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Obi Wan asked about that, and I have.
Or is the Tower of Apis not what you had in mind?
I like the tower but more of a military/outpost vibe is what I was thinking – must admit, I’m not certain what I mean now that you press me on it!
I see we’re going to have some matching civilians soon!
I’d be in either way, like you say, it’s just a cool piece.
Thought about doing a watchtower of some variety? I reckon that would be very useful…
I think I’d be in in principal, how big do you reckon it’d be?
I’ve never heard of Forged in Battle. They look great.
If you can stomach the pack price (Most of my FiB warbands end up made from 3 packs, so not the cheapest endeavour) they’re fantastic miniatures – absolutely my favourite to paint. The blue and yellow chaps on page one are from the FiB Pictish range. There’s a very excellent Kickstarter for the third wave just drawing to a close for those interested – with the option to spend your pledge on any of the current range too:
I’ve backed it pretty heavily for access to the Arab packs, but I think that come delivery in December I’ll also take on a 15mm Dark Ages project for good measure!
Can’t wait for the next batch of bits, there’s some great stuff coming…
They are indeed, they’re called Lykian infantry
Not their most varied pack, and I didn’t like how different the leader looked so didn’t use him, but I’ll paint up another batch at some point in different colours to represent another group.
Looking back, I sort of wish I’d ordered the Persian Apple Bearers
because there’s some archers and skirmishers that tie in with them, but I’m pleased with these chaps…
Still playing around with the castle (I haven’t been able to face making more of those cobblestones yet!) but I did manage to box these chaps off (sorry, bad picture):
Fun minis to paint, I was tempted to go to town on the shields (old school style) but I want these to be generic guards for patrolling generic streets. The nice thing about the Forged in Battle packs is that you get loads, so I can always iterate on this idea. I’ve basecoated my smashed columns too, so those’ll appear shortly…
Very cool, that’s going to look great. Brick is a good shout too, gives it a Mycenaean vibe.
I’ve been looking for the right striped fabric for awnings for years. I have some blue and white striped fabric but no red. I don’t like the look of printed paper.
If you don’t mind painting them yourself then aluminium (the thicker sort used in take away containers etc) or lead (some wine bottle tops) foil makes for very nice ‘fabric’. Thin, takes and holds a crease & easy to work with.
That’s what Jack of Lazy Forger fame told me he uses (or modellers ‘brass’ sheeting, which is very similar), can be shaped like cloth really well. I’ve also seen (somewhere, sorry to whoever it was) dried out babywipes (oven baked) soaked in PVA used really effectively.
I’m with @oldben1 too – a really good Djinn, maybe some other ‘desert’ themed monsters would be great (especially as all my plans seem to be heading towards a sort of ‘Witcher but set in the desert’ theme).
Ooh that’s a good idea – I’ll have an experiment tomorrow. Thinking about it, the alternative might be to strongly reinforce the whole thing with some mega-pinning, then not attach it to any boards.
ah no, cos when the castle is not there….
Yeah exactly – I think my solution will be OK if I’m careful.
I want a board with a road running down the middle
I want to be able to game outside some castle walls (the castle walls being ‘incidental’ really, just to set the scene)
I hate seeing the join between boards.
The other option is not to glue the caste down and assemble it for play (obviously I’ll assemble the wall sections), but I’m worried that might look a touch shonky.
Scales, lovely – to my eye, doors are scaled to 17mm minis (which is great, because 15mm doors plus based minis always looks off). Here’s an instagram pic I took earlier
Well, my Baueda castle arrived!
It’s very nice, though it will need a bit of work to get ‘square’, which is fine.
My idea is that I’ll glue the walls facing ‘out’ on the edge of one board, with another board (the one with the road that I’m sculpting on) slotting underneath. This means I’ll have a flat board with a road on (to place the town or ruins around), a board that I can populate for the ‘inside’ of the walls (i.e. the other board) then slot the two together and play outside the walls (if that makes sense to anyone except me!!).
Basically, there’ll only be glue on the left hand board connection in this image:
When I texture my board I’ll need to be careful not to make the texture that will go underneath the wall overlap on the removeable board too thick.
I’m worried this is a mad idea!
That’s a great idea – personally I’d vote for those unbased, and no log (no trees in my boy of the desert!) but that’s just selfish reasoning.
Love the blue stripe on your buildings by the way.
Buikding add ons is a great idea – I was playing around with the small outhouse on top of the medium building when I got my last order too.
I’m in! Simurgh guards in similar style to Ali and bodyguard? i.e could they be one faction?
Haha I’ve been really well behaved for a while… I’ve gone into desert-fantasy overdrive recently though!!
Uh oh – I bought the Baueda city walls – not even finished my Crom’s Anvil buildings yet….
Sorry, I agree – didn’t mean yours don’t look ace btw.
Spacejacker’s post on jungle trees is an oldie but a goodie on basing trees:
I keep meaning to try it.
Ah yeah course, that makes perfect sense. Those’ll sit nicely outside then tent on a base.
That’s going to be a very useful bit of terrain. Are you casting it on the base?
Haha yeah – didn’t think until I looked at more pics of ruined columns – often they don’t smash or shatter, just sort of lie separated. Ho hum – got plenty now!
Cheers – No, just 2mm plasticard. I cut a suitable rectangle, then cut off the corners at 45 degrees then just load of sanding. The hardware shop round the corner sells these really useful wet and dry paper ‘blocks’ for 50p, so I absolutely rinse those.
AB kindly let me buy some pillars (from the temple set) so, like the ungrateful man I am, I took a hammer to them earlier!
I need to make a few paving slabs on the base later, and a couple of rocks, but this is a good start to my ruin scatter terrain.
