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Covering Fire
08-12-2010, 19:25
Greetings fellow Warseers! Couldn't resist the Hammerfall (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCl9X-4UDVM) reference in the thread title...;)

This log will record my attempt at making an ice world terrain set for Warhammer 40K. Very fitting considering our lovely Swedish weather at the moment:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5045/5244148247_e590675030.jpg

The background

My main inspiration for this project comes from the battle report “Cold Steel” in White Dwarf 231 (http://www.gamehobby.net/white_dwarf_magazine/white_dwarf_231.html) (April 1999 - yes, a long time ago:)).

As I browsed some of my old WD’s a while ago I found myself having to stop at this issue and re-read the battle report. The battle saw the Ultramarines take on hive fleet Behemoth in a refight of the Tyranid attack on the polar fortresses on Macragge during the first Tyrannic War. The Marines lost the battle report, so it went against the historical events a bit. Nevertheless, it was a good read and I suddenly knew I wanted some ice world terrain of my own!

The terrain used in the battle report can also be seen in the 3rd edition WH40K rulebook on the inside of the cover and pages 30, 211, 217 and 218.

After a lot of pondering I made the decision to start gathering materials and tools for the project. During this time I also looked up material on the web about ice and snow terrain making. I picked up some good ideas from these sources:


This clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr2S5mIVYAM) on making ice world terrain on Youtube provides useful techniques when making ice features.

The Space Wolves terrain feature (http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/content/article.jsp?aId=2400002a) on GW’s site gave me some tips on painting a snow board.


The plan

My board will measure 120 x 240 cm (consisting of four 50 mm thick 120 x 60 cm styrofoam sheets).

The board in WD 231 had snow drifts, ice floes, ice crystal formations, an icy river and a research station (and some other fortifications). So based on this I plan to make the following terrain features (the numbers may change over time):


4 ice crystal patches. FINISHED
2 snow drifts. FINISHED
2 formations of ice blocks/floes. FINISHED
1 river measuring 120 cm (across the board). The river consists of four sections (30 cm each). FINISHED
1 mammoth skeleton FINISHED
2 gun emplacements FINISHED
Research station FINISHED
2 patches of coniferous trees FINISHED
5 defence lines/fortifications FINISHED
Imperial Guard Command Tower (GW Card building)FINISHED



Materials:

Pink styrofoam 50 mm thick (mainly for the ice crystals)
White styrofoam 50 mm thick (four sheets of these will be used as the board itself)
White styrofoam 20 and 10 mm thick (for ice and snow drifts)
Hardboard 3,2 mm thick (for the bases of the terrain pieces)
Snow flock
Water effect
Paint (various blue shades and white)
Paint texture powder


Tools:

Sharp knife
Electric foam cutter
Saw
Paintbrushes
Hot glue gun
PVA glue
Paint roller


Where to begin?

I've already collected all the materials and tools for my project (I think), so all I have to do now is find some time to start building! I'll start with painting the board itself as soon as I can make some room in the garage. Meanwhile I've begun some work on the ice crystals:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5126/5244734210_a8d25d6209.jpg

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Pictures of the finished board:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P6180129.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P9080359.jpg

Pickle_mole
08-12-2010, 23:05
Im interested, moar please?

Wolf Scout Ewan
09-12-2010, 00:21
Interesting stuff! Bring it on!

Covering Fire
10-12-2010, 19:49
Thanks for the encouraging comments!:D

I managed to find some time after work today, so armed with a heating fan (it's cold in my garage) I cleared some space in the garage and got stuck in!

I started by laying out the four sheets of styrofoam that will form the board itself. It's rather hard to picture how big the board will be beforehand, but in this way I was able to see that 1,2 x 2,4 metres is indeed quite massive! :evilgrin:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5007/5249177195_22694fe076.jpg

Then I painted the sheets with my "icy blue" paint. This first coat will hopefully make sure that the styrofoam soaks up less of the paint in the second layer of icy blue, which will contain the paint texture powder. I'm adding this in order to make the surface a bit rough and more textured(doh!).

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5286/5249178133_b5219f1c10.jpg

I haven't decided exactly how to continue after that, but it will definately involve a lighter blue paint and white paint. I'll have to do a test piece before I get to work on the large sheets.

While the paint was slowly drying I started chopping up a hardboard sheet with my trusty electrical saw (well, actually it's my brothers saw:angel:). I cut out 4 pieces (roughly 20 x 24 cm) which I intend to use as bases for my ice crystal formations.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5005/5249782502_ba334deab5.jpg

And that's about how far I got today! I hope to do some more work this weekend though!

Covering Fire
11-12-2010, 19:33
Back with a short update.

Today I've rolled the styrofoam with textured paint:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5083/5251658351_0af429c7aa.jpg

Perhaps I have to put on a second layer of textured paint, but I'll wait and see how it looks once dry.

I've also filed the edges (for a smoother finish) of the four terrain bases (for the crystals) and painted them blue. I'm thinking about making them more rounded though as they turned out a bit too square. I'll see if I can fix that tomorrow.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5289/5251657227_8a9f1a63bc.jpg

The Laughing God
12-12-2010, 04:57
The blue looks nice. I've always liked ice themed tables. Are you planning on adding patches of snow as well or just keeping it all ice?

Covering Fire
12-12-2010, 09:21
The blue looks nice. I've always liked ice themed tables. Are you planning on adding patches of snow as well or just keeping it all ice?

Thanks! I'm planning on having snow cover most of the board. I'm hoping to leave som blue shining through to create the illusion of snow-covered ice.

Check out the Space Wolves terrain feature (http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/content/article.jsp?aId=2400002a) on GW:s site. I'm planning on trying out their method, but with my blue instead of their Shadow grey.

Covering Fire
12-12-2010, 15:37
Today I've mostly been cutting hardboard as you can see from these pics. The four pieces on the left are for the ice crystals patches and the two larger ones on the right will be "hills" of some sort with sheets of ice stacked on top of each other (a bit hard to explain but you'll see when I build them). I have only painted the sides as of yet, so here they are lying bottom up.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5130/5254588482_51d5be650e.jpg

I also cut out my hardboard river sections. There are, as can be seen, four 30 cm sections in total.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5087/5254588510_b9449065d3.jpg

The Laughing God
14-12-2010, 20:55
Some good progress. Can't wait to see more.

Sparda
15-12-2010, 23:45
Its to cold out to be making snow terrain...:p

Good start and I am looking forward to seeing the end result.

Covering Fire
18-12-2010, 13:12
Its to cold out to be making snow terrain...:p

Yeah, tell me about it! It snows all the time and the temperature seems stuck around -4 degrees celsius.:mad:

I've painted the hardboard pieces with textured paint (close to Ice blue).

