an Annihilation Barge has been slow due to real life demands but it is close to being done. Finishing this will bring my Necrons to painted points total of 1250. Annihiltion Barge WIP 2

Began working on scenery for my gaming table. It will be desert themed so I built some rock spires and a few hills so far. They need a bit of work before they get any paint, but they are well on the way.
Terrain WIP

Also spent a day at a local tournament with Egg. The two of combined out armies for a doubles tournament event. It was a great time and the two of us learned a lot about the game.

One of my first projects for my new game table was to build some walls.  Using the Hirst Arts mold #40, and some Merlin’s Magic stone, I created some blocks.

Hirst Arts Blocks

These blocks are great, they are all very uniform and have nice clean edges.  The problem is that I don’t want a wall with nice clean edges, I want one that is aged and battle-scarred.  Merlin’s is very hard stuff, you can throw one of these blocks at a concrete floor as hard as you want and it will barely ding it.  I remembered that when cutting a diamond, you need to use another diamond, and decided to use the toughness of the blocks against themselves in a high-tech rock tumbler, AKA a sacrificial bin.

Block Tumbler

You’ll notice that some of the blocks are broken, this doesn’t happen in the tumbler, I smacked a few of them with a hammer before tumbling them.  Also note that sometimes you’ll get bubbles when you cast things, you might have a spotted some bubbles in the first picture. This is a great use for those blocks, as the dust will fill in the bubbles and they’ll wear down enough that you won’t notice them in the end result.

You may also notice a color difference.  Some of these were test blocks made with Plaster of Paris.  I don’t recommend using that here, it is far too soft and they will wear much more quickly and thus differently.  I didn’t use most of them.

So now we have a bunch of blocks.  Rather than a free-standing wall, I wanted one with a base.  So I made some hardboard bases (a topic for another post) and set to work gluing them up.

Weathered Stone Walls

I initially used a glue gun, but it did not hold wherever I did not clean off the dust enough, plus it left lots of strands.  I eventually switched to Tacky Glue.  I made the bases big enough that a normal figure can stand on it when touching the wall, rather than at an odd angle.

Stone wall, base coat

After priming (not pictured) with black Krylon, I applied a liberal basecoat of Do It Best exterior latex paint, “Charcoal Kiln” color.  This stuff was like $16 for a quart and should last me for a very long time.  While at the store I grabbed a Benjamin Moore paint sample of “Iced Cube Silver” for $4 and drybrushed that on (not pictured).  Now for the fun part (i.e. the thing I’ve never done before), weathering.

Stone wall, scorch marks

I used Weather System’s “Soot” pigment, applied with a toothbrush to the areas that I had set up to show damage.  I put it on liberally, figuring I could easily re-paint over any areas, and I’m also going to apply some creeping moss and perhaps try some other tricks.

This stuff is very messy! It’s like a heavier version of printer toner.  Put a damp paper towel down underneath your work area to catch and trap the excess.

I also experimented a bit with different washes, including Army Painter Medium Tone and Strong Tone as well as a number of Citadel colors.  I ended up being happiest with Nuln Oil, but I wasn’t thrilled with it.  I had recently watched Buy painted! talk about oil washes, so that will be the next step.

To be continued…