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Soldado’s Burrows and Badgers terrain – Part the second! The Mansion of Marneous Blackwick!

Soldado’s Burrows and Badgers terrain – Part the second! The Mansion of Marneous Blackwick!

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About the Project

This project started out as me building some terrain for use at home to get my wife and daughter into gaming, now its become a bit of a monster part one (the village of Nutting Hill) went to Salute '19 and because people liked it, it has spawned part 2 "The Mansion of Marneous Blackwick!" Im hoping that I will again be able to take this to Salute for 2020.

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And today children, we'll be looking through the Rectangular window...

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First up, this where im upto, dry fitting the outer walls and placing furniture, man I need more furniture!First up, this where im upto, dry fitting the outer walls and placing furniture, man I need more furniture!
Heres the stained glass leaded window in placeHeres the stained glass leaded window in place
..made from the little plastic display trays from Tesco's medicine aisle, you'll find their aspirin and paracetamol in them...made from the little plastic display trays from Tesco's medicine aisle, you'll find their aspirin and paracetamol in them.

I currently looking for more suggestions on where to find furniture and gubbins to fill the house

so far I’ve got on my list: Mantic and 4Ground, Bad Squiddo, Iron Gate scenery, Charlie foxtrot models but where else?

Pick a door! any door! as long as its that one...

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Well building doors takes way longer than expected.. heres the first set, I'm questioning the amount of rooms just on the basis of this one set...Well building doors takes way longer than expected.. heres the first set, I'm questioning the amount of rooms just on the basis of this one set...
And they open.. cereal box card, coffee stirrers and staples for the hinges and handlesAnd they open.. cereal box card, coffee stirrers and staples for the hinges and handles

EDIT

After messing with them, the staple part of the hinges pulled straight out of the wall, not great really. After a cup of coffee a solution presented itself in the age old method of not trying to be to clever and just use a large paper clip driven straight down from top to bottom.

 Et voila! as the French would say. Et voila! as the French would say.

Symmetry? whats that then?

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Couldn't decide whether the doors should be symmetrical or not.Couldn't decide whether the doors should be symmetrical or not.
After consulting the internet hive mind, symmetrical was the decision. now to work on the main ground floor rooms.After consulting the internet hive mind, symmetrical was the decision. now to work on the main ground floor rooms.

Yet another brick..

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Milliput arrived nice and quick.Milliput arrived nice and quick.
smaller stairs so that theres more than one way up to the 1st floorsmaller stairs so that theres more than one way up to the 1st floor

Gloop!, Sproing! Ooooooh, look at that!

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not a lot today just some items that will end up decorating the various rooms of the wizards mansion

Pensieve and Orrery from Mantic and a bubbling pool of something from Oathsworn minisPensieve and Orrery from Mantic and a bubbling pool of something from Oathsworn minis

What door? Ohhhh that door!

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Hopefully this works..

I messed about with creating a secret door beneath the stairs, it holds shut via magnets and I may need to work out a better way of closing it than trying to poke my fat fingers in there…

getting twisty with it

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So after prevaricating for a couple of weeks, here’s the start of the proper staircase.

pink foam treads and a cereal card wall that will be lined with milliput to create the stone wall effect.pink foam treads and a cereal card wall that will be lined with milliput to create the stone wall effect.

so it begins.... again!

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Spent some time this evening mocking up a spiral stair case, should be simple but it makes my poor tiny brain hurt πŸ™

Getting the right amount of rise based on the material thickness is weirdly tricky (for me anyway, im sure theres someone out there that will say “yeah, you just do it like this…”)

The cardboard im using here is the same thickness as the pink foam I’ll be using to create the proper staircase so gives me a good idea how to proceed

The stair case rises 70mm around 195 degrees, makes for a steep staircase but I'll cut some recesses into the real one so that the bases of minis will be able to be stood on the stairs.The stair case rises 70mm around 195 degrees, makes for a steep staircase but I'll cut some recesses into the real one so that the bases of minis will be able to be stood on the stairs.

So, thoughts so far?

Man, I blow at drawing...

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So the basic idea is that we have a large house, with a tower, each level is going to be playable therefore it needs to come apart, dont worry its not to scale, or given my previous attempts, likely to be very accurate.lets see shall we....So the basic idea is that we have a large house, with a tower, each level is going to be playable therefore it needs to come apart, dont worry its not to scale, or given my previous attempts, likely to be very accurate.lets see shall we....

erm....

