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  1. I own several sets of Greenstuff Worlds silicone moulds for creating water bases and they have been incredibly useful. Here is a water base I did for one of my Reaper Lizardmen using the moulds as an example. You can buy silicone cake moulds for baking (as the above poster mentioned), but I have found it hard to source anything small enough for miniature bases, whereas the green stuff sets pretty much cover all of the common shapes and sizes for typical wargaming bases, which is very convenient. As I am a frugal crafter, I am just going to throw this out there, and if you still want to buy their resin then go ahead. But I personally feel their resin is a tad over-priced for what it is . The company have a reputation for sourcing generic items, tools and resources (that are not necessarily of better or good quality), slapping their branding on the packaging and then charging a premium. This is the cheap brand I use, and I couldn't be happier with it: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09FF5BVDK/ref=twister_B09FR13WT6?_encoding=UTF8&th=1 You get x10 30ml bottles for under £20 (£23 if you want the UV lamp included). Greenstuff World charge £4.10 for a single 17ml bottle (and a further £10 for the UV lamp). That's approximately a £0.06 per ml vs £0.24 per ml difference in price, and honestly the cheaper brand is just as good in my opinion. It looks good, it is easy to use, sets quickly and I have had no issues with it. I use it quite a lot to add puddles and other water features to my builds and projects, here are a few examples.
  2. I've just realised that I never updated this thread with the rest of the set. Here are the Death Korps of Krieg, the other faction within the boxed set. They were a fun little distraction, but now it is time to start chipping away at my big pile of Reaper miniatures again.
  3. I've been on a bit of a go slow recently, but the Ork Kill Team finally got finished. This is one of those rare situations where I feel the light box photos look worse than the desktop ones.
  4. A very belated thank you. Apologies for the slow response, I have not checked in on the forums for a while.
  5. Awesome work as always, this thread has never failed to brighten my day! Although I am starting to suspect you may actually be Dr Who, because surely you need a Tardis to store it all by this point! 😂
  6. There is a blast from the past, I think my inner child just squeeled with glee! A great paint job worthy of the big man himself.
  7. I am not really the biggest fan of GW (for reasons I will not bore you with here), the last game I played being Necromunda sometime in the late 90's. However my FLGS recently convinced me to give Kill Team a try, and honestly I've been having a blast. Having a goal (getting minis painted ready for the tabletop, rather than to just display on a shelf) I feel motivated to paint again for the first time in months. Here is my progress on the Ork Kill, the first 4 models I knocked out over the Xmas break. I still have 8 more to go but I am pleased with how they are turning out so far.
  8. The original Warhammer Quest was my first thought also. It was the game that introduced me to the world of miniature painting. Whilst best played in a group, the game still worked amazingly well as a single player game, thanks to its randomly generated dungeon design. It was a dungeon crawler with no need for a DM. Each time you enter a new room, you draw a card to determine which room tile to place down, whilst a dice roll made against a large event table would determine what the room contained. Sadly, being around 30 years old now the game is like gold dust, I actually looked into securing a copy to relive my childhood and the going rate for a 100% complete copy was around £700-800 (I am not exaggerating) here in the UK. Way out of my budget! GW have apparently rebooted the game (Warhammer Quest: The Silver Tower), but I have no idea if it plays the same, and the reviews I have seen from people who grew up playing the original were not very flattering.
  9. For any one interested, I have just uploaded a short video tutorial on how I craft my climbing ivy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWSpAi5unk8
  10. Thanks guys, glad you liked it. In other news I have finally finished the Watchtower Inn. I added some internal lighting, Ivy, moss and other plant life to help bring things to life. Anyway here we go:
  11. Bonus Project - Foam Graveyard I have not forgotten about the Watchtower Inn build, I've had to put it on hold briefly as I was commissioned to build this graveyard which had to take precedent. I figured with Halloween fast approaching it would be the ideal time to share it. Made for table-top gaming. Not many WIP pictures of this one as I was under time constraints to get it finished. Made mostly from foam (The graves and wrought iron gate were 3D printed)
  12. Paintwork Continued Continuing from the last crafting session, I went over the brickwork with a final, very light drybrushing of Khaki to pick out some of the textures, and then finished off by applying a matt varnish to reduce the sheen of the washes. I probably over did the brick work a little this time around, as very few of the undertones are showing through. The stucco was drybrushed with an off-white bone colour, followed by a pure white, and the rood was weathered using an oil paint dot-filter in the exact same way I did the church roof a few builds ago. Inn Sign I wanted some kind of hanging sign to distinguish the building as an Inn. I started off by cutting a small piece of balsa wood to shape and then fitted some cheap jewellers chain. My free hand painting is not very good, and so I designed a very simple sign on the computer, which is just a generic free clip art graphic of a tower and some gothic text. The Inn sign was printed out and glued to the balsa wood, I then framed the picture with very thing strips of balsa before fashioning a simple wooden hanger. Next I varnished the whole thing, both to seal the wood to stop it warping when I painted it, and also to seal the printed logo so that the ink would not bleed out when I applied washes over the top. Once dried I painted up and weathered the wooden frame (I have not quite colour matched it to the wooden beams of the house, but I plan too). I also applied a brown wash over the logo, to tint and dirty it up, after which it was glued to the building. Windows After painting the window frames to match the wooden beams of the building I added the 'glass' window panes. I used old fashioned blank projector slides, which I cut to size and then glued to the inside of the window frame. Because I do not plan to build an interior to the building, I had to obscure the view into the windows slightly. For this I used Migs 'Dirty Glass Wash', which is an oil wash that is perfect for old unwashed windows. Once dry I used a Q-tip dipped in white spirit to clear away some of the excess staining from the centres of the window panes. Now they are dirty enough that you cannot see through them, but they will still light up nicely once I wire in the internal LEDs. I still have a few minor details to touch up, mainly the doors and all of the wood work, but other than that the paintwork is just about done, then I can get started on the base and decoration.
  13. Thanks, appreciate it. Paintwork I finally got around to starting the paintwork. If you have followed any of my previous builds you will know that I am a big fan of under-toning my stonework, and prefer to avoid bland grey stonework. My favourite stone recipe involves painting each brick individually in an assortment of browns and off brown colours, for this build I used; A dark brown Yellow Ocre Khaki Bonewhite Terracotta and finally an orangey brown I just pick out bricks at random. It can look a little silly and off putting at this stage, almost like it is made from lego blocks. However I feel the end result is always more authentic than a plain grey over black drybrush. Once the bricks are under toned I like to; I go over everything with a black wash. Give the whole thing a heavy drybrush with a khaki colour. A light drybrush of bonewhite. Go over everything one last time with a sepia/brown wash. And you should be left with something like this; I still need to go over with a final very light drybrush to help re-highlight some of the textures, and to apply a matt varnish to dull down the glossy finish (My washes are very glossy), but other than that the stonework is pretty much done. With the time consuming part complete, I hope to be finished by the weekend. I still need to finish painting the stucco (I have given it a khaki base coat, but ultimately I am going for a white finish), as well as the windows and doors. I also need to craft some door handles, a hanging tavern/Inn sign and some interesting focal point for the top of the tower (I am thinking a catapult or trebuchet).
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