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Little Joe
04-06-2011, 17:14
The Tale of Terrain Builders 2011 - 2012

This is the thread to post your work done in May. From Wednesday on it becomes where you post your WIP for June. Hold off commenting about others work until then, 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! 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 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 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 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.

Little Joe
04-06-2011, 17:15
And here are the participants of which 11 are still without a joker:
http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/528/totb4.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 by copying the data. I put the file in alphabetical order for easier reference (for me).

General comment: please post WIP pictures instead of requesting a joker if you have some!

@Ghost 1 Actual I gave you a bigWIP and done(+1) so you’ve got your joker back.
@DeadInTheHead same here, but twice with the table and all jokers back.
@Harvey I gave you a bigWIP and done(+1) so you’ve got your joker back.
@ static grass If you want a bigWIP for last month just tell me, I wanted to keep you on edge.

Should I drop a PM if you hit four jokers or is it your own responsibility?
Is the size of the picture OK or do you want a bigger/smaller one? (first time picture poster)

EDIT: Maglok's changes done

Little Joe
04-06-2011, 17:54
Little Joe: Mens

THIS MONTH:
Well I already showed the finished hills so only group shots this month

HIGHS AND LOWS:
Highs: I am done with hills.
Lows: I did not finish even one effigy in time (even with a delay), but I managed to build my third effigy (only needs some rope).

NEXT MONTH:
Finishing orchenge, but first the effigies. They need to go first, because I want to try a new way of painting terrain (like models with a lot of detail, not just mainly brushing) and want to create an overall feel to the orc terrain. So let’s see how far I get.

Maglok
04-06-2011, 18:12
Why do I have a joker :P Only WIPs and finished so far right?

Little Joe
04-06-2011, 18:20
My error, corrected in the file, will post the updated picture wednesday with all needed corrections.

Xazil
05-06-2011, 02:13
Xazil: Mens.

Highs: Interesting working with clay to make an uneven lay of land.
Lows: Water not as smooth as I want it.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19425500/Mire2.JPG

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19425500/Mire3.JPG

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19425500/Mire4.JPG

DAGabriel
05-06-2011, 07:17
The Tower of Drakenquell

Welcome stranger! So you are the one who wants to see the Tower of Drakenquell?
It really is worth a look.

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/Tale%20of%20Terrainbuilders%20May/K800_Tower1.jpg

The village of Drakenquell is situated at the far edge of the city ruins, partly sheltered by the ruined town wall while the Tower is part of the defense of the buildings outside the old city-borders.
Perhaps you know that the village was founded about a dozen years after the devastation of the city of Drakenfurt by the Waagh Ironfist.

Drakenfurt had been a merchant town fabulously rich by the ores of the surrounding hills and until today the tales are told of the gold of the merchant princes to be found among the ruins of the destroyed city.
There were times when adventurers of all parts of the empire came to plunder the ruins, only to disappear after a few days.
The inhabitants seem to be rather superstitious and afraid of shadows. They always tell about the haunted ruins of the old town and try not to venture into the ruins alone or by night. So naturally the tale goes, that the missing men were killed in the deep parts of the ruined city.

You as an educated man surly will scoff at their tales of ghosts and ratlings.
It seems far more likely that these missing adventurers left for good after findings nothing of the famed gold.

But back to our tower. For about ten years it has been manned by the state troops of our esteemed elector count, but soon it will be the home of the newly founded Drakenquell Guard.
As you have seen we built it on a steep hill and the road winds up to its entrance.

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/Tale%20of%20Terrainbuilders%20May/K800_Tower2.jpg

The sides of the hill were cleared of any bigger trees and bushes to make it hard for an enemy to reach the tower-walls.
Don`t let the damaged cart disturb you, it will be cleared away before the arrival of the soldiers.
In case of a visit by a rider we have got a watering place for horses.

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/Tale%20of%20Terrainbuilders%20May/K800_Tower3.jpg
http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/Tale%20of%20Terrainbuilders%20May/K800_Tower4.jpg
http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/Tale%20of%20Terrainbuilders%20May/K800_Tower5.jpg

DAGabriel
05-06-2011, 07:18
Now enter, please.
As you can see, the door is reinforced with iron. We believe, that even a waaagh-boss will not destroy this mastercrafted piece.

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/Tale%20of%20Terrainbuilders%20May/K800_Tower6.jpg

A stair is leading from the ground level to the Guard Room, where the weapons are kept.

