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Anxious Angel Keeper

So I've been building some terrain for my Maelstrom's Edge forces. After building a temple and outpost in a rocky sandish look, I decided to build an entire 4x6 table to match. I'll be recording the progress, slow as it will inevitably be, in this thread.

Here's the finished temple and outpost:

I've just done some planning so far:

I've set my battle reports on the planet Asper so far, so I'll situate the new terrain on that same planet. I decided there is a "Kakamba peninsula" somewhere on Asper, featuring various points of interest and also a point of not so much interest: the backwoods town of Sirsi. Not very developed, small, on the outskirts of a small pine forest bordering a mountainous region. The people of Sirsi do some farming, some mining and other basic stuff and some illicit trading. They're also near a spot chosen by the Karist Enclave as the site for one of their secret bases. There's a white arrow and circle on the map to point out the not so precise location.

Rough sketch of what I aim to do.

Putting ideas to foam.

Supplies for a fair number of big honking pine trees.

To be continued.

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Basic foam shapes in place:

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After some more foam shaping:

It's time to apply the goop:

which is a mixture of wall filler, wood glue and paint. Of course I ran out of paint, to be continued...

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Cutting stuff up and bunging it back together in new and interesting ways.

Under the couch

Off to a good start!

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Looks good so far Sgt. Oddball.



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Thanks guys

Obviously a slow-going project, but I got some more paint in and did the rest of the goop. Also started doing another goop-layer to get some texture in. I only half know what I'm doing, not sure at this point where I'll apply additional texturing with sand and stuff and where I'll just leave the filler texture and go from there. Some work needs to be done on the road bits still, and I need to goop up the buildings.

All gooped up

Forest ground texture


Riverbed. Well, streambed.

Overview from village side.

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Mechanized Halqa


"Gooped up" looks bloody great!
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Yeah second that.

Can't wait to see it all painted up

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Anxious Angel Keeper

A little more progress...

Village all gooped up (except for the one wall I forgot, d'oh...)

Started work on retaining wall:

First stage of painting the stream:

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Some more progress shots. Finished the basic paint job and started experimenting making grass tufts.

Painting and washing

Village basecoat

Basecoat top view

Washed and drybrushed

Stream detail view


Final wash


Experimenting with making grass tufts

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Anxious Angel Keeper

Experimenting with making trees yields the following result (tutorial I used can be found here):

Several things I mean to improve, mostly the glue I used. This spray glue I have didn't quite behave as expected. First of all it shoots like a web of glue rather than a misty spray, a bit like Spider Man, and secondly it dries white. So the glue you see in the first image: don't buy that for scenery. I salvaged what I could but I figure the foliage will look a bit better with better glue.
Then I'd probably change the relative sizes of trunk and foliage a bit and the shape of the foliage. I'll also be adding a tiny bit of dead branch detail near the bottom of the foliage. The colours of the foliage don't seem to quite match what the guy in the tutorial got, though it's the same stuff. Not too bad though.
On the plus side they're fairly easy to make in bulk and convenient for gaming: nice thick trunk, plenty of clearance under the needles and doesn't obscure view too much.

To be continued.

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Anxious Angel Keeper

I think I got this tree thing down. More suitable spray glue made for much nicer foliage in my first batch of trees, and for my second batch I got the shapes and sizes more to my liking. I think I have about half the trees I need now.

I'll be doing the dead branch detail and possibly some colouring with the airbrush when they're all done.

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Anxious Angel Keeper

Table earning its forest tag:

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So I finally feel I'm getting somewhere now. Did some grass and other crud, and part of the table is now starting to look like the final product.

The horror that is doing static grass with a crappy fly-swatter applicator. I managed to only electrocute myself once.

Got about this far up the board before running out of grass:

Dug into my supply of tufts and deposited some crushed leaf material:


Top view after doing some more crud:

I used various turfs I accumulated over the years, with bits of plant root:


Also tried a bit of sand and rocks, maybe nice for the roads:

The spots for the trees get some extra 'dead pine needles':

And then I wanted to see what it would all look like with the trees and buildings:

The hideout:

The temple:

One third of the board nearly done:

And I'm fairly pleased. None of the scatter material is actually sealed yet as I also ran out of glue. Hopefully I can manage to not mess up that stage.

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Looking pretty tidy so far, good work!

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