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Little Joe
01-10-2011, 06:28
The Tale of Terrain Builders 2011 Ė 2012 Month 8

This is the thread to post your work finished in September. After a week it becomes where you post your WIP for October. 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 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 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
01-10-2011, 06:31
And here are the participants:

http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/2120/totb8.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.

@N810 The first boy and participant to finish this tale, you can still upgrade to become a men. The watch tower is already included in the table above and you would just need to finish another four pieces in the 5 months ahead.

Little Joe
01-10-2011, 06:46
Little Joe: Mens

http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/1184/frontsp.jpg

http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/8940/backoni.jpg

http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/6692/gorkandormork.jpg

http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/4613/dagreenzappa.jpg

THIS MONTH:
Orchenge finally done, I am very pleased with it. I left out the ivy as it looked already right and colourful enough (you can always add more but less is harder).

HIGHS AND LOWS:
Highs: Getting it done of course, I like the end result.:)
Lows: The pointy ends, oh the pointy ends and being inapt at taking pictures. I tried three days in a row, but only got slightly fuzzy ones in the sun.

NEXT MONTH:
A mountain in two parts to redeem, but now I am off to a wedding so I look forward to many posts when I sober up.:D

Xazil
02-10-2011, 06:57
The Decanter of Endless Water

An adaption of the hirst arts fountain kit.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19425500/fountain1.jpg

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19425500/fountain2.jpg

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19425500/fountain3.jpg

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19425500/fountain4.jpg

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19425500/fountain5.jpg

EmperorNorton
02-10-2011, 11:35
After having it lie around in a rather sad and half-assembled stage I finally built my Fortified Manor:

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC03165.jpg

Although I gave myself a bit of a headstart and put some paint on it already, I doubt that I'll be able to finish this thing in just one month, but we'll see.

f2k
02-10-2011, 12:53
And now for something completely different...

Sorry Ďbout not posting any WIP shots last months. But I was working on a special piece and played it mostly by ea... Ehhh... By airbrush, I mean...

I promised the guys from the local train model club to paint a building for them, trying out different weathering techniques. So I bought a railway station, glued it together, fired up the compressor, and went berserk with my airbrush. Sadly, the slight variations on the colour of the brick-works arenít really visible to my camera. You can see some of the dark exaggerated-for-the-purpose-of-showing-the-technique weathering on the front of the building, towards the ground. But you canít see the handful of different yellow hues that went into shading the bricks, nor the fact that the bricks have been coated with a matt varnish whereas the roof tiles have been covered with gloss varnish to give them a more shiny look.

Sigh...

I really need a better cam. And I really really really need a job to pay for it...

Oh well. Iíll do the best I can...

Actually, it felt good getting a bit away from my Flames of War table. It was a needed break from all the polystyrene and grass...

DAGabriel
02-10-2011, 16:23
And finally finished (except that door i will have to redo!).

The second town-house:

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/ToTB%20Sept/HouseSept5.jpg

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/ToTB%20Sept/HouseSept6.jpg

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/ToTB%20Sept/HouseSept7.jpg

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/ToTB%20Sept/HouseSept1.jpg

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/ToTB%20Sept/HouseSept4.jpg

Thoume
04-10-2011, 14:49
A JOKER for me this month. Haven't done much on the 40k front for the past month or so, been plenty busy outside it. Got a set of urban barricades / walls ready to clean up and paint when I'm finally in the mood to make stuff, other than that nothing big planned yet...!

N810
04-10-2011, 14:56
Hmmm I guess I could post a mostly empty base as a wip, it is textured and primed,
not sure what I'm gonna put on it yet.

Ghost 1 Actual
06-10-2011, 11:47
Love the house. Orchenge looks great and the fountain would look great in the middle of a city for the Tomb Kings to fight over.

Work got the better of me last month, hopefully I can get something done this week...though no promises that it will be fantasy/40k good chance it will be historical (ACW)

DAGabriel
11-10-2011, 18:47
Hi guys, it is getting a little emptie in this tale, what is the matter?

Not much to comment on, but here it is:

@Little Joe: Orchenge looks fine, i especially like that rust effect on one of the pillar tops. Know what you fell about that pics, it is a big problem. Found i got the best results with a tripod in the shadow in the evening, but that may be my cam. My photo setup is ok for minis, but terrain is much to large for it.

