Thursday, September 25, 2014

King of the Hills

I just finished a couple of new pieces of terrain. During the last games, the table was much too flat and open because I hadn't had time to build much terrain. Now we finally have a few hills that will block lines of sight and create more interesting tactical choices. The table is still a bit bare, but it's coming together.

I made the big hill pretty square and flat on top in order to leave the option to put other pieces of terrain on it and create more variability between games. I debated making it a rough hill with lots of rocks and ledges or possibly gluing a building down. But I elected to keep the top open so the hill can be used in different ways and in different combinations with the other terrain.

I really like having the road leading up to the top of the hill. It gives a natural, gradual access point for models or vehicles that isn't difficult or dangerous terrain, but only on one side. From the other sides, you're forced to climb up and down. It also makes it plausible to have a building on the hill. You can't very well build and occupy a building on a mesa with no road to it!

The road was supposed to look like dried mud and I think it turned out well. I left some various tire and tread tracks in the road surface and then some nice cracks formed naturally to really add to the dried mud effect! The road also gave me the idea to make a simple, movable bridge that can be used to connect hills of the same height in different combinations in different games. Could be an interesting option for later when I have more terrain finished.

The other piece is a set of three hills. This wasn't really planned out. I initially had the large base intended for a single large hill, but that didn't work out. Then, I was just hurrying to get something ready before Pete got here last time and ended up with the little rock column in one corner leaving the main bulk of the base open and surfaced to match the table. This time around, I had a few hills partly finished and no more base material so I just put them on this piece. I might have been able to cut it into three pieces, but I already had matting glued down and didn't want to ruin it. So it is now a rocky cluster that can provide either some cover, an exposed vantage point to shoot from, or a choke point to force the enemy into the teeth of your firepower. I think it will be a fun piece to use in battles.

Lots of rough and rocky terrain. It should make for an appropriate setting for some hard-fought battles. So far, all the terrain is natural. Now we need some signs of civilization to really add another dimension to the battles and the objectives. The next things I plan to work on are buildings and maybe some sort of mines or pipelines for this barren landscape.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bringin' da Pain!

Da dokta is in!

The latest addition to my ork Warband is this Painboy. After my boyz were obliterated by Pete's bolter fire in our second game, especially with his Bolter Drill chapter trait, I figured I needed a way to help keep my mob alive long enough to reach melee.  This bad dok should do just the trick by injecting da boyz with his secret sauce and then patching the wounded back together. As they get hit. He gives his mob the Feel No Pain rule, which allows models to ignore unsaved wounds on a 5+, unless the wound causes Instant Death.

I am really liking the way his skin turned out. But I'm not yet happy with the glass vials of liquid. I'll probably try to repaint those at some point when I'm a better painter. I tried to paint the reflection of light on the glass to make it look shiny, but it looked terrible. I may just cheat and paint the glass with a few coats of shiny glaze to get a natural light reflection without paint. Other than that, I think he turned out pretty good. Although, he may need a few more dried blood splatters on his apron to make him  a proppa' Painboy.

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