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Battlefield Tourist






Nuremberg

I am excited to find out what happens when your players get to some of the later parts of the adventure like Wave Echo Cave. I've run the Starter Adventure, but only two of the dungeons/locations actually showed up.

   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

@Da Boss: Thanks for the page turn, and yeah I'm excited to see what my players do later in the starter campaign as well. Unfortunately it'll be a while, we won't be playing again until September. All of us are bummed.

Speaking of which, here is how far my players have gotten into the first dungeon, Cragmaw Hideout:

Even though the mini isn't done, I decided to introduce the Tabaxi character so my one player could use him before before our long break. We're up to 6 PCs now. I invited a guy I know how is super knowledgeable about D&D, but hasn't playered any 5th edition yet, and wants to learn. So he took over the dwarf who was vacated by the player who is playing the Tabaxi now. MY group stayed consistently slow to accomplish things. In the actual game, very little got done other than introducing the Tabaxi. While investigating the next room (the one with the two pools of water), the Tabaxi rogue was ambushed by goblins. He fell back to warn the group. A few more moved up with him to try and help find the goblins, but the goblins were rolling super high with their stealth, so no one could find them. After several attempts at that, with the goblins taking pot shots at them, our dwarf cleric enchanted a rock to glow with light, threw it like a grenade into the room. Then organized all the highest AC players to form a shield wall and storm the goblin position. Before reaching them, but finally (mostly) passing their perception check, is where we had to end the session.


I've added the basic torso shape to the nothic, to which I'll be adding details and appendages. I've also been working on the gricks, but nothing photo worthy. The grick prime is ready to to prime and paint.

On an unrelated note, tonight I felt the very strong urge to make beholders. Lots of them. I felt the urge too late at night to start making any, and realistically I don't know why I would even need them. It will be a very long time before my players can take on a single beholder, much less a whole bunch. I don't know if this urge will subside soon, or if some beholders will start gracing my blog.

   
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Battlefield Tourist






Nuremberg

That's a bummer about the campaign being postponed alright. I'm at a bit of a burnout phase with my campaign, though I hope it is only temporary. Just feel like playing some video games and chilling out.

The Nothic is looking cool - I like the huge eye you've given him.I was thinking of converting a plaguebearer to represent it, but I felt the eye was not enough of a centre point.

Would love to see your take on beholders.

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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

@ Da Boss, I hope you feeling burnt out with the campaign is only temporary too. You said your players were a little shell shocked after how intense that final battle was, so it's understandable if you need a break too. I doubt you'll be allowed to rest for too long
I like your idea of using a plague bearer for a nothic, and I think it would work well. I also agree about the eye not standing out enough. You should probably do what I did, and drill out most of the upper face, then replace it with a sphere for the eye. The eye on my nothc is bugging out, but definitely grabs focus of the viewer. Thanks for your encouragement about the beholders, I'm still in the mood to make them, so i hope I find the time, I've bought some ping pong balls for their bodies.

I took a trip to the dollar store to buy art supplies to play with, followed up by a trip to the pet store to buy aquarium foliage. I hope to be starting on my stirges soon Da Boss.



I've also finally finished the beaks of the gricks, now I'm wondering if the tenticles are too small compared to the beaks...

   
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Incorporating Wet-Blending





Japan

Are those made of rolled-up aluminum foil? I will have to steal that idea.

Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Yes, they are made of rolled up aluminum foil. I'm glad you like the idea, please do use it. These particular pieces have a thin layer of hot glue on top of the foil.

   
Made in de
Battlefield Tourist






Nuremberg

I saw a thing on youtube where someone used rolled up foil as a base for a Purple Worm scratchbuild. It's on my list of things to try, but I'm very encouraged after seeing your Grick scratchbuilds.

   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Nice Da Boss, I'm glad to hear it. I hope you try it, and I'll try it out too when I have time. Thanks for letting me know about it. I love DMScotty, but I don't have his fondness for wrapping wet toilet paper around stuff.

   
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Battlefield Tourist






Nuremberg




That is the video I was talking about. A lot less tutorial like than DM scotty, but gives the basic idea.

   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Thanks, I'll check it out

   
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Boston-area [Watertown] Massachusetts

Now, mind you, I had money to spend, and I've also got a problem.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bdRAhWQdwsSKcC5WgcA-C3B6D9zBztxP/view?usp=sharing

BUT, you continue to plow the road for people who would like AFFORDABLE fun.

Great job!

--Brian


Falling down is the same as being hit by a planet — "I paint to the 20 foot rule, it saves a lot of time." -- Me
ddogwood wrote:People who feel the need to cheat at Warhammer deserve pity, not anger. I mean, how pathetic does your life have to be to make you feel like you need to cheat at your toy army soldiers game?
 