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/Tale%20of%20Terrainbuilders%20May/K800_Tower7.jpg
http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/Tale%20of%20Terrainbuilders%20May/K800_Tower8.jpg

A look from the outside:

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/Tale%20of%20Terrainbuilders%20May/K800_Tower9.jpg
http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/Tale%20of%20Terrainbuilders%20May/K800_Tower10.jpg

A ladder then leads you to the wooden fighting platform. From here you can look at the surroundings and fire at the enemies.
The Drakenquell Guard will be a mixed unit of about twenty, later thirty men, one part fighting with the crossbow, the other part is a new type of heavy handgunners after the example of the Nuln Ironsides.

DAGabriel
05-06-2011, 07:18
http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/Tale%20of%20Terrainbuilders%20May/K800_Tower11.jpg

And from here you reach the rest room by spiral stairs. As you can see the tower is built rather luxuriously keeping in mind the comfort and safety of the soldiers.

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/Tale%20of%20Terrainbuilders%20May/K800_Tower12.jpg

Again for your orientation the view from outside.

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/Tale%20of%20Terrainbuilders%20May/K800_Tower13.jpg

And last but not least the sturdy roof!

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/Tale%20of%20Terrainbuilders%20May/K800_Tower14.jpg



After to months of painting and building it finally is ready (to tell the truth, i`m rather fed up).

Highs: It is a fantastic kit, with structures that make painting it a delight. It sure looks impressive on the table and i`m happy how it turned out.

Lows: The wooden fighting platform came in five parts not really fitting together well. That results in a slight misfit of the “rest room”. Don`t know if I have got the nerves to fill the gaps.

I learned: next buildings have to be dry fitted more extensively.

To do: the experiment with the cracle medium to represent old paint.

Coming next: The dreaded 40k buildings. A good 6 weeks `til the big game, I promised:

- two or three ruined buildings (which are flying around partly built)
- a lake (which is partly painted from some years ago)
- something big i`ll have to think about (having that dratted Fortress of Redemption I never even started).

It will be a lot of work so please do not expect too many WIPs, I`ll throw the things online when ready with a Group shot at the end!

Keep on building and painting happily!

Thoume
05-06-2011, 20:39
PARTICIPANT: Thoume - Mens

THIS MONTH: Roads and Gaming Mat

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y192/Thoume/roads_and_mat_photoshop.jpg


Warboss Zagsnik observed the vast road ahead from the saddle of a vehicle only an ork would class as a bike. Once a supply route between imperial colonies across the planet, now a racetrack between the ork settlements built over the ruins.

Time had made its mark on the highway, scars and potholes cover the entire surface. Despite being well built by its predecessors, it wouldn't be long before rubble is all that remains to mark the path.

Far into the distance Zagsnik could see the silhouettes of Space Wolf Thunderhawk Gunships descending from the atmosphere, clearing a drop zone in a display of sheer firepower. Nothing would be left of the bombarded settlement, but several dozen nearby would have drawn their attention to it.

With a roar of the engine and a bellowing warcry, Zagsnik burst ahead towards the carnage, the speed freak horde behind him trying to catch up. The race was on to see who'd get to the fight first...


http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y192/Thoume/roads_detail.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y192/Thoume/roads_and_mat_2.jpg

What a month! I was pretty close to calling a joker on this one, not quite finishing what I had originally set out to do but got a few bits and pieces done. The roads were the main target and I got enough this month to cover the length of a 6x4 board but still got some corner bits and things yet to finish.

Also found an opportunity to paint my broken blacktop zuzzy mat this month with the weather being good for most of it. Was surprisingly quick to turn around in less than a week! I do still have the edges to do but its enough to be playable.

Making the roads was something like this:


I bought four sheets of cork (http://www.fredaldous.co.uk/product_533160010.htm), two of which I cut into lengths of 15cm x 45cm
With some spare foamboard I cut strips to go half on the sides and filled the rest of the space underneath with corrigated cardboard.
Epoxy filler and sand on the sides for texture
Using a craft knife and sculpting tool I carved some cracks and potholes using some reference images as a guide. Cork really lends itself here for the effect!
Primed white, washed black, drybrushed grey, washed black again, sides were a straight sepia wash


HIGHS

Got space for gaming away from the dining room table! Enough for up to a 6x8 board or two 6x4s
Apocalypse game last week helped make sure most of it was finished!
Roads themselves were really easy to make
Finally getting round to painting the mat despite having it for several months!


