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Ship Board: Part 2

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

In our last Ship Board: Part 1 article we left off having made significant progress in building two scale ships for our “Ship Board”.  This article will start off where the last one left off and it will take you another large portion of the way through this process.  It has honestly turned out to be a huge undertaking and I don’t think we knew what we were in for.

Large Steps where added to get up to the top of the captains quarters

We opted for large block steps that are functional in terms of miniatures rather than make actual steps that match the scale of the ships.  This is something we strive to do with all of our terrain, make it usable.

Foam Core used to help build a sturdy hull on the ships

In this case we used foam core and slit the inside to give it the right amount of bend so that we could fit it to the front of the ship.  We used two of these pieces to create a proper front end to the ship.  This was an easy way to cover up the somewhat uneven foam surface that we cut.  Plus this will go a long ways towards our final product having a somewhat armored hull.

Applying liquid nails to hold the foam core hull to the ship

Smoothing out the liquid nails to an even coat

Using the slit foam core to help bend to fit the front curve of the ship

Tape to hold the foam core in place, not pictured are the boxes used to help hold them in place while the liquid nails sets up

As you can see in the pictures, this gives the ship a more definite shape and a smooth surface, this is what our goal has been and it looks pretty good thus far.  Something we also didn’t consider was the weight of each ship, it grows every time we work on them.  Liquid nails adds a good amount of weight, and their size is also a factor.

Finished product on the front end

Same process on the back of the ship

This article is best shown with pictures, there isn’t a whole lot of explaining I can do, but it shows our ships essentially in finished built up form.  We are pleased with the results thus far and we have two identical ships up to this point.  In the future articles we some plans to make them each slightly different to make each ship unique.  At some point we’ll need ship names too…..this could be interesting…..

Click here to see Part 1

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.

Guard House: Part 1

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Hey gang, my brother invited me to post on the website when I am working on a project.  I recently acquired a camera so I took some shots of my current project.  I stopped working on it a few months ago and decided to try and finish it.  Here are some pictures of where I am at and I will add more as I paint and add detail.  Also I will explain how I did each of the steps up to this point.  When I start a new project after this one I will make sure to take pictures from start to finish.  I would like to make a disclaimer, none of my ideas are original and all of the techniques I use are borrowed from other modelers.  On Tom’s Boring Mordheim forum I saw someone put together a japanese style village.  He included a guard house on a cliff that I thought was really neat, so I thought I would try and make one myself.  All woodwork is done from craft sticks.  The building itself and the cellar are made from foamcore.  The cliff sides and hill are carved out of polystyrene and touched up and detailed with some green two part modeling putty (not the GW kind).

Outside view of the guardhouse.

Another view of the outside.

Another view of the outside.

Here is the outside entrance into the cellar.

The straw roof is done with a support structure of craft sticks and covered with an old bath towel.  The towel is then painted with watered down PVA glue so that it doesn’t soak up too much paint.  As the roof is brushed with PVA glue it is brushed in one direction so as to make the texture go in one direction also.  This way it appears that the straw (towel fibers) is going in the direction that rainwater would make them go.  Just need some more paint and the roof should be ready.  When finished and painted you will be able to see what I mean about the texture for the straw.

Understructure of roof.

Roof by itself basecoated grey.

The building comes apart into three parts to make the interior playable for skirmish sized gaming.

The roof comes off and this is the unfinished interior of the guard house.

The main floor of the guard house is removable also, this is the cellar.

The cellar will have a ladder up to the main floor and has a door to the exterior.  The main floor has three doors, two to the outside deck and one front one by the steps.  I’m hoping that this will make for a fun defense scenario.  Next up is the tree that is clinging to the cliff side.  I made it out of wire, drywall spackle and some putty.  Richy showed me how to make this style of tree, while it is a lot more work than buying premade ones and maybe even a bit more expensive, I think the outcome is rad.  If we haven’t done an article on these yet I plan to make more and will put one together myself.  Our upcoming warhammer campaign requires a hangman’s tree as a random terrain feature so perhaps that would be a good project to showcase that style of tree making.

My favorite part of the project is the spooky tree.

So that is it so far.  I hope you enjoy the piece so far.  I am excited to finish it and actually get to game on it.  If you want anything explained in more detail, or have any critique feel free to comment.  Hopefully you can borrow some ideas from the project and build something cooler.  Take it easy.