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Eldar Craftworld Table
I thought some might be interested in an Eldar Craftworld terrain project I did for my own entertainment.
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Like most terrain, it is created from construction grade extruded Styrofoam. I don’t go into much detail on actually putting it together.
After cutting, sanding, and gluing the pieces together, drew on a drawer full of beads and buttons I’ve collected to look for waystones. I was able to extract the centers of about a dozen buttons giving me a number of hemispheres that could be made into jewels. The backs were clipped off with metal clippers and they were hot-glued on.
I then put on sweeping, curving, semi-circular patterns on the walking areas with a sharpie, creating a slight indentation. The idea was that these would show up with drybrushing. However, since I went with an acrylic spray to completely cover the piece I had to paint on the patterns manually.
Presently, the terrain was blackened with black housepaint, followed by a heavy drybrush of Burnt Umber.
Now, two test pieces were created, one drybrushed traditional style that had a weathered, ancient look and another based with butter-colored acrylic spray then spray-highlighted with ivory. After much debate and polling, I decided to go with the newer-looking terrain.
The spraypaint used was Design Master Butter Crème and Ivory.
Spraying the terrain was an unpleasant affair, that would much better be done outside. I found it a temptation to hold the can really close to get a thorough coat, but this made the spraypaint run. Much better to put on two even coats at a more reasonable distance.
After the Butter Crème I sprayed the extremities and high areas with ivory.
Once those were dry it was on to the fun part: detailing. A brown wash (ink and Vallejo Chocolate Brown) for the curvy patterns. For the jewels, I decided to go with one of my favorite Vallejo colors, Scurf Green. I think they would have looked delightful in a deep red, too.
If I had it to do over again I would:
· Be careful to keep the larger pieces straight.
· Base coated with brown housepaint rather than black with a brown drybrush (since it was re-coated with spraypaint anyway)
· Waited until summer and did the spraying outside.
· Made it much more elaborate and larger (I’m going to buy some two inch thick styro for the next shot).
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Nice plan, I cant helpp but feel a craftworld should have far more rounded edges, (You are using rounded shapes but with square edges, does that make sense?) and be more "multilayered"
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I have to agree with Cheredanine. These pieces are pretty good but they lack the smooth curves of the Eldar. Somehow I feel they should have more gems and runes too. Just to look more... Impressive and Eldar-like. They sorta look like massive concrete structures with some gems tacked on. Finally, they appear to be a bit...randomized? But then again, who said Eldar architecture was understandable?
Don't get me wrong, this is some great work (I wouldn't mind playing on it. =D), but it somewhat lacks that distinct Eldar feel.
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i'd enjoy blowing that apart with my Russ : )
looks very eldar-ish, excuse my unknowingness but do eldar actually live under a roof or are they above that? it looks like a park or some kind of public place. maybe you could try to build an eldar house? that aside it does lack that little extra but it would definatly be at home among other eldar achitechture and buildings. good job.
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that is a very nice table and a very nice paint job. i would like to see a huge eldar army charging at a other army on that table.
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I think it looks fantastic... and there is a fair amount of sharp straight lines in eldar designs, combined with the flowing curves, so it looks fine to me. Too many rounded edges and corners, and it'd be far too similar to tau architechture. This stuff looks like a stylised version of ancient greek ruins, perfect!
Could also be good as lizardmen terrain, too - the upright pieces look a bit like snakes (with gems for eyes).It's representing the inside of a craftworld, so technically the entire board is under a roof already. No need for houses as such, I guess... all very "open plan" in design.looks very eldar-ish, excuse my unknowingness but do eldar actually live under a roof or are they above that? it looks like a park or some kind of public place. maybe you could try to build an eldar house?
Last edited by scarletsquig; January 29th, 2007 at 06:39.
My take is that terrain doesn't need to be the official version. There is room for artistic license and re-interpretation. This is my interpretation of an Eldar craftworld. I picked shapes that I liked, reminiscent of the Eldar Avatar's headdress.
However, I agree that the comments on the rounded edges are merit-ous. On the next set I plan on spackling the interior angles to give a more rounded appearance.
I like the idea of doing something like this for Lizardmen.
Last edited by bluetablepainting; January 29th, 2007 at 19:55.
What i really like about it is the playability of it. There is enough terrain that it breaks up most LOS while still providing an abundance of gaming space. Are you planning on doing some eldar themed baracades (broken wraithbone pillars and spires) to provide some hastely assembled defenses, like the craftworld has been bombarded and the defenders piled up the rubble. I'm interested to know what you count the pieces as rules wise.