Sunday, April 2, 2017

March Terrain

I got my Frostgrave terrain for the second scenario in the Thaw of the Lich Lord campaign done last month. Well, not really "done," but done enough to play a game on! The only problem with that is once I get a game in with it, I rarely go back and put more detail on it, hehe.

I had hoped to show some WIP shots but I guess I forgot to take any! In any case, the platforms I used to line the river bank were just made from 2" Pink Foam, covered in these:

I did manage to find a few shots I took of the Playmobil boats, prior to working on them:

And the GW LoTR/Hobbit boat, which comes with the Laketown House set:

This boat is a bit small, but still fits a couple of models inside. I tested it out with some French Marines... I see some French & Indian War scenarios using these boats in the future! I deliberatly cut up some of the Playmobil boats to make them double sided like traditional French Canadian "Bateaux."

Speaking of the Laketown house set, I was so excited that GW finally had them in stock I ordered a few!

And the boats after painting:

Also got some more Mats last month! Just what I needed. As insane as it sounds, there are still plenty more designs that I want...

This was the TableWar / Frontline design Grassy Plains.

I was upset when this was no longer available from Frontline as I thought I had missed out on it. I actually got my copy (and the other mats I got this month) from Noble Knight games, which specializes in selling out of print stuff.

As it turns out, they are actually still available from TableWar's web site. I guess the two companies are no long co-branding these, and Frontline now has a bunch of new designs up on their own site.

I really wanted this one for nostalgia, as it kind of reminds of the old Warcraft 2 computer game! Come on, tell me these orange paths through the green grass don't look like this to you:

One advantage of ordering a "Tablewar" version instead of ordering from Frontline is that it had one less logo on it! Score!

I also got a 6x4 Alpine mat. I can use this for big games of Frostgrave, or if I wanted to refight the famous "Battle on Snowshoes" with my French & Indian War troops... Of course, I'll have to paint up Rogers' Rangers first if I plan to do that!

Finally, I ordered a couple of licensed Privateer Press mats, because they looked like cool designs and came in an unusual size, 30" square. I felt like this was just barely big enough for a good up close & personal game of Frostgrave, Mordheim, Song of Blades & Heroes, etc. I know some games have suggested playing on a table as small as 2x2, but that looks too small to me if using 28mm models.

I am bit annoyed by the amount of logos on here, which is amplified because of the small size of the mat. Also, I hadn't realized that there are small "steampunk" elements all over the place (which makes sense I guess, since Warmachine is a Steampunk game! D'oh!).

Lots of logos, and the size of the paving stones are huge in 28mm scale!

Also got these trees last month; they are artificial Bonsai trees. Not too cheap but nice and big, and don't have to worry about flock falling off them. Plus they just need to be based and will be ready to use (gotta love that).

And finally.... drum roll please....... my order from Escenorama arrived last month! Last year, I ordered a "village" worth of their ruined buildings for Mordheim. I was happy with them but it was not quite enough to really fill out a table, and I had a vision of doing an entire table in their buildings so the aesthetic style would match for all of the ruins. I like scratchbuilt stuff, tabletop world, escenorama, and a whole bunch of different manufacturers, but I really like it when everything looks like it "goes" together rather than just random terrain from a lifetime of collecting thrown together haphazardly on the table.

So... this year around Christmas time I ordered a bunch more of their buildings on the Black Friday sale. It took months but finally arrived... and packed much nicer than the first lot! Can't wait to get all of this stuff built and painted. I magnetized the first set to be completely modular, but I think I will glue a bunch of these together to save time.

The buildings came individually wrapped in bubble wrap this time... a huge improvement on the giant box of loose resin I got last time! Couldn't help but take them out and start to get an idea of how much real estate they can cover... lots of goodies here!

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