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PostSubject: Restoration of my old Mordheim/BTB/Warhammer scenery   Fri 10 Sep 2010 - 4:20

Some time ago when I was tidying up my basement I came across a huge box with my old scenery pieces. Instead of throwing them away I decided to give them a chance and the new life after some refurbishment Wink. Bearing in mind the motto "better to fix up than to throw away" I started up the project. In this and the future posts in this topic I'd like to show you the progress of my work.

Let's begin with something designed for "wilderness" settings as BTB or EiF: small hills with some trees and bushes on top.

After retrieving from the basement and before the restoration they looked like this (somewhat worn down and ugly as you can see):

Hill 1:


Hill 2:


Hill 3:


Hill 4:


The process of restoration was quite simple. I repainted the hills totally using the same paints as in case of my wargame board. Then I applied some static grass, moss, bushes and so on.

The finished work:

Hill 1:



Hill 2:



Hill 3:



Hill 4:



Next time I'll show you some refurbished stone walls Wink.
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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of my old Mordheim/BTB/Warhammer scenery   Fri 10 Sep 2010 - 5:42

I don't think they looked too bad to start with, but your restoration definitely brought those hill pieces to life. Pretty clever using the same colors as your board.

I've shied away from making hills myself as I've had trouble with models falling or sliding off the slope. Any advice on this?
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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of my old Mordheim/BTB/Warhammer scenery   Tue 14 Sep 2010 - 3:29

Thanks for your comment BBA!

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I've shied away from making hills myself as I've had trouble with models falling or sliding off the slope. Any advice on this?

Indeed, models falling or sliding off the scenery pieces (not only hills) can be annoying. I generally avoid building too steep slopes and I try to be extra careful when placing minis on a creased area, but disasters could happen even on much safer ground, especially when a mini is somewhat shaky due to it's shape and, consequently, center of gravity Wink.


The restoration goes on; today I'd like to show you some refurbished walls and a slightly ruined gate designed for my wilderness wargaming table Wink.

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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of my old Mordheim/BTB/Warhammer scenery   Tue 14 Sep 2010 - 6:57

VERY NICE RESTORATION...bringing older pieces up to current standards is also one of my favorite activities. They all turned out TERRIFIC, but I LOVE the way the walls and arch came out. thumbsup

Doing a terraced effect on hills is about the only way I've found that they're workable for gaming. It's one of the concessions you have to make for utilitarian purposes. Suspect
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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of my old Mordheim/BTB/Warhammer scenery   Wed 15 Sep 2010 - 8:09

I don't know, I like the darker tones better Sad
the new ones are too bright IMHO.
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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of my old Mordheim/BTB/Warhammer scenery   Wed 15 Sep 2010 - 9:15

Remember that this scenery is mostly for WFB and I play Wood Elves, who live in those bright, beautiful woods of Loren - we cannot have only dark, dirty ruins Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of my old Mordheim/BTB/Warhammer scenery   Wed 15 Sep 2010 - 9:20

I see.
You are absolutely right then, my bad.
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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of my old Mordheim/BTB/Warhammer scenery   Tue 21 Sep 2010 - 3:15

As always, thanks for comments and let me show you some freshly restored scenery pieces Wink.

Before:

Chaos Monolith:




Monolithic head:




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Chaos Monolith:




Monolithic head:


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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of my old Mordheim/BTB/Warhammer scenery   Tue 21 Sep 2010 - 10:57

I'm going to be annoying and say perhaps you lost some detail in the repainting? I love the added mosses which are brilliant.

If I may make a suggestion: perhaps a light wash of raw umber from underneath to add shadow and one more colour. Or even better, glue splotches of fine sand to the surface of the rock in places just to break it up a little.

Well anyway that's my two cents.
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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of my old Mordheim/BTB/Warhammer scenery   Tue 21 Sep 2010 - 11:46

COOL STUFF! I especially like the monolithic head...kind of Easter Islandish. thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of my old Mordheim/BTB/Warhammer scenery   Tue 21 Sep 2010 - 14:06

those last ones look prety neat Very Happy!
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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of my old Mordheim/BTB/Warhammer scenery   Wed 22 Sep 2010 - 5:14

Skavenblight wrote:
Remember that this scenery is mostly for WFB and I play Wood Elves, who live in those bright, beautiful woods of Loren - we cannot have only dark, dirty ruins Smile

Don't forget about Laurelorn Forest in western Nordland - there also living Wood Elves Wink .

Another great tuning Captain!
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PostSubject: Rocky ground and the blasphemous, tentacled, creepy Chaos ey   Thu 30 Sep 2010 - 3:48

Thanks for comments and advice, guys Smile!

Some new stuff for today (in fact it had been finished before the pieces shown above, but I somehow missed to post them in the chronological order):

Before:

Rocky ground 1 - The blasphemous, tentacled, creepy Chaos eye (worshipped by local mutants, cultists and other scum):



Rocky ground 2:




Rocky ground 3:




After:

Rocky ground 1 - The blasphemous, tentacled, creepy Chaos eye:




Rocky ground 2:




Rocky ground 3:


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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of my old Mordheim/BTB/Warhammer scenery   Thu 30 Sep 2010 - 6:35

VERY COOL STUFF! All the little embellishments, especially the candles [link to tutorial: http://boringmordheimforum.forumieren.com/tutorials-f18/tutorial-how-to-make-candles-t4467.htm#65444 ], you msde to the EVIL EYE from HELL! really brought it to life...figuratively speaking that is. GREAT WORK! thumbsup
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PostSubject: A hero's tomb   Wed 5 Jan 2011 - 3:52

It's been ages since I posted here - it's the high time for an update! Though I've been working recently on something else, I've still got some restored scenery pieces to post them here.

Today, I'll show you one of them: a hero's tomb.

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I hope you like the freshly restored version Wink.
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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of my old Mordheim/BTB/Warhammer scenery   Wed 5 Jan 2011 - 6:25

That is quite a difference...I LOVE the addition of the statue in repose. The more vibrant colors add depth & interest to the piece. VERY WELL DONE! thumbsup
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