LOWS

Bought some decent 6x2 folding paste tables for the mats but they were pretty expensive (About £160 for four, two to each mat. I could well have bought a RoB but with nothing for it to stand on!)
Roads have a habit of warping. Can kinda get them back into shape but they just spring back!
Over ambitious in getting some walls done this month and ran out of time for them. Definitely be picking this up again in a later month hopefully in time for another Apoc game...


NEXT MONTH'S THREAT
Nothing planned, I'm actually thinking of making June a joker month to catch up on other stuff. Had a really good streak going but it could be time for a break. I might do some restoration work on some old stuff again (the barricades on the sides of the roads in the third picture would be up first) but other than that nothing from scratch yet. We'll see :)

Maglok
06-06-2011, 09:43
BOYS category

This is the finished result of the WIP from last month

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: The sand. I still haven't found a good way for sand, but the terrainpiece is finished. I also might want to expand the concept of her tomb into a bunch of modular pieces to make it look more like a complex then a single tomb. Good start for now though.

HIGHS: The doors. I like how those got together, with the shields and the guys standing on the door.

LOWS: I have bloody had it with sand. Still can't figure out a good way.

NEXT MONTH: Probably going to be finishing an obelisk I have already partially created. It is smaller then the shrine and the tomb by far, so should only count for one month.

PICTURES!
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5270/5752593398_4a9e4601ca.jpg
Entrance. Excuse the shadows, hard to photo.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3638/5752051819_26b9bd27c2.jpg
Another angle

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5062/5752590176_1a97afa7fc.jpg
Finished piece

Dreffbuilder
06-06-2011, 11:03
Dreffbuilder: Boys

This month, I'll be finishing two of my things because I was Jokering at march. :p I could sign up to mens category, but I think I will do more than the boys category needs to do.

So. Last evening match of my friends was joyful, Tau vs. Eldar. Eldar won. Objective match. We used shattered lizard statues as objectives. I could make those but I want to make arcane ruins first. :) Today, I'll post my LOS blocking, Impassable terrain pieces.

Here you go, Big Mek without right hand for the scale.

http://i796.photobucket.com/albums/yy241/Dreffbu1ld3r/IMG_2377.jpg

http://i796.photobucket.com/albums/yy241/Dreffbu1ld3r/IMG_2378.jpg

Replies:

@Maglok: I started to think that it would be cool, if that pyramid had some light source inside it. The pyramid of doooooom!

@Xazil: Nice, Where I could find that kind of bushes?

@DAGabriel: Hecking good fella! That soldier looks terrfied. :eek:

@Thoume: Nice road. I myself wish that you should make one tall building to the table. And definitely more those Ork huts! And a meks workshop! And you shouldn't listen to my advises and make your own thoughts!

f2k
06-06-2011, 18:21
Well, I finally managed to get the build going again...

I've added the first set of grass mats to the table.

http://www.warworks.dk/pics/flames_of_war/maginot/maginot_023_small.jpg (http://www.warworks.dk/pics/flames_of_war/maginot/maginot_023_large.jpg)

With a bit of luck, this month I'll manage to get the rest of the grass down and, who knows, I might even add a corn-field or two...

static grass
06-06-2011, 21:46
Going to need a day or two to post my finished gate house... Got caught in the rain and the iphone got soaked :( lets see if the rice can save it.

Xazil
07-06-2011, 01:16
@Xazil: Nice, Where I could find that kind of bushes?


The close up pictures aren't very flattering to be honest.

The dark green bushes are simply very small model railway trees bought cheap with some rough drybrushing. The lighter bushes are drybrushed lichen. There is also some undergrowth flock in the mix with the normal flock and static grass.

doc_cthulhu
07-06-2011, 05:44
My Dreadstone Blight and Moonscape craters are finally coming! I ended up building an Imperial Sector as a commission while waiting... Hopefully I'll finish them pretty soon so I'll can redeem myself. :)

DAGabriel
07-06-2011, 19:44
@ static grass: btw, i`d be interested what parts you used for your gate house. GW Parts?

Dreffbuilder
07-06-2011, 19:57
The close up pictures aren't very flattering to be honest.

The dark green bushes are simply very small model railway trees bought cheap with some rough drybrushing. The lighter bushes are drybrushed lichen. There is also some undergrowth flock in the mix with the normal flock and static grass.


