Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August terrain

I bought and scratchbuilt a bunch of terrain items this month.

First, I finished working on a 3x3 game mat that I started months ago. I noticed that one side of this anti-slip pad had a "cobblestoney" texture to it, which first gave me the idea.

So I painted one side in gray tones to use for Mordheim city battles or non-snowy Frostgrave games.

It's not great but it at least looks "somewhat" like cobblestones, and hopefully will look much better with a bunch of city terrain on it. Here's a closer view with a model on it.

I originally planned on doing the other side (which is smoother) as a snowy mat for Frostgrave, but since my Mordheim campaign is coming up and I might had as many as 4 games going on at once at my house, I did it with a traditional flocked finish to use it for Lustria games.

Two mats in one! I wish the high-end neoprene mats from companies like Frontline and Deep Cut Studios came with designs printed on both sides!

I love those mats but this was a much cheaper option, and useful to have as an extra.

I also worked on some adobe style buildings for the campaign. I was going to work on more temple buildings, but after reading the old Lizardmen army books it dawned on me that my Temple City was missing a Skink Ghetto! I had worked on temple buildings last year but never did any houses. So here they are:

The roofs are removable:

Lastly, made a couple of small stepped pyramids with only two levels. They were quick and easy.

I also bought a bunch of stuff this month. I ordered some more game mats, and tried out a different company this time: Deep Cut Studios. They have a series of mats that are supposed to link up to create a long coastal scene, so we'll see how they look.

Also went crazy with Aquarium terrain!

I was always envious of the trees I'd seen on other blogs such as this one, by fellow blogger Gordon Richards:

Check out the trees... pretty cool!

So I set about trying to hunt some down. One of the things I've found out about aquarium terrain is that it's pretty region-specific; in other words, some designs are only available and in Europe and you will NOT find them in the US, and vice versa! Even if you were willing to find them at a European retailer and pay for international shipping, it seems like shipping restrictions keep them from being sold to the USA.

I learned this the hard way when trying to buy some cool ruins for Frostgrave earlier this year, but I had a workaround - a work trip took me to England so I bought a bunch of stuff on and had it shipped to my hotel! Victory!

But unfortunately I have no European trips planned any time soon, so could not get the trees pictured. I found some cool substitutes though.

Here are a few of the designs I snagged from Petsmart, Amazon, and eBay:

The smallest of the bunch:

And the biggest!

I bought a few of some of them, so there are enough total to fill a 3x3 board:

What I love about these is that they are sturdy enough that you can put models on top of them, if they "climb" the trees!

I already have a ton of jungle terrain that I built for the last Lustria campaign, from plastic hobby store plants like this:

I've actually got enough to cover an 8x4 table! The only problem with it is that there is no height element to the board layout since models can't climb on them.

I think it will be pretty cool with the new trees I added this year, to see the one level of the map at ground level, and another level at the canopy above!

August Painting

August was all about prepping for the Mordheim campaign... for the first time in months, I managed to get my "10 models a month" goal done this month.

All 10 models were troops for my new Norse warband. They are by Wargames Foundry, and I've been sitting on them for many years... yay for digging something up out of the Lead Pile and getting it painted!

First, the Jarl:

These two shirtless fellas are my Berserkers:

My son has taken to calling the one on the right "Buffed Up Bill," so that will surely be his name in the campaign!

The Wolfen:

The Bondsmen:

And for the henchmen, the Hunters:

And a couple of Marauders:

The whole crew so far:

I've still got a few Marauders to paint, and technically I should paint some Wolves too for the warband I want to run. I may end up cheating and just using some of my Vampire Counts Dire Wolves as stand-ins though, since they're already painted and based for Mordheim/Warhammer.

I need to save time so I can get everything done! Still haven't even started the Carnival of Chaos warband that I told my buddy I'd paint for him...

I had high hopes of painting up a Norse Longship before November but I can already tell it ain't gonna happen.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Campaign Season!

Well August is almost done and I'm just putting some finishing touches on the Norse models I worked on this month. Lately all I can think about is the upcoming Mordheim Campaign in November!

I've been hosting an annual Mordheim Campaign for many years now and it's always a lot of fun. I inevitably end up buying a bunch of stuff for it, even though my Lead Pile is more than sufficient without adding to it!

This year I bought a Sisters of Sigmar warband of alternative models by Reaper Miniatures, because my son wanted to play them. But then after talking to all the players, we decided to do a campaign set in the Lustria setting again, which we've done a few times. With that being said he's going to try Dark Elves instead!

I'm trying to paint up two new warbands for this year's campaign by November: Norse for myself and Carnival of Chaos (using alternative miniatures) for one of my buddies.

I'm also going to try something new this year and post the rules etc. on the blog here so I don't have to overload everyone's e-mail inbox!

Went on a shopping trip the other day for some "campaign supplies." Here is the trophy for this year's winner:

This is the campaign map we'll be using. We've tried a map-based campaign before and it didn't work out too well, but I've got high hopes for this year.

I have a large poster sized version of the map that came with an issue of White Dwarf years ago, so I got it laminated and bought a big magnetic white board to lay it on. I have some magnets to use as markers as we move our warbands around the map. Good to go! Just have to print some labels for the game pieces.