Posts Tagged ‘realm of battle cityscape’

So this is 2013’s entry into Armies on Parade.  It consisted of a ‘turned’ force of World Eaters space marines, accompanied by their new allies.  Daemons of Khorne.  Specifically, the amazing Blood Thirster made by Forge World and some Bloodletters.

This year GW decided not to have a Games Day in Australia.  So they decided to still do the Armies on Parade competition, however photos of the winning entries from each store would be sent to head office and put up on GW’s website for everyone to vote on.  Yet again I won the store comp but didn’t win the overall comp.  I hope GW decided to have a Games Day for Australia this year.  Even though I live 1,000km away, its well worth the expense and effort to get there.

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It was still good to get the shop award though

Thanks for dropping in

John

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This weekend at RAAF Base Amberly will see the annual Anzac Cup hosted by WW40k being held.  Its a 1950pt Warhammer 40,000 6th Ed tournament,  more details can be found here.  I’m playing with my Carcharodons and I’m looking forward to participating as the team who ran the ADFWGA Championships are behind this event, and if their last tournament was anything to go by it should be an awesome weekend.

The organiser of the event has asked me to bring along my Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape board to have set up for display as well as some of my other models, including my Titans and a few others pieces from my collection.  So if you are able to drop in on the Saturday or Sunday and have a look it would be great to have your company.  As usual there will be a strong fund raising focus for Legacy over the weekend so if you can a small donation would be greatly appreciated by families of serving and past Defence Force Personnel.

Entry is free and there will surly be some amazingly painted armies battling it out over arguably the best tournament scenery in Australia for the Anzac Cup.  I’m sure its going to be a great weekend.

If you click on this LINK it will take you to the Google map for RAAF Base Amberly’s location if you are not familiar with the area.  Also below is a picture of where the event is being held on the Base.  The good thing is that you won’t need a Military ID to get in as the tournament isn’t being held in the secure area, so there will be no hassles for you coming along.  The only stipulation is that you cant wear thongs (flip flops for my American readers, incase you think Aussies walk around wearing G-Strings everywhere)

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So it’d be great to see you along over the weekend and I’m sure you’ll be impressed with what you’ll see.  If you are not able to make it along, you’ll be able to live vicariously through my post tournament review that will surly follow next week sometime.

Hope to see you then, thanks for dropping in

John

phew!

It’s finally done, a 6 x 4 playing surface to wage eternal war on.  After almost three months of painting and building and some more painting I’ve completed six of the Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape boards.  The last board of the six I needed to paint was a Primus Sector.  Although I still have one more Primus Sector and one more Shattered Plaza to go, I’m claiming this victory because now I can have a legitimate game of 40k on these boards.

I have to confess, I’m getting sick of painting scenery.  So in a way I’m glad that I’ve reached this mile stone right at the point where my threshold for making more scenery is about at its limit.  I’m now ready to take a short break and then begin working on my 30k World Eaters.

So lets talk Primus Sector for a minute, then we’ll have a look at it and then take a look at some photos of it and the completed board.  So the Primus Sector board is an unusual board in that its only one building.  Yes I know the Shattered Plaza is to, but it takes up most of the board, however the Primus Sector is just a lot of roads and then one large foundation more or less in the middle of the board piece.  The other unusual feature is that again, unlike all the other boards the foundation isn’t a square or rectangle.

I really want to for this piece take that feature into account, so you’ll see from the pictures that the building doesn’t have any right angles in the walls.  I also wanted to have proper roof line for this pieces too.  Unlike all the other buildings that have a roof/floor as a means of finishing off the building, I wanted this one to have a proper roof.  I think I may have been influenced by the old Forge World Anphelion Base (which is no longer available) when I made this.  I must admit it has been something I’ve been thinking about ever since a friend of mine revealed to me he has one, unpainted, basically unassembled and complete that he’s perhaps wanting me to paint…

I digress… So lets look at some pictures.  I took these this morning in a bit of a rush because it was about to start raining (where I live has had over half its yearly rain fall in the past two months) and I wasn’t sure when I’d get an opportunity next to take some photos, so the compositions aren’t red hot, but you’ll get the drift.

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I do intend on completing the last two boards however I’m not sure when the next update will be on this project.  I more or less see it now as being finished.  So thank you for taking this journey with me.  It’s been a pleasure having your company, words of encouragement and suggestions, I’ve had a really good time making this board, much more than I thought actually.  It’s been one of the most rewarding things hobby wise I’ve ever done.  I never thought I’d do scenery, but I can see now that it will enhance mine, and my opponents enjoyment of the game so much more by having an interesting, stimulating and challenging battle-space to play on.   Sadly its often an aspect of our hobby that is overlooked or marginalised and it’s my fervent hope that I’ve inspired one or two of you out there to step up and make some scenery that is on par with some of the magnificent armies I see both locally and on the interwebs.

