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  1. Prior to my move (in February) I'd stalled out on my last terrain project, a modular space ship built from Hirst Arts blocks that I'm making for a friend. Since then, I've got no mojo for that project, and rather than waste the relatively good weather we've been having, I've been using the time to cast fantasy blocks, particularly from some of the newer molds that i've picked up. The move (from an apartment to a house) means that I've finally got some real space to store terrain projects after they've been built. In addition to building myself a modular fantasy set of cavern and dungeon pieces (a la Dwarven Forge), I've also had a number of building projects that I've wanted to work on. Foremost among those is a wizard's tower for the archmage in my D&D campaign. She is one of only two players who have played the entire 6+ year campaign with the same character. Early on in their career, I used a pre-gen called "An Evening's Entertainment" to introduce a small inn on a trade route. It was close to Halloween, and the adventure was a bit of a suspense/thriller in which a hive of death scarab beetles find their way into the inn through the mushroom caves attached to the back. They slaughter everyone, and leave behind a gory, gruesome scene that the players discover only a short time later. It was one of the most suspense-filled, tension-driven adventures in the campaign, and it left a mark on the players. So much so, that after they'd eradicated the bugs and cleaned up the mess, they installed a family of refugees as the new inn owners, and made it a regular stop in their travels. The wizard was heavily involved in this process, and has talked about using this location for her tower. So, this wizard tower is actually a two-part project. The first will be building the tower; the second will be building the nearby Sign of the Mushroom inn. This will give the rest of the characters a place to stay when visiting her. It also provide me an opportunity to build some underground secret passages that connect the two together, as a secondary means of entrance and egress from the tower. To start, I'm using the 4" and 8" Round Tower molds (#52 and #64 respectively, from Hirst), as well as the Ruined Tower mold (#65). The 8" Round Tower will provide the bulk of the structural blocks for the first few floors of the tower. Between the 4" and the Ruined Tower molds, I get the flooring I want to not have to make a custom floor for the tower. The 4" Round will provide some internal structure on the first floor, and will form the core of the top level of the tower, also granting access to the roof. I will use the decorative pieces (arches and columns) off of the Ruined Tower to provide additional internal structure on the lower levels while still maintining a more open feeling, and open up the top level to create a balcony feeling. The tower will also include a basement. I've decided to go with fieldstone blocks from the Fieldstone Wall and Accessory molds (#70 and #71 respectively) for the walls, and the Flagstone Floor Tile mold (#260) for the floors and ceilings (I'll explain this later). I've opted for a 5"x5" area for the basement with a 1/2" border around it; walls sitting on that border will effectively make this a 6"x6" area. This will create the slightest bit of overhang relative to the tower above it (6"x6" on the hypotenuse = roughly 8.5") but nothing that can't be hidden relatively easily. The basement (and most levels of the tower, for that matter) will be 3" tall. As the floor blocks are only a 1/4" thick, and my walls that stand on them are 2 1/2" tall, I plan to use a 6"x6" grid of Flagstone Floor Tile blocks face down on top of the basement. These will be attached to the first floor of the tower, which will also act as a keyed mechanism for setting the first floor of the tower in place correctly. In addition, the basement will also feature a working secret door, in which a section of the wall will swing out to reveal a passagewar. This passageway will be 2" wide, with a 1/2" border for the walls. It will be the same height, and use inverted Flagstone Floor Tiles for a removeable ceiling for game play. I've cast enough parts from all the mold in question to at least start the project (and perhaps even finish it; we'll see if additional casting is required). I dry-fit peices for the basement yesterday and started glueing up wall sections today. Once they are dry, I'll get some pics added to the thread. ~v
  2. In preparation for incoming wargaming models, I am building up a stockpile of sci-fi terrain. After seeing something like it at a local gaming store, I decided to acquire some 40k vehicles and then destroy them. Unit04 was kind enough to provide me with a supply free of charge. Here is the tank, previous paint job stripped and base coat applied, then glued to a plastic crater. The crater was pre-painted, though I tossed the label so I don't know the brand. I want to apply some severe weathering to this, to make it look like it's been there for a while. Having never done that before, my plan was to do an initial wash of black, then drybrush steel, then do a heavy glaze or wash of brown, followed by red and orange for rust. I'll cover over the hot glue with basing supplies. Any tips or suggestions people have would be greatly appreciated. P.S. I have no idea what kind of weapon hit that tank, but it was SUPER EFFECTIVE.
