Firstly my apologies for the lack of regular posting, I'm working on long term projects and it does mean I don't have lot to post about as I'm sure you don't want to read about how I made yet another brick wall or 28mm toilet, coupled with the lack of time due to recent real life stuff means that I missed Friday and yesterdays posts. With that in mind I think I may just cut down to two posts a week Tuesday and Friday with the occasional bonus post thrown in if I manage to get ahead and get some bits done. Anyway onto today's offering....
As regular readers will know, I'm building some urban boards for a show in february and I'm busy beavering away with those at the moment. What I thought I would do is post about how I get on with making some of the pieces, I'll block these posts into what I'll title "Urban Project". Of course I've already started with the Urban Debris and Blotz posts but that's ok.
Although I normally like to announce a new project with an exciting post with loads of pics and sparkly pieces to draw you in, I'm actually gonna start fairly low-key this time with some really basic stuff that often gets overlooked in game building - tables and chairs!
I know, I know not exactly grandiose but think about it - how many beautifully crafted buildings do we see on any number of gaming tables that look fabulously detailed on the outside, but when you open them (if you can even open them up that is!) there is just empty space.... I'm guilty of this, I've got lovely 4Ground buildings with rooms and lofts - not a stick of furniture! I also know that if we clutter a building with furniture where are the miniatures going to go? this is because model buildings tend to be fairly small so that they don't dominate the battlefield and allow us to fill it instead with our toy soldiers.
The beauty of skirmish games however, means that we only have a few models on the board. This allows us to invest more time in creating back stories for each of our heroes, breathing life into them and watching them interact in the games with purpose and with some story telling. What better way to do that than building a complete and fully developed and interactive board and this means detail!
|Gobbo fights in yet another completely empty house!|
I'm right in the middle of building a really vital part of my board, the final objective as it were, in the plot that I have in mind. I will reveal the whole thing eventually, when it is completed and I know that the concept works but for now I need to build some of the detail and yep that detail this time is - tables and chairs.
For the chairs I used some "liberated" coffee stirrers from Mccy D's as they were interestingly shaped. Cutting the end off and then scoring the wood to fold and form the backrest and seat, I then used matchsticks for legs and viola....
using another piece of the stirrer as a cushion I applied a quick coat of paint and we have....
|I mounted the chairs on cereal box card for stability|
Chopping the corners of the blue foam off to make a pleasing shape and gluing the lot together
With a drop of paint and a some card coasters and miliput glasses we get.....
|28mm zombie for scale (it was the closest mini to hand!)|
so a very low-key introduction to my new project but one I think is essential in building the level of detail into these boards and breathing life into my stories. These will fit beautifully into a pub or cafe/restaurant setting and are perfect for my main objective on these boards.
I'm afraid if this didn't tickle your fancy then the next few posts won't either as I'm concentrating on furniture for the near future, as I want to have several buildings worth of "clutter".
hope you enjoy