Showing posts from June, 2014

Groundwork on the woods for the club gaming terrain

Hi everyone, I'm posting a little update on the woods I'm working on. At the moment I'm on the slowest part of them, creating the bases.

It's slow mainly due to all the cutting involved, I've ended up rubbing my thumb and index finger raw, in fact my thumb is a strange mix of soreness and numbness, seriously, I haven't been able to feel the tip of my thumb for 2 days now. 

But that's by the by. Once this portion of the work is done, the painting, flocking etc will go very quickly. Here's where I'm at right now:

The Bases:

The materials I'm using to construct the forest bases are cork tiles and self adhesive vinyl tiles. The vinyl is flexible and tough, but has a tendency to shatter if hit hard or bent too far. The cork is easy to work with, easy to cut, model features and flexible, but can tear easily if handled roughly.

But when stuck together you get the best parts of both, tough, flexible, hard wearing, easy to model features. And the drawbacks of …

Terrain Ideas and Sketches

Hey folks, just another quickie while I'm having a tea break, I wanted to just post this little rambling thought. It's a simple one that most probably do anyway, but hey... I've got a couple of minutes to kill ;)

Before plunging into your boxes full of Junk treasure for building your terrain, just sit yourself down with a nice cuppa and throw down some sketches.

You don't have to be world class artist, fast and loose is the order of the day. I just grab a ball-point pen and some printer paper and have at it. All your looking to do is warm up your brain, your final terrain pieces may not even look like anything you sketch. But one idea leads to another and you may come up with a far more interesting idea than you started with.

As an example I'm posting up the quick sketches I did while preparing to do the commission I'm working on:

Some ideas for woods and the details thereof, as well as possible ways to denote some of the "special" forests in Warhammer 8t…

The moss grows ever greener...

Hi everyone, hope you're all keeping well :) This is just a quick update on the progress of the Realm of battle board. All things considered I've got past the mess up the other day.

To make the moss effect on the rocky areas of the board I simply used Woodlands Scenics fine turf (Green Grass and Burnt Grass), nothing ground-breaking, just glued in random patches using P.V.A.

I really like the final result of this ground cover, it has a really nice texture and nice to work with too. Unlike flock which is usually made with fine sawdust, this stuff is made up of a ground foam. This is my first experience of it and I know I prefer it already.

I think the boards have turned out nicely, I'm still pondering whether to fill those skull pits and some of the deeper crevices with realistic water resin. I'm being a bit indecisive, somebody nudge me and give me your thoughts.

But the boards are pretty much done, I'm starting to work on the forests and scatter terrain.

See you soon wi…

From bad to worse... But... John Blanche and Metal!!!

A quick run-down of the last couple of days
Bad: The moss effect didn't turn out as I wanted on the Realm of Battle boards, well actually that's incorrect. It turned out PERFECTLY on the first board. but on the other 5 it didn't work at all... Bugger...

Oh well, it's a set-back, but not an insurmountable one. Back to good old flock for the moss, I'll just have to use some varnish to make it a little more hard-wearing...

I didn't take pictures of the screw-up... I couldn't... I just walked away to take a breather for a bit...

Worse: Also, family dramas have impeded my hobby work... I've not made any significant progress in the last day or so due to difficult times on the home front... I love my kids deeply and wholeheartedly, but they truly are the greatest font of joy and anxiety imaginable...
On a lighter note I did find this that made me smile, John Blanche has a Heavy Metal Theme Song :D
Unicode - John Blanche, Warhammer

I'm just going to replenish …

A little more work on the club terrain.

Hey everyone, just a quick update on the terrain I'm working on. The painting is more or less done, the boards are varnished I'm working on the final details on them, then it's on to actual terrain making.

The colours and varnish have come out well, I may do some more selective  drybrushing here and there at the end.

The skull pits are getting another light drybrush and then I'll be filling them with water effects.

And here's the part that's got my stomach knotted at the moment, the only greenery on the board is going to be mosses growing on the rocks and around the pools. I hope this turns out the way wish it to.

So I'm gonna get back to work, be back soon.

Take care.


No more hobby work from me..! I've got hobby work to do..!

Hi everybody, I'm going to fill you in on why it's been a little quieter around here. Other than the family problems and such I mentioned a couple of posts back I've had something else sort of being discussed in the background.

You may remember a while back I posted about my local stationary shop that was selling Games Workshop products. Unfortunately it wasn't quite working out the way the owner intended and he sold the business.

The good news though is that he has decided to set up a dedicated gaming store and club locally instead! I will be doing a more in depth post upon the store when it opens, so if you're interested, keep your eyes peeled.

 He's asked me to paint up a Realm of Battle board and make a load of terrain. Enough to get the gaming club started with Warhammer fantasy and 40k. So for the near future that's where most of my creative energy will be going. I may be able to slip some of my own projects in between paint drying times etc. I'm als…

Blast from a chaotic past!

I was around at my friend Jess' house yesterday as we were picking her up to come for our weekly gaming group gathering.

She reminded me that I was also going to be picking up some of my old Warhammer 40k 2nd edition Chaos Space Marines that I'd given her years back.

They've been painted, stripped and allsorts over the years except this guy:

One of my original Word Bearers, he was one that was surplus to my needs at the time and never got fully finished and just sort of got boxed up and forgotten. You can see he's been knocked about and there's a bit of paint chipping in places.

I was really proud of the "lava" effect on the pauldron back when I did it. He was pretty much at the point where I was about to highlight the armour and base him.

Off the top of my head, my old colour palette for these was:

Chaos black undercoatThe armour was Crimson gore base colour highlighted up to blood red (one layer, no blending)The metals were Boltgun metal with a Mithral silver…

Another Liebster Nomination!?!

This is my second Liebster nomination, Jordan Lee over at Paints, Pencils and Plastics did me the honour this time around. So share the love people, click on the link and check out a blog laden with creativity that I'm looking forward to seeing more from.

Also... Apologies to Jordan for taking my sweet time in getting around to doing this.

The Liebsters have been doing the rounds on many of the blogs I follow and I really didn't expect to get nominated again so soon after the last one. But it does give me the chance to share some more links to some great blogs.

You're probably used to the format of these by now, but I'll recount the instructions for any that haven't seen one of these yet.

It's a bit of an internet handshake or pat on the back. With the aim of spreading the word on interesting blogs and directing traffic to each other and hopefully expanding the community.

Liebster Award Instructions:

Link back to the blogger that nominated youReveal 11 truths about y…