Snowy Ruins – 40K Terrain Commission – pt 3

I’ve been using my day off today to get caught up with the spraying of this terrain set, after having a bit of an incident with overspray from the texturing earlier in the week (need to recoat the window sill, oops!) I decided to pickup a little spray booth with extractor and ho my does it do the job of sucking away all of the excess paint, and any smells. So if your wanting to spray large amounts mini’s or terrain indoors I would highly recommend one, also if you use an airbrush I also recommend ‘Vallejo – surface primer’. Anyhoo here are some slightly dull looking in progress pics:

Hope this amuses


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Snowy Ruins – 40K terrain commission – pt2

Okay so I managed to finish off the detailing this evening (hey space marine don’t blink, blink and your dead;) so onto the texturing, then hopefully get the textured spray and base coating done over the weekend *thuth* really hammering through this terrain set, but am quite happy with it so far. Anyhoo pictures, pictures…

Hope this amuses


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Snowy Ruins – 40K Terrain Commission – pt1

Wheeeeee :) sorry being childish, but its nice to get paid to do your hobby. So i recently got contacted about making some 40K terrain for a gent in Edinburgh; he has a few bits and bobs of terrain (GW – Bastion, Aegis defense lines, and four 3rd edition corner ruins) and plays Space Wolves so would like winter themed terrain. So after a bit of mulling i came up with this design sketch, and a price of £150 (quite cheap as i have a load of stuff in the cupboards i need to clear).

Terrain Sketch

Yeah i know it’s not Picasso but it gets some idea’s down on paper allows me to visualise what i need to build. Doing a design sketch also allows me to get a balance of enough LOS block to Ruins & Scatter Terrain, which is important for a well rounded 40K terrain set.

Also this commission allowed me to pimp the new ‘mouse pad’ material gaming mats that seem to be going around at the moment. Having played x-wing miniatures on one of these i can definitely confirm that they are the future of wargaming as they are a great comprimise between a great visual look for your games and the convienience of a storable gaming surface:×4

Anyhoo so here are some work in progress pics of the terrain so far:

Hope this amuses


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Hobby Room Reboot – pt2

Have now completed the rejigging, and with the exception of the pram & car seat this is now thoroughly my room ;)

And it wouldn’t properly be my room without a mess of hobby going on, so I’ve been using up some scraps to clear cupboard space (teehee I have cupboards) and have started making some scatter terrain to pad out the necromunda terrain I sent to 6s2hit.

So it’s going to be a dozen or so junk piles, some small buildings w. junk, and some piles of crates based on mini printed pallets.

Anyhoo hope these amuse, and hopefully I should get some photography soon to get decent pictures of the spare terrain I have around up on my new “For Sale” page.



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3D Printing first run (Living in the future!)

Waiting for paint to dry in the hobby room has been driving me mental, so I hijacked the kitchen table and have been trying out my new 3D Printer.


Re-winding back for a minute, I’ve been waiting for 3D printers to come down to a reasonable price and they finally did (3D printer on Amazon) so £380 isn’t quite down to a cheap paper printer yet but there getting there, and it’s less than the few thousand when this technology was invented.

Anyhoo so done my first test print and watching it print really reminds me of the replicators in Star Trek that I watched as a teenager, but the detail even on this ‘cheap’ printer is remarkable. The print was of a bird inside a cage, but it’s just 28mm (1″) tall.


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Hobby Room Re-boot… Pt1

So have been in our new house for two and a half years now, and what with babby on the way I’ve been rejigging my hobby room (for baby safety) and finally getting rid of the nasty brown walls (at least that’s what the wife calls them). Here is where I’m upto so far… along with my new toy that arrived ;)



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Tutorial – Form following function… storage?

This post is for those budding terrain makers out there for whom safe storage of there terrain is the most important factor (mainly here i’m thinking gaming clubs, but it also covers anyone whose storage space is limited).

The normal way of building terrain is to build big cool things, e.g. my Necromunda Terrain set for 6s2hit, and then when coming to store them scratch your head as how your going to fit this round peg into the square hole (p.s. sorry Kenny but it looks cool at least;).

The alternative, i’m gonna call the ‘club option’, is to start with the box (or shelf, cupboard, etc.) that your terrain is going to be stored in and design inside this area. Now lets take a quick sideline onto boxes, personally i’ve found that Really Useful Boxes are the best option for terrain storage as they are tough, stackable, and parallel sided (means things don’t have too much jiggle room). Particularly the 20L, 33L, 50L, 64L & 84L boxes as they have the same foot print for stacking:

Now as well going into the box the terrain also needs to not damage itself whilst in storage, so it needs to stack in such a way that the beautifully crafted surfaces aren’t grinding into each other. The simplest option is to design your terrain with a flat bottom (i.e. the base) and top so can be stacked neatly, and be of shapes that can interlock to fit within the box footprint:

However there is only a limited number of terrain styles for which such a convenient flat top/bottom structure looks good. So your other options are some sort of protective wrapping (sheet foam, kitchen towels, etc.) around the terrain when tetris packing it into the box, or building some internal structures in the box that surround & support the terrain:

So in summery when you run (or ran) a gaming club, or have limited store space for some other reason (like real life!), then its worth considering how your going to store your terrain before you start building it.

Hope this helps ;D



In other news i’m continuing with baby prep (/stress) by having a clearout and redesign of the hobby room. Some way still to go yet but here are some in progress pics and some terrain bits’n’bobs built from leftovers:

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Bolt Action / Flames of War – Intro Board Complete

So now finished the pva glue & vanish spraying and today delivered the board to 6s2hit along with some extra snowy based trees as they’ve gone all snow festive with there terrain at the mo (was so tempted to put tinsel / decorations on the trees;)

Hmm so need a new terrain project now :P


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All flocked up & baby!

So got all the hedges, texture & flocking now done on the board and here are some pictures of it prior to spray varnishing:

Also went for our twenty week scan and here are our first pictures of our little girl :D

Proud daddy ;)


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Bolt Action / Flames of War – Intro Board… slow slooooooow progress

Thuth so now fiiiinally back to my hobby after a three month hiatus making (in this order) a baby, insulating & decking my loft (to clear house for baby), and starting painting the nursery (so baby can sleep *crosses fingers*). But anyway below are pics of the board with the painting finished.

Just now need to give everything a good flocking (pun intended) and stick the hedges on the prepared ridges. Hope this amuses!


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