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Little Joe
01-12-2011, 22:30
The Tale of Terrain Builders 2011 Ė 2012 Month 10

This is the thread to post your work finished in November. After a week it becomes where you post your WIP for December. 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 6Ē is what we are going for, but this is a loose definition. We certainly arenít 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 Ďplay a jokerí 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 monthís 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 you want to join, but it will be very hard from now on. it is never too late for a challenge but you are always welcome to share your work.

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 monthís 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
01-12-2011, 22:35
And here are the participants:

http://img560.imageshack.us/img560/286/totb10.jpg
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.

DAGabriel
03-12-2011, 19:41
First one????

Here my Timbered House by Tabletop World. Don`t know what happened, but the colors seem to be a bit blueish.

Will do one post for the exterior, one for the interior.

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/ToTB%20November/Haus1.jpg

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/ToTB%20November/Haus2.jpg

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/ToTB%20November/Haus3.jpg

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/ToTB%20November/Haus4.jpg

DAGabriel
03-12-2011, 19:43
http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/ToTB%20November/Innen2.jpg

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/ToTB%20November/Innen1.jpg

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/ToTB%20November/Innen3.jpg

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/ToTB%20November/Innen4.jpg

juicytomatoes
04-12-2011, 15:27
40k modular battle boards! These modular boards and ramps were cut and painted to create more levels and alleyways to give the game an added dimension, the feel of a saving private ryan/necromunda-esque setting. It made for really fun games.

Here are the modules. They're made from the pink and blue dense foam, scored on the surface for battle damage and then painted over:
http://i445.photobucket.com/albums/qq173/juicytomatoes/board1.jpg

http://i445.photobucket.com/albums/qq173/juicytomatoes/board2.jpg

http://i445.photobucket.com/albums/qq173/juicytomatoes/boards3.jpg

http://i445.photobucket.com/albums/qq173/juicytomatoes/boards4.jpg

http://i445.photobucket.com/albums/qq173/juicytomatoes/ramps.jpg

What they look like put together:
http://i445.photobucket.com/albums/qq173/juicytomatoes/battleboard.jpg

http://i445.photobucket.com/albums/qq173/juicytomatoes/battleboard2.jpg

There are quite a few boards there, but count them as 11 pieces of terrain.

Little Joe
04-12-2011, 18:21
Little Joe: Mens

THIS MONTH:
A pond for now:shifty:. I am almost done with the mountain but I do not know if I can get it done (a lot to do at work).

http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/6143/pond1c.jpg

http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/1950/pond2o.jpg

This is made from an art print for 2D terrain by Urgat, which can be found on his goblin plog (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=101658&page=31) in the fantasy section.

HIGHS AND LOWS:
Highs: Inspiration struck and this was done in just three hours.

Lows: No fun with the mountain.

NEXT MONTH:
I will start with some fungus forests to please MOMUS. I will take my time with them and they shall be done in February.

Narcissus
05-12-2011, 18:50
DA Gabriel-What a beautiful model. Lots of detail and character. You've created a nice dark and creepy effect with the paint job. I would be afraid that my painting couldn't do the model justice but you have done a great job painting it.

Juicy tomatoes-Those boards look great. They look like they are quite quick to make but give a great final effect. I might have to make something similar. I really like the asthetics of different levels within a city.

Little Joe-That water looks like it is reflecting the clouds. Is it a 2D image with some type of gloss coating over it?

I got caught up in painting models this month and just have some modular canal WIP shots. I built a modular canal using 1/4" hardboard and 11/16" moulding. I used power tools to get uniform width for the pieces and to make the 45 degree angle cuts. I've spray painted some of the pieces grey. Now I just need to add damage and posters and then add in some water effects. I will try to finish these off for next months entry. I think in total there are about 10 sections. 4 12" straight sections, 3 90 degree corners, 1 dead end, 2 6 inch straight sections.

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x480/NarcissusCO/IMG_0203.jpg

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x480/NarcissusCO/IMG_0371.jpg

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x480/NarcissusCO/IMG_0206.jpg

f2k
07-12-2011, 21:55
Just dropped by to let you know that I ainít dead yet...

