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I started laying out another building this weekend.  I decided to do a more impressive "official looking" building, rather than just another plain one. The doors are an Armorcast resin piece, the statues are from a board game called "All The Kings Men", and the steps are an old leftover piece of plaster terrain.

22489993150_0d101d255c_z.jpgIMG_5657 by cnjpalmer
 

 

 I am still considering my cork wizards tower, and am now thinking about the possibility of making it a series of flat sides like a hexagon or octagon, rather than try a round shape with the cork...

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I'm back from the Fall-In gaming convention in Lancaster, PA, and made some good terrain scores for my Frostgrave project in the flea market.
 
(I realize I should have included a figure for scale in the photos below, so instead I have tried to mention dimensions as best i could.)
 
First was this nice ruin I got for a few bucks. All it really needs is to be winterized, though I need to decide whether i want to add some debris to the base. (each base tile is 1 inch square)
 


 
Also, some of you may remember that earlier in this thread I had mused about perhaps making a waterfront section of my Frostgrave city, with a ruined dock and half-submerged ships in a frozen harbor.   So, as I patrolled the flea market, I kept my eyes open for possible cheap ship candidates to turn into frozen hulks, and was well rewarded.
  The thing I'm most happy with was this wooden model of a partially constructed ship.  As I approached the seller's table I noticed it had no price on it and I was worried the guy would think it had great value and be asking $50 or more dollars for it.  So, I asked, prepared to turn away, but it turned out to be quite reasonable, so I grabbed it.  It's actually a big ship in a small scale (1/300? 1/700?), but I think i can strip away most of the scale specific parts to make it look more appropriate as a 28mm vessel.  (the model is 22 inches long)
 


 
I also got a good price on a whole flotilla of 25mm ships.  The detail on them is thin, but since I'm making long-abandoned half-sunk ships with them anyway, it doesn't bother me.  (these range between 9" and 12")
 

 

 

Now I need to decide how I'm going to go about "Frostgraveing" these, especially the big ship.  Do I cut it in half at an angle across the middle and make two sunk ships, one with it's bow sticking up out of the water, and the other with its stern?  Do I just slice the bottom off, to make it a waterline model, and have it just sitting in the ice, maybe cocked to an angle?   And the same with the smaller vessels.  

  I also am playing with the idea of making the big one half smashed up against the dock, so the front third of it is sitting up on the  wharf...

Decisions, decisions...

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NICE FINDS! The Flotilla look like the type of small ship that is popular with the Pirate Guys on Tom's Boring Mordheim Forum...AAAARRRGGH!

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Ooh, I'm looking forward to seeing the docks shape up1

 

If it were me, I'd keep the big one mostly intact, using it as either a waterline model like you were thinking, or possibly as a ship still in the shipyard that never got finished before the cataclysm hit. I would cut up one or two of the smaller ships to use as half sunken wrecks with the bow/stern sticking out of the water/ice at a crazy angle; if you've only got part of the vessel visible, it kind of gives the illusion of it being bigger.

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Thank you for your thoughts! Yes, I'm most likely going to keep the big one waterline. A bit nervous about cutting it, as the structure is very skeletal. I may also try to open a hole in the side to allow figures to actually enter the hold.

 

Also considering the harbor itself.... My mind's vision of a frozen body of water that has been snowed upon, is that it doesn't differ greatly from ground that has been snowed upon. I may have to do some image searching to get the right look. If I could just use a piece of snow cloth, it might be neat to create some holes-in-the-ice terrain pieces that sit in top of the cloth but give the illusion of water below. I'm thinking something like a CD painted like water in the center, then a piece of clear plastic sheet with a hole cut in it over that, and then snow effects over that...

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Just some quick updates...
 
Windows and doors and wall slopes are all cut out on the current ruin, and everything is glued and pinned  so it can dry overnight.  Currently thinking about the roof... I want to make it somewhat caved-in, so even though the building itself isn't ruined (I figure this one was better built than the others), the roof damage fits the feel of the other ruins I've done.

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I also added some quick debris to the little terrain piece I picked up at Fall-In, and gave the new additions a quick spray with some black primer. Tomorrow I can paint everything to blend in, and ad some snow.

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MG_3018 by cnjpalmer
 
 
I also picked up a couple things while on an errand to the Dollar Tree store today...   I'm picturing a ruined courtyard, with ice spires that are illuminated from below...as if by magic!  :wow:

22982782661_240d78a788_z.jpgIMG_3017 by cnjpalmer
 

 

My concern now is that I'm thinking up projects quicker than I can execute them!   :wacko:

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My concern now is that I'm thinking up projects quicker than I can execute them! :wacko:

This is me all the time. Probably 90% of the things I come up with never see the light of day.

 

Your terrain looks fantastic! I can't finish things fast enough to build them for just 1 game (not that I haven't tried..)

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The ruins are looking good; I'm looking forward to seeing how the roof works out.

 

I'm also curious to see what you have in mind for those Christmas ornaments.

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I also picked up a couple things while on an errand to the Dollar Tree store today...   I'm picturing a ruined courtyard, with ice spires that are illuminated from below...as if by magic!  :wow:

 

22982782661_240d78a788_z.jpgIMG_3017 by cnjpalmer

 

 

My concern now is that I'm thinking up projects quicker than I can execute them!   :wacko:

Oh. Oooohhh.... Oh. Yes. I have an idea what I could do with that. Mmm... Gonna have to make a trip to the dollar store tonight anyway, might see if I can snag the same things... My idea is to take the snowflake, surround it with something that'll act as a floor (so the snowflake is a pattern embedded in a floor - I might need to make the floor a bit taller than the snowflake and then fill in above the snowflake with clear resin to get it all flush), then put supports in a bunch of places under the opaque floor to elevate it enough to have the LEDs fit underneath it. Then you'd end up with a smooth floor with a glowing, clear snowflake design embedded in it.

 

... yeah, I should probably finish some other projects first... :down:

 

 

Edit: And the other stuff looks great too. Looking forward to seeing that ruined roof on that building. ::): 

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