Thursday, October 3, 2019

Got paint on my first "Black Seas" ship, a frigate...


... and I'm not convinced.  Not sure why I don't like it, but something feels off... like, it isn't detailed enough.  I tried contrast paints for parts of it, like the yellow... maybe they aren't ideal for this.

Argh.  And not in a good, pirate way either.

Monday, September 30, 2019

My islands for Warlord's "Black Seas", and a How To...


Hi all!

Well, like many of you, I am super excited for Warlord Game's newest offering, "Black Seas."  I saw the ships, and while I've always wanted a ship collection, this is the one that really sucked me in.  So I bought a few sets on pre-order, and then thought 'Self... it's time to make terrain!"  

So this past weekend I went ahead and made a board and some islands!


So the board was simple... just a piece of ply, spraypainted with several blues, and then some random lines and chart-like things drawn on with a paint marker.

Here are some of the islands!


Island #1: a super cool arch.  The beaches are actually courtesy of a buddy's idea... it's just kinetic sand, a toy made for kids!  It holds together, and can be sculpted easily, and can be picked up, piece of cake!


Island #2: which features a lighthouse!  The lighthouse, btw, is the cap of a bic pen with a bit of wood for the door area, and then on top a small button topped off with an unused dial-holder from X-Wing.  A little paint and voila!


Island #3: with a little cove.


Island #4: A flatter one, with cliffs on one side.


Island #5: my "tabletop" island.


Island #6: the largest one, very flat but with a hilly part at the end.


And Island #7: the double table top!


And here are some rocky outcroppings that a buddy gave to me years ago, which never really found a home... but they have now!


So... here is a little simple guide to how I made them!  First, of course, I had to clear a workspace.  I worked in the garage, because I knew I'd need some room, and I wanted to be able to spraypaint easily.

Now, the bases for the islands were some some 3D printed hills made by Ghiniflip, on ebay.  But they come totally unfinished, so I knew I'd have to make them look nice.


Here is my assorted flocking and basing material.


And some palm trees, purchased at Fall In some years ago.


So here is what they look like, when they come.


Back and simple.


Here is one of the larger islands, which I had to glue together.


Once I glued the larger ones together, I then went in and sanded all of the flat areas with a very fine grain sand.  A little white glue held it all on.


Here they all are, sanded.


The double tabletop, with the sand.


Next up I added a larger grain sand where there would be tumbling rocks and the like.


Here is the lighthouse island, with the larger sand.


And the cove, again with the larger sand.  You can see where I tried to add it.


Once they were sanded, I just had to undercoat them all black.


Then came painting!  I did the first layer in burnt umber, and then built that up with two lighter shades.  I actually used gray, which isn't pictured here.


Here they are with the first few layers of paint.


Then came flocking! I flocked in five steps.  First, the basic flock.  Then a lighter flock in a few, higher-up spots.  Then some bushes and the like in the same places I put the larger sand.  Then an assortment of tufts.  And finally, the palm trees!


Here the islands are with just the two layers of flock, the underlayer and the lighter top highlight layer.


And here is one island with the superflock (the bushes) tufts and a tree!

Overall I'm SUPER happy with how they turned out... now I just need some ships!


Oh, and here is what's on the other table right now... a Napoleonic battle between my son and me:)

Anyway... thanks for coming by to look, and feel free to ask any questions you'd like!:)


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

My buddy's pirates, and other eye candy!


Hey all!

Well, I stopped by my buddy's place, as he was starting in on a 28mm pirate table, and I thought I would take some photos!


Here is the first ship he has put out... he has maybe six or seven, but is waiting for more terrain to arrive before he puts anything else out there.


Someone hails the ship from the docks...


A conversation...


He made this out of some 3D printed stuff, carefully cutting open the giblet to get the skeleton in there.


Here are a few of the pirates... he hasn't put most of them out yet, as there are major changes coming, but we had to get a FEW photos!:)


Loved this island, and particularly the ground cover... more about this in a later post.


He has TWO skull islands on the table, because he is going a little fantasy, and this one, he hollowed out and put a flickering light into!


The table, from the other side.


While I was there, I figured I'd snap a few other photos... here is a box of old school 15mm Russians, some 40+ years old... some of the oldest in the collection.


Another selection of them.


25mm ACW Reb cav... that's a lot of horses!


Some Reb command.


Some 6mm Napoleonic troops.


Some WW2 Americans, ready to fight at Foy.


The American command.


The American army, summer and spring edition!


Another shot of them.


Some 25mm Vikings...


And one last shot of the room!

Hope the eye candy was worthwhile!:)