@ Xasil: Now that is breathtaking, love nearly everything about it.Only the fountain at the top isn`t to my taste, but i really don`t have an idea how to make it better. Is there water effect in the topmost basin?

@ EmperorNorton: I am looking forward to see what you will make of it.

@ f2k: It is nice, have you ever been to the Miniatur Wunderland (http://www.miniatur-wunderland.de/) in Hamburg?

@ all the missing guys: DON`T LEAVE US ALONE!!!!!

Haven`t really decided what to do this month, started my TK-Army at the ToFP and began an Oasis together with the next TTW house and yesterday i ordered the new graveyard by TTW (http://www.tabletop-world.com/Graveyard.php).

f2k
12-10-2011, 18:41
@ f2k: It is nice, have you ever been to the Miniatur Wunderland (http://www.miniatur-wunderland.de/) in Hamburg?

Thanks.

No, sadly I havenít. Some of the guys from the club have and theyíre talking about going back next month. Unfortunately I 1) donít do well on long drives (get the motion sickness ever so wickedly) and 2) probably wonít have time to go...



@ all the missing guys: DON`T LEAVE US ALONE!!!!!


Yeah...

Want's been going on? Lot's of guys missing...?

Oh well, who am I to talk? Haven't exactly been super active myself lately...

DAGabriel
12-10-2011, 18:50
@ f2k: Even Denmark to Hamburg? That is hard! I Just had to install my daughter at the University of LŁbeck, from here in Treveris that are 750km one way, thought i`d get blisters on my a....

For this month i decided to do the oasis and start the TTW-house, think the oasis is a project for 2 or 3 days so i can have a headstart for the House in November.

f2k
12-10-2011, 18:57
@ f2k: Even Denmark to Hamburg? That is hard! I Just had to install my daughter at the University of LŁbeck, from here in Treveris that are 750km one way, thought i`d get blisters on my a....


Let me put it this way: I get seasick just by standing on a pier and looking at the water...

I'd never survive 750 kilometers in a car...

Strangely, I suffered really badly from it when I was a child, then it went away during my teens and now in my early thirties it's come back...

Green Feevah!
12-10-2011, 23:40
My project this month: A Chapel. I'm about half done.

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b378/mfostkd/IMG_0111.jpg

I'll post more as I get done.

Narcissus
15-10-2011, 19:42
Hi, I'd like to rejoin the tale of terrain builders starting this month. I would like to join the mens category. Thanks!

To start, here is a WIP picture of a waste water reservoir I am building for this month.

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x480/NarcissusCO/IMG_0079.jpg

Can I post more than one entry for each month? I have a few in progress right now.

Daniel36
15-10-2011, 22:23
I finally finished something!!

It's not much, but I guess I should show it... Perhaps by the end of it I will be HALF done with the Tale... Or perhaps I can make up later...

Anyways, pictures!!

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j107/DanielBrouwer/Dreadstone-002.jpg
Finally finished the aptly named Dreadstone Blight. I didn't have access to the magic wheel for the right colours so it took me a while. But now I do and so it is DONE!

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j107/DanielBrouwer/Dreadstone-003.jpg
It's a nice model though. One of the nicer ones (because it is pretty generic) GW has released.

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j107/DanielBrouwer/Dreadstone-001.jpg
I just found out this is actually the official colour wheel with black and white added, which I think is a cool touch GW added to the magic system. Shows me they care!

Odd... Black is on top in the picture... Wonder if I did that on purpose... Hmm....
*ominous end of episode tune*

Narcissus
20-10-2011, 07:26
Here is a quick few WIP shots of my waste water reservoir for this month. I just need to add a few more layers of water (the water looks cloudy because it has not set yet). Comments and criticisms appreciated!

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x480/NarcissusCO/IMG_0104.jpg

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x480/NarcissusCO/IMG_0105.jpg

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x480/NarcissusCO/IMG_0107.jpg

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x480/NarcissusCO/IMG_0108.jpg

Daniel36
21-10-2011, 16:35
Those ink cartdridge plastic thingies are the funnest ever. I use them too quite often.

