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Orc Watchtowers

Orc Watchtowers

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About the Project

Step-by-step building of two orc watchtowers.

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First step

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For my first project on BoW, I decided to build and paint two orc watchtowers. It should be fairly simple, except I don’t really have a plan. Normally, I like to plan what I’m building first, but in this case, I’m not really sure what I’m shooting for. I’m just going to stack wooden planks and spikes until it looks good 🙂

I don’t want the towers to be too big or too high. They will be used for skirmish games like Mordheim, so it is never convenient when it takes more than a turn to climb.

I have plenty of popsicle sticks, BBQ sticks and a surprisingly large amount of wooden chopsticks from the sushi shop.

 

 

Chopsticks :) Chopsticks :)

For the support beams, I used some wooden dowels. I bought them a long time ago to make underground pillars, but I ended using XPS foam instead.

The only issue with the dowels is that they are too strong and I could not carve them properly with an x-acto knife. I finally used a small jig saw to carve them.

First step

I cut some cardboards to determine the size of the top platform. This is a very quick way to determine if the building size is okay or not. I made the mistake before of crafting buildings that were way too big.

There will not be enough space to deploy a full unit, but a few models will fit there nicely.

Some orcs and a goblin to make it look better, but also to make sure the size was okay. Some orcs and a goblin to make it look better, but also to make sure the size was okay.

Building the main structures

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With the platform cardboards cut out and the dowels ready, I used some tacky blue to get a general idea of the shape.

Simple square design. Simple square design.

Since the first one was a standard square watchtower, I tried some unusual shape for the second one.

The platform is an irregularly shaped pentagon. I aimed for three support beams with an angle. However, it did not look too good with the tacky blue. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture.)

I then tried three support beams standing upright. It still looked a bit “off”, even for an orc structure, so I added a fourth beam.

To make the platforms, I used the cardboard as a template where I laid some carved Popsicle planks. (I discarded the cardboards after.)

Template for the square platformTemplate for the square platform

In terms of height, most of my usual (ruined) buildings are about 2.5 inches high for each story (excluding any roof).

For the square watchtower, I aimed to make it two story high. That makes it 5 inches high from the ground to the top platform.

Starting to look like a tower... Starting to look like a tower...

I’m also building a platform halfway to the top. This way, you can place your miniature on the middle platform if you do not have enough movement to get to the top.

The topmost story will protected with spikes and planks, so it will likely be heavy cover.

The halfway platform will likely be devoid of any protection. This serves two purposes:

1) a tactical option: go for the halfway platform to get a better line of sight, but you do not get any protection. Or you spend some extra time and movement to get to the top where you will benefit from cover.

2) When playing, I like to place wooden bridges and ladders to connect various buildings. It will be easier to do with an open platform.

The red planks are simply colored Popsicle sticks I got from the Dollar store.

Halfway platform with the ladders glued on. Halfway platform with the ladders glued on.
Perfect height to connect a wooden bridge between the tower and a ruined building. Perfect height to connect a wooden bridge between the tower and a ruined building.

Second tower almost finished!

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I ended up spending more time on the second tower.

The first tower is two story high. The second tower will have a single platform about 1.5 story high: slightly taller than most buildings in my collection, but not that tall (about 3.75 inches from the ground to the platform).

My initial thought was to simply use planks to fortify the platform. After watching too many survivalist shows like Alone, I ended up with a “log cabin” type of build.

It was fairly easy to do and I’m happy with the result. I used the BBQ sticks and the sushi chopsticks. I carved each “log” with an x-acto knife: the added relief will pick up paint nicely when drybrushing.

 

Second tower almost finished!
"Orc shack, baby, orc shack"

I pillaged through my orc bits box for various components to add character to the building. I glued a bunch of shields and some spear/pole/banner to the structure.

I’m fairly happy with the result. I will probably paint this tower before finishing the other watchtower.

Second tower almost finished!

Painting done for one tower!

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Painting is finished for one tower! I’m happy with the overall look, but the wood is a bit too light.

For the main structure, I used Cinnamon Brown (DecoArt), black wash and successive highlights/drybrush of Dark Sand (Vallejo).

For the shields and poles/banner, I used Khorne Red (GW) with Evil Sunz Scarlet (GW). I opted for a different type of wood with Skrag Brown (GW). Most of the details were washed with a mix of Seraphim and Agrax shades (GW).

The bones are basecoated with Zhandri Dust (GW), shaded with Seraphim (GW) and highlighted with a mix of Zhandri Dust / Ushabi Bone (GW).

One tower to go...

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Since any building looks better in a context and some models, here are two more pictures!

One tower to go...
One tower to go...

Side-by-side comparison of the two towers:

One tower to go...

I’m not exactly sure how to complete the other tower.

I want it be different than the first one, but I like how the “log cabin” style came out on the first tower. I will probably try a modified “log cabin” design for the top platform.

I’m tempted to put a roof on top of it. Probably some kind of canvas or hide. I may opt for a partial roof: it would look good, but it would also be easy to place model on the top platform.

And the Second Tower is done!

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