Thanks fella!

static grass
07-06-2011, 21:10
Against all odds! The iphone lives!!!

Finally finished this BEAST. It took much longer to assemble and paint than what I originally planned but I am quite chuffed with the result.

Front

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll65/staticgrass/Warhammer%20Empire%20Terrain/f703bc70.jpg

Close up of the gate.... some proclamations there, you better read them next time you go past.

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll65/staticgrass/Warhammer%20Empire%20Terrain/e97db523.jpg


View of the rear

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll65/staticgrass/Warhammer%20Empire%20Terrain/f5b610a6.jpg

Close up on the entry to the gate house.

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll65/staticgrass/Warhammer%20Empire%20Terrain/2c40c71b.jpg



@ static grass: btw, i`d be interested what parts you used for your gate house. GW Parts?

GW mostly and its...

Gate house x1
Watchtower x2
Chapel x1

Plus some textured plasticard from Mills and a door frame from Antenocitis Workshop. (a great store btw)

Very happy with the overall feel of it, it looks like it belongs to the empire (Ostermark).

Little Joe
08-06-2011, 07:07
Lots of great terrain this month, some comments:

@N810 Such a great piece of jungle deserves more comments; you should repost it in this month’s thread. Especially the effect of what I think is green paint and a bit of flock on the floor looks so good. Also you have a piece for each month so far how about becoming a man?

@Xazil The painting in the water makes for an interesting piece of terrain. A pond might need a flat surface but the waves could just be from a windy day, from memory the water in a pond is almost never flat. Different flock and grasses and/or amounts thereof and the bushes, those little trees are very nice, get a nature-like feeling across. The only thing I would change is to also flock the rim.

@DAGabriel That is one nicely painted huge tower with a lot of pictures (needed and appreciated). Even a great kit needs a dedicated builder and painter to make it a masterpiece, just WOW! And thanks for the tour and please keep us updated on that medium, it sounds very interesting.

@Thoume Nice roads, to de-warp them permanently you can replace a bit of the cardboard underneath with a steel ruler (strip of steel). Please tell us more about the tables and the mat, it sounds very interesting.
I wonder if I could get something like that around here and magnetize the corners and just swap mats for different surfaces (I already have a table large enough).

@Maglok A very nice pyramid, sorry tomb, great effect with limited colours. I am greatly interested in the alcohol/glue technique, did you try it?

@Dreffbuilder Yes you could any time you want. Terrain with a job in mind and good looking. You fulfil the boys requirement so far without the need for a joker, do you want me to change the joker for now to a WIP?

@f2k I never had to build a table and have not seen the use of grass mats before, do you add one colour of static grass in between to bind them together while having many colours around, or is it a scale thing to get lush grass? This is for 10mm right?
The progress looks good so far and I definitely get a feel of what it will look like. I hope you add lots of fences, bushes and trees.

@static grass This sure looks great and is painted to a high level, I am glad you did not copy GW’s half crumbled look, but made a sturdy gatehouse. It certainly has this old, we added a bit here, the tower needs to be higher and so on feel with a sound building technique. Which brings me to my single point of critique, the overhang on the back with the walkway and the house on top need support beams of some kind. Stone Gargoyle holders or the empire equivalent would fit the stone theme best I think.
That new gate really adds a lot, not just at the front. Great detail overall, I love it.


Some pictures of my effigies, I will get them painted this weekend and continue with orchenge. I am looking forward to more picture goodness for this month.

EDIT: What I have been calling effigies should have been idols for rulebook reference.

f2k
08-06-2011, 07:17
@f2k I never had to build a table and have not seen the use of grass mats before, do you add one colour of static grass in between to bind them together while having many colours around, or is it a scale thing to get lush grass? This is for 10mm right?
The progress looks good so far and I definitely get a feel of what it will look like. I hope you add lots of fences, bushes and trees.


Yes, I'll be adding some normal static grass in between to create areas of unkept grass. There'll be some corn-fields too, eventually.

The idea I was working with was to create patches of grass with different colours - just as Google Earth shows it.

Bushes and foot-paths will be added as the last stage. I was considering some trees as well, but I've pretty much given up on that again. In real life, the area opposite the fortress was a forest, but gameplay-wise, I don't think it will work.
I might make some movable forests later, though...

