View Full Version : fen-heim - WIP Modular City

10-04-2008, 11:54
Ok, so things have been quiet on my front because our current Necromunda Campaign has wound down for a while. Also I burnt out a little on painting and decided I needed to switch things up a little.

Somewhere in the future the guys will be playing Mordheim, but we don't plan to start for a couple of months as Mordheim is a little similar to Necromunda in some ways. So the intention is to break it up with something else before hand.

I've decided to undertake the task of building terrain for this. I'm aiming to construct it in a 1' x 1' modular fashion so we can switch the pieces about for variety. It'll also be easier to add to and actually easier to store this way as I have boxes suited for keeping them in.

Anyway, the first piece isn't really an inspirational piece of modelling. I picked up the GW Manor set because I wanted to get an idea of house scale, figure out exactly how much terrain fits onto a 1x1 and because it came with a huge selection of parts that I could fit onto other buildings.

Here's the manor from the front.

Here it is from another angle:

The back of the tower:

And a little model eye-view shot through the railings and into the garden.

I've tried to keep the pallet dark and simple, both for speed of painting and to avoid detracting the eye too much once the warbands are on it.

10-04-2008, 11:58
This is the front view shot. Nothing exciting there.


And this is the start of the second board. Which will be a market place, complete with stalls, a well and privvies.


The Market board is about 1/3rd constructed at this point. I need to build a tent and a few more stalls before I sand and paint it. I'll photograph it before I paint it though.

Other planned boards are a graveyard (anyone got any of those plastic tombstones from the zombie sprue spare?), a rather large building that might be a grain store or something. (I'm not sure as it's gotten out of control). Some canal sections and of course, various building sections (some complete, some ruined). Including a town square complete with clock tower.

I'm open to ideas for board sections and buildings of course.

Wolf Scout Ewan
10-04-2008, 13:56
Oooh I like that!

Looking forward to updates!

10-04-2008, 14:18
This is lookin' really good! I'll have an eye on this.

10-04-2008, 20:28
i like how you've done the paint scheme - very dark and moody, evocative of Mordheim.. and if the quality of that market stall is anything to go by.. we're in for a treat when you unveil it.

10-04-2008, 22:25
Nice painting, but it doesn't seem as destroyed as it could be for Mordheim, but maybe that will come on later pieces.

10-04-2008, 22:42
DOn't destroy the artwork to make it look destroyed!

10-04-2008, 23:09
I'd suggest building an array of rubble and barricades separate to your 'modular' pieces that you can strew around the place to make the neatly formed blocks of 1x1 terrain look slightly less uniform and break up fire lanes.

static grass
11-04-2008, 09:13
It's not like every single building in mordheim was flattened. Besides people still live in Mordheim so it is only natural that some building would be repaired after the meteor hit.

Its a great building though. Ang congrats on the bird poop.

My only complaint would be that the tower looks a little plain next to the building so it looks a little unbalanced. You might want to add a few colours there.

11-04-2008, 09:46
The bird poop is to large. If it is supposed to represent several birds pooping at the same spot, then the poop on the slanted roofs seems illogical(they would gather at crest's). If it is just one poop at a time, well pigeons aren't huge, and have limited pooping ability's.

11-04-2008, 12:17
Looks great. Mordheim terrain that isn't made of half-buildings and corners makes a refreshing change.

Regarding the poop - griffon, perhaps? ;)

11-04-2008, 17:23
Regarding the poop - griffon, perhaps? ;)
Score one point for GalenArtorius! My version of Mordhiem is populated with several large birdlike animals!

11-04-2008, 20:37
Awesome fen! I really really like your painting style that you use with your Necromunda guys and if this city is anything to go by then this log is going be quite good. Are you going to be making a log for your Mordheim figures?

11-04-2008, 21:18
Yes I will when I eventually get round to finishing them off. I've partially painted 8 beastmen already. But I'm not sure if I like the look of them or not yet, so I've held off from finishing them.

13-04-2008, 11:46
not bad at all ,i myself like it ,keep up the great thread :)

15-04-2008, 07:32
Ok so, here's a little progress on the market place. Building-wise this one is pretty much finished apart from a ruined privvy next to the still intact one.

What's missing is rubble, a little more broken wood scattered about and the canvas covering on the smaller stall and the tent frame.




Here's a little shot of the privvy, and before anyone mentions it. I don't care if it's from the wrong era of history or in the wrong place, I like the half moon public privvy.


static grass
15-04-2008, 09:51
Is one of those stalls going to be a pie stall?

It looks like you are going to have two great tiles already.

15-04-2008, 09:55
Fish. One of them should be selling fish. It's so Mordheim. Well, even though what'd be left of the fish after several hundred years won't be too much. But maybe the market place is still in use sometimes?

15-04-2008, 10:14
Tell you what, I'll make the large wooden stall into a fishmongers and I'll have an old discarded pie seller's tray on the floor somewhere.

15-04-2008, 15:28
First off, great stuff!!