But things are not entirely well...

Most of the exposed polystyrene has been covered by the usual mix of glue, water, and paper and a test-area has been painted brown in preparation for some flock...

And thatís about it...

No more money, no more time...

Honestly, Iím way in the red on this build and not a penny in sight to cover the expenses so I figure that itís time to stop before everything goes way down south.

Sorry Ďbout that...

Iíll try to see if I can find a few small projects to work on for the last few months...

Little Joe
08-12-2011, 21:05
Comment time:

@DAGabriel: Such a nice building and with an outstanding paint job, well worth the time invested. Wow, just wow! Congratulations on finishing!

@juicytomatoes: Let’s haggle, I count six. If you can get one more piece of terrain done you will finish this tale as a man.
It is basic terrain but up to the job. The paint job has many colours breaking up the large surfaces, which is well done. It sure looks good put together; it reminds me of Star Craft (orbital modules).

@Little Joe: Shame on you! You had better finish that mountain on the double and some nice fungal forests to make it up again.
Well I had some time after the many comments so I added this.;)

@Narcissus: Is this some dungeon-like terrain? It needs more slush (lacking a better word). Nice work though, the workmanship looks to be fine on these. What did you use for the sides and what can we expect from this?
Yes it started as a print (link under the picture), but is does not really shine the picture was just that good. I did use some varnish on it but the two last layers are matt, the first attempt met with a dirty finger (water and glue) so I had to put another one on the board.

@f2k: Really sorry to hear that. You could finish as a boy any time but I would sure like to see more of your work. But sound financials are more important so I would let the table rest for now as well.

Any interest in a tutorial on the pond (it was really easy and I made pictures)?

f2k
08-12-2011, 22:39
@f2k: Really sorry to hear that. You could finish as a boy any time but I would sure like to see more of your work. But sound financials are more important so I would let the table rest for now as well.

Yeah, it's really sad to see it come down to this. But, at some point, I just need to be realistic about this. I've got no job and from 1. January I must start repaying my student loan to the tune of $350 each month for 15 years. That's an awful lot of money - especially when unemployed...

So my hobbies are on the backburner right now...

In any case, I'm not entirely done yet... The local train club has had a lot of old tracks and buildings donated to it and I've volunteered to help restore some of the buildings to a proper standard. So you might be seeing some more H0 scale work from me this month.

Not what I really wanted to do but hey... It's free and it's going to help the club so...

Narcissus
08-12-2011, 23:52
Little Joe-They will eventually be filled with realistic water. I still need to do lots of weathering and details on the sides. They will be a full modular canal/river system when finished. The sides are just some moulding from the hardware store.

juicytomatoes
09-12-2011, 00:28
Little Joe - Not a problem, count them as anything. I joined the tale to get terrain done that my pals and I wanted to use in a game that was coming up, and I'm just glad it's getting done. As for doing more terrain to finish the tale, that's not a problem either. I had intended to do more terrain this month, probably more than 1 item.

Just curious though. How did you see 6?

I was wondering, if a person painted one GW board (which is about 1/6th of a table), what would you have counted it as?

What I do have there is probably more work than one GW board. I had to cut the foam, then score the cracks on it, then undercoat, then 1st base color, then 2nd highlight, then 3rd highlight. For a GW board, I would've just had to do the painting part.

I agree that what I have done is a simple job, but just curious to know.

Comments time!
DAGabriel: Very nice work! All that painting done in the interior is fabulous, especially the OSL at the fireplace :)
Little Joe: The clouds effect on the pond is really something. Will all your water features on the table have this same effect?
Narcissus: The canals look like an interesting project. It's always hard to judge WIP projects, but yours sure look really promising.
f2k: sorry to hear about your situation. HOpe things look up for you soon.

Abraham Danglebreech
11-12-2011, 13:58
DAGabriel: Gorgeous model that, and you have painted it well. Your best one yet I reckon. If I ever get my hands on one of those I shall be looking at you paint job as a guide. I like the lighting effect on the fireplace. I wonder if you could have darkened the rest of the interior though? That is just a personal preference though. Also, you mention that the photos look a bit blue? I wonder if it has something to do with the orange background. Could that be bouncing back at your lens and effecting the colour. Blue oppostite to orange? I'm not that well up on the technical side of photography but that is my guess.

juicytomatoes: I like these. I would never have thought to have made a modular playing surface like that. Great idea.