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5169/5271160354_180af2d771.jpg

After that I drybrushed them with my lighter blue (close to Space Wolves Grey) to get more depth.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5170/5271161170_2cb2b9d58e.jpg

They're looking a bit more icy now, but in the next stage I'll try adding some white to get the impression of snow.

Covering Fire
18-12-2010, 20:03
I'm experimenting a lot at this stage...trial and error I suppose.

I sprayed the hardboard pieces with white, being careful not to hold the can too close to the surface.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5122/5271476061_078521b940.jpg

This looked like the effect I was after so I repeated the process on the styrofoam sheets forming the board itself. I began with drybrushing it with the Space wolves grey-type colour.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5207/5272085602_a6c7d40354.jpg

I then sprayed the board with white. I tried to apply it in an erratic fashion to get an uneven coat.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5006/5271477143_582a359b08.jpg

Not the best picture, but it looks quite good IRL. Kinda like frosty ice...

I think I want it to be a bit more snowy though, so tomorrow I'll probably give it a drybrush of white.

The Laughing God
19-12-2010, 04:43
That blue is looking really good. You can make some awesome ice terrain in addition to those crystals.

Covering Fire
20-12-2010, 19:35
Today I finally had the time to drybrush the board with white paint:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5241/5278232934_6946598436.jpg

Closeup of the surface:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5283/5277623609_a35532b22a.jpg

I'm not really sure if that's enough white...or does it look too blue? What do you guys think?:confused:

I'm also planning on getting some snow flock to apply in random places on the surface to make it look like snow patches. Maybe it'll look better then...

I also drybrushed the hardboard pieces with white:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5286/5278235424_46b0a34cd5.jpg

These doesn't look nearly as blue as the board itself as can be seen. I guess this is because the board has far more cracks where the blue paint has settled deeper in.

I'll have to think about my next move with the board, but meanwhile I'll try to do some more work on the other terrain pieces.

Covering Fire
22-12-2010, 09:43
Doing some work on the snow drifts at the moment (having a nice day off from work). I started with cutting out the shapes of my drifts from a sheet of 2 cm thick styrofoam:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5123/5282693722_91cc3dfe68.jpg

I then took my foam cutter and made them more sloped:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5165/5282694364_ab9fb7ab67.jpg

Next up I painted them with textured "Ice blue" paint:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5127/5282094595_1ef38e43b2.jpg

While the paint is drying I'll have a go at painting the ice crystals.

Covering Fire
22-12-2010, 13:17
Wow! That's a LOT of ice crystals!:D

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5244/5282389295_bfe4475a2b.jpg

I cut these out of pink 5 cm thick styrofoam, taking care to make them in different height and thickness.

The crystals painted with "Ice blue":

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5241/5282389953_04e42b085a.jpg

I stuck nails in them so I could hold them without getting all blue while I painted them...

Next up I'll drybrush the crystals with the lighter blue shade.

Nasha
22-12-2010, 13:55
hej
lovin the ice board mate...exactly the kind of thinkg i wanna do for my Space Wolves....but yeah its a tad to cold outside to be even thinkin about creatin Ice themed terrain....your lucky if its only -4 at yours...im at -30 and counting here in Dalarna...keep it up though mate

kerby

Covering Fire
22-12-2010, 14:42
hej
lovin the ice board mate...exactly the kind of thinkg i wanna do for my Space Wolves....but yeah its a tad to cold outside to be even thinkin about creatin Ice themed terrain....your lucky if its only -4 at yours...im at -30 and counting here in Dalarna...keep it up though mate

kerby

Actually...today we have -16 here in Blekinge. Not as cold as you have it, but still damn cold!:eek:

Thanks for the encouragement!

Covering Fire
23-12-2010, 19:23
An update on the crystals - I've drybrushed them with my lighter blue (Space wolves grey-ish):

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5241/5286301024_f10a1452aa.jpg

I used the flat side of my brush so that I only got paint on the raised edges. Turned out quite nice I think!:)

bugbait_nz
24-12-2010, 06:29
Like the shape and colour of your ice blocks, going to give then a gloss varnish to make them look icy?

Bugbait out

The Laughing God
24-12-2010, 17:49
Those turned out great. The highlights look awesome.

Covering Fire
31-12-2010, 12:23
Like the shape and colour of your ice blocks, going to give then a gloss varnish to make them look icy?

I'll see. But it's definately worth trying out!


There's been a some changes to my project during the last days since I wasn't too happy with the current look of my board. I thought the board looked far too blue (more like a frozen lake than snow-covered ground), so out came the white paint.

Old look on the right:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5206/5308951961_daebb65304.jpg

Old look on the left:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5288/5308952705_ceccb61e5c.jpg

You can still see some blue shining through the white, so this is much closer to my original idea.


I've finished my two snow drifts as well. I experimented a lot with these, but they ended up being covered in snow flock and painted white.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5245/5309541328_4672069b4e.jpg


I've started on my ice block formations as well. They're still far from finished, but you get the general idea. ;)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5086/5308951155_ab8e421e0c.jpg

SamVimes
31-12-2010, 13:50
The white is > than the blue.

Covering Fire
01-01-2011, 11:34
Today I've glued the crystals to the bases with my hot glue gun. I'm thinking of applying snow flock to cover the gaps between the crystals and the base later on.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5241/5312122678_58df3ce6e7.jpg

A Salamanders combat squad advances through ice crystals on the frozen world of Tendathor:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5289/5311530405_3164e00650.jpg

Covering Fire
01-01-2011, 19:00
The ice crystals again - now with added snow flock at the base:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5044/5312608175_dccf01e21d.jpg

I think it did a world of difference! It ties the pieces together and makes it look a bit more realistic.

Vermin_King
03-01-2011, 03:40
Varying the thickness of the flock around the base of the crystals would make it look like the snow drifted more, maybe ...

Already far better than anything I've done

Covering Fire
03-01-2011, 11:34
Varying the thickness of the flock around the base of the crystals would make it look like the snow drifted more, maybe ...

Already far better than anything I've done

Thanks for the idea. I might try this later on. Right now I'm working on my ice blocks and the icy river. I hope to have some more pics up this week.

Covering Fire
04-01-2011, 21:51
I've done a serious amount of styrofoam cutting lately, and I've finished with the ice blocks. Using a foam cutter produces some nasty vapours so be sure to work in a well-ventilated place if you plan on getting one...:eek:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5286/5324520775_5820da5ab0.jpg

These will be painted to represent piled up ice blocks covered in snow.

The Laughing God
04-01-2011, 22:17
Those look like they'll work great for blocking LOS and you can still climb over them without the risk of models falling.

Covering Fire
06-01-2011, 12:27
Those look like they'll work great for blocking LOS and you can still climb over them without the risk of models falling.

Thanks! I find that when building terrain you always have to balance between realistic looks and playability (being able to place models on the terrain features for example). In this case I've tried to make sure that it would be possible for models to stand among the ice blocks.