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I’ve had an idea…

 

It involves Mantics Wizards study and Library terrain crate bits and of course Cardboard, coffee stirrers, glue, CDs, Pink foam, more cardboard and looks of a certain disapproving type from the wife…..

 

Now lets see if I can get it from an idea floating in my head onto the table…

Oh blimey am I tired...

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Cor blimey but its been a long weekend, Im not sure if it got any attention anywhere but there was a small provincial show onn 06/04/19, there was barely anyone coming through the door and very few traders… Wait, that was the nightmare on friday night… πŸ˜€

So Salute has been and gone for another 12 months, its taken till now, the following monday for my voice to recover, between the running of games and talking to everyone who came along and said hello, I must have used up 6 months worth of talking credits.

So if you stopped by the table and said hello, thankyou so much and if you said nice things thank you again.

 

If I missed you during my infrequent attempts to try and get to stalls to actually buy something then Im sorry I missed you @brennon that includes you!

 

onto the pictures, I didnt get many as I tended to be chatting too much, some were taken by a good friend, so if its in focus and looks good its one of his πŸ˜€

While not B&B related, I also provided terrain for another game on the day, Wild in the Streets by Slow Death Games. Here is the only shot I have of it in action.While not B&B related, I also provided terrain for another game on the day, Wild in the Streets by Slow Death Games. Here is the only shot I have of it in action.

All in all, I had a blast. It was great to meet lots of new people and share what I think is a great game with them. Everyone who played seemed to really enjoy it and I hope that all who saw the table liked what I’d done.

 

So onto planning for next year……

Allo Allo Allo!

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Whats all this then?

So the Watch house/ Armoury is complete, at last, this one seems to have taken an age….

 

so whatcha think?

Full frontalFull frontal
Nutkin checks the lockNutkin checks the lock
Cpl Mole checks the cell doorCpl Mole checks the cell door
A deadly feline heads for the snipers view pointA deadly feline heads for the snipers view point
hmmm, it doesnt smell so good up here to a well born lady!hmmm, it doesnt smell so good up here to a well born lady!
Nutkin and Shaltari face offNutkin and Shaltari face off

Whats in a name?

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I tried, I really did but lets face it, my freehand will never be good enough to do sign writing (heck my hand writing is like a drunken spider wandered through and inkwell and onto the page!)

So I did what I should have done first off, found something on the web and printed it out…

E. Stoatbart & SonsE. Stoatbart & Sons
After undercoating the watch house, I though I'd see how it sat in the village? Apparently like an iceberg over a rowing boat is the answer....After undercoating the watch house, I though I'd see how it sat in the village? Apparently like an iceberg over a rowing boat is the answer....

Somebodies watchin me!

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The build of the Watch house/ Armoury is complete, just need to base it.

Stairs for uncooperative suspects to fall downStairs for uncooperative suspects to fall down
Rear stairs.Rear stairs.
details of the roof.details of the roof.

Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'!

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The cart is done, not in the way I’d like but my freehand sucks so hard I had to redo the whole thing <sad face>

Time to play some practice games…..

Will you be stopping by at salute? Im at the far end of the hall from the main entrance by Hasslefree’s stall on table GM16 which Im sharing with a friend and his game Carnage city chronicles.

E. Stoatbart and Sons with formidible escortE. Stoatbart and Sons with formidible escort
The villagers think they can take 'em!The villagers think they can take 'em!
Rowley Hood and his rowdies think Rowley Hood and his rowdies think "they" can take em..
And the pirates think they will take em all and then sack to inn afterwards....And the pirates think they will take em all and then sack to inn afterwards....

The final piece..

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A littleΒ chunky parcel was waiting for me when I got home tonight, the wonderful people at Oathsworn have sent me the Stoatbart and sons set to use as the objective for The Nutting hill job.

3 Stoats, 3 cargo pieces and the Cart itself from Sarissa

Time to get painting….

oooooh shinies!oooooh shinies!

To Salute! and beyond...