Little Joe: Where are the ducks? The cloud reflected in the water is a fine idea. I think a photo of it on your board it would look much better though. I think the effect will come across much better. When do we see the mountain?

Narcissus: 45˚ angles on wooden moulding? Hardboard too? Sorry, used to be a picture framer and it took me back :) Looking forward to seeing them finished

f2k: Bummer. Hope you get a job soon!

My slightly-late-but-not-as-late-as-last-time entry for the tale this month, my first home made terrain, a ruined 40k building:

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g279/stevilgenius/IMGP1329.jpg
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g279/stevilgenius/IMGP1361-1.jpg
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g279/stevilgenius/IMGP1347.jpg
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g279/stevilgenius/IMGP1342.jpg
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g279/stevilgenius/IMGP1375-1.jpg

More pics in my terrain log.

f2k
11-12-2011, 18:11
Are we really all thatís left by now? Not much...

DAGabriel: A nice house for sure. I love how itís complete with interior Ė obviously not your standard issue tabletop house. Youíre right about the bluish tint though. Perhaps the orange background interfering?

juicytomatoes: Brilliantly executed idea. My only criticism, if youíll allow me one, is that it seems very grey. A few patches of bright colour would break up the monotony...

Little Joe: Simple and easy. If you donít mind me saying though, it doesnít look much like water. In fact, my first thought was that it was supposed to be a cloudscape reflecting off a mirror.

Narcissus: Looks like an interesting concept. Iím looking forward to seeing it completed.

Abraham Danglebreech: Love the graffiti on the walls.



f2k: Bummer. Hope you get a job soon!


Me too, as you might imagine... :)

I actually had a job interview last Wednesday Ė the first in over a year. They seemed positive towards me, but I donít dare get my hopes up. Been disappointed way too many times by now...

They promised to call back in the beginning of next week Ė fingers crossed...


In the meantime Iíve begun work on a H0 scale building. Weíve begun work on a small harbour and the idea was to cut up some of the donated houses into ďhalf-housesĒ placed against the wall as a sort of backdrop to the harbour itself.

As you can see from the first pictures the house is in a rather sorry state. Parts of it is covered in a thick yellowish layer of glue (hard to spot in the picture) and other parts, like some of the windows, fell out almost as soon as I started examining the house. And then thereís the tilted chimney...

http://www.warworks.dk/pics/h0_scale/house_001_001_small.jpg (http://www.warworks.dk/pics/h0_scale/house_001_001_large.jpg)

http://www.warworks.dk/pics/h0_scale/house_001_002_small.jpg (http://www.warworks.dk/pics/h0_scale/house_001_002_large.jpg)

I tried to pry the walls apart as gently as I could. But there still was some damage that I will probably have to greenstuff. And that was the good side of the house...
Sadly, the plan to split it into two halves backfired as one of the end-walls tore itself apart as I tried to separate it from the rest of the house, damaging it beyond repair. So this time Iíll only get a single ďhalf-houseĒ out of it.

http://www.warworks.dk/pics/h0_scale/house_001_003_small.jpg (http://www.warworks.dk/pics/h0_scale/house_001_003_large.jpg)

Narcissus
11-12-2011, 22:17
Danglebreach-what an interesting piece of terrain! I like how it is so complex yet there are places for models to stand. I also really like the graffiti. I like all of the textures you have added as well.

f2k-I know your frustration. I have bounced around a bit this fall as well. It is hard to enjoy the free time when there is that pressure all the time. It is a tough time to be finding work. Keep at it and something will come through though.

Here are some pictures of some walkways I have finished for my December entry. I will try to get something else done by the end of this month as well.

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x480/NarcissusCO/IMG_0609.jpg

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x480/NarcissusCO/IMG_0605.jpg

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x480/NarcissusCO/IMG_0602.jpg

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x480/NarcissusCO/IMG_0606.jpg

Little Joe
11-12-2011, 22:21
Some general stuff:


Just curious though. How did you see 6?

