Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Fantasy Terrain - Watchtower, Pond & Orc Huts

I've finally completed a couple of terrain pieces I've been working on, and it's now time to blog about it!

As I've said before, I think terrain is as important to a wargame as the miniatures, rules and players. For me, games with crap terrain (or, horror, no terrain at all!) lose all immersion. I find it difficult to enjoy a game if the battlefield looks rubbish, which is why whenever I play a game, I like to be the player that sets up the table!

Anyway, first up, the watchtower that's taken the best part of 5 months to build.

A few shots showing the tower from other angles:

The front door.
The battlements.
The back of the tower.
The mound on which the tower is built.

The tower is made from various cardboard tubes on a base of MDF and polystyrene. The brickwork is actual individual bricks (well, tiles really) formed from air-drying clay pressed to the card. This process took AGES! At regular intervals I pasted some slightly watered down PVA glue between the brick-tiles in order to help them stick to the card a bit better.You can see the work-in-progress here:

This next piece took almost as long, it's a woodland pond. It's the first time I've used Realistic Water (from Woodland Scenics), but it's turned out better than I expected. The water itself took about three weeks of pouring and curing very thin layers of the product, even though the final depth is only about 1cm! I might have got away with pouring slightly deeper layers, but as this was the first time with this stuff, I played it safe.
The pond.
Realistic water, with reeds made from an old shaving brush.

Added a little frog on the shallow bank.
Leaf litter from a model scenics company called 'Treemendus'.

Finally, this is something I made a few years ago, but it goes with the fantasy terrain theme. Some Orc Huts!

These were made from slices of pringles tubes with cardboard roofs covered in filler. The fences are just matchsticks. I also added a few items from the plastic GW beastmen kit to finish.
Sadly I don't have any Orcs to actually inhabit them yet, but maybe one day!