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We All Come to an End

We All Come to an End

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Building some graveyard terrain to go along with my other half's church.

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The past two weeks have been quite slow on the old progress. I was at Empire again last weekend and I’ve only just recovered (who would have thought larping would be so tiring). Time to get back on the terrain horse.

I've finished painting the last of the gravestones. Just need to paint the creepers on one of them.I've finished painting the last of the gravestones. Just need to paint the creepers on one of them.

I’ve started to prime the church. The main body needs a second coat, I had to abort last night because it started to rain. I’ve done the roof in black because I want it to look like slate.

 

We want the building to be sandstone. So the next step is to spray all the brickwork brown before we attack it with sponges.

Slapping more paint down.

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Another six bases painted.

This morning's building

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The railings have gotten bigger.The railings have gotten bigger.
More gravestones built. I've run out again.  I think I've put the super glue on a bit thick, it's gone a bit white. More gravestones built. I've run out again. I think I've put the super glue on a bit thick, it's gone a bit white.

Quick update

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The challenge might be over but the project goes on.

I’ve started building the enclosure for the mausoleums. I just need to acquire a base to attach the fences to.  I’ve even picked up a cobblestone roller from greenstuff world for the paths in the enclosure.

 

Fence construction mode activate Fence construction mode activate

As for the enclosure itself I’m going to leave the back end open and sit the base on the edge of the board.  Lazy, but it works.

Planning goes awry.

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I had planned to build a gated enclosure for four of these…

Painted by my other half. All credit goes to her.Painted by my other half. All credit goes to her.

I had planned to build the enclosure  in a square or rectangle. However once I assembled the gates I noticed this

For f***s sake.For f***s sake.

The gate is wider than the rest of the fencing. Which means the fences will not form a neat square or rectangle. AAAAAAARRRGGGHHHHHH!

Right I could fix this with a razor saw. However I’m shite at sawing in a straight line.  Plan B. I’m still going with the rectangle, however it’s only going to have three sides in a big horse shoe shape. I’ll attach them on a base (complete with textured pathways). The plan will be to sit the open edge on the board edge and that should solve the problem…. hopefully.

Building continues

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I've built another five bases. Which equates to about just over half of the gravestones I've just bought.  I've built another five bases. Which equates to about just over half of the gravestones I've just bought.

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I’ve  been at my cousin’s wedding in Oxford for the past few days, so travelling to that and back (from Scotland) has taken up the majority of my hobby time.  However I’m not back to work until tomorrow so it’s time to get some hobby done.

Here’s what I’ve done so far this morning so far.

Painted these grave thingies. Does anyone know if this style of grave has a specific name?Painted these grave thingies. Does anyone know if this style of grave has a specific name?
More gravestones painted.More gravestones painted.
And I built some gateposts. And I built some gateposts.

SUPPLIES

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Supplies from renedra Supplies from renedra

The flockening 2 electric boogaloo

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The finished results. The cats got a hold of one of them while it was still wet (wee pricks that they are), and it went a bit bald… and furry.  I might have went a bit heavy on the dark tone, but I think it helps with the gloominess.

A scale shot with some Batman minis. A scale shot with some Batman minis.
Proof of cat prickery. Blaze is into the occult.Proof of cat prickery. Blaze is into the occult.

The flockening

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At this point I’ve finished flocking the bases.  My flat has a magical effect of making things take ages to dry… four f*****g days.  I even used my other half’s hairdryer to try and speed the process, I got bored after an hour and a half and left it to nature.

Here we have the flock attached. I started by sprinkling the dark tone around the gravestones. I then sprinkled some mid tone and finally a tiny dash of bright tone. This was to try and give some semblance of depth.Here we have the flock attached. I started by sprinkling the dark tone around the gravestones. I then sprinkled some mid tone and finally a tiny dash of bright tone. This was to try and give some semblance of depth.
All lined up ready for sealing. I mixed some pva and water, to the consistency of milk, in a spray bottle, which I sprayed over the whole lot to seal it. The foam flock soaks the glue up giving it great adherence than sawdust flock. I then went and cleaned the big rivulets of glue off of the gravestones with a cotton bud.All lined up ready for sealing. I mixed some pva and water, to the consistency of milk, in a spray bottle, which I sprayed over the whole lot to seal it. The foam flock soaks the glue up giving it great adherence than sawdust flock. I then went and cleaned the big rivulets of glue off of the gravestones with a cotton bud.