Little Joe
22-10-2011, 09:22
I am sick so finally get to stay at home for a change, but not sick enough not to work on my mountain.:D
My sincere apologies for the lack of comments on my part.

@Xazil I like it, the composition of its elements is well done and the painting gives the stonework a nice shading. From what I can see the water effects look good but for all the cracks it could do with a bit of weathering and a bit more murky water.
On the other hand clean buildings seem to be rare on these plogs so nice and refreshing.;)

@EmperorNorton When that kit came out I was happy with the new age of terrain sets, but a bit disappointed by the thickness of the crenulations and all the supporting beams. It is however a nice set and I am looking forward to seeing you paint it.
I would not worry about time you are without jokers.

@f2k Well that is something new well executed. It makes me wonder if there are people out there using train buildings for their tabletops and if they come in all the scales needed. I always assumed them either to large or to small.
Always planning ahead I have plans for a building a portable table for skirmish games and am looking at Renedra or TTW to supply me with some buildings (any other places I might look).

@DAGabriel Great painting as always and a bit of pink thrown in as well. How about a wanted poster of a local highwayman on the wall (Name him Bravo)?

@Thoume missing your pictures alreadyÖ

@N810 Please do.

@Ghost 1 Actual I have seen nothing yet. Maybe you could tell me about the use of railroad buildings in tabletop.

@Green Feevah! Looks good so far, keep updates coming.

@Narcissus Welcome back, I put you in boys for now as we do not have that many months left, but you are welcome to try. Whatever you do it will be a menís amount.
If you have plans for more do not worry as I plan to go along with the tale after this one, but might make it a month break to align to half time in the big painting tales.
I see it got done and at a stunning level, I just love to see somebody scratch build and you certainly are up to it.
Is the rust done by weathering powders? While making the large tooth on orchenge a bit rust I found the painted effect fine but to the touch a very fine surface might have been better.

@Daniel36 A great paint job on a building with too many skulls on it for my taste, but looking great none the less. It is very well painted in deed. Looking at the excel sheet you should be fine for this tale.

And a research question to you all: ďDoes anybody have experience with these bolts (http://www.antenocitisworkshop.com/code-128-sci-fi-hex-nut.html)?Ē
They look the right size to me for not having to make rivets.

DAGabriel
22-10-2011, 16:04
@ Little Joe: Am working on printed posters, Newspapers and so on, but still cant get the effect i want.

Finished the oasis in 2 days while my cam was away with my wife, so no WIPs there but now i have some time for my timbered house (along with the skeleton warriors for ToFP, the Gremlins for ToSGP and the things for the ToBGP).

Little Joe
22-10-2011, 19:31
@DAGabriel I am amazed you can keep all that up. I will surely sign up for the next ToSGP and ToTB and would like to aim for the ToFP next year if I can get my VC army build by then and have the time.
I will admit to having been a bit lazy lately, but my max. would be half of an goblin army within the year and nothing else. On the other hand my pile of models has been growing at alarming speed and needs paint fast.

Here is a small update on Gobbo-Mountain, I finished the cutting and adding of foam. The pictures are from when I was almost done. Then I added some texture with toilet paper and lots of thinned white glue.
Now the pieces are drying and I will add a layer where they join later on. I will glue them together there and cut them apart later again to have ongoing details from one part to the other.

Tomorrow morning I want to add a bit of sand and stones and then it is time for the bitz box.:)

The first part will have an outcrop for a war machine and an entry to the cave system. The other part will have a dwarf statue in destruction and a bit more of snow and trees. The latter will get done in any case, not so sure about the first but at least it will get almost done.

I want to use the collectors model ďthe chaseĒ at the back for a good laugh. Not sure where exactly to put the three models but they will be added.

Narcissus
23-10-2011, 06:44
Is the rust done by weathering powders? While making the large tooth on orchenge a bit rust I found the painted effect fine but to the touch a very fine surface might have been better.

And a research question to you all: ďDoes anybody have experience with these bolts (http://www.antenocitisworkshop.com/code-128-sci-fi-hex-nut.html)?Ē
They look the right size to me for not having to make rivets.

Little Joe-thanks for the compliments. I did the rust by painting the base color and then using a ripped up sponge brush to paint successive light spongings or dark brown, reddish brown, boltgun metal, and vermin brown in the same areas, going lighter at each pass. I wrote a little tutorial on my blog: http://rustandthecity.blogspot.com/2011/09/tutorial-industrial-weathering.html. This is the basic formula I have been using.

