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Two down, six to go….

This scenery project has been by far my most ambitious, it’s also the most satisfying now its complete.  Now that I’ve finished it, I can also say its the most daunting project I’ve done.  On so many levels I struggled with this piece, the size of it, the complexity of it, the many different mediums involved in creating it, the planning required to build and paint it and the level of detail required to paint it all tested my patience more than once.

However the over all result and the presence it has have all been worth it.

Lets look at the pictures then I’ll explain how I painted the white / marble effect as I’ve had a few questions on how I did it, and I’m pleased to say its pretty easy.  But first to the pics…

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Shattered Plaza Cathedral Finished 1 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Shattered Plaza Cathedral Finished 2 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

 

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Shattered Plaza Cathedral Finished 3 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Shattered Plaza Cathedral Finished 4 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Shattered Plaza Cathedral Finished 5 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Shattered Plaza Cathedral Finished 6 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Shattered Plaza Cathedral Finished 7 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Shattered Plaza Cathedral Finished 8 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Shattered Plaza Cathedral Finished 9 via www.thepaintingbunker.comI really like this picture

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Shattered Plaza Cathedral Finished 10 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Shattered Plaza Cathedral Finished 11 via www.thepaintingbunker.comForge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Shattered Plaza Cathedral Finished 12 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

 

So there you go.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing this come to life.  The next board(s) I’m going to complete will be the two which have featured in these photos, and they are the Concourse Sectors.  I’m doing these as I seem them as the Administration centres of the Cathedral, all those Imperial Administrators need somewhere to administrate the Imperium from…

Anyways, how I painted the white on the Shattered Plaza, Honoured Imperium Statues and the Cathedral…

1.  Black Undercoat

2.  Citadel Codex Grey (or new range equivalent)

3.  Highlight Codex Grey with white (I used a touch of grey in mine)

4.  Add chipping using favourite chipping technique

5.  Cut in shaded areas with a watered down brown ink

6.  Seal using a gloss or semi gloss clear

7.  Make an oil wash containing a mixture of brown oil paint, white oil paint and brown weathering powder ( should look like muddy water, and have the same consistency)

8.  Using the wash, apply to recesses of model

9.  Make a mixture of brown and black paint to apply to severely battle damaged areas (like where large parts of the building are missing)

10.  Seal with a matt varnish

There are probably a few other steps you can add in to suit your own visual tastes, however this is broadly what I did to achieve the effect.  Hope that answers a few questions.

Ok, thats it for me for a few days now, I’m going to Canberra over the Australia Day long weekend to play in arguably the largest and longest running 40k comp in Australia, CanCon (it now has many other systems running too)  So if you’re playing or attending come and say g’day its great being able to put faces to names I see on my FB page.  It’s been many years since I played at CanCon, in fact the last time was well over 10 yrs ago when I took out first place for under 21’s… eeeerrrr (2nd ed era)  Looking at some of the names of players attending, the calibre will be very high with 30 of the top 100 players in Australia attending (there are 130ish players in total playing in 40k)

There will no doubt be tones of pics and a comprehensive post CanCon debrief up the following week.

Until next time, bye for now.

John

 

Well today I finished the scenery for my first completed Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sectors.  Its been a long time coming, I didn’t think making scenery could be so time consuming.  It hasn’t helped that while I’ve been doing the crane I’ve also been doing simultaneously  the Cathedral that will go on the first Shattered Plaza board section too.  I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking but I’m sure you’ll agree that this crane will be a real centre piece of the table.  Its massive!  Its surprisingly stable too, as a measure to assist with it not being knocked over by clumsy gamers (read : me) I’ve actually magnetised the chain on the winch so if it were to be bumped the chain will just fall away rather than bring the whole crane down.

So lets take a look at them.  There are two terrain pieces on this board, the crane, but also the Generatorum, I like to think of it as the generator or power source for the crane itself.  I imagine that a raiding army has sabotaged its power source rather than topple the crane so that if need be it could be put to use in the future.  Hence why the crane is in tact…

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector The Crane - Finished 1 via www.thepaintingbunker.comBehold! the God Machine Crane!

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector The Crane - Finished 2 via www.thepaintingbunker.comIn this shot you can see the ruined generator building.  I see the smaