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Little Joe
01-01-2012, 17:14
The Tale of Terrain Builders 2011 – 2012 Month 11&12

This is the thread to post your work finished in December. After a week it becomes where you post your WIP and finished projects for January. 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!

* A single piece of scenery at least the size of a hill of building will be considered one piece. A barricade, tree, rock spire or similar would be considered too small on its own to count as a whole piece of scenery, however multiple such pieces would count as a single entry. If in doubt, terrain that covers a diameter of roughly 6” is what we are going for, but this is a loose definition. We certainly aren’t going to chide anyone because they only built an outhouse and a tree! After all, getting stuff done is the name of the game! Obviously, larger projects can be broken up over multiple days.*

A note on building whole Tables and Dioramas: Both building the actual playing surface for playing games on and Dioramas count for this tale. Dioramas can use the Boys level of commitment (unless they are truly large), and will count each month as long as appreciable progress is made each month. Tables, on the other hand, can range from a simple coating of flock to very elaborate set-ups. For these, if your planned table is pretty simple, use the boys category. If it is complex, use the mens. In either case, entries are judged on whether decent progress is made. Again, none of us are too anal about this. Just build and have fun and everything should be OK!

However, because people have real lives with exams, holidays, honeymoons, new babies etc, etc. They get two 'Jokers'. For two months within the year you can ‘play a joker’ and rather than post an update they can post "sorry guys couldn't get it done this month. Real life got in the way." But the other 10 Months they have to come up with 1 piece of completed, usable scenery. That is 1 piece for 10 of the next 12 months.

At the beginning of each month a new thread will appear for the builders to post your previous month’s construction efforts and the rest of the builders to offer words of encouragement.

In twelve months we will all end up with enough Terrain to cover a table, which is awesome! (Or at least everyone who can see it through to the end will... it's harder than you think!)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q : Am I too Late? Can I still join in?
A : Yes, this tale is ending this month. But you can join the next tale, there surely will be one. Please see also the second post and share your thoughts with us.

Q : Can I build more than one piece per month?
A : Yes, you can build as much as you like. However, please only post one of your pieces in the monthly thread to keep pace with everyone. Save one for the next month... take one off even. Of note though, is the * point above stating small scenery items count as 1/3rd of a whole piece. We would expect 3 of these as a single entry.

Q : What happens if I build a GIANT piece (like a huge defence laser)?
A : If you create a truly epic piece of scenery, then you're welcome to post it as s single months entry. However, you could (based on how many 'buildings/hills' in size you consider/count it as 2 or more month’s entries and post it at the end of that time.

Q : Can I include a short narrative with each months post.
A : Yes. We love background stuff. Write as much as you like it will be read and enjoyed by many.

Q: If I finish my WIP just after this month, does it still count?
A: Yes, I will put it in the list. The last updates will be posted about a week after this tale has ended with the final table.

Little Joe
01-01-2012, 17:16
And here are the participants:


WIP is for work in progress.
bigWip is for work in progress that counts as a full months work (Mens) or two for Boys
done is for finished pieces. This counts for two months work for Boys
done (+1) counts for two full months for Mens (4! for Boys)
Joker is a joker and J's are for default (not requested) jokers.

Please check for any mistakes I made.

Also this month I would like you all to participate in improving this tale. To do this you just post and name three things you would want improved (anything goes). My hope is to also gather these during the first week and start discussing them from the second week on.

And finally a last request: Would you like this tale to align to the other tales (a months break so to say).

EDIT: I will of course edit the table a few times during the month.

Abraham Danglebreech
01-01-2012, 18:08
Happy New year everybody!!!

Here we go:

The three remaining craters from the pack of five. The one by itself is one of my older efforts and shows how I lightened the crater interior with the new ones to try making them look fresh.

And two homemade wall sections:

Wall 1 side a
Wall 1 side b
Wall 2 side a
Wall 2 side b
A pic for scale and depth
And finally both walls stuck together

Not sure what the next project will be. Quite possibly "homemade" may be the way this month as Christmas is kind of expensive yes?

As regards my three suggestions for improvement to the log, I'm actually happy with the way it runs now, but so as not to buck the system I propose that:

1, set a submission deadline for each month (I myself have presented my efforts rather late most months and I think it can mess up the presentation of the month's log). If the deadline is missed then no points for that month.

