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I apologize in advance for not posting pictures but I'll post some later tonight... I'm at work right now.
I'm building a 24"x18" display board for my Necron army for an upcoming RTT and would like some advice on what I can do to make the display really stand out. My Necrons bases are very traditional and boring. They're flocked with sand, painted black, and drybrushed codex gray... standard Necron ash-waste style. So to keep things consistent I'm going to base my display the same way but I want something extra to really make it stand out. I've toyed with the idea of placing random green crystal clusters around the board but I want something more.
So far what I have is a raised stage on the back half of the board, with steps leading down to a lower level (It looks like the base of a much larger temple/pyramid/landing pad/whatever). The raised area will hold 3 monoliths, and there will be 40 warriors coming out of the portals, going down the steps, and massing on the lower area with 2 lords leading them.
Any ideas of what I can do to spice up this boring Necron display?
well mate first off it looks pretty good so far. I would suggest some Pylons on the uper part with some necron iconagrafy on them. and if you ahve spare scarabs use them to ad flavour to your board. besides that ad some small crystals on the "ground" part of the board and put some platic card tile work on the other surfaces. like the work on the monoliths. off course put a lot of blow up sand on it to ty it in better with the bases off your models. these things should add some flavour and style.
Can you do source lighting painting if so you can put some glow on the board in cracks of the monoliths and the floor giving it even more flavour.
Hope this will help good luck
I haven't messed around with source-lighting much but my monoliths are rigged with CCFL tubes so they'll be putting of plenty of real light on their own. (see here). I've also been thinking of setting up a portable UV light to hang over the whole display from a fishing pole-type arm coming out of the back of the board... Those plastic gauss pieces are incredibly UV-reactive. (If anything is worth doing, it's worth over-doing)
Do you think the pylons would be better in the far back corners or closer to the steps, near where the sand is pouring down? I like the idea of the textured surface on the temple section. I think that'd look really nice. Gotta swing by the hobby store and see what they have.
Thanks for the input!
I would put them on the far corners with about an inch of space between it and the edge off the board. Make ehm pretty tall so they aren't dwarfed by the monoliths. and I tried the Tile Idea with some thin wood from model plans and it looks great. just maked it look something like this.
should be awesome like that. good luck and let us know how it turned out should be some cool looking army 3 liths and 40 warriors
and with all those scarabs from the warriors you can realy swarm the floors wih those puppies.
If you want to put a few Necron Icons on pylons or the flooring a good trick to doing it I've found it too very lightly and carefully draw in your patterns with a felt pen (sharpie or something similar) but try not to blemish the foam incase you mess up. Once your happy with your pattern take your x-acto knife (if you don't have one buy one right now, its the BEST way to carve foam forget those silly hot foam cutters) and make a very small incision in the foam then take a dull pencil and slowly run the tip through the cut and it gives you some nice looking patterns.
Try this one on a few test pieces to get the technique right, plus you can do this to give brick effects and such.
Also what I think would add to the piece is carving in a smaller set of steps running up the middle, cause as you have it right now the ledges are 2- 3 feet in height. To do smaller steps draw with a sharpie and a ruler where you want the edges of your steps to be. Then take your x-acto knife cut at about a 45 degree angle along the edges of your set of stairs. Then start at the bottom and slice into the vertical side of the foam at the height you want your steps to be. Once you've done that cut from the top to choose the length of your step, only cut down to the level that you made your cut on the vertical side. Then gently pop out the piece of foam and thats your first step! Repeat this until your stair case is done then take a file and clean up all the piece of foam that were not cut out.
Sorry if my explanations is kind of confusing, it would be alot easier to explain in person or with pictures.
Hope I helped.
Edit, heres a picture of a Necron Pyramid I've made that uses the ideas I just outlined, but the symbols are rather crudely done since I did'nt spend very much time on the piece.
I was thinking about doing that technique with the pencil but the pieces of foam I used are pretty beat up and kind of puzzle-pieced together so there are a few fault-lines that have woodglue all over them. It'd look pretty messy so I'm thinking I'd probably have to cut out some thin cardboard or plasticard to cover the top.
As for the steps I realize they're huge but since it's going to be a display I wanted to be able to fit a 25mm base comfortably on each step while still having some height to it. In retrospect I probably should have made 6, 1 inch deep steps, each at 1/3 inch height... Oh well, I'll keep that in mind for when I make my tomb-world game board
What colors did you use for your temple piece? It looks like you drybrushed with 2 diffferent shades of green.
First I basecoated black, then mixed up some black with a dark green in about a 2:1 black to green painted that on the entire pyramid, then took that same dark green did a 1:1 ratio with black and heavily dry-brushed it on the piece but made sure the dry-brushing was lighter the further it moved away from the edges, then I dry-brushed the dark green on a bit lighter than the last doing the same thing, starting out heavy on the edges and getting lighter as I move in. After that I mixed some white with the same dark green in about a 1:4 white to green drybrushed it semi lightly on the edges and lightly as I went inwards. I took a very bright lime green and mixed it 2:1 bright green to dark green, and repeated the whole dry brushing process, then did a 3:1 bright to dark green, then did a straight bright green, then a 2:1 white to bright green mix, then a 1:1 white to bright green, then a 1:2 white to bright green, do these last few highlights only on the edges.
My memory is a bit foggy but I think thats how the painting went, sorry I cant give any citadel colours because I did these with generic acrylic paints.
It's cool, that helps a lot. For terrain I don't use the GW stuff either... only for small details, etc.