Monthly Archives: August 2017

Bones 4 Kickstarter Enters Last Two Days!

Chris Palmer

  I just wanted to send my readers a reminder that there is only 2 days left to get your pledge in for the Reaper Bones 4 Kickstarter!  A great opportunity to get lots of great Fantasy, Pulp, and Sci-Fi minis at a really great price.
   Check out all you get for $100.  Plus, there are a lot more add-on figure sets you can get.
Just click here to get all the details:  Reaper Bones 4 Kickstarter

Here’s a couple of preview videos they’ve posted.

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Ghost Archipelago Skull Rock Terrain From Dollar Tree Halloween Decor

Chris Palmer    This past week my local Dollar Tree started putting their Halloween decorations on the shelves, and I grabbed one of their plastic skulls to make a skull-shaped rock terrain piece for Ghost Archipelago.

     I began by slicing off part of the lower jaw at an angle, so the skull would sit more upright and less leaned back.

     I then hot-glued it to a CD.

     I also hot glued a bit of pink foam scrap under the back overhang so it wouldn’t look quite so unbalanced.

     I then sprayed it with flat black primer; and when that was dry, I sprayed it with stone texture spray paint.

     When the stone texture coat was dry,  I drybrushed the skull with various light grays.   When the drybrushing was dry, I used a little green stuff, some small twigs, and some spanish moss to make a little bird nest to sit in one of the eye sockets.

     I then hot glued various plastic aquarium plants onto the base.

     After that,  I flocked the base and added some more clump foliage and some grass tufts.    Finally, I sprayed it with some Testor’s Dullcote matte spray paint.

Shown with a 28mm Reaper pirate figure for scale

     I’m very pleased with how this turned out!   I’m thinking I may like to make some smaller ones as well.

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Only 5 Days Left For the Reaper “Bones 4” Kickstarter!

Chris Palmer   I just wanted to send my readers a reminder that there is only 5 days left to get your pledge in for the Reaper Bones 4 Kickstarter!  A great opportunity to get lots of great Fantasy and Sci-Fi minis at a really great price.
   Check out all you get for $100.  Plus, there are a lot more add-on figure sets you can get.
Just click here to get all the details:  Reaper Bones 4 Kickstarter

Here’s a couple of preview videos they’ve posted.

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Wild West Wizard of Oz Lion: Bones 3 Figure

Chris Palmer

     This past week I moved on to the next figure in the Bones 3 Wild West Wizard of Oz set: the Lion.   This is clearly supposed to be a “not-Hellboy” figure, so I’m not sure why Reaper decided to rebrand him as the Oz Lion.  I guess he fills the bill well enough; though I can’t say there is anything particularly “lion-y” about him.  So, I decided to at least try to paint him up in lion-ish colors; keeping to yellows, tans, and tawny shades.
     These figures were actually cast in the newer grey Bones material, and are a bit stiffer than normal Bones.  
      To see the figures from this set that I have already finished, see: Tin Man, and Scarecrow.
      I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.    I then glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then glued the washer-mounted figure to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer’s glue.

     I began by painting his face and left hand with Reaper MSP “Tanned Shadow”.  I then painted his undershirt with Reaper MSP Bones “Cinnamon Red”, and then his outer shirt with Americana “Buttermilk”.  After that, I painted his pants with Apple Barrel “Apple Maple Sugar”.

     Next, I painted his coat with Folk Art “Butter Pecan”, and then his boots, belt, suspenders and holsters with Folk Art “Teddy Bear Brown”.  I then painted his hair and the grip of his pistol with Americana “Raw Umber”.   After that, I painted his power fist with Accent “Golden Harvest”, and his pistol with Americana “Zinc”.

     I then went back and painted over the power fist with Ceramcoat “Bronze”, and the gun with Ceramcoat “Metallic Pewter”.    I waited for everything to dry for a while, and then I gave the entire figure a wash with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade” wash using a wet brush".     When the wash was dry, I painted his eyes and then highlighted his skin with the Reaper MSP “Tanned Skin”, and then the Reaper MSP “Tanned Highlight”.

