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144artist paints Mantic’s Terrain Crate

144artist paints Mantic’s Terrain Crate

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About the Project

My Mantic Terrain Crate Kickstart rewards arrived and there is a lot of stuff there. Even though they are cast in color plastic that makes them fairly table ready I want to paint them. I tend to want to paint everything, truth be told but these look to be a lot of fun. Not only is there a lot of stuff there but a huge variety as well so this Project Blog could be going on for a while.

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Forging Ahead Plus Some Scatter Terrain

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The Blacksmith pieces from the Town Terrain Crate are painted and ready for the gaming table.  A neat set full of fun little details from the bellows and pump to the hay bales and horse poop.  I have this vision of the planning meeting with Ronnie standing there, animatedly saying,”You know what no one is making for mins games? Horse poop, that’s what!”  So now they are in my painted terrain collection.

The second gallery is made up of images of the second Scatter set from my Dungeon Terrain Crate.  That means I’m just about done painting everything from that box.  I’d really like to have all four finished before the rewards from Mantic’s second Terrain Crate Kickstart campaign arrive.  Goals.

Everything is ready to shoe some horsesEverything is ready to shoe some horses

It's A Trap!

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I am moving through the Dungeon Terrain Crate at a rather steady clip right now.  Several of the sets within are now completely painted (Wizard’s Study, Dungeon Debris, and Traps) while a couple have less than half their pieces awaiting paint (Abandoned Mine and Treasure Room).  The giant boulder was part of the Dark Lord’s Tower box but really belongs with the Traps since the rope and wedge are in there.  I believe the ladder is included to navigate the traps in order to reach the control lever.  The Kickstart rewards came with multiples of all the pieces except the boulder so I will have to take a big group shot once they’re all done.

Wizard's Library

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So the set titled Wizard’s Library is finished.  It is really just one of the Library sets added to the Wizard’s Study but who doesn’t like more book shelves? I went with a slightly lighter wood color for the shelves and a darker tone for the desk.  As with the other two sets these painted up quickly even adding details to the book spines which is actually easy to do and adds nicely to the overall look.

Wizard's Library

Objective Achieved

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I have now completed the Battlefield Objectives set for Vanguard and while not from the Kickstart campaign it is from the Terrain Crate line so I am adding it to my Finished/Win column.  While counters, chits, or colored dice can all do the same job, having set pieces for the objectives just adds to the overall visual for me and I look forward to playing some games with these very soon.

The galleries start with the Hostage marker followed by the three Supplies tokens.  I think these would look great even as just scatter terrain or wares for market stalls.  Next is the Paychest which has many obvious uses and I close with not only the Dead Spy marker but the Satchel/Plans marker as well in case he ditched it before he died.

I think that as of late, Mantic has really done some great terrain pieces, maybe some of their strongest stuff, and this set is among the best they have released yet.  It certainly bodes well for the pieces in Terrain Crate2 next year.

It's Mine, all Mine!

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From the Dungeon Crate I finished the first of three Mine Sets.  These are pretty straight forward and will work with my Secret Weapon Dungeon Tiles very nicely.  The tracks and cart are almost the same sizes.  Again, it’s the little details that bring the set to life.  The pick axe, the crystal, and the little pile of gold nuggets add to the mood of a setup.  I really like the broken track and with three sets of these I can see a long line with the unknown damage right in the middle or maybe the parallel track is out so choose wisely at the intersection.

All the tiny bitsAll the tiny bits
It's Mine, all Mine!
It's Mine, all Mine!
It's Mine, all Mine!
It's Mine, all Mine!
It's Mine, all Mine!
It's Mine, all Mine!
It's Mine, all Mine!

Wizard's Study

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Hmmm, my post just disappeared into the interwebs so I will try again.

I’ve finally completed the Wizard’s Study pieces from the Kickstart Rewards.  The retail set comes with a Library set as well and those are now on the table.  Once they’re complete I will have quite collection of painted Terrain Crate and will have to start doing environmental shots of grouped pieces.  For now I’ll start with the cabinet before pulling up a comfy chair.  From there I have the owl familiar, magic mirror, scrying pool, and astrolabe, and a collection of details.  The scrying pool really needs some updated pictures now that I’ve added Secret Weapon’s Realistic Water to the surface.

Traveling hat and magic wand ready and at hand.Traveling hat and magic wand ready and at hand.

Trying to remain Objective

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Not exactly “Terrain Crate” and definitely not from the Kickstart rewards but the Vanguard Objectives set seems to fit the spirit and are made by Mantic so I’m including them in the project blog.  I’ve got about half of them painted so far.  No surprise that I am having a lot of fun with these and now even more eager to try the game.

