Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Building Ruins

As time permits I'm extending my collection of ancient ruins and paraphernalia. Thus it's growing veeery slowly but steadily. Let's start with some recent additions.

Not the most impressive type of scenery, these ovens were just too much fun and should provide some 'period flavour'. The cupolas were built from the ever so useful plastic shells found in Kinder Surprise (think that's how it's called), put on top of a simple styrofoam square and "plastered"with wood filler. The hand mill should look familiar to anyone who's visited a Roman reenactment; it's made of styrofoam, cut out with a 20mm punch (originally meant for leatherwork). Like all my terrain this piece might get used in other settings as well, but clearly my ruined city is still home to living people.

The stone wall was an experiment. Its construction roughly follows ancient techniques: the gap between two parallel walls was filled with leftover material, putty and sand, saving on material and weight. While this worked reasonably well, I'm not that convinced by the exterior decoration. This should actually resemble neat masonry or plasterwork like seen on Hellenistic and Roman defensive walls, but didn't turn out as planned. Well, maybe next time – advice is always welcome!

Several sections will follow since walls introduce a feature particularly useful in skirmish games: different height levels. In this instance I just added some makeshift wooden platforms, obviously installed by less talented constructors. They may also serve as a shelter for passersby, heroes and more dubious characters alike.

Speaking of shady figures, I also painted a few Thracians (kindly donated by Prof. Witchheimer, thanks a lot!) as generic minions, cultists or mere sellswords even. Models are by Wargames Foundry, i.e. Copplestone/Saleh/Collier sculpts, and a real joy to paint – although I didn't go crazy copying all the colourful and heavily patterned garments usually ascribed to Thracian warriors.

The miniatures complement King Aietes and his companion painted for our "Jason and the Argonauts" participation game back in 2010/11. These two may well become the leading men in a forthcoming Frostgrave campaign, but better don't hold your breath for that.

And that's it for now. I've already collected all kind of rubble for the next pieces, and trusty Kastor is inspecting only the most suspicious item…


Simon Miller said...

Really nice!

DaggerAndBrush Blog said...

Some very effective terrain you created. I really like the idea with the two ovens and I also like your approach to model the walls according to ancient techniques. All in all very impressive. With the plaster you might just apply a very thin coat of woodfiller or even crackle medium and then take it off again where you want it to be weathered. If you have a long spatula you can get it reasonably flat. You could also experiment with gloss varnishing the parts were the brickwork is supposed to come through. The woodfiller should be easy to remove from these sections.

Sire Godefroy said...

Thanks, guys!
DaggerAndBrush, that's very useful advice, I'll definitely give it a try. Good to know you're following, so I've a terrain expert at hand. :-)


Tony said...

Nice and effective scenery/terrain.


Phil said...

Awesome job here, very nice and creative!

Moiterei_1984 said...

Outstanding brush work on the figures! Really love the patterns you painted on. The terrain looks great as well. Might copy your walls one day ;-)


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