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After being laid up a couple months this summer with medical issues, I got back to the painting bench a couple weeks ago working through some of the Dwarven Forge stuff I bought and never got around to painting.


I started off with the stone village pieces, after making some headway on Cinder.














Cinder has been closely monitoring the work of her minions while building their stronghold.


She insisted that they connect their stronghold to her cave.









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Meanwhile the villagers have been intent on getting their village going.







He's not half painted, like all of the other townsfolks.. he's just covered in soot. At least that's what I keep telling myself.


Meanwhile Cinder had her workers busy excavating her cave.




... and the villagers kept building their modular homes. 




Quite smart, those villagers. They build them in one spot, and then move them to their permanent home later.


After a couple days of humid weather Cinder's tender feet finally got a needed Lava massage, (once the crackle paste finally dried.)




She's still a very, very long way from "done" but at least she doesn't look like she's standing on top of a pile of whip cream anymore.


The villagers were spying on the wizards and decided to build a stronghold of their own..






Now, I had a moment of inspiration about this time....


Cinder was unable to stand on her stock base. Not only was the stock base warped badly but she was front heavy, and kept trying to put her head in the dirt like an ostrich.


So one day I got to thinking. "I have oak boards out in the garage that have been sitting there for 8 years that I've never done anything with. Why not give her a nice solid base!"


Some table saw work, belt sander time, some drilling, six pins later, you can throw her against the wall and crack the drywall without damaging her. Not that I would, of course, but she's tough. Real tough.


During the pictures above at some point I had a revelation.


That base is PRECISELY the same height as the dwarven forge tile.


So today I went and cut me some 4x4" pieces.


And went to hobby lobby.




All on "O" scale stuff.


Anyway my daughter worked with me this evening and we started crafting away.








Now what's that creepy guy with the shovel up to?

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Ooooh! Creepy shovel guy was doing a little landscaping!




Now by this point in time my 10 year old daughter kicked me right off the desk and said "Dad, I got this"




(I did not yet give her access to my best Kolinsky sable brushes but she got a serviceable substitute)


She went to town painting window dressings and mushrooms and other stuff.


She also helped me paint bases, do flocking, put up more hedges, and plant more trees!




The landscaper's house got a bit of an upgrade as well.




His wife was telling him dinner was on.


I had a goal on these village terrain pieces to keep them as modular as possible. This is the hedges tiles rearranged a little.




Nothing else to do while waiting for glue to dry but take pictures!




We have some garden tiles and modular farm tiles with texture paint drying in the garage overnight. 


I plan on doing some 8x8" versions of these tiles as well, for modular random encounters, later, once I get the village further underway. Those will feature some elevation changes.


Then I want to do modular river tiles and graveyards and cave entrances and moats and forest glades and grasslands and hills and deserts and snow covered stuff and ... yeah you get the point.


Oh no, though! Tragedy struck! The wife overcooked dinner!




(That is nowhere near complete as far as painting goes but I thought it'd be a funny ending for now)


Stay tuned for more I guess!


Now that there's TWO miniature painters in the house maybe I'll get some stuff really moving! :)

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My daughter and I finished a few more tiles today.


A couple of hay field pieces 



A garden (incomplete, we're going to add tomato plants)


The fencing is balsa and toothpicks, drilled and set in to the oak base




The cultists arrive! (They're half-painted.. all of my painted minis are at the office where we play our Sat night game)




Birds eye view






One of the window dressings my daughter painted




(I need to get around to painting those hinges... sigh)


The assassin stalks the cultists, who are throwing a party...




Slowly he circles around, as they are distracted in their debauchery!




Target spotted.. now time to get a better angle on them!




Ahah! This should do nicely.. now, where is that Alchemists fire...



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Got some more roofs done, and streets started.
















The next set of tiles I make, I need to measure better. When I set my table saw at 4" it really means 4" less the width of the saw blade. So each of the tiles I made are a smidge under 4", which leaves some gaps. :(


Oh well, I think they blend in well enough and add a lot of realism to the display.

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