Display Board Done

An Imperial road

An Imperial road

So I actually finished this about a month ago, but I kept getting distracted with new things and computer games and so on that I haven’t posted anything up for a month. To make up for it, there will be a few posts this week before I take (another) break over Christmas.

Anyway, the display board I started earlier is now done and painted. From the initial pics in the previous post, I added the roadbase (which is sandpit sand) and have painted it up (including giving the buildings I already had done a quick light brown/sandy-coloured drybrush to give them some definition).

Giant space marine stands guard

Giant space marine stands guard

All the extra bits are magnetised onto the base, so they don’t go sliding everywhere, but so I can also remove them for storage and to use as separate terrain pieces (sorry – forgot to take photos of the magnets. Just take my word for it, please?).

Notice pillars and 2nd edition space marine statues

Notice pillars and 2nd edition space marine statues

The terrain has already made an appearance a while back, but I’m still very happy with the poster/notice pillars and space marine statues.

More buildings!

So I recently got a package with a lot of packing polystyrene foam – about three times as much foam as actual product I bought – and, with it being in reasonably good condition and in intact sheets, I decided to slap together a few more buildings in the same style as my previous ones. They’re not finished yet – I still have to do all of the balsa wood detailing (supports, doors, windows, and the balcony railings on one). I did get a little more ambitious than last time though, with a few taller builings and some areas for models to actually stand on this time.

More little boxes

More little boxes

This time around, I’ve tried to be a bit better and take more photos as I went… it kinda worked, but I forgot to take photos as I was doing the tiled roof. Oops.

Anyway, some in-progress shots and comments in the small gallery below:

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Model Trees from Christmas Trees

From this...

From this…

So I’ve been making model trees out of an old plastic christmas tree for my gaming club (the ANU Wargaming Society), and I think they’ve turned out quite well!

To this

To this

Since the plastic christmas tree was so old, most of the branches have been flattened so they’re nearly 2D (the bristles point in only two directions on some of them!). To hide this problem, instead of doing individual trees I’d done clumps of 4-5 on 60mm round bases (MDF, which I spraypainted green). The individual clumps can be used as scatter terrain or – as shown in the photos here – on larger bases to indicate area terrain.

Trees for the Tree God!

Trees for the Tree God!

I think they do the trick, and look pretty good (bonus: they actually block LOS for true-line-of-sight games too!)

Recently Completed Things

Stuff's been done!

Stuff’s been done!

Sorry about missing my weekend post – my local club (the ANU Wargaming Society) ran a whole-day event on Sunday, which involved a lot of games and two BBQs. So, here’s a post about the things I’ve finished recently (although a lot of this stuff has been done for a while – it’s just only now that I’ve gotten around to giving them all a coat of matt varnish).

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Terrain on a Battlefield

All laid out

Quick mid-week post to show my recently updated terrain actually being used (gasp!) at my local gaming club. Apologies for the less-than-ideal pictures, since these were taken using my phone camera.

Still not enough…

It’s still a little sparse for Infinity games – I have to build a lot more walls and other scatter terrain that can give people cover, rather than just blocking LOS altogether.

On the Workbench: Bucketloads of Terrain (oh, and some miniatures too)


So, hopefully Dreamhost holds together long enough for me to both upload all these images, and for you to see them… Gah.

Anyway, on to progress! I’ve actually done quite a bit over the last few weeks, mostly refurbishing a solid chunck of my terrain collection – edge highlighting and adding some extra details (most notably, printed posters to add some colour to the endless sea of grey).

This will just be a quick picture-dump post, since the light’s not good at the moment (I still don’t have a good daylight bulb for photoing, so I’m reliant upon natural light which sadly is somewhat lacking right now) – once I get another nice weekend I’ll finish varnishing these and take some proper photos.

Above are some pipes and cardboard constructions – those statues are old 2nd ed plastic space maries, the pipes are cardboard tubes and plumbing fittings, and that’s a PSU fan on the left next to the statues.

Lots of boxes and some cans

I’ve finished painted up the many many old PSU cases I’ve aquired, so now I have 8 box-buildings. I’ve stuck some posters on them (there’s a lot more on the other sides) to give them some interest and break up the giant flat grey surfaces.

Likewise, I have some cans of various sizes on the right, along with spray-paint lids on the top.

More in progress

And finally, here’s a IMEX Platformer building (I found a kit in Mind Games Canberra, but there’s a bunch of other places which stock them also) which I put together – I used some parts on the dropship I built, but the rest I really didn’t have a clue what to use them on, so I whacked together this building which I’ll probably donate to my local gaming club once it’s painted. Behind that are two crates built from balsa wood over a little cardboard box, and to the side are some magetised ladders which I’ll use on the (conveniently metal) PSU and tin-can buildings previously.

Tanks are done!

I’ve finished up the last five Leman Russes (or, should I say, “last” five) which I’ve had sitting around for ages, so I’ve finished all my tanks now! Except for the space marine Rhino I bought off a friend for my squad of grey knights… Hrm.

I’m glad there aren’t infinitely many of them

And finally, all of my Infinity models which I have to paint now. Considering it took me two weeks to paint the first one, this may prove problematic. At least they’re a pleasure to paint though!

Proper update next weekend – hopefully there’s good weather so I can get some proper photos!