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From Hell. Steampunk London in a Multiverse

From Hell. Steampunk London in a Multiverse

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About the Project

There's so much great terrain on the market at the moment. This is my project to combine them thematically for a range of games - AoS, WarCry, Twisted, Rise of Moloch. So far I have been building plenty of Shadespire sets, some steampunk terrain but also have ideas for Kharadron Overlords skyport ‘streets’ and even a platform game!

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Cottage

Tutoring 4
Skill 5
Idea 5
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A really nice little build from a small company Petite Properties – well worth checking out their 1:48 scale buildings.

I’ve painted this up as a more poor dwelling. It’s small, but looks really nice alongside the other buildings.

Three quarter angleThree quarter angle
Front viewFront view
InteriorInterior

Balloon taking flight

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A bit more painting progress, getting the wood and metal areas blocked in.

The basketThe basket
The balloon itselfThe balloon itself

Now I've had, the prime of my life

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And I’ve never primed that way before!

A bit of white/grey/black zenith on the balloonA bit of white/grey/black zenith on the balloon
Metal on the basketMetal on the basket
Big old chunky ruddersBig old chunky rudders

Up, up and away

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Skill 6
Idea 6
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Lockdown forces creativity in all kinds of ways. I’ve been collecting interesting bits of packaging for the last year now. Finishing up a handwash bottle – suddenly a whole bunch of bits coalesced in my mind – a hot air balloon!

a rather swish basket with ruddersa rather swish basket with rudders
outboard engine and stowageoutboard engine and stowage
The balloon itselfThe balloon itself
cabling and some basic cabling and some basic "heat"
rough fit of the overall assemblyrough fit of the overall assembly

Scatter scenery

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Here’s a whole load of “smaller bits” that are now completed to go in-between buildings and on streets.

These bring together all of the techniques that I’ve posted so far (and a few more). I am super-pleased with the richness and realism of them.

Scatter scenery
Scatter scenery
Scatter scenery

Statuesque

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Skill 9
Idea 9
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My Super Fantasy Brawl Kickstarter turned up last week. I’d kinda forgotten about it as Covid had delayed it for so long.

For a knockabout arena combat game – the box is ridiculous – bigger even than Mythic Battles: Pantheon. Having thrown away all the silly GameTrayz and cut the box into a tidy square (to fit a Kallax) – I had these 3 lovely statues in need of painting.

Now, I could have gone brash and cartoony to match the game – but nah! I decided to paint them as old stone. I’ve done the gems in the correct colours so they’ll still fit nicely on the board.

A quick but effective paint job.

CreationCreation
ManipulationManipulation
DestructionDestruction

A new build underway

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It’s been a while since my last entry, which I’ll write about a bit later.

I’ve had my eye on the Malifaux Wyrdscapes buildings for a while now – but the price has admittedly put me off. Seeing these for 30% off on Wayland Games – I decided to bite the bullet and go for it.

I ordered Twisted Spires. When it arrived, I as really surprised by the size and weight of the box. I thought it would be a really sizeable kit.

Front of the boxFront of the box
Lloyd shot of the boxLloyd shot of the box

Opening it up, reveals 4 fairly heavy frames… …but a relatively small building.

The weight is explained not by the size of the kit but by the thickness of the plastic. It’s as thick as a chocolate bar in places!

Beautifully detailed – I’m still looking forward to building it.

Details of Carver Lane

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Attic windowsAttic windows
Flyers pasted on the stairwayFlyers pasted on the stairway
Side steps and basement windowSide steps and basement window
Chimney and bird poopChimney and bird poop

42 Carver Lane

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Skill 12
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This is one of the lovely Twisted City buildings by Miniature Scenery. I backed the Twisted Kickstarter a few years back and went in on the scenery at the time.

As a kit, it’s a joy to build and I had fun using offcuts and some GW gargoyles to add a few extra details.

I was a bit worried about doing a full building using the techniques I’ve practised on ruins, but I have to say I’m really pleased with the finished result.

