In December I worked on a commission for a British customer who really liked the Advertising Pillars I made last year. I made two for him using the same method as the previous one, but with a different quality in paper (much better)
As they were supposed to be a bit different from each other, I made one of them using only cut-outs of advertisement/commercials and another using only recruitment and Wanted posters. The one on the left is the commercial one and the one on the right is the public information one :-)
Most of the posters are from various authentic posters, Fable and Witcher 2 & 3 video games, and a few Games Workshop ones. I just noticed now that a Wanted poster sneaked into the commercial pillar (guess they were very important to catch!)
Finally managed to snap some pictures of my old Blacksmith’s Forge from Tabletop World. This is their second version of a Blacksmith and is sadly no longer available. This was one of those do-it-yourself kits that took 10 hours to assemble, using hot water for bended parts (mine even arrived with broken pillars) and gluing the thing together.
This was my 3rd Tabletop World building and the first one where I didn’t paint interior, since lifting the roof included lifting the pillars on the stairs, and they were so fragile that I glued to whole thing together.
The older models included a bunch of furniture and accessories, so those were used for a lot of different projects! The new easy-assemble models are much less of a headache but doesn’t come with furniture and accessories. Which is totally fine by me :-) I really prefer the new models “assembling-wise”.
Since this was my 3rd painted Tabletop World building, a lot has changed since then! I probably would have painted it different now, but I rarely repaint my old painted terrain as it’s also fun to see how much I have progressed.
It might be hard to see it from the picture, but Tabletop World’s buildings were a whole lot larger back then. Somewhere down the line, the buildings shrunk to a 25mm scale (tops) for miniatures which is a shame, but they still look awesome :-) I actually started out with painting the interior of the rather new Town Gate, but the miniatures looked like giants and even without base they were still atleast a head taller than the doorways! You don’t notice that at all from the outside though! Which is why I usually resort to gluing everything together.
Only exception is the Guard Tower (it’s an old DIY kit that they revived as an easy-to-assemble version) I painted the interior of the wooden floor (the one with arrowslits) and furnished it with armor and weapon racks. But again, it’s an old model and the scale of that one is 28-30mm.
For some reason I never got around to make a post about the Townhouse from Tabletop World, even though the house has been up on Coolminiornot.com for quite a while. So here is a late post about the awesome small but detailed building :-)
The pigs in the picture are from Lead Adventure and are very cute! One is a female and the other a male (they have detailed lady and gentleman parts!) The house is one of the easy assemble ones. It comes in only two parts with detailed interior. As usual I chose to glue the thing together, since it’s rather hard to furnish properly (proportionally it’s the size of a small shed or outhouse) :-P
It only took me a day to paint this as there were few demanding details (I had already painted Mr and Mrs Pig) so I’m quite proud of the result! This was painted shortly after the Coaching Inn, so I repeated the red roof on this one. I have tried to mix the roof colours so it doesn’t look too messy on the game board, but it isn’t as easy as it looks. Still have too many blue roofs! (Town Gate and Guard Tower each have a blue roof)
I’m a huge fan of Ristul’s Extraordinary Market and their unique and quirky minis (as I have mentioned before!) and I recently decided to paint their Food Supplies Terrain. The set looks really great and in my opinion, outshines the Tabletop World Grocery set, which looks great on the table and when setting up a quick market place, but the scale is more of 32-35mm than 25-28mm that I use with my miniatures. There is also lot of customization in Ristul’s since you can combine it with the Food Supplies Basing Kit, and make your own unique Market Stands :-)
It takes quite a lot of time to paint, but the result is beautiful! And I’m really honored that Radek from Ristul’s chose to use it as main product picture! And coincidentally their top seller :-D
I’m halfway through their Road Signs that are going to fit right into my Mordheim table!
As mentioned in a previous post I wanted to make my own version of a spooky house. I was inspired by an old Ravensburger boardgame (one I had as a kid) and since I have 2 of Townhouse 3 lying around I figured it was worth an experiment :-D
I painted it mostly in dark brown colours starting with Muddy Soil from Reaper paints and highlighting my way up to Dark Shadow and Brown Sand. The reds are Clotted Red and highlighted with Mahogany Brown also from Reaper. My husband added some moss tufts in recesses of the roof.
