Today was a very productive day with friends Dustin and Evan swinging by to help out Brian and myself work on terrain for this year’s upcoming Merry Mayhem event weekend. You haven’t seen much about Merry Mayhem specifically on this site, but scoot over the http://merry-mayhem.com and check out all of the information, dates, and how to register. In the mean time, while your here, look at all of the new terrain coming to the table this year at the event!
Last couple of months has seen a lot of work on terrain projects happening around the house as I start to get prepped and ready for this year’s Merry Mayhem. I can’t take credit for doing the work on most of these projects, but the WIP progress results look great so far!
Gen Con 2016 was great and I had a blast. This year was the busiest year that I have ever had with three True Dungeon runs, seminars, hobby events, and other craziness. My biggest three highlights for the show were:
- Going in with the rush at the opening of the vendor hall and buying the new Malifaux Crew Box, The Queen Returns for Neverborn.
- Doing the Hirst Arts resin casting class. Short and fast, but I learned so much about resin casting. Both safety tips and product tips.
- Being a part of the Infinity Seminar for what’s new that was done on Saturday and then walking away with a model for free. I had no idea how cool the seminar would be and actually walked out of their pumped about my PanOceania troops (which then got me to buy more models…..hmmmm…I see what they did there!!! Hahaha)
So we’ll be talking about this on the show I am sure, but in the mean time here are a ton of really quality pictures to tie you over!!!
This is a cool little piece of terrain I worked up that I received from Warlord Games when I bought the Gates of Antares starter box on pre-order (which looks like a really cool game that I want to play some time soon).
So, I know barbed wire really isn’t something that you think would appear much in a Warhammer Fantasy game, and you would be right. Of course, in a game world with steam engines and loads of black powder it certainly isn’t out of the scope that there could be barbed wire. On top of that, as you have heard Brian and I have been really into this 28mm game called Bolt Action by Warlord Games. It’s a WW2 game and it’s a great time, but all of my fantasy terrain didn’t have all of the stuff really that could be used for a WW2 game, or even a future game like Warhammer 40k.
This project was initial inspired by the release of the Wood Elf book. I had almost chosen them as my first army (but the Ogre models are hard to beat) and the new book came out when I was still pretty fresh to Warhammer. But a number of things conspired to make this my first terrain project.
So, thought ol’ Conesy was done with Tomb Kings, well think again. Back when I started the Tomb King army and ended up with the deal to purchase what is the bulk of my collection today I wanted to do something that looked more authentic, more dynamic and had some basing concepts for more unique and deeply edged in real life egypt. This article on the Flames of War website, Flames of War Desert Basing was the inspiration for that basing. When I had the basing down and had a few models done, I thought it would be great to really pull together a mountainous terrain display board some day for this army.
Researching for possible mountainous tombs that were actually used by the ancient Egyptians, I kept coming back to the idea of Petra. If you don’t know about Petra, then take a quick Google image search. It’s been used in several major motion pictures as well, so it’s pretty recognizable and dates back to the ancient world. One of the pictures of Petra that I found really captures what I thought would look cool and work well with my army.
This is our second episode in our How to make terrain series. Conesy goes into describing steps to make a forest stand. Don’t worry, there is a lot more here then just talking about cutting a board and putting some flock on it! While a fairly basic project at face value, this video takes you more into the little details that help take your terrain piece from just a basic piece to something that really starts to pop and come to life on the wargame table.
I have had a number of comments and questions recently about terrain manufacturing and what you need to get started. Let me state that I enjoy making terrain as much if not more then I like painting minatures or even possibly playing a game. There is something just wholesome about making a terrain project in my mind that is just special. After all, unlike a miniature, a good terrain project is something that is unique and completely your own. Sure, there are molds out there and kits like the Games-Workshop ones (which are really cool I might add and I have a bunch of them in my collection as well), but if you want something special to play on then you need to be able to make it yourself.
Terrain can add huge flavor and fluff aspects to your games. Perhaps your playing your dwarfs and want to fight a battles where your dwarfs are defending their hold. Another idea could, could be that you feel your empire Arch Lector wants to take the battle to chaos and your battles take place in the far northern mutated chaos wastes. Making your own terrain can add so much to your games.