    Next, I highlighted his hair; first with Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige”, and then with a mix of Americana “Light Antique White” and Accent “Mustard Seed”.  I then painted his goggles with Accent “Real Umber”, and then did the lenses with Citadel “The Fang”.  I then added highlights to the lenses with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cool Blue”, and added White highlight dots.
     Next, I highlighted his undershirt with Reaper MSP “Holly Berry”, and then his shirt with Americana “Bleached Sand”. I then highlighted his pants with a mix of the original “Apple Maple Sugar”, and Americana “Antique White”, and his coat with a mix of Reaper MSP “Ginger Cookie”, and the “Bleached Sand”.    After that, I highlighted his boots, belts, holsters, and suspenders with Americana “Sable Brown”.  I then moved to the metallics, highlighting his power fist with Ceramcoat “Wedding Gold”, and his pistol with Ceramcoat “Metallic Silver”.  Lastly, I painted the figure’s integral base with Americana “Charcoal Grey”.
       When I was done painting the figure, I used some white glue to glue a mixture I made of some fine brown sand, and courser black sand to the base.  When this was dry, I drybrushed the sand and the figure’s own base with Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige”, and then with some Americana “Antique White”.  When dry, I glued on some bits of grass tufts.
      I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave him a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor’s Dullcote".

     Well, I’m happy with him; though I don’t know ultimately how lion-y he is.   I guess though, since none of the three companion figures really look a lot like their movie/book counterparts; it’s more an Oz feel of the whole group than of the individual components.

     I also wanted to remind folks that the Bones 4 Kickstarter is now in it’s last 5 days!  So pledge now, and pledge often! 🙂  Just click here: Reaper Bones 4

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Some Weekend Painting

Buck

I returned from holiday in England and then spent a week at work, including the weekend, finishing up a proposal.  This weekend was our club night and a comparative play test of some post-apocalyptic rules sets.  I didn’t have a chance to start a new project, so I just finished some partially-completed figures that were on my table for almost a month.

Phrinx calvary?

The first item was a set of old Archive Miniatures Phrinx riding on Glyptodons.  Ma’k Morin used some green stuff to make larger scales toward the bottoms of the shells to hide the mold lines and gaps in the original figures.  I think the look is effective.  The weapons were a little.  One broke off while preparing the figures for painting, so I replaced with with an extra weapon from a Reaper bones set that came with a couple of extra arms.

Mounted Phrinx next to a dismounted one.

I found a set of naked Phrinx on Ebay for a reasonable price.  These were armed with swords and other fantasy accoutrements, but three had no weapons.  Again, I added a couple of extra Reaper weapons.

Eeek! Avert your eyes, ladies. A naked Phrinx with a laser rifle.

The fronts of the naked Phrinx with melee weapons

The backsides of naked Phrinx – quite disturbing…

The three naked Phrinx with weapons added

I picked up this moose at Historicon from Pulp Figures.  It goes with their Northland Adventures line.  If these weren’t so expensive, I’d be tempted to make a ten-figure cavalry unit for GASLIGHT.  Some lancers would look great on these moose!

 Ma’k Morin also sent me some barbarian ducks, because I am building up a large duck legion for my games.

Duck! It’s the ducks.

The sculpting on these is a little mushy, and I couldn’t really clean up the eyes enough to paint them, but at gaming table distance, they look okay.

Last, but not least — well maybe least — were these three “tool robots.”  I think these are from Reaper, but I cannot remember for sure.

Diminutive tool robots

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Dux Bellorum, back around for some more work

Rob Dean

In the week before Gencon, I got Rosemary Sutcliff’s book, The Shining Company, off of my shelf for a reread.  If you aren’t familiar with it, it is a retelling of The Gododdin, an early Welsh poem about a band of heroes who almost all died in a battle with Saxons.  Like all of Sutcliff’s books, it’s very atmospheric.  The battles could be refought without too much trouble using Dux Bellorum, so I thought that it might be a good time to dust off my stalled Dux Bellorum project.  I took a few figures along with my portable paint kit as a backup, but didn’t use them during the convention.
This week, though, I had to take my car in for some maintenance, so an enforced time to sit seemed like a good time to get some painting done.  Four of the figures on this stand were finished over a year ago, and have been awaiting the second four to complete the stand, which I polished off during the maintenance (I should note that they were partially painted, so I wasn’t starting from scratch):
“Noble” Saxons