I’d especially like make mention to Aaron over at Forlorn Hope who’s suggestions, ideas, constructive criticism and just general radness has been extremely helpful and inspiring during this project.  Cheers mate.

Speaking of Aaron, he and I will be shortly commencing the Death of Isstvan III Campaign described in the Forge World Horus Heresy Book one : Betrayal.  If anyone who lives locally and would like to participate with either a Traitor or Loyalist force message me.  The plan is to bring you battle reports of the six main Battle Missions, Blood Feud, Fire Tide, Shatter Strike, Onslaught, Dominion & Extermination and also the four Legendary Battles, Cometh The Red Angel, The Flight of Truth, Counter Thrust and The Death of Gods and Angels.  This is going to be EPIC and I can not wait to start getting enough (Loyalist) World Eaters together so the games can commence.

Apart from that, I plan on just having a few games of 40k on this board now its complete and I’m looking forward to seeing what its like to play on.

So… who wants a game?

John Sutton, Brisbane, Qld

Today is a good day.  I finished off the fifth Realm of Battle board of the eight that I started a little over two months ago.  This board has thus far been by far the most challenging I’ve completed.  Both technically and creatively.  I remember at one point thinking I’ve arrived at the place where my vision and my technical ability no longer over lap.  I kept going though, determined to push myself and see what I started through.  I’m glad I did preserver too  because the final piece is my most pleasing to date.

I also have to point out that I’ve been doing some work on my photography skills and had some tutoring from my friend and fellow Blogger Troy on using Photoshop.  I went and downloaded photoshop and this morning Troy spend several hours with me showing me some basic techniques to improve the quality of the pictures that I post on my blog.  You’ll notice that they look different, although not perfectly the way I’d like them its a new direction for me and I intend on working on this skill and honing it moving forward.  Go and have a look at Troy’s blog too, its still model building just a different genre to ours.  I am working on him though you’ll all be happy to hear.  Thanks again for your help on this Troy and being so generous with your time.

So lets get down to business,  I’ll put up some pictures and leave a few remarks under each one and walk you through what went on.  Also, take a good look at the working photos to see what I meant.  It may not look like much, but a lot of work went into these pieces and I think I jagged bits of it too.

forge-world-realm-of-battle-cityscape-generatorum-sector-1The overpass of doom and spiral stair case of despair…  As some of you will remember one of the first boards I did was of a giant crane that I purchased for $35!!! (can you believe it!) from Toys’r us.  Well, when I built that crane I had two of the centre sections left and I always planned on using them on one of the other boards.  With the last board of the industrial precinct about to commence I thought it would make sense to use it somewhere on it, and seeing as it looked a bit like a walk way, I thought it would be interesting having it spanning over the large double lane road that runs through the centre of this board.  I knew one of the ends of the walk way would run into a building, however I had to really put my thinking cap on to work out where the other end would go.

One of the first technical challenges I had to overcome was the heights.  One end that went into a building was more or less governed how high it was going to be, in this case, on the second story of a three story building.  What made it difficult though was the foundation that the building was resting on, it was just a random height, and the other side was at street level.  So the building on the other side, even if it was a GW plastic kit, would not match up height wise and the walk way would be un-level.

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Enter the spiral stare case of despair.  Wow did this test me.  You can see in the working photos whats gone into it.  It was a real challenge.  But I have to say, it was an enjoyable one, at no time did I ever feel like throwing it against the wall and jumping on it.

Which is new for me.

The whole way I just would come up to another technical challenge and work out the solution…  I did do a fair few sketches too of this piece before I assembled it, I knew the height I needed it to be, then it was a case of just doing some math and a bit of straight forward planning and then following that plan.  However it was still challenging, and even with all my planning I wasn’t sure if it was going to go together when I finished it.  forge-world-realm-of-battle-cityscape-generatorum-sector-3

 

The final piece is the storage tank.  I really like this piece most of it is actually scratch built too.  It was great fun making it and looks awesome, remember when in doubt modelling add an Imperial Eagle, when in doubt painting add hazard stripes.  forge-world-realm-of-battle-cityscape-generatorum-sector-4

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So there you go.  I really hope you like the pieces and the new style of photos I’ve put up.  I’d be interested in hearing your comments too if you feel the urge to share your thoughts.

Until next time

John

So, four down now, four to go!  Half way mark, and oh boy am I feeling it…  It’s been a big job thus far.  This is the last of the two Concourse Sectors that I brought way back on 12 December 2012… It’s a little bit shocking for me to think that about two months ago these bad boys rocked up on my door step.  It’s been a bit of an obsession for me over the summer.

