|The forces of Nurgle are coming! (Just look at that terrain!)|
|Notice- GW terrain, Armourcast, and Gale Force 9 all together.|
|A scene from my Bachelor Apocolypse game|
So, I've decided to take a break from DE for a few weeks and work exclusively on terrain. I play most on 2 types of tables- grass field and urban. So, I need to make terrain for both if possible. So, let's look at the grass terrain first...
|Now they won't topple over every 30 seconds!|
But, I continued to make grass field terrain. I must admit I borrowed the idea from Bell of Lost Souls. An article there recently suggested that you use cork board (found in kitchens and such) as a base. Its solid, fairly durable as long as you don't put a ton of weight on it. So, I took a few trees and put them on. But that wasn't enough- so I decided to add statues from Lord of the Rings terrain (I had wanted to play it at the height of LotR madness, but never got around to it, but I had these pieces still- unpainted and forgotten). After placing the statues, I added static grass to parts of the statues, to make it look like moss, vines, or other overgrowth. It took me an afternoon, just about. Now, it's not the greatest terrain I've ever seen (or made), but it is effective and was quick to do.
|Simple...easy...and fun to do!|
|Nice ruined effect...|
|Slightly crooked, but hey, it just got hit by an Orbital Bombardment!|
I decided to make my first building a Manufactorum tower (must be all my time playing the Manufactorum level in Space Marine from THQ). I had previously made buildings without bases. Now that had been fine, but I wanted to do something more this time out. What to do for a base? The building would be too heavy for cork. So, I did the next best (and easiest) thing for me--- I got the WHF movement tray set and used an entire sheet as the base. It costs $10 for 2, plus you get pieces that can be used for debris and girders and such. With my base ready, I began my factory...
I made a single, high tower, complete with smoke stacks at the top. I added walkways and ruined corners. But, the tower didn't end up quite straight enough. Like I said, I have a hard time doing terrain. Despite it being akin to the leaning tower, my brother justified it as "Hey, its bombed out, so it's OK if its crooked". He was right, so I kept going. I added some ruined beams and debris to the base, as well as a few resin bits from the old GW CoD basing stuff.
Painting it went quickly, as I had decided early on not to do every single detail. After all, who would look that closely at the paint job while playing a game. As long as the models looked good with it and it looked good on the battlefield, who cares of not ALL the wires are painted? So, to make it stand out from the rest of my (gray-ish) buildings, I painted it scab red with a scorched brown basecoat. The metal I did with my patented Nurgle Rust technique (brow, orange stipple, boltgun stipple over that). After a bit more detailing (but not too much)- I finished it. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. I'm looking forward to seeing it on the battle field.