View Full Version : Tale of Terrain Builders month 3 (and May's WIP)

04-05-2011, 23:48
The Tale of Terrain Builders 2011 - 2012

This is the thread to post your work done in April. After a week (so we get a nice chunk of awesome scenery pics) it becomes where you post your WIP for May. Hold off commenting about others work for the first week, as we want a bunch of shiny pictures. I don't think we need the dice roll mechanic for commenting since there are only a little over 30 participants. If we need to add it in future months we will.

What is it all about?

The aim of The Tale of Terrain Builders is to help motivate those involved to start and complete enough scenery to fill a gaming board in the next twelve months.
Because not everyone can spare the same amount of time for various reasons, there are different levels of commitment. The standard, or Mens, level of commitment is to create a single, reasonably sized piece of terrain per month*. The lesser level of commitment is for the Boys category, and requires the completion of a piece of terrain every other month, but with the commitment to show progress each month!

The builders do this each month for the next 12 months, starting with their first post on the first day of March 2011, and finishing with their last post on the first day of February 2012. So we have this month, whilst everyone signs up, to gather scrap, parts, tools and otherwise get yourself ready to go with the first work in progress starting in February.

* A single piece of scenery at least the size of a hill of building will be considered one piece. A barricade, tree, rock spire or similar would be considered too small on its own to count as a whole piece of scenery, however multiple such pieces would count as a single entry. If in doubt, terrain that covers a diameter of roughly 6” is what we are going for, but this is a loose definition. We certainly aren’t going to chide anyone because they only built an outhouse and a tree! Afterall, getting stuff done is the name of the game! Obviously, larger projects can be broken up over multiple days.*

-A note on building whole Tables and Dioramas: Both building the actual playing surface for playing games on and Dioramas count for this tale. Dioramas can use the Boys level of commitment (unless they are truly large), and will count each month as long as appreciable progress is made each month. Tables, on the other hand, can range from a simple coating of flock to very elaborate set-ups. For these, if your planned table is pretty simple, use the boys category. If it is complex, use the mens. In either case, entries are judged on whether decent progress is made. Again, none of us are too anal about this. Just build and have fun and everything should be OK!

However, because people have real lives with exams, holidays, honeymoons, new babies etc, etc. They get two 'Jokers'. For two months within the year you can ‘play a joker’ and rather than post an update they can post "sorry guys couldn't get it done this month. Real life got in the way." But the other 10 Months they have to come up with 1 piece of completed, usable scenery. That is 1 piece for 10 of the next 12 months.

At the beginning of each month a new thread will appear for the builders to post your previous months construction efforts and the rest of the builders to offer words of encouragement.

In twelve months we will all end up with enough Terrain to cover a table, which is awesome!(Or at least everyone who can see it through to the end will... it's harder than you think!)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q : Am I too Late? Can I still Join in?
A : No you are not too late. Yes you can still join in. Just post on this thread saying whether you want to build for the mens or boys category.

Q : Can I build more than one piece per month?
A : Yes, you can build as much as you like. However, please only post one of your pieces in the monthly thread to keep pace with everyone. Save one for the next month... take one off even . Of note though, is the * point above stating small scenery items count as 1/3rd of a whole piece. We would expect 3 of these as a single entry.

Q : What happens if I build a GIANT piece (like a huge defense laser)?
A : If you create a truly epic piece of scenery, then you're welcome to post it as s single months entry. However, you could (based on how many 'buildings/hills' in size you consider it count it as 2 or more months entries and post it at the end of that time.

Q : Can I include a short narrative with each months post.
A : Yes. We love background stuff. Write as much as you like it will be read and enjoyed by many.

05-05-2011, 00:01
Sorry this is up late. And here's the participants.

sorry it is small, but image sizes and all.

Wip is for work in progress.
Big Wip is for work in progress that counts as a full months work (Mens) or two for Boys
done is for finished pieces. This counts for two months work for Boys
done (+1) counts for two full months for Mens (4! for Boys)
and J's are for jokers. There's a lot this month, but we've still had a pretty good turnout.

As always, let me know if I screwed it up.

05-05-2011, 00:47
This month a nice bridge for some of my rivers. I constructed without a base to fit into various situations and hopefully it holds together long term.

Highs: The effect of a heavy drushbrush on coloured plaster worked well.
Lows: Bridge decking construction was painful.




Little Joe
05-05-2011, 09:12
Little Joe: Mens

This month I went crazy and tried out a lot of new ideas for plants and flowers. I also did another test for making trees. The results were put on my burial mound, a charnel pit and high 3/4hill for game purposes.
I think I am getting better at this more realistic terrain stuff. I like that it has a bit of narrative but nothing conclusive. I left out the obvious bones and hand from the grave to also allow for mundane grave robbing. I put a patch on the canvas of the tent to get into the nothing is whole in warhammer feel but kept more to realism in other places. The digging hole being studded and a canvas for keeping the rain out are better than having it collapse on your head or putting some branches over it.
The hill has a 10x12cm “obstacle free” zone on top easily fitting a single unit of cavalry (picture)/small unit of shooters or a war machine.

Highs: A nice piece of terrain for me.
Lows: It is still time consuming, but that is mainly me trying things out and then having to do it again to make more. And Warseer being down made me realise I had started to put all my colour recipes for terrain online and not on my computer as I used to. So I made myself a few tutorials for later reference. I put them in the attachments as well for those interested, since the limit is ten and I plan to do a few final notes I owe you a tree tutorial and a finished dark elf tower tutorial.

