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Ok i have been lurking around these forums for a while and have entered the tale of painters a while ago so I thought i might try doing a blog on my various terrain projects I have on the go at the moment.
To start with I tend to theme my armies specifically to a story or character then develop the terrain that will work with the armies. My current armies I am progressing are Tomb Kings under the command of Tomb King Phar or Khalida depending on the situation or a Beastmen force under the command of Khazrak the one eye which I am just starting up.
As such I have more terrain for the tomb kings in progress than that of the beastmen.
To start with here is a rough list of the terrain I intend to work on for the tomb kings and the level as to where it has been developed.
Oasis of Death- mostly finished needs basing
Oasis of Life - started, am painting now
Well with palm tree - mostly finished just needs the tree to be finished
Pyramid (either small, large or both) - designed and basics started
Paired statues of Kings (one intact one just feet) - started on bases
Temple similar to Carnac - Started base
Oblisk - started
Toppled oblisk - started
Destroyed pyramid - designed
Sand dunes - designed
Rock pilars - started
Sandstone cliff with temple (similar to Indiana Jones no3) - designed
Dig site for empire archeologists - designed
Ruined desert buildings - designed
Oasis of Life
This is the oasis of life I am working on. The idea is it is a lush tranquil pool of water which appears as a mirage to travellers in the desert.
I have used the largest of the moonscape craters as the base with the addition of palm tress from the Warhammer 40,000 tree set. Reeds have been added using the remains of front door mat.
After assembly it was painted with a black spray undercoat.
I have painted the water to give the effect of depth using a range of blues and dark angels green at the centre, the intention is to add either wet effects or similar to smooth out the water once fully painted.
The surrounding rocks have been drybrushed with snakebite leather and I have started to drybrush with bronzed flesh. There is a remaining highlight of bleached bone to be done ontop as well.
Oasis of death
This is my oasis of death the idea is that a questing Bretonnian knight has been drawn to the oasis thinking it was lush and full, when infact it was a mirage and has died of thirst along with his horse.
Again the basis of this is one of the moonscape craters with the addition of a 40K tree, this time with no leaves.
Painting was once again a chaos black spray working up to bleached bone through snakebite leather and bronze flesh. I haven't done any rust effects on the knights sword to try and convey that the desert is so dry there is not a chance for the blade to rust.
this is my desert well, it is intended to give the idea that there is also a living tribe of people somewhere in the nearby area, not just the dead.
The base of the hill is made from expanded foam, which has been cut and shaped to suit. It has had a palm tree added from the 40K trees and buckets from a childs toy set. Prior to painting a mix of sand, crushed garnet and small rocks was sprinkled onto the upper surfaces prior to drybrushing.
These wind blown rock pilars are meant to provide some more substantially vertical terrain to block line of sight and also fall in the theme of King Phars army which is situated near the valley of kings/dead.
The expanded foam was used for the basis of this terrain as well and has been carved to form rough shapes to indicate the windswept nature of the rocks. The sand mixture has been scattered over the upper surfaces again to give texture.
Painting is yet to be started.
These two statues will have once been part of a group that flanked the enterance way to the kings pyramid or palace. One is going to be modelled as intact but worn (leaning base) the other is going to be modelled so that only the feet remain. I am still looking for a suitable statue to use as the basis for these models as it needs to be about twice the normal size of a tombking and I am reluctant to use a Ushabti due to cost.
This is the start of the terrain, I plan to try posting progress when I can and will answer any questions if anyone has them.
Comments and criticisisms are welcome.
@blacknight Lookin good! For your statues, have you looked at Reaper minis? they have some good stuff and at less cost than GW.
I hadn't thought on reapoer minitures, I have a local IS who does them as well as GW so might go have a look, if not something like OK might provide a suitable model.
The other option I am considering is a cheap egyption figurine knock of from somewhere.
Update on terrain progress will follow tomorrow some time.
Possibly a pet store? I know I got some decent looking statues from there, I dont recall an Egyptin theme but hey, you knever know what you might find!
Okay having had a weekend to do a bit more progress here is the latest on my terrain.
As you might notice I have included my khalida model to give scale to the terrain.
Oasis of life
Here is the oasis of life with the bleached bone highlight added to it. Not rocket science here but progressing towards a useable piece of terrain. Has made me realise I need some more paint to finish it off though, stupid green.
Okay managed to do a little more on these to make them more suitable. I have added the name plate from a baneblade/shadow sword to the front of each which would have had the inscription of who the statue was of. I also added a set of feet I liberate from an old heroquest ogre. To simulate the raised stand of the base of the ogre I used a small infantry base from flames of war.
Here is the basis of my small pyramid. the basic shell is made from the lid of a large GW box with paper glued over the meeting corners to provide strength. another layer of paper was added over the top to smooth out the surface and provide additional strength.
I am not sure yet whether I will texture this one or leave as it is.
Nothing special here jsut a basecoat with chaos black spray.
While looking at the framework I had made for the larger pyramid I was going to make I had an idea, rather than do a plan step pyramid which really didnt make too much sense why not turn the stepped pyramid into a hanging gardens monument as Mahrak where King Phar is based was the city of hope.
For the basis of this I have used the same foam as the well and statue bases with a couple of old movement trays glued back to back to form a lipped basin. I am planning to head to some pet shops to pick up some aquatic plans to glue on as foliage. I plan to add an additional one if not two layers to this as well.
I also did a bit of tinkering for my beastmen army but photos of this will have to wait.
After relooking at some of the photos in last post I realised that a few a very blurry. Sorry about that.
No new pictures today but might be able to get some more up after the weekend, when I am planning to progress some of the various items.
In news though i have worked on the hanging gardens abit last night doing another teir worth of edging using the warhammer modular movement tray as the basis, though is now an odd size to work at. Also popped into a pet shop to see about getting some aquatic plants or similar to decorate the pyramid but no luck there.
Hopefully can add some of the terrain I had at a mates place to this as well after the weekend.
So going round to the mates to work on terrain didnt quiet go as planned after a couple of beers and pizza but managed to pick up some of the bits stored there.
First of all here is the latest picture of the Oasis of life which has been highlighted with bleached bone.
All that remains is to paint the trees and do water effects.
Secondly here is the hanging gardens with the thrid tier added.
I am planning on adding a further tier to this as well which will make the overall height about 150mm (6"). I am unsure what to put on the top whether to add a statue or a fountain type feature. Still no luck in finding suitable aquatic plants to use but will find something eventually.
Found these when I was going through my terrain at my mates place, forgotten I had actually made them. The one on the left is meant to be a lone traveller who has surcomed to the desert and has curled into the fetal possition before dieing (inspired by Pompei victims). The right had skeleton was inspired by treasure island and is a skeleton stretched out as a point. Skeleton horsemen where used for both of these as i have excess models, they dont look as good and were most of the way into the correct position before heating and bending anyway.
These two oblisks are based of the arcane ruin set with a pedestal at the bottom to give additional height. As you can see one is intact the other is ruined. Turns out the basing material used on these was too thin so have to rebase them onto something else...
Second to last picture today is my arcane ruins. Have assembled as standard with minimal embelishment. Am thinking about basing it onto a hill to make it slightly more impressive but am unsure at this stage
Last picture of the day is a very early WIP of my herd stone which I plan to progress once I get most of the tomb king terrain done (and the beastmen models actually turn up).
Liking the extra colour on the oasis, arcane ruins also looks interesting, dont stop now!
I have made some purchases since my last post for plants to do the hanging gardens. Unfortunately the pet store I got them from didnt have any suitable statues to use.
I have also progressed a couple of the other items, no photos today but will post some more soon.