  3. This is posted mainly for (Darsc Zacal)...a member who suggested that I add an open air market to my (3D) shire. I think that the idea was fantastic and I will be starting work on this shire board piece in the very near future. I just wanted to let him see my art draft concept ideas for the booths that I will be building and the board will be designed as a combination idea of a farmers market & renaissance fair...I do want to give full credit to (Darsc Zacal) for the idea...thank you!
  4. I posted this photo per request of a couple of members who wanted to see the shire pieces all together to see what the shire would look like. Sorry that it took me a while to get to this request. So here are the (9) shire pieces (7 complete & 2 WIP)...as they would look on the tabletop game board. Pictured are as follows from the back row across: 1. Watch tower, mayor cottage, barracks & town hall meeting building. 2. Livery farm & stables. 3. Undertaker & Blacksmith shop & cottage. 4. Barber shoppe & Hot Spring Bath. 5. (EMPTY SQUARE)...Will contain the inn (The Crossed Lances). 6. (EMPTY SQUARE)...Will contain a pond, trees & wooden bridge...(or)...Possible open market square (idea from Darsc Zacal)! 7. Bell/Clock Tower central square. 8. Sporting House, Jail, Sheriff cottage. 9. Pawn shoppe, Rooming House, General Store. 10. Sutter Hotel. 11. Crossroads Shrine & Hilltop well. 12. (EMPTY SQUARE)...Will contain the artist cottage & shoppe & the fortune teller cottage. Once the (12) shire squares are completed...I will start on (spacer terrain squares without buildings to enlarge the shire)...but will contain the connecting roads.
  5. This is the last piece of my (3D) shire that I can show. It is a tabletop game play scratchbuilt terrain piece (16"x14") and features the Sporting House, Sheriff Cottage & Jail...built on my standard ceiling tile base. The photos feature the following: 1. Overview of piece from the top. 2. Overview of piece from corner angle. 3. The balcony view of The Chateau (Sporting House). 4. Side details of (Sporting House). 5. The Sheriff cottage. 6. Small jail house. 7. Young lady on balcony of (Sporting House) doing local advertising. 8. Overall view of piece with game play figures (view 1). 9. Overall view of piece with game play figures (view 2). I hope that you have enjoyed the viewing of the (9) shire game play terrain pieces that I have posted,,,(7) completed & (2) are WIP. Everything else is still in the raw initial stages of buildings being built (not very interesting and boring stuff). I appreciate all the comments and feedback that I received from a number of the members...Thanks loads!
  6. This is another section of my (3D) shire for (RPG) fantasy tabletop gaming. This is the (Hot Springs Bath & Barber Shop)...(16"x14")...scratchbuilt in my standard way using a ceiling tile base...The only thing left to do on this piece is the (water casting...it will be casting resin...on both the water fall & pool water area).
  7. This is a fantasy shire section that is a (WIP)...it will be a tabletop game piece when finished...it is (14"x12") built on a standard ceiling tile base. Pictured are the following buildings: 1. Yankee Trader (a pawn shop). 2. Rooming House (cheap rates). 3. Dragon Shoppe & Bank (general store & bank). 4. Ceiling tile base board with road cut in. 5. General view of how this will look when finished.
  8. This is a tabletop playing piece for my RPG adventure group. It was scratchbuilt out of ceiling tile...the piece is 18" x 10"...the double green fir tree ridge is 7" tall as is the double yellow tree ridge...the dead man ridge is 4" tall...the gully running in the middle is 2" tall. All rocks & rock slabs were cast by me out of plaster. It makes a nice central piece on a wilderness table...the lone dead man offers the chance to find a few gold coins and/or a potion or two (if he hasn't been cleaned out by the time the adventure group finds him).
  9. Here is a link to our latest video showcasing some of the projects that we are currently working on
  10. Trying to get a consensus on how many would be interested in doing a month to month Miniature Exchange. Show of hands, who is interested? It is not required that everyone participates every month, just simply send me a PM stating that you want to participate in the next months exchange. There is no obligation beyond the current months exchange. PM me with Name email shipping address What types of minis you want to do? What types of minis you would like to get? We would like to get things started by the end of the month, we will also be participating ourselves. If you havnt already seen, we are also hosting a miniatures painting contest as well,
  11. http://www.terraclips3d.com/index.php?view=catalog Anyone have any personal experience with this new product from Wyrd Miniatures? Reviews?! I wish they would do a KS for this particular product...and if they already did I'm going to be really bummed.