Today I've done some work on the ice river. I cut out four pices of hardboard (30 cm long and around 20 cm wide) and then glued on strips of 1 cm thick styrofoam to make the river banks.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5169/5329492401_3c7ff4e45f.jpg

As for how to use the river in the game I'm thinking that the river will be impassable terrain (after all, who would want to go into those icy waters voluntarily?). In order to allow ground-based units to get across I made an ice bridge that would allow vehicles and infantry to cross safely (perhaps it could be classed as dangerous terrain for vehicles to represent the danger of crashing through the ice):

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5048/5329491453_4ef8bcd087.jpg

I also added a patch of ice floes that will allow infantry (not vehicles) to cross, but it will count as dangerous terrain:evilgrin:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5086/5329493049_8da5587b81.jpg

Svorlrik
06-01-2011, 12:49
This is looking real nice. I've always wanted an ice themed board for some space wolf action, but have only built half of a maiden world board and cat bring myself to start a second one!

Covering Fire
09-01-2011, 09:40
This is looking real nice. I've always wanted an ice themed board for some space wolf action, but have only built half of a maiden world board and cat bring myself to start a second one!

Thanks! I saw a bit of your board in your Eldar log and I think it looked great!


I've managed to paint the first basecoat of blue on the ice blocks and river sections:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5207/5338743064_80283e35f5.jpg

Next up will be some heavy drybrushing!

Disposable Hero
12-01-2011, 11:34
Very cool stuff you have there!

Any polar bears?

Covering Fire
12-01-2011, 14:44
Very cool stuff you have there!

Any polar bears?

Nah, no polar bears in sight I'm afraid. However, I do have an idea about a terrain feature involving a...furry critter. Stay tuned for more info on this;)

Some more work done - starting to look quite good I think:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5090/5349263045_022624faf6.jpg

Vermin_King
13-01-2011, 00:17
The river is great, but what really impresses me is the highlighting on the blocks piled up on the back corner.

<---envious

Pickle_mole
13-01-2011, 06:20
Looks good, any plans to use wet effects?

Covering Fire
13-01-2011, 11:07
The river is great, but what really impresses me is the highlighting on the blocks piled up on the back corner.

<---envious

Thank you! I'll have some better pics of the ice blocks up later. The method is pretty basic: basecoat with "Ice blue-ish colour" - drybrush with "Space wolves grey-ish colour" - light drybrush with white.


Looks good, any plans to use wet effects?

Yes, that's the plan. I've ordered some, but haven't received it yet. I'll paint the water with darker blue as well.

Covering Fire
15-01-2011, 18:40
Today I glued the ice blocks to the two bases:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5126/5357225593_69c5832bc2.jpg


Closeup on the surface of the ice (Ork for size comparison):

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5290/5357842204_0f584e068c.jpg


"Oi! Oo's stickin' all dis 'ere slippery stuff all over da place?";)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5006/5357843440_fae5f76173.jpg

The Laughing God
15-01-2011, 21:36
Nice updates. The river looks great so far, I like the ice bridges and dangerous floating ice blocks. The wet effects will make it look 10X better. Can the three pieces be switched around?

Covering Fire
16-01-2011, 10:04
Nice updates. The river looks great so far, I like the ice bridges and dangerous floating ice blocks. The wet effects will make it look 10X better. Can the three pieces be switched around?

Thanks mate! I'm quite pleased with the results myself. And yes, the pieces can be arranged in any order.

Covering Fire
19-01-2011, 21:13
Got an update on the river today - as you can see I've painted the "water" with a darker blue shade.

All four sections laid out:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5247/5370481641_40fa45c641.jpg

Closeup:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5162/5371089218_7fd32da9e8.jpg

For the record I'd like to add that it's not finished yet.:) I'm thinking of experimenting with lighter and darker blue in some places. And then there's the water effects...

Finally I'll throw in a teaser for my mystery project::shifty:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5246/5370500717_d3f0d84654.jpg

Covering Fire
23-01-2011, 21:53
So, what's all this fuss about the mystery terrain piece? Well, as you could guess from the pic in the previous post it's all about a mammoth!:p

A gargantuan mammoth skeleton to be precise!

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5169/5381793907_b1dd5b8841.jpg

I got the idea about adding an animal skeleton from GW's Space Wolves terrain set which had a giant wolf skeleton. So I found this plastic mammoth skeleton on eBay for a reasonable price, and I thought it would fit the theme for my board perfectly.

Covering Fire
30-01-2011, 19:37
Moving along slowly...

I've played around with some water effects on my river sections:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5096/5401487109_e819e37c15.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5254/5401488511_57680ca522.jpg

I've had some mixed results with it, but overall I'm happy with the result.

stompy
30-01-2011, 22:05
Haha, nice mammoth! The board is shaping up really nicely :)

Looking forward to see how you do the research station, are you planning on using GW buildings, or something else? However you do it, there should definitely be some cool looking snow research vehicles dotted around it :p

Keep up the good work!

The Laughing God
31-01-2011, 01:03
I like the mammoth skeleton, adds a bit of warm color to the cool color palette.

Cygnusmaximus
31-01-2011, 02:10
I am very impressed by how well you've made visually appealing yet practical terrain and, like others, am a fan of the mammoth skeleton.

I would, however, add a bit of snow to the top of the mammoth (and icecicles if you're feeling adventurous). It seems unlikely that a huge skeleton would be poking out of the snow without any falling or blowing onto it.

Keep up the good work!

Covering Fire
31-01-2011, 09:50
Thanks for the nice comments!:D


Haha, nice mammoth! The board is shaping up really nicely :)

Looking forward to see how you do the research station, are you planning on using GW buildings, or something else? However you do it, there should definitely be some cool looking snow research vehicles dotted around it :p

Keep up the good work!

My intention is to build the station from scratch using pink styrofoam. I can add that it is going to be heavily inspired by the the research station that appears in the WH40K 3rd ed rulebook...



I like the mammoth skeleton, adds a bit of warm color to the cool color palette.

Haven't thought of it that way, but you're right - it does add a contrast.



I am very impressed by how well you've made visually appealing yet practical terrain and, like others, am a fan of the mammoth skeleton.

I would, however, add a bit of snow to the top of the mammoth (and icecicles if you're feeling adventurous). It seems unlikely that a huge skeleton would be poking out of the snow without any falling or blowing onto it.

Keep up the good work!


I'm definitely going to add some snow to the skeleton - I just haven't gotten around to it yet!;) I'll try mixing snow flock with PVA glue and see if I can't get a thicker snow paste to apply.

I can add that I've made a second skeleton-themed terrain piece from the remaining mammoth parts, but this one is more like a heap of scattered bones than a whole skeleton. I'll get a pic up later.