1.5mm for bolts would look nice. Not accurate to scale, but would provide a nice shape. They are pretty expensive when you factor in shipping though. A few other ways to add bolts and rivets.
1. Get a 1/8" or 1/4" (I use 1/8) hole punch (at Michael's or other craft stores, around $5-10), punch thin plasticard or plastic cups and things, then glue the rivets in place with white glue or super glue. This is the method I currently use and it is pretty fast and looks good.

2. Get a rod of plasticard (can even be hex), cut it in little slices. It works, but is time consuming and hard to get them straight. And the bits tend to get lost.

3. I have tried making little screws out of greenstuff. Take a tiny ball of greenstuff, flatten it in place on the structure, then use an exacto knife or sculpting tool to create a cut through it, creating a largish but interesting looking screw. You can see an example of these here:

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x480/NarcissusCO/IMG_0053.jpg
http://rustandthecity.blogspot.com/2011/09/industrial-terrain-pencil-holder.html

My goal for next month is to complete my warehouse that I am also planning to enter in a terragenesis competition. Not planning to win, just to push my ability and try some new techniques and complete a model in a bit of a different style.

Narcissus
23-10-2011, 06:52
@ Little Joe: Am working on printed posters, Newspapers and so on, but still cant get the effect i want.


What have you tried for posters and newspaper? I can show an example of what I do, that I think looks alright. I printed posters and some newspaper on a decent printer. I then cut them out and lightly coat the back with white glue and glue it onto the terrain. When it dries I then lightly paint the front with glue to seal it. I then streak GW gryphon sepia or devlan mud over the sign, add some streaks in washes, and sponge browns over it to simulate wear, dirt, and some rust poking through. They look weathered and grimy. I haven't tried newspaper too much, but plan to add more. Here is an example for you.

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x480/NarcissusCO/IMG_0061.jpg

And after my two long posts, here are some comments for everyone:

Little Joe-I like The Chase. The mountain looks like it is coming along and I can't wait to see the chase modelled into it. I also really like the banner in your first piece.

Xazil-The rock drybrushing looks very realistic. Good job.

f2k-good to see airbrushing on terrain!

DaGabriel-I really like the painted interior. Nice that it has some furniture too.

Daniel36-The tower looks really cleanly painted. Could be a box picture model it looks so clean.

Glad to see everyone's terrain. Sorry if I missed anyone with completed projects.

DAGabriel
23-10-2011, 08:23
@ Narcissus: Have done nearly the same, but i wanted to have that look with loose edges, like if the poster was rolled and the upper and lower end are coming off. And that step is the problem.

Little Joe
23-10-2011, 13:37
@Narcissus Thanks for sharing those insights.

A few WIP pictures to show where this project is going, I arranged the trees until I was happy with the density and the next stage is bitz bashing!

As you can see the mountain is now textured and sanded. I will need to greenstuff some roots here and there and will add lots of bitz at the cave side. I will need to get some grey paint tomorrow because I do not dare to spray it.

Next step: make sure it is a goblin mountain.

DAGabriel
23-10-2011, 17:37
@ all:thanks for the positive resonance to the house.

Here the first and only WIP for the oasis and a WIP for the November aimed Timbered House:

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/ToTBOct/K800_WIPToTP10-2.jpg

http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae121/triekehr/diverses/ToTBOct/K800_WIPToTP10-1.jpg

EmperorNorton
24-10-2011, 16:02
@Little Joe: Looks cool. The banner is a nice touch, sewn together like that. IMO it could use a few more patches of grass to add a little more colour.

@Xazil: A very interesting piece. What is that thing in the middle? And where did you get the little trees in the corners from?

@f2k: What scale is that? It looks good to me, even though the pictures may not show all the detail.

@DAGabriel: The wood is very well done. I find the pink bedsheets a bit out of place, though.

@Green Feevah!: That is a pretty bold colour scheme. I was tempted to go with red bricks, too, but shied away from it.

@Narcissus: It looks like you turned a few fairly simple parts into an absolutely awesome piece of terrain. The weathering is incredibly well done.

