Friday, 10 February 2017

Control Zones and other terrain pieces.

Hi all

Some background first, so missus Gobbo got some fancy chocolate mints over xmas she scoffed said chocs (with the help of a certain rotund Gobbo) and then took a long critical look at the packaging, without blinking an eye she hands it to me and said "that'll make something interesting for your funny little men stuff".  Having gotten used to the terminology that my better half has for our hobby, I shrugged off the "funny little men" comment and looked at what she handed me and by jove she was right!  This is what she gave me....


Right away I thought pond or portal!  Measuring the width of the piece the diameter of the wall is 4" from just inside the wall.  This is perfect as a zone of control in Bushido - so Koi pond it is!  Now I already have a Koi pond that I made some months ago for my Temple board but it really is a decorative piece only, I wanted this to have function, plus I had received some plastic Koi from Master-Crafted Miniatures for xmas (among other things by Ben).  First up it needed a base as the plastic is very thin and flimsy.  To that end I found a piece of 3mm MDF that had been part of a broken laptray and marked out a shape.  I liked the octagonal shape of the piece so replicated that for my base.



I then liberally covered the piece in homemade textured paint (PVA/Filler/paint/fine sand), idea courtesy of Luke Fellows of  Luke's APS.


With that done I then used filler on the base to create flagstones and gave the whole model another generous coat of textured paint to strengthen the plastic.


I then gave it a couple of washes with some homemade black ink.


Then drybrushed to achieve the stone look I wanted.  Then I made up some vines/creepers out of Lichen, flock and watered PVA and applied it to the model as well as some reeds made out of an old scrubbing brush and hotglued to the base, adding a Koi to the bottom hiding among the reeds.




To get this...


The next step was to fill the pond.  Now I could have used clear water effects to fill the pond but I wanted a slightly stagnant look to the water, no electric water pumps and filters here... So I used the cheap resin from Poundland to fill the pond adding 3 more Koi as I layered up the water.  I have to confess to rushing this bit as dinner was nearly ready so there are bubbles in the water but they don't look too out of place.



What I din't bank on was the plastic slightly melting in the heat of the reaction of the resin so I had o rebuild the wall a bit but this is the finished product.  Weirdly the models will fight across the top of the pond as they have to be in the zone to control it, but I like the idea of the fighters splashing through the serene pond in an effort to get at their foes, plus I like the look of it - so there!

Of course the scenarios in Bushido demand three such 4" zones so I had to put my thinking cap on. Yup I always had my circular disc cutter that my son had bought me for xmas and that I'd attempted to use before attached to a power drill resulting in the scars I'm currently sporting on my left hand...



Not quite back to the drawing board but a little revision to the earlier plan was required.  Attaching the cutter to a hand powered drill and switching the clear acrylic for 3mm MDF and I came up with a nifty little idea.  I wanted to have faction specific control zones to mark each as friendly, neutral and enemy.  What I mean by that is a zone that is marked up with that factions symbol so as to easily identify which is which.  This should look visually pleasing and give an idea to a third party watching the game where the action is.  Now rather than make up 8 zones (or more when the range increases) I thought I would make three zones (I added a third in case I couldn't fit the Koi pond, which would be neutral, in to the available space) that could be adapted each game.  Rather than a slow, picture by picture tutorial on how I did it, I actually recorded me making the last one and have posted it to my YouTube channel the link to which is here.

Now each faction can have their symbol in the middle of their zone, simple and effective I think.

Lastly, while i was in the terrain making zone (sorry) I picked up some pieces from the Pet's at Home aquarium section as they are on special 3 for 2.  With a little bit of tweaking they make very acceptable Bushido terrain pieces.

MDF base

homemade creepers

bamboo cage and Rabbits! (from warbases)



I had to fill in the openings for the statue as I wanted it to look solid

I think that it's hard to tell my additional brickwork once the home made creepers are added

Master Ekusa contemplates the meaning of existence in front of the statue



Yumi and Kenko spar in front of the Warrior


that's it for this very long post

Hope you enjoy
dGG 



28 comments:

  1. The pond is superb Andy, I have a hankering to do something similar. I love the other aquarium ornaments, but need to do some reading about zones of control.

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    1. Thanks Michael, the ZoC are used in scenarios. Damon and I use scenarios in all our games so these become quite important.

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  2. Wonderful scenery additions Andy, Mrs Gobbo had a great find in the pond.

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    1. She's got a good eye for these things Dave

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  3. The photos don't do the pond justice. Its an awesome piece. The others are great too. I live in envy.

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    1. you do get to use them dude, and we can always do a terrain building session

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  4. Amazing work especially the pond!

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    1. thanks Fran, I do like the pond especially Ben's Koi

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  5. I'm running out of superlatives for your "Bushido" stuff, Andy. Fantastic work on all of them and a very inspirational post. Your "funny little men" fit in with them perfectly.

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    1. thanks mate, I was a bit nervous with the YouTube video as there are some excellent vids already out there.

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  6. as always your terrain work is amazing

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  7. I do love the pond, it looks fantastic!

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  8. Superb stuff as always Andy, I too have looked at that mints packet as a terrain piece, though I never saw a pond I kept thinking it looked like the "blades" on the front of a giant tunnelling machine, but that's as far as I ever got and it went in the bin eventually, your pond is excellent though.

    I've never noticed the resin in poundland where about is it (DIY section?).

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. I was umming and aahing over use mate, could have been a warp gate or dimension portal but I had the Koi....

      Marketed in the DIY section, Tommy Walsh endorsed and comes in a syringe type arrangement

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  9. Isn't it great when others also looka t bits of packaging and think "that#s make a good...."? Love the pond, and the other bits you've used for your Zozs.

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    1. Thanks mate, appreciate it. Missus G has a good eye for the terrain side of this hobby, despite her lack of interest and often bewilderment of the whole hobby

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  10. Terrific terrain, Andy.

    (I also like the funny little men BTW.)

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    1. Thanks Finch, a phrase my missus coined fairly early on in our marriage ;-P

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  11. Very impressive stuff, Andy. And I did watch your video too. Whilst i felt the video was a little long and could have done with a bit of editing, I found the commentary very interesting, as it gave an insight into your thought processes for the build. And having watched and fast forwarded other videos because i got bored, treat this as praise rather than a criticism.

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    1. I will thank you Jez, I appreciate any criticism tbh as this is my first excursion into vids, I'm not very tech savvy but promise to work on the editing side.

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