Finishing the last hills to have something to post next month and make a start on orchenge, I included a file with the ideas so far. I hope I can finish the terrain within two months, a deadline should keep me from doing to many weird things.

I also decided to sell or trade all terrain I have not the army corresponding, so most of the first month, I made a thread for that linked in my signature. I will move again this year and I do not think I will take it along, so if you are interested PM me.

05-05-2011, 10:05
Keeping with my plan I assembled my next project as my work for this month and plan to paint it over the next few weeks. I already did a bit of painting to give me a head start:


Little Joe
05-05-2011, 10:37
I saw I hadn’t attached the file for orchenge, so I finished the other two tutorials (ramblings;)) and here you go:

Ghost 1 Actual
05-05-2011, 10:59
Something a little different this month. Since Fantasy is not the only "period" I play here is just over 6m of fencing I built for 15mm American Civil War.





Am planning something huge for next month, esp. once my move is complete. The good news...I am getting a dedicated Wargaming Room :-)

05-05-2011, 11:33
BOYS category

This is a WIP I plan to finish in may.

The tomb of Isis
All the rulers of the great desert were kings of old. This holds true everywhere. In the case of Isis though, she was the power behind the throne. Her husband was nothing more but a puppet. The real power lay with her and the people knew it.

She was the one in control of the kingdom and she was the one making the decisions. The people did love 'her rule', so when she inevitably died they decided to build a tomb, a pyramid, in her name. Not the king, but the queen.

Isis was never fond of her husband, so they say. She did it for the people and the people rewarded her in death. Her own tomb. What happened to the body of the king remains a mystery.

In front of the great pyramid two sphynx, depictions of the creatures she loved so much.

TODO: I still have to add another layer of blocks and work on the entrance. I also want to add some detailing.

HIGHS: It is really massive and a centerpiece on the battlefield and the sphynx are fully painted.

LOWS: I am still thinking of ways to add more detail to it, which turns out is tricky.

Pyramid in progress

The sphynx guarding the door to the tomb.

As for scale, a spearman can stand in the opening when the last layer is added. :)

06-05-2011, 19:40
Hi Guys!

Glad to see Warseer is back!
From me here the newest WIP-pictures of my Guardtower, because it is planned as a 2-month-project. Hope you like them



The highs of April: Painting and adorning this building is a hell of fun!

Lows: Despair when I see that some of the next resin-parts aren`t exactly tight-fitting. Aaaand the bucket full of remaining parts, especially the interior. I hope someone will make this May with 40 days.

@ Maglok: Would you build a Necro- or a Warsphinx?

06-05-2011, 20:57
I'm afraid I'll have to play a joker on last month. Simply had way too much to do...

On a more positive side, I've now begun putting some grass mats on the table...

06-05-2011, 21:57
PARTICIPANT: Thoume - Mens

THIS MONTH: Ork Barricades


Pikkit leapt over the rusted wall of scrap and dived under a loose chunk of plating, his arms wrapped around a piece of loot. A mob of Nazgrod's 'Ard Boyz were after him. Other than being a gretchin of convenient size to kick around he couldn't understand why they were after him. One minute his Deathskull overlords sent him out to 'look fer shiny bits' to bring back, and soon enough he had run into trouble.

He unravelled his shaking claws. A faintly glowing blue orb. Relieved he hadn't dropped it in his escape, Pikkit quickly tried to concealed it again - at least pretend something as big as his head could be hidden behind his skinny arms. He had no idea what it did, other than it was shiny and blue. Deathskulls paid top teef for something that was blue, or so he thought. Perhaps he could finally get that first fungus beer in months...

Crunching footsteps drew near. They can't be far. Two, perhaps three of them he guessed. Before there was a dozen behind him. Perhaps they split up to search the maze of scrap...

"...We'z gonna be all day 'ere, is it really dat important?"
"'course it is! Dats why we're 'ere!"
"Can't we'z make another one?"
"You'z stupid?! We'z be quicker gettin' it back den da meks fixin' up a new one!"
"Oi! You lot! Shaddap! I 'ears somethink..."

A shot of panic ran up Pikkit's spine. What did he do? Surely it was something else? The orb began emitting a low hum, glowing brighter than it had before. How did that happen? Wheres the zoggin' switch! They'll see this for sure!

Pikkit saw little choice but to dart out of cover. Better a head start than being caught flat-footed.

"Dere! Get'im!"

Pikkit instinctively lifted the orb behind his head. Not that it would provide much cover, but it was better than nothing...

The orb made a snap and formed a translucent bubble around him. A fusillade of shoota fire barked behind him in the same instant, sending dirt and scrap flying in all directions. The few shots that were on target simply bounced off the force field like pebbles to a ferrocrete wall. Angry shouts and gunfire was all that Pikkit could hear. Soon they were far behind him...

Safe within the Deathskull compound, Pikkit brought the orb round back into sight. It flickered on its last reserves of energy before emitting a faint pall of smoke, now disappointingly less shiny than he originally found it.

Sighing, he limped towards the Mekshop. Perhaps that fungus beer would have to wait another month...


Well, here it is! All very last minute but I reckon enough to pass another month! Bought these while at the Throne of Skulls last month. A little gutted I couldn't fit time in for something more creative but these will be handy. I put off getting these when they were released thinking I could easily scratch-build my own - which I have done - but the detail on them is something I wouldn't have achieved a couple of years ago, so they're a good benchmark for the rest of the project!