 

42 Carver Lane
42 Carver Lane
42 Carver Lane
42 Carver Lane

Keeping the streets clean

Tutoring 8
Skill 12
Idea 12
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Completed my first 2 cogpunk automata which are all based on Warhammer 40k Necrons. depending on their status they’ll either be wearing bowler hats or top hats.

These two are just for fun.

Litter pickers – just don’t be on the streets when these are on the prowl. Newspapers, heads – they’ll stab anything!

Keeping the streets clean
Keeping the streets clean
Keeping the streets clean

Finger Lickin' Good

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Skill 9
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As more and more people poured into London in search of work, so grew the need to keep them fed. Of course, some poor souls were tricked into buying cheap human flesh and became addicted – turning into deformed ghouls.

For others, science was to be the answer. Breeding a type of chicken that was larger, with more meat and able to defend itself from urban foxes (and other predators) – so came to be these terrifying creatures. As soon as they escaped (and genetic experiements always escape) they took roost all over the slums of the East End.

If you can catch one – there’s good eating to be had. If you get caught – there’s good eating to be…

Finger Lickin' Good
Finger Lickin' Good
Finger Lickin' Good
Finger Lickin' Good

Varnishing day!

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Skill 10
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A rare sunny afternoon this week and getting some spray varnish down!

Varnishing day!
Varnishing day!

Bricking it

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Or, “My Probably Daft Way to do Brickwork”.

I really wanted my brickwork to look like proper red brick with a pale mortar mix.

Here’s my over-complicated way to do that.

Start with basecoating the brick sections in a Terracotta colour. I’ve used a mix of Bugman’s Glow and Khorne Red to get an earthy red colour.

Mix Wraithbone with water to the consistency of milk. Apply over the brickwork, using the brush to stop too much settling on the bricks themselves.Mix Wraithbone with water to the consistency of milk. Apply over the brickwork, using the brush to stop too much settling on the bricks themselves.
Once dry, pick out random bricks with Snakebite Leather and Gryph Hound OrangeOnce dry, pick out random bricks with Snakebite Leather and Gryph Hound Orange
A drybrush of Lothern Forest in the corners for mildew/algaeA drybrush of Lothern Forest in the corners for mildew/algae
A wash of Coelia Greenshade in the deepest corners enrichens the greenA wash of Coelia Greenshade in the deepest corners enrichens the green
Posters and flyersPosters and flyers
ForgeWorld Dark Earth weathering powders all along the bottoms makes great street-level grimeForgeWorld Dark Earth weathering powders all along the bottoms makes great street-level grime

I’m sure if I was a neater painter that painting the bricks over the pale mortar would be better – but for me, I’m happy with the overall result.

A little more Brass

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Skill 15
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A very quick how-to

Base coat Warplock BronzeBase coat Warplock Bronze
Dry brush Sycorax BronzeDry brush Sycorax Bronze
Wash Nihilakh Oxide, allowing it to settle where it meets the stone.Wash Nihilakh Oxide, allowing it to settle where it meets the stone.

Done!

Painting wood - contrast only method

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Skill 12
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A lot of the GW WarCry and Azyrite ruins have sections of wooden flooring. I wanted a way to paint these that looked good, but was fast.

Here’s my method:

  • After finishing all the stonework, apply 1 coat of GW Wraithbone onto the wooden parts. It’s lovely warm cream and great for wood/organic.
  • Once dry, one coat of GW Snakebite Leather all over. Keep it even and don’t let it pool too heavily.
  • Once dry, a drybrush of GW Wraithbone against the grain to re-highlight all the texture.
  • Finish with another coat of GW Snakebite Leather.

That’s enough to get a really good warm wood that brings out all the texture and looks nice and natural.

Painting wood - contrast only method

I’ve then pushed it a bit further using GW Black Templar contrast:

  • Apply a thin layer of Contrast Medium near the inner corner, brushed out towards the edge
  • While wet, a small amount of Black Templar in the very inner corner
  • Working quickly, smooth the black into the still wet medium to create a seamless transition into the brown wood.