@Daniel36: Now where have I seen that before? What can I say, I still like it.



@ EmperorNorton: I am looking forward to see what you will make of it.
Well, we'll see, I guess.


@EmperorNorton When that kit came out I was happy with the new age of terrain sets, but a bit disappointed by the thickness of the crenulations and all the supporting beams. It is however a nice set and I am looking forward to seeing you paint it.
I would not worry about time you are without jokers.
The kit has its weaknesses, but I like it alright overall.
Being without jokers is a nice surprise and a bit of a relief, as I was sure I was at least one joker down.
It's a good thing, because I'm going to need them.

My WIP isn't very far along at all, or so it seems, despite having spent a good number of hours on it already:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC03413.jpg

Abraham Danglebreech
26-10-2011, 17:56
Little Joe: Orc henge looks grand. Favourite part has to be the metal plated stone. Great stuff! Quote "The first part will have an outcrop for a war machine and an entry to the cave system." Cave system. Oh yes!

Xazil: Fantastic job. Lovely warm colour and weathering on the stone. Very authentic.

EmperorNorton: Looking forward to seeing this finished. I didn't realise it was was such a large kit. I think most folks would be hard put to get that done in a month!

f2k: Nice looking station that! Ought to be nominated for tidiest platform award. Maybe add some rust, mud and battle damage :D Can you get model railway Station posters?

DAGabriel: Lovely looking model. Painted well. Only thing I would suggest (and this is me being REALLY picky) is to add some subtle variation in the colours on the roof tiles and flagstones. They look great as they are, but I think maybe they look a bit uniform? I only mention this as I have done EXACTLY the same thing with my craters which has made them look a bit unnatural. Like I say, I'm being picky, still a great job.

Green Feevah!: Looking forward to seeing the end result. Going well so far I reckon.

Narcissus: Magic! Great job. Favourite bits are the posters. I shall be looking at this more closely later to copy

Daniel36: Nice job on Dreadstone Blight. I fancy that model myself as it happens although I understand an even bigger piece of architecture is to be released soon! The colour wheel, what are the chances!


Apologies for my late entry this month. It's been a busy one. I only managed to paint up the two craters I had as last month's WiP yesterday.

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g279/stevilgenius/IMGP1140.jpg

Not as interesting to look at as everybody else's entries this month I'm afraid. I think with the next lot of craters I shall attempt to add a streaked effect radiating out from the centre, to be contained within the crater itself, to make them look more fresh.

Had first game on the new board last weekend. Seeing as I only had shots of the board in pieces last month, heres a shot of it stuck together (more pics in my terrain blog)

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g279/stevilgenius/IMGP1004.jpg

WiP this month (well, a collection of materials at least.....)

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g279/stevilgenius/IMGP1114-1.jpg

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Narcissus
27-10-2011, 00:09
Abraham Danglebreach-your board looks really nice. Your flock looks fairly natural. Sometimes it just looks a bit unnatural but yours appears to look suitably irregular. Looks like a really nice board to play on.

Emperor Norton-The manor looks like it is coming along. Basecoating is the slowest part.

Here is the final, final pictures for my entry for this month. I added some water effects with camo green mixed in that adds some nice bright color to my terrain collection. I also put a small rat in the large pipe.

Highs: I am quite pleased with the garbage in the water, the dirty effect, and the interesting color of the water.
Lows: 1 hour cleaning a clog in my airbrush or 1 hour cleaning the bathroom after a spray paint incident. Both not much fun.
Goals for next month: Build a warehouse. Finish some walkways.

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x480/NarcissusCO/IMG_0112.jpg

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x480/NarcissusCO/IMG_0122.jpg

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x480/NarcissusCO/IMG_0124.jpg

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x480/NarcissusCO/IMG_0115.jpg

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x480/NarcissusCO/IMG_0120.jpg

Little Joe
27-10-2011, 05:09
@DAGabriel Another fishing model? I would sure like to see a fish skeleton on the end of the line. Is the cloth you adde hardened by glue or is it added and does not get painted?


@Little Joe: Looks cool. The banner is a nice touch, sewn together like that. IMO it could use a few more patches of grass to add a little more colour.

