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My brothers and I had been plannin a big 40k event for this thanksgiving that was to be preceded by two solid days of terrain construction. We've built terrain before, but never anything this serious!
The idea was to build a terrain around an epic "good versus evil" game that was to take place the Saturday after thanksgiving. My brothers and I all play Imperial armies (good?) and two of our friends play chaos. So it was fitting to play a huge throw down with 4000 pts :w00t: per side and pick a fluffy mission. We did the "Stop The Ritual" mission from the daemon hunters codex.
My brothers had already started on the board by the time I had got there.
The board was cut down to 4x6 and the first layer of 3/4" polystyrene foam was glued down and clamped to the plywood.
We added a layer of 1" foam on top of the 3/4" to create a "gulch" effect and carved out the objective with a hot wire cutter. We sanded the edges of the hills and the banks of the lava river with a power sander.
We really didn't know what we were going to do for texturing but luck availed and my father's model railroading buddy happened to see it and suggest that we apply a layer of quartz aggregate plaster that he happened to have a surplus of and we used that. It was perfect but a little messy.
The rock bridge was cut using a combination of hot wires, razors and a belt sander. The pieces are stabilized using toothpicks and wooden skewers as well as glue.
Here is the board with all the basalt spires cut and everything covered in plaster. READY TO PAINT!:w00t:
The painting went REALLY fast. We sprayed a layer of flat black over everything. Then dusted it with flat dark grey using some special graffiti spray tips that my little brother had (to the dismay of the Lake Minnetonka Police Department). The basalt (shiny black volcanic rock) pillars and the objective were painted with a glossy black. The lava was painted using acrylic paints. Glowing orange lines on the basalt pillars and the objective were done with acrylic orange highlighting. This picture shows it ALMOST done. Not quite yet.
Here it is in action. The game was stunningly cool and needless to say there will be a battle report in... about 30 minutes:ninja: .
Just goes to show, that with a little money, a few days of free time and some creativity, you can make a sweet terrain board too!
Hang on, I need to catch my breath...
That's a seriously impressive table, I'm very jealous!
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Fantastic! It seems to be very well planned out so that it isn't full of terrain, yet isn't a blank sheet of grass table either. The spires seem very chaosy and the rocks a very well modelled, especially the bridge. The lava and rocks are also very well painted. For some reason it seems to be painted a lot better in your last pic (probably because of the flash). Still very good. I'm inspired
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thanks for the replies guys! Yeah the second picture included a lot of polishing touches done with the fatty spray tips to even out the color and cover the touch ups. Also I seemed to have missed the awesome cave that we made in all the pictures. It goes into the embankment and has lava bubbles!
As for the battle report. I made a really coherent, long winded and very fluffy story line with pictures and everything and then when i posted it, the server errored out and I got really pissed. So it may be a few days before we see that!
Is the terrain designed so you can cut it up in to modular tiles? I'm thinking storage here...
Awsome table... You and your family sure must be dedicated to the terrain Gods!
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@ratus: not really unfortunately, but the centerpiece and spires do come off. We were able to bring it upstairs to the driveway for spraying so at least it will fit in mini van or something. My parents are not happy about our fourth terrain board now being a permentant fixture at their house!
That's a really nice board!! Great to see someone so dedicated! ^_^
is there any real amounts of cover though? im a DH player so cover is:yes:
Superb table by the way. really like the lava flow, makes it seem a bit more chaos-y