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Little Joe
01-09-2011, 04:54
The Tale of Terrain Builders 2011 – 2012 Month 7

This is the thread to post your work finished in August. After a week it becomes where you post your WIP for September. Hold off commenting about others work until then, as we want a bunch of shiny pictures , but we also want many comments later on. There is no dice roll mechanic for commenting, you should comment on each entry and share your thoughts.

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! After all, 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 month’s 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 defence 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/count it as 2 or more month’s 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.

Little Joe
01-09-2011, 04:55
And here are the participants:

WIP is for work in progress.
bigWip 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)
Joker is a joker and J's are for default (not requested) jokers.

Please check for any mistakes I made.

Lots of changes, I added a month nobody has missed so far. Also you will see that I count finished now as well, as soon as the digit is at 10 you have successfully completed this tale and it will become green. Some new names added and old ones revived, the tale is vibrant and kicking.
I know some Jokers were not actually requested as such, but I added them when a post was made in last month’s thread to discern the active posters from no posts at all, just like I would a WIP.

@N810 Since we already saw the piece you will be done this month, do you want to become a man? It would just halve your done value and you would still be well on your way.

01-09-2011, 10:42
PARTICIPANT: Thoume - Mens

THIS MONTH: Medium Building


"On da roof! Deyz gettin' away!"

Guldreg's mob of Goffs thundered through the cluttered pathways past multi-tiered mud buildings, recently constructed in the ever changing landscape of Mekkaton. The amount of glyphs and scrap plates tacked on to any construct in the settlement was an indicator of its age, starting life as quickly constructed mud skeletons before devolving into steel mountains fashioned out of the spoils of numerous raids.

Stormboyz jumped from one roof to another above Guldreg, a rival mob in pursuit of the same target. The Goffs had to beat the Speed Freeks to it first, prove that two feet on the ground is far better than crashing into things with barely controllable machinery...

The pursued diverted to a stairwell to the upper floors of a crude mud building. This was where the fighting was! That is, if the Goffs weren't bottlenecked by the stairwell. The stormboyz however were already there, landing onto whatever space was vacant, anywhere else resulting in chunks of building and the odd Goff flying in all directions.

"No you zoggin' ain't!" Guldreg growled as he barged up the stairwell, shoving Goffs off the side if he had to, still focused on getting to the fight first...




Well, this was a tough one! It started off so well, I was intending to get 2 done this month and had the basic shapes for both down, but as soon as I was starting to work on details I only managed to get this one done on time. I'll admit I don't do big projects too well! That is anything above wartrakk size!

However I'm happy with how its turned out. If I had time to throw on more details I would have but it works as it is.

Making it was a similar method to the shanties from the first month; some insulation foam cut into blocks, foamboard stuck around them for the basic shape, details thrown on afterwards. The basic shape only took me an afternoon, but as I mentioned in last month's thread I was so bogged down by outside influences to really go to town with it, then again possibly for the better!

The door might have been one day, the trap door on top another etc. Waiting for the 'No More Nails' to fully cure after sticking stuff on and filling the sides of the foamboard was pretty tedious as well, but the texture spray really helped finish it off! In fact if I ever get round to the second one I probably won't need to seal the sides before undercoating as the texture spray doesn't melt the foam at all :)


This month's photoshop, great fun! Until next month anyway :P
Texture spray saved this project! I'd hate to go back to the days of plastering walls with filler! x[


Wish I had more time for these! (again)
Hate, hate, HATE making rivets! So fiddly... :/

Anything could happen this month outside of this, so I'll probably play it safe and do some restoration projects, the buildings I posted in last month's thread being up there along with some barricades. Really I should be finishing those massive wall sections I started a few months ago. We'll see!

Abraham Danglebreech
01-09-2011, 12:39
Here is my effort:


Abraham Danglebreech
01-09-2011, 12:42
And some details:


And a shot of my chaps stretching their legs on it:


Green Feevah!
01-09-2011, 22:29
Made some progress on my Blastscape craters:


Hoping to have them finished off by week'd end and then maybe add some more stuff to get 'caught up' with all the great work everyone else has been doing.

I'll also be trimming the edging off on these, like I did my moonscape craters.