Unfortunately I didn't spend that much time painting them, simply doing this:

Prime white
Saturate entire model in Daler Rowey Sepia ink
Drybrush Boltgun Metal, followed by Mithril
Pick out key areas with Red or Green to break up the details
Drybrush skulls and tyres white, wash with Devlan Mud

I guess I could go over them again and pick out details at a later date. I'm happy with the rust effect, Just don't know if its a little too overpowering in this instance...


Throne of Skulls: Marginally unrelated but was a great weekend! Managed to get a look at the ork scrapyard board they've got up there.
So darn convenient! - Its a shame but it was kinda nice to have a break from punching out plasticard rivets and have something that just needs painting!


So darn lazy! - I'll try and make up for it this month, though my house is going through a move around and a sort out, hence the mysterious bucket of sprue... (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=302340)
Didn't get a lot of time to paint these. Might be a little harsh on myself but I don't think I've done them that much justice...

I did hint at roads, so those'll be next. Should be nice and simple, and would be my first project on ToTB that I'd make from start to finish and not simply picking up on something again midway in the process! Like I mentioned I'm being moved around the house a bit so when things are more settled I'll start at looking at some bigger centrepiece stuff. Soon have room to set up an 8x6 board or two 6x4s...! =)

07-05-2011, 21:12
Sorry, April will require another Joker.
I will try to reclaim Jokers later on, a bunch of started projects could be completed to save me, given sufficient time.

08-05-2011, 18:00
@Little Joe: Awesome hill you've made! Looks like it grins!

@Maglok: Gotta love your pyramid. I have one obelisk of mine, I should paint it.

@Thoume: Good story. Hopefully the barricades give some cover fer ye Orkses! :) Or lighty blue Mek orbs perhaps as well.

Well onto my lazyness! I've been off because I'm doing Let´s Play- videos on youtube atm. however there has been a little inspiration because I stumbled on my dusty dwarf army box and started to repaint them. 40k - nothing done. I read all the comments given on the choice of colours on my buildings and here's one rusty, old, check-matey, dark, and overgrown building for you to share:



I got lots of this stuff:


Gonna put that soon on that building so it looks better

And the obelisk thingie I'm gonna paint for Warhammer fantasy:


09-05-2011, 23:53
Yeea.. I've got nothing. May ain't looking much better either, terrainbuilding-time-wise :(

10-05-2011, 13:04
The 10th!

Time for some feedback!

@Xazil: Awesome hirstarts build you got here. I like the paint a lot. The only thing I can think of is perhaps some sand and grass.

@Little Joe: There is a lot of detail in that hill. I like detail. Wonder if it is awefully practical to play on though? Stuff doesn't tend to fall off? :P

@EmperorNorton: Nice model, solid start of painting. Let's see it finished next month.

@Ghost 1 Actual: Nice and basic, I love the simple flock/sand combo.

@DAGabriel: Holy moly, that is just sa-weet. This has to be the month's wip for me. Nice nice nice.

@Thoume: That is so nicely modelled and painted. I love it. Once again another sweet photoshop and the fluff is just awesome.

@Dreffbuilder: Great painting. About the obelisk: Custom made from scratch is very cool. How sturdy is it?

Response to @DAGabriel: I have two sphinx kits coming to me. I hope end of week. Will make a necro and a warsphinx. Can't wait! :)

And some more WIP talk: I have finished the building of the main blocks for the pyramid. I have also painted it all the base color. It already looks neat. I just gotta figure out what to do with the entrance. Doors or some such I think. Adding some detail as well. I am thinking empire remains from tomblooters.

10-05-2011, 19:38
Hi Guys! Here the first comments on some really lovely pieces:

@ SamVines: Must be frustrating typing all the Js for Joker. Don`t grieve and thanks for the work! But stop – hands up! Forget all compliments, where are your pictures!?! :D

@ Xasil: Veeery nice bridge, but …let`s say it is a tank … i`m missing the weathering.

@ Little Joe: Don`t listen to Maglok!!!!!!!!!!!!! It`s all about details. Who cares if it is playable as long as it is cooool. (I fear, my intended village will nearly never be played in, nobody in my group here plays Fantasy though I keep nagging to at least try Mordheim)
BTW thanks for the tutoramblings!

@ EmperorNorton: I`m awaiting great things! What do you say to TTWs paintjob on the new Merchant-House? I think we should try to top it, right?

@ Ghost: That`s really 15mm-scale? I´m truly impressed. Very stylish!

@ Maglok: Oh Osiris! You should change into men`s category! Meaning that it`s a joy to look at your progresses and in the other category you would have to deliver faster. But wait! I thought to join the next Tale of Fantasy Painters, so I shouldn`t push!
BTW THX for the compliments. Hope the effect remains when all of it is ready!

@ Thoume: Like I said in your Mekkaton-thread, let me be your photo-padawan! So i`ll excuse the barricades hoping they are the well earned rest before great tidings! (And who knows when i`ll lack the time for something big?)

@ Dreffbuilder: Standard-40k-Building combined with giant-leaves? I wait and hope I will see. But the Obelisk and more may make my mouth water!

@ all the rest: I hope you will not leave us alone here. At this drop-out-rate we soon can remove our tale and continue per PM.

And the next very WIP stage:



A little question for the lot of you! I think this looks like a big wooden box, what do you think? Perhaps i should paint the vertical paneling with the rests of old, blue and mostly crackled-off paint? Only to add some color and the colors of my Imps is red and blue.

