Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Multiplayer Mayhem at Empire's Comic Vault

Here's some photos taken of the carnage. The points were a thousand each. Cliff played Space Marines, Ben played Tyranids and I played Tau. The mission was The Relic. All I'll say is that by turn four Ben's Tervagon had sprouted quite a bit of gaunts. Fourteen in one spawning alone!  The Crisis Suits went away by turn three as did a team of Fire Warriors.  The Marines had the objective but had the Tyranids hot on their trail.  For a thousand points, it was a fun and tactically challenging game. Next time, I plan to take notes for a better Bat Rep.

Friday, October 12, 2012


An ancient place of dark power has become the last ditch defense for a desperate force of overwhelmed defenders...

Now all I need to add are the Chaos Cultists swarming up the sides while a battered squad of Space Marine Scouts cower behind the barricades unaware that the forces of the Warp have already claimed them!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Fenrisian Woods...

...or basically any snow bound woodland you'd like to have on your table or model display.  Each of these are approximately 12" by 5" across the base and about 5" at the tallest tree.  The rocks are hand sculpted from polymer clay.  One stand is on a 1/4" thick piece of hard board and the other is a 3/4" tall styrene rise mounted to 1/4" thick board.  The snow effect is thickened white acrylic paint applied with a pallet knife to the rocks and trees and brushed over a coarse textured surface of medium grain sand.  Both stands impede line of sight without actually blocking it and have enough interior space to fit a Rhino, Dreadnaught or similarly sized model. The larger rocks were sculpted to allow a 28mm miniature to stand on them.

Updated photo: 10-16-2012

There are four pieces done up now.  Two large enough to fit a Rhino or similarly sized model or a ten-man tactical squad.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Industrial Scenery

It's been almost a decade since I've done any industrial styled scenery so I'm starting a bit light with a silo.  The ladders and railings still need some painting, but I'm excited enough with the results to share these images.

I'm thinking about checking into O scale train kits for future ladders and hand rails.  I don't mind scratch building them but I'd like to save a bit of time if I can.  The main focus for this series of models will be to develop an appealing look and substantial detail without sacrificing durability.  Of course, even the mass produced kits can take on damage with enough play and improper storage.  My feeling is that you should treat your terrain the same as you would your miniatures.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Chaos Mound

So, it's been about a month since Dark Vengeance and I've yet to pick up my copy.  But I'm not disheartened. In preparation to opening the gates of Chaos I've begun a set of appropriately themed terrain.  This mound is sculpted out of expanded polystyrene, coated in a hardener and based on 5mm thick hard board. The 8 pointed star is based on an old Chaos Star pin I had decades ago in my skateboarding days.  This Chaos Mound is perfect to display a Champion or Chaos Engine and can be used in both games of 40,000 and Fantasy Battles.  I was thinking about adding some foliage and giving it more more "elder thing" look. However, I liked the way the cracks came out so well so I decided to leave the mound bald.

"Be seeing you..."