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So while the salute table is complete, this terrain wasnt ever really meant for this which is why the buildings were such a faff to get to sit in the boards properly. So moving on Im thinking what other building will be of use and so Im doing an Armoury/ Watch house from which Billy the stout, valiant town watchmouse can sally forth and crack some heads when they need cracking…

armoury, cut and carved, and the main bulk of the doors are in place.armoury, cut and carved, and the main bulk of the doors are in place.
Jump to its sort of assembled and the watch tower is built and a lot of woodwork is in placeJump to its sort of assembled and the watch tower is built and a lot of woodwork is in place
rear shot showing the stairs to the watch point at the top of the tower.rear shot showing the stairs to the watch point at the top of the tower.
The Kingfisher  Darby Finbiter from the latest KS is now done as well.The Kingfisher Darby Finbiter from the latest KS is now done as well.

The chosen have arrived!

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So after sitting down and looking at what minis I had in the collection (and tbh what actually could pass muster for a participation game!) I have chosen the 4 warbands.

So these bands add upto around 350 pennies each except the kings guard who come in closer to 400 but they’ll be the target of 3 other warbands so I felt they might need the extra oomph, we’ll have to see.

6 local villagers, for a very local village6 local villagers, for a very local village
Piratical beasts who haunt the rivers, shiver me whiskers!Piratical beasts who haunt the rivers, shiver me whiskers!
Outlaws living in the woods, they smell like it too!Outlaws living in the woods, they smell like it too!
Kings guard. Without a King to guard, have they lost their way?Kings guard. Without a King to guard, have they lost their way?

Saying it with flowers....

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So I was making some more tufts as im running out, and I was thinking about how to make taller flower stems.

The idea I came up with was nylon thread or fishing line if you have it.

Trim to length, coat in pva and wave over the magic box, all there is to it really. once its dried dab with glue and add coloured flock.

Once ready, add a spot of super glue to the end and jab it into an existing tuft to hide the base.

first stage waiting to dry.first stage waiting to dry.
and flocked and added to the sign post. these are too large to add to a minis base but a cm long one would look fine.and flocked and added to the sign post. these are too large to add to a minis base but a cm long one would look fine.

The Village People

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These Citizens of the World…

So the Villagers warband is complete, all of these comes from the latest Kickstarter including the little scenery pieces.

This is a local village, for local beasts!This is a local village, for local beasts!

So just need to finish the minis for the Pirates, then gather the other warbands together and photograph them.

what do you reckon?

Stone the Crows!

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Well maybe not given the size of Ravens in B&B unless you happen to have trebuchet!

To provide some variety on the non salute game table I have been making some stone walls.

These arent my idea I used the tutorial at the crooked staff blog here
http://crookedstaff.blogspot.com/2015/06/cheap-and-easy-to-make-stone-walls.html

Mine dont look quite so nice as theirs I think because the gravel they used is finer chips than the stuff I have. ho hum Im happy with mine, and I’ll be building more soon enough.

Undercoated mini for scale, burnt umber undercoat, heavy dark grey drybrush, black wash, mid grey drybrush, thin brown wash, light grey very light edging drydrush.Undercoated mini for scale, burnt umber undercoat, heavy dark grey drybrush, black wash, mid grey drybrush, thin brown wash, light grey very light edging drydrush.

Flocking heck!

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I was asked elsewhere about the flower tufts as I make them myself (Im way to much of a cheap skate to buy them, and yes it shows :D)


 

 Ingredients: cheap kiddies paint, dried tea (wash and empty out used teabags and leave to dry in a tub on a radiator), a mixing pot and stirrer and baking paper, User the cheap poster paint rather than artists acrylic as thats to thick and glues the dried tea together into large balls which cant be broken up. Ingredients: cheap kiddies paint, dried tea (wash and empty out used teabags and leave to dry in a tub on a radiator), a mixing pot and stirrer and baking paper, User the cheap poster paint rather than artists acrylic as thats to thick and glues the dried tea together into large balls which cant be broken up.
Some tea and a large glob of paintSome tea and a large glob of paint
Mix it up, my missus frowned at me using the knife so I used a coffee stirrer, it broke so i went back to the knife :)Mix it up, my missus frowned at me using the knife so I used a coffee stirrer, it broke so i went back to the knife :)
 Once mixed spread out on the baking paper try and spread it out and keep doing that as often as you can over the next 24hrs until it dries Once mixed spread out on the baking paper try and spread it out and keep doing that as often as you can over the next 24hrs until it dries
And heres the result ready to make flower tufts or add to bushes, are gorse bushes counted as difficult terrain?And heres the result ready to make flower tufts or add to bushes, are gorse bushes counted as difficult terrain?