Happy painting and building!

10-05-2011, 19:41
Oops I guess I should Start on this months project.... :shifty:

10-05-2011, 20:01
Do not worry! 20 days remaining...19...18...17...;)

Little Joe
10-05-2011, 22:21
Some comments on last month and replies

@doc_cthulhu You are not the laziest, how about sharing those WIPs through pictures?
@Xazil I like that bridge, especially the ornaments. Good painting as well.
@EmperorNorton I think it is a good thing that you stick to a certain style for the village. The constructors would use the same materials gathered from the surrounding area.
@Ghost 1 Actual That is truly a lot in the fence department. Nice to see it build up and have fun in your new room.
@Maglok Looking good so far and I am looking forward to the casualties and the door.
It is just a hill and the slope is not that steep, maybe a bit high but still. My stuff is magnetized to the bases so it will stay on, cannot speak for other units. Yet I do not think most of the outer leaves will be on there for long, but that does not matter as I put a few more on as I intended.
@DAGabriel Like I said before, superb painting and I am sure the finished building will look amazing.
I know that problem, keep on nagging (I am nagging about Malifaux recently, one can always try). And yes not just the models should look ace; the settings do a lot for ambience as well. That is why I try to improve my skills in all manners, I learned a lot from online tutorials and hope to help others as well.
I think the furniture will bring enough colour to the building, on the outside maybe the window panels as well.
@Thoume Fences, all these fences… Well they and the painting certainly look good, as well as your first picture and a funny story to boot.
@Dreffbuilder Eerie and rusty it is, well done. Though I am not sure about the leaves yet, be sure to show us the finished building. The obelisk already looks promising.

Is that all? I sure hope not!

Here are some updates on orchenge. This uses the same methods as the basics of the hills, the teeth are not glued on yet. First I want to make the crystal and effigies before I glue it all together. Suggestions?
I also started another terrain project while making the base and will post on that shortly as well.

11-05-2011, 10:40
Hey everyone, here is something new from the Dreamspirit Wargaming Studio, the Illuminated Elven Waystone
we decided to make something different, and a terrain piece that would add up to the atmosphere of the magical surroundings
of the games our clients play. And here it is, I am extremely proud on this one, and it looks amazing on the battlefield.
We'll definitely start the entire line of the similar products.





What do you think?

11-05-2011, 12:01
That is a sweet, but for a elven one it isn`t, hmm, elegant enough? Maybe something to adopt for my lizzies, heaping golden artifacts and the equivalent glyphs on it. The form of the obelisk is really more a "wild" style then, or something egyptian looking for Maglok?
Will think about it!

11-05-2011, 12:06
At last, having been working on various terrain bits and bobs since february, I'm finally in a position to start showing stuff.

To begin with I have three city of death buildings to buy back my jokers, I really want a quite 3-d ish board, so I made the bridge with some extra floor sections I got from bitzbox and ebay with reinforced foamcard supports.





And finally a little taster for what I'll be showing off in a month or two (apologies, this picture was taken very quickly in a garage and the paint was still drying):


11-05-2011, 22:10
Right then, done as much as I can for my projects today, so comment time!

@ Xazil - Looking good! Wonder if its worth adding a second colour to make some of the details stand out? Looks great as it is mind!

@ Little Joe - Lots of effort going into that for sure, very detailed! Good job on the moss on the tree

@ EmperorNorton - Good start! Not sure what else to add really, look forward to the update :)

@ Ghost 1 Actual - 6m! Heck, I'd be hard pressed to make that much in 28mm in a month let alone 15mm, well done!

@ Maglok - Could do painted or carved hieroglyphs on the odd block? Maybe the block above the entrance and on the apex? Great start by all means!

@ DAGabriel - Great painting! Look forward to the finished project. I'll get round to writing a little bit on my photo manips, but if you haven't already got it I've been using the GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/) for these. :)

@ Dreffbuilder - Looking great so far! Yay for fake leaves, that should be an interesting twist to a familar kit. Got a load kicking around that I was going to put on bases but haven't gotten round to that yet. Maybe if I get bored of ork terrain I might get round to them for this! :p

@ dreamspirit - Ooh, shiny! Always wanted to put some LEDs into a project. Very nice!

@ DeadInTheHead - Very neat! That bridge should make for some interesting games

Had an epic disaster this afternoon. After running out of expanding foam I bought another can this morning and got home to carry one where I left with the walls.

You can already imagine what happened next; I snapped the inner tubing trying to attach the trigger thing and it just went haywire. Luckily it was outside on concrete and grass so cleanup wasn't as bad. I managed to get most of it into the moulds so it wasn't a complete waste, but heck it was some display! Never getting that brand again...! :p

11-05-2011, 23:58
Sorry guys, I have to joker. I got engaged this last month and haven't had time to get anything underway.

12-05-2011, 00:15
Sorry guys, I have to joker. I got engaged this last month and haven't had time to get anything underway.

Well thats a crappy excuse isn't it? :) [/sarcasm hat]


Little Joe
12-05-2011, 01:19
@dreamspirit I agree with DAGabriel about the pillar, it does not scream high elves. It is a nice piece of terrain none the less and well done, it certainly has style.
I have always been interested in integrating lights into terrain and would love to see a picture of the underside and the switch.
@DeadInTheHead How about keeping us up to date with WIP pictures? This is like walking down a dark street and having a vampire jump on you and saying: “done!”.:D
Good looking and pretty tall buildings you made, what are the bases made of, how do you make the texture?

