Thursday, January 17, 2013

We Struck Soulstone!

So in my continued quest to churn out Malifaux terrain I have completed a dual use terrain piece - the Soulstone Vein/Magic Nexus. So far most all of my Malifaux terrain has been designed with two games in mind... Malifaux, for obvious reasons, and my other favorite game Legends of the Old West. This is my first piece that can't be used for either game and I'm ok with that. I think its simple but effective. However, I did discover a great way to make my ground crack for when I am doing parched desert or "dead zone" terrain pieces. Here are the pictures of the new terrain and you'll see how much more cracked the ground looks than my previous terrain.

So I had used an old batch of my "ground" mix what I was calling porridge before and it was several months old and dried out. I poured some water in the container and stirred it up and applied it to my CD as a base. When I woke up the next morning it was cracked like this. At first I was thinking it was ruined but then I realized I could add some desert life around the stones and it would look if not magical, life giving at least. Which played in to both of the aspects of the terrain piece well. But, I was stumped for a while as to why it cracked like that.

While I was drybrushing the piece some small chunks fell out (I'm a heavy handed painter), which is the only downside to the dried cracked look. But it hit me the reason it cracked was because I had thrown off the water to glue ratio or at least that is my theory. I'm planning to test that out on some future terrain. Probably something more desert-like with cacti and such. Anyway, I'll be planning another terrain piece in the next few days and I'll try to do a more step-by-step entry for it. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Return To The Blog And More Malifaux Terrain

So haven't had a lot of miniature activity of late but a visit with my friend Paul has lit the miniature bug fire under my butt. So the first order of business is to get some terrain so I can teach some of my friends this great game Malifaux. So, I made a list of specific Malifaux terrain pieces and I'll be working on them as time allows. This entry is for the Campsite which I tried to keep simple while still making it obvious what it is. So enjoy...

I am particularly fond of how the fire pit turned out! I actually repainted it at the suggestion of my Fiancee.

Next up is my Magic Nexus/Soulstone Vein terrain piece which I am pretty excited to get together. Then I'll be working on a few hills and should be ready to work on a few models after that. I am really looking forward to working on my Red Chapel Gang!