Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape boards – Done

Posted: January 8, 2013 in Scenery
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Well, today I finished off the last board of the eight Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape boards I brought about a month ago.  Its a little difficult to believe that these arrived less than a month ago!  Talk about a painting bender.  I must say though, painting these boards has been a real pleasure.  Its actually one of the most interesting projects I’ve tackled in a very long time.  I think I just enjoyed painting a very different subject matter other than miniatures.  The use of different techniques and just the scale of these boards keep me interested all the way to the end.

Its hard to get a real appreciation of just how good these boards look from just the photos.  I don’t mean that as a self gratifying statement, its a compliment to Forge World actually.  They have really outdone themselves with these boards.  They are exceptional and I am eagerly awaiting further releases, but I get the feeling that the next lot wont be out for some time.  These boards by far and away set the standard for table top modular scenery boards.  Nothing, and I mean nothing on the market comes close to even touching them.

So lets take a look at them…

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape 1 via Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape 2 via Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape 3 via Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape 4 via Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape 5 via Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape 6 via Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape 7 via Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape 8 via Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape 9 via Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape 10 via

So I hope you’ve enjoyed this phase of the build… If you liked this stage, you are going to love the next phase, buildings.  I am particularly excited about what is in stall for these boards once the buildings begin to take shape on them.  Its really going to set them off.

The first board I’m going to work on is the white marble Shattered Plaza board.  I’m going to build a White Marble Cathedral to adore thats magnificent board.  Expect an update over the weekend with some significant progress.  I’m pretty amped up about the next phase and cant wait to tackle it.

Until then, thanks for dropping in


  1. Looks excellent Sutto… might be time i got off my ass and started working on my board!

  2. Dan says:

    Anychance of a painting tutorial on the white you plan for the building, and have already done for the base areas and the Space Marine statues John?
    Would love to get a guide for the colours and how you went about it. Especially as I’d like to replicate it on my own board.
    Great Job

    Resin Addict

    • John says:

      Hey Dan,

      I plan on doing a comprehensive tutorial on how to paint the white marble shortly. Now that I’m onto making the buildings for the board pieces I will use the cathedral to demonstrate this painting effect. It’ll probable happen in the next week or so. So sit tight and hang in there, it’s on it’s way!


  3. Dan says:

    Yeah thats why I mentioned it. Magozac who’s blog it is, is a friend. He’s in Oz too. I wondered as it was there whether you were a member on the forum?
    There’s tons of amazing stuff from the resin and scrathbuilding side of the hobby there.
    I’m one of the collaborators and moderators on the forum – Arkangel 🙂
    If you’re not it would be great to have you on board and when you get a little time away from the blog pop over have a surf around. You may pick up some inspiration as I have from here 😀

    • John says:

      Thanks for the invite dan. I’ve long been a fan of RA ever since I saw the Tau Super Heavy walker build, even more so after I found out he’s Australian. I have also been watching the mecha he’s doing in 1:32? Scale? Very talented man

  4. Dan says:

    I have posted on RA in the Clinic under the painting thread 😀

  5. Awesome work John. So I take it you’ll be locking yourself away and using them for the next two weeks??

  6. John says:

    Thanks Troy, Well, today was my last day so like yourself I’m now gainfully unemployed…. I’ll be using my time wisely to make more magnificent man dollies and man dollie houses….

  7. Matt Wingrove says:

    Never commented on a blog before. The City of death boards you have painted are jaw dropping. So so so impressed. I will be checking this blog weekly now and have saved a shortcut to my homepage. Would love to know the rubble and road colours you use. I am in a gaming group called the Battle Bunnies and jointly we are getting at least 6 boards next month. Your guide will be our bible for the endeavour. And will be the centrepiece for our Istvaan 3 battles.

    Thanks again for taking your time to post these exceptional pictures to your blog site.

    • John says:

      glad to pop your blog comment cherry Matt! For the road, I used many different colours but the base colour was the replacement for Charadon Granite in the new citadel range. I then used a tooth brush to flick various other lighter and darker colours on to simulate the small rocks found in road base. To modulate the largely flat surface of the road I used various oil paints to shade in smudges into some of the lower areas. This helps to give the eye ‘terrain’ to move over rather than a flat surface. Hope this helps. Glad you’re enjoying my blog.


  8. Jordan says:

    Hey John,

    This is inspirational. I have been contemplating how to paint my four cityscape tiles and I think I will try to emulate your scheme. You’ve done a superb job and I’d be happy to even get mine close.

    Any chance you’d be willing to share a few more of your color choices? I’d even be willing to “commission” you just to share with me the detailed color palettes for each part of the city. I often have a hard time choosing colors, though my ability to apply them is usually adequate.

    Thanks for considering it,


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