DapperAnarchist
31-01-2011, 12:23
Yay, third edition style! While I love Cities of Death and the Bastion stuff, I do miss the "Ice world, jungle world, desert world" look of the 3rd Ed. Rulebook...

Covering Fire
31-01-2011, 19:57
How's this then? An improvement I'd say!:D

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5216/5405575770_03c6786b4d.jpg

You can find my second skeleton piece behind the mammoth...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5173/5405578046_f82962eb45.jpg

N810
31-01-2011, 21:06
Oohhhh do they sell other skeletons, like dinosaurs, perhaps... :shifty:
Good looking snow by the way. :)

Covering Fire
01-02-2011, 07:45
Oohhhh do they sell other skeletons, like dinosaurs, perhaps... :shifty:
Good looking snow by the way. :)

Thanks!

There are dinosaur kits in the same series - check this eBay store: Redstar Kits (http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Redstar-Kits)

stompy
01-02-2011, 13:48
Thanks for the nice comments!:D
My intention is to build the station from scratch using pink styrofoam. I can add that it is going to be heavily inspired by the the research station that appears in the WH40K 3rd ed rulebook...


*Digs out 3rd ed rulebook*

Cool! Looking forward to seeing how it turns out. I miss the days when people made terrain rather than buying it, so very much enjoying your log!

Mammoth looks a lot better with the snow on top of it. One thing I've found when doing snow dioramas is that really lightly stippling white gives the impression of a light dusting of snow, and can be used to soften the edge between areas with and without snow, if that makes sense. Might be worth experimenting :)

Lost Egg
01-02-2011, 15:39
Wow, great looking terrain!

HN

Dreffbuilder
15-02-2011, 08:24
WOW Awesome stuff mate! I just wanna say that.. WE HAVE MORE SNOW IN FINLAND!!! :D

And I have Ice- world terrain too, Check this out:

http://i796.photobucket.com/albums/yy241/Dreffbu1ld3r/IMG_2065.jpg

Have a nice day and remember to update!

Covering Fire
20-02-2011, 18:24
WOW Awesome stuff mate! I just wanna say that.. WE HAVE MORE SNOW IN FINLAND!!! :D

And I have Ice- world terrain too, Check this out:

Have a nice day and remember to update!

I really don't doubt that you Finns have more snow than us!:D

Nice terrain you've got there Dreff. I like the ice!

I've been a bit slow with the updates, but perhaps I'll make some progress on the research station this week.

Covering Fire
27-02-2011, 19:58
Hi, got an update today.

Here's some WIP shots of the research station (Guardsman for scale purposes):

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5056/5483186856_c8feaf1772.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5300/5482595607_1268cda883.jpg

I also decided to try and build some fortifications to go with the station:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5092/5482598871_1634cd23c9.jpg

They will be more like gun emplacements than bunkers (so no roof). I've been inspired by a piece of terrain that could be seen in the GW stuido terrain collection during second edition of 40K. It was like a platform with a parapet and a ramp at the back, and it had earth/dirt coating the sides. I guess some of you old veterans will recognize it when I get some more work done.

QuestMaster
28-02-2011, 04:57
They will be more like gun emplacements than bunkers (so no roof). I've been inspired by a piece of terrain that could be seen in the GW stuido terrain collection during second edition of 40K. It was like a platform with a parapet and a ramp at the back, and it had earth/dirt coating the sides. I guess some of you old veterans will recognize it when I get some more work done.

I look forward to seeing them, older books are full of great terrain ideas :)

Covering Fire
01-03-2011, 21:06
I look forward to seeing them, older books are full of great terrain ideas :)

They are indeed! Back in those days a lot more (if not all...besides the lovely cardboard scenery that is!:D) terrain was scratch-built, but today you'll mostly see the plastic GW terrain being used in WD and other GW publications. A bit sad I think, since it doesn't inspire you in the same way.

Anyways, I've done some more foamboard cutting (note the two Iron Hands battle-brothers acting as mannequins;)):

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P2220006.jpg

This will be the basic idea for the fortification, but I'll add more detail (and fix a proper ramp at the back - the one in the pic is just a proxy).

snake-eyez
02-03-2011, 14:50
hey, i noticed you use a lot of expanded polystyrene. do you have any problems with it and did the textured paint cover its bubblyness (bad word i know) without needing anything else? Also, what type of foam cutter do you use? Great terrain too btw.

Covering Fire
02-03-2011, 17:40
hey, i noticed you use a lot of expanded polystyrene. do you have any problems with it and did the textured paint cover its bubblyness (bad word i know) without needing anything else?

I guess you mean the white crumbly polystyrene? Well, I only use it because I couldn't get hold of the pink or blue variant in 1 or 2 cm thickness. The main problem with it is that it, well...tends to crumble. A lot.

But for my purposes in this project it worked rather well. I could never have used it for the ice crystals for example, but for the snow drifts and river banks it was ok. You have to cut it with a foam cutter to avoid it crumbling all over the place though. On the positive side the white polystyrene is dirt cheap!

The textured paint covers the "bubblyness" somewhat, but to be sure I'd use spackling paste or something similar to get a more even surface.


Also, what type of foam cutter do you use?

I used this one (http://www.shesto.co.uk/p282/Polystyrene_Foam_Cutter/product_info.html) from Shesto, but I wouldn't recommend it. The wire always broke or came loose, so the 5 spare wires it came supplied with ran out rather quickly. I ended up making my own wire, but it wasn't that great since it burned the batteries out too quickly. So if you are planning on getting one you should look for another brand.


Great terrain too btw.

Thanks!:)

Covering Fire
05-03-2011, 16:32
I've continued to work on my fortifications, and with all the bits in place I've applied a layer of spackling paste to get a rough, textured surface to get the impression of concrete. I've also cut out a shape on the front wall to allow gun barrels to stick out.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P2260009.jpg

Covering Fire
07-03-2011, 21:29
Started painting my creations today.

I started out by applying an undercoat with Chaos black spray. I then basecoated with Adeptus battlegrey:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P2280011.jpg

In the next stage I washed the model with thinned Brown ink to get a more aged look:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P2280012.jpg

Finally I drybrushed the whole thing with Codex grey:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P2280013.jpg

Perhaps I'll apply some more grey, since in some places it became a bit too brown.

Next up I'll paint the metal reinforcements on the front corners. These were made with strips of thin plastic and the rivets are simply small nails.

Covering Fire
08-03-2011, 20:36
Now that I've finished the metal parts as well, it is time to move on to the final phase: adding the aluminium mesh floor:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P3010015.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P3010019.jpg

I've cut out the basic shape here, so the next step will be to paint it with Boltgun metal and apply some washes to make look a bit rusted and worn.

Covering Fire
12-03-2011, 10:41
Yay! Finished the fortifications today! The iron frames holding the mesh in place were made out of plastic in the form of cable ties cut in desired lengths.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P3050007.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P3050003.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P3050005.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P3050006.jpg

Better get started on that research station now...