02-09-2011, 21:45
Wow, almost missed the thread. Can't believe it's month 7 already.

To buy back one of my jokers I had already assembled my Magewrath Throne last month, and here it is quite finished:

And since I found myself in the mood for some more terrain, I also painted the Balewind Vortex:

Up next: A Fortified Manor House.

04-09-2011, 07:33
Here is my August work, strangely enough it is also craters.

Half from the GW Craters set, flocked up and painted to match my grass table.

The smaller six are based on 60mm MDF bases, with a cardboard extension covered in DAS Clay to make up the crater itself.


Green Feevah!
04-09-2011, 21:58
My Blastscape craters finished, and trimmed. Plus, a picture of my Moonscape craters trimmed:


Currently working on the crashed Aquila. I will be caught up to everyone yet!

EDIT: Sorry for the poor photo, my wife took the good camera on her hike today, so this is from my phone.

05-09-2011, 20:49
ok firstly apologies for lack of input, pc issues and camera malfunctions aside my project has been relentless casting of one particular hirst arts mold for my warmachine board, still am almost there now!!! enough excuses

the dock



other building


Green Feevah!
06-09-2011, 09:21
Your Warmachine board is going to look EPIC!

Ghost 1 Actual
06-09-2011, 14:01
This looks amazing, I love the inspiration that you have already given me as I start my own Mordheim board.

06-09-2011, 20:32
Hey Guys I am sorry to say I am not up to par this month. My grandmother passed away last month and a few other personal reasons came into stopping my hobby interest cold. However my good Warseer and XBOX Live friend gave me some encouragement to keep up with my hobby. Lack of funds and low paint stock didn't help either. I have got my paintbrushes back in hand, but it will take me some time to get myself back to par for next month. I'll post some hints to where I am and my next idea in line as well.



08-09-2011, 15:42
I was hoping to get another rhino wreck done this month but the weather has been a bit pants, so heres my offering:

1 wall section


Currently working on the next wall sections and the towers. Speaking of towers, which do people think is better:


Or this?

08-09-2011, 16:01
and comments

@Thoume Nice work on the ork building, i think it looks great despite your dislike of big pieces. Make another and give it a rusty red corrugated iron roof, i think it would really make it 'pop'!
@Abraham I love any board that is not green and yours has a really natural looking scattering of 'scrub'. What did you use for the water/goop pools?
PS: love the ork scheme.
@Green Feevah Cool blastscapes they look much better trimmed, can we get a close up of the 'lava line'
@Emperor norton Wow that balewind vortex is awsome, really like the green. Im really tempted to try an copy it as a base for my slann.
@Xazil Why do these look more fantasy to me? Kudos on the scratchbuilt ones.
PS: Theres a cat in your crater :D
@Nagged This is fantastic! Reminds me of a GD display board (VC against empire) has a nice Mordheim feel to it. Keep up the great work.

Green Feevah!
08-09-2011, 23:41
Progress on the Crashed Aquila:


And as requested, a closer view of the lava piece. It's not much, just some simple drybrushing.


Green Feevah!
09-09-2011, 21:55
Hate to double-post, but here is the finished Crashed Aquila:


Working on a stand of trees now.

EDIT: I didn't want to triple-post, but I finished my tree stand. Unlike the last three I did (which I'll probably photograph later) I did this one in an autumn theme. I'm so pleased with it I'm actually thinking about re-painting my other 3 as autumn based (plus then I wouldn't have to deal with all the leaves that keep coming off).


And without the trees:


The trees look really glossy, but that's just because the wash is still drying. I literally just finished them.

So I'm wondering: Can I back-count the Crashed Aquila and Trees (and more if I can get it done) for the months I missed, then use the Moonscape craters for August and the Blastscape craters for September?

Little Joe
11-09-2011, 12:09
A lot of changes so I updated the first post, please check if it is correct or fine with you!
As "moderator" of this tale I do feel I need to add the following: "Some exceptions were made but rules are rules, so from now on the max is done(+1) again. You can still post more for comments if you want. This is still a support group to feel good about a job done so please abide by them.";)

I will joker again for this month as I have been dreading to work on orchenge, but last week finally saw some work done again.

