In two weeks the annual Horisont convention is held in Odense, which undoubtedly is the best and most interesting Danish war games convention. Like the two previous years I will be hosting a game of Oldhammer with my ol’ buddy Claus and this year we decided to run the famous “Dolgan Raiders” scenario from the Second Citadel Journal published in 1985. We will be using the 2ed WFB rules and more or less stick to the scenario as presented with a few small tweaks. More about both the miniatures and the scenario later when I’m done basing the minis we will be using.
The Second Citadel Journal published in 1985
In this post you can see the table on which we will be playing the scenario. We just finished the whole thing this weekend. Basically the action of the scenario takes place on flat grasslands which of course makes the terrain fairly simple if not even boring, so we decided to spice things up a bit by letting the confrontation take place on a slightly slopping hill and included some small features which breaks the monotony – a burial mound, an ancient stature and the remains of some gigantic thing which once wandered these plains. For those of you who know the scenario, which undoubtedly is most, you will remember the three wagons pulled by lobotomized ogres (sic!) which of course also are going to be a very dominant feature on the battlefield.
The styrofoam boards put in place and ready to be attacked
Cutting the slopping hillside
First stage done. A lone dark elf mini is used to test if the slope is not too steep
Statue and burial mound added
We initially were toying with the idea of having a road crossing the battlefield but this idea we soon discarded
Them the whole thing was covered with white glue mixed with brown paint and sand
And a giant skeleton as well as some smaller bones was put into the wet sand and glue mix
The statue is a some cheap religious kitsch with just the right flavour
The giant skeleton is the last remains of a rabbit a found a while ago which I had soaking in bleach for a while
More rabbit bones strewn across the battlefield
Once dry we gave the whole thing a new layer of dark brown
Once the brown layer was dry we took the whole thing outside and highlighted the boards with brownish yellow and khaki spray paints
Back inside the last details – such as the statue was painted and patches of reeds and large bushes was added.
And done. Ready for the Dolgans and their hated Hobgoblin enemies
As I’ve mentioned a few times now we are going to play an Oldhammer scenario entitled In the Hall of the Ghoul King on September 18. Here the vampire Walther von Löwe is leading an attack on the elusive Ghoul King’s valley. Part of the combat is going to take place above ground; part of it takes place underground. The entrance to the Ghoul King’s hall is in the hill I have spent some time building over the last two weeks, working on it every now and then. I wanted something that looked a bit different from the usual stepped hills we use and thus went for a thing that looked a bit more centerpiece-like. Basically what I had in mind was a hill that looked like the hills with a tunnel through them that one sees for model railroads. A bit like the one below:
What I did was to soak a piece of cloth in watered down white glue and place the cloth on a core of stuff to give it shape. I then sprinkled the soaked thing with sand and dirt and left it to dry in the sun. Once dry and hard I removed the core, undercoated my hill black and started to paint it in grey, brown and green earth tones. Finally I added some flock and a bit of moss and the thing was done. On the last Pictures I stuck some skavens in there to give you a sense of scale.
I’m almost satisfied with the result. The edges of the hill is gaping a bit too much, which is due to the glue I added afterwards to make the flock and moss stick. This is of course annoying, but I guess it is just me being a bit too obsessed with getting every detail just right. I bet you know what I’m talking about! In the end I know this is going to look great on the battle field and I’m really looking forward to setting up the game now.
I’ll be back soon with some of the undeads I’ve been working on lately.
For a while now I’ve been rather bored with the green golf course on which a lot of our battles take place. Having some weeks off on parental leave has given me time to do something about this. Thus taking the cue from Sir Tobi and many other fine bloggers and gamers I decided finally to make a battlemat of my own.
I would have loved to show you some pictures of the process but given that my hands were more or less covered in brown goo for the most part I could not get around to actually using my camera. The method was fairly well-known though. I mixed acrylic paste and sand in three buckets and added different tones of brown as well as water to each container. These different mixes of paint and paste I then smeared on the cloth. While still wet I sprinkled the thing generously with some different types of flock and then left it to dry in the basement.
The point of departure – some rough hessian cloth to be cut into size
The final result left to dry in the basement. The edges stil needed to be trimmed at this stage
Today I trimmed the edges of the cloth and voila, the whole thing is done, rolled up and ready to be used.
Rolled up and ready for use!