As with the rest of the war band in process, all the figures are made from Prince August or Dutkins molds.  They are a mix of Dutkins unspecified Roman and Barbarian molds, Prince August’s 25mm fantasy molds, and the mostly discontinued Prince August ancient armies multiple part molds.
I also finished up a mounted standard bearer, a Dutkins figure with a Prince August head on a Prince August horse, leaving me two more riders to go for a stand.  At that point, they told me my car was ready…
Mounted Dark Ages standard bearer
My original minimum Saxon war band was going to have the one mounted stand, three “noble” (better armed/armored/motivated) warrior stands, three “ordinary” warrior stands, and two skirmisher stands, and I am now short one “noble” warrior stand and the riders.  Inspired by completing these figures, I sat down with my large box of Prince August castings to see if I couldn’t put together the third noble warriors stand:
While I’m not getting too worried about archaeological correctness, I am still depicted these with a front rank of armored figures and a back rank including some less armored figures.  I glued them to sticks and primed them after this picture was taken.
I still haven’t played enough Dux Bellorum to know whether that war band composition is going to give a good game, so, as long I was doing metal work, I started turning out a few more ordinary Saxons.
Their opponents are due to be some Romano-British and/or some Late Romans, so I’ve also started putting a few of those together from the Prince August ancients molds:
Those armies are permitted to blend by deploying allied contingents of the other, so I would like to get them on the field faster than the Saxons have gone.  The Romans have a few specialized units available, and I did a conversion of a Roman horse archer the last time I was doing metal work for this project.  A bit rough, perhaps, but I only need two, and I’d mostly like to keep this project in home cast figures.
I looked up the first Saxon stand; I posted it here in October 2014, nearly three years ago.  The exception to the home cast mandate will be for Ross’s figures. Ross gave me some Romano-British from his collection a couple of years ago, so I think it’s high time to get them rebased and refurbished to fight the encroaching Saxon hordes. 
All completed Saxons to date

I like the idea of getting something historical done again; it’s been fun getting out the vintage fantasy lead, but it has ended up as a somewhat all-consuming project for the past two and a half years, and I’m getting the itch to mix it up again.

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Combat Patrol 1939 Tonight

Buck

Tonight we had fun playing a Poland 1939 Combat Patrol game at our club. The Germans were trying to seize a line of Polish bunkers. The Poles (Don and two newcomers to the club, Nick and Tom) took a lot of casualties but were able to stop the Germans (Zeb, Greg, and Roger) and prevent them from breaching the defensive line.

The Polish commanders plan their masterful defense

The Germans just advanced without a master plan.

Don got two early hits on a German SdKfz 222 and a Pz. 38(t), brewing them up. After this, the Germans became much more cautious. A hidden Polish anti-tank rifle bided his time all night and finally got a flank shot on a Pz. II, brewing it up in the last turn. Despite withering casualties on both flanks, the Poles held the line of bunkers and won the game. It turned out to be a good scenario that kept everyone in the game until the end.

Germans and Poles fight it out in the woods on the Polish left flank.

The Germans advance cautiously with their remaining Pz. II’s after losing two vehicles to accurate Polish anti-tank gunfire.

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Rauthuros, Demon: Bones 1 Figure

Chris Palmer

    Many years ago, I think it was abut a year after the first Bones Kickstarter was delivered, I picked up the Rauthuros figure from the Bones 1 add-on Demons set in a gaming convention flea market.   I started working on it shortly after that, and for some reason it got set aside in favor of other projects.  It continued to sit in various states of being undone over the years, with me feeling guilty enough every now and then to pick it up and dab a little more paint on it.
     Anyhow, I recently picked it up once again, and since there really wasn’t much left to do on it, I set about finishing it once and for all.  Sadly, any photos of the project, or notes n what colors I used along the way, have long since been left behind on my old computer.
     When I first washed and assembled it, I mounted it on a 3"x 1.5" inch base with the intent of using it as a super huge colossal  demon boss with my 10mm armies for the “Bear Yourselves Valiantly” mass combat fantasy rules.  I figured he would still be usable on this base for regular 28mm use as well.
   Anyway, here he is.  I figured I’d go ahead and post him for thoroughness sake, since he was a Bones Kickstarter figure.