I had to start with the dragon egg.I had to start with the dragon egg.
No matter who wins the scenario, that baby is hatching.No matter who wins the scenario, that baby is hatching.
This is about the height of a dwarf sized figure.This is about the height of a dwarf sized figure.
This shot's for @lloydThis shot's for @lloyd
These three are approximately three inches tall.These three are approximately three inches tall.
The beacon stands ready...The beacon stands ready...
.. and is lit!.. and is lit!

Dungeon Saga Pieces

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Part of my Terrain Crate collection includes pieces that are from the original Dungeon Saga Kick Start because the collections fit together so seamlessly.  The gallery is a mix of the smaller bits.  The book stand and tome are some of my favorites of these but being a dwarf at heart it is probably the dwarf throne which tops my list.

Dungeon Saga Pieces
Dungeon Saga Pieces
Dungeon Saga Pieces
Dungeon Saga Pieces
Dungeon Saga Pieces
Dungeon Saga Pieces
Dungeon Saga Pieces
Dungeon Saga Pieces

The Market is Open for Business

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Although not part of the Kickstart rewards I had to pick up the Market Place set as soon as Mantic released it because they would work well for many of the games I play and I love painting produce. Actually, I picked up two sets because I want to combine them with my MicroArts Market Stalls to cover a lot of the table with an open market.

 

The gallery is the various pieces as I finished them and the set came together. The individual pictures are of the finished complete set.  The wares and tables were a joy to paint but the awnings suffer from the same “too thin and bendy” problem as the parts of the cart. I’ve had to warm and bend them several times as well as store them carefully to minimize warping. Overall, I love them none the less.

The Market is Open for Business
The Market is Open for Business
The Market is Open for Business

Tables and such

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Been painting tables, benches, and some random details.  Still have to work on some chairs and stools.  I also opened up the bag of Dungeon Saga terrain that was part of the rewards from their distant Kickstart campaign so they will be showing up here soon.  Started on the Tavern pieces as well so this post is a bit of a mix.

Tables and such
Tables and such
Tables and such
Tables and such
Tables and such
Tables and such
Tables and such
Tables and such

In the Barracks

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After a long delay, with much distraction from work and other projects, I have begun to tackle the huge pile of plastic I call the Mantic Terrain Crate Rewards.  My minis are going to need a place to sleep as well as train for future adventures so I broke out one of the “Barracks” sets.  Another quick to paint but looks good sets that help to jump back into the world of painting furniture.  reminds me a lot of building the pieces for my sister’s doll house when I was a kid.  I’ve got some tables, market stalls, and tiny details almost finished as well but those will be part of the next posting.

In the Barracks
In the Barracks
In the Barracks
In the Barracks
In the Barracks
In the Barracks
In the Barracks
The wares for the produce stall are coming along nicely.The wares for the produce stall are coming along nicely.
Not sure but I think I'm going to try and copy Bilbo's Map from the Hobbit onto the blank parchment.Not sure but I think I'm going to try and copy Bilbo's Map from the Hobbit onto the blank parchment.

It's All in the Details

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I thought the stack of books was a small mini and then I painted the 28mm rat.  This stuff is very small but still detailed and I can’t believe how much I love the itty bitty sack of coins.  I’m heading into the Barracks set next but these pieces represent the last bits from one Treasure Room set and one Scatter Terrain set. I am really enjoying not only the process of painting these but all the thinking about how I might best use them as well.

Holy Cow!

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Holy Cow!

Many thanks to Ben and the rest of the Beast of War team for highlighting my Terrain Crate pieces.  I’m having a great time painting them so am especially flattered that folks like how they are coming out.  I will be painting up more of them shortly so should have some blog updates soon.  Until then I’m just going to show off this wonderful Golden Button.  Thanks again, guys, it keeps me bringing my A-game.

Treasure Piles

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Going to a game convention this weekend and my buddy (@necron099) is running a Blood and Plunder scenario that needs some treasures.  Since I have a decent collection of them in my Terrain Crate I decided to start with those.  I painted the two big one, the two medium ones, and both small ones.  The tiniest pieces (like the pillow holding a crown) I saved for later.  They will come in handy in other games.

I started with a dark gold base, painted some details dark steel.  These would highlight up to Mithril Silver. I painted wood parts one of three different browns and the gems in red, blue, or green.  Then everything got a wash of Agrax Earthshade or Gryphion Sepia.  I drybrushed the gold with a lighter version of the metal finished with a very light dusting of silver. The wood was hightlighted with lighter browns. The gems all received white highlights on the edges of the facets.  All in all they will look quite enticing on the table.