So far the boards that I’ve completed I’ve been very happy with, and this one is no exception.  This one is meant to be a Chaplaincy and some form of accommodation for the attendants of the Cathedral.  So I’ll let the pictures do the talking and make a few comments on each of the pictures to guide you through what I was thinking at the time, and as usual you can get more of an idea about the process from flicking through the working photos gallery at the bottom of this post.

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I really wanted the larger of the two buildings, the accommodation block, to have a very distinctive feature so I went back through a few photos of cathedrals etc and found that certain types of places of worship have domes on top, so I thought it’d look cool.  I also made the roof line overhand the building facade, sort of like an eve.  I did this to help break up the shape of the building (a rectangle) and to allow the addition of the buttresses (pic below)  I didn’t want the roof to have a barrier on it, like all the other buildings featured, however I did feel it needed something, so I added a small hand rail with the eagle heads as the posts.  I think it makes an interesting look and I’m very happy with how it turned out.  For those that are interested the dome is a toy soccer ball.  I chose it because it was 1.  The right size, 2.  It had and interesting diamond pattern over its surface as opposed to being just smooth, and 3. It didn’t have any other features embossed on it, like a manufactures mark, random shapes or whatever.

You can see what it looked like before I painted it in the working photos gallery at the bottom.  I’ve still got the other half, so perhaps It’ll feature in some other piece of scenery on anther board (yes, I’m already planning another board when I finished with this one….)
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As with other multi story buildings I’ve made, this one is also broken up into its various floors to make gaming with it easier…. If you look closely you can see small posts.  These are in each corner and key into the upper floor to make the building more stable when assembled.  Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Concourse Sector 8

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One thing that I am really pleased with so far, but sadly you can not see, is the way the boards and buildings interrelate to one another.  The boards when all put together really are starting to look like a small city block, the different heights of the buildings, the features which distinguish them, the story they tell and the “conversations” they have with one another through the narrative I’m trying to create all enhance the effect and produce a result that is greater than the sum of its parts.

With just two more boards to do to give me a 6′ x 4′ playing surface so that a proper game can be played on them, I’m starting to get very excited and can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I have to admit though, I am now starting to want to paint some actual minis, however I’m just going to have to wait until I get the last few boards done.  I anticipate the pace of my updates is going to somewhat slow down come next week as my studies commence and it’ll be nose to the grind stone.  But we’ll see what happens.

Thats if for now, thanks for dropping in

John

Hey everyone,

Heres something to get you very excited.  My good friend, fellow blogger and painter extraordinaire who’s models have featured on the front page of Games Workshops blog found their way to The Painting Bunker today and we couldn’t help ourselves so we staged a few shots for your viewing pleasure.  I think you’ll agree with me in that these pictures look amazing.

We are actually planning on fighting the campaign from the Betrayal when I get these boards finished and have painted my World Eaters, so this is just a taste of things to come.

Behold!

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Cheers

John

Well, after getting back on my brief holiday over the weekend I got home with renewed vigour and enthusiasm to get my hobby on… and that I have.  Sometimes taking a break and total abstinence from hobby is the best thing to renew your interest.  So its now 3 down, 7 to go for the Realm of Battle boards.  Today I bring you the finished Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Concourse Sector.  As I’ve mentioned before I want these boards to tell a little story, not just be a disparate bunch of boards with buildings on them.   These two boards (I’ve got two if you remember) I see as the administration centres for the Shattered Cathedral.

This first one being the actual administration centre and a records storage depot or perhaps entrance to an underground archive…   With this building though I wanted it to be a line of sight blocker.  No windows, no damage or anything, just something that will clearly block LoS for 90% of the units that are used in 40k.

So enough with the yackaty yack, lets get to the pictures.

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Another possible use for the smaller of the two buildings is use it in a scenario where its an objective and at the end of the game the controlling player gets some sort of deployment or initiative advantage in a game that features Zone Mortalis… nice.  Perhaps another purpose is that its an Adeptus Arbites (and friendly local Inquisitor) squad house, the Cathedral precincts local police station.

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I made the second floor of the Administration Building and roof of the Archive detachable to make using them in a game easier.  As usual (now) below is a gallery of all the work in progress shots of this build that I take along the way.  Feel free to have a snoop around to see how I do business.

Thanks for dropping in, I’m really looking forward to the next finished post I’ll be brining you.  Its the second Concourse Sector and it features a Chaplaincy and Chaplaincy Accommodation….  I’m really excited about it, it looks amazing and its not even painted yet!

Ok,  thats it for me for now

John