That’s an impressive inch wingspan he has!

And here he s terrorizing a unit of 10mm High Elves.

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Gencon 2017 After Action Report

Rob Dean

Sunday, 13 August 
After double-checking my packing list, Irene and I loaded everything in the car and set off for Indiana on Sunday morning.  I have noted that packing to travel by air enforces some discipline on one’s luggage, and driving this year caused my contingency packing to be somewhat more expansive than was probably necessary. After a relatively uneventful drive of 12 hours (including meal and rest breaks), we arrived at my brother’s house in Bloomington.
Monday, 14 August
Norman was mostly ready with the materials needed to run our two Chaos Wars games, but he had a craft project to try to complete before the convention: fire markers built over flickering battery-operated tea lights, to mark burning buildings during the border raid scenario.  We walked around Bloomington for a while, checking out a used book store and a game store, and then played a couple of warm-up games of Carcassonne.


Tuesday, 15 August
It was difficult to contain the eager anticipation, but there was little to be done for it.  Norman and I headed out to Lowe’s to pick up a convertible flat bed/dolly to haul around the materials for miniatures games. We eventually headed up to Indianapolis around 2:00.  Through the luck of the room lottery, I had managed to get a room at the JW Marriott, while much of the rest of the team was in a non-convention block downtown hotel.  That meant that we were providing the forward operating base, so our plan was to park in the parking structure under the hotel and move all the miniatures game boxes up to the room before supper.  We were surprised to find that the hotel parking lot was full.  Apparently some other conference was still here, so we found space in a parking structure attached to the Circle Center Mall temporarily.  This is where having a brother who comes to Indianapolis regularly for events is handy.  We walked back to the JW through the skywalk (hamster trail) system, orienting Irene to the venue as we went, and checked in at the hotel.  We decided to finish Irene’s orientation tour and then went to find something to eat.  By the time we were done, we were able to call the hotel and confirm that space had opened up in the parking garage, so we moved the car over and unloaded the gear.  Warning signs were all over the place…

Door sign on the sky walk

I love miniatures games, but there is no denying that they are not particularly easy to take to conventions.  My local miniatures club, the HAWKs, is currently setting up a contest to be judged next year at Fall In in November.  Details are to be made public soon, but the basic idea is to see what kind of convention miniatures game can be staged with all of the material packed in a 17-liter Really Useful Box.  (That size has been chosen as the largest which will fit the overhead rack luggage profile on most airlines.) By Gencon next year, this “Battle in a Box” contest will be in process, and I hope to be in a position to be testing my entry.
Wednesday, 16 August
I met my brother around 6:30AM, and we did a quick walk around the convention center. As expected, things were fairly quiet on Day 0.  The Will Call line had not started to form.  We landed at Bee Coffee Roasters, an independent coffee shop, which was getting into the Gencon spirit with a rack of promotional T-shirts and some themed signs.



Since they are on the street facing the convention center, they had elected to be open 24 hours a day starting on Wednesday morning.  They were running a loyalty card for dice promotion as well, with a d10 as the top prize, for ten visits. I had my d10 by Saturday, and the breakfast burritos were a lifesaver for the weekend.  The coffee was excellent…

My Bee dice and token, plus Crystal Caste and Scotty’s dice

Speaking of free dice, we walked down to Scotty’s Brewhouse for lunch, picking up a Scotty’s die.  By then, it was nearly time to go pick up the cart with the Dragon Rampant gear.  We got over to the Union Station gaming space to kick off our Gencon activities with a six player Dragon Rampant game.  I had 24 point factions laid out for my “Myzantine Empire” home setting (fantasy Byzantines), consisting of a Myzantine mounted field force, a Myzantine foot field force, and an allied/mercenary centaur band, opposed by an “Easterner” (fantasy Saracens, essentially) force of actual Easterners supported by a mercenary band of orcs, and an allied group of Lizard-masters. While all six tickets were taken for the event, I didn’t expect to see all of them show up.  So, I was not surprised to find that we only had four players. 



