|Terrain makes our toys look better.|
Some people love to paint and build terrain. Some people hate it. I think terrain is one of those things with our hobby that you absolutely 100% must be in the mood to do or it just isn't going to happen. I can force my self to slog through a unit when need be, say like a tournament deadline, but I can't under any circumstance force my self to build terrain or paint it if the inspiration isn't there. Granted I don't own a store, organize events, or work for a group that organizes large events so the "necessity" factor isn't there for me. That being said I have recently found myself more motivated than usual when it comes to terrain. More after the break plus pictures of what I have been working on.
I buy terrain fairly regularly for someone who doesn't really like painting it all that much. I enjoy building it to a certain degree but the painting I often find monotonous. I built and painted two Bastions from the big $90 set GW put out, used the Autocannons for Psyfleman dreads, and left the Aegis Defense line walls clipped off the sprue but sitting in the box. The 40k style terrain just doesn't suit me that much. I love 40k and playing on the terrain, our FLGS has a huge supply of terrain, but I find myself more attracted to the Fantasy terrain range. That's what I have been buying, building, and painting because I want a table for my house themed around an ancient Chaos temple, city sized of course, that has been rediscovered and is being recommissioned by the forces of Chaos. I guess I need an epic storyline to inspire me. George RR Martin would know this well...
|Epic storytelling has it's price apparently...|
When it comes to terrain I like to keep the paint jobs pretty simple. It is easy with some of these newer GW Fantasy kits, and 40k too in some cases, to go way to into the detail on the terrain pieces and end up with something that takes away from the game rather than adds to it.
The best part about the throne on top of the tower of skulls is that I have a Daemon Prince that is magnetizes to go on top of it as a center piece to the terrain or the center piece to a display board. I will get pictures of that up later when I post the pictures and article with the other pieces I have planned for my board.
This is all 4 of the pieces I have finished so far. I loved this project because in total it only took me about 2 hours to complete not counting the drying time for the primer coats. I want to keep the pieces all tied together utilizing colors and theme. The theme is handled all on it's own by being all GW kits. There are plenty of skulls on all GW products that the theme is easy. The colors will be combined in three ways. Please note these are the old GW paint names since I haven't bought any of the new ones and I am not about to go through the conversion chart for you, lazy.
1. The main stone will all be: Black Primer, drybrush Adeptus Battle Grey (Foundation Paint), drybrush Codex Grey, light drybrush Fortress Grey.
2. Blue Warp Flames. I use the same mix that I utilize for my GK Force Weapons: Necron Abyss (Foundation Paint), drybrush Enchanted Blue, dry brush Ice Blue, drybrush or highlight depending upon need Skull White. The blue warp flames will not be present on all the terrain pieces but should still help unify the pieces.
3. Red. I like red and red will feature in most of the armies that will use the skull throne tower as a centerpiece. The reds will be completely varying shades but will be present on all pieces.
That is it for right now, like I said check back for more in the coming weeks. Hopefully my terrain inspiration bug will bite between now and next April.
As always comments and criticism are welcome. If you have some way I can add to the pieces feel free to let me know!