Monday, November 29, 2010

Testing paint schemes on the jungle ruin

As I left off last time, I had glued together my jungle temple but I had not based it and I had no idea what colors I was going to use.

Basing terrain is simple and fun. I opted for my standard Ikea-sand on PVA (lots of rough sand, at a low price (in the grim darkness of the future they still have flatpack furniture etc.). A bit of sprue rubble on the sides of the buildings gives the impression of collapse and takes away the strange look of a straight wall ending in nothing at the side of the base.

On the bases itself (I use 6mm MDF for basing of terrain) I added some plastic tiles to give the impression of a floor long since corroded. I cut the plastic tiles from the remnants of a modular movement tray set.

Anyway. All the buildings are based. I started out undercoating the lot with Vermin Brown using an airbrush. Well that was a fiasco. I would almost guess that Vermin Brown reacts to the thinner in my airbrush by clogging up. So after wasting my first pot of Vermin Brown I used a brush (and a fresh pot) to put it on one building.

Fiasco number two: Vermin Brown turned out to be way to orange for my purpose. So I went over to Bestial Brown, watered it down and covered my buildings in that. All buildings? No. I ran out of Bestial Brown so that will be another trip to the local GW soon.

Anyway to test the rest of the colors I used the smallest building in the lot. I covered the corner of the temple in Bestial Brown and then drybrushed it progressively lighter with the following colors: Bubonic Brown, Kommando Khaki, Bleached Bone, Skull White. The end result looked like this:

The I covered the base in my standard terrain base color (Coffee Brown by Folk Art, useless for miniature painting (IMHO) but watered down it's wonderfully cheap to smear on bases).

After the basic basing color was down I considered my temple walls a bit to white, so I inked them with Gryphone Sepia. On the edges and rubble I used some Devlan Mud.

Being rather satisfied with the paint job I then proceeded to go for some dressing on the base. I used scorched grass on the outer edges (but not on the inner ones, to maintain the illusion that where a floor once was less is growing then on the outside.)

To finish it I needed some jungle foliage. So I went to the local pet store and got some aquarium plants. To get the plants to stick I made tiny balls of Green Stuff and stuck them in there. The green stuff I glued to the base with some extra PVA glue. This is the end result:

Friday, November 19, 2010

Building jungle ruins for Warhammer 40k

I intend to build a jungle temple like the one featured in quite a number of White Dwarf issues lately.

I have spend an inordinate amount looking at the scenery, which is based on the Arcane Ruins set and a lot of Imperial Sector tiles. The rather huge piece of scenery seems to be made of multiple medium and large bases so it can be put together in different ways.

One of the coolest buildings is the one with the stairs. I made it from foamboard, with some cardboard tiling and stirring spoons. As you can see it has just been given its basic sanding to remove gaps at the bottom and a bit of sand on the stairs to help with weathering later on. The next step for this building will be adding some plastic tiles to the mdf base.

The second building I made is one with a balcony. As with the first building the basic function is not to be an obstacle, it is actually a high tech 'mountain'. The balcony bit will give troops a better line of sight and cover. To make a better transition from the end of a side panel to nothing (well maybe another building on the table) I added sprue rubble on the sides. Basically I spend an evening cutting up old sprues and now I have enough of this to last me through a few more terrain projects  Just squirt an excessive amount of PVA on the base toss sprue rubble on it and push it all together to get a pile of rubble.

The third building is a larger side building with lots of cover and an interesting shape that will block a lot of LOS. I do not have a lot of spectacularly interesting facts to add to this one. The floor tile glued to the sprue rubble should give a bit more of a feeling that an actual ceiling collapsed.

The fourth and last building is a small corner...erm...thingy(?). Well I had a few bits and tiles left and I glued this together. I actually suspect it will turn out to be the most used bit of the set. Smaller pieces are easier to place on any table because they don't instantly dominate the entire look and feel of a table.

I will be tiling and sanding (as in putting sand on, not making them smooth) these bases this weekend, hopefully I will actually get around to base coating them as well. The next challenge will be painting. I want to get the same colour as the ones in White Dwarf. I am guessing they started with Vermin Brown and worked up to bleached bone, although I don't think that will get the 'orangy' glow you see in the paint.