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PostSubject: Noobheim   Thu 19 Feb 2015 - 16:55

This forum has inspired me to try my hand at making an amazingly awesome board to play Mordheim on! †I've never made terrain before, but have been scouring the net on tips and tricks. †I plan on taking lots of pictures of my blunders as I go... so, let's begin!

Inspired by Daniel36, I started out making a 12inx12in tile of stones:

Stripped foamcore with ballpoint pen:


Primed black:


Drybrushed grey:



After this, I decided to give my hand a break and uncramp from carving into foamcore with a pen, so I tried my hand a making a building. †This didn't go quite as smoothly... but it is still in the making, so it may turn out okay.

Pieces cut out of foam core and ready for assembly:


Partially horribly assembled:



That's as far as I have gotten. †The building caused great sadness... I had trouble figuring out how to glue it together without it collapsing on itself, so any tips on that would be greatly appreciated! †I plan on adding some trim and destroying the back corner/roof of the building before I prime it and complete assembly.

I don't know why I thought this would be easy... †What have I begun...

Thanks for taking the time to browse! †All comments/tips/tricks/criticisms welcome!
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PostSubject: Re: Noobheim   Thu 19 Feb 2015 - 17:53

LOOKIN' GOOD! It does look like you have the makings of some FINE scenery. It's only difficult until you get into the swing of things. †For a quick & durable assembly I usually use my hot glue gun. The important thing is to have FUN with it all. Keep up the FINE WORK! † thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Noobheim   Thu 19 Feb 2015 - 22:58

Thanks for the compliments!

Okay, using your tip about the hot glue gun, I revisited my (in my mind) doomed building. I stopped working on it last night kind of down about the progress... But I decided I would see if I could salvage it with some creative use of foamcore, and I think it came out just fine!

Here are some updated pictures:




It isn't the most astounding building, but it definitely turned out WAY better than I would have expected based on my efforts from the previous night.

I faked the wood texture by lightly running my razor blade over the foamcore, and I am interested to see how it will paint up. I was initially going to ruin the first floor (so it would have 3 elevations of usable space), but abandoned the idea in favor of simplicity for my first building.

I was also very curious about floor height, door height, windows, etc - many people chime in that 3" is great, some prefer 2" - I settled on 2.5" for floor height, and I think it looks really good. I may go a bit larger for some of my bigger buildings, but for a regular home/shop, I'm digging the 2.5". Door height is 1.75" and that also looks good next to my human model. Windows were just eyeballed in at 1" each - but I don't think I am going to stick to any standard on those.

Next step: tackling the roof.

I'm in no hurry to jump on that, and will likely dabble in building some additional buildings in the meantime, now that I feel more comfortable with my building metrics.

Thanks for taking a look! Let me know if you see anything I can improve for my next attempt, or anything I should give a try.
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PostSubject: Re: Noobheim   Fri 20 Feb 2015 - 5:51

It looks SPLENDID. The woodwork in particular turned out TERRIFIC. †GREAT WORK!†† thumbsup
It looks like you lack a stairway to the lower floor. A trapdoor is an easy way to suggest access without actually building the stairs. † What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: Noobheim   Fri 20 Feb 2015 - 7:08

Really nice building, and the wood effect is very good indeed, its going to look awesome when it is finally painted. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Noobheim   Fri 20 Feb 2015 - 7:44

I think it looks good, and I really like using foam for wood, you pulled it off. You also have good, clean cuts on your windows. I think you are doing alright.
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PostSubject: Re: Noobheim   Fri 20 Feb 2015 - 7:45

Looks absolutely great to me!
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PostSubject: Re: Noobheim   Fri 20 Feb 2015 - 10:38

Thanks for the kind words!

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It looks like you lack a stairway to the lower floor. A trapdoor is an easy way to suggest access without actually building the stairs. † What a Face

You are completely right! I forgot about the stairs! A trapdoor sounds like the perfect solution at this point... I will add some trim around it so it adds a little detail to the second floor. Good catch!
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PostSubject: Re: Noobheim   Fri 20 Feb 2015 - 11:13

Very nice, the timbers look great!
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PostSubject: Re: Noobheim   Fri 20 Feb 2015 - 12:34

Great job, the wooden beams look nice, and dont forget a staircase or else to get up the higher levels, Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Noobheim   Sun 22 Feb 2015 - 23:55

Spent the day working on my second building. This time I decided to play around with a hot knife and some pink foam... I also tried making a massive building with no plans!

Here's some pics of progress thus far:




Not having an idea of what I wanted was definitely a mistake... I spent more time sitting and staring than building - I prefer to have some measurements in mind before I start going. Because of this, I ended up glueing some walls in without texture (which I then had to awkwardly texture), building a weird third floor that will likely make painting the second floor tough, and building a strange floating structure that will need a ladder for access... Oh well! It ended up looking interesting, at least.

Tomorrow I will go back and add in details (wood trim, destroyed walls, ladders, guard rails, etc) - I think the details will really make this build look cool.

Let me know what you think!
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PostSubject: Re: Noobheim   Mon 23 Feb 2015 - 5:46

With or without plans, it does look COOL already, & the potential for UBERCOOL is there. As you develop a feel for what works & what has to be done first, the plan becomes less important...remembering to paint areas that will be inaccessible to your brush once the thing is glued together has priority over scale drawings. All that aside, the new building/ruin has all sorts of interesting angles & hints at details yet to come. GREAT WORK!†† thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Noobheim   Tue 24 Feb 2015 - 7:49

You just keep getting better and better! Really nice work!
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PostSubject: Re: Noobheim   Tue 24 Feb 2015 - 19:14

I never plan anything! I just try to make what I see in my minds eye come true.
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PostSubject: Re: Noobheim   Tue 24 Feb 2015 - 22:15

Since extensive planning is a part of my job, I refuse to plan as part of my hobby.
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PostSubject: Re: Noobheim   Fri 27 Feb 2015 - 18:21

First building shingled and painted!

I built out a shattered roof with foam and glued it in place:



Then I glued down a rough guide of where I wanted the shingles and started adding shingles from a cardstock box (like a cereal box):



Then finished it:





One building complete... a city of buildings more to go!
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PostSubject: Re: Noobheim   Fri 27 Feb 2015 - 18:34

That did turn out SPLENDIDLY. If the rest of your buildings are of a similar quality, you'll have one UBERCOOL gaming table. VERY WELL DONE!†† thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Noobheim   Sat 28 Feb 2015 - 12:55

Great advance, turned out nicely!

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PostSubject: Re: Noobheim   Sat 28 Feb 2015 - 14:04

great progress, stay on target cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Noobheim   Sun 1 Mar 2015 - 8:30

That looks great Very Happy

You're really leaving the 'Noobheim'-road behind very quickly!
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PostSubject: Re: Noobheim   Sun 1 Mar 2015 - 8:50

pretty good for a noob!
My only suggestion would be to make the stones on the house a different colour from those on the street. maybe make the street a little more dirty by applying a brown wash?
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PostSubject: Re: Noobheim   Sun 1 Mar 2015 - 15:36

Bravo!

A coat of paint has really brought that to life. I like it a lot.
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PostSubject: Re: Noobheim   Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 12:47

Thanks for all of the comments! Making progress!

Captain Bernhardt wrote:
My only suggestion would be to make the stones on the house a different colour from those on the street. maybe make the street a little more dirty by applying a brown wash?

I think I did this in reverse - the building is a lighter grey with some browns mixed in, while the ground is just grey... I'm going to give it a shot adding some browns to the ground. Great suggestion! Thanks!
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