The process was rather fun and messy. Now I’m eager to see some action on my new battleground. This will at the latest be by mid-September where we’ll be playing a scenario entitled “In the halls of the Ghoul King”, but more about that in a later post.
I’m off Oldhammering tomorrow where we’ll be playing the scenario Marktag Blody Marktag I’ve been babbling about for some time. All the preparations are now done, all the minis I had planned to paint are painted and the scenery built.
What you see here is the three pieces of wall I already presented in a previous post but now painted. They have the same brownish colour as the shrine and the belfry. Concerning the belfry I was arguing for some time with my self whether it should be possible or not to put minis on the top floor and I finally decided against it in order to keep it simple and reduce the size of the thing.
All of it is made from Styrofoam, as you can see below somewhere. Although somewhat less hurly-burly I was still aiming for a battered, almost ruinous look of both walls and tower.
All in all it has been quite a fun project to work on.
Stay tuned for some pics from the event next week.
Last weekend I visited Claus and we began to build the scenery in which our scenario is going to take place. The mysterious Vale of the Small Jealous Gods is a slightly futuristic ruin deep in the Chaos Wastes where a number of warbands have been trapped. Only one band will emerge as the winner and be able to leave the vale with the strange gifts of the forgotten demon gods that dwell among the ruins.
We worked intensely through Friday night and worked until very late on Saturday as well. However, the efforts were worth the hours. The table is now ready and while we still need to add some elements as well as details the job is mostly done. I have finished some of the art work for the cards to be used in the scenario and Claus is looking into the rules for the game. Things are in other words taking shape and I’m in no doubt that we’ll have everything ready for Horisont Con in November. Here’s some WIP pictures of the Vale.
I have been working on-and-off on this monstrosity for a while and managed to finish it a couple of nights ago. Basically I needed some sort of flesh eating giant plant for a scenario we are going to play in a few weeks. I went looking for suitable plastic plants on the Internet but could not find exactly what I was looking for. That is a huge Venus flytrap-looking plant like the one from the remake of Roger Corman’s Little Shop of Horrors. Thus I finally decided to build the thing myself.
It’s a fairly simple job. For the plant heads I used some leaves from an old plastic plant I had already while the rest more or less was made from scratch. In the scenario the plant is created by a sorcerer of Tzeentch, I therefore decided to keep the colours of the plastic plant and to paint my flesh eating horror in tzeentchian colours. At the same time I had in mind that it also could serve as some sort of weird space plant or terrain piece for the chaos wastes in future games.
It took some time to finish but it was actually quite fun. The whole process was documented almost step-by-step and you can see the pictures here.
Oh, and by the way, plane tickets and the hotel is now booked for the BOYL event in August! Need I tell how excited I am?
At this year’s Tactica-convention in Hamburg I came across this nifty idea for scenery. Basically they represent small knolls of stone and grass. Perhaps the idea is common but I at least never thought of making such small scenery pieces. Usually my terrain ends up as these big, often slightly fragile things. These small knolls however are ideal for small skirmish battles and all sorts of other situation where one needs some finer terrain feature for the tabletop.
Basically I made them by gluing pebbles and sand to some old coins. I then sprayed them black and drybrushed the lot with a khaki brown for the rocks and a darker Brown for the earth. Finally I added some tufts, static grass and green flock. Simple and effective. I’ll certainly make some more of these, although perhaps themed somewhat differently for the sake of diversity.
This upcoming weekend I’ll be playing lots of Oldhammer. Yipee! One big scenario Friday and a smaller one for Saturday evening. I’ll tell a bit more about the scenarios next week when I’m back. However, here I want to show you some tents I just finished for the big scenario. In the scenario the tents belong to a band of chaos thugs and marauders. Initially I planned to put some obvious chaos emblems or signs on them and perhaps paint symbols and skulls on the cloth, but finally decided against it. It seemed a bit more useful to keep the tents less specific and thus better applicable for other games. Nevertheless they still have a rather shaggy, dismal look fitting for a chaos, greenskin or undead army.
I made the tents from cocktail umbrellas pressed into and glued to cardboard. Once dry I soaked black napkins in watered down white glue and placed the napkins over the umbrellas. I then tore a small hole for the entrance and let the whole thing dry up. When dry I painted the now stiff napkins with dark blue highlight and gave the base a mix of brown flock and static grass. Done.
Perhaps I went a bit overboard with the amount photos, but here you see the finished result. The Goblin (WIP) is put in there for scale.