@SamVimes That is good to hear, the best for the both of you.

And as promised some pictures of the other project I started, it is a mountain in two parts. I plan to do some interesting scenes at the back in the mountain, hence the tunnel.
For game play it will represent impassable terrain capable of making a deployment zone smaller and making creeping up from below more difficult to compensate. It measures 25x43cm at the base and is 25cm high.
I am thinking of a mine entrance goblin style and some pines and snow for the higher areas. Other input is always welcome as this project is in a very early stage, nothing is decided yet.

12-05-2011, 07:01
Sorry guys, I have to joker. I got engaged this last month and haven't had time to get anything underway.

Nothing underway? What did you do? Spent to much time with hobby and internet? Power down the PC, lock away the brushes and start chasing her!

12-05-2011, 16:08
Nothing underway? What did you do? Spent to much time with hobby and internet? Power down the PC, lock away the brushes and start chasing her!

lol. Nice one. :D

13-05-2011, 14:53
Congratulations SamVimes!

Had to play the joker last month due to getting married. Whoop! Whoop!

Here is the latest piece of 'cube' terrain

and my current WIP, which is some terrain for the 'close quarter action' mission or games of killzone. As always completely modular and can be used in any number of ways.

I built some walls out of 18mm MDF (5cm high) and added in some slits in using a bandsaw i then cut up some hardboard into strips. The smaller pieces are used to attach walls together, the larger are going to be used as doors.
I also cut out some chunks of random wood (all 5cm high) to act as bulkheads and be placed around the map.
Just needs some paint.

C&C welcome

13-05-2011, 16:19
@Dreffbuilder: Great painting. About the obelisk: Custom made from scratch is very cool. How sturdy is it?

Just let me test... *snap* Oh christ :cries: Well actually its made from foamboard so I guess it's sturdy enough. But if step on it, I am sure its will be demolished

@ Dreffbuilder: Standard-40k-Building combined with giant-leaves? I wait and hope I will see. But the Obelisk and more may make my mouth water!

A little question for the lot of you! I think this looks like a big wooden box, what do you think?

Well the obelisk is made by my big brother, I was a little lego-playing child in those times! :)

I like them. I get the feeling at old times when I see your builds mate!

@Dreffbuilder Eerie and rusty it is, well done. Though I am not sure about the leaves yet, be sure to show us the finished building. The obelisk already looks promising.

Thanks man!

Here goes:


There´s some lighting effect used, it doesn´t show very well though.


There are the plants devouring the building!


And I got also:


I am able to do a LOT of mossy buildings!!! A LOT!

Cheers ppl. Next I'll attack the obelisk and the ziggurat.

13-05-2011, 22:54
Totally forgot I'd signed up to this guys. Will get something sorted by the end of the month.

Little Joe
14-05-2011, 16:41
@MOMUS Hope you had a nice day with the now missus. The start on the cube looks good and well aligned. Also a very interesting WIP you have there.
Thinks *with magnets you could stash it all inside the cube sections*.
@Dreffbuilder Alien planets, alien plants, to be honest I first thought them to be too big, but especially in the third picture they look good. Can you fan the leaves around from the trunk or are they set in a certain position?
The more “basic” materials you have the better is what I say.
@Fredox Welcome back, now get to it! I was asked once to participate in a test about recollection and guess what, I forgot to go. So did all of my friends that were asked the same day, the only one who thought about it did not sign up.

Doesn’t it start to feel warm and cosy again?

Now to take you on a trip trough my mind while building things. I sanded the base for orchenge and textured the standing stones. Then I made tow effigies and was unsure about texturing them as well, so I made a test piece. After cutting a third and my thumb (happens all the time) I thought about how to use it since I do not like to make throwaway test pieces. The Forgewold totem sprang to mind and a second piece in the shape of a spider was cut as well. Then I found it lacking and remembered the effigy from BFSP and put it together for a height check and found the new one not fitting in. So I didn’t glue the pieces together but all three of them on a piece of MDF after which I started to rummage through my bitz boxes for some pieces of vanquished enemies. I have three goblin tribes, the night goblins obviously fitted best with the BFSP thing and will have some goblin/dwarf/skaven parts, I will take care of the skulls with painting. The orky stone will get lots of wolf rider parts with some metal ogre bitz and a few gnoblars in bags. The spidery stone will have some warpstone crystals as middle legs and a few scattered around with troll skulls and some beastmen/wood elf skulls/heads around it.

Now you might think that is great because I get more terrain, but I start thinking about when and how to finish the piece I actually started out with (remember I also digressed to the mountain already, which I am working on as well). At this rate nothing will get done … ever!

Oh well, business as usual, so which way would you put the effigies in the stone circle: 1, 2 or 3?

Little Joe
15-05-2011, 11:40
The rest of the day will be dedicated to hopefully getting some goblins painted; I hope you do not mind.

I rejected the spider effigy, well the current build at least. I could get no inspiration at all, except for a better build. I will redo it in the shape of a eight rooted mangrove like tree with trophies over an effigy rock. But it is not a high priority.
The other two need sand and rocks on the base followed by some minor green stuffing.

Orchenge is coming along at an incredible speed. I have the effigies half textured but I am looking for a way to keep them off the base for painting reasons.
I need to get some more of that twisted rope and then will get the crystal and lots of bits onto the terrain.
I already dread painting it, which will hurt! Luckily I have a few half done hills lying around for this month.