  12. The 2 week long deepwars KS has started. http://www.kickstart...yss-mini-kicker Wonder if the OP can retitle this thread to be Shadowseas\deepwars as there's no real reason to start a new thread.
  13. These are relatively new and look like a fun choise for undead or other planar creatures.. http://microartstudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=20402
  14. Greetings everyone, I was hoping to get everyone's solution for using Woodland Scenics Realistic Water product on your bases. More importantly, I'm hoping to find information about how to keep Realistic Water on a non-recessed base! So what's your secret to keeping the product on there while not getting a funky concave edge or bulges? Or on a round base? Thanks in advance for your help!
  15. Hi all, I just wanted to let everybody know about a new minis Kickstarter that just launched yesterday: http://www.kickstart...-tidal-wave-dcm For the initial goal, they're doing a pirate/water themed set that includes some male and female human pirates, a mermaid and a huge water elemental. They're being produced in both prepainted and unpainted versions, so there's a lot of flexibility. They have stretch goals planned as well, but haven't said what they are. I have their earlier sets, so I can vouch for the quality of the work they do. Judging by the icons they're using for stretch goals, there may be some terrain (huts, wagons, etc.) on the horizon in addition to the regular figs. Anyway, there it is. I figured that Reaper Kickstarter backers might want to take a look...
  16. Kit said I should introduce myself so here goes, I or should I say we , are a small group of gamers that are in the development phase of a new kind of modular terrain for use in any game system that uses minis, we will offer our terrain in every scale we can produce it in. As of right now we are designing for six different genres, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Horror, Urban zombie apocalypse, and Ancient Rome. We are seeking the involvement from the miniatures gaming community to help us produce a line of terrain that is truly designed with gamers in mind. Please send us any questions , concerns, ideas, or advice you may have. Yesterday we released issue 01 of our terrain newsletter, in it you can find info about the terrain we are designing, what you can do to help, info about contests we are holding and much more to come. If you are not a subscriber it is not too late. SUBSCRIBE today by sending an email to [email protected] About the contests: ~The mini painting contest will be a recurring type contest scheduled for twice a month. ~Entry is absolutely free, all that we require for entry is your Name and email address Submission Rules ~ Submissions must be painted by you, no outsourcing please ~ You may only submit one entry for your submission ~ A entry may consist of any miniature that fits into the current theme. ~ Limit your submission to 5 or less images. ~All submissions should be made through a facebook message or via ouremail listed above. Reaping the rewards ~ whomever wins the bi-monthly contest will get their miniature and a short bio featured on our facebook page and in our newsletter in the miniatures section. ~ All winners will also receive a voucher for free terrain , which will be delivered after production before it becomes available to the public The theme and cutoff date ~ For the first theme we will be doing " A gnome illusionist of evil alignment " This is to be a miniature to represent the tavern owner from our article " A brief introduction to the tavern and its owner" which you will find in the image of our first newsletter below ~ The cutoff date to submit for entry into the contest will be August 30th @ 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time To find pictures and more information be sure to visit us at: http://www.facebook....tpropelledgames Feel free to message us via: http://twitter.com/RPGstandard Best Regards and happy painting, Rocket Propelled Games [email protected]
  17. Let's add some stuff to the Terrain forum. Here are a couple of tree terrain models: a fallen tree and a group of chopped trees. Both of them are easy terrain models made with real wood, just glued to the bases and inked to add texture. The fallen tree is based on an old CD (an easy and non-bendable base). The chopped trees may be used on their own as an ex-forest or added to a bigger non-chopped forest to add variety.
  18. Fellow Crafters! Direct Your Browser Here: http://thebrokeassgamers.com/ We Are Doing Some Down Right Awesome Stuff In Central Texas! Hi, I'm the site artist/ editor, I'm really kind of new to terrain crafting, They call me Niz, I had some crafting experience in adolescence but then life happened. Over the years I have continued to make found object, digital art and paintings but it wasn't till recently I got back into miniatures, with a few friends, we have begun to build this site. I recently made a really nice piece from some scrap plastic, and used Reaper paints which, must be admitted, found to yeild more than the GW paints when it came to flow and pigment. You've found a new customer! Take a click, and a look, find Us on Twitter and FaceBook! Any advice, pointers or tips would be greatly appreciated!
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