Vulkan454
12-03-2011, 13:09
I love those fortifications, they look really effective and simple to make. I'll have to have a go at some in the future. Keep up the great work :yes:

Vulkan

Lost Egg
13-03-2011, 10:00
The fortifications look really cool. Any plans to give them a removable roof?

HN

AvatarForm
13-03-2011, 11:22
I love this plog... MOAR snow terrain!

Covering Fire
14-03-2011, 13:00
I love those fortifications, they look really effective and simple to make. I'll have to have a go at some in the future. Keep up the great work :yes:

Vulkan

Thanks! Yes, have a go at it! It's fun to make terrain!:D


The fortifications look really cool. Any plans to give them a removable roof?

HN

No, I probably won't do any more work on them. Regard them as finished!;)


I love this plog... MOAR snow terrain!

I'll do my best to produce some more!

Dreffbuilder
16-03-2011, 18:42
Agh! Why not roofs? :shifty: Or some details... blood stains/writings on the walls? Inspired from some sort of horror games like dead space... "Cut their limbs off!" ? That would be so damn awesome!

Grisnik
16-03-2011, 19:33
Mmm liking those bunkers... especially the concrete bits and how it was done.. might need to look into getting some plaster to do up some bunkers and walls also..

Cheers mate

Covering Fire
16-03-2011, 19:48
Agh! Why not roofs? Or some details... blood stains/writings on the walls? Inspired from some sort of horror games like dead space... "Cut their limbs off!" ? That would be so damn awesome!

Maybe I'll add some battle damage in the future. Some bullet holes maybe?


Just realised that I haven't taken any pics of the whole board with the terrain pieces added! So...here you go:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P3090005.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P3090004.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P3090003.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P3090002.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P3090001.jpg

Slowly working away on the research station - I added a parapet today:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P3090006.jpg

snake-eyez
19-03-2011, 15:53
Hey, you just keep making more awseome bits of terrain, keep it up! I wanted to ask, how thick is that foam board you used on the bunkers? Your great flooring and sides has made me want to give it a go. Keep up the good work, way better then just buying some pre-made manufactured terrain piece.

AvatarForm
20-03-2011, 05:48
Which foam/rubber did you use for the large ice pillars?

Also, did you use a clear pouring resin, then colour it for the water?

snake-eyez
20-03-2011, 11:04
I was wondering, what product did you use for the water effects? Your river looks great

Covering Fire
20-03-2011, 12:17
Hey, you just keep making more awseome bits of terrain, keep it up! I wanted to ask, how thick is that foam board you used on the bunkers? Your great flooring and sides has made me want to give it a go. Keep up the good work, way better then just buying some pre-made manufactured terrain piece.

Thanks! Great to hear that you like my terrain! The foamboard I use is 5 mm thick.


Which foam/rubber did you use for the large ice pillars?

Also, did you use a clear pouring resin, then colour it for the water?

The ice pillars were made out of pink styrofoam (high density, so it doesn't crumble). I simply painted the hardboard blue and then poured on the water effects. So no colour used in the resin.


I was wondering, what product did you use for the water effects? Your river looks great

Thanks! I used Woodland Scenics Realistic Water.

commandergabriel
21-03-2011, 02:49
fantastic job with the table... I especially like the river sections; it looks cold!!!! The wooly mamouth was a great touch.

Daniel36
21-03-2011, 11:43
I really really really like your table! Very nice stuff. No show some battle pics! :D

Covering Fire
22-03-2011, 20:01
fantastic job with the table... I especially like the river sections; it looks cold!!!! The wooly mamouth was a great touch.

Glad you like it! I'm quite happy with the mammoth too.


I really really really like your table! Very nice stuff. No show some battle pics! :D

Thanks! Maybe there will be some battle pics in the future...

I've continued my work on the research station. Since last update I've done the following:


Cut the parapet into an angular shape
Stuck the whole building on a hardboard base
Added the things sticking out on the sides (some form of support constructs maybe?)
Added a door (a top hatch from a Rhino kit)


http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P3150012.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P3150013.jpg

wikear
22-03-2011, 21:35
one word of critique (if thats the correct spelling):

the support things are a bit too wide. I would cut them in half so they dont protrude from the wall that much. or make them higherin case of the middle one on the last picture

Haskanael
23-03-2011, 07:58
I agree the support on the tower looks slightly awkward, i think that is caused by the length/broadness.:confused:
I think it would look better if you add a support to the corners of the tower and place the doors slightly to the Left. if you would forgive my boldness in this suggestion.

I love the rest of your terrain BTW, especially the frozen river your doing an awesome job ^^

Covering Fire
23-03-2011, 08:03
Thanks for the input, I agree that making the support thingy on the tower taller would probably be a good idea. On the other hand, the door will have to stay where it is since I've cut a hole out of the wall to accommodate it!;)

Vermin_King
23-03-2011, 19:02
I personally think the Door is fine where it is, but the supports seem to extend too far away from the building. If they only extended out 1/2 or 2/3 as far, I think it would look better. I like the corner support on the lower part of the building and think that carrying that look to the tower would be good. The corner tower supports should be taller than the others. Being taller, they should stick out farther from the building.

That being said, I really like these. Better than anything I've done lately.

Covering Fire
23-03-2011, 20:16
Taking a fresh look at the building today after work I decided to shorten the supports a bit - around 1/4 of the original width:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P3160015.jpg

I don't think it would look good if I removed any more since it wouldn't be much left then...

The tower support got a bit taller but stayed the same width:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P3160014.jpg

I'm in the process of applying spackle it, so that's why it looks a bit rough at the moment. I'll go over it with some sandpaper once it has dried.

Vulkan454
23-03-2011, 20:48
Looks great so far. the supports really give it that '40k' look. Have you got any more fortifications coming because they are a great inspiration.

Vulkan

Vermin_King
25-03-2011, 18:40
Looks much more proportional. Thanks for sharing

snake-eyez
26-03-2011, 05:46
Hey, the spackle makes all your stuff look even more realistic, its a great idea. Did you just mix it to a watery paste and then paint it on with a normal paint brush?

Covering Fire
26-03-2011, 17:08
Looks great so far. the supports really give it that '40k' look. Have you got any more fortifications coming because they are a great inspiration.

Vulkan

Thanks! No more fortifications at the moment, but I have an old bunker that I need to finish. Maybe I'll put it up here when I get to it.


Hey, the spackle makes all your stuff look even more realistic, its a great idea. Did you just mix it to a watery paste and then paint it on with a normal paint brush?

