05/12/2017 at 22:14 #77960Darkest Star GamesParticipant
Those are some really nice giants, and will work super well for 15!
…and them ruins ain’t half bad either…
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."06/12/2017 at 08:56 #77994
A really cool idea, those giants looks to fit the bill pretty good!06/12/2017 at 10:39 #78001
Thanks yeah – it’s funny, the idea for the cyclopean ruins solidified just as I saw Lucid Eye had released these, so a nice bit of serendipity! They’re maybe not quite as big as I imagine the giant ex-inhabitants of the city, but either way they’ll make good troll/ogre chaps.
I’ve got a touch of the ol’ flu at the mo, so more work on the ruins today – they need a bit more rubble, and I want some more low walls.06/12/2017 at 11:06 #78004Alex BatesParticipant
Top notch work all around! Great terrain, great paint jobs, great choice of miniatures! Everything looks awesome!
I’m looking forward to seeing those ‘giants’ painted up. I’ve been looking for an excuse to buy those figures for myself.
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Thanks chief – yeah, lovely minis – glad I’ve found the excuse… current panting queue is copplestone pict warband, wolves then the ‘giants’.06/12/2017 at 18:00 #78039RhodericMember
I LOVE that idea for giants!08/12/2017 at 23:18 #78288
Super quick post – a not very good photo of another barbarian I finished off today
Pics a bit washed out- he’s actually very contrasty, still trying to use a 100% layering method at mo, though I did have to glaze his hair. I’ll try and get a better pic tomorrow.09/12/2017 at 05:40 #78302
Another mighty barbarian, nice!
I think the colors look good, but then I know from my own experience how photos can mute colors and such. Looking forward to seeing him in a bit more contrast later on 🙂09/12/2017 at 08:26 #7831209/12/2017 at 18:02 #78384
Yeah, I’m struggling a bit with photo set up at the mo… thought I’d got it sorted when I took the pic of those villagers but it’s gone weird again.
I appear to be on a bit of a terrain kick at the moment.
I bought a few Deep Cut Studio mats on Black Friday – a 3×3 meadow, a 3×3 winter (for future 6mm project) and a 2×2 desert (I’ve got my desert board but I thought a mat might be handy too). I’ve since realised that I don’t have a space to lay out a 3×3. I was going to buy a trestle table but I have two folding trestle legs from ages ago, so instead I bought an art panel in 3×3 from Jackson’s (a really good online art shop). Not cheap, but I like it, and future proof incase I decide to make a ‘proper’ terrain board with it later.
Anyhoo, whilst I was buying that I bought a few of the 30cm square ones too:
On sale for £6! I’m going to make a series of heavily styled terrain boards for 15mm skirmish – I use rulesets with CM instead of inches, works fine IMO, so these boards are over 2×2 using that ratio. Great for Open Combat, Crom and a Pulp Alley. So these ones will be very un-generic, specific scenes for adventures.
The first one is a cave network. Here’s the rough cut cork rocks
They need chopping and shaping, but unlike most of my terrain I’m not basing them, they’ll be moveable to create loads of layouts. 3 have a right angle to so they can be put in corners, and 1 has a flat edge to sit flush. I’ll probably finish it in a desert scheme like the rest of my stuff – I was considering doing it in dark grey stone though, like a classic dungeon cave, but that would mean painting up new minis, and I could do with a bit more focus at the moment!!09/12/2017 at 18:34 #7838810/12/2017 at 05:28 #7843210/12/2017 at 11:20 #78457StroezieParticipant
Ooh, I’m always jealous of people with access to nice thick cork like that
Looks like it’s going to be a fun and versatile little board to play on, just the way I like them, looking forward to seeing where you take this.
Stroezie.11/12/2017 at 00:03 #78531
Cheers folks – had a tiny bit of time last night and today to apply so filler to parts and shape the cork tiles then slap a basecoat on
looooooooads to do still obviously, but it’s a start.
