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Fancy Bridges for Sartosa Board

Monday, January 18th, 2010

So, not to be outdone by our Simple Bridges, Paul decided to one up me by making fancy bridges to go along with our Sartosa terrain.  One of the reasons he wanted to do this was because he likes sculpting in pink foam and likes the challenge of creating curves, something that I try to avoid because of it’s difficulty.  We figured it would  add a bit of a different look and function to our Sartosa terrain, in that it would provide a means for cover and also not be a simple wooden bridge.  This whole project was made with pink polystyrene, toothpicks and liquid nails.

Profile of the Bridge

Bridge Platform

All 3 parts of the bridge together with stones being drawn on them

Assembly was straight forward using toothpicks in the sides to hold the platform level while the liquid nails were used for the adhesion.  The tricky parts are after there.  It started with the drawing process with a ball-point pen to sketch in some masonry lines.  This can be seen in the pictures above and below.  There was no rhyme or reason to it, he just sketched them on there, you can be creative in this area, you could make it look like small bricks or larger field stone type like ours or whatever works for you.

Base coat + drybrushing completed

Detail painting complete

Painting was pretty simple, we started with a black base coat, a dark grey dry brush, a lighter grey dry brush and then the fun part.  As you can see in the last photo some of the stones are colored to represent wear and tear and some of the different stones that might have been used and I think moss/mold/etc.  Either way, the effect he got turned out pretty neat and really….we don’t have color in most of the terrain we make, just look back at a few articles and you’ll see lots of brown and grey….and sometimes green.

The Modular Pier / Dock

Monday, January 11th, 2010

In our ongoing Sartosa campaign for Mordheim we’ve been using a lot of our Venice style terrain and this was one of the components to our Ship Board.  At some point a ship has to return to a dock right?  This is where our modular Pier/Dock system came into play.  So far it’s been comprised of 4 12″ pier pieces that will easily span across a 4′ board.  Each piece has the following components:

  • 6 3″ dowels (Dowels are 1/2″ in diameter)
  • 1 12″ platform built from craft sticks and bass wood (pictures do a better job of explaining these, see below)
  • 24 washers with a 1/2 hole in them
  • Hot Glue to hold the worst of it together

Dowels cut to 3" lengths

Dowels attached to washers to act as the pier's pylons

You may be wondering why there is blue tape on the bottoms of the pylons, well, if you take all the washers and stick them to the blue tape, it gives you a surface that isn’t going to adhere to the hot glue.  After you put a couple of the washers in the tape you can put a drop of hot glue into the washer hole and then stick the pylon right down into it.  This will force the glue to the edges and allow it to stick to the washer.  Once dry, you can peel the tape off and you will have a smooth surface on the bottom of the  washer.

Planked surface ready to be mounted to the pylons

Pylons attached

Each deck is about 6 inches wide (give or take).  I found that Hot Glue was easiest to work with, but offered some problems because the deck weighed enough that it wanted to slip as I was attaching the pylons.  It was a tricky balancing act,but I was able to do it.  The top of the deck is 1″ below the top of the pylon, I drew markings to help me line the deck up and keep things level.  The first one I did was less than level and had to be redone, but that’s neither here nor there.

Example of two pieces and how they looked when joined up

All 4 peirs lined up across the table

Black Base-coat

Beastial brown coat + black wash over the whole thing

It’s safe to say that these are nothing terribly complicated to do or paint.  I didn’t put a whole ton of effort into the paint job as, well….it’s wood.  I’m very happy with the way they turned out and their functionality is great.  They also work well as along side of the Simple Bridges I made to either connect up to one of our ships or to land.  Our goal is always going to be modularity as it gets the most bang out of your terrain, and really, if it means I have to make less to get more  out of it…I’m fine with that!

Bretonnian’s and Mighty Empires?

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

This is the first of many posts that I will be doing this year.  As mentioned previously I will be doing more updates like this because it’s the main reason that Terrain isn’t being made as I switch between modeling/gaming and making terrain for said modeling and gaming.  Also, for the first time ever in my gaming history I WILL have an entire army painted!

So, without further ranting, Here are some of the things I’ve been working on and a bit of a preview of what’s to come.  My brother and I are planning on creating a campaign ruleset that encompasses a lot of things.  Like 3 different battle sizes, not army sizes, but actual battle mechanics, what I mean is that for the Large Army sized fights we’ll be playing a Warhammer Fantasy Battle, for out Medium sized fights we will be using  a skirmish ruleset a the larger end (either Song of Blades and Heroes, Warrior Heroes, or Warhammer warbands/skirmish), and finally for the small fights we will either be using Mordheim, Warrior heroes, or Song of Blades and Heroes.  This is something we will be working on over the next few months and we plan to release the rules here on DIY Terrain to everyone once we’ve gone through and play tested it and come back with results.  So, one of the components we needed/wanted to use was the Mighty Empires Hex Map from Games-Workshop.  We’ll be using about 1.5 total kits for our 6 player campaign, at about 10ish tiles per player.  I just started painting some of the tiles, I really like them so far, they are fairly detailed and easy enough to paint, plus all but a handful of them are double sided for the maximum amount of customization.  GW get’s a thumbs up so far on this product.

Farm Sides of the Tiles

Forest side on one tile and Marsh side on the other tile

They are easy enough to paint and when all put together should look great, not to mention all the little flag, castle, city bits that come along with it.  I’m really excited to put this together, previously my brother and I used to run map based campaigns…but we drew them by hand on poster board and used colored pieces of paper.  This was effective, but a good sneeze within 10 feet of it would basically mean disaster.  This seems like it will be a bit sturdier and more durable, not to mention reusable.

As mentioned, my goal is to have a fully painted Warhammer army, and for me, I went back a long ways to the first army I played and that is the Bretonnian’s.  A few years back I made a very regretful mistake of selling off all of my armies (Orc’s and Goblins, Warriors of Chaos, Empire, and Lizardmen).  Had I just held on to those, this process would have been much less painful!  But, I have made good headway on this army, I have a couple of core units finished (pictures coming in the future) and just last night I pretty much finished up my Battle Standard Bearer.

Full Side View

Close-up Side View

I also have made a large investment into  a Warhammer 40k Army, and for anyone who’s read this site, you’ve probably not read anything about that game from me…because I’ve never actually played that game for any length of time.  I had one of the best experiences being a part of a 53000 point Apocalypse battle not to long ago.  I’ll post the pictures of the army I started collecting and the game I took part in.  Hopefully there will be more posts and with posts comes more pictures, because who posts without pictures? =)