Yes, I like to use spackle since it creates a good effect for the surface of buildings. It sort of looks like concrete or plastered walls. I applied the spackle with an old plastic card (similar to a credit card). I used it to smear the spackle onto the surface, scraping off any excess as I went along.

snake-eyez
30-03-2011, 17:57
Looks great so far. the supports really give it that '40k' look. Have you got any more fortifications coming because they are a great inspiration.

Vulkan

Hey, thinking of what he said here, can you re post your pictures of your jungle board (maybe on a new thread)? You make such great ice world terrain, I'm sure your jungle terrain was great too, but they are no longer available to be viewed on photobucket.

Keep up the great work!

Covering Fire
31-03-2011, 16:28
Hey, thinking of what he said here, can you re post your pictures of your jungle board (maybe on a new thread)? You make such great ice world terrain, I'm sure your jungle terrain was great too, but they are no longer available to be viewed on photobucket.

Keep up the great work!

Glad you like my terrain! Yes, I think I removed those pics from Photobucket for some reason. I'd be glad to post some new pictures of the old jungle board but since I don't have the terrain with me right now I can't say when it will be. Keep your eyes peeled...:D

wikear
02-04-2011, 02:57
hehe... I can see you went with my advice :D nice!

Covering Fire
12-04-2011, 19:05
Progress has been slow, but here's a small update on the research station.

Since last update I've painted it with a sort of reddish brown (trying to stay close to the original piece), but it looks a bit yellow in the pics because of the lighting. It looks better in real life.

I've also added two doors, one at ground level (made from the top hatch of a Rhino) and one on the tower leading out to the observation deck (made from a Rhino side door). On the back of the tower I added a ventilation grille (also from a Rhino).

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P4050038.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P4050039.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P4050040.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P4050041.jpg

Daniel36
12-04-2011, 20:32
Ooh nice, though the orange colour... Why did you decide for that? It's a bit bright, especially if it is going to be in a snowfield.

By the way, where did you get that mesh from?

snake-eyez
12-04-2011, 23:44
I love the extra detail with the rhino parts. Also, what did you use for the handle on the door hatch?

I was expecting it to be painted the same as those awseome bunkers you made, but then, you probably have something good planned for it all.

Covering Fire
13-04-2011, 07:33
Ooh nice, though the orange colour... Why did you decide for that? It's a bit bright, especially if it is going to be in a snowfield.

By the way, where did you get that mesh from?

Well, it's actually not orange at all - it's the lighting in my garage that creates that effect. It is more of a reddish brown. I'll get a better pic up later.

The mesh is aluminium mesh used for repairing rust damage on cars, so check you nearest car accessory shop!:D



I love the extra detail with the rhino parts. Also, what did you use for the handle on the door hatch?

I was expecting it to be painted the same as those awseome bunkers you made, but then, you probably have something good planned for it all.

The handle is a plastic handle from the old Gorkamorka (bless it!) box.

I was considering painting the building grey, but I thought it was a bit boring so I decided to try something else instead. The piece that provided me with inspiration was painted with a brown-red colour that I tried to emulate. I'm not quite happy with the result yet, so the colour may change a bit.

DapperAnarchist
13-04-2011, 17:17
Orange makes sense if its a research centre, rather than a military base - then you want it to be visible to those who get lost...

Covering Fire
15-04-2011, 17:54
Orange makes sense if its a research centre, rather than a military base - then you want it to be visible to those who get lost...

Yes, it's not supposed to be a military installation so I guess that's why its not camouflaged!:angel:

Pic taken in natural light:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P4080047.jpg

snake-eyez
17-05-2011, 13:41
hey, whats happening with this last terrain piece? I'd love to see it finished, and the whole board together. Great work so far.

Covering Fire
18-05-2011, 10:11
hey, whats happening with this last terrain piece? I'd love to see it finished, and the whole board together. Great work so far.

Oh, I put it aside for a time (Dragon Age 2 happened:angel:), but some progress has been made since the last picture was taken. I've added a mesh floor to the observation platform and the tower roof.

I hope to have some pics up later today!

EDIT: New pics are up!

I've done some touching up with spackle (and I have some more to do), so don't worry about the white parts - they will be painted over. I've also added a window to the tower made from thin plastic glued to a strip of card (painted black).

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P5180064-1.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P5180067-1.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P5180062.jpg

Covering Fire
04-06-2011, 20:18
Back with an update today. I've added some more stuff to the research station - a railing, some ladders and icicles!. I've also painted the base in winter colours and sprayed a bit of white onto the building to make it look frosty.


http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P6040123.jpg



http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P6040122.jpg


http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P6040124.jpg

I figured the one place icicles would form were above the ventilation grille (it would probably put out some warmer air).

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P6040131.jpg

Closeup on the icicles. How to make them here (http://youtu.be/cE-tK5kTb4E).

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P6040128.jpg

Pic of the station along with some other ice terrain:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P6040127.jpg

I'm probably going to add some snow in various places later on. But it's nearly finished!

MasterSlowPoke
05-06-2011, 07:50
I don't even have an ice world based army and I want to make a table like this. Great job!

Apologies if it's already been asked, but what do you use for the metal flooring on your vehicles?

Covering Fire
05-06-2011, 10:56
I don't even have an ice world based army and I want to make a table like this. Great job!

Apologies if it's already been asked, but what do you use for the metal flooring on your vehicles?

Thanks! I don't really have an ice world based army either, but I decided to make a board anyways...:D

Yes, the mesh question has been asked before, but here goes - The mesh is aluminium mesh used for repairing rust damage on cars, so check you nearest car accessory shop!

Covering Fire
12-06-2011, 11:10
Got a new terrain piece for my snow board started today!

I decided that I wanted some trees as well, so I found a nice article on how to make conifers over at TerraGenesis (http://www.terragenesis.co.uk/infopages/page462.html).

This is the first test:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P6120125.jpg

I'm quite satisfied with it, and it was dead easy to make. All you need is some green scouring pads and some twigs!

DapperAnarchist
12-06-2011, 12:55
that is the best twig+scouring pad tree I have ever seen... most of them look a bit naff, that works, in a 2nd/3rd edition sort of way, before "good" terrain had to cost a family member...

Covering Fire
14-06-2011, 09:35
that is the best twig+scouring pad tree I have ever seen... most of them look a bit naff, that works, in a 2nd/3rd edition sort of way, before "good" terrain had to cost a family member...

Thanks! It turned out a lot better than I thought it would.

Ah yes, the good old days! I remember when White Dwarf used to have articles about making your own terrain out of cardboard and cheap materials instead of constantly trying to force GW's own scenery upon us.

Vermin_King
14-06-2011, 17:55
And frankly, I despise that constant forcing of over-priced merchandise.

One look through the logs here will show that Better-than-Bought is more than just a concept, it's a reality.

N810
15-06-2011, 14:20
Looking at the tutorial a bit,
you might want to make the
edges a bit more irregular and
less scouring pad like, I assume
you will eventualy be adding some
flock and perhaps some snow eventualy?

