Nov 262009
 

Two of the grassland boards are completed now.  Click through for some pics of the second board in progress and a couple of the two completed boards together with a few scenic items added in.  These first two boards contain relatively few built in terrain features.  The remaining two boards are a bit more challenging!

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Nov 082009
 

First finished board

I’m working on four grassland terrain boards in anticipation of our next Mordheim campaign, which will be an Empire in Flames campaign.  Each board is two foot by four foot dense packing stryofoam, two inches thick.  I bought the foam about six years ago, mounted them on fibreboard and carved them about two years ago, and until about a month ago they’d been rattling around in my basement gathering cowbwebs.  So you get a sense of how fast I work.  I’ve now hauled them up into the house and have to finish them before my wife loses patience.  The first one is done.  Its only interesting terrain feature is a pond, which you see in the pic with only about half the water (Envirotex Light) poured into it.

The surface was covered with hydrocal tinted brown, except for the roads which were done with spackling compound and a little sand.  I painted the roads, then incrementally sprayed contact cement over the rest of the surface and covered with flocking material of various colors and sizes.  Scenery cement was liberally applied on top of the flock over a series of days.  The pond bed was painted, then the envirotex added in about three layers.  The first layer had a green tint done with paint, so that it dried cloudy but still translucent.  The second layer had just  hint of tint, the last layer was clear.  Black duct tape was added around the edges to give it a finished look.  I still need to add a sealant over the top of everything after the pond has dried fully.

Next week, onto the second board.  This one is also light on terrain features, with only a single rounded hill and roads.  The last two boards will be quite a bit more challenging.  One has a road ascending into a mountainous area, the other has hills and a creek running through it.

Feb 142007
 

On a recent gaming weekend, a friend brought his copy of CastleWorks, a cardstock castle produced by WorldWorksGames. They deliver their products as a zip file containing numerous PDFs, and as I have a good laser color printer he figured we could give it a try. Well, I’ve since purchased my own copy of the product (15$ cheap), along with their newer Shellendrak Manor product – so color me favorably impressed. Here’s a quick description of my first assembly attempts with CastleWorks.

Here I am at my worktable ready to begin. There is not enough light and I have sharp instruments and adhesives near at hand. Only tears can follow.

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