Use any colours you like, Ive made Yellow, Red, Blue and purple dont be put off that while its being mixed and while its drying that it looks a little brown, the pigment will be dominant once the paints dried out.

Does it work for you?

ooooh, look whats turned up!

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Oathsworn have delivered the most recent KS.

Also included are a couple of older minis I need but mostly its the latest KS.

 

crisp casts, and the resin badger and beaver are stunning, very little flash and no mould lines at all.

 

This gives me all the minis I need to complete the 4 warbands I need at salute.

minis, cleaned and based, I used hard as nails to minis, cleaned and based, I used hard as nails to " fill" the bases, its cheaper than milliput and I had some to hand. the signs and anvil were put on mdf 25mm bases and the anvils base was textured to look like a log plinth.

Its done!

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eh, how’d that happen? so after faffing around for so long, the table came together in such a rush that I didnt realise it was so close until I sat back and thought “what next? Oh, thats it then!”

Nutting Hill is ready for Salute 19, now theres a scary thought πŸ˜€

Whats left? well I need a few more minis from the latest kickstarter that Oathsworn ran and the main objective cart. but other than that im good, I can sit back and read the rule book and even get some games in so that I dont look like a real pleb in front of everyone on the day.

A high view of the whole boardA high view of the whole board
A view from the riverA view from the river
It must be market dayIt must be market day
uh oh, here comes the fuzz!uh oh, here comes the fuzz!
Village squareVillage square

Where next?

After salute I may well start expanding the terrain types, theres also the treehouses to finish, ideas of what to build next are always welcome.

Another day and another step closer to..

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..sort of completion.

 

Whats left? well trimming the board edges so they sit neatly, tidying up the edges around the terrain elements so they sit nicely. Then start on the greenery.

Oh yeah and paint the river section!

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Were baking now!

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So the forge/ bakery is all done…


 

Here it is from the front, just awaiting a baker and a smith oh and the anvil :)Here it is from the front, just awaiting a baker and a smith oh and the anvil :)
and the obligatory gratuitous rear viewand the obligatory gratuitous rear view
and a new bridge or the salute table, for 2 reasons 1 the original is to damn big and 2 it got damaged in the house move, not badly but i dont think its fine for the show also see point 1 and a new bridge or the salute table, for 2 reasons 1 the original is to damn big and 2 it got damaged in the house move, not badly but i dont think its fine for the show also see point 1

Its been a while....

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5 weeks give or take…

between xmas and another project taking over this needed to be sidelined, but here we go again.

Sorry, This entry has been edited for typos and putting the correct description below the fotos, really should proof read what I write when Im half asleep πŸ˜€

drybrushed the stones a light grey and highlighted random ones to add interest.drybrushed the stones a light grey and highlighted random ones to add interest.
Started adding various coloured inks, Red earth, burnt umber, raw sienna and antelope brown.Started adding various coloured inks, Red earth, burnt umber, raw sienna and antelope brown.
painted the slates, blue, purple and green washes, came out better than i expected :)painted the slates, blue, purple and green washes, came out better than i expected :)
A dark oak varnish covers the whole thing,then dried herbs mixed with pva to create the vines. and then hot glued to a poster board base. The signs were made in Word (other word processors are available) printed out and stuck on with PVA (I cant freehand for diddly)A dark oak varnish covers the whole thing,then dried herbs mixed with pva to create the vines. and then hot glued to a poster board base. The signs were made in Word (other word processors are available) printed out and stuck on with PVA (I cant freehand for diddly)
sand added to the base and painted, hot glue drips added to the vines as fruits.sand added to the base and painted, hot glue drips added to the vines as fruits.

Hmmm, chocolate...

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well not really..


 

Chimney all doneChimney all done
Forge roof all completeForge roof all complete
And a very chocolatey looking base coatAnd a very chocolatey looking base coat

Its going up in smoke!

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So the roof is done, in the same way as the well, but without the rounding provided by the nail clippersSo the roof is done, in the same way as the well, but without the rounding provided by the nail clippers
And onto the chimney, instead of the daub effect for other chimneies in the set, Ive gone for a rickerty stone effect, The form is off cuts of foam board and a milliput skin again textured with a real stone and carved with a sculpting tool.And onto the chimney, instead of the daub effect for other chimneies in the set, Ive gone for a rickerty stone effect, The form is off cuts of foam board and a milliput skin again textured with a real stone and carved with a sculpting tool.
Now all that remains on the cimney is to put some support collars onto it once all the other bits are done.Now all that remains on the cimney is to put some support collars onto it once all the other bits are done.