Covering Fire
16-06-2011, 12:20
Looking at the tutorial a bit,
you might want to make the
edges a bit more irregular and
less scouring pad like, I assume
you will eventualy be adding some
flock and perhaps some snow eventualy?

This was only a test piece, so I will definately try to make the edges more irregular once I get around to making more trees. And there will be snow on the trees. Flock I'm not so sure about. I'll see.

Vermin_King
16-06-2011, 15:51
I personally like the other world look of the tree. Snow, yes. Flock, no.
Reminds me of some Sci-Fi artwork I've seen.

Covering Fire
19-06-2011, 15:07
I added some snow to the research station:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P6150127.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P6150128.jpg

Some pics of the board (6'x4') with all the terrain:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P6180129.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P6180131.jpg


Some pics from the first battle on the new snow board below. Chaos Space Marines vs. Tau, 1500 points. We played a mission from the Battle missions book, Counter-attack.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P6180135.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P6180136.jpg

After a hard-fought struggle, my Word Bearers managed to win in the end. It looked bleak by turn three, but my Obliterators and Lesser Daemons(!) managed to turn the game for me. The board was great to play on!

Vulkan454
21-06-2011, 16:48
Wow, it looks great all together. I hope you are very proud of yourself :)

Vulkan

The Laughing God
23-06-2011, 04:28
The board looks very nice. A good amount of terrain, area and LOS blocking. Looks likes it was a lot of fun to play on.

Keranas
23-06-2011, 08:34
Absolutely gorgeous board - you just inspired me to make something similar (though in a deadlands/waste look to match my Dark Eldar bases)

Covering Fire
23-06-2011, 15:53
Wow, it looks great all together. I hope you are very proud of yourself :)

Vulkan


The board looks very nice. A good amount of terrain, area and LOS blocking. Looks likes it was a lot of fun to play on.


Absolutely gorgeous board - you just inspired me to make something similar (though in a deadlands/waste look to match my Dark Eldar bases)

Thanks for the kind words guys! Yes, the board was great to play on, and the terrain pieces worked well (both game-wise and model-placing-wise).

@Keranas: Good to hear that my terrain has inspired others! I hope you make a thread here so we can follow your progress.

Got a new pic today too - I made two more trees:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P6230120.jpg

Vermin_King
23-06-2011, 16:48
During my morning walk, I was looking at different trees. Just after dawn, when the sun is low on the horizon, it casts shadows in the trees that look remarkably like the trees you are doing. I personally think that these are more than adequate. Are these going to be used in your Ice World?

Covering Fire
23-06-2011, 17:12
Yes, the trees will be for the snow board.

The Laughing God
24-06-2011, 04:44
Those look cool. I might have to borrow that idea. Are you planning on adding some snow on them?

snake-eyez
25-06-2011, 09:27
Great to see the finished board (obviously you can keep building iceworld terrain for it though). I noticed the bunkers you made didnt feature in this.

Maybe when I stop suffering from severe lazyness I'll give this a go.

Its been great watching this progress and that you've given fairly detailed descriptions of how you've done everything. Time for another jungle board next, followed by a cities of death board. Work harder, lazy people like me need more ideas to steal :D

Covering Fire
26-06-2011, 19:37
Those look cool. I might have to borrow that idea. Are you planning on adding some snow on them?

Yes, there will be snow.


Great to see the finished board (obviously you can keep building iceworld terrain for it though). I noticed the bunkers you made didnt feature in this.

Maybe when I stop suffering from severe lazyness I'll give this a go.

Its been great watching this progress and that you've given fairly detailed descriptions of how you've done everything. Time for another jungle board next, followed by a cities of death board. Work harder, lazy people like me need more ideas to steal :D

Heh, I already have a jungle board...and a cities of death board...and a desert board...:cool:

snake-eyez
27-06-2011, 05:34
Heh, I already have a jungle board...and a cities of death board...and a desert board...:cool:

Pics, or I'll accuse you of lying :D

Nah, it would be great to see them though if you have the time and are willing. This iceworld board is fantastic, and I love how its all hand made, not just pre purchased factory made terrain thats painted iceworld colours.

Covering Fire
10-07-2011, 17:09
Pics, or I'll accuse you of lying :D

Nah, it would be great to see them though if you have the time and are willing. This iceworld board is fantastic, and I love how its all hand made, not just pre purchased factory made terrain thats painted iceworld colours.

Thanks! I'll see if I can take some pics of my other terrain soon.

Got an update today! I made some more trees and I've stuck them to two bases as well.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P7100270.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P7100272.jpg

I've experimented with adding snow to one of the trees as you can see, but the plan is of course to add some to all them.

Grisnik
11-07-2011, 07:16
Wow.. love how those trees came out.. they look the part for a ice world..

I would try not to overload them with ice/snow though as they look great just as they are, and add some more color to your board..

Keep it up mate..

Covering Fire
15-07-2011, 12:21
Wow.. love how those trees came out.. they look the part for a ice world..

I would try not to overload them with ice/snow though as they look great just as they are, and add some more color to your board..

Keep it up mate..

Thanks for the feedback!

I applied snow to the trees today, and this is the result:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P7150274.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P7150275.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P7150276.jpg

The trees turned out great I think, and were overall easy and cheap to make.:)

Now that the tees are finished, I've started work on some more fortifications inspired by the ones used in the WD 231 battle "Cold Steel":

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P7150273.jpg

DapperAnarchist
15-07-2011, 15:08
... I wouldn't bother making "better" (more complex/difficult) trees, because you've nailed it!

Dourin
16-07-2011, 13:38
Looking really good, love the trees.

Great job. :)

wikear
17-07-2011, 07:45
The trees look good! Especially from the top down view, brilliant!

juicytomatoes
17-07-2011, 15:03
Very nice snowscape terrain here! Bravo!

VERITAS/AEQUITAS
17-07-2011, 15:44
Wow. I really like your ice-world terrain. It differs nicely from the "standard" gaming tables we are used to play on.

Covering Fire
20-07-2011, 18:22
Thanks for all the kind words guys!:D

Some progress on the fortifications:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P7190277.jpg

Sternguard777
22-07-2011, 06:52
Excellent board keep up the good work. I especially like how simple you pieaces are to make and out of common household materials. I love a balance between nice looking and easy to make.

I need to get a foamcutter.

Covering Fire
24-07-2011, 20:15
Excellent board keep up the good work. I especially like how simple you pieaces are to make and out of common household materials. I love a balance between nice looking and easy to make.

I need to get a foamcutter.

Thanks! Foamcutters are awesome!:D

Done some more work on the fortifications today. I've added a mesh floor with a cardboard frame on top.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P7240284.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P7240285.jpg

Covering Fire
08-08-2011, 15:45
Back with an update: I've painted the fortifications grey and added a polystyrene snow drift to the front side of them:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P8040287.jpg

To finish them off I'll add some snow scatter.