Any thoughts on where to put the effigies?

15-05-2011, 13:08
Congrats SamVines!

15-05-2011, 15:22
@Little Joe: Very nice Orchenge WIP. I'd place the effigies in the back corners looking to the middle. Seperate because Gork and Mork don't get along too well and both can stare down on petitioners.

15-05-2011, 17:24
To show you that i have not been lasy this week here a picture of the finished inventory and the WIP of the next part:


15-05-2011, 22:53
Additional comments:

@DAGabriel: Nice! Did you make those yourself? I like the paint work. I totally dig small details like that, I need more of that for my dungeon. Inspiring.

@Little Joe: I am liking the look of those stones. Basecoat it so we can see it all blend. :) The sticks are a nice touch, Oh and awesome mountain, that's cool. Paint it. :)

@Dreffbuilder: That is a nice amount of vines and grass stuffs. Sometimes I envy those that are not modelling a desert. :)

@MOMUS: I swear this is original stuff. :) I think I would need to see the stuff used in combat, is definately interesting how it is shaping up.

@DeadInTheHead: Great paintjob on the terrain, loving it. My main attention was drawn to the WIP of that board though, are those... that's quite nice. :)

17-05-2011, 19:45
Some sdditional comments from me, too:

@DeadInTheHead: wow, would like to play on such a 3D-environment.
@MOMUS: a style diametral to my liking, but seems to be funktional and is really original!
@Dreffbuilder: i like the idea but i really think the leaves are way to big. are they dried or plastic? But never mind, perhaps it is a giant world with giant trees and giant leaves.
@LittleJoe: The mountain is real cool, orchenge is spiky and great-looking and the effigies seem to come along nicely, great work so far.
@Maglok: Wish i could model like that but no, all the accessories are part of the set of the watchtower, but you can buy them seperatly, too (here (http://www.tabletop-world.com/furniture.php)).

17-05-2011, 19:52
Some great stuff here. Hopefully I will find the time for individual comments over the next couple of days.
In the meantime here's another WIP shot from me:

Not sure how to paint the upper story windows. Suggestions welcome!

17-05-2011, 20:06
Dunno, but i think the typical blue is not really to improve, only alternative i see could be a simulated backgroundlight from fire/candles from within or a black hole like in modern buildings (but the black hole is caused by the high-quality glass used today).

Little Joe
17-05-2011, 20:22
I really liked the bright blue windows on the buildings so far in ToTB, but your buildings are gritty and dark. So I think you should go for a dark blue or maybe even green. The lead obviously should be a dark metal colour.

But DAGabriel has an interesting idea with the candles if you could do it.

17-05-2011, 21:38
Trying to paint a light source from within is too ambitious, I'm afraid.
I think I'll go with a dark green rather than blue, because as with my other building the shutters are also going to be green. Adding another colour to the mix doesn't seem like a good idea.

static grass
17-05-2011, 21:49
Looking good! Paint one dark green. Paint the other one yellow? Adding life to a building is what makes them cool.

18-05-2011, 13:04
@Little Joe. I really like the effigies (sp?) i think they would add alot of character scattered around the board.

@DAGabriel. Your work has amazing attention to detail. I would love to have the time to spend making 'proper' terrain. I just went for something fun and different.

@Maglok. Cheers! Modular design is what i was aiming for, having terrain i could use in a variety of different ways.

Currently working on some ruins in the same style as 2nd ed 'battle for armageddon'.

static grass
19-05-2011, 22:18
Alright! time for some hot WIP action.

I finished assembling my gatehouse and am now deep into drybrush and wash mode which is how I paint most of my terrain. I am going for a 2 tone effect on the stonework to keep it visually interesting. This will be more important on future sections than this one.


The statues will be a dull bronze with some patina effect. The ivy will be red. The plaster work - I don't know yet. Roof tiles will be a dark turquoise like the rest of my buildings.

Close up on the stonework...


Still got alot to paint.

For the future I may press on with the castle and do a couple of walls but also I gave in and bought another merchants house from TableTopWorld. Arg. Not cheap. But my dream of an empire village will be realised come hell or bankruptcy!

As always keep up the good work.

20-05-2011, 09:30
I love the effects you have accomplished there. Very nice indeed.

Little Joe
20-05-2011, 17:05
@MOMUS Yes that is the spelling for it though I rather like the German "Götzenbild". The english version just means statue, so I learned something from the online dictionary.

@static grass Very nice painting, interresting choice of colours. Looking forward to more pictures and the backside of it.

I made a third rock but did not continue work on it, the other two effigies are ready for painting. The three hills for this month are done, so I may try to finish those two "Götzenbilder" as well.

21-05-2011, 07:52
@ StaticGrass: That building seems to come along nicely. Great work!

For the planning of the next month: $%&&%§&&&%%$! Have been pressed into making some 40k-Terrain for a big Apoc-Game at the end of July. Am not so certain that i can manage to keep up with medevial houses in this time, so perhaps i`ll have to subtitute some SF/GW-buildings here.
Will be a big project and i have to hurry, so do not expect to much WIPs.
But no fear, i especially told them that i can not start before finishing the tower.
Hope to finish most of it this weekend so i can have some evenings next week for fine-tuning.
Keep on building/painting happily!