I was wondering, if a person painted one GW board (which is about 1/6th of a table), what would you have counted it as?

Actually I counted it as "done" six times(because he did 6! in one go), I like to see all terrain that is done but part of this tale is to help each other finish as well (and to communicate ideas/comment). By the book I will count it as done(+1) though, since it is the highest score for a month. So far the idea is to put a picture up each month and to comment on other work, doing this for six months.

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!
In no way am I downgrading what you did, but I also have to try to uphold the "rules" to make it fun for everyone.
Now these rules are in no way final (actually I just found several errors i copy pasted over month's), I bend them a lot. Actually in the aftermath of this tale there will be a democratic discussion on how to continue the tale (starting in the last month) and you are more then welcome to share ideas and experiences.

So here are my thoughts:
" Technically he is right and this looks like 11x 6"x6" and as such he almost finished the tale in one month/finished in two months. He did join a lot later, so rules can be bend.
Technically I can only give him a done(+1) which would make finishing impossible and do no justice to the work and goals of the tale. I would like to see more and hear about his ideas (selfish I know).
So I checked the table and going by previous decissions in this tale (a whole table twice) I got to the number six."

So basically I choose what I think is best for the tale and what I think the participant is willing to go along with. I make mistakes and this tale currently has only one referee so like this case I rely on feedback, especially since I have not seen entries from you over time to make a better judgement.

But I still think it to be about right. This was written way too serious and the tone is probably all wrong but this is a first (not planned) job for me, so let me use emoticons to lighten the mood: ;):):D:evilgrin:.



Are we really all that’s left by now? Not much...
I am not sure if this is just December but we have had about 10+ active postings per month so far. This is only half that but I am pretty optimistic about this tale myself.
It is the first to my knowledge and not many people actually have/need that much terrain, but we all know it can be a lot of work to make even a single piece. Speaking from personal experience I would never have made the terrain I finished in the last year. My usual speed is a lot slower so it helps me (and I had fun doing it).

Some replies and comments:

@juicytomatoes: Well I passed some ideas to Urgat but I do not think it would work on running water. The idea can be improved upon so it will not be the last.

@Abraham Danglebreech: Wowsers, I just love green humour! You did a great job on your first home made terrain. I think I am getting good at spotting how it is done from close up pictures and this piece is well made. It has layers, thing to take a closer look at, straight edges and worn ones and is a great use of package material.
Actually a lot of great shapes come with electronic devices packaging and this is a great example. Thumbs up here.
This pond is missing the traditional brush hairs as well, it just fitted better. I will finish the mountain next week in between of a few Christmas parties and here is the place it will be shown first.
I do not have a board yet:shifty:, just a blank ping pong table. I will take a picture with all of it on the table with the mountain next week.

@f2k: I always like to see people work. You can see ideas, materials and skills not thought of before. I sure am interested to hear more about this harbour.
I hope the job hunt goes well.

@Narcissus: Nice, again great painting. How did you do that mesh?

Narcissus
12-12-2011, 07:31
Little Joe-The mesh is just granny grating or darche, a material somehow using in sewing. It is great for 40k walkways and such things. Really easy to cut and use. I get mine at Michael's or Walmart in the sewing section.

Abraham Danglebreech
12-12-2011, 23:16
f2k: Good luck! Keep at it. Took me a year and a half to get a job after being made redundant so I do empathise. You'll get sorted. Looking forward to seeing the harbour. Will you be painting up these buildings with the same techniques for larger scale terrain? And thank you, I enjoyed being a vandal

Narcissus: the damage on the walkway walls is very effective. Nice minis too. How do you see the walking surface? I reckon some grime in the recessed parts could look good too. Just my own preference, I do tend to muddy things up a bit. Glad you like the ruin. It was fun adding all the finishing touches, I just added whatever took my fancy

Little Joe: Thanks :) Aye, polystyrene packing. The large bit came from work (used to cover one end of a DC motor), and the rubble bits were made from the polystyrene chips Wayland Games use to pack their stuff. A Ping Pong table eh? That's what I use to put my RoB on! A 3/4 size. I bought it specifically for Wargaming, but have been getting a game of Table Tennis in once a week since I got it. What are the chances? :D

Ghost 1 Actual
14-12-2011, 23:20
Wow!! 3 Months of Jokers!??!! I guess that's what happens when work gets the better of you and you drop off the planet…

…oh,, and you get Skyrim :-)

DAGabriel I like the blue look, gives it a dark feel.