I think I’ll paint the top of these black to visually reinforce that we’re not outside, we’re in a cave.13/12/2017 at 18:08 #78759
Almost finished now
Base board is done using my patented desert glaze and matte varnished, the rocks still need matte varnishing though. I think I’ll paint the tops and squared off edges black to reinforce the face that these are parts of a cave, not rocks… thoughts?13/12/2017 at 19:04 #7876213/12/2017 at 19:14 #78763
Yeah I get that – that’s sort of what I’m hoping the black will solve… I’ve already got some great rocky outcrops so don’t need another set! It’s all a bit ‘bright’ for caves innit? Ho hum – even if this doesn’t quite work, it was all spare material and I can use the small board for other stuff.13/12/2017 at 19:16 #7876413/12/2017 at 19:25 #7876614/12/2017 at 19:13 #78865
(‘scuse the un-hoovered hallway)
So here’s the cave walls with the black painted in
I’m still not sure it’s right – I definitely need to paint the board edges black to help tie it all together. If nothing else, I’ve learned some ideas for the next set!14/12/2017 at 19:40 #7887015/12/2017 at 07:07 #78911
It looks better for sure, but you might want to consider giving the whole thing a wash to make it just a little bit darker. The bright sand could be whats throwing it off a bit?15/12/2017 at 12:35 #78938
Thanks both – Alexander, I know exactly what you mean.. i do want to use the surface for other desert surfaces too, so can’t do that (otherwise you’d be spot on).
Here’s the cave system ‘finished;’ (i.e. I’m bored now!) I think the black edges of the board help a lot.
For my next trick – a ravine, with rope bridge type situation. Indiana jones style! Just need some more ( a lot more) 18mm cork.15/12/2017 at 12:42 #78940
That has helped, good skills.
For my next trick – a ravine, with rope bridge type situation. Indiana jones style!
THIS!!15/12/2017 at 12:48 #78944
Thanks – I think if it was in classic ‘cave’ colours it would have worked really well. Ho hum. I’m much more excited about the ravine – I’m going to pilfer some of the ideas Jack posted in this tutorial to make the cliff faces.
I reckon 54mm high (3 layers of 18mm cork) maybe two bridges, or a different level or even a cave opening with a ledge lower on the face (whoch might even connect to a cave system…)15/12/2017 at 14:30 #7895015/12/2017 at 15:03 #78961Gone FishingParticipant
It came out nicely, Jagannath. Love to see it “in action” one of these days!15/12/2017 at 16:18 #7897715/12/2017 at 16:28 #7898217/12/2017 at 12:59 #79114
Good question – I’m finishing off some low level critters (bandits and wolves) for some initial adventures, so we should see more soon…..17/12/2017 at 15:20 #79134Gone FishingParticipant
Oh my, he looks the business. Jagannath, do remember to set aside some solid gaming time amidst all the other Yuletide distractions; we are owed some photos!24/12/2017 at 16:05 #79813
Last minute bit of mate varnishing this morning before setting off, we have a priestess
Originally painted for Sci-Fi (which she’ll still work for nicely), I’m on a fantasy kick at the mo so for now she’s a priestess of the flame god (or some such nonsense), at least until she’s recalled for ambassadorial duty on Hyperlion b.
Hope you all have a fantastic Christmas – hopefully I can rummage up a battle report for us over the break.24/12/2017 at 16:08 #7981625/12/2017 at 01:01 #79847telzy amberParticipant
Who makes the flame priestess/ambassador?26/12/2017 at 18:31 #79926
@Telzy – it’s from Forged in Battle, from the priest and priestess pack but I sculpted a hood on.29/12/2017 at 06:26 #80103telzy amberParticipant
I had forgotten about that pack.
Thank you for the reminder02/01/2018 at 12:28 #8045202/01/2018 at 12:37 #80453
From L-R we’ve got – Black Hat Indian Civilian (tiny, about 15mm to top of head), Xyston Rower (scales with the Xyston minis you have as bandits – he’s crouching a bit in this pose, he’s the tallest mini in terms of scale), A Middleages lady and daughter from Donnington New Era (15/16mm to eye I reckon), 2 more indian civilians from Black Hat.
All in all I’m perfectly happy with their height (and variety) but it helps it’s such a mixed bag of styles too – adds to the multicultural melting pot I want from my ancient city.
After more civilians? I’d start with Forged in Battle (greek villagers pack or maybe Roman citizes) if they fit your world… those scale pretty nicely with Copplestone (slighter, but same height-ish).02/01/2018 at 12:41 #80455
PS – get hold of that Xyston rower if you can, his pose and dagger mean he’ll work really well as an assassin in a crowd. I’ve got half an eye on introducing some vaguely Cthulu-esque undercurrents to the games I want to play in the city, and he’ll be hand for those I reckon.02/01/2018 at 12:44 #80456
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