As for the scale, Flames of War uses 15 mm. figures. But you might get away with 20 mm. models on this table as well. At 10 mm. the fortress would probably become a bit too large - it's alreaddy a bit oversized for 15 mm, I think...

Dreffbuilder
08-06-2011, 12:04
@Dreffbuilder Yes you could any time you want. Terrain with a job in mind and good looking. You fulfil the boys requirement so far without the need for a joker, do you want me to change the joker for now to a WIP?




Nah, I hope the joker makes me go "VROOOOOOM" and make more terrain! And keep the boys.

Thank you for asking thou! :)

DAGabriel
10-06-2011, 14:14
We are in month 5 and seem to be dwindling????
Come on guys!

Here my comments and the first finished 40k thingies:


@ Little Joe: Well, what shall i say, they are very hilly hills? Show us the cake and not the bread! Painted effigies/idols!!!!!!!!!!!!
@ Xasil: Did it warp? Or is it just the photo? And what is the problem with the water? I`ll be doing some water effects soon, too, so i`m interested to avoid the problem.
@ Thoume: that broken asphalt effect is ace! So sorry that for me it is cobble stone streets.
@ Maglok: Would like to visit you with my tomb kings. Really cool pyramid, but what about the sand? Any progress?
@ Dreffbuilder: What happened with that orc boss? Nice hills/los-blockers. I know it is a lot of work, but wouldn`t the plants look great when primed and painted?
@ f2k: That is what I call progress! Looking great so far, close ups?
@ static grass: Love it! I´m really tempted to try to copy it (with my color palette). Only problem: all other buildings got detailed interiors, don`t know if I could manage that.

And the first photo, i know they are far from perfect, if i manage, i`ll put at least some rust on the things in the lake!
http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/ToTB%20June/K800_RIMG0233.jpg

Tabletop World
11-06-2011, 10:11
http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/Tale%20of%20Terrainbuilders%20May/K800_Tower11.jpg

And from here you reach the rest room by spiral stairs. As you can see the tower is built rather luxuriously keeping in mind the comfort and safety of the soldiers.

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/Tale%20of%20Terrainbuilders%20May/K800_Tower12.jpg

Again for your orientation the view from outside.

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/Tale%20of%20Terrainbuilders%20May/K800_Tower13.jpg

And last but not least the sturdy roof!

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/Tale%20of%20Terrainbuilders%20May/K800_Tower14.jpg



After to months of painting and building it finally is ready (to tell the truth, i`m rather fed up).

Highs: It is a fantastic kit, with structures that make painting it a delight. It sure looks impressive on the table and i`m happy how it turned out.

Lows: The wooden fighting platform came in five parts not really fitting together well. That results in a slight misfit of the “rest room”. Don`t know if I have got the nerves to fill the gaps.

I learned: next buildings have to be dry fitted more extensively.

To do: the experiment with the cracle medium to represent old paint.

Coming next: The dreaded 40k buildings. A good 6 weeks `til the big game, I promised:

- two or three ruined buildings (which are flying around partly built)
- a lake (which is partly painted from some years ago)
- something big i`ll have to think about (having that dratted Fortress of Redemption I never even started).

It will be a lot of work so please do not expect too many WIPs, I`ll throw the things online when ready with a Group shot at the end!

Keep on building and painting happily!

Great job DAGabriel! Really well done, I love the realistic tones and colors!
Keep up the great work! ;)
Ivan
Tabletop World

Little Joe
12-06-2011, 10:10
@ Little Joe: Well, what shall i say, they are very hilly hills? Show us the cake and not the bread! Painted effigies/idols!!!!!!!!!!!!

*hangs head in shame*
"Dein Wunsch sei mir Befehl"

Pictures of one finished idol for my wolf tribe.
I am a bit unsure of the open mouths as muscles freeze after death it should be fine but I could also put little sticks in them to keep them open. Yet would a goblin go through the hassle?
Today I hope to finish painting the night goblin one.

The number of entries are pretty steady per month, I'd say most have not posted yet for whatever reason. So people, put them shiny pictures online!