Using the rest of the gravestones.

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I had enough gravestones left to do two more bases.I had enough gravestones left to do two more bases.
I also have these graves. I've no idea what the exact term for these is, but I do know that every one I've seen is covered in gravel, so...I also have these graves. I've no idea what the exact term for these is, but I do know that every one I've seen is covered in gravel, so...
... I added sand. I sealed them with super glue. I was going to use watered down pva, but I couldn't find the pipette I use to drop it on.... I added sand. I sealed them with super glue. I was going to use watered down pva, but I couldn't find the pipette I use to drop it on.

I’ll undercoat these at some point in the future, it’s pissing it down right now so no priming today.

Later this afternoon the flockening begins.

Trying a layout.

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I thought I’d try setting the terrain up.  The mat is from deep cut studio. I plan to get a new one at some point in the future, I’m thinking something with the paths printed on it.

 

Something's missing Something's missing
The addition of 4ground trees makes everything look better.The addition of 4ground trees makes everything look better.

I’m hoping to get the flocking done on the gravestones this weekend. Although I’m going to need to make a few more bases to fully populate the board. I’m aiming to have enough to fill a 3×3 board, or a 4×4 at a push. Do I dare do a 6×4?

I’ve got my eye on some railings that renedra make. A few more 4ground trees would be nice too.

 

The church

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My other half picked this up from Dave’s Wargames about a year ago. I think it’s awesome due to the fact that it breaks down allowing you to play in every part of it.

I’m hoping we can at least make a start on painting it before the end of the competition.

Cthulhu obelisk

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I found this Cthulhu obelisk thingy from Fenris games in my bits box. I bought it years ago and haven’t done anything with it. I’ve been playing a fair bit of resident evil 4 lately, and the village in that is full of weird cult stuff like that, so I thought I’d just add it in.

The obelisk undercoated.The obelisk undercoated.

I’ve painted this up in the same way as the gravestones, by drybrushing it grey, followed by a lighter grey and then by ivory.  Unlike the gravestones  this thing is a lot craggier and bigger. So I added an extra step. I gave it a very patchy light drybrush of Lothern Forest. This gave it an effect like there’s lichen on it.  It’s not that visible in the pictures but you can definitely see it with the naked eye.

Also Empire was great. I can’t wait for the next one.

Me having a LARPMe having a LARP

A little progress

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I’ve not done much this week.  I’m LARPing this weekend and most of my time has been spent prepping for that.

I have however painted the edges of the bases, and I’ve decanted my newly acquired flock into some yoghurt pots.  Seriously though I ‘ve eaten a lot of yoghurt this week.

Hopefully I should get a bit more progress done next week.  Providing I’m not too knackered from Empire.

Basing begins

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Time to make some texture paint.  Here we have a disposable pint glass to mix it in.  A tongue depresser for stirring.   An ice cream tub full of sand.  Some cheap filler in a squeezy tube and some cheap dark brown paint. Time to make some texture paint. Here we have a disposable pint glass to mix it in. A tongue depresser for stirring. An ice cream tub full of sand. Some cheap filler in a squeezy tube and some cheap dark brown paint.
I've added a dollop of filler and a few large pinches of sand to the cup.  Right now it looks like fossilised cat turds in a litter tray. I've added a dollop of filler and a few large pinches of sand to the cup. Right now it looks like fossilised cat turds in a litter tray.
I've added a splat of paint to the tub.  I then mixed it all together.   The mixture was a tad dry so a stirred in another splat of paint to moisten it up.I've added a splat of paint to the tub. I then mixed it all together. The mixture was a tad dry so a stirred in another splat of paint to moisten it up.
The finished mixture.  I applied this to the bases with the GW texture paint spatula thingy. The finished mixture. I applied this to the bases with the GW texture paint spatula thingy.
An hour later I had this.  Once they're dry I'm going to paint the edges of the bases and then it's on to the flocking. An hour later I had this. Once they're dry I'm going to paint the edges of the bases and then it's on to the flocking.

