Friday 26 July 2019

Terrain: First New Hill in 15 years!

This is my new hill the first I have built for about the last 15 years.

At its core is cardboard packing box card, we got a new TV, covered in PVAcrete.

The rocks are pieces of cardboard covered in Das and PVA and sculpted into shape.

The whole piece was painted brown except the rocks. I then covered the hill in flock and added grass tufts in clumps and at the rock edges.

The whole thing was based on some hardboard, the same stuff I use for everything.

I intend building another 3 and when I do I will record all the processes and post them here. 

Tuesday 23 July 2019

Terrain: Small shack WIP

Coming close to the end of the building part of this new project, just a few bits to finish off. The chimney needs some stone work adding round the top and some of the stones need emphasis.

I used a very different technique with the walls this time, taking broken plaster bits and gluing them to the Capaboard structure.

When the chimney is finished and extra details have been added, pots, barrels and crates I will only have the painting to do, so hopefully complete this week.

Can see this building being used in many games I play and so always useful.

Thursday 18 July 2019

Terrain: Dead Trees

To go along with the stumps and logs I built earlier I have been making some whole, but dead, trees to accompany them.

These are made in pretty much the same way, hardboard base, a card interior structure, cat food box card, and then Das/PVA mix.

I then painted them in the same way I had before, greys and browns highlighted with cream and then sealed with antique oak varnish.

Thoughts on the whole process now they are complete are that I probably would have had a better result with a wire base, which I have plenty of, and that the card gave a very flat effect to the outer twigs which needed to be thinner. 

So they're OK, but could have been better and I won't use card as a base again, wire next time. However when that will be .....

I will be using these in our games for the foreseeable future.

End of Tree Report:
Branches:Could be better

Sunday 14 July 2019

D&D: Hag Stone

During the preparation for a game of D&D I intended for a Hag Stone to be found giving a clue to the nature of possible future threat to my players. I had some Das knocking about and I was at my parents visiting, so had a spare half hour and decided to sculpt this.

The Hag Stone is like a sign that whoever holds it is working on behalf of a particular Hag. It also allows a person viewing through one of the 2 holes to see the actions of the holder some 2 hours before, but only glimpses, snippets.

To give a sense of size, here it is in my grubby mit. Basically its a ball of Das and PVA scored and marked with sculpting tools to give the affect you see. I thought it would be nice to have a physical clue during the game. They liked it and it worked well, so it was worth the half hour it took to make.

Thursday 11 July 2019

Saga Age of Magic: Lords of the Wild Warriors

Lord of the Wild warriors, two units of 8. These are made from mixture of 90's and 00's wood elves from GW. The 90's models I bought from my friend Steve a long time ago, did have the chariot but can't remember where that went, shame.

All I have done with these is to re-base them from the original 20 mm square bases and then add foliage and tufts. Fairly straight forward stuff really. 

Will do a separate post regarding the trees and what I have done with them.