EmperorNorton
12-06-2011, 13:01
While my entry is almost finished I currently have some trouble finding the time and motivation to get it completely done. Therefore:

http://www.echo-muenster.de/files/imagecache/fullnode_468width/files/photos/joker.jpg

Dreffbuilder
12-06-2011, 17:57
@DAGabriel: The mek wasn't WYSIWYG, (=What you see is what you get) Because mek can't have a force field and kustom mega blasta at the same time... something catastrophic would happen if he pulls the trigger too close to a electro- magnetic field... SadFace :cries:

For any others, Trying to figure the positioning of the ruins. Furthermore, I'm really pissed of for some reason. (I just like to hate things sometimes) (Maybe it's the full moon!) No....
...My dwarfs were beaten up again. (Twice!) The other was a last stand match, having two units of 20 hammerers and lord and thane (1000p limit) against 3000p of invaders... survived to round 4 with my lord standing last, only to Rest In Pieces, even SadderFace :cries: :cries: (Both had oath stones, were they legal?) Oh and against me was 5 units of ogres, and a crapload of skaven' and a vermin lord


Yeah things happen.
I wish they would update the dwarf army book soon, I always get blasted to pieces by my mates' skaven, OK, O&G, WoC and TK soon. Only one victory would cheer.

Ghost 1 Actual
13-06-2011, 13:49
Thanks Little Joe.

@Static Grass: I love the city gate. it's a vey inspiring piece, and would really dominate a battle field. Great for Mordheim.

This month for me is a WIP. To prove I have not been totally lazy. Here are some photos (in progress) of my new wargaming room and perhaps more importantly a first look at my home made terrain tiles. (modelled very much on Geo-hex)

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-kdN-lOHXJUk/TfYQjkEdJ2I/AAAAAAAAA10/UmXSRssi3_4/s400/photo.JPG
A look towards my bookcases, with drawers for my armies and a TV for inspirational movies.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-2gbjfUbEwew/TfYQjS2H6JI/AAAAAAAAA1w/DK2uk2zhMIc/s400/photo%252520%2525281%252529.JPG
The table itself. (piled with crap that has not yet been stored in the 12 drawers under the table)

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-l6-wfSFa9Rg/TfYQ0qqwV3I/AAAAAAAAA2M/AQpI8cWZIAs/s400/photo%252520%2525284%252529.JPG
Using two wooden hex templates to make the basic shapes for my tiles.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-51pFCcXBHiA/TfYQ08e9zjI/AAAAAAAAA2Q/PMPX1LlPlk0/s400/photo%252520%2525285%252529.JPG
Starting to cover the table.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-_uO-CPPMzl4/TfYQ353X-KI/AAAAAAAAA2U/jeyRNENKfZo/s400/photo%252520%2525286%252529.JPGG
Covered in basic tiles and with a good collection of hill tiles also complete.

The plan is to double side some of the tiles to allow for having roads on one side and then plain fields on the other. I also hope to create a few "custom" tiles to allow me to create a harbour/port for a Mordheim style table.
I also hope that once the tiles are painted and flocked any irregularities between the tiles will "blend" in and not be as noticeable.
The whole thing has also been planned and built to have a "frame" around the outside to stop the tiles from sliding while being used...but I realise I might have to also "tie" certain tiles together like GeoHex used to do with triangles of plastic-card at the corners.

More photos to come once the painting and flocking has begun.

static grass
17-06-2011, 19:33
Just swinging by...

I am loving those hex tiles are you just using a normal saw or a hotwire cutter to cut the tiles?

I think that the static grass (ahem) will cover the joins quite well but I dont think it is a good idea to them double sided. I reckon they will just get damaged or not sit properly due to the irregular surfaces. Anyway though I am very excited to see how this progress's!

Little Joe
18-06-2011, 13:51
@Ghost 1 Actual That looks very promising. It is also very interesting to see it done this way (nice measuring tool you made!). I hope to see many more WIP pictures of that table.

Here is the second idol done. It took me a bit longer as expected due to all the skulls and detail, but I am happy with the outcome so far. The time left today will be spent on the spider idol. Next weekend I am not at home so I will have to try to get it done this weekend. I need something finished for this month, orchenge is undergoing goblinyfying at the moment and with the experience of these three will take a whole month to paint.

Ghost 1 Actual
19-06-2011, 03:46
@Static Grass: I created two, as near to perfect as I could get them, and identical hexes from masonite. I then lined them up to create guide holes, and then with the help of some screws and some F-Clamps I positioned them on opposite sides of the foam and used a hot wire cutter to cut out the hex. I similarly positioned the templates to make half hexes and the hill edges so I did not have to waste a full hex. (This article: http://www.terragenesis.co.uk/infopages/page255.html was the basis for my thinking, and where I got the "how to" idea.)

