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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Mon 20 Apr 2009 - 16:04

You are frighteningly prolific with your terrain! Keep it up. Those miniatures are fabulous as well. Your paint does those sculpts justice.
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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Mon 20 Apr 2009 - 18:06

The club was unusually crowded today so there was not even a single table free for a group shot of the houses. While that will have to wait, here's some painting in progress pictures:







I was not sure it would turn out OK while I was building it, but now it is clearly the most obviously Japanese house in the lot. I like it, even if most areas have a layer or two left.
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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Mon 20 Apr 2009 - 23:18

How do you paint the thatched (towel) roof? I imagine it soaks up a ridiculous amount of paint. Do you seal it with glue or something first?

The building looks amazing. Can't wait to see the group shot.
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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Tue 21 Apr 2009 - 0:33

Really cool house. Very well done! thumbsup

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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Tue 21 Apr 2009 - 0:44

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How do you paint the thatched (towel) roof? I imagine it soaks up a ridiculous amount of paint. Do you seal it with glue or something first?

The building looks amazing. Can't wait to see the group shot.

Yes, I brush a lot of watered down PVA glue over it both to make it easier to paint and to make it rigid and strong. I've heard scenic cement works well too, but I don't have any.
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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Wed 22 Apr 2009 - 18:05

Haven't seen your stuff before but I have to say I'm very impressed and will be stealing a number of your designs, at least in part for my Necromunda terrain (if/when I get teh space to make terrain that is...).

The idea is pretty cool* too so I'll be keepin tabs on this!! BTW are you playing it as if it were 'real world' or including all the mythology/anime elements?

I have to appologise though - as soon as I saw the bell tower all I could think of was 'Ninja Scroll'...

* You need to have Ronin hired-swords, even if it's just to nod to the sheer awesomeness taht is Lone Wolf & Cub, Shogun Assassin & Zatoichi!!
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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Thu 23 Apr 2009 - 0:53

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Haven't seen your stuff before but I have to say I'm very impressed and will be stealing a number of your designs, at least in part for my Necromunda terrain (if/when I get teh space to make terrain that is...).

The idea is pretty cool* too so I'll be keepin tabs on this!! BTW are you playing it as if it were 'real world' or including all the mythology/anime elements?

I have to appologise though - as soon as I saw the bell tower all I could think of was 'Ninja Scroll'...

* You need to have Ronin hired-swords, even if it's just to nod to the sheer awesomeness taht is Lone Wolf & Cub, Shogun Assassin & Zatoichi!!

I'll wait and see for what my group of players want out of the game. There's a few who seem to be interested in using the ninja goblins from Confrontation, and if so, we're going down the fantasy path by including daemons and ogres and other such stuff. By my plans are to present the rules as pulp samurai swashbuckling skirmish, just like in the movies, and then have the fantasy warbands being something you can choose to include or not. And I'm not a big fan of anime so I won't include Naruto things or whatever.

Now samurai movie hired swords is an entirely different things. Look out for Sanjuro, hired ninja assassins and Lady Snowblood! Razz
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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Thu 23 Apr 2009 - 4:14

Have you read Tales of the Otori? The first three are the only good ones. Despite being quite childish there's lots of good pulp ninjas and all the correct hierarchys and rituals of the samurai.
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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Fri 24 Apr 2009 - 18:25

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Have you read Tales of the Otori? The first three are the only good ones. Despite being quite childish there's lots of good pulp ninjas and all the correct hierarchys and rituals of the samurai.

No, actually I haven't. I might check it out if I need something more to read over summer.

Today we had our first game with actual campaign warbands and even with half price armour the game remained extremely deadly. It started well with my force ambushing the enemy warband, and most of his warriors started off the board. But the scenario was over in three turns when half his warband all came in on the same table edge where two of my fighters were encircling my prey, and just an inch within charge range. Oh well. My champion got taken out of action and became stupid, his mind broken by this horrible ordeal. And all my gains was a single measly box of loot (wyrdstone). Very Happy

Shooting is really really deadly, so I'll make some more terrain for people to dodge behind while traversing the open space between houses. I'm thinking wells and maybe some barricades. I also made some loot counters to use instead of wyrdstone counters.
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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Sun 26 Apr 2009 - 17:34

Your Japanese styles terrain is inspiring and perfectly usable for BtB as well! Pikes are featured in the Lustria setting if you check out the Tilean Warband list. Also Boarder Town Burning has rules for Katanas, which i'm sure you'll want to use!
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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Sun 26 Apr 2009 - 19:30

I'll need to check out these other warbands and rules, I've just read the original rulebook, Empire in Flames and BtB. Looks like I have some studying to do... Smile

One player in our campaign wants to use Skaven and another wants to use goblin ninjas, so I'll make a revamp of the Skaven list. Another one wants to use Japanese Ogres, so I'm thinking of converting the Ogre list from BtB since it's pretty sweet.

