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I bought a copy of the book but I haven’t seen any miniatures that particularly inspire me.

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How's the book itself Manchu?

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Still on its wingéd way, but I will report in due course.

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Gargantuan Gargant

New Bedford, MA USA

I saw people with Lava Battle Maps for Reign in Hell, thought it looked cool and decided to make my own.

The standard battle map size for Reign in Hell is 22"x30". It seemed like an odd size to me, but close enough to 20"x30" that using a sheet of foam core was an attractive alternative.

I got a sheet of Foam Core Board from my reserve. Not the expensive Elmer's brand, but the stuff you can get at Dollar Tree. It's softer and easier to carve up, making it ideal for this project.

Sketched out the basic design lightly in pencil. Thought the Skull-shaped rock was clever and would work in the setting. I've done rocky obsidian and lava terrain for Warhammer 40K Chaos Daemons in the past, and I found that engraving chaos icons into the rock looked good, so I figured I'd try something similar here. The crown over the alchemical symbol for sulfur is the semi-official logo for Reing in Hell, so I went with that. The game is miniatures agnostic and I couldn't find any other symbols in the book, so I stuck with the single symbol.

The next step was to go over all the line art with a stylus, in this case, another pencil, piercing the top paper layer and digging through until it went all the way through the foam layer.
Glued another sheet of foam core board to the back to reinforce it all. Then I peeled the paper layer off the top.

After that, it was time to fire up another episode of The Witcher while I dug out the lava sections with the same trusty pencil. The tip broke off early on and it actually worked better with the broken tip.
The plan was to use a ball of aluminum foil boil to texture it, but I was into the show and didn't want to get up, so I mashed the texture into the foam with my knuckles. Started with some light punching and then rolling my knuckles into it. I'm happy with the result, but after it was all done my knuckles are a bit sore. Who knew punching 5mm of foam on a wooden table was a bad idea?

Now, the prevailing wisdom is that you coat the whole thing by hand or airbrush in black acrylic paint and maybe modge podge. It was 2 am in the morning at this point and I did what any sleep-deprived miniatures enthusiast would do: I spray painted it with a rattle can from 12+ inches away. Do it right, and it doesn't each the styrofoam.

Then it was a case of painting all the lava with the finest Vermillion and Yellow Oxide available at Dollar Tree.

I'm pretty happy with how it came out given the quick turn around time on the project.

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 adamsouza wrote:
I spray painted it with a rattle can from 12+ inches away. Do it right, and it doesn't each the styrofoam.

I'm pretty happy with how it came out given the quick turn around time on the project.

I have found that applying a light layer of spray paint to polystyrene (I assume foam is similar) eats it a little, making a nice rocky texture.

It looks great, I would be happy with it too.


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Great board!

22x30 is the new GW standard in case you realy didn't know

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Gargantuan Gargant

New Bedford, MA USA

Honestly was unaware. I haven't played 40K since 8th edition. Adopting that as a standard makes a bit more sense now.

Made a couple of lava pits last night, and I'm planning on making some demonic alter and corpse trees for the board as well.

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 Easy E wrote:
How's the book itself Manchu?
Book arrived. It is well made dor the price, large and readable text, well organized and easy to reference.

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That reminds me the Oculus Spear expansion is available today. Pdf only pay what you like.


Reign in Hell: The Oculus Spear is a solo & co-op expansion for Reign in Hell, the miniatures-agnostic tabletop wargaming ruleset about demons battling in the remains of Hell. This expansion includes a six-part campaign that you can play alone or co-op with a friend. You'll explore Hell for the Oculus Spear, a Relic of great power that could potentially turn the tides of Hell. Can you survive the campaign and Reign in Hell?

Designed by wargaming YouTube nerds Adam Loper (Tabletop Minions) and Vince Venturella (Warhammer Weekly) - Reign in Hell is designed as a fun, quick skirmish game that allows you to play using the demon models you may already have from many different fantasy games out there, or build (or 3D print) new ones to make your cabal exactly the way you envision. The campaign system is robust, and allows for growth and customization for your demons as they gain Titles and discover Relics and Essences to increase their powers.

You must have the main ruleset ( Reign in Hell ) to use this expansion.

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Central Valley, California

 Manchu wrote:
I bought a copy of the book but I haven’t seen any miniatures that particularly inspire me.

my buddy is on overload with this too. Plus, we want to match relative scale and appearance if possible.
We're talking about it.

~ Shrap

Rolling 1's for five decades.
AoS * Warcry * LoTR SBG * Dust 1947 * Warmaster 10mm * 40K & Kill Team * Flames of '47 * Reign in Hell
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