It is good to see some of you fare well at least, the speed is mindboggling in a few projects on here. So to the comments:

@Thoume Looks good, but needs a bit of colour. Great picture again, always looking forward to those.

@Abraham Danglebreach OK, this is not good for my morale so since you are new and the limit is a done(+1) I will just put a done in the last six months for you and promote you to the men’s league, let’s see you finish another four pieces of terrain.
It looks good and I like the water effects, but hope you got rid of all those skulls (they look like rocks now). Nice close ups and a great board.

@Green Feevah! You also seem very determined to get more done than the boys league for the rest of this year would demand. But in the first week you are just supposed to show the finished work of last month, I just keep updating this post.
Nice craters all the same, maybe some more scorching with the meteorite trails and why not try some OSL (object source lightning) with the lava on the black rims. I am just saying this to keep my spirits up as I haven’t really tried it myself yet, good job.
It does not stop, a crashed ship and I count fifteen pieces, and that is when you come with a forest I know to be large enough to be a month’s entry. Let me first say something on the spaceship: very nice paintjob! I am not so sure about the forest (the colours) but since you seem to be a sci-fi player it should work.
And for “punishment by request” I promote you to the men’s league as well fifteen divided by three and a forests makes six month’s worth of work.

@EmperorNorton I just love that rock effect you did there and the vortex looks better in green.

@Xazil Craters everywhere, this time without meteorites but with a picture of the originator. If these are new craters you should scorch the grass a bit at the rims, if they are older ones you might want to put a small bit of static grass in them as nature retakes it’s losses.
I just gave you a done for this month, as you are already ahead of track but you can always remind me should it get tight in the end.

@nagged Revived and coming back with a whole board WIP, if you get it done it will be well worth it and quite heavy. I will just give it a mere big WIP and am fully aware it does not do justice to the amount of work, but if you get the same for the rest of the tale you should have done a men’s worth as well. Should you get it painted, well…
Some great buildings by the way, some background would be nice. What is up with all the iron?
How big is the board?

@MOMUS Nice walls. I would go for the crenulations in the middle (second option). You already went for a design to put skinks on the front of the walls and it would give a better view of the battle and protection if real.

So, orchenge is slowly but purposefully getting along. I painted the stakes and got a few layers of colours on other parts. As you can see in the close up it is still a lot of work. There are still some unpainted parts for this piece of terrain.

Abraham Danglebreech
11-09-2011, 17:54
Thoume: Nice building work there with a great finish. Looks suitably Orky. I was wondering if there isn't room on there for some graffiti too?

Green Feevah!: The Moonscape and Blastscape look great. I shall be looking at those for reference when I do my own. Nice work on the Aquilla. The woods look mental! (but in a good way)

EmperorNorton: Wow. The Magewraith Throne looks magnificent. The stone work has been painted really nicely and the verdigris and red on the throne work really well with the brass. Not as convinced by the Balewind Vortex though. The painting is sound on both sections but I think that maybe there needs to be some sort of overlap between the two? Still, great painting

Xazil: Strong contrast there between the grassy exterior and earthy interior of your craters. Very effective. Be nice to see them on a flocked table. I'm wondering if you could darken the recesses of the crater a bit more. I've never used Das. Is it easy to use?

nagged: Magnificent. That's an awful lot of casting. Must be driving you potty! Looks fantastic. Be great to see this thing finished. I have been looking at Hirst Arts. Do you recommend?

ASSASSINAWOKEN: Sad to read your news. Glad to learn somebody is looking out for you though. Interested to see what your next project will be

MOMUS: Those scream The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad! I like. As regards the tower, I think the crenellations on the first example look to be in a more authentic arrangement (not sure about the "overlap" effect though), whereas the layout in the latter seem to me better to look at. I'd go with the latter. Also, glad you like the board. The resin is made by a store in Manchester. I bought the transparent mix but I think I probably ought to have gone with the opaque. It came out ok, but not brilliant. Should have experimented first instead of diving straight in. The board was originally going to be a copy of the landscape around where I live: moorland with rocky outcrops, and so would have had a lot more vegetation. However, I did most of the work the same week as the riots were going on over here and it seems to have had an effect on the finished result. I'm thinking "burnt toast" :)

Little Joe: Heh heh. Nice one! Cheers for that! I didn't disguise the skulls, but neither did I highlight them. They are painted the same as the board and the effect is that you only notice there are skulls in there when you peer into the pool. Orkhenge is coming along nicely. Can't be that much more to do on it can there? Hope to see it finished next month. It was actually seeing your hills that made me think of joining the tale in the first place. I even made a shopping list of things to get so I could build something similar.