2, send reminder emails out to those taking part that the submission deadline for the month is approaching.

3, a luxury holiday for two awarded to the person running the Tale

02-01-2012, 20:52
Happy new year!

1st and foremost: a big and heartfelt THX!!!!! to Little Joe, i feel the agony every new month when i have to make the statistix for my tale.

I wouldn`t mind a break of one month, but don`t think it really necessary.

Regarding improvements? I am happy here:)

This month only the next WIP for my graveyard,and a bad pic, too.


03-01-2012, 13:26
More terrain for 40k!

The list of things I've done:



More close-up pics:




I'm really not sure what to count these as. It's all good, Little Joe, you decide.

Suggestions for the Tale: Well, it looks like it's working, since we're all making and painting terrain :)
A pat on the back for you, Little Joe, to have organized and kept the Tale going. Really appreciate it. It takes quite some discipline to keep posting this up month after month, and you don't really get anything in return. So again, a thousand times, thank you. :D

05-01-2012, 20:00
Ok heres my last post for terrain, managed to get a second tower done (with added jungle-ness). I think this will be it for my terrain for now as i need to steam through my fantasy army painting for a tournament.
I started this tale making 40k terrain which was little more than LOS blockers -it literally was blocks, this was a symptom of my 40k burnout. I had played soooo much 40k that i felt like i was rolling dice and pushing counters around. Terrain was (in my minds eye) symplified to what blocks LOS and what doesnt.
When i started dabbling with fantasy i got that fluff kick i needed, which inspired me to create much more themed terrain again, hence the jungle fort.
I feel this is a good note to end on.

I have really enjoyed watching all the different styles of terrain build up, excellent thread. :yes:

Little Joe
07-01-2012, 21:30
Little Joe: Mens


I finished the terrain part of Gobbo Mountain to a satisfactory level. I am almost done with painting the chase and tomorrow I will post more pictures. But deadlines forced me to post this now as it is basically done.

Highs: Finishing this tale as a man!:D

Lows: None really, but it sure took long. On the other hand I finished this at high speed (for me) and went to a new level of painted detail on it so again none really.

The new tale improvement ideas:
A picture explaining the rules considering “counts as terrain for a month”. I have this feeling not many actually read the first post.
A noob category for people to sneak in. You can finish two pieces of terrain and get our praise and comments.
Better guidelines for whole tables.
Actually I am quite happy with the tale as it gets things done, and I have many ideas for more.

I’ll be back tomorrow and will invite many more to the discussion for the next tale, I waited a bit because I did not want to derail the pictures that are the reason for this thread. I will do it right after I posted in the ToSGP tale.

And as a last comment I would like to thank SamVimes for actually starting this thread and making it happen.

08-01-2012, 11:31
Hi Guys! Love your work, here are my comments for this month:

Page 1

@ Abraham Danglebreech: Looks as if some bombs hit your table, what did you do? Why light up the center to make it appear fresh? Would have thought the explosion would turn the center black? Nice rust effect on the walls!
@ juicytomatoes: sweet road sections, definitely better painted than the tank!
@ MOMUS: way better than putting books or something like that on the table. That junjle-ness looks cool.
@ Little Joe: sweet gobo-style. I love your style of work even if it isn`t mine, good work.

Hope we will attract a lot of new terrain builders next Tale.

Another improvement idea? Everybody trying the next men’s category should do a tutorial related to his work the others decide on? Either as one months work or as an addition?

Abraham Danglebreech
08-01-2012, 18:50
DAGabriel: The graveyard looks as though it is very almost there. Must be taking ages though. Are you going to go for a rust or verdigris look on those railings? Looks great so far. Glad you like the corrugated corrosion. The thinking behind the craters being lighter in the middle is that the rock will have been split open from the impact and so will be clean, and the scorching from the explosion will have occurred around the edges. I actually painted a bluish ring about halfway up the inside of the crater wall to emphasise this but it doesn't come out in the photo. Also, I wanted to make them stand out a bit against the already dark board. But, I see your point. That was the logic behind the first two.

juicytomatoes: That's a lot of road for a month! Combined with your other pieces it ought to brilliant.

MOMUS: I really like this. The extra little details bring it to life. I joined the tale late so I may have missed it, but do you have a similar coloured board for this to sit on?