N810
08-08-2011, 16:10
The snow drifts are looking quite realistic. :)

Covering Fire
10-08-2011, 17:53
The snow drifts are looking quite realistic. :)

Thanks! Should look even better now with more snow added.:)

I did the final touching up on the fortifications today (I added some snow patches to them, that is), and I'm quite satisifed with how they turned out:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P8080295.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P8080296.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P8080297.jpg

HavoK
13-08-2011, 10:52
Skitsnyggt :D Hälsningar från Ronneby :)

wikear
13-08-2011, 12:32
really cool! :D

Covering Fire
31-08-2011, 17:22
Thanks for the nice comments!

I've got one final terrain piece to do before closing this project - an Imperial Guard Command Tower from way back when! (Or 1998 to be correct;)) Picked it up on eBay a while ago, and I'm looking forward to putting it together.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P8290333.jpg

Covering Fire
02-09-2011, 18:03
Spent an hour last night putting the model together. It was a bit difficult to get all of the pieces to fit, but overall it was quite fun!

Here it is with some of my Word Bearers:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P8300334.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P8300335.jpg

I'm going to add a snowy base to it, hopefully this weekend.

Covering Fire
04-09-2011, 16:04
I've painted the base and glued the tower on:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P9020343.jpg

The final step will be to add some snow to it.

wikear
05-09-2011, 08:13
WOW! This defence tower looks cool! How much did you pay for it?

Covering Fire
05-09-2011, 09:20
WOW! This defence tower looks cool! How much did you pay for it?

Around 20 Euros. A bit expensive perhaps, but I thought the rarity of the model justified it...kind of...;)

[Glory] Wulf
05-09-2011, 09:34
Oh man, I remember that tower. Sweet memories of 2nd edition come back.

Nicho
07-09-2011, 18:39
Wulf;5757672']Oh man, I remember that tower. Sweet memories of 2nd edition come back.

I agree :), awesome old model and awesome terrain in the rest of the log too

Covering Fire
07-09-2011, 21:07
Wulf;5757672']Oh man, I remember that tower. Sweet memories of 2nd edition come back.

Yeah, those were the days...:)


I agree :), awesome old model and awesome terrain in the rest of the log too

Thanks! Glad you like it. I've finished the tower and will upload some pics tomorrow.

Covering Fire
08-09-2011, 18:34
Here's my snow-covered Imperial Guard Command Tower:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P9060355.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P9060354.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P9060353.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P9060352.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P9060351.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P9060350.jpg

I will try to get some shots of the whole board this weekend.

[Glory] Wulf
08-09-2011, 21:13
That looks great. Loving the base and the snow.

One tip though: you can paint the folding lines. That way they don't stand out that much. (I think I actually read that tip way back, when they had some Eldar pillar in the WD. I think I have it somewhere still.)

Covering Fire
09-09-2011, 12:25
Wulf;5765825']That looks great. Loving the base and the snow.

One tip though: you can paint the folding lines. That way they don't stand out that much. (I think I actually read that tip way back, when they had some Eldar pillar in the WD. I think I have it somewhere still.)

I have that pillar lying around here somewhere too. Good tip on the folding lines!:cool:

Covering Fire
10-09-2011, 15:41
Finally I got some shots of the whole board:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P9080356.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P9080357-1.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P9080358.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P9080359.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P9080360.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y137/CoveringFire/Miniatures/Ice%20World%20Terrain/P9080362.jpg

With this I guess I've finished my Ice World terrain project. Wow, I did it! A big thanks to everyone that has commented and encouraged! From now on you will have to follow my adventures in my painting log (link in my sig).

Covering Fire out.

N810
11-09-2011, 03:27
Looking good :D

[Glory] Wulf
11-09-2011, 08:24
Awesome. Well done!

http://i916.photobucket.com/albums/ad8/batmistersisterman/Tumblr%20gifs%20only/applause.gif

Jericho
27-09-2011, 00:44
Just wanted to say thanks for reminding me of the excellent scenery of years past. I have the 2nd edition card Bastion and Ork Fortress in my collection, and my current roommate also has the old starter set scenery and Imperial Firebase. A year ago we made some neon green space cacti to complete the retro look on our tables :D

The IG Command Tower is now something that I will have to trawl eBay for periodically. Must have one now after seeing it again!

The throwback to WD231 with the research station is awesome, as well. It just so happens that WD231 is the second issue of WD I ever bought, just a few short months after I started getting involved in the hobby as a wee lad. Oh the memories!

Kyrios
27-09-2011, 15:49
Really nice terrain! Love it.
Two questions:

1. I find it hard to glue mesh as a flooring (because of the small contact area I guess). It just keep peeling of all over the place. Do you have any tips?

2. (sorry if this is to specific for the general blog) I've struggled to find any foamboard in Sweden. Could you direct me to a good source or how to explain it to a shopkeeper in swedish?

Thanks!

Vulkan454
27-09-2011, 21:00
Really nice board and terrain, thanks for letting us follow you through this adventure :)

Vulkan

Covering Fire
29-09-2011, 17:04
Just wanted to say thanks for reminding me of the excellent scenery of years past. I have the 2nd edition card Bastion and Ork Fortress in my collection, and my current roommate also has the old starter set scenery and Imperial Firebase. A year ago we made some neon green space cacti to complete the retro look on our tables :D

The IG Command Tower is now something that I will have to trawl eBay for periodically. Must have one now after seeing it again!

The throwback to WD231 with the research station is awesome, as well. It just so happens that WD231 is the second issue of WD I ever bought, just a few short months after I started getting involved in the hobby as a wee lad. Oh the memories!

Glad to hear that you found it inspirational! Ah yes, the old neon cacti with red barbs...loved those!:D


Really nice terrain! Love it.
Two questions:

1. I find it hard to glue mesh as a flooring (because of the small contact area I guess). It just keep peeling of all over the place. Do you have any tips?

2. (sorry if this is to specific for the general blog) I've struggled to find any foamboard in Sweden. Could you direct me to a good source or how to explain it to a shopkeeper in swedish?

Thanks!

Thanks a lot! I'll try to answer your questions.

1. When I used mesh in this log I just put a thin layer of PVA glue (or Trälim in Swedish) on the surface and put the mesh in place. I then put something heavy on top and let it dry.

2. Check office supply shops or art shops. Goes by the name of foamboard or "kapaskiva", "sandwichskiva" or "cellpannå" in Swedish. Maybe this (http://stridshammaren.se/forum/discussion/2724/vart-koepa-foamcore/p1) could help if you live in Umeå.


Really nice board and terrain, thanks for letting us follow you through this adventure :)

Vulkan

Thanks! It was fun making it as well!