Buildin on up...

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Progress continuemmms


 

Adding a first floorAdding a first floor
still the first floorstill the first floor
The forge is completeThe forge is complete
But will we be able to see it when the roof is on?But will we be able to see it when the roof is on?

Forging on...

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And beating about the bush….

So while I prevaricate on how to do the terrain board itself heres some bushes


 

Heres what we end up withHeres what we end up with
Start by cutting a scouring pad into strips, Ive cut these to be about 10mm wideStart by cutting a scouring pad into strips, Ive cut these to be about 10mm wide
Then cut into not quite squares, the bigger the bushier but over 20mm and theyre awkawrd to keep upright while the glue driesThen cut into not quite squares, the bigger the bushier but over 20mm and theyre awkawrd to keep upright while the glue dries
Tease the squares apart, you'll need about 3 per bushTease the squares apart, you'll need about 3 per bush
Hot glue the 3 bits together and the to a base.Hot glue the 3 bits together and the to a base.
coat in pva and sponge bits, then hang them upside down so that the weight of the PVA doesnt leave them flat, I did this in a box so that anything that dropped off wouldnt make a mess on the floor.coat in pva and sponge bits, then hang them upside down so that the weight of the PVA doesnt leave them flat, I did this in a box so that anything that dropped off wouldnt make a mess on the floor.
Once dry, paint them in the same way we did the hedges and then add some coloured flock.Once dry, paint them in the same way we did the hedges and then add some coloured flock.
And Ive added some stone texture to the forge itself, milliput and a small stone and a carving tool were all that was needed.And Ive added some stone texture to the forge itself, milliput and a small stone and a carving tool were all that was needed.

Hammer time, duh duh duh do do....

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So plans for the salute board continue and Im thinking to field one warband as the villagers from the latest KS. 2 of which are a baker and blacksmith, I have neither a bakery nor a smithy so why not make both? or indeed combine them into one piece? so I have (or am as its not finished πŸ™‚ )


 

So all the walls are made, and the display window for the baked goods is added.So all the walls are made, and the display window for the baked goods is added.
Some woodwork added, coffee stirrers naturally :DSome woodwork added, coffee stirrers naturally :D
I have started the forge I have started the forge "form" I will texture this in the same way as I did the well with milliput to create the stone texture. The coal stuff in the pile and the forge is called "foam clay" marketted towards kids but it smells horrendous and my daughter wanted nothing to do with it, so now its mine :D useful for coal or even fruits etc.

Long way up, short way down....

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Well heres news, my terrain and painted minis will be making an appearance at Salute 2019! yikes….


“The Nutting Hill Job”: The Kings guard are transporting a paychest, they’ve got it, you want it! 3 players must compete to get the paychest off the table, The guard will fight to keep you off!


 

So an initial layout, I might yet replace the ruin and the building next to it with a Blacksmiths/ bakery building.So an initial layout, I might yet replace the ruin and the building next to it with a Blacksmiths/ bakery building.
And the well is completed, which is one less thing on the list of stuff to do for Salute :DAnd the well is completed, which is one less thing on the list of stuff to do for Salute :D

Well, well, well...

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On one of Oathsworn’s KS they offered an “arcane circle”, a lovely piece that had 3 inserts, one had runes, another was bubbling liquid and the third was an altar. very nice, but not a lot of use to me (except in pulp games). Now I want to use the circle as the village center piece (think of it as a roundabout outside the inn) but with the above inserts still not a lot of use so I decided to make a well…


 

So initial build, I made a circle of milliput the right diameter and textured it and created the flag stones, then while still wet I placed the well wall form (an old bottle cap) and the coffee stirrer uprights.So initial build, I made a circle of milliput the right diameter and textured it and created the flag stones, then while still wet I placed the well wall form (an old bottle cap) and the coffee stirrer uprights.
Well walls done, again with milliput, more of the wooden structure done and the roof blank is in place, minis for scale HF figure on the left and Oathsworns Platypus on the right.Well walls done, again with milliput, more of the wooden structure done and the roof blank is in place, minis for scale HF figure on the left and Oathsworns Platypus on the right.
Roof shingles done, slight curve created by using nail clippers, because I couldn't be bothered actually doing shingle curves with a knife :DRoof shingles done, slight curve created by using nail clippers, because I couldn't be bothered actually doing shingle curves with a knife :D

A bird in the bush .....

