Tuesday, 24 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 them alone is almost cancelled out when stuck together.


I just quickly drew out some random shapes for the larger forest bases and smaller tree clump bases.


I roughly cut them out with a large pair of scissors (which really hurt after a while).


You can see some of the detail/features I am carving into the bases. possibly going to make small pools of water here and there.


I used a sharp stanley knife to carve a bevel all the way around the bases to make them look neat.
You can see in the above picture the smaller tree clump bases test fit on top of the main forest base.




Once I've got the details I wish to carve into the bases I'll be on to texturing and painting. I'll also be using weed-matting to give the bottom of the terrain a more professional and hard-wearing finish.

I'll see you all again soon with the next update. Until then, take care everybody.
Jonah

Friday, 20 June 2014

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 8th that I may use at a future date.


A quick selection of walls, barriers and scatter terrain for Warhammer.


More of the Same for 40k.


Various buildings and larger pieces for Warhammer.


And yet again, more of the same for 40k.




As you can see, rough, but with some potentially useful ideas. A theme can help if you keep it in mind.
I've already mentioned it before, but the commissioned terrain I'm making for both Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40k are going to be along the lines of mountainous/wilderness pieces. So I was going for farming/logging themed for fantasy, and rundown industrial area for 40k.

Whenever you've got a couple of minutes spare just grab a pen and paper and let loose, keep filing them away together to browse through someday in the future when you need some terrain ideas.

I'll probably end up doing more as I'm working on this commission.

Right, my cup's empty. Back to work. Take care everybody.
Jonah

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 with the next update. Take care everybody.
Jonah

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

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...

But...
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 my energy reserves before putting my nose to the hobby grindstone again.

See you soon folks, take care.
Jonah

Sunday, 15 June 2014

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.

Jonah

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

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 also going to use it as an excuse to get some of my own terrain done at last.

And I'll be keeping a log of it here too from time to time.

After discussing the needs for the new store we decided upon a mottled grey look for the boards. It will make it a bit more versatile. We can use it for both an urban/industrial set of terrain for 40k and a mountainous/wasteland set of terrain for fantasy.

So, this'll be my first post about work on the terrain.




The Board:





The Realm of Battle board had an awful lot of greasy release agent on it and I had to scrub them with warm soapy water and dry them off in the sun.




I undercoated the rocky areas flat black and used several different tones of spray paints across the boards




I wanted a more mottled effect, because flat grey would look boring and unrealistic. I used black, grey and brown sprays.




I started drybrushing the boards with a few different tones to keep the more natural, mottled effect and to tie the different sprays together.




This is pretty much what the final colour will be, but with some washes and maybe a touch more drybrushing to bring out the details.




So, busy, busy, busy again. I'll try to update and also to fit some hobby time in for myself.
I'd especially like to take part in these weeks Chico Challenge if possible.

Well that's all from me. Tea break over, I'd better get back to it.

Take care everybody,
Jonah

Sunday, 8 June 2014

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 undercoat
  • The armour was Crimson gore base colour highlighted up to blood red (one layer, no blending)
  • The metals were Boltgun metal with a Mithral silver drybrush
  • The skulls, bones, horns were Bleached bone, covered in flesh wash. Then highlighted with Bleached bone and Skull white.
  • The pauldron was painted Blood red, Chaos black was used to paint the cracked lava, the edges of the lava were highlighted with Elf grey and I painted dots of Skull white at the lava intersections to simulate glow
  • I think the bases still used the tried and tested paint Goblin green and glue on green flock that was the mainstay of that period.

I've got a massive grin on my face after remembering all that... Good times were had with that army :)

Although not technically complete this might be the oldest example of one of my paintjobs. After a quick search through my old White dwarf mags I found the 2nd edition Chaos Codex was released in July of 1996 and these chaos marines were a part of that launch, so that would have made me 15 years old when I did them.

When I do get around to painting these again he may very well end up stripped and re-painted and see a battlefield once more... Even though part of me just wants to leave him alone...

So...  Does anybody else have one of their oldest paintjobs kicking around that you'd like to show everybody?

I'd get a kick out of seeing whatever you come up with.

Until then, take care.