@EmperorNorton Thanks for the criticism; yes I agree it needs a bit more. I looked at it again and want to add a bit so I got myself a new colour mix of short static grass and will backtrack some terrain with it. I also want to add some ivy and when I feel up to it to add a bit of blast effect where the prism-thingy points.

@Abraham Danglebreech Those craters fit well with that nice board, a good one piece picture. Make it four next month or something slightly larger as 6Ēx6Ē because you got a done for this month. WIP is for boys and counting halves seems silly, so I added a done with a discrepancy note to the list.

@Narcissus The green look through smudge looks good, but that rat at least need a wash.

Narcissus
27-10-2011, 06:14
Little Joe-the rat got a wash, it just looks pretty washed out with the flash in the picture. I'll try touching the head of the rat up again with another wash. It does look pretty bad in that picture. It was hard to photograph.

Edit: Just gave the rat a badab black wash. Toned it down a little.

DAGabriel
27-10-2011, 16:46
@Little Joe: Which cloth? And another fishing model, it was the one i first developed the idea for. Tried for a thinner rod and really was thinking about a skeleton fish (forseeable me).

Little Joe
27-10-2011, 18:07
I assumed the cloth on the bed was actual cloth. Are you telling me it is cast?
If so wow for realistic looks.

DAGabriel
27-10-2011, 18:10
Yes, part of the original cast, that`s what i love those ttw guys for.

update 28th of October: after the 7th or 8th try at a skeleton fish and no acceptable result i will settle for a long line and a float. Wasted some precious hours, my sculpting isn`t good enough, printed ones look really bad and you can`t really paint on dried water effect.

Xazil
30-10-2011, 11:43
Litte Joe: Love the Orchenge. Great detailing, given me inspiration for this month. :) The water is supposed to be constantly flowing so I held back on the murk.

EmperorNorton: Nice project for the month, good progession on a complex multibuilding model. Basically instead of a normal fountain its a magical vase that spouts forth water endlessly. The little trees are just that, trees brought from a model train shop made for one of the tiner scales.

f2k: Good stands of buildings, can see them all arranged into streets.

DAGabriel: Very detailed building with lots of attention to all that detail payed. Love all the furniture. There is water effect in the top basin and over the decanter itself, my photography sucking mostly although.

Green Feevah: Nice little warhammer chapel with detailing.

Narcissus: Very creative use of various plastic containers, looks great. The water and rust effects with depth is breathtaking. The little posters just take it over the top. :)

Daniel36: The base colour wheel makes me want to do a diaroma based just around that alone.

Abraham Danglebreech: Nice blending of the table with those craters.

f2k
30-10-2011, 14:56
Thanks for the nice comments on the station. Iíll return the favour at a slightly later time Ė as soon as Iíve worked though the backlog of emails that are waiting for me...



@f2k Well that is something new well executed. It makes me wonder if there are people out there using train buildings for their tabletops and if they come in all the scales needed. I always assumed them either to large or to small.


Well, at HO scale itís a fair bit too big for Flames of War. In fact, trying to find buildings at that scale can be quite a royal pain in the behind. There are some companies producing buildings at that scale but getting them to Denmark is rather expensive in my opinion.

Iíve seen some players who used HO scale track and trains though. Still look a bit big but not quite as bad when using just tracks and smallish steam locomotives. In truth, you should be using the British TT scale tracks and models but if you thought the buildings were expensive...



f2k-good to see airbrushing on terrain!


In all honesty, now that Iíve got a decent airbrush I simply cannot understand how I could ever live without one. Itís just so much easier to paint with an airbrush...



f2k: Nice looking station that! Ought to be nominated for tidiest platform award. Maybe add some rust, mud and battle damage :D Can you get model railway Station posters?


Battle damage? LOL... Naaah... Iím not sure the rest of the guys at the club would be too happy if I started playing war on their table. Although modelling a model railway with a focus on the late war German railway, complete with armoured trains, would be interesting.

Iím not sure if you can get posters. I had a quick look around but found nothing.



f2k: Good stands of buildings, can see them all arranged into streets.


Unfortunately that will probably take a while. This building was a rush-job for the exhibition and wonít be followed by more for a good year or so. Right now weíre still hard at work getting the lower levels of the table ready and some of us (myself included) have been tasked with making electronic controls for the rails.

