The Stonecutters Guild

Finished my first building of green foam today. I’m getting more comfortable with it. The cut surfaces take detail amazingly. However, the face where I do most of the carving, doesn’t take texturing quite as well. Buildings are moving along quite well, probably about half done with making the initial buildings.

Old time WIP of the Battlement townhouses. 2008

Ok, the green foam. I carved up this bit here. It definitely does round carving easier, but the foam is certainly denser than the pink or blue variety. That means it can chew up blades pretty quick, and the surface doesn’t take detail as nicely. I think this work out well for doing natural bits like rocks and cliffs. I’m not sold on it yet though, more practice I think. 

Ok, the green foam. I carved up this bit here. It definitely does round carving easier, but the foam is certainly denser than the pink or blue variety. That means it can chew up blades pretty quick, and the surface doesn’t take detail as nicely. I think this work out well for doing natural bits like rocks and cliffs. I’m not sold on it yet though, more practice I think. 

Also, trying out a new material: Lowe’s green foam. Report coming soon.

Also, trying out a new material: Lowe’s green foam. Report coming soon.

How do I get started in terrain building?

Not an easy question. So I’ll answer how I got started. 

I’ve been building model since I was 11 or so years old. I built all of the planes I could get my hands on until I had built them all many times over. I built Star Wars models, Star Trek ships, WRC cars, F1 cars, everything. I don’t know exactly when I started painting miniatures, but I do know it was just an extension of model building. Winters are long in Michigan, and spraying models is no viable in the winter months. That’s when brushing mini’s began. My first terrain project came for two reasons. 

1: Lego castles are way too expensive.

2: I needed somewhere to display my minis.

I searched all over the internet for pictures of model projects, as well as tutorials. White Dwarf and Black Gobbo were very helpful in the tips department. Model railroading magazines, the Woodland Scenics scenery manual, GW’s Building Wargames Terrain, all very helpful.

I made the mistake of starting too big on my first project, my ambition was bigger than my talent. A lot of people say to me that they want to build scenery, but don’t have the space like I have. Start small! I only build big projects because I’ve built dozens of small projects first, I’ve gotten out of them all that I can. I need my buildings to play off of each other now. However, my big projects are just a bunch of smaller projects playing off of each other.

If I wanted to start new today, I’d scour the internets for pictures of buildings, real or scale, that inspire me. Use your favorite minis as a scale reference. I build around 2 inches per story, sometimes a little bigger, sometimes a little smaller.

I use rigid foam insulation as my main building material, as well as tacky glue, balsa wood, card, a lot of cheap materials. I also use cheap paint, like craft paint or house paint, rather than expensive citadel paints from the pot. Although I have an advantage of working in a store where I can make any paint color I want. 

Other than that, my best advice would be don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Be ambitious. Push yourself to do the tricky bits. Don’t let hard or complicated sway your designs. If you pull them off, they are well worth the efforts. If you fail, you can tear it out and fix it or replace it. Those results are usually quite interesting looking.

I don’t know if any of this is helpful, but I hope it was. I have tutorials about actual processes on my Tumblr, just search tutorial of wip in the search box to pull up results. You can also ask my askbox, I love helping people out on their projects. You have to post updates though, those are the rules.

Cheers!

Pretty much killed the roof line on the Hunting Lodge today. I’m thinking the tower will have a roof too, but later for that. The base it sits on is pretty un-level, so it’s gonna take a lot of wedging it into place.

miniatures-boardgames:

Maison tabletop world pour le concours sur le site officiel peinte en 1 semaine

I really wish Tabletop World had a U.S. distributor.

Work continues on the Hunting Lodge. I hadn’t planned on building the entire tower, but I think the roof line will be below the turret, so I finished rounding that thing out. Lot’s of filling will be needed. Lots of ivy.

Loving the way the Lodge meets the Bitch and Stitch, meets the Cavern.

Part 2

These are from a few years ago, 2007 or 8. The idea was a big stone base with several homes inside it, and a bunch of town homes on top. It never made sense in the town layout though, so this big pink base is as far as the project ever got. The masonite base with the curved road ended up with the Regal Beagle and townhouse.

These are from a few years ago, 2007 or 8. The idea was a big stone base with several homes inside it, and a bunch of town homes on top. It never made sense in the town layout though, so this big pink base is as far as the project ever got. The masonite base with the curved road ended up with the Regal Beagle and townhouse.

This is the tower at the top of the hill. It will be built into the Hunting Lodge, which is the heart of the island village. You can see that at this side of the island, there is a overflow system to keep the river from flooding the streets when it runs high. I should probably come up with a way for the water to come out the other side at some point.

Slowly getting back into carving, This is the turret for the top of a tower. The blue parts are from an old dead project, I only carved the woodwork on the deck this time. Then also the pink walls.

Workbench Wednesday, Video Edition!

Hear me ramble on about concepts to no end!

Also from last week, I knocked out the upper levels of the Bitch and Stitch.

I wish I knew what happened to this, but I’m afraid it’s long gone. 2005?

Best way to make a ruined chapel is to make a chapel, and then ruin it.