Here is some WiP for this month:


I actually started them last month but never got any further due to getting the RoB finished and then painting the Ork Trukk in time for Armies on Parade (trust me, i NEVER paint that much usually). As you can see I added some sand and small stones in much the same way I approached the board. I think I might trim off the flat bits before I carry on though. I'll add more pictures when I begin work on the others.

Have a great week folks!


11-09-2011, 21:51
@MOMUS Nice walls. I would go for the crenulations in the middle (second option). You already went for a design to put skinks on the front of the walls and it would give a better view of the battle and protection if real.

Thanks for the feedback :)
Im veering towards the second option.

MOMUS: Those scream The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad! I like. As regards the tower, I think the crenellations on the first example look to be in a more authentic arrangement (not sure about the "overlap" effect though), whereas the layout in the latter seem to me better to look at. I'd go with the latter. Also, glad you like the board. The resin is made by a store in Manchester. I bought the transparent mix but I think I probably ought to have gone with the opaque. It came out ok, but not brilliant. Should have experimented first instead of diving straight in. The board was originally going to be a copy of the landscape around where I live: moorland with rocky outcrops, and so would have had a lot more vegetation. However, I did most of the work the same week as the riots were going on over here and it seems to have had an effect on the finished result. I'm thinking "burnt toast" :)

HAH! I have probably seen that movie more times than i should :shifty: All i need now is some kind of 6 armed lizard statue ;)
I think the resin looks great! Im thinking of making some spawning pools using a similar effect. :)
I think it looks great as it is, i had just finished a stag night when the riots were happening. Quite sobering.

Little Joe
12-09-2011, 22:27
@Abraham Danglebreech: I think it is about ten hours yet to completion if I keep to it. Yet to do: two more layers to detail, finish the ropes and techy thingy, work a bit on the stones to reduce the green and do some cleaning up, paint last four parts and the mushrooms, three freehands for the banners, adding static grasses and poison ivy and finish the metal tooth protector.

It is because I decided to paint it as I would a model, so 7+ layers on all the detail, the problem is in my head really. I know what it will look like and see the end result and the work yet not done and went "ugh!" for a while. I am back on track now. I planned some extra evening sessions and will start on my mountain also this month. I aim to redeem next month.

Those hills were fun to do, I learned a lot from working on them. Glad you liked them. Nice craters by the way.

15-09-2011, 18:07
Oops I missed the new thread,
So here's what I have been working on this month.
and I don't rember if I posted this allready, but heres my finished project from last month.
As usual you can see more pics in my terrain blog (link in signature).

Little Joe
23-09-2011, 21:57
@N810 like I said on your thread, very inspirational.

A progress update to get this thread from page two and to show some of the detail I just finished. It is the power generating spider web.


Now I only need to paint three banners, some freehands and the basing, easily done by the first of October. I also reduced the green on the rocks and added rust; finally it starts to look like something. The basing will add the most though, but that is the last step.

Some attachments for those who want to zoom in and a picture of some finished mushrooms.

23-09-2011, 23:14
Mostly done now. :D

Ghost 1 Actual
24-09-2011, 02:06
I love it. Where do you find such great trees?

Little Joe
24-09-2011, 18:30
@N810 Nice!

Here a few fast pictures, I have got to go now. I'll finish it tomorrow. Just the basing and three banners to upgrade.

Little Joe
25-09-2011, 19:52
I just finished the terrain piece for this month and am taking it outside tomorrow for some pictures. Here an update on the banners, no fancy freehands, but the best I am willing (able) to put into it. It was done by some Goblins after all.
The symbols are those of my main goblin tribes with the blue one reserved for the common goblins I still have to start on.

Let me say in advance I am quite happy with the result as it is sparkling now and fits nicely besides the idols I did as test pieces.