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Postby timewizard » Thu Jan 31, 2008 12:40 am

Well, this is my first ever project log so bear with me :oops:
Lord M shamed me into posting some pics of my work. I am making my terrain modular because I don't have the space to leave a board set up permanantly right now. The terrain pieces are based on 12" square boards. Some have been cut in half so that the pieces can be mixed and matched. These are nearly done, just need a little fine tuning.
First up is a front view of a one story building;
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Here is a rear view;
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And with a few marines for scale;
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This is a ruin made from GW early ruined building models placed on a half board;
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and here are two half boards placed side by side;
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And finally here they are placed side by side forming a narrow alley between them;
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More to come in the future.
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Postby Spack » Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:25 am

These are really nice. I keep meaning to make up some modular boards - I've got about 15 1'x1' pieces of chipboard (I think you call it particleboard in the US) offcuts in the attic which I was going to use, but like almost every other project I start to plan it doesn't make it off the ground. I've got an Imperial City sat mostly unbuilt too ...
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Postby KInG » Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:22 am

i've got two :(
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Postby mattjgilbert » Thu Jan 31, 2008 12:25 pm

Looking good. Most of my bases are 1' square but I've got some smaller ones (half and quarter) ready to build up next. I like the chequered flooring - it's something I might try next..did you just paint it on or do something else?
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Postby timewizard » Thu Jan 31, 2008 1:35 pm

mattjgilbert wrote:Looking good. Most of my bases are 1' square but I've got some smaller ones (half and quarter) ready to build up next. I like the chequered flooring - it's something I might try next..did you just paint it on or do something else?


Thank you. I just painted the floor then I used a black marker to draw in the lines. Then I gave it a watered down chestnut ink wash to tone down the colors a bit.
The bases are 1/4" thick hardboard, sometimes goes under the name 'masonite' in the states. I glue a layer of foamboard on the top of it and then start the terrain. I find that the layer of foamboard keeps the hardboard from warping too much.

These are marsh/bog tiles. Would be classified as difficult terrain.
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These are some rubble piles. I kept the piles low so that minis could be placed on the piles without falling over. The green areas are supposed to be clear terrain bordering the rubble, but I am thinking of making the entire tile a rubble pile and using another tile for clear terrain.
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Here they are with some minis.
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Postby mattjgilbert » Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:46 pm

They look nice - the marsh areas might benefit from some patches of longer grasses/reeds to finish them off
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Postby Dwaffe » Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:08 pm

Verry nice, like the 4th picture with the thingies crawling up the wall
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Postby timewizard » Fri Feb 01, 2008 12:49 am

Thanks both! @ Matt, that's a good thought. I am trying to keep the tiles as flat as possible to make them stackable, but I like the idea of adding some marsh grass to the terrain. I'm going to give it a try. Thanks!
So, to continue a little bit, here is a 12" area of woods;
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But my problem is storage. Solution-magnetize the trees so they can be removed, then you can easily stack these;
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Making the trees removable helps in gameplay as well. For example, how many (WIP) genesteelers are creeping through the woods?
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That would be maybe 6?
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Yes, 6;
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Postby timewizard » Fri Feb 01, 2008 12:56 am

The 12" tile was cut into quarters diagonally so that the pieces could be repositioned like this;
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Then the woods could border a marsh area;
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Or a rubble strewn area;
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Or even a ruined building;
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You could even find a ruined building (possibly an old chapel) set out in the middle of the woods;
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Could the genesteelers attack from there?
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Yes, they could;
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I still need to do a few finishing touches on these pieces, but I think they are getting there.
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Postby mattjgilbert » Fri Feb 01, 2008 12:36 pm

VERY cool idea for magtentic trees :D
And the shaped woodland boards are a great touch too.
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Postby timewizard » Fri Feb 01, 2008 2:19 pm

Thanks! I just finished the last 2 pieces so I now have 2 full tiles cut into quarters for 8 triangle shaped woodland pieces. Magnetizing the trees was inspired by a need to store terrain in as small a space as possible. Will post pics later on how well it stacks for storage/transport.
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Postby Dwaffe » Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:25 pm

I would really like to see the end result of the small ruin =)
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Postby timewizard » Sun Feb 03, 2008 2:17 pm

Do you mean the small building from post #1? Should be finished next week (everything on hold for Super Bowl right now!)

Here are 2 full woodland tiles and 20 trees neatly stored in a shoebox;
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Oh, and before I forget, the requisite shot of my work area;
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This is a ruined factory building I've been working on, just have to figure out how I want to finish and paint it;
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More later this week.
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Postby mattjgilbert » Sun Feb 03, 2008 5:59 pm

I see your work area contains the obilgatory beer
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Postby timewizard » Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:21 pm

mattjgilbert wrote:I see your work area contains the obilgatory beer

Absolutely! I enjoy a brew while working on models. Different story when I'm out in the woodshop though! Alcohol+Power Tools=Nasty Injuries. Saw my share of them during my career. How are your ruins coming Matt?
I've got a couple more buildings to photograph and post, then I have to knuckle down and get this stuff finished.
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