Dragon Rampant game
We let them choose which of the warbands they would use.  So the centaurs and the orcs went back in the boxes.  I haven’t run Dragon Rampant at a convention previously, and I came home with some notes on improving my handouts.  Dragon Rampant has various ways of handling initiative in a multiple player game, and I went with the simplest; letting each side activate both war bands until they had both failed an activation roll.  Players new to the system are often frustrated by failing their first initiative roll, so I also gave each player three re-roll chips which could be traded in for another activation attempt.  Since we had an even number of players, my brother wasn’t needed as a spare player. The game went fairly well, and I felt, as I dragged my cart back to my hotel, that I had gotten off to a good start. Irene and I met up for some dinner and a scheduled game of Carcassonne.  I was reminded by my own ticket situation that the Carcassonne GM was probably wondering whether anyone would show up for his game, so I resisted any temptation to jump into a different game.  As it was, we were the only ones that did show up, so I was glad of that decision. We had a nice game with the gamemaster playing, after which time it was time for some rest.  I was glad to confirm that the kids coming separately from different places in Michigan, had arrived safely.
Thursday, 17 August
We ran two games nearly back to back, a Chaos Wars demo on behalf of Iron Wind Metals, and a tweaked version of the 1975 not-Lord of the Rings game Ringbearer, which we also ran last year

Norman explains the rules
Setting up Ringbearer


I had the briefest period of time in which to run into the exhibit hall, which I used to pick up dice and a few selected books from Indie Press Revolution.  The Ringbearer game wrapped up at 6:00, so there was time to grab some sit down dinner with Irene and my brother before we headed off to our seminar.  My kids had both recommended, in previous years, a seminar on medieval foods, which was interesting, if a bit rambling at times.  I need to expand my food horizons a bit, and I marked his web site for further thinking.
Friday, 18 August
Norman and I wrapped up our convention gamemastering with a second run of the same Chaos Wars scenario we had used on Thursday. 

Last GM gig for this con


We had all four players, which was nice, and handed some miniatures samples out to people who stopped to talk as well.  In the usual way of things, the orcs had a pretty easy run of things on Thursday, but had the snot beaten out of them on Friday, so it’s hard to say if the scenario really needed adjustment.  I decided that I was over-scheduled, and skipped a live show of “Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff” so that I could look around the exhibit hall for a while,  but painted in an Iron Wind speed paint round. I was about 3rd, so there was no prize for that one. I had signed up for a short craft seminar on building a portable wet palette.  I’ve used a commercial wet palette at home, but I do a lot of painting on the road and thought that it would be a useful addition to my tool kit.  I discovered that there are no deep secrets to this, since it’s just baking parchment on a sponge in a sealable box, but that was good to know, and we got one to take home. I expect to be using this technique more going forward.  I had signed up for a Saga game that evening, but  I ended up sucked into the auction.  I wanted a copy of TSR’s 1977 Star Empires game, which I had noticed was in the display case of rare items.  At Gencon, the rare items usually go up for auction in a special session on Friday night.  As it turned out, I could have played Saga and still been back in time to bid, as it turned out to be the penultimate lot.  I got it (including its companion game Star Probe) for $230, and it was past 0230 before I got to sleep.
Saturday, 19 August
Despite the lack of sleep, I made it to breakfast with my kids and the Dutton children, old family gaming friends with who they have a lot of shared childhood memories.  After that there were  two sessions of swing dance lessons with Irene from the good people at Dancing and Dragons.   I had tickets for two Reaper speed paint competitions in the afternoon, and a second pair intended for William, who had had issues with his events registration back in May. Norman and William discussed the situation and decided to switch events, so Norman came to speed paint with me.  I was parentally thrilled to find that we each placed won one round and placed third in the other, and therefore both earned slots in the Reaper speed paint final round on Sunday afternoon.  

Two Reaper speed paints; the left one is the round I won

This is the third year in a row where I’ve been in a speed paint final, so I guess I have some idea of what I’m doing.  After the speed painting, I met Irene and did some shopping in the exhibit hall before closing time. My local group, the HAWKs, have been playing Frostgrave by Osprey for the past two years, so I talked to Frostgrave author Joseph McCullough about the upcoming new game, Ghost Archipelago


