Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wizardry in Progress 10/16/18

It's been a busy week over here and I've been hard at work making terrain and trying to sort out the amount of table coverage I have for U-Con 2018. I've gathered up all my terrain from the game shop, based my pipe kits and started building new pieces.

There's much to get done for next month. Let's take a look at what I have done so far.


Wednesday night, the terrain building bug bit me hard.

While at lunch I started playing with an empty beef stew can, a control panel from one of the pipes kits, a ladder from the Manufactorium kit and some left over pieces from Sector Mechanicus kits.

The idea gelled really quickly for this one, after I set the control panel next to the can.

Luckily I had a downward pipe from the Sector Mechanicus kit and it made this piece it's own self contained terrain feature, without the need to be tied to the pipe kits.

I assembled and painted that piece in rought 3 hours Wednesday night. I just got sucked right into it. Super happy with how it turned out, especially the rust on the top.

The second terrain feature I started working on was a little maintenance shack. It's early days on that one yet.

I've got the main body of it figured out, I just need to add some fuse panels and exterior/interior details to it, as well as a roof.

I was tempted to mount an led in the ceiling to make it look like light flickering inside. That ship hasn't entirely sailed yet though.

If I do make it lit, I'll need to come up with a place for the battery and switch to hide.

On Saturday a couple of Sector Mechanicus terrain kits arrived at my house and I started playing with those on Monday, I believe.

I started by assembling the tower pieces. I had an idea to use one of the pieces that is usually used for an upright smoke stack as an additional pipe. The stack with the round platform and the one with the pipe are married together and will be on their own tile. But for now are not glued together to make spraying them easier.

The goal of the bridge sections is to make them each a few pieces long and modular. So I can easily arrange them however and then add ladders where I need.

I will put the side rails on after the floors are painted and they will be glued into place. While this means I'll be limiting them to specific join locations, it'll still give me plenty of options.

One last thing I've done so far is building a hill for a section of bridge to be supported on.

This served two purposes. It saved me some of the leg supports and it gave me some line of sight blocking. I'll do another one and some smaller hills to give me a few more ways of blocking  view from across the table. 

Redemptor Dreadnought

Last night I got started on the Redemptor Dreadnought for my Deathwatch and U-con.

The first order of business was painting the silver areas. These were drybrushed with Leadbelcher and then washed with Agrax, Druchii Violet and Camoshade. They were then drybrushed with more silver to bring the shine back up.

This gave the metal a nice oily look. This will be different from the Deathwatch silver sections, which I am going to go for more of a bluish silver.

For the armor plating, I wanted to steer away from standard greys and blacks and add a bit of color to him. So I went with Stegodon Scale Green as my highlighting color.

I'm really digging where this is going and can't want to see him finished. Once the whole force is painted like this it is really going to pop nicely.

He's got a long way to go, but I'm liking it so far. 

New Shelves

Last night, I hung a few new shelves at the painting desk.

There were originally at my folk's old house in my sister's old bedroom. No one wanted them, so I took them down and brought them to my house.

On them, I have Takata and Sorscha, and their medals, as well as the Deathwing Terminator that was in White Dwarf.

Along with them, I have Vlad and Tabbybrook Mage, both of which went to Adepticon and were in the Crystal Brush.

I'll be adding Jack Scarecrow and chibi C'thulhu to the shelf when I get them back from the game shop's display case.

Sadly, these shelves are forever old, if I ever want to add more shelves to the wall they won't match.

That's it for now though. I have less than a month to get ready for U-Con.

Can I do it?

I hope so.

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