Little Joe: Goblin Heights: a very exclusive residence. Good idea with the split down the middle. Modular yes? You say there is more to do? Looking forward to seeing all your terrain in one go!

Originally posted by Little Joe "A picture explaining the rules considering “counts as terrain for a month”. I have this feeling not many actually read the first post."

Good idea :) Diagrams can definitely get a point across.

Originally posted by DAGabriel "Another improvement idea? Everybody trying the next men’s category should do a tutorial related to his work the others decide on?"

Sounds like a another good idea :)

08-01-2012, 20:14
This month I just finished these 4 walkways.





This month was really crazy, so I wasn't as productive as I had hoped to be. For next month I will finish some canal sections and possibly another terrain piece.

Little Joe
08-01-2012, 22:33
Some comments:
@Abraham Danglebreech: Nice walls and craters. I like the humorous touch. Three craters and some walls, give me one more and you have made it, go, go, go!;)
@DAGabriel: Nice update on that piece of terrain, looking forward to the finished piece.:cool:
@juicytomatoes: A large set of terrain again and congratulations on finishing the tale as a man.:D
@MOMUS: Yes, nice castle. I also liked to see you work, many styles indeed. I took the liberty of having you finish as a boy, congratulations!
@Narcissus: Nice bridges, but I think I already said that. How do you achieve the sparkly/rough metal?

I had to do some work today so her is a WIP of the chase for now:

Some answers:
@DAGabriel: I would love to make a realistic looking board and will give it a go in time (hopefully next year) but the toony style keeps creeping in. It makes things a bit easier both while building and playing because even a child recognises the terrain.
I have some plans for different terrain and in the next tale I would like to try some new styles. For this I will make a piece for a few other game systems and give it a go. I still have a lot to learn and all these small projects give me new materials to combine on a larger scale.
I like the tutorial idea. It helps if you update the table while commenting, that way you are already halfway done at the end of the month and only need to update from your comments on.
@Abraham Danglebreech: Yes, the idea is to make another one in time when I start to work on my dwarfs:rolleyes:. They come in handy for the pass scenario and combined or seperate wreck the deployment zone for some forced decisions in normal games.

I will update the second post now.

09-01-2012, 02:31
Little Joe-The metal is painted with Boltgun metal (circa 1998!). I think part of the reason it sparkles and has texture is from the way I paint it with a sponge. I made a little tutorial on my blog on how I did the rusty effect http://rustandthecity.blogspot.com/2011/12/tutorial-painting-chipped-metal-and.html#comment-form.

Danglebreech-The walls are really cool. I love the colour you have on the rusted metal. I really like the spray painted writing too. Airbrushed?

DAGabriel-The graveyard looks nice. I would like to play some skirmish games with models hiding around those gravestones. Bonuses for resurrectionists? Free corpse counters? Could be funny.

JuicyTomatoes-Great work on all of the roads. I like how modular they are. How do they hold together during gameplay? They look like they might come apart and move fairly easily. The barricades are a nice bonus too.

Momus-the fort looks like it has great playability with lots of different places for models to stand and places to block line of sight.

LittleJoe-I like the mountain. Can you see tunnels inside it when you take apart the two sides? Lots of nice details on it that would tie in beautifully with an orcs and goblins force.

09-01-2012, 03:11
Comments first:

Abraham Danglebreech - Nice craters and I really like the orkified wall.
DAGabriel - Nice WIP graveyard, like the fact its not all nicely ordered.
juicytomatos - Love the modular roadways. Been thinking of doing it myself and I like your solution for use on intersections.
Momus - Good seeing the lizard-castle rearing from the jungle.
Little Joe - Love the goblin infested mountain. Can see the object based games fly off it. :)
Narcisssus - Very detailed walkways, fits in perfectly with your bases.

I have missed the drive being in the tale gives me so have only partly constructed my next works:



Hopefully be done before the next tale starts. :)

My only real suggestion would be that since most people arent really building up towards a table full of terrain, like building up an army in the other tales, perhaps look at a shorter tale. Maybe instead of a year long tale have a pair of 6 month versions. That gives out two recruitment drives per year as most tales seem to start strong and taper off. Of course that also means more work for the organiser.

Also do we want to have a final display of pictures as a table shot to show off all the terrain constructed over the tale?

In any case I'd finally like to thank Little Joe and SamVimes for the organisation and running of the tale.

