Monday, 15 April 2019

RoC Objective marker.

In a few months time I'll be heading off to BOYL again. And as part of that there have been quite a few games that have been planned, one of which is a RoC Renegade fracas. For said game we have all been tasked with making an objective marker. It could be anything, just as long as it was something that a Chaos patron or God might want to confiscate/desecrate.

The idea that I came up with was to have an RTB-01 marine, skewered above the ground with a pool of his own blood gathering underneath him.....oh, and an Tzeentch sorcerers skull resting in amongst it, soaking up all the goodness.

So this is what I made:




It was fairly straight forward to make, just found the worst bits of my marine collection and started carving them up to add severe battle damage. The exposed face was fun to make, hollowed out a helmet with a grinding bit and then placed an undead head inside it. The stakes were cut down cake toppers. The sorcerers head was something that I'd removed from one of my minis years ago, but had never found a use for. Here is the Chaos Champion I took him from if your interested:


Then came the paint, basing and blood pool.









So, that's one mini project for BOYL down, the first of many to come. Hope you like him....what's left of him anyway :P

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Vrooom vroom!!!!

Hi all,

Decided to make a few RT civilian cars out of 1:43 scale toys. I found a few cheap from a local guy and set about converting them for tabletop use. Read along if this is your sort of thing.



Group shot of how they were when I bought them.

Pulled to bits.

Stripped.

Filing the wheel arches.

Carving and stuff.

Yeah, and more of the stuff.

Added some headphone doodads for engine pods.

Yes, can see.

Added some greeblies.

More of the greeblies and undercoat.

Base coat and black in wash.

Highlights and then details.......


I decided that I was getting a little bored with my beach backdrop so I had a think about it and came up with another one. Not sure if it's got the same impact as the beach one, and I think it might be a little too dark, but it's a changer nonetheless, what do you guys think?












I actually used these as a bit of a test for a windscreen effect. I wanted something a bit cartoony and easy to replicate. Stumbled across an old tutorial online and copied it. I'm pretty happy with the results and I'll be using it on my spaceship.....when I eventually get off my arse and finish it that is.

Forgot to mention that I mounted them on horsey bases.


Anyway, that's it for now guys.

Cheers :)


Sunday, 28 October 2018

You still building this bloody thing!!!?

Ok, last post for the tabletop build. The rest of the build can be seen here in part 2 & part 1.

The next item I had to work on was the burnt out forest. This was achieved by procuring some gardening gone wrong old tree branches that were dried out. I just broke them off and drilled a hole up their guts so that I could pin them to the board. I then scattered a whole bunch of chinese tea leaves over the ground around them and sealed them in place with a few coats of watered down PVA. Once dry I black bombed the entire area and then selectively hit it with white highlights. It took age to find good images of burnt out forests. Coming from Australia I've seen my fair share of them up close, but terrain is not real life. In my search online for a burnt out forest I only came across one....on the entire internets I could only find ONE decent picture! Unreal huh? Anyway, it turned out great I think.

I also added some lichen shrubs around the board too. These were a necessary inclusion as there were quite a few wide open spaces that would have a) made the board a little boring, but more importantly they would have b) limited the strategic opportunities during play. Making mad dashes across no- mans-land (real or in imaginary games) almost always ends in death. I think the board looks a whole lot better for it anyway.

Once I received the doors in the mail I could set about finishing it off. These were from Brian Roes' "Trash Bash Bits" line and they worked a treat. I also had some miscasts that were generously donated to me by my mate Curtis from Ramshackle Games....a few jerry cans and doors. Once all these items were in place and seamlessly integrated into the board, ala more poo paper, I could begin painting the board up to its final stage.

I applied various washes and highlights to the ground area's and then spent an inordinate amount of time painting in all the details on the buildings and other terrain features. I felt like it made the board come alive. Kinda like when you paint a miniature, where the mini doesn't really look right until you've dotted the eyes. But in this case it had like a gazillion eyes!

After all the real work had been done to the board then came a bit of cosmetic work that would make a big difference to the overall appearance. And that was covering up the cardboard edging. I was wondering for quite a while how I was going to tackle this issue. Some of the ones that I briefly entertained were to just paint it black, or apply plastic sheets or kitchen laminate to it, or even line it with thin wood slats.....and a few others that I can't quite remember. But with all if these, bar paint, I would have ended up with sharp edges on the corners, something that I wanted to avoid. I ended up stumbling upon a better idea while out shopping with my wife. She was looking at material for knitting and making a tablecloth in a wholesale market. That's where I spied some heavy duty, almost denim like, fabric. I took a punt and bought a couple of metres of the stuff. It ticked all the boxes; cheap, black, durable, no sharp edges......and did I mention that it was cheap as well?

I made the pretend smoke coming out of the defence laser by first inserting a basic scaffold of plastic coat hangers into the building. I then hot glued fine steel wool onto it and gave it a similar treatment as I did to the burnt out forest. It looks a little too much like Don King IMO, but it'll do.

I made the "Papa's Place" sign as per Rob Hawkins great tutorial. Actually, if you look at his tutorial carefully and compare it against mine you can see that I cut a lot of corners. I used copper wire for mine and painted it all once I had it fully assembled. I'm pretty happy with how it came out all the same :)

One of the unexpected jobs that I created for myself when I built this thing was the storage issue. At first I was going to build a frame above the stairwell to store it, but then I realised that I'd almost definitely damage it at some stage whilst bringing it to & from to my sons' room. So I made a leaning shelf out of an old bookshelf from work. I then fixed that to the top of my sons bookshelf. Job's a good'n.




I've only taken a couple all encompassing shots of the table, as I think it'll probably be more interesting, and more fun, to see close up shots of the different elements of the table in action. All beit BS posed shots :p































My son approves :)


So, I can now call this project done. Onto the next board.......like fuck!!!

I'm glad I've now got a real board to play my pretend battles on. It's been a long time coming and I've learnt quite a few lessons along the way that will help inform how I construct the next board I make when I eventually move back home.

Cheers :)