Monday, 12 August 2013

Home Turf



Buoyed, as I was, from the very generous and encouraging comments left on the previous post, 'On the subject of gaming boards', I endeavoured to push on with the terraforming of the new gaming board over the weekend.  Firstly a brown base coat, followed by a succession of dry brushed  colours left the surface looking a little like the Martian Red Planet, complete with craters! 


Some very useful advice from Andrew of 'Loki's Great Hall' fame, saw me revisit the '4Ground' wood sabots in a bid to make a better fit.  They are so tight that the slightest bit of detritus from the painting and construction phase can cause havoc with the siting of the bases, something I should have been more mindful of in the first place! 


The playing field was flocked appropriately and the process of detailing began in earnest with the rocks and pebbles painted to match my standard basing technique.


There are now some fearsome, water filled potholes on the track down to the lake!


The wooded area in situ and, as luck would have it, some of my earlier birch trees* were 
 based on the same sized base to fit the sabot.



With just the lake bank to work on, T-Rex enjoys a run out the paddock!


89 comments:

  1. That's damn nice Michael, I can actually hear a babbling brook as I type this but that may be the meds?

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    1. That is incredibly kind of you although possible might need to up the meds a tad! ;)

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  2. I like the practical gaming looks of this, Sir.

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    1. Thank you Jay, some frippery to come with the lake.

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  3. Great! I definitely love it ;-)
    If you should ever come in need to sell it... ^^

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    1. Thank you so much and the offer, I'm flattered!

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  4. Very cool looking gaming board. Well done sir.

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  5. Very impressive and very inspirational.
    I can see your new gaming board coming in very handy soon ;)

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    1. Thank you Sir and yes it could prove very useful in a couple of weeks! ;)

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  6. Great work and just had to laugh at the T-rex running through.

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    1. Well it just had to be done and a thank you.

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  7. Very nice game surface, sir, and really fast!!! I like a lot the colours you have used.

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    1. Thank you Juan, I managed to get more done than I thought this weekend and plan to tackle the lake next.

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  8. Beautiful work! Can't wait to see what you do with the shoreline.

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    1. Thank you, I've got a couple of ideas for the lake bank, looking forward to trying them out this week.

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  9. Really great base Michael .
    Cheers

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  10. Excellent work, as always!

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    1. Thank you Mark, that is very kind of you.

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  11. Really nice terrain board, Michael. Best, Dean

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    1. The board did look a little like Mars didn't it, but with the added flock and trees, Mars it certainly isn't, great work Sir M!

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    2. Thank you so much Ray, I quite liked the idea of a Red Planet gaming board.

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  12. Looks great. I too have moments in the middle of these things where I wonder "what have I done"? I think I need to add more flock and grass to my "boards".

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    1. Thank you Sean, the flocking seemed to take for ever, but as a result the uneven quality makes it look more unkempt.

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  13. You make it sound so easy, but it looks sooooo very good

    Ian

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    1. If truth be told I'm benefitting from having a lot of modelling time at the moment.

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  14. Gosh that was quick! Really fine work sir.

    And remember 'Everything is more fun with dinosaurs!'

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    1. Thank you Edwin, the poor boy needed a run out!

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  15. That looks excellent, I's the small, almost unnoticeable details that give it character like the potholes and the fact that the field is'nt a lawn !

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    1. Thank you, I often find myself completely distracted by the details though.

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  16. Nice work mate. Looks brilliant. Should be quite pleased with yourself

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    1. Thank you Nathan, really pleased with the progress so far.

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  17. I see now with the Frame, good idea. In fact, this has inspired me...I´ll have to get SWMBO to give me some pocket Money for some polystyrene sheeting.

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    1. I love the idea that I may have inspired you Paul, it is normally the other way round!

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  18. Great work in small spaces - always an inspiration.

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    1. Thank you Pat, that is very kind of you.