Little Joe
14-01-2012, 07:32
Here is an update and an oversight so far:

First the chase (needs more mushrooms):
I just like to put hints in terrain pieces for a second look.

Then all the new stuff from this tale (needs some of the new static grass for variance):
You can see the reason for not showing this on the ping pong table in the corner above (made real small to hide my shame), this is what happens if you rarely play...

@Narcissus: yes, some at least. I will make a picture of the mountain apart later on. Now I am off to get a VC army book if my heart survives the price shock.
@Xazil: nice castle ruins you have started there.

16-01-2012, 11:21
Since Little Joe is showing off the collection, I thought I would do the same.


From another angle.


Why yes, I do struggle to keep my cats off the table while playing too.

This years tale has given me a good 2/3 of a table coverage. :)

17-01-2012, 18:16
oops here's my WIPs for the month.

Came across some ore plexlass and decided to make some rivers over the Holidays.
plan on makng some riverbanks with sand and glue, kind of like that swap did a while back.
Oh and I used a few of the scraps to make some more warp stone for this piece.

Little Joe
21-01-2012, 11:42
The new sign up thread is up, please sign up now.
I have also added a poll with all the improvements that came up in this thread, so you are welcome to vote.

@Xazil: Nice, at least you got a picture of them on the table. More group shots!!

@N810: Nice good to see terrain is still being made by you.

I am considering sending out a few PMs to ask if I can downgrade a few Men to Boys, since they made enough to get that reward. Or should I just do it anyhow by the end of the month?
I would like to post the finishers table (only those who made it) again in the first thread of the next tale (month) and they deserve the honour.

Abraham Danglebreech
31-01-2012, 23:32
Knickers! I have been slogging it out over the last two nights trying to get my final entry in for the tale before we slip into February and I JUST missed it! Oh well. I have lots of none model making stuff to get done before I go to bed and it is now tomorrow already! I promise I shall go through this month's (by which I mean last month's) entries and make comments later in the week. In the meantime here are some VERY rushed photos of my third of an entry which I hope means I have successfully completed my obligation for the tale:

(ALMOST complete save for some graffiti and tussock grass (paint is still wet!))

Started off with a WotC D&D cardboard wall

Stuck some blue stuff off cuts on it to break up the lines

Cladded the entire thing with textured plasticard

And for the last two nights painted as fast as I could!!!!



01-02-2012, 14:16
Excelent work Abe. :)

Oh here's the final on that river section.
(More sections later)


Little Joe
01-02-2012, 14:49
@Abraham Danglebreech: That wall makes me want a bavarian beer. Well this (is)was a lenient tale, I will add it to your tally so you made it.
@N810: Nice river start.

The new thread will go up later today with the list of heroes.

03-02-2012, 13:53
I am sorry guys, didn`t manage to finish the graveyard. Will post a WIP and a group shot as soon as i manage but finish it this month.

Abraham Danglebreech
03-02-2012, 17:59
Narcissus: Great finish as usual. How many of these walkway sections do you have? I would like to see the whole thing set up

Little Joe: http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g279/stevilgenius/Bavarian-Beer-Stein.jpg

Cheers! If you were a little nearer I would buy you a pint for real. Thanks for running the tale. Great job! Good to see all your terrain in one picture. I didn't realise you had made quite so much. While I am impressed by the attention to detail on the larger pieces, the thing that I like the most is the cobbles poking through on the disused road sections on your hills. Very effective.

Xazil: That ruin (well, I'm assuming it's a ruin, you did say it was unfinished so maybe it's just part built?) looks fantastic! How long did that take to get to that stage? Another one with lots of terrain to show off. Hats off to you.

N810: Ingenious. I would never have thought to try that. It works so very well. Will you be making a vessel to travel up and down it?

DAGabrial: Looking forward to it!

I added the finishing touches to the wall. I liked it before the graffiti stage, but it is growing on me:


And with the previous walls I made:


I see them as being only parts of something. At some point I shall build other wall sections and buildings and stick them together to create dead ends and courtyards and the like.

I have really enjoyed the tale. Thanks again to Little Joe and also SamVimes, and everybody that joined in and took the time to share their work and opinions. This is what I come to Warseer for.

Good luck to those doing the next one!



Little Joe
05-02-2012, 21:14
Great graffiti, thanks. I updated the first post of this thread as well.