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So after managing to find the time to progress the rest of the hedge sections I decided plain green wasnt interesting enough, so I added some coarse Red Flock to represent berries etc.So after managing to find the time to progress the rest of the hedge sections I decided plain green wasnt interesting enough, so I added some coarse Red Flock to represent berries etc.
And how it looks with one of the housesAnd how it looks with one of the houses
I even managed to find time to paint two more minis :DI even managed to find time to paint two more minis :D

And the results are in.....

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I think it works quite well, certainly better than the last versions. sorry for the rubbish lighting I think it works quite well, certainly better than the last versions. sorry for the rubbish lighting

What follows is a little how to, its not exhaustive, if youd like more detail on something, drop me a comment and I’ll get back to you.


 

Basic ingredients, tongue depressors, coffe stirrers, scouring pads and square bamboo rodBasic ingredients, tongue depressors, coffe stirrers, scouring pads and square bamboo rod
with super glue stick a coffee stirrer to eac side of one edge of a tongue depressor, glue that edge to another TD gining you a stable foundation.with super glue stick a coffee stirrer to eac side of one edge of a tongue depressor, glue that edge to another TD gining you a stable foundation.
the scouring pads I have are 10cm wide and almost exactly the same length as the TDs (sheer luck) cut the SP in half so that you have 2 5cm wide sections, using hot glue attach to your foundation, BOOM! basic form done.the scouring pads I have are 10cm wide and almost exactly the same length as the TDs (sheer luck) cut the SP in half so that you have 2 5cm wide sections, using hot glue attach to your foundation, BOOM! basic form done.
3 different types, back, basic solid hedge, middle a broken through section (man that badger was miffed!), front a gateway section sans gate.3 different types, back, basic solid hedge, middle a broken through section (man that badger was miffed!), front a gateway section sans gate.
how they look togetherhow they look together
add some filler to make the ground, I use poundshop pre mixed stuff, cheap and cheerless...add some filler to make the ground, I use poundshop pre mixed stuff, cheap and cheerless...
Test section, I glued some foam flock stuff using PVA onto the section to give it a less uniform appearance.Test section, I glued some foam flock stuff using PVA onto the section to give it a less uniform appearance.
and other sections have the same treatment.and other sections have the same treatment.
break out the burnt umber, I buy the artist acrylics from the works and thin it down with Klear floor wax, sounds weird works great, it even goes through an airbrush.break out the burnt umber, I buy the artist acrylics from the works and thin it down with Klear floor wax, sounds weird works great, it even goes through an airbrush.
so here is the test section finished by drybrushing different shades of green and adding some fine flock around the base of the foundation, sorry for the rubbish lighting but I feel it works rather well, certainly better than the last versionsso here is the test section finished by drybrushing different shades of green and adding some fine flock around the base of the foundation, sorry for the rubbish lighting but I feel it works rather well, certainly better than the last versions

Hedging my bets...

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So back to it I think..

 

Time to revisit the hedges, Im not overly fond of what I was doing before so I sat back decided that I’d try a different way.

Tongue depressors and scouring pads to the rescue….


 

Some initial trials The gate is made from square bamboo rods I got from a shop called Some initial trials The gate is made from square bamboo rods I got from a shop called "The Range" in their craft section, worth a look if theres one near you.
And a small test section as I wanted the hedge to be a bit fluffier than the scouring pads allowed for so Ive added some foam flock soaked in PVA. Once its dried I'll paint it all brown then greenify it to a more natural set of colours.And a small test section as I wanted the hedge to be a bit fluffier than the scouring pads allowed for so Ive added some foam flock soaked in PVA. Once its dried I'll paint it all brown then greenify it to a more natural set of colours.

Project going on hold...

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Dnag nabit and thundering tarnations…!

 

Real life has kind of got in the way and Im having to move house and other annoyances, so this project goes on hold while that happens.

 

But One last painted mini before everything starts getting boxed up and lost tidied up.