As for making them double sided, I will probably test a few, and see how they turn out...but I already know if I don't do it, it does become another thing to store, and therefore consider.

@Little Joe: I like the idol...especially the mushrooms...something to get the Gobbos all drugged up and ready for battle.

As for more WIP here are a few to show how the final tile should look, I rushed a few to completion so I could see if they fitted in with my existing forests and scatter hills.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-SJzbUFFHjKU/Tf1sha447_I/AAAAAAAAA5k/OJ8UWqab32w/s400/photo%252520%25252811%252529.JPG

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-ATXzeK6ut64/Tf1wI0fPf1I/AAAAAAAAA6E/GSGoqJm8tCo/s400/photo%252520%25252814%252529.JPG
Showing a finished tile, and some of my scatter terrain, as well as all the road/cliff sections in the background with their sanded bits being painted black after I had to experiment to find the right dry-brushing tones to make it all match what I already have.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-5pfxADCKKFM/Tf1wJvQYA_I/AAAAAAAAA6I/OMMBaV9e7sk/s400/photo%252520%25252813%252529.JPG
This last hopefully shows how the elevation will work with a road and a hill.

Little Joe
27-06-2011, 16:58
@Ghost 1 Actual I just love your gaming table system. I saw some other pictures in your terrain plog (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=272440&page=3) and am mighty impressed. And fast, just WOW!
Especially the blue surface/hill combo for rivers is an idea to be proud of. Oh and the bridge...I just cannot seem to stop.

I hope to see some more comments on achievements of this month, we all work for the pat on the shoulder, so give it generous but honest.

If you want a joker, please ask for it, next month's plog is just four days away.

N810
27-06-2011, 17:19
Guess I should bash together some motovation this week... :p

Ps. Amazing modular design ghost. :D

DAGabriel
27-06-2011, 18:44
So, just finished the 3rd 40k ruin. The Fortress is still very much WIP.
But i couldn`t stand the future anymore so here some idyllic break, the first WIP of the Gremlins Vegetable Garden:

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/ToTB%20June/K800_RIMG0322.jpg

EmperorNorton
28-06-2011, 14:36
So you got yours already?
I got an Email this morning that mine had been shipped.
What paints did you use for the soil?

DAGabriel
28-06-2011, 18:33
Yeah, it took only 4 days.
Earth i do normally with a deep brown, here scorched brown, drybrush with bestial brown (that`s it here), then today i have done a slight coloration with yellow, orange, deap sea blue and sometimes catachan green.
Finally, perhaps tomorrow, a thin drybrush with bleached bone.
Biggest problem is now to get back to this dratted fortress of redemption.
Did you order something else?

EmperorNorton
28-06-2011, 19:42
Yeah, I ordered the abandoned cart, the well and some small bits.
I thought it was a better deal to spend 20€ more on stuff and get free shipping than paying 10€ for shipping alone.
How's the casting quality?

DAGabriel
28-06-2011, 20:03
so lala! The garden itself is ok, the trees are about 1 hour of scraping, sanding and filing.

DAGabriel
30-06-2011, 16:36
Painted the front door (20 years ago?)

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/ToTB%20June/K800_RIMG0332.jpg

By the way, who will make the "June (and July in progress)"???

Radical
06-07-2011, 21:10
Hope Im not to late for this thread, but here is a standard city of death building as well as a wip.


http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg88/scaled.php?server=88&filename=dsc0125l.jpg&res=medium

Wip building

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg35/scaled.php?server=35&filename=dsc0124t.jpg&res=medium

Highs: Getting back into the tale, looking forward to earning back those jokers.
Lows: The textured spray can that I bought barely had enough texture in it for two buildings!

Little Joe
07-07-2011, 04:43
@Radical Could you please repost in this month's thread (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5629495#post5629495), this way you get more comments on your work.

I will make sure the entries in the table are changed accordingly for month 4 and 5.

Skelos
16-06-2016, 15:38
Well, I finally managed to get the build going again...

I've added the first set of grass mats to the table.

http://www.warworks.dk/pics/flames_of_war/maginot/maginot_023_small.jpg (http://www.warworks.dk/pics/flames_of_war/maginot/maginot_023_large.jpg)

With a bit of luck, this month I'll manage to get the rest of the grass down and, who knows, I might even add a corn-field or two...

Great work! can I know how do you glue grass mats on convex surfaces?