Saturday, 3 October 2015

TUTORIAL ( How to make long tufts )

Long tufts can be challenging to do and time consuming if you need to do plenty of them. I have created a little assembly line for my tufts since I need lots of them for my upcoming terrain pieces. This process did speed up things and now I can do 100 or more a day, easy.

The main problem with long tufts is keeping them in place (standing up) while they dry... With a bit of paper you can do the following structure.

1 - Perforated paper with some folds so that the holes are away from the ground.
2 - Non adherent paper, this is where the glue goes
3 - Paper frame duck-taped to a movable surface since you want your little tuft factory mobile

I choose a big distance from the ground because I need big and medium tall tufts.

I created two assembly lines so that I can clear more units per day.

I use cheap PVA glue and some tall grass from any company really.

Lay down some glue blobs on the non adherent paper.

Grab the tall grass and make sure both extremities are secure. If you don't you will have loads of grass bits flying around everywhere.

Insert tuft trough the hole and let it stick to the glue beneath it.

Make sure you do different lengths and volumes so that you can have more options when flocking your terrain.

Once PVA is dried you lift the punched paper to reveal the results.

Thats it tuft done!

If some of them have to much glue on the base you make sure you cut off the extra.

Lots of different sizes and shapes.

I keep them in a bag and the leftovers I also keep them in a bag so I can use them later on as scatter flock.

You can do plenty of tufts very fast this way.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Age of SIgmar rebasing the black orcs

Hi all, I have been rebasing my armies to round bases so that they are ready for Age of Sigmar.
The task is not easy if you have lots of models but the end results are well worth it.
Rules wise we can use any base but the square bases look visually out of place in a skirmish game, also its quite obvious the new GW direction, its clearly round bases all the way.

This time its my unit of Black Orcs that got the new bases and I used the new 32mm since these models are very bulky. Previously I had one unit of 25 Black Orcs but Im going to split them in 3 smaller ones for AOS. So far I have 2x10 Orcs with full command and one smaller 5 Orc unit that I will expand with extra minis so its the 3rd unit of 10 strong Orcs.

With 3 units of Black Orcs I will only need a Giant and a Black Orc Big Boss so that the IRONJAWS BIG MOB is finished.

Some photos.



Incomplete unit3

I still need to find a way to differentiate these units on the battlefield because once they are all bundled together dishing some pain on the puny Sigmarites they will be hard to distinguish between themselves... Since the theme is Scorpions maybe they will be painted with some different details... like Black scorpion unit, red scorpion and white scorpions. I need to think about that once I crack some colours into these. For now these are based on the new wonderful 32mm's and they look a lot nicer.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Manorhouse Workshop terrain review

I have recently got some ruins from Manorhouse Workshop and I take this chance to review them here.

A few months ago I entered an online contest at one of my favorite blogs Tabletop Fix. You see it was their anniversary and they gave away lots of goodies to random followers, to my surprise I got the Manorhouse terrain bundle prize! I mean it was the best prize there in my opinion so i was Very lucky!

Manorhouse Workshop has some of the best terrain for wargaming that I have seen and I was always tempted to get me some of their villages and castles, for some reason I never got into it but this time I would have the pleasure to check first hand the quality of their terrain.

For starters you can check their projects and terrain at they go from full castles to small villages and modular terrain, prepainted ruins and now they are developing cool projects with some flexible materials, there are lots of options for every table you can think of.
I have noticed their style is more realistic in comparison with other companies which makes this terrain good for both historical battles as well as fantasy ones.

My review will be on their Prepainted ruins since I got 3 of them now.

I got prompt emails from the owner to ask for my details and the communication was 5 stars. When I got my parcel I was surprised with its huge size and this was done for a good reason since the packaging was probably the best I have seen. This thing would probably endure the hardest of hazards and still be in one piece... so naturally all 3 pieces got to me in perfect conditions, no dents no nothing all perfect.

Prepainted Ruin 1

This was the smallest of the pieces and as you can see its totally painted and flocked.

The interiors are as detailed as the exteriors ant the ruins are interesting enough that you can place minis inside or outside with lots of little line of sight points.

Some scale pictures with one 28mm figure, as you can see the smallest of the ruins is quite large in gaming therms, I mean its easily a medium/big piece of terrain.

You can place some shooting units on the second level inside this ruin which can make some cool dramatical games.

Prepainted Ruin 2

A considerably larger footprint than the previous one. Same flock style and colours are a perfect match.

Scale picture.

Prepainted Ruin 3

This ruin has a small cemetery attached to it which makes this like a little diorama on its own. Lots of  details on the graves too.

Take a look inside for a nice touch, great detailing.

Scale pictures.

All these ruins are quite detailed, much more than I was expecting on a prepainted terrain, but then again this is a Manorhouse Workshop product so quality is always going to be at the highest level.
The 3 pieces are a perfect complement to each other and the colours and flock are the same on the range making them very consistent and quite credible if you want to build a full table. 
The size of these pieces is quite big and decorated with funny angles and windows so expect lots of different line of sight angles to play with, this will make your battles a lot more interesting.

I must confess that Im a modeler first so the idea of prepainted was never on top of my list since I like to do my own thing my own way... Lets just say this product changed my mind towards terrain, I mean this is painted, flocked and ready straight from the box and the quality is above the most optimistic expectations. I think I will just invest in one of the largest pieces to finish up this collection and then I will have enough to fill half a gaming table with ruins. As a final touch I will add some of my own vegetation and flock to match my table because I'm that picky.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Forgeworld Night Goblin Squig Gobba

Forgeworld always delivered some of the coolest minis on the market, I still remember the first time I got their resins and actually examined the details in real life, it was mindblowing at the time.
How well does it do today? Lets find out.

So for my Age of Sigmar I need some shooting things and Im not to keen on the current warmachines models... as natural progression looked into the Forgeworld Squig Gobba as a stand in for the doom diver. Nailed it! Now lets see what's in the bag.

Lots of goodies and with instructions too.

Lets have a closer look on the detail and cast.

Funny expression...

And the big boy.

The detail is still as crisp as I remember, minor flash and mouldlines which can be a hit and miss with Forgeworld. Happy to include this monster to my AOS army with some minor changes. Doom diver issue resolved now only to find cool minis to replace the spear chukkas and rock lobba.