Once other details and leaves are also added, it creates the effect of a really lived-in wood.

Painting wood - contrast only method
Painting wood - contrast only method

Bill Stickers will be prosecuted

Tutoring 15
Skill 16
Idea 15
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Justice for Bill Stickers!

Posters and newspapers are the elements I’m most proud of on my terrain, and I feel they really help sell these pieces as being part of a slightly squalid urban environment, but one which has society and progress within it. It’s not decay and ruin – these streets are lived in.

Bill Stickers will be prosecuted

This is how I make them.

I made a word document by taking images off the web that I liked and then shrinking them in Word really small. Standard inkjet printing on cheapo A4 paper gives options:

  1. Brush the backs in dilute PVA – they’ll go soft and then just stick it where you want it. The colours will bleed a bit but this is good for old/worn posters. They’re easy to then rough-up and tear with an old brush or something.
  2. If you want to fix the colours of the posters – spray the printed side with spray varnish and leave to dry before gluing with the method above – the colours won’t bleed and they won’t tear so easily.
    1. Where I am doing layered effects – I put down a bunch of posters using method 1 and then a “new” poster over the top that’s been varnished using method 2

You can go back over with washes and weathering powders to make them look even grubbier if you wish.

Bill Stickers will be prosecuted
Bill Stickers will be prosecuted

Mr Hyde

Tutoring 9
Skill 11
Idea 12
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Of course, a dirty city like London is nothing without residents.

Mr Hyde is a metal Dark Eldar Clawed Fiend that I’ve had for years. I was going to eBay him, but then thought he’d make a great adversary for unwary citizens foolish enough to be out after dark.

The top hat is made by tightly rolling a thin strip of metal from a wine bottle, and two circles carefully cut out for top and brim.

Paintjob is all contrast and drybrushing.

I love how he turned out and really feels sinister.

 

Mr Hyde

The importance of tiny details

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I’m working on a tutorial for how I do brickwork, alongside other tutorials on Dirt, Moss, Posters etc.

In the meantime, here’s a couple of pictures showing some more tiny details.

I can’t remember where I got the bottles from, but they are resin. I painted them silver and then added a coat of GW Waystone gem paint to give them a bit of a green glass sheen.

The leaves are leaf scatter by Green Stuff World, bought from the OnTableTop store!

I imagine that someone spent some time up here. A good sniping spot? They passed the time with a newspaper and some boozeI imagine that someone spent some time up here. A good sniping spot? They passed the time with a newspaper and some booze
But of course, after they left, the wind blew in and swept in a small flurry of leaves.But of course, after they left, the wind blew in and swept in a small flurry of leaves.

Local business

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Skill 10
Idea 10
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I picked up a few of the lovely TTCombat Streets of Venice buildings. You might think they are too obviously Italian/Mediterranean, but I think that London has such a melting pot of architectural styles – as long as I give them the right paint job and textures, they should fit right in.

These are lovely MDF buildings to make – but do read the instructions a couple of times before you start glueing!

This one is the Casa Francesca.

I modified it using the Miniature Scenery Twisted building add-ons to add an upstairs bay window. The metal sign on the side is actually a metal wine label (I’m posh like that!)

Showing the Bay Window addedShowing the Bay Window added
Wine label for signageWine label for signage
Started blocking in some colour and textureStarted blocking in some colour and texture
Hoping it'll pull together more as I continue to add paint!Hoping it'll pull together more as I continue to add paint!

Simple bronze

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Next tutorial is how I do a very simple but effective bronze.

Primed model - in this case a statue from the Sigmarite Mausoleum set.Primed model - in this case a statue from the Sigmarite Mausoleum set.
Basecoat the statue in Warplock Bronze - a really good dark metalBasecoat the statue in Warplock Bronze - a really good dark metal
Drybrush with Sycorax Bronze. Wash with thinned Nihilakh Oxide in the recesses.Drybrush with Sycorax Bronze. Wash with thinned Nihilakh Oxide in the recesses.
Lloyd viewLloyd view

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