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Re: Getting some fantasy terrain done at last....
« Reply #25 on: November 09, 2018, 07:57:48 AM »
Wow everything looks so fantastic. Meanwhile I'm over here with my buildings made out of lego and spray painted black.

You spray paint Lego black?  :icon_eek:
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Re: Getting some fantasy terrain done at last....
« Reply #26 on: November 14, 2018, 05:24:40 PM »
And I’m back!

Sadly work has not progressed on the bushes, as I haven’t been able to locate any latex-based spray glue nearby. I finally caved in and ordered online, but I’m still waiting for it to arrive (grumble). I also didn’t have time to look for the Noch leaves, as I’ve been too swamped with work.
However, I felt compelled to churn out a couple more terrain pieces for the event we’re having on Saturday. The guys usually raid their Malifaux club and borrow scenery from there, but it’s not always certain.

So I decided to finish off a few bits from my old terrain collection, that I felt were worth fixing.



I’ve effectively re-flocked them using three colours of fine turf. Then I’ve added some coarser flock and finally tufts and flowers. I still have to fix the spruces a bit as they have lost most of their flock , but I need the damn glue to do that.

I’ve also dug out a small cromlêh type structure, that a friend of mine left in my possession.  Earlier this year I did some work on it, mainly by gluing the broken stones back onto their base.



I wasn’t originally going to keep this, but I noticed that the colour of the static grass used on it matched my latest efforts pretty closely. So I decided to give it a super quick facelift, as it would allow me to almost fill out an entire 3x3 Malifaux table, if I got this done in time.

So the first thing was to strengthen the whole structure. As you can see whoever made this, picked corrugated cardboard as a basing material. This was obviously a bad choice, as the base was very warped and the Styrofoam stones were wobbling very alarmingly, whenever it was moved.



Some quick work with a jigsaw produced a snazzy looking MDF base…..after I made the first one too small that is!



After spending 20 minutes wrestling with the absolutely useless hot glue gun (Again! Why do I keep convincing myself it’s a good idea to trust this thing), I finally managed to get the original cardboard base stuck to the wood using an epoxy putty



Next, it was time to make the stones look less silly. From what I could gather, they were made out of expanded polystyrene (the not cool kind used for packaging), smeared with some plaster, painted and covered in static grass. Not how I would go about it definitely!

So after I scrapped off most of the grass I made a textured spackle mix to, make the surface of the stones a bit more interesting. This time I chose white spackle, added in some chinchilla sand and a bit of the coarser sand I use for basing.



Then I added a dollop of black and raw umber acrylic paints, to add colour to the mix and do the base colours in one go.



I applied the mix it with an old brush all over the rocks, adding in a bit of water to make it flow better. While the rocks were drying, I applied some pure filler to the edge of the base, to blend in the old base with the new one and create a little slope.
This was the end result.



I had to leave the whole piece to dry. Later I will add sand and all kinds of flock. The stones will get a solid drybrush and some washes. Maybe then I won’t feel like I’m wasting my time, as so far I remain otherwise unconvinced!

I have only Friday evening to finish this, fingers crossed.

« Last Edit: November 14, 2018, 05:28:43 PM by The Black Knight »
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Re: Getting some fantasy terrain done at last....
« Reply #27 on: November 14, 2018, 07:16:46 PM »
Uh oh, a sacrificial offering stone in the middle. :icon_eek:
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Re: Getting some fantasy terrain done at last....
« Reply #28 on: November 14, 2018, 07:26:45 PM »
It's pretty corny I know, it's how I got it though, that's my line of defense!  :icon_wink:
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Re: Getting some fantasy terrain done at last....
« Reply #29 on: November 21, 2018, 12:43:01 PM »
Hey guys, here’s me again reporting with another update.

So, for  better or for worse the cromlech circle is done! I think it still looks kinda crap but hey! At least it’s better than what I was playing on before (YES IT IS). I barely managed to finish it before the event, the glue was setting as I was setting up the tables (felt like running a real event heh).





The stonework was treated to a couple of random washes (using mostly craft acrylic paints - greens, ruddy browns) and then drybrushed with browns, greys and beiges.  Then the usual flocking commenced, trying to blend in the outer rim with the original base. To be honest I’m not that crazy about the overall results. I’m still of the opinion that the surface of the “rocks” looks too much like plaster-covered pieces of Styrofoam. But it’s either tearing them all down and starting from scratch, or just dealing with it and moving on. Since I still have a quite a list to go – option B has been selected. I might revisit the stones at a later date and add moss, thus hiding most of the unrealistic looking areas. Something along the lines of this:



I do need to experiment with moss first. Anyways I couldn’t help but making this “before and after” comparison picture, in order to strengthen my belief in the decision to just leave it be for now!



The event itself was very fun and relaxed. Maybe even a bit TOO relaxed, as I have troubles recalling some key moments from my later games. Might have something to do with how "lubricated" I was towards the end. Also sheds some light on the issue why I placed next-to-last.  Still Malifaux is an absolutely top game, even when you play like a pillock.

On other fronts work has not been progressing as much as I’d like, mainly due to my inability to locate the small leaves for the bushes. Paradoxically, the harder it is to find them, the more I’m determined to hunt them down. Seems that my addiction to small pieces of plastic and pewter has been replaced with an addiction to small dyed pieces of sponge. Even harder to explain to the outside world I feel!

A bit of work has been done on the house. The roofs are now pretty much finished, apart from filling in a couple of gaps. I googled a lot trying to find out how roof spines in slate-tiled roofs should be finished, but as I couldn’t find a definite answer, I just did two rows of tiles and glued them together onto the ridge. The tiles on the little shed were made using offcuts from the larger roof.





I kind of feel like the house is going to be my little “passion project”, in the sense that I will put a bit of more work into it, while I try and power through the rest of my to-do list.

Speaking of which, though I didn’t get the leaves, the spray glue did finally arrive. Which allowed me to open a whole new can of worms – TREES! I feel that this is a tougher subject to discuss properly, so allow me to finish here, as I’ll try finding some reference photographs and explain what I’m trying to do.

Another update coming real soon, cheers for now!

« Last Edit: November 21, 2018, 12:45:26 PM by The Black Knight »
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Re: Getting some fantasy terrain done at last....
« Reply #30 on: November 21, 2018, 01:56:11 PM »
It seems like the mini-Stonehenge circle with sacrificial altar in the center came out better than it was, so congrats! :::cheers::: :eusa_clap:
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