Jonah

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 you
  • Reveal 11 truths about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions written  for you by the person that nominated you
  • Choose 11 other blogs that have less than 200 followers to be nominated next
  • Write 11 questions for these new nominees to answer
  • leave a comment on the nominees blog or message them to make them aware of the nomination
So now that's out of the way, I'll get right to it :)



11 Truths to reveal:

  1. I love thrift stores and charity shops, I find it hard to stop myself from perusing them searching all the nooks and crannies looking for random treasures. (I'm getting better at not buying every little curio that intrigues me now though...)
  2. I recently watched an episode of Adventure Time where the Ice King was trying to join Marceline the vampire's band. But the "lyrics" he had written turned out to be journal entries written to her from their old life together centuries before. There was a flashback scene where the Ice King used the crown that was slowly destroying his sanity/mind to defend a then young Marceline against a horde of mutants all the while he was singing the theme song from Cheers while trying to hang on to his memories/mind. I cried :(
  3. I wear army boots pretty much all the time, I tend to walk any other footwear to death within a very short period. 
  4. I swing between being really OCD about having to have everything in it's right place and being really organised. And living at what looks to have been the epicenter of an explosion.
  5. I lack focus, daydream and procrastinate way too much.
  6. I like growing a beard from time to time. My other half hates it with a vengeance. I probably enjoy that more than I really should.
  7. My favourite colour is Yellow. Which some find strange.
  8. I'm an optimistic pessimist. I expect everything I ever do or witness to go wrong, then I feel pleasantly surprised when they don't, or justified when they do ;p
  9. I've recently got hooked on comics/graphic novels again for the first time in about 15-20 years.
  10. In the last Liebster truths I said The Lost Boys was my favourite movie of all time. That wasn't the whole truth. I love Labyrinth pretty much on par and watch it almost as much.
  11. My middle name is Elvis. And no, I am not embarrassed by it.

11 Questions from Jordan Lee:


1: What is your favourite food?
Gammon steak, with pineapple, fried egg, garden peas, mash/chips, a little french mustard on the side and some garlic bread... Very specific I know, but I love it... Damn it now I'm hungry...

2: What was the first model you painted?
I think it was a Space Ork Nobz Warbike for Warhammer 40,000. Tried to copy the Eavy metal paintjob of Evil Sunz.

3: How did you get into your miniatures hobby?
I think I can pinpoint Heroquest as my first steps in, but I kind of knew about RPG's and miniatures from before that I think...

4: What is your favourite book?
Now that is a damn hard question, I'm not sure I can answer this. But I can give you a quick list of the first ones that just popped into my head:
The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
The Sword of Shannara - Terry Brooks
Lost Souls - Poppy Z Brite
The Lost Boys - Craig Shaw Gardner
Soul Music - Terry Pratchett
Interview With a Vampire - Anne Rice
Nevernever - Will Shetterly
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon - Stephen King


I'm gonna stop there because more and more are just appearing...

Actually, just realised. If I could say an RPG book: Vampire the Masquerade 2nd edition, hands down.

5: If you could choose any fantasy/sci-fi race to be, what would it be?
Vampire... Or Dragon... Probably would end up an Orc though :p

6: Do you have any other interesting hobbies besides collecting miniatures?
I read a lot, but buy more novels/graphic novels/gaming books than I can keep up with.
I've dipped in and out of art and creative writing over the course of my lifetime, I would like to get back into those again sometime soon.
Photography used to be one of my big past-times, not so much recently.
I play RPG's with my friends usually once a week when we have a campaign on the go, more if we can fit it in.

I collect random knick-knacks that interest me, like wooden boxes and other curios.

7: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would like the drive I used to have. I used to lift weights, party, socialise and get on with an awful lot of my interests. Now I can't seem to do half of that.

8: If you could pick ONE model to paint/convert/have, what would it be?
The Citadel Great Spined Dragon by Nick Bibby... It is my number one miniature hobby dream to own one.

9: What's your most prized possession?
My imagination... Everything else is just material, that can be bought, sold, lost, broken... But with my imagination I can always create something new from nothing...

10: If you were to travel to the Chaos Wastes/The Warp, what one item would you bring with you?
Hmmmm... Maybe a journal/sketchbook... There would be an awful lot of interesting things to record...

11: Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?
Most certainly ;)

"Never rub another mans rhubarb..." - The Joker

11 Blogs nominated:


As before this was a difficult task. Some of these are blogs that just missed the cut on my last nominations and others I made a long list and let the dice fall. I've tried to make sure I'm not just fulfilling the criteria of Liebster award, but I also aimed to find blogs that haven't been nominated or if they have not that recently.





Congratulations, as ever this is a bit of a nod to your blogs and it is up to you whether you want to take part at all. If you do, just follow the instructions. If you don't... Don't... :)

11 Questions for my nominees:

  1. What attracted you to your hobby?
  2. What hobby goal would you like to achieve?
  3. Do you have an interesting/amusing hobby anecdote to share?
  4. What was the last book you read?
  5. What inspires you most?
  6. What finished piece are you most proud of?
  7. Your desert island discs, 5 albums, what are they?
  8. How would you spend your days if you didn't have to worry about money/career?
  9. What is your pet peeve?
  10. Do you have a favourite historical period?
  11. What fantasy world/setting would you most like to experience first hand?




So that's another lot of Liebster nominations doing the rounds. I have many more awesome blogs in my feed. Have a glance and discover something new.

I'll get n with contacting the blog owners when I'm not as tired.

That's enough from me, take care everybody.
Jonah