The last two bases

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The final (for now) two bases.  That makes fifteen in all.The final (for now) two bases. That makes fifteen in all.

More gravestones

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Another four bases worth greyed.  There would have been six, but I accidentally broke some off two of them, so I had to leave those to the side while I glued them back on. Another four bases worth greyed. There would have been six, but I accidentally broke some off two of them, so I had to leave those to the side while I glued them back on.
Here's a mausoleum my other half painted.  The mausoleum is from Templar Wargames.  I've tried to make the gravestones look as similar to the mausoleum as I can.Here's a mausoleum my other half painted. The mausoleum is from Templar Wargames. I've tried to make the gravestones look as similar to the mausoleum as I can.

Elvira is not amused.

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I took this while Lance was drawing eyebrows  on the last picture during the hobby hangout.  She doesn't approve.  Or she's just annoyed that I keep ignoring her.I took this while Lance was drawing eyebrows on the last picture during the hobby hangout. She doesn't approve. Or she's just annoyed that I keep ignoring her.

Supplies have arrived.

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A big whack of flock from Geek Gaming.  This stuff is foam based, so it should hold its dye better.  I've found that the sawdust based flocks that I've used in the past tend to piss green everywhere when I seal them.A big whack of flock from Geek Gaming. This stuff is foam based, so it should hold its dye better. I've found that the sawdust based flocks that I've used in the past tend to piss green everywhere when I seal them.

Crows

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So I’ve finished the crows.  The pictures aren’t great.  It took me ages to get the camera to focus, I tried a few different backgrounds, none of them helped.  So this is the best image I could get.

First I painted them black. Next I drybrushed them with Vallejo German grey. I followed this with a drybrush of Naggaroth Night on the wings.  I did this to give them that purple iridescence that real crows have.  Although it’s not that visible in the picture.

Quick update part 2

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That’s the vines painted.

I don’t think these look too bad. Now on to the crows.

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I’ve not had much time to paint this week. Due to work and stuff.  However I’ve got a day off, so it’s time to be productive.

 

That's another 5 bases greyed this morning.That's another 5 bases greyed this morning.

I’m going to have a crack at detailing these, the creepers, crows and stuff.

Drybrush all the things

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Time to start painting.  I’m going to drybrush the gravestones.

For this I'm using Vallejo cold grey and highlighting it with stonewall grey.  I'm drybrushing them over black, to keep them gloomy looking.  My brush of choice comes from a cheap brush set in got from The Works.  They make fantastic drybrushes for terrain. For this I'm using Vallejo cold grey and highlighting it with stonewall grey. I'm drybrushing them over black, to keep them gloomy looking. My brush of choice comes from a cheap brush set in got from The Works. They make fantastic drybrushes for terrain.
Here they are with the grey applied.  They do look gloomy.Here they are with the grey applied. They do look gloomy.
I decided to give them a very light drybrush of ivory as a final highlight. It doesn't show up that well in the picture, but looks pretty good with the naked eye.   I decided to give them a very light drybrush of ivory as a final highlight. It doesn't show up that well in the picture, but looks pretty good with the naked eye.
Elvira decided to oversee the operation.  Elvira decided to oversee the operation.

Starting out

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I’m taking a slightly different take on the end is nigh. We all come to an end and many of us end up in a cemetery.   The great thing about cemeteries are they can be used with so many game systems.  I’m planning on doing a lot gravestones, which I plan to add to my other half’s church terrain, so hopefully between us we’ll have a small boards worth.

Time to get prepping .

For the bases I've got some plastic tongue depressers. For the bases I've got some plastic tongue depressers.
And for the gravestones I went to Renedra.  There's 4 sprues worth in there.And for the gravestones I went to Renedra. There's 4 sprues worth in there.

That’s most of the bag emptied.  There’s still a few bases worth still in it, but for now this will do.  I’m currently sitting on 15 bases worth.

Time to get painting.

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