As for katanas they are just swords, I don't see any need to make them anything else.
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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Mon 27 Apr 2009 - 16:19

I got some building done over the weekend and today, sorry if the pics are not that good. Hopefully I'll be able to take better pictures later this week. None of these are completely finished since I'm waiting for some more flock and stuff I ordered online, but it's pretty close to done.

First out is the daemon infested well:





It's not so obvious from these pictures, but there's some gooey blue things sticking out from the bottom of the well. Since we'll probably get a couple of daemon and goblin themed warbands later on I wanted some place where they would feel at home.

Next up is the ordinary, clean village well with no goblins at all:



Water effects will go into the well, and I'll add a bucket or two next to it once I get them in the mail. These I built because we need more stuff to hide behind and get cover while running between the buildings. Also, I just bought some floor isolation styrofoam and wanted to try out carving it. I like it a lot even now, I can't wait to get better at it!

Then we have a stables:





I didn't make this one personally, as another guy at the club did it. However, I painted it. There's still some work to be done, but it's getting there.



This farmers house got some more paint on it



And finally a badly blurred picture of the village this far. It's still far from what we want, but it's getting there.
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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Tue 28 Apr 2009 - 1:09

Very cool! The small village looks great already! A really great project! Keep it up! bounce

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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Tue 28 Apr 2009 - 4:29

Ah, a serene pastoral village, soon to be BURNED TO THE GROUND by THIRST CRAZED GOBLINS looking for Poland Springs. Suspect
Talented & prolific are two fine qualities in a modeler/painter, AND you seem to have an abundance of both [I HATE you Suspect ]. VERY nice looking terrain; VERY WELL DONE! thumbsup
Only kidding about hating you...I think. Deaf Nala Smiley
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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Tue 28 Apr 2009 - 5:11

I expect a battle-report with pictures! Really great stuff!
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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Tue 28 Apr 2009 - 7:40

This Village is really cool.
I want to build this for my own,...

But I miss one thing, TREES!!!
More trees, bamboo ans plants.

How about a bamboograve?
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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Tue 28 Apr 2009 - 8:09

I've been thinking about bamboo. I think the stems could easily be done with bbq sticks, but how should I make the leafs? Unlike the things that Woodland Scenics etc. carry I can't find anything to make the iconic light brush-like greenery on bamboo.



EDIT: unless I find anything better, I'll try this: http://www.warfactory.co.uk/scenery/bamboo.php

I'm not so gung ho about how it turned out, but I have some ideas how to change it.
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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Tue 28 Apr 2009 - 8:44

Excellent buildings lilljonas! Thanks for posting those gems!

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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Tue 28 Apr 2009 - 9:22

For alternate foliage check out the floral section of a good craft store like Michaels. Deaf Nala Smiley
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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Tue 28 Apr 2009 - 15:27

Sorry, I live in a country without Michaels, so no luck there. You yanks have it easy! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Wed 29 Apr 2009 - 2:49

Your stuff looks great! cool that you can move inside the buildings. I know that in the lustria rule book is a article about making bamboo, I think they used clump foilage on bbq sticks, maby there is still a article somewhere on the gw site?
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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Fri 1 May 2009 - 1:30

I found some floor isolation styrofoam, so I thought I'd take a stab at carving rock out of it. It was surprisingly difficult to do, and I still think the original shape is far too obvious, but then I still have the "throw lots of greenery at it to conceal things" phase left, so here's to hoping!







The idea was to make a watchhouse with multiple ways to approach and good firing positions. But if someone gets close, they can sneak underneath the house so they can't be fired at.
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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Fri 1 May 2009 - 1:47

Wow! Shocked Impressive scenery at impressive speed! Very cool! thumbsup

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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Fri 1 May 2009 - 1:52

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Wow! Shocked Impressive scenery at impressive speed! Very cool! thumbsup

I found the Antenociti store through your blog, so yesterday I received a bunch of cool things to kick up my terrain building a notch. Much gracias. Smile I'm going away for a week or so so it'll have to wait, but after that I'll be pimping out my houses with sacks of foodstuff, barrels and greenery, and I also have 16 oz of water effects to play around with! Hmm.... carp ponds....
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PostSubject: Re: My alternative Japanese Mordheim   Fri 1 May 2009 - 2:20

Cool. I'm glad when the tons of links I put up there are useful for others. Smile

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