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  19. I'm glad you're taking such good care of your Pygmy T-Rex. It's all too common these days to see people buy them thinking 'oh they're so cute' with women carrying them around in their purses,and at home their toeclaws tapping on the linoleum. People forget that these are animals which need grass and dirt to run on to be happy, not a velvet pillow and rhinestone collar. Good for you for providing a natural environment for this misunderstood species.

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    1. I have a collection of Dino's that I play with in the gardens. They are most happy there, especially when they get to fight my mini's. Truly I do this and I've even taken pics of the battles just for myself.

      Oh Christ, did I just publicly admit to playing make-believe with Dino's?

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    2. Thank you Mr. Ferret, we've been together for a while now and I couldn't have wished for a more loyal companion - that said he does worry the neighbour's cat!

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    3. Thanks Anne, that's the high point of my day :)

      Michael, my cat often rubs up on one of my TRex's faces, so I know the two species can get along fine ;)

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  20. I am humbled.

    I thought you would do a good job, You haven't! You have done much better than "good" a really professional looking board. As good if not better than most show boards.

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    1. That is just too kind of you Clint, I'm really please you like it and it has been great fun to do too.

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  21. That is a wonderful looking board and amazed at the speed you have turned it out. Also Rex looks very happy to have a run out too

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    1. Thank you Pete, I've still got some time before work takes hold again so making the most of it!

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  22. You are steaming along with this project at a rapid pace. If you do this project up to your usual standards (and I know you will), you'll knock peoples socks off.

    You know I like that Dino!!

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    1. Thank you so much Anne, I really hope that it goes as well as I plan as for the Dino he is a bit special that one.

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  23. Looks amazing Michael, very inspiring.

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    1. That is very kind of you Mr. Smillie, thank you.

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  24. Excellent progress Michael. It will make a good size table for small skirmishes and perhaps even, an excellent army display board, should you partake in a tournament in the future?

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    1. Tournament! Goodness me Scott, I think one ought to learn to walk before one starts to run, that said I appreciate your confidence.

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  25. I knew this gaming board would be first class...Its like you've been doing these for years and not telling anyone. Excellent work my friend

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    1. Thank you so much, I have no doubt that looking at your inspirational site has set me in good stead.

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  26. Super stuff mate. Looking forward to seeing the water in place as well...

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    1. Thank you squire, just had a bit of a set back on the water, will try and get a post up soon.

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  27. Very impressive work !

    Best regards Michael

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  28. Quality terrain board, looking forward to seeing the others. Curious if you're going to make them modular or unique individual pieces?

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    1. Thank you Matt, at the moment it is a standalone board, but I am harbouring a notion that others good be added dependent on the scenario.

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  29. Hi Michael,

    extremely fine work!
    I love it since it's as usuful as necessary for gaming but as nice as possible.

    Cheers
    Stefan

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    1. Thank you Stefan, I seem to have once again got caught up in the detail.

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  30. Fantastic, inspired and really impressive Michael!

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  31. Excellent work on that one. It's making me question wether I makie a 3d board, or a flat roll-out one when I finally get the hobby room

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    1. I really should have just gone for a roll out board, but just couldn't resist doing something more substantial.

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  32. The board looks awesome MIchael! Fantastic stuff!

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  33. Now that is something special! Thanks for sharing the WIP shots, plenty of inspiration there.

    Makes me wish for a dedicated games room now!

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    1. Thank you, I would love a dedicated games room!

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  34. That is little short of an inspiration...I'm sure T Rex would agree! It's given me lots of ideas for customised skirmish gameboards...brilliant!

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    1. Thank you so much, look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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  35. Bully! The game board is coming along superbly.

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  36. Lovely! Your labor of love paid out in spades. It sure puts gaming mats to shame. I better go hide mine! ;-)

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    1. Thank you, mind you I sometimes think a roll out mat would have been a lot less stressful!

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  37. Top notch! Looking forward to your aforementioned lakeside frippery.

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    1. Read on my good man, we have hit a set back!

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