21-05-2011, 11:57
Finishing off the tower should be ok for next month right? :)

Some WIP descriptions from me: Pyramid is fully painted and I am in the detailing phase. I have created a door to the inner pyramid (you could see into it atm and that was kinda lame) out of 2 egyptian guys and some egyptian walls decor. Shame that you will hardly be able to see it during play. I will make pictures when it is all painted up.

Also added two shields at the entrance, going to add some spiderwebs to it.

I ditched the concept of etching in hieroglyphs on the bricks. Doesn't work out to nicely on my test pieces. Oh and have been testing ways of painting sand.

22-05-2011, 11:27
@ Maglok: Hi, the best results on Hieroglyphs i have seen were made with Greenstuff used as a negative form. The guy bought a replika of an ancient egyptian stone covered in small hieroglyphs (Rosetta Stone? He bought it at the Brit.Museum) and made different forms from different parts of the stone. These pressed into thin sheets of greenstuff, cut them into form and glued them onto the stones. Didn`t try it myself!

22-05-2011, 12:10
Some replies from me:

@Little Joe: Thanks, nope can't fan them, but I can twist them one by one. They used to look good with the leaves pointing here and there, but when I accidentally wrapped them to "rope", they got like that.
@Maglok: Thank you sir, well, I thought of doing a desert but i figured out that my Orks and Blood Angels don't fit to it. A "junglish" wasteland was a good decision to me.
@DAGabriel: Um, I don't know the material but it's made of some sort of plastic. It can, or it can't. I need more trees.

Yeah, I got some more materials but I think I should use them in fantasy games... But I'll try to figure out how to use them as well in 40k.

ATM I'm drawing a concept of the ancient ruins. We'll see how it's turned out... ... soon, I promise.

EDIT: See my avatar. I love this thread. :)

22-05-2011, 17:22
So far, so good. Tower is nearly ready, only the Flag at the top remains to do and the spit and polish things. Will happen on wednesday, Pics due to Birthdayparty of my daughter next WE.
@ Dreffbuilder: Sweet cat, but do not let her get your minis! I think the "Tales" are a nice way to learn and communicate as long as everyone tells us the truth with the aim to help the other one to get better.

23-05-2011, 09:45
Static Grass, your building has got to be the most atmospheric piece yet, at least in the Tale of Terrain Builders. I imagine the path leading up to the entrance being very foresty and the sight of the entrance a welcome one for travelers. It just all fits in my imagination!

Anyhoo, I might be able to finish something for this month, I have the GW ruined tower (I can never remember the name) which is pretty much done, just needs some detailing. Besides that the TTW buildings aren't far removed from being finished either, so I might be able to get that done for next month... We'll see. Right now my Empire army takes precedence but I know I can get that tower done.

24-05-2011, 07:41
@ Dreffbuilder: Sweet cat, but do not let her get your minis! I think the "Tales" are a nice way to learn and communicate as long as everyone tells us the truth with the aim to help the other one to get better.

Let's hope that the cat is not as near as next country. Got that pic from my friend. :rolleyes: Yeah, you speak the truth there, That's true. :)

Damnit! I've got a pretty bad allergy to birch trees' pollen. Currently in finland it's the highest point of that crap in the air. I was painting one of my models yesterday and sneezed very hard. My skull white pot fell (again), the model got more wash than I actually attended to put on it...

Sigh... :( Hate spring. Hate every birch. Hate everything in spring.

Plans are nearly ready...

Dreff suffering of high allergy. Need help. *a-choo!* *sneeze* *cough*

24-05-2011, 15:08
Apologies for the late entry - my Hirst Arts projects are on hold at the moment, so I've had to cobble something else together; a ruined chapel and a wood. Hope you like:







Very impressive work from everyone else, here's some specific feedback:

@Xazil - classy looking bridge
@Little Joe - An unusual hill and tree, I like all the little details.
@Emperor Norton - Great start to a very classic fantasy house.
@Ghost 1 Actual - That's a lot of fencing! Well done.
@Maglok - Lovely looking pyramid with a nice backstory.
@DAGabriel - Very nice paint job on the stone.
@Thoume - Smashing looking barricades. They have a very orky vibe.
@Dreffbuilder - I like the chequerboard floor.
@dreamspirit - Brilliant bit of terrain, those lights are very cool!
@DeadInTheHead - Fantastic interconnecting buildings, I really like the way the bases cover the whole board area.

Little Joe
24-05-2011, 20:58
I think the "Tales" are a nice way to learn and communicate as long as everyone tells us the truth with the aim to help the other one to get better.
I fully agree, so here is a picture of a second generation hill from me followed by three third generation ones for next month. The old one was very good to play but a bit small for 8th games (I doubled their size). We all have to start somewhere and my terrain building journey is far from done, I have plans.
I am too ashamed and luckily no pictures exist from any first generation hills, but selling each generation for new building materials and the stuff left over from building them keeps me advancing with better versions each build (and space to store them).
I suffer from seeing projects through and this tale is really good medicine. I still get distracted a lot but I am aware this hobby is a long time commitment for me, so I do not care.

Damnit! I've got a pretty bad allergy to birch trees' pollen.
Dreff suffering of high allergy. Need help. *a-choo!* *sneeze* *cough*
And here I am building the birch seeds (you need pollen to get those eventually) into my terrain.:angel:

@Harvey Nice basing and well done terrain. The floor with the large windows looks a bit strange (I can see the functionallity of it though) and the debris just looks ace.
Are you going to put something on the trees or leave them like they are? No need, just asking, they have this great agent orange look.

EDIT: I am still painting two effigies in the hope to finish them as well for next month.

