The Workbench

Building Yss

I felt it was time to build a new gaming board that could be used for AoS (and occasionally for Historicals). I’ve spent about six or so months looking up youtube tutorials and educating myself on various techniques and materials in preperation for the big build. 

Board wise I contemplated a number of options and their pro’s and cons, before settling on a modular system which I could add scatter terrain to. In the end I went for Sally 4th’s Terra-Former Tiles, a well rounded range of MDF frames with a magnetic locking system. The frames themselves are well designed and do pretty whath they say on the site. The neodynium magnets really lock them together really well and the frames are nice and sturdy. I used superglue to put mine together for speed and efficiency, but woodglue would be perfect if drying times aren’t an issue for you.

The frames require some form of polystyrene filler, either the simple jablite stuff or the lovely pink insulation foam. I went with jablite for affordabilities sake and ease of access. While jablite isn’t my first choice for terrain building it is fine for this, as it will be covered up with filler and pva to strengthen it. To save time I whipped up a template to help with cutting out the inserts. Having to hand measure each one prior to cutting would have been labourious and tedious. With the template it was barely a twenty minute job to cut all of them out and fit them. Make sure you use a nice sharp blade to cut them, I used a snap off knife with the blade extended all the way to cut mine clean through.

Then it was a case of gluing and adding detail. The cliff faces are made from discarded slate shards I found in the fathers hoarded building material pile. I just stacked them up and glued them in place. I used PVA which I regretted, as it didn’t really stick them down all too well, it was the filler that really secured them in place. Next time I’ll use the hot glue gun. 

Then it was on to adding filler. I used plain old polyfiller. I did start putting it on with a spatula, but it started looking unnatural, so I slipped on some gloves and applied it by hand. It’s helped maintain a natural look and allowed me to get the filler into all the nooks and crannies around the cliffs and into the stream bed.

Once dry, I added some citadel trees and textured the board with coarse and light sand, along with aquarium gravel for smaller rocks. The larger rocks were either slate or decorative garden stones. When applying the sand I used a watered down mix of pva with a little flow aid added.

Then I painted it all. A black undercoat on everything, with some zenithal highlights of a medium grey on the trees, cliffs, and rocks, along with some splashes on the dirt. Then I added a chocolate brown emulsion, and once dried I used a large make up powder brush to drybrush the whole board with Buff Titanium from Daler Rowney. It took about thirty minutes to drybrush the whole board. I’ll be buying more make up brushes from mini painting after seeing how effective it was, after a quick wash it was good as new with zero wear. If I had used my usual choice it would have killed the brush and only been good for rubbish jobs after. 

Flocking was fairly easy, I used the same watered down pva mix with flow aid to spritz the sections. Then I went along the edges of each section with the mid green flock so as to prevent strange lines cutting off between sections. Then I gently added light and dark tones before giving the whole thing a hit with mid green flock. I simply sprinkled everything on, as just chucking on the flock creates a lot of waste. 

After this I started detailing….

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Some links for folks.

Materials.

Sally 4th, suppliers of the Terra-Former Tiles.

Arcane Scenery, suppliers of the various flocks, foliage etc. 

B&Q, for the polystyrene, woodglue etc. 

Tutorials.

TheTerrainTutor

Lukes APS

Warboss Morgrim: Part 2

I’m back working on Morgrim. I was struggling with some parts and the overall look but I’ve managed to get past those blocks. All the basics parts are in place ready for the next work session.

Homage to Nazgob: Part 3

Progress on Nazgob’s staff. This is the second attempt as the first lot of skulls didn’t look right, so they got cut off and the area filed back for attempt number two. Much happier with it so far


Warboss Morgrim: Part 1

So I’m pretty set on Megaboss Urzod being mounted on a Maw Krusha or some similar beast. I also want a Megaboss on foot, but both the mounted and foot one have too similar a silhouette and wouldn’t really show the foot one as being lower ranking than Urzod. So I’ve set to making one that’s less armoured and closer to the grunts look, while clearly being their superior. So I dug around, found some bits, procured some others, and I roughly cobbled them together. And this is the result so far. He’ll need a fair bit of work, but I think he’s heading in the right direction.

Homage to Nazgob: Part 2

Work on the main torso and head are coming along nicely, and I should be test fitting his arms soon prior to sculpting his staff. This is the most sculpting work i’ve done so far, and I’m really enjoying it. If it goes well I may look at doing a full sculpt of my own at some point soon.

Homage to Nazgob: Part 1

Currently on the workbench is the early stages of my homage to Brian Nelson’s classic Orc Shaman, Nazgob. I’m oddly nervous about working on this guy. Nazgob is one of my favourite classic orc models, so the self imposed pressure to get him to look right without being a direct copy is quite palpable.

I’ve filled out the hollows in preparation for detailing his robes, belt and gubbins around his waist. I’ve grabbed as many reference pics as I can from various sources so as to make him as authentic as possible, while also putting my spin on him. Fingers crossed folk!

Homage to Nazgob: Part 1

Currently on the workbench is the early stages of my homage to Brian Nelson’s classic Orc Shaman, Nazgob. I’m oddly nervous about working on this guy. Nazgob is one of my favourite classic orc models, so the self imposed pressure to get him to look right without being a direct copy is quite palpable.

I’ve filled out the hollows in preparation for detailing his robes, belt and gubbins around his waist. I’ve grabbed as many reference pics as I can from various sources so as to make him as authentic as possible, while also putting my spin on him. Fingers crossed folk!