Putting the Horse Before the Cart

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Since I had painted some of the material to be hauled in the cart I felt the Horse and Cart needed to be tackled next. Being a simple sculpt with basic details it painted up quickly. Mantic has designed several different pieces to fit as cargo depending on the needs of the Game Master. It’s a great idea and makes the pieces even more versatile. While I must admit to being a fan of Mantic overall and really enjoying most of what arrived in my Terrain Crates rewards I have to say this model is my least favorite and most frustrating in the collection. It all comes down to poor planning.  When using soft plastic some details should be thickened especially wheels that hold up the weight.  No matter how often I heat and re-bend parts, the wheels and the sides of the cart warp and bend just sitting still (I included a picture of said warping).  I am very disappointed in Mantic’s design team on this one but since just about every other piece is quite nice I probably shouldn’t complain too much.

Putting the Horse Before the Cart
Putting the Horse Before the Cart
This warping occured just while photos were being shot.  I may replace the wheels with Games Workshp ones or run a metal rod up through the current ones.  Got some problem solving to do before I tackle the second model I have.This warping occured just while photos were being shot. I may replace the wheels with Games Workshp ones or run a metal rod up through the current ones. Got some problem solving to do before I tackle the second model I have.

Some Terrain Crate crates and barrels and rubble...

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Going for more pieces I could easily use right away I painted up the stack of crates, some barrels, a small rubble pile, and a box.  The crates look like they have some paperwork or other pack forms laying on them (possible objectives) while one of the barrels offer an opening for hiding clues.  Whatever rationalization I use they will look nice on the table either as cover for fighters or climbing opportunities for my Wolsung heroes.  They should also prove handy as photo props.

 

So far I have really liked the pieces from this Kickstart campaign. Fun pieces to paint that will enliven my battlefields.

Time for Reading in the Library

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I have now completed one Library set. The Kickstart rewards actually comes with twice this amount but I’m not done with all of it yet and this is, I believe, one set as sold so I am presenting my progress.  Such great little details to really set the mood whether role-playing or running through a skirmish game.  I’m looking forward to finishing the rest as well as the Wizard’s Study for a themed skirmish board. So many potentials for objectives the mind boggles.

 

Hmmm, looks like I have to fix the cart wheels again but that is for another post.

A Place to Write

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First of two desks ready for sealant as well as a stack of books.  In addition to RPG setups, I think these will look wonderful in my blasted Frostgrave buildings. The stack of books will make a great objective.

A Place to Write
A Place to Write
A Place to Write
A Place to Write
A Place to Write

First Look

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One of the reasons I was determined to finish painting all my dungeon tiles quickly is that I had a plethora of pieces arriving with my rewards from the Mantic Terrain Crate Kickstart.  I have always loved details and scatter terrain so when the campaign launched I knew I would want a lot of it so will have quite a bit to paint.  Since I’m not giving myself a deadline this could take quite a while.  I’m approaching these much as I do the pile of Reaper Bones I’ve amassed, always have a couple on the table to work on and they will eventually get finished.

I’m impressed with these overall. Nice sculpts with fun little details and decent castings.  Being a softer plastic some of the pieces have arrived bent or warped, the cart was especially messed up.  Warm water usually takes care of these issues easily enough though the cart had multiple places that needed addressing (the wheels are a little thin).  In the end I got it sorted and I started my painting with the wares intended to fit in the wagon as well as some of the book shelves.

Here's the cart mostly straightened out.Here's the cart mostly straightened out.
The shelves are designed to be stackable for really BIG libraries and came with wheeled ladders.The shelves are designed to be stackable for really BIG libraries and came with wheeled ladders.
Narrower shelves as well as corners will help them fit anywhere.Narrower shelves as well as corners will help them fit anywhere.

Pretty clear this is going to be another project of many simple paint jobs.  This will be helped by the fact that the details and textures are clean and easy to pick out.  Not to say I don’t plan on indulging in a little trompe l’oeil or “fool the eye” as that is half the fun with these sorts of things.  The apples were a perfect place for this while the book shelves are better kept Impressionistic.

Clean, simple design with great wood grain for painting.Clean, simple design with great wood grain for painting.
Apples and potatoesApples and potatoes
A pile of produce for market or to supply the troops.A pile of produce for market or to supply the troops.
Really fun and fast to paintReally fun and fast to paint

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