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A City: Frozen, Cursed, and Ruined?

A City: Frozen, Cursed, and Ruined?

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Project Blog by Liono58

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About the Project

I had been sitting on the original starter set of GW’s Warcry with a second set of terrain for sometime before I received the catacombs set for Christmas. I knew how I wanted to tackle the massive amount of terrain but lacked the time to really dive into it. Fast forward to the summer and a decision to try out Frostgrave when a friend moves into the area I finally had some time and motivation to getting my terrain ready for the table. While Frostgrave was the game most likely to utilize the terrain I also hope to actually play Warcry, AoS, as well as Dungeons and Dragons with the set.

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That is a heck of a lot of bricks!

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So I have been laying bricks and just exhausted my “worn” pile. Man does this devour them, kudos to the guys that do this for their entire build! I hope to replicate the engraved turquoise floor of the mat that comes with Warcry on the top and currently thinking about the small railing I plan to have around some of the top platform. Currently thinking tacks might give a somewhat ornamental look.

Still a ways to go!Still a ways to go!

Bricks for a supplemental piece

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I needed a little break from painting the buildings so returned to my scratch build “hill” that I had made some progress on. The base is foam and stairs mdf but for some of the additional stonework wanted to try my hand at sprue bricks. Cutting them at roughly the same size as the mats I plan to use, I threw them into a cheap Walmart blender and hit the button quickly a few times as I had seen from Miniature Hobbyist (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qkoMwX2EK50).

I filled some of the gaps from my cuts with milliput then began laying the individual bricks with my tweezers. Some may find this tedious but as I listened to some Critical role and watched my wall grow I was pretty content seeing it shape up.

Bricks for a supplemental piece
Bricks for a supplemental piece

A little scatter for some extra character

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I made a few press molds (again using that excellent instant mold!) of a few shields to add to the piece to give it a little extra character. Might be tough from the picture but can anyone id all five? I plan to add a few discarded weapons and perhaps some broken vases and maybe a crate for more variety.

A little scatter for some extra character

Grates suck

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So as I previously had stated, I didn’t like how my first attempt at the “rusty” grates looked. Not sure if anyone else has this realization but I’ve found if I have to tell myself multiples times it looks cool and keep looking at it I’m not satisfied. So I went back and redid the metal on the smaller building before working on one of the larger ones from the Warcry starter set. Top. Bottom. Left. Right. All the while trying my best to avoid splashing paint on my stone walls I was happy with. I’ve got three more buildings currently sprayed and ready to paint then will likely transition to the bell tower and broken sigmar statue head.

I have included a picture sharing the paints I’m using on these buildings and as I had stated previously am sticking to cheap craft paint. The krylon primer forms a great bond and I’m sure after I seal the finished set I’ll have no issues with chipping. Realistically, I’m sure I could have colored matched the other p3 and citadel paints and likely mixed up a typhus corrosion substitute. I simply neglected to match the browns and figured I’ve been sitting on this unused pot of typhus corrosion so why not?

As some additional clarity the following colors were specific subs for their expensive GW equivalents:

Krylon black primer -Chaos black primer

Rustoleum Army Green – Death Guard Spray

Winter Blue-Celestra Grey

White-Corax White

Georgia Clay -Mournfang Brown

Spiced Pumpkin – Fire Dragon Orange/Ryza Rust…ish

I doubt all are perfect matches but the swatches aligned pretty closely and for .99-$1.49 at Hobby Lobby and Micheals I’m pretty happy with the results.

 

 

More bang for your buck on terrainMore bang for your buck on terrain
Starting to look like we are getting somewhereStarting to look like we are getting somewhere
Some of those angles were trickySome of those angles were tricky
Grates suck

Happier with the rust

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I’ve been almost exclusively using color matched craft paints and diy washes at this point but realized I really needed to redo the grates so busted out my pot of typhus corrosion. Much happier with the look now. I had started a larger building today so used a smaller side section of grate to confirm it before repainting the smaller building.

Yup, like the look and need to take a step backward to redo the other.Yup, like the look and need to take a step backward to redo the other.

Longer than anticipated

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On Thursday I completed the first building, one from the catacombs layout. Despite the simple scheme that consists primarily of drybrushing and washing, the time involved was longer than I anticipated due to size and desire to still be neat. I shortly followed up the first building with the smallest one from the starter set. I tried to adapt a rust scheme I had utilized on some miniatures previously but don’t think I think I executed it as well on the grates as it simply looks red to me. Unfortunately I anticipate going back to the tedious painting of the grates in order to achieve the nasty, rusty metal I envision.

Just looks darker due to backgroundJust looks darker due to background
Please don’t judge by the movies on the right, they are my wife’s!Please don’t judge by the movies on the right, they are my wife’s!
Grate looks red, not rusty. Kinda cool but not what I was shooting for. Grate looks red, not rusty. Kinda cool but not what I was shooting for.

Stone for days

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On Tuesday I was able to try out my desired scheme on 3 of the little ruin pieces that came along with the set. I was sticking to the schemes detailed on Youtube by the Painting Coach (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4Pkg3XcO8Z8) and Putrid Painter (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FEgpYSbRJQg) but as terrain eats a lot of paint I rarely use anything other than craft paint. I’ll share what I felt were appropriate colors matches later. I also didn’t feeling like paying for tons of Agrax Earthshade so I tried my hand at making my own wash. While it is a little lighter than GW’s offering I am very happy with the result. Both Luke’s APS (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6vFcRT2wOh8&t=201s)  and Black Magic Craft (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IokSYHu58V8) shared solid insight on quality diy washes.

It’s possible I revisit the brickwork and paint it differently like the Putrid painter but as this point I’m unsure if I’d like another series of colors added to the mix.

I elected to add a wash like the Putrid Painter and enjoy the slight extra level of depth it addsI elected to add a wash like the Putrid Painter and enjoy the slight extra level of depth it adds
Three finished in a rowThree finished in a row
Likely not as funny as I thought it wasLikely not as funny as I thought it was

Supplementing what was there

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So with the rain and humidity throwing off my painting plans I turned my attention to some crafting. While using the Warcry terrain in Frostgrave I knew I’d want some more varied elevation so I decided to craft some pieces of my own. I liked the Warcry terrain aesthetic so sought to replicate the look when possible using instant mold to copy some of the more detailed pillars. I mapped out plans for two “hills” and using foam, mdf, and a brick mat from Lemax (holiday purchase from Micheals) I started getting it going.

Copied pillarsCopied pillars
Some more with trapdoors from old GW Moria setSome more with trapdoors from old GW Moria set
Getting a rough idea how it would lookGetting a rough idea how it would look
Helping weigh down the layers of foam so glue would setHelping weigh down the layers of foam so glue would set

Getting up to speed

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So I had started this project a few months ago when I assembled the terrain. I did the sets according to the layouts as suggested in  the Warcry starter and Catacombs set. Rain and humidity have been persistent thorns in my side but I was able to prime 6 large structures and 3 small ruin pieces I used to test the scheme.

Nothing too fancy just primed blackNothing too fancy just primed black

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