Oathsworns Peregrin Falcon, sorry its shiny but my matt spray ran out, no point buying more in until were sorted at the new place.Oathsworns Peregrin Falcon, sorry its shiny but my matt spray ran out, no point buying more in until were sorted at the new place.
The trees are as they are, all dried, lightweight and stable, ready for the next stage.The trees are as they are, all dried, lightweight and stable, ready for the next stage.

So on hold we go, back soonish I hope.

An idea begins to form - TREEHOUSES!

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So on the drive to work this morning, my brain started turning over a couple of things, a really nice project on creating giant trees:

Truncated Trees Tutorial

And the forest hideout from Robin Hood – Prince of thieves

so instead of actually working I started drawing out the initial ideas…

Im no artist so bear with me here, im unlikely to use the same method of building the trunk as @sotf but will have to see if my foamcore structure idea will support the platforms and minis once constructed, fingers crossed.Im no artist so bear with me here, im unlikely to use the same method of building the trunk as @sotf but will have to see if my foamcore structure idea will support the platforms and minis once constructed, fingers crossed.
So Stage 1:So Stage 1:

I have created my tree form from strips of foamcore hot glued so that they form a cross in profile. then stuck this at a suitably rakish angle to an old CD. I’ve added a heavy washer at the rear of the tree to provide a counter balance.

then at a random height I have skewered the form with 3 planks, these will form the supports for the platform, I have then added more coffee stirrer support to act as forms for branches.

More supports were added after the picture was taken…

Step 2:Step 2:

Here we begin added the brown goop to the roots and branches, I’m gonna let these dry before adding more for 2 reasons:

1: Its heavy at this point and I dont want to break the form while manhandling it.

2: I’ve run out of goop πŸ™ silly boy.

So I made some more goop and finished off the tree, now its gonna be waiting for it to dry so I'll get on and build a couple more as Im happy with how this bit works.So I made some more goop and finished off the tree, now its gonna be waiting for it to dry so I'll get on and build a couple more as Im happy with how this bit works.
4 more armatures started4 more armatures started
I found I was using way to much goop so started filling the gaps with waste paper them laying the goop over the top.I found I was using way to much goop so started filling the gaps with waste paper them laying the goop over the top.
The trees have finished drying, now I'll follow @sotf's tutorial, ie make the bark channels and then cover in a layer of tissue paper, but that will have to wait :(The trees have finished drying, now I'll follow @sotf's tutorial, ie make the bark channels and then cover in a layer of tissue paper, but that will have to wait :(

And some figures to actually play with...

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Some figures some painted a couple of years ago for a frostgrave campaign with snowy bases

 

 

And some more recent efforts

And 2 more, needed for an upcoming game...And 2 more, needed for an upcoming game...

Im getting a real "buzz" out if this piece...

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So at a friends suggestion I have started an apiary, situated behind a sturdy Wattle fence 6 hives sit on their sheltered tables and the apiarists covered cart is ready haul the honey to market.So at a friends suggestion I have started an apiary, situated behind a sturdy Wattle fence 6 hives sit on their sheltered tables and the apiarists covered cart is ready haul the honey to market.

The fence was made by drilling holes in coffee stirrers and supergluing cocktail sticks in, once the four sections were glued into place on a base, I wove brown garden string inbetween. Painting the string in PVA once it was in place.

The tables are simply coffee stirrers (what else πŸ™‚ ) assembled with hotglue. Same with the little cart.

The hives are the usual brown cardboard goop.

A couple of days for the hives to dry and then I can start painting it all.

A couple of shots showing the scale

So the Apiary is done as are the final river sections.So the Apiary is done as are the final river sections.

Making the papier Mache goop

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Here is a little guide on how I go about making the papier mache goop, this stuff has made this project possible for me especially as its really cheap to make.

 

Hopefully this is helpful to others with their projects.

So the first bit is to cut up your cardboard into a managable size for your blender, these bits are about 25x 15mm roughly. Beware, a small cardboard box creates a lot of goop, so dont go to nuts here unless you need lots all at once..So the first bit is to cut up your cardboard into a managable size for your blender, these bits are about 25x 15mm roughly. Beware, a small cardboard box creates a lot of goop, so dont go to nuts here unless you need lots all at once..
Soak the cardboard for an hour or 2, it helps I find to use hot water for this partSoak the cardboard for an hour or 2, it helps I find to use hot water for this part
Blend handfuls at a time, do to much and you'll blowup your blender (trust me on this) use 1 part cardboard to 2 parts water in the blender, the more water the easier it will mush up.Blend handfuls at a time, do to much and you'll blowup your blender (trust me on this) use 1 part cardboard to 2 parts water in the blender, the more water the easier it will mush up.