I also cut up 2 pillars into individual slabs, so I need to base a up a few more columns with just the odd slab on the base.
I’ve got a lot of terrain painting in my near future!
These are really great – particularly the orcs. Well done, can’t wait to order some.
Those are very good, that’s a good approach.
I think I’ll still model them onto the board, much like the Matakishi terrain I posted, quite like the permanence and my recent terrain kick is to make small, quite specific boards.
You could always mount the road on some very thin card like matting and remove it when you’re not using it.
Maybe get some cotton and glue on the tiles and then use caulk or something flexible to build it up.
That way it will be thin and maybe even a touch bendy if you have hills or what not?
It’s funny the things in wargaming that bother people and don’t isn’t it? Someone asked me why I paint my base edges black t’other day – didn’t they stand out to me, and I realised I liked them (always have since seeing some in the 2nd edition Codex Chaos) and don’t even notice the big black edges, whereas a placed-on road (even a thin, flexible, caulk one) would drive me mad! Same with joined terrain boards – I hate that centre seam.
Shipping’s spendy from TSS though innit? I’m sure that’s what put me off.
I also like frames because I hang them on the wall – looks like abstract art!
Admittedly it’s not as cheap if you want a bigger one. That 30×30 board cost me about £15/£20 and took about 3 hours all in all, not a major investment.
@cmnash – They’re from jackson’s art supplies and are 20mm deep:
I love them. My small cave board
Is a plain 30×30 (I usually use skirmish rules for 28mm, converting inches to CM so a 30×30 is the equivalent of over a 2×2 board).
I’ve got 3 more of those 30×30 (they’re only £6!), the town board up there is a 45×45, I’ve got a 60×60 to do something impressive with one day and a 90×90, that I use on trestle legs as my ‘table’ (usually with a smaller board or mat on top). Great products. The 90×90 is braced at the back too to prevent warping.
haha well, that’s an interesting idea! Imagine the join though?! Ugh! I think that’s the type of thing you really have to just knuckledown and make… happy to be proved wrong though!
Though, if you were taking votes here’s the stuff I reckon would be useful (now that I’ve actually placed an order I’m more comfortable suggesting!)
*Maybe an alternative to that Baueda set *if* you thought you could be competitive (not sure how that price would stack up).
*Ruins scatter terrain (I reckon you could riff off your already cast columns), something to set the context of the ruined temple.
*Whatever the desert version of a keep is – a bit like a broch. Maybe ruined? A sort of focal point for a terrain board.
*Some sort of statue (though maybe there’s plenty of those already out there).
*city state guards/thugs. Plenty out there, nothing quite perfect. 5 is the perfect group number. A bit like the Perry Seljuk’s, which are perfect other than the teardrop shields (all shields must always be plain and round and painted or bronze! MUST!!)
*A Snide guy (who could work as a cultist or an assassin).
*Slightly more ‘arabian’ feel hero (though you mentioned that’s what Erland might look like?)
*some wraith type chaps
I’d order all of that immediately!!
Hahaha well this plan will only last until you reveal your next Cromfunder terrain piece!
D’you know what it is – I hate stuck down roads, but I feel like an ambiguous road/track down the middle of a board is very useful.
I’d also like to make a small board that represents the top of a wide bridge (so not actually elevated above anything), something like this
I could use your walls AB along the edge actually, though that would mean making a cobbled or bricked floor for the bridge.
My very lovely Crom’s Anvil order arrived – actually wish I’d ordered a touch more!
I want to make a board with a central cobbled(ish) road, something like the road on this:
or the cobbled bits from Matakishi’s excellent Agon board here:
My thinking being that if I scatter a few ruined columns around, we’ve suddenly got an ancient temple site, where as if I place my buildings around, it’s the road through town.
The tricky bit that that I’d like it to run corner to corner – I always think that terrain set up on the diagonal looks better… BUT that makes part 3 of my current terrain plan tricky…
I want the big mycenean gateway from Baueda
For fights outside the gates of ancient city states – it might be harder to get that to sit if I model the road on at a diagonal. TO be honest these flat art panel boards are so cheap and easy to store, maybe I’ll just make a seperate one for the city gates (with the wall and gates permanently stuck on). Decisions!
First though, I need to build my town!
By the way, I bought a lovely cart from Donnington New Era, which I was going to link to, but the site is down :/
Ps – I’m off tomorrow, reckon my parcel might arrive?
Haha yeah I guess so – I had intended the picts I painted to be bandits, but I’m not entirely certain they work like that…
Decided to take a few pics of everything I’ve painted in the past year…here’s what i wrote on the blog:
I’m starting to get my brain into gear for this season of Lead Painters’ League on LAF (assuming it’s on this year), and that got me thinking about everything I’ve produced since the start of the last one.
One of the things I enjoyed about LPL was that the ‘pressure’ of keeping up a consistent flow of minis at a high standard (debatable) forced me to learn a few things – it’s where I started pushing my highlights further, using less washes and more layering (because of the drying time) and got my desert basing formula down to a tee. It’s really where my consistent 15mm Sci-Fi project ‘started’.
Admittedly it’s not the most minis in the world, and I’m sure there’s painters out there who could produce this in a month (though, in all fairness, it’s not the only stuff I’ve painted) but it’s a nice and consistent cast of minis, which is all I wanted it to be. So this year, there’ll be plenty more 15mm sci-fi groups, plus a lot more 15mm Fantasy.
Here’s the sci-fi batch (not the easiest thing to take pics of):
I’ll be posting my fantasy version on my fantasy thread: https://www.thewargameswebsite.com/forums/topic/jagannaths-desert-fantasy/