poniedziałek, 9 listopada 2015

Malifaux in color

I've finished few models apart from my dear Maggot Maggie. My first crew is almost finished and based.. It actually played first 3 games (although in various states of being unfinished).

So here are 3 Zombie samurai.. Those are very strange zombie, punk and samurai combos that i cant find a good justification.. but they are great summons for my master Nicodem :)

And Nicodem himself with Maggie and his trusty zombie dog:

here is family photo of everything painted so far:

And photo of shamfully unfinished things..

And photos from my first game against Nicodem nemesis green and vile and fake-tited  Ophelia the frog gremlin:

And her fake-frog-tities loving henchman..

That culminated in shooting standoff with Nicodem on the old abandoned cemetery :)
(Yesssssssssss I need to finish the base on the plants)

Lastly a photo of my first table to show you unfinished Asian Inn I am slowly building..
(to show some progress on the next report I will post )

piątek, 6 listopada 2015

Fast cheap and dirty: Wooden fences for free and in 10 minuts

If you know me you know that I don't like terrain making. I have great ideas but i fail to finish most of them, and they lay everywhere for ages pissing off my dear wife.. That why i love when i can do something fast, cheap and make it look cool during the process.

So here are my How to make you wooden fence in easy steps.
Those are needed components. A coffee sticks (i salvaged mine from IKEA and Starbucks (but they can be bought in bulk. They are main component of build. Base will be ice cream stick - best kind are from magnum or similar posh ice cream as they give better stability. Last component required are 5 matches.
First you have to decide on fence heights, in this example I went for 30 mm of height. I built 40mm sections earlier, 50 mm shouldn't be any problem.You may reconsider the method and materials with smaller fences as it will star to look dodgy with anything smaller than 25mm cm.
I marked 30mm section on my coffee stick.
Then you have to make a supporting pieces. They are very important so you have to decide how long they should be. Best length is a 2mm shorter than whole fence section (for ease of lining them on the table and making corners. At this stage you need to decide on length of the whole section. As I went with ice cream sticks for bases I wanted it to be around 100mm long.  Its worth to mention that fence itself should be a little longer than base itself (again for ease for stacking and making corners).
Then you have to gently cut a coffee stick in half..
Then its time to cut the boards themselves we marked earlier.

I used the scissors instead of exacto knife for two reasons. First its much faster, secondly t makes some of the little boards rough. Remove any splinters for worn out look. If you want very new fence use exacto knife for precise cuts.
Then its time to dry fit everything and make supports from matches. Just shorten them from the sulfur side.

Then its time for gluing: I used both wood/PVA glue - that I recommend, and superglue that bonds faster but its more difficult to work with, and you still need wood gluo later..
After gluing first support you have to tame care for all boards finishing in line on the bottom part of the fence. Fortunately wood glue leaves our a lot of time for fitting.

Now we are going to glue supporting posts, and glue whole section to the base. I do it in one step - glue is bonding fast enough and I am a bit reckless - but you may wait the fence to cure well before going to this step. Its important to don't glue posts before gluing to the base as they work in this piece of terrain exactly like in nature - they support the fence and decided on its potential tilt to the side. (Technically you could do this now and let it cure safely but it will be much more time and effort consuming.)
So after gluing a little matchstick post to the back spread glue on the whole base.
Then wait a minut or two and just delicately take the fence up and just stick it th the gratitiously smeared in glue base.

Now its time to fit it well. That is why we did not glue post before, after one minute they are glued but are still movable and let you control angle of the fence with gentle movements.
Now wait another minute or so and take whole unit gently and apply sand to the glue at the base... and voila..
Depending on how fast you is setting you might want to use something to keep it straight during the curing process.. I use miniatures with pointy sticks.

Finished fences look like that:

For something that take 10 minutes to do per unit and cost you practically nothing - its very very easy to do its pure win.
They could even work as is without painting - as you see coffee sticks have nice weathered and different colors. Its best to paint sand on the basses though, unless you are going for desert town.

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