Juicytomatoes: I love the hill idea. Great concept for a Necromunda or even a Mordheim system. The flexibility is awesome.

LittleJoe: That's a great way to get water effect. Is it based on MDF? Cause I wonder if a thin wash of varnish would give a nice sheen to the water?

Narcissus: These look good. It will be good to see them with buildings and bridges and so more how you plan to use them.

Abraham: That building looks truly nuked. The almost melted effect is very cool.

f2k: Good luck with both the job and the building conversion.

Narcissus: I really like the rust effects. Did you use the rock-salt technique or just dabble it on?

Would like to promise to put something up this week, but I am traveling for a few weeks and looking forward to seeing what Santa brings…but I do have holidays between Christmas and NY so hopefully some things can get finished.

And even having dropped off the planet it's still good to be inspired by everyone else.

DAGabriel
22-12-2011, 07:37
@ juicytomatoes: wow, nice playground. Sure serviceable and I like the „cloudy“ effect.

@ Little Joe: I really like that, think I may borrow or adapt the idea.

@ Narcissus: THX for compliments, like the canal pieces, but atm not much to comment on. Keep them coming! Great weathering on that walkways!

@ Abraham Danglebreech: It is cool and orky, good work! Your log is great, am thinking about starting my own about my medieval village.

@ f2k: Good luck with that house!!! How did it go with that job interview?

@ all: am still without computer, so no updates even if the graveyard is progressing.

Given some thought to the time after the Tale? Will there be a new one?

I still have a board to do and those boys in croatia at TTW won`t stop bringing new stuff and I found a source for brick by brick houses and I need some Egyptian stuff and perhaps something for my Dark Angels and my Renegades…….

DAGabriel
24-12-2011, 06:33
And here are the promised WIPs, collected my laptop yesterday but had to go to bed early. Had to drive to fetch my daughter from the train....a 4:58 am but had to drive 120km. So the wake up was 3:15.

First pic:
http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/ToTB%20December/Gy01.jpg
Just the base colors and some washes for the earth.

Second stage with a liberal wash of Devlan mud and Badab Black:
http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/ToTB%20December/Gra1.jpg

Number 3 after drybrushing the earth and the stonework:
http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/ToTB%20December/Gra3.jpg

Some basework on fences and gates before a heavy weathering:
http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/ToTB%20December/Gra4.jpg

And the mass production of gravestones:
http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/ToTB%20December/Gra5.jpg

Little Joe
24-12-2011, 11:21
Given some thought to the time after the Tale? Will there be a new one?

I still have a board to do and those boys in croatia at TTW won`t stop bringing new stuff and I found a source for brick by brick houses and I need some Egyptian stuff and perhaps something for my Dark Angels and my Renegades…….
Sorry for the late reply, a lot to do at work.

Well since I also have lot's of ideas and could need the kicking: most certainly yes.

I had a seminar on moderating lately, and by combining some of the techniques I think I found a way to deal with the improvement over the internet. I would like everyone to post up to three ideas for improvement, give it some thought and post them next month.
Then after about two weeks we wil start discussing the answers. Should it be needed, a poll can give us a democratic choice for what to do.
To get some more coverage and awareness I will PM everybody involved in this tale when the new thread goes up.

Oh and great work on the TTW graveyard!

Now I really need to get some terrain done to finish this tale, so please give me a good kicking as motivation has been mostly on painting models lately.

DAGabriel
24-12-2011, 12:54
@ Little Joe: ok, here it is!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2195/2476891942_b5913614a0.jpg

@ all: merry x-mas!

I'veGotABigChoppa!
27-12-2011, 20:49
nice work matey!