   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Thanks Brian, I do like to keep things affordable, and I think part of the fun is making the stuff (tho it's mostly cheapness)

You should really warn me before showing a pic like that, I was afraid I was going to break my keyboard by drooling on it!
What an amazing collection, thanks for sharing!

   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

I spent most of the day working on a project Da Boss and I have been discussing. I've made a D&D purple worm from a base of aluminum foil. I'm still considering adding some stuff, I want to add spikes to the face, and it still needs serious basing, but I'm also proud to say that the main model could be considered fully made start to finish in one day. I started at 2:00 PM today. And sorry in advance if the number of pictures is overwhelming, I wanted to document it well, to almost be like a tutorial.


Before we get to the good stuff, I realized today that I don't have a compass for making circles (the cheap one I had broke), so I didn't really have a good way to make large circular bases. I whipped this up, and it works surprisingly well.


Here's the starting 5 inch base cut out of carboard, with Gandalf standing nearby for size comparison.


Out of about 3 square feet of aluminum foil, I made this basic body shape for the purple worm. With the body being roughly triangular in shape in the official art, I wanted to change the jaws to also be three sections. I wanted a look somewhat similar to the sand worms of Dune, but blunter for going through rock rather than sand. I'm also planning to cover it with forward facing curved spikes.


Horse test. In the fluff, a purple worm can swallow a horse whole, this one looked too weedy when I put my biggest horse figures in its mouth.


I bulked it up some more, adding 3 more square feet of foil, for a total on 6 square feet. It looked a lot better to me this way.


I then bent the worm into a more interesting pose than "tree trunk". Hopefully it looks like it's bursting out of the ground and arching forward to attack.


I then carved a texture out of high density extruded polystyrene that I wanted to use for the armor plates and made a mold. The color/contrast has been adjusted to try to show the contours better.


I used cheap dollar store hot glue for the castings in the mold, and attached the plates using my far stickier Sure Bonder hot glue sticks and glue gun. I would attach the edge of a plate with good hot glue, wait for it to harden, then add more around the edges. I would then bend the plate around the body of the model and hold it in place like that until the glue "dried".


This is after close to 2 hours of casting and attaching plates. I felt the texture was really starting to look good and take form.


I wanted something thicker than the usual tooth picks for teeth, and luckily I have a lot of bamboo skewers. I would use my model clippers on a sharp angle, and clip a basic pencil point shape, then refine the point with a hobby knife. I then poked holes in the foil with a skewer, added a dot of hot glue and slotted the teeth into place.


For the stomach I wanted a more scaled appearance. Using the cheap hot glue that is more viscous, I made circular blobs along the body, leaving gaps between them. I tried not to have any fresh glue blobs touch for fear of them running together. When dry, I would going over an area again filling in some of the gaps following the same rules as before. After several passes, all the spaces were filled up.


Here is the more or less finished worm, if I don't add the spikes. If you zoom in on this pic, you can see the peddled texture of the stomach scales more clearly. The whole thing took about 7 hours to make from scratch, using about 6 square feet of aluminum foil, along with close to three full bags of dollar store glue sticks (20 mini sticks per bag). Minor materials include 2 bamboo skewers, less than one cubic inch of mold putty, some cardboard, and a piece of foam.




   
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Hellacious Havoc





Germany

After your kind words on my progress I saw that you had a blog of your own. I just finished going through all your pages and I have to say you got some great pieces in here!
I especially love that worm, the scales on the back are so simple to make, yet create an astonishing effect.
Keep up the good work!
   
Made in jp
Incorporating Wet-Blending





Japan

Seven hours? Was that all in one sitting?

Do you have an issue with your detailing sticking to the foil? I've never tried it myself, but I feel like that would be a PITA.

Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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Battlefield Tourist






Nuremberg

Wow, I was not expecting you to tackle that so quickly! Amazing work. It is really useful to have your step by step pictures here, thank you! It's also really good to know how much foil you made, and scale was something I was also worried about.

The scales look excellent! I think it is much better looking than the cardboard scales in the DMScotty method, and I like how you have combined the two methods here - I was planning something similar for my worm (though I think I will use Milliput rather than hot glue just because I am more used to it now).

Looks fantastic! Can't wait to see it with paint on it.

   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

@Pneumo: Thanks for taking the time to look through my blag, and I'm glad you like what I've been making. The back scales/plates for the worm came out better than I expected, and I'm quite happy with how it's turned out so far.

@JoshInJapan: Luckily it's wasn't all in one sitting, but was pretty close. I had about 2 hours and 40 minutes of various length breaks throughout. Usually worked for about 2 hours before needing a break. My back was still hurting by the end, anyway tho
As for the foil, it has its own "personality" when you work with it, like any other material. I may be biased, since aluminum foil was the first art material I got really good at when I was younger. It's soft and weak, so you want to cover it completely with an outer shell of what ever other materials you are using. And you have to be careful of seams and attachment points peeling away, so you can see in 8th (and a little in the 9th) picture that I glued down the edges of the foil and filled in any overly large depressions. In other ways, I find it the foil superior, with all the little ridges and crinkles in the foil, I find my putty doesn't slip around as much as on plain smooth wire. Plus it's easy to bulk up a core, possibly more than using foam inside which I often do. I'll have to get a bit more practice to be sure.

