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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Brown & Cake…

So I’ve been progressing the texturing and some detailing on the bolt action/flames of war demo board. Also this evening had spare time, eggs & a tin of fruit more than would fit in the cupboard and voila pineapple upside down cake.

More terrain photo’s to follow once the board gets past the amorphous brown blob stage.


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Larp Props – 2nd Batch – Finished

So following a two week holiday in Canada I’ve now managed to get back and finish the batch of props off in time for this Sunday’s Fool and Heros larp in Edinburgh (where I can deliver some of these beauties to there new owners). Over all this batch was an improvement over the last one, though did make a few spray Latexing fubar’s on the painting coats which I’ll have to avoid in future… and I’m still not too hot with an airbrush. But here they are your perusal:

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Larp Props – Red & White…

So the batch has now been brown’d up (i.e. i’ve done the first 6-8 coats of latex on everything) and i’m now at the painting stage of colouring the liquid latex with artists acrylic paints and making the props look like props, rather than funny brown blobs!

The ‘stop sign’ staff required me to buy some red & white paint, so i’ve also being doing some other detailing with it…

These are in progress pics as I still need to go back over the metal work, and then airbrush in some shadows but still I’m quite happy with how there looking.


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Larp Props – 2nd Batch – Pt 2

So a few more of the weapons are now ‘foam finished’, just working on the last one a “post apocalyptic staff, reinforced with a ‘stop’ sign for extra oomf”… still scratching my head about how to wrap the sign around one end, without it just looking stuck on.

Update: After a brain storming session came up with some idea’s for the sign, and after approval got it finished :)

Hopefully aiming to have these finished for mid august, but the garden is eating alot of my time at the mo. Arrrg so much hobby to do & so little time ;)


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Larp Props – 2nd Batch

So for the last few weeks I’ve been working on making and refurbishing some LARP weapons for myself and for some players at Fools and Heroes: Edinburgh branch. Due to FnH having different weapon size rules than other Larp’s I’ve been making myself a 36″ Sword & Hammer.

I’ve also followed my previous advice and am making during the summer… so only a slim chance of snow *grumbles* bloody scottish weather.

Anyhoo photo’s and an interesting flow chart on the history of the European sword, and some diagrams of sample sword guards & pommels:

Hope these amuse :)



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