I got a demonstration of the portable gaming tables from Game Anywhere, and now need to consider whether I would buy one. I went back to the room briefly to empty my pockets before we met the whole crew for dinner at our usual Gencon location.   Irene and I dressed up for the Gencon dance, but after a brief section of ballroom danceable music the DJ switched over to some rave club stuff, and we decided that sleep would be a good plan…  
Sunday, 20 August
We had agreed over dinner that we would make sure that we would check out in time to get to 10:00 games.  Norman and I ended up at Games on Demand for my only RPG of the weekend.  Games on Demand, despite being in a new location due to the remodeling of the downtown Marriott, was apparently popular all weekend.  They put on a selection of mostly indie press games, with a system for randomizing the line so you have a fair chance at signing up for something.  Norman and I drew a mid-range slot, and had a fair number of choices remaining, so we elected to try a Fate Bulldogs game with characters inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy.  I’m reasonably familiar with Fate, so learning the mechanics was no issue.  We had a pleasant session.  I ducked into the dealers’ room for one last scan before my 1300 Darksword Miniatures speed paint event.  My brother had been in one of their events on Saturday and had been giving an anthropomorphic animal to paint, so I was unsurprised to find that I had the same.  However, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with a penguin rogue, and my Adelie color scheme was over shadowed by king or emperor penguins.  Of all of the figures I painted, I’m least sure what to do with him.   Norman joined me at 1400 for the Reaper final round.   

Norman and I intent on our work
We had 60 minutes of painting rather than 45 for the earlier rounds, but the miniature was more complicated. 

Not too shabby for 60 minutes

As expected, once I was among the experts, there wasn’t a prize.  There was, however, another brush and a free miniature, so what’s not to like?  After that it was time to depart…
Overall Impressions
Irene had a good time, and enjoyed watching all the cosplayers.  She came home with a dress on order, to be delivered later, so I may have to engage in a bit myself.  The kids had relatively few scheduled events, so ended up with several Games on Demand sessions and enough Magic to win half a booster box of prizes. My brother’s best experience of the weekend was an opportunity to play the old TSR Dungeon board game with Dave Megarry, the original designer.  
While I was working on my Bee “Die for Coffee” challenge, one of the staff asked what my favorite part of Gencon was.  I didn’t have a ready answer, but I suppose it’s just being there with my family among my peculiar tribe that’s the best part.


Lessons Learned and Path Forward
Despite the fact that I know better, I over-scheduled this year.  Next year I will plan to schedule less, and leave a comfortable amount of time for browsing and the auction.  All Gencon experiences chosen result in missing other things, so the best plan is to make a plan and stick to it, with the caveat that it should retain some looseness.
The handcart turned out to be vital; having used it to drag a game across the convention, I have no idea how we managed to run Norman’s Ringbearer game without it last year.
Because of the over-scheduling, Norman (son) and I did not run anything for Games on Demand as we had hoped; I’d really like to do that next year.  
The drive was long, so flying may be the plan again next year, and that would mean that having a portable miniatures game to run would be a priority.


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Three Wise Monkeys Idol Jungle Terrain Piece (Ghost Archipelago)

Chris Palmer      My mom used to collect these old dime-store souvenir figurines of the the classic three wise monkeys from the Japanese fable. (See-No-Evil, Speak-No-Evil, and Hear-No Evil) .  She had them in metal, china, stone, wood; and in every size.  When she passed several years ago, I kept this one carved wood one because in the back of mind I always thought it would make a great primitive statue terrain piece.  Now, recently, with the impending release of the Ghost Archipelago rules; I finally had the impetus to set about making that idea happen.
    The first thing I did was find a suitable large plastic base for the terrain piece.  The base had sharp right-angle edges, so I took a hobby knife and roughly cut the angle down so they were more sloped in appearance.  I then hot glued the statue to the plastic base.

     Next, I glued some small gravel and coarse sand around the base of the figurine.   Then, when that was dry, I sprayed the whole thing with flat black primer.  After that, it was just a mater of drybrushing everything with some grey tones.  I also decided I wanted a little dirt showing, so I glued some more coarse sand to the base, painted it dark brown, and then drybrushed that a series of lighter browns.
     Lastly,  I glued on a whole bunch of various types of vegetation to make it look all jungle-y!

Shown with a Reaper 28mm figure for scale.

      I’m pleased with how it turned out.  And what’s best is that I now have a piece of terrain that will make me think of my mom when ever I use it. 🙂

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