@Da Boss: Thanks, I wasn't expected to get through it so quickly either. I was just planning on doing a little bit, but got really into it, and wanted to keep going back to work on it. I'm glad you brought up about the purple worm stuff, and I'm glad the pictures and descriptions are useful. And thank you, it's high praise that you think my scales look better than DMScotty's. It looks like you can tell that I liked the look of DMScotty's armor plate like scales, but wanted to try to improve on them. I'm tempted to make another purple worm to try different techniques, but I don't know if I would have a use for so many (I started making one out of clay in a pottery class I'm taking before making this one ). I'm looking forward to seeing your purple worm, and milliput makes a lot of sense to use.

Do any of you three, or any other readers have a suggestion on if I should go ahead and paint this worm as is, or start adding spikes like I had originally planned? I could probably blue-tac on some spikes to give an idea.

   
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Hellacious Havoc





Germany

I'd try the blue tac and see how it'll look. Won't cost you that much time and might improve the model. If it looks better without them you lost nothing.
Personally I think a few spikes, or one backwards facing spike/plate on each part of the jaw would look good.

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Lone Wolf Sentinel Pilot






So much win in this tutorial!

1) Congratulations on an overall excellent build! The techniques you've demonstrated aren't just for making purple worms (at least for me): I see ways to use your 'armoring up' plate method for actual tanks, ones using overlapping additional plates or sheets of steel to reinforce the original hull, for instance.

2) The posing is very dramatic- I think you've captured the 'erupting from the ground and lunging forward' look very well.

3) The 'blobs of hot glue' technique for the stomache/thorax/chesty-bit is genius- and again, with applications beyond just this project. I have a hot glue gun (an el cheapo, but it works reliably) but I'm learning that there is so much more that it can do than just stick part A to part B. The use of different properties glue sticks, for instance, would never have occurred to me.

4) Clever fix for the lack of a compass for drawing circles! You can also take a strong pin and a piece of string- especially if using cardboard for your sub-surface- and swing a line that way.

5) I'm not much into gross, D&D monsters- but you have my full attention with this project. And never apologize for the wealth of pictures: the ones that don't want 'em will scan past; those of us that do appreciate your adding extra detail to the instruction.

Yoicks and away! Let's see next steps!

"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

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Boston-area [Watertown] Massachusetts

 Syro_ wrote:
Thanks Brian, I do like to keep things affordable, and I think part of the fun is making the stuff (tho it's mostly cheapness)

You should really warn me before showing a pic like that, I was afraid I was going to break my keyboard by drooling on it!
What an amazing collection, thanks for sharing!


I'll put them in a spoiler tag, next time.

Falling down is the same as being hit by a planet — "I paint to the 20 foot rule, it saves a lot of time." -- Me
ddogwood wrote:People who feel the need to cheat at Warhammer deserve pity, not anger. I mean, how pathetic does your life have to be to make you feel like you need to cheat at your toy army soldiers game?
 
   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

@Pneumo: Thanks for the suggestion about the plates on the jaw, I'll try that out too. I've been working on preparing the spikes to blue-tac on, but I was having trouble concentrating on it and didn't get very far. Also the many spikes I prepared are looking like they are may be too small for coming out of the amor plates, but I'll still give it a try.

@Meer_Cat: Thanks for all the kind words, and I'm glad you are thinking up cool applications for stuff I show . I tend to use hot glue heavily and in many unusual ways, probably more often than I should, but I enjoy experimenting with it, and I liek how fast it is ready to continue working with. I'm glad you like my silly stand in compass, I always manage to mess up with I do the pin and string method, so i'm glad I have this now.

@Briancj:

I've switched gears and started working on my entry for the 26th League of Extraordinary Riveters terrain contest. The contest theme is "Hold the Line". I'm making a modular trench system for 40k. I imagine most of you already know about these contests, but just in case, I'll mention a little about it. The league has terrain contests with themes, and I have found them to be very fun to take part in. There is a great deal if sharing ideas during these, and encouragement. Also they are just plain exciting, to have a deadline (in this case a very far away one), and to try to impress and out do your peers. If anyone is interested in checking it out, you can click on the banner in my sig and it will take you right there.
Also @ Meer_Cat: I hope I am making this close enough to accurate to make you proud


Here are some of my raw materials (which I later doubled). I cut 8 inch by 4 inch strips of dollar store foam core, then peeled off the paper. I also then cut roughly 1 inch by 1 inch styrofoam prisms. These prisms were then cut diagonally to create right triangular prisms.


