Tuesday, October 30, 2012

TREES!!!! part 2

for further detail i put scrap pieces on the base, doesn't matter what i looks like, could be anything, fallen trees, stones, growth of chaotic moss, just paint accordingly. 
for further detail,if you score the dowels deeply you can add the smallest dowels you have to the trees to make branches, however these break and get in the way of models. the smallest i think you can get are 1/32. so if you add these be prepared to lose some. also if you are really brave use a torn up coffee filter to act as leaves you can either tear into small chunks to put on branches or you can use it like an umbrella cover and just drape it over the main body of your tree. these additions add a lot of time, and probably wont look great the first time you do it, but the more you do the better they get as you learn from mistakes
this process takes little time, if you want to paint go for it, but it eats up citadel paint, and the more detail you add the less you want to paint. i would say each base of trees took an hour to two to make and maybe another two to paint. these are just table top pieces, not supposed to be showcase elements, but they are better than paper forests.
 all this is really cheap, 5 dollars of materials if that, at start buying tools is expensive but once you have them no need to spend, i suggest an exacto knife, some wooden dowel cutters, a metal ruler and a cutting board and of course glue, elmers works just fine. 

TREES!!!!! part1

 Ok i love the game of warhammer and have been playing for more than ten years. i have a sizable collection of models, most of my experience in battles has come against Bob. while the battles are fun there have always been things lacking namely terrain. why? because i prefer spending money on models not stuff. so i make my own. i recently graduated architecture school, its a bitch don't do it, and had a ton of modeling supplies left over, all balsa wood.
so to start; forests. first of course you need a base, make it what ever size you want.for the trees i took square dowels and roughly cut the corners off them, this makes them roundish and gives them a more natural look that a plain circular dowel. then i cut the bases of several trees at angles to make them more natural looking. then a little sobo glue, or elmers, and wahlah! trees. the heights need to vary, but not much taller than 4 inches, they have a tendency to break or get debased if much taller. size of the dowels ranged from 1/2 to 1/8. a sheet of 1/8 serves as the base. glue trees at irregular intervals, leave enough space for skirmish units to squeeze through. leave bases small so you can mix and match to make forest as big or small as needed, makes transport easier too.

Hello internet

hello anybody.
my names John, i am the new guy, so give me some leniency on being a no0b on most things internet
I am a Warhammer fantasy buff, i have several armies (some are full ones), i also have a tendency to reread the rule book for fun, so expect posts on rules and armies, and maybe some pics of MY 'best' painted models
 i have been known to dabble in 40k but don't have an army. also i will probably be posting images and comments on making your own terrain and buildings

Some new(ish) models

Here is some of the stuff I have been working on lately

The Dreadknight has turned into a very interesting project. It is the first model I have used magnets on and I think it turned out fairly well. I will so an article in the near future talking about how the magnetizing conversion went and offer a few things I learned to maybe help others. I am currently working on a large pack of Space Wolf Terminators and a Grey Knights Librarian and a High Elf Dragon Prince and Sword Master so some pics will be incoming.

I'm back

Alright folks I am dusting off the old blog here and getting it back in gear. I will be posting hopefully at least twice a month with some of what I am working on and some of my random thoughts on wargamming in general including some opinions on different company's models. Also I will be adding a new coauthor and long time friend and fellow wargammer so stay tuned!