25-05-2011, 14:14
@Harvey Nice basing and well done terrain. The floor with the large windows looks a bit strange (I can see the functionallity of it though) and the debris just looks ace.
Are you going to put something on the trees or leave them like they are? No need, just asking, they have this great agent orange look.

I see what you mean about the floor - I think the two pieces are meant to be assembled like that, but I might have made a mistake... Ah well, blame it on shoddy empire construction techniques.

I'll probably leave the trees bare, certainly until I finish the rest of them. I won a job lot from ebay, so I've got a couple more woods to build yet. Any recommendations on leaves if I do add some foliage?

25-05-2011, 14:20
Surprisingly I actualy looks like I might have a piece done this month...
I should have some Wip and finished pices soon.

Little Joe
25-05-2011, 16:17
@Harvey I have not started experimenting on new trees, but I think those are the bendable plastic trees for railroads. I used them a few times and attached some pictures of a Skaven entrance to the under empire for a friend (bottom right in first picture, left in second).
PVA glue and flock do the trick but it is a lot of work, because it is a race against the clock, might work with many more trees and doing a branch a time and then switching trees. I do not recommend the woolen thingies though, they look a bit silly.

If you want to build them as they were supposed to, there are these thin and very breakable branches you glue first on the ends to bulk them out and then flock. I would use spray paint, I did it with PVA glue once and it was a crazy amount of work and very fragile. I did that once and attached a picture as well.

EDIT: But the agent orange look fits the ruins better (like some hot barrage ripped all the leaves off), so if they are for the same table keep them like they are.

25-05-2011, 16:23
And here I am building the birch seeds (you need pollen to get those eventually) into my terrain.:angel:

Good thing you don't plant them on my nose... AH-CHOOO!!!
Where's my allergy medication? Oh crud only 7 left!

(I've been eating these all the time... THEY JUST DON'T HELP!)

26-05-2011, 05:00
Some comments for the end of the month.

@Little Joe: Nice hill developments and more hills, love the paths and details. Orchenge rocks.
@EmperorNorton: Great start on a detailed model, nice to see the progress where the work is being applied.
@Ghost1Actual: Nice series of fencework, they can make a battlefield pop.
@Maglok: Great pyramid, hyroglyphs just top it all off.
@DAGabriel: Hugely detailed with attention paid to it. So many little bits.
@Thoume: The badlands grows, simple procress with great results.
@Dreffbuilder: Nice job on the wrecked buildings with massive overgrowth.
@dreamspirit: The Waystone looks like almost a mix of elvish and lizardman creation - Old Ones? The addition of the lighting making it a good table focal point.
@DeadInTheHead: Impressed on the large brides of ruined buildings. Definately brings the third dimension.
@MOMUS: Blockland grows. :) Be interesting to see some of the combinations as you get more and more.
@staticgrass: Fighting desire to make gatehouse. Love the two tones of bricks, the statues and extra vegetation.
@Harvey: Nice blasted forest, looks like the trees are removeable too. The ruins feels like there is a story behind it. Simple but evocative.

29-05-2011, 18:49
The roads are 'done', that is 4 straight lengths that cover the length of a 6x4 board. Had a few corner bits and some walls I was wanting to do but ran out of time. Pics to come next months thread. Had a 5k a side apocalypse game against GraemePaul's Space Wolves (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=244077) which was massive fun and got to use all the previous months terrain. Hopefully by the end of the year will have enough for an ork city! :D

29-05-2011, 20:06
Hi Guys, a month full of work is nearing it`s end.
Here my last WIP-shots before the great finals. Including my first try at OSL!!????

Until the next Thread keep on building happily!

29-05-2011, 20:51
You really have to tell me how you do your wood and how you do that torchlight reflecting.

It is utterly awesome.

30-05-2011, 06:43
Compliments should go mostly to the model-makers.
The wood:
The structure of the wood makes it rather easy to paint: depending on inside or outside the foundation si white or black. Next comes diluted Khemri brown with a wash of Devlan mud. Here i work wet in wet with areas of Badab black and ogryn flesh.
Next a heavy drybrush of Khemri brown, slight drybrush of Dheneb stone an at the edges some pure white.

The torchlight: i did some concentric drybrushes of white around the torch, fading with the distance. then heavily diluted yellow and orange on the area without putting it in the depths 4 to 5 times until it comes out right.

Have to do the last picture again, not good to get the background sharp! Sigh!

02-06-2011, 21:58
Is it me or do we need a new thread? :)

02-06-2011, 23:00
Hold on I got mine done at last...
It's only a couple of days late...


Little Joe
02-06-2011, 23:02
I sent a PM to SamVimes, let's wait and see.

@N810 Better post in the next thread to get more comments, just mention what it is for and all will be fine. But you'd better hurry with this month's piece.
*looks at whip* Get to it!

03-06-2011, 20:42
Perhaps we should see that Sam gets a grot to help him in case of a time or motivaton problem? (I have got a motivation problem until i get a time problem.)
Perhaps he took my advice (post 27) literally. Couldn`t fault him!

Little Joe
03-06-2011, 20:50
I checked his profile and he has not posted for over 20 days, if I hear nothing untill tomorrow evening I can take over for a while.

@DAGabriel And so he should have!

03-06-2011, 20:53
I think, he would not mind! Happy she(hopefully)!
Until the next thread!

04-06-2011, 01:07
He will be here in spirit right? :)

We'd need magic weapons to hit him, hmmm.