Here are a few more pictures. I included the Mordheim Witch to the pictures as she fits right in! Which/Witch :) reminds me that I need to put her up on the blog with her own post!
We are still in the process of expanding our Mordheim terrain, and at some point it would be nice to only make use of ruins and not normal houses. We have finished quite a few ruins lately but to make it even more gloomy we also made some street terrain!
The pieces are made of a plastic card bottoms based with various old weapons, debris, Games Workshop Terrain pieces, skulls and small bricks. We even stuffed the cavalry base from Ludwig Schwartzhelm into the road sign piece. (Which is decorated with names of Middenheim street names)
Here are some more pictures:
They look great on the gaming board along with all the other ruins and warepiles!
Here are some more additions to my The Dead Collection I use for Mordheim and our RPG’s. I do have several of the metal official Mordheim casualties, but metal miniatures without a base is asking for chipped paint! So I had some old militia plastic bandits lying around from the time I wasn’t as good at painting.
I viciously cut them into pieces and bent/twisted their limbs (while laughing menacingly!!) Then glued them together and gave them a new paint job.
Despite the awkward positions, they ended up pretty good. Though I guess not everyone dies gracefully :-)
I made some Skaven corpses out of very old plastic miniatures aswell. Just like the human corpses, assembling them to make it look realistic, is not as easy as it looks. But I’ll see if I can get some pictures of them aswell.
As I mentioned in my Notice Board post, I also made an advertising pillar using a lot of posters either found online or self-made. The Advertising pillar is from Thomarillion and it has a really good size with loads of space for posters.
I used Vallejo Satin Varnish on both sides of the paper posters like old time posters! Though a lot more succesful than Donald Duck’s attempt with soup can advertisements!
I simply added layer after layer of small posters, and I’m pretty sure there are shortcuts to this such as full printed sides, but this just gives it such an authentic look!
I actually made two of these as one of them was for my pre-painted section a while ago. It sold the same day :-)
It looks great on our Mordheim table as a terrain piece!
Here is the Pillar shown from one its sides :-)
Most of the posters on this side of the pillar is made up of posters from the internet and our cool Ulli & Marquand Wanted posters. The wanted poster is Geralt of Rivia from the Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings!
I made a link in another post with some of the cool posters I used for my Notice Board Poster. Check it out :-)
The house is long out of production as it was one of those assembly kits with tons of small bits you had to glue on yourself, including the infamous roof sections, which was madness to both assemble and making the roof suitable for easy access to the full furnished interior.
I am really proud of the result despite painting it years ago. Just like the Merchant’s House, I have never used the interior for gaming sessions.
Added some trees and some of my warepiles for the picture aswell as the cute pile of logs from Ristul’s Extraordinary Market’s Bonfire Set. I can highly recommend everything from their miniature range!
More pictures of the exterior including a noble citizen!
It was a bit hard capturing the mood inside the building as it is really hard to get a decent camera position, but here is a good view into the cottage!
Phew, still missing quite a few buildings from my Tabletop World collection. Let’s see if I can take some pictures of my newly finished Town Gate sometime soon :-)
I’ve received several mails and comments about the posters I used for the Message/ Notice Board, and I have made a PDF file with all the posters in various shapes and colour shades. Sometimes it just fits better with a pale neutral poster when I put them on buildings and such :)
Download Here – It’s a really BIG file in high resolution. (15 mb) so have patience!
Here is one we used as hand-outs for our RPG sessions. My husband is the GM and made the poster from an old softcover book.
We originally intended to use it for the old collector miniature Ulli & Marquand’s Wanted Poster Sign, but we ended up with another idea. Reminds me that I need to get that up on the blog some time :-P
Here is the Message Board in its full glory as shown on the Original Post
I used a small decal scissors for the cut-outs and something called Alles-kleber (which I assume is normal hobby glue) and very carefully glued the posters on the wooden frame :-)