Monday, May 22, 2017

Terrain Day May 20 2017

Hello All,

Continuing last week’s theme, I have to say that the weather was great. Humid, but temperate, and it didn’t rain. Several people showed up who did not RSVP to the invitation. Since we weren’t expecting a big turnout, this was much appreciated. Still, RSVP guys. Come on!

We made a couple of discoveries. For one, Liquid Nails is a fantastic product. Many of the pieces we’d prepped the previous week fell onto a concrete floor, but none of them broke. Love this stuff! Also, high temperature heat guns are great for simulated battle damage. If you don’t want real battle damage, watch where you’re pointing that thing.

Note the difference between the pre (Front) and post (Back) heat gunned terrain

We had a very productive day. We got over 100 pieces of terrain primed. We completed all of the winter tree bases and water features. All of the scatter terrain from the previous build was prepped for priming. The Warmachine houses from last year were given a face lift. We cut up several wood sheets to use as bases for Scatter and Partial Line of Sight (LOS) blocking terrain. We developed a new concept for Partial LOS blocking terrain. (Prototype pending approval)

Finally because we are “good corporate citizens”, we cleaned and prepped the location for the next build session June 10th. Hope to see you there!

Till Next time


Post script-  Owen reprises his role as THE RAGE for a one day only performance! See the original short from 2012 here. (Go to 2:55 to get to the best part of the video.)  This is one angry (not really) painter!







No terrain pieces were harmed in the creation of this blog post

Sunday, May 14, 2017

5/13/2017 Terrain Build

 Hello All,

We had a build session yesterday

Going into the fifth Build Session of the year, we were behind schedule and I was starting to worry we wouldn’t be able to meet all our deadlines. But then a wonderfully enthusiastic crew of volunteers showed up to save the day. Fourteen people volunteered for at least part of the day and we are now slightly ahead of schedule.

The primary projects for the day were to put the final touches on the AoS line of sight (LOS) blockers, finish building the 40K LOS Blockers, and build a bunch of scatter terrain for 40K. 

AoS LOS blockers

There sure are a lot of these.

In Total 50 of these are ready to be painted at the next session.

40K LOS Blockers
Still under construction
We managed to get the rest of these built from last session. more than half are already based and ready for painting.
Some of the ones from last time.

Note the reclaimed bases from old projects

LOS Blockers getting based (Sanded)

Almost ready for paint.

54 of will be at the event Look for them in the 40K hall.

Scatter Terrain

9 pieces per board

Making sure the base size works.

Stand off...I was afraid this was going to happen.

More reclaimed old terrain finding new life.

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What to use...? that is the question.

Water features and Hills

Last year we made a bunch of hills from Techtonic Craft studio for Warmachine. Due to time constraints we were not able to paint them to spec at that time and it showed. this year we have set aside some time to fix a few things like this.

Getting ready- you can see the hills in the box.

Nick pauses for some advice from Eric.

The new hills all lush and green.
 new water features all painted up.

I am not sure how many of these were completed, but my guess would be around 40 or so (Between the two.)


For lunch we had pizza and wings from Papa Johns
Not a sponsor ;p

 Clean up.

At the end of the day we decided to give the place a good straightening up since we have been building in there for two months. We came up with a cunning plan to store more terrain using terrain material. We hung foam sheets from the rafters to make shelves.
You can see the shelf over the back table.

From the shelf view.

We were able to get 50+ pieces of terrain up on the shelves.


The workshop is staged and ready for for the next build session.

I worried that the dreary weather would keep people away, but I suppose it was just damp enough to call off outdoor activities, but not so miserable that everyone wanted to stay home. Thank you, Mother Nature. Also, a big thank you to everyone who came out for donuts, pizza, pink foam, and good times. If you missed all the fun, don’t worry. The next build session is this Saturday, May 20th. All skill levels are welcomed.

Till next time.