You might want to look into some wallpapers. There is a lot of wallpaper textured like cobblestones which will look PERFECT as street pavement!

Other than that, AWESOME!

16-04-2008, 09:51
This is looking really great.. can't wait to see the finished market.

16-04-2008, 22:47
I forgot to pick up some cloth today so I couldn't finish the market. Instead I sat down and started building some foam card versions of the Mordheim ruins that come in the boxed set.

I'm still not sure if I want to use the ones that come with the game or sell them on. (It's a real shame you can't get the building sprue from mail order any more. :( ) So I decided to rebuild them instead.

Here's a rebuild of the simple corner house #1


17-04-2008, 13:17
About halfway through base construction of the tile:




(not final positions for the buildings, I could move them around)

I need one more ruined corner to locate in the rough center and thus finish the corner building, plus it'll create the illusion of alleyways and possibly a center point to run planks between the buildings. I'm also going to build the second floor in the tavern type building and put the mock tudor onto the buildings. But I need it to dry first.

static grass
17-04-2008, 18:24
Are you going to texture the walls in some way?

19-04-2008, 00:35
Are you going to texture the walls in some way?
I will undercoat the whole thing with roughcoat, I'm not sure if I want to use anything more than that because I really don't like the look of filler when used with tudor style. But I'm not decided yet.

Here's the ruined tile with about 80% construction complete. There's a little more tudor to go onto the new corner and the tavern. Then I need to add windowsills, more rubble, a couple of ladders and bits of detritus.


From the 'back' you can see the interior of the tavern and one set of joining planks

The other joining plank is more visible here:

A view down the alleyway:

19-04-2008, 00:36
I tiled the floor of the long ruined building.

And here's the griffin on a plinth type thing that I assembled to fill space.

I need to clean that up once it's dried.

20-04-2008, 12:38
Looks sweet! How big are you planning to let Fenheim grow?

20-04-2008, 14:52
That is looking pretty cool. I'm sure you know this already but don't forget to seal the edges of the foamboard with PVA otherwise the propellant will eat away at the foam and destroy such wonderful creations.

20-04-2008, 15:12
Lookin good fen, lots of variety :D

20-04-2008, 18:18
Looks sweet! How big are you planning to let Fenheim grow?
Twelve 1x1 tiles to start with, we normally play on two 4'x3' tables when we play skirmish games. So that'll be enough to cover a whole table plus some spares for the second table (which I'm not in charge of getting the terrain for). I have 3 tiles in various states of constructed (1 finished, 2 semi) and another 4 tiles already planned out.

That is looking pretty cool. I'm sure you know this already but don't forget to seal the edges of the foamboard with PVA otherwise the propellant will eat away at the foam and destroy such wonderful creations.
Meep! Thanks for the warning. I did forget to seal up the edges, but I'm not spraying it until tomorrow so there's no disaster there.

20-04-2008, 19:29
Really excellent tiles, fen.
This'll be a beauty when it's finished.

26-04-2008, 00:10
There has been a little more progress. Assembly of the tile is complete and painting has started now.




Here's the completed statue in it's undercoated form.

26-04-2008, 00:11
And because I got a little bored here's a couple of models eye 'mood shots' with some quick photoshopping for a backdrop. Nothing clever, just fancied doing it.



I will be constructing a version of that building in the backdrop later.

26-04-2008, 01:54
Lookin' good, nice model view shots.

oh when you start doing the wood corners i find black ink makes a good wood stain :D

01-05-2008, 08:55
Funky stuff, fen! Consider this idea nicked. :)

sagittar slaith
05-05-2008, 13:52
i love it. the detail is top notch. and i have never seen a market before, good idea. maybe the privvy can act as a special building if you use the rules for seiges in the general compendium

26-05-2008, 11:36
I like, but some colours are not so good I think.

Count Sinister
28-05-2008, 22:26
Excellent buildings, Fen, and a nice idea to put make them modular. I particularly like the market, and the model's eye views. Looking forward to seeing more!

28-05-2008, 22:58
Damn it Fen! Stop making/painting so much awesome. I have enough ideas to think about without you making me want to play Mordheim too... :rolleyes:

The original card buildings are cool but foamcard looks far better instead of thin walls. Better able to withstand having a tonne of metal models fighting over them. :D

30-05-2008, 23:50
I wouldn't worry about it CF, this project is on hold for a while anyway. I ran out of storage space so I can't carry on until I move and actually have a gaming room instead of an airing cupboard.

WHQ is taking up my time atm.

31-05-2008, 01:37
Hrm. A shame, but hey ho. I shall keep a beady eye on this thread, tho'! :D

31-05-2008, 18:01
sweet:D!!! i'd love to see more

06-06-2008, 19:39
Daniel36 - any suggestions on where to find graphics like the ones you describe? After something like that myself.

23-06-2008, 03:43
Good work. I'm starting my own mordheim board at the moment. Yours looks great. Did you airbrush your buildings? The first square was painted extremely well.

19-07-2008, 00:51
Awesome, keep it up.