Imagine an image here if you will….

No image of this bit, after you blend it, pour it out into a sieve/ colander/ cheese cloth, whatever you’ve got.

Squeeze out as much water as you can until you end up with fairly solid brickettes.

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Take the brickettes and break them up by hand then stick it handful by handful through the blender again, this time without water.Take the brickettes and break them up by hand then stick it handful by handful through the blender again, this time without water.
Take the resulting damp mulch and mix in lots of PVA glue until you get a soft paste, its fine to have lumpy bits. I find that storing the mixture in a sandwich/ freezer bag in the fridge means the mixture keeps fine for a few weeks, just let everyone know its not Tuna mayo!. Take the resulting damp mulch and mix in lots of PVA glue until you get a soft paste, its fine to have lumpy bits. I find that storing the mixture in a sandwich/ freezer bag in the fridge means the mixture keeps fine for a few weeks, just let everyone know its not Tuna mayo!.

 

 

So there you have it. That is how I make the goop, apart from soaking the process takes less than an hour all in to make enough to roof about 3 – 4 houses.

A Bridge to far..?

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After being away for a few days, I got around to making a start building a bridge last night, here the near completed span, once this has dried I’ll build the base then it will need a river to go with it

 

I’ll update this entry as I go along…

A little bit later in the day and here is the base and bridge glued together with the banks added these again are papier mache, once its dried i'll trim the corners out, this should help keep any warping to a minimum (I hope!)A little bit later in the day and here is the base and bridge glued together with the banks added these again are papier mache, once its dried i'll trim the corners out, this should help keep any warping to a minimum (I hope!)
Here are some experimental river sections, or rather the beginnings of them, not sure how these will turn out yet, the weather sucks at the moment so everythings taking an age to dry.Here are some experimental river sections, or rather the beginnings of them, not sure how these will turn out yet, the weather sucks at the moment so everythings taking an age to dry.

A little how to on how I create the river sections

Stick to layers of cardboard to each other the smaller layer ontopStick to layers of cardboard to each other the smaller layer ontop
Attach some coffee stirrers too stiffen and lessen any warpingAttach some coffee stirrers too stiffen and lessen any warping
add the add the "goop" remembering to make sure that all meeting points are a standard dimension.

Allow the “goop” to dry slowly, any attempt to speed the process up either by putting the piece in the sun or in an airing cupboard just means the piece warps more πŸ™

I hope this helps..


 

So here are the initial river sections and Bridge all doneSo here are the initial river sections and Bridge all done

The process of creation...

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So a bit of a step by step, well not really im not that reliable for taking pictures, but here I hope you can see the process by which the Inn came together..

Materials used are Foam core for the walls, I draw on where I want the doors and windows and the other bits and bobs then cut them out. next phase is to take the remaining outer plastic sheeting and draw on the stone work.

Once thats all done its hot gled together and then hot glued to a 2 ply cardboard base made by cutting a home bake pizza box back to back with superglue.

The thatch to the stable, this is made from wet corrugated cardboard thats been ground up in a blender, mixed with PVA and then applied thickly and the lines are created by thumping the edge of a steel ruler or knife into it.

After under coating brown, base colours of Grey for the stone and tan for everything else was drybrushed on. the odd stone was picked out with various coloured inks and the roof drybrushed yellow. the woodwork was washed with raw sienna to give it a used natural look.

Creeping vine/ ivy, this is string soaked in green ink then glued in place, I make yet revisit this part as later buildings got a improved version where instead of applying the pva to the building and sprinkling the flock I mixed the flock with PVA prior and then lumped it into place, this gave a much better effect.

The inn sign was created by photographing the picture in the B&B rule book and printing it out (after creating a copy and flipping it) stick the pictures to a piece of card and build the sign structure around it out of coffee stirrers.

 

Once everything is painted and in place the whole thing is coated in 2 layers of dark oak wood varnish to help it survive the rigours of gaming.

Large Windmill

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A fairly tall (41cm) windmill

First few Buildings Completed

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1st few buildings are completed

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