However I wanted to show some great WIP photos from Rusty Gouldman's work on our Warbands Table! This will host the village and Monastery that you will be fighting over, Champions of Chaos! Rusty is really great at making terrain, and does all of the hard bits and makes them look easy. Then you start hearing him talk about his own rubber moulding (like window frames, chimney toppers and the like) or his static grass applicator or the layers and layers or individual bricks he cuts to create walls or shingles.....and you realize that he's fallen deeper down that rabbit hole than you! In a VERY good way!
To give you guys some idea, the table concept came from this table in the 3rd Edition Rulebook,
|Darn Right, EVERY gamer's dream! Not sure, but as far as I know, who made this table, or who owned it or where it was is never mentioned. I know Rusty and I would love to find out. But incredible none-the-less!|
|You can see other pics of the same table in the Rulebook.|
|And a close up on the Monastery where Monks of Morr have angered the Chaos Gods in our game.|
Now Rusty has taken this idea and started in on our Warband table, and while we could do a long step by step maybe later (or describe the steps that he takes, I thought I would just use pictures to show the progress he has made. This could be a great idea starter for some of you for your own tables or games. Rusty has done this professionally for an awful long time, and while he has forgotten more than most of us have probably learned about terrain, luckily he'll be there to help run the Warband event with me so you can pick his brain. What follows are some WIP shots of half of the Warbands table (which can also be used for Bolt Action WW2).
|Basic Outlay of table is designed and rough cut in. Notice Liquid Nails.....it is your friend!|
|Believe this is the Spackle layer, remember to coat with pva glue so it does not crack.|
|Not sure on all of the components in this layers, but I think it includes steps of sand, glue, rubble rocks and bigger uns!|
|The table is painted in layers of color, and ready for the application of static grass.|
|Now I just can't wait to call the Dark Lords down to watch us on this table!|
Rusty then sent me some WIP shots of this bit tonight. Lucky us, the girls kept me at this long enough I can add this in. So this is the village that holds our victims, er.....the villagers of Montagne. Pics pretty much speak for themselves, but thought you should see it.
I removed these by Rusty's request....you can see more in the next post!
Now I will admit, that a full blown gaming board like Rusty is making is incredible and I am so looking forward to playing on it. Reminds me of Duke Seifried's games. Funnily enough, most of my wargame table building went into things made for Games Day or Retailers (or a couple of cool pieces for a Gorka Morka Board that made White Dwarf). The building room Games Workshop had was pretty hard to beat. Hopefully this might encourage you to take a stab at something, or at least spark some questions for Rusty at Oldhammer Day.
Another cool thing is what Erny has gotten up to over on his blog. Takes a bit of bravery to cut into something so rare and cool, but if you can't use it, what is it really worth to us? Check his thing out here. For my part, one thing that really interests me is huge fortifications, siege towers and mighty armies clashing over a wall.....so as a sneak peak, this is a picture of my inspiration for my siege board....Another game at Oldhammer USA 2014! More to come from Rusty, and more to see at the show!