Here is a scale shot of a representative from each of my 40k armies. I am building this trench system in a modular manner, with each piece shaped like a hexagon with one side an inch shorter than the other.


Here the trench is set up in a way to protect from enfilade, so an enemy cannot fire down the entire length of the trench if the get in.


Here it is arranged in a curve.

I plan to make additional connectors to allow more configurations.

   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

I've continued working on pieces for my LoER competition entry. I made more connectors as planned., I think I'm finally done making new parts and will start the many steps to finishing all the modules now. I believe I have made 22 modules for this modular trench.


I made two "T" intersections for the trenches, so they can branch along with 4 arcs to allow the trenches to angle more.


Here's one of the T-intersections in use to allow a communications trench to attach to the forward trench.


I then made some more of the arc pieces, another trench piece of a different size, and some end caps for the trenches. The extra arc pieces and trench piece allow em to construct this:


In the style of the Terrain Tutor, next it's on to slapping Spackle/Filler onto the outside parts of the pieces. I'll follow up with some inside details, panting a base coat, and then finish by adding sand with a protective layer of PVA glue.

   
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Hellacious Havoc





Germany

That's some pretty epic terrain you're building up there. Is there enough room to fit bigger models, say terminators, into the trench?
And one small suggestion, I think adding some explosion craters into the sections would give a bigger trench setup more life, just cut in a dent and throw some rubble in it. Maybe test it first on a small scrap piece, I'm just throwing in suggestions and can't be responsible for the result.
Otherwise just keep up the great work!

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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Thanks for the visit and the suggestions Pneumo. It may be short sighted, but I only built the trenches to fit one inch based models. I didn't want the width of how these are made to dominate the space on the board too much. With stuff shifting around and warping from construction, even the one inch models may start having trouble fitting as I add details, so I'll have to be careful. My official excuse is that no self respecting terminator would hide in a trench
Thanks for the suggestion about explosion craters in the trench wall, I'll try adding a few. I've made lots of craters as scatter terrain before so I can add lots to the no man land in front of the trench.

   
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Battlefield Tourist






Nuremberg

I think it is reasonable enough to not have the trenches fit a Terminator. They'd be dug by normal troopers, and stopping giant monsters and power armoured attackers from getting in there with them would probably be a priority!

   
Made in lt
Druid Warder





Your trench system looks very good for a start. Good luck with this big endeavour! (It is like me getting a kick on the lower backside for never finishing mine...)

And Your experience with alu foil really shows. That worm is shaping up to bee properly intimidating when finished. My first inclination would be "no spikes", but then right now it has all the glitter from foil folds, so I'd say - "blue-tack them on and take a photo without a flash". Maybe they will make nasty thing even nastier.

Good luck!

Pledge 2017:
Infinity - Ariadna (8/10) : Hordes - Circle Orboros (7/10) : Alkemy - various (12/10) : Burrows-n-badgers (10/10) : KoW and misc fantasy (13/10)

Pledge 2018:
Infinity - Ariadna (11/10) : Hordes - Circle Orboros (11/10) : Alkemy - various (11/10) : Burrows-n-badgers (11/10) : KoW and misc fantasy (11/10) : Deadzone and misc Sci-Fi (11/10) : Warmachine - Convergence of Cyriss (14/0)

Pledge 2019:
Unbuilt remaining - 42, painted 39/75 
   
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Fixture of Dakka





6 foot underwater

Excellent work on that purple worm. I

Trenches coming on nicely too.

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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

As I'm sure all of you can relate too, there's just not enough hobby time.

@Da Boss: That's a good pint, thanks.

@Wirecat: Thanks! I think the worm should be pretty intimidating when finished too. It's the same height as that giant earth elemental/rock golem I made, but looks a lot more dangerous. That's a good point about the flash, I should probably go back to using my real camera where I can control the flash, rather than all these quick shots with my cell phone.

@monkeytroll: Thanks for the kind words, I hope to get back to finishing the purple worm soon. there's always so much I want to do.

I started cutting away at the embankments I made for the trenches, to be able to add details to the inside while still being able to fit in figures. In some pictures I saw while researching, the walls of the trench were held up by corrugated metal sheets held in place rather than the more common wood planks. For a desert area in 40k metal seemed like the wisest choice to follow.


let me know what you think

   
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Incorporating Wet-Blending





Japan

That trench system is looking pretty sweet so far. Your idea for corrugated metal sheeting is nice. Is there something on the underside to keep the sections from sliding around on the tabletop?

Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
Made in us
Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

@JoshInJapan: Thanks, I'm glad you like them. At the moment there's nothing on the underside, just bare foam core with the paper peeled off. Do you think I should give the bottoms a thin layer of hot glue to give them some traction?

   
 
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