EmperorNorton
28-12-2011, 09:35
I quit.
Regrettably it turns out that four projects spread over three different tales is more than I can handle. And the Fortified Manor has broken my spirits a bit.
I still count this as a success, because without this tale my Tabletop World buildings would still sit unbuilt in a box somewhere.

Best of luck to you all and a happy and productive new year!

DAGabriel
28-12-2011, 10:13
Too bad EN, I still envy you those early buildings. Haven`t found somebody willing to part with his.
Will visit your overabundance to see how you come along!

Little Joe
28-12-2011, 19:59
I am sorry to read this, but glad to see the tale worked out for you.

I liked your entries and may you brush your way through the other tales.:D

Abraham Danglebreech
31-12-2011, 00:40
Ghost 1 Actual: Cheers! We can expect input from you during the Christmas break then, yes? :D

DAGabriel: Thanks! Do it! Brilliant work on the graveyard. Very much looking forward to the pictures next month.

EmperorNorton: Bummer. I shall keep an eye on your Log of Plenty (woof)

Little Joe: Speeding a good kicking over your way :D

Some WiP pics showing three craters and two homemade wall sections:

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g279/stevilgenius/IMGP1421.jpg
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g279/stevilgenius/IMGP1420-1.jpg
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g279/stevilgenius/IMGP1423-1.jpg

I have actually completed them but these are going to be next months entry. More pics and details in my Terrain log.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!!!!!!!

f2k
08-01-2012, 21:02
f2k: Good luck with both the job and the building conversion.



@ f2k: Good luck with that house!!! How did it go with that job interview?



f2k: Good luck! Keep at it. Took me a year and a half to get a job after being made redundant so I do empathise. You'll get sorted. Looking forward to seeing the harbour. Will you be painting up these buildings with the same techniques for larger scale terrain? And thank you, I enjoyed being a vandal



f2k-I know your frustration. I have bounced around a bit this fall as well. It is hard to enjoy the free time when there is that pressure all the time. It is a tough time to be finding work. Keep at it and something will come through though.


Thanks for the kind words guys...

As for the job...

Well...

Now, this is a strange tale...

The job interview I had didnít result in anything other than disappointment (but Iím used to that now). Turned out that there were nine applicant called in, including a couple of PhDís. That, I think, tells you everything there is to know about the current situation. When PhDís start applying for man-on-the-floor programming jobs rather than the usual research positions... Well... Letís just say that I wasnít surprised that I didnít get the job. I thought a Masterís Degree would be more than enough to get a job, but when I have to compete against PhDís...

Anyway...

The day after I made that post, feeling somewhat depressed, I figured that I had better send out another batch of applications Ė just in case, you know. These went out at 10 PM Sunday evening. At 10 AM Monday morning I got a phone call from one of the companies I had sent to. They were very interested, so if I could come by for an interview they would very much like to have a chat with me. Well, of course I could, so at 2 PM on Tuesday I had the interview, answered a lot of questions, and solved a few problems on the whiteboard. And 10 minutes after I had left I got a call saying that, if I could start on the 2. January, I had a job. Well, of course I could...

It was soooooo weird. All this time I havenít had a single response to my applications and now, suddenly, I had a job, not even 48 hours after sending the application.

Not that Iím complaining, mind you... :)

So, as Iíve just posted in the other "Tales of..." threads, Iíve had a really wacky December.

Most importantly, of course, I finally got a job. Hurrah for me!

Having just gotten that, I went down with the second round of flu this winter. Then, having recovered just enough to leave the bed, I visited my parents where I promptly took a tumbled down a flight of stairs, hurting my right wrist and thump pretty badly. And then, as if that wasnít enough, I went down with a nasty cold and had to have my first day at work with a woolly head and lots of goo running out of my nose.

So, as you might imagine, I didnít get much work done...

I have undercoated the house but gotten no further on that. I have, however, managed to complete three sections for a wooden pier. Thankfully I could do that almost entirely by airbrush as my right hand really isnít up to a brush-job right now...

Pictures to follow on the new thread as soon as Iíve gotten some power back in my camera...

Narcissus
11-01-2012, 08:53
Congrats on the job f2k. It is definitely a crazy job market just now. Hopefully this new job is a bit of a change of fortunes for you. Good luck!