I swear, just because I happen to be a Master of Computer Science everyone seems to think that I can do just about everything relating to electrics and programming...


In any case, Iíll be posting some WIP pictures in a short while. With what little time and energy Iíve had this last month Iíve cut out some cornfields (and spent a lot of time scratching my head, wondering how on earth Iím going to get that glued down) and started working on smoothing out the polystyrene with newspaper-clippings in preparation for the final layer of grass.


Iíll be continuing that work next month but Iím at a point where Iím making no promises anymore.

As Iíve mention in some threads Iíve been suffering from what I thought was a stomach-infection and Iíve been in and out of both my doctorís office and the hospital throughout this month as theyíve tried to figure out why I continue to be sick. Not a whole lot of fun, I tell you...

As a result Iíll be scaling way back on my projects Ė I simply have neither the time, not the energy, to keep up with three tales when I also have to take care of myself and try to hang on to my internship as well.

Combining this with the fact that I still havenít heard anything, nor gotten any payment, from the guy that Iím building this for... Well...

Narcissus
30-10-2011, 16:50
F2k-what type of paint do you use for terrain for your airbrush? I recently purchased an airbrush but have found that cheaper craft paint clogs it, even when I dilute it with paint thinner. Any tips for economical terrain painting with an airbrush?

f2k
30-10-2011, 19:41
F2k-what type of paint do you use for terrain for your airbrush? I recently purchased an airbrush but have found that cheaper craft paint clogs it, even when I dilute it with paint thinner. Any tips for economical terrain painting with an airbrush?

Economical? Weeeeeeeell...

I use mainly Vallejo colours with the odd Games Workshop colour thrown in for good measure. The station, for example, was painted entirely with Vallejo paints with the exception of a Devlan Mud wash.

But most hobby-type water and alcohol based paints should do the trick. Provided, that is, that you thin it down.

I usually thin the Vallejo with water in a 1:1 mix. But if that starts to clog the airbrush I might change to somewhere closer to a 1:2 mixture of paint and water.

Mind you, some paints will clog the airbrush no matter what you do. For example, Iíve found that the White Primer and all kinds of varnish play absolute havoc with my airbrush, requiring quite a bit of pressure on the hose as well as a very thin solution Ė possibly as thin as a 1:3 mix.

So far Iíve stayed away from the cheap craft paints. Or rather: I have a few of them but I only use them when mixing up my usual wall-filler and white glue mixture. I wouldnít dare use them in my airbrush.

Remember that itís not just a matter of getting the paint to flow properly. Itís also a question of preventing impurities from building up within the airbrush itself.

If you feel the airbrush starting to clog up you can either increase the pressure, hopefully blowing all the impurities out, or you can thin the paint down a bit more. Iím not claiming to be an expert on this though, playing it mostly by feel, adjusting both the pressure and the paint/water mix as I go along.

Also remember to clean your airbrush thoroughly when youíre done. Donít let residue paint dry in the airbrush Ė thatís just a recipe for disaster.

A final advice would be to not be afraid of mixing the various techniques. The concrete effects on my Flames of War table, for example, was done by hand painting a somewhat thick coat of wall-filler, white glue, paint, and water onto the surface of the polystyrene. Then, once that was dried, I airbrushed a light coat of three different grey hues onto the base coat thus saving paint by using a cheap paint for the basic work while still being able to produce a nice feathered effect using the airbrush.

I hope that answers the question somewhat...

Dreffbuilder
31-10-2011, 00:36
Blast it! nothing done in two months! grrrrrr... :wtf: *lets bro kick me to the ***** I need to do something spectacular, keep yourself up little stupid man!

Cheers... :shifty:

MOMUS
08-11-2011, 08:49
Really sorry chaps couldnt get this up last week my photobucket account went haywire.

Managed another wall and working on the towers, comments to come.

DAGabriel
08-11-2011, 08:52
Hey Momus, wrong month! There is a new thead around!

MOMUS
08-11-2011, 08:54
Nah this is last months work, im doing the towers this month. I didnt want to double up on one month.

Ghost 1 Actual
08-11-2011, 09:58
Work has been a swamp fest and I too have got nothing done for a few months. I did manage to get a few things started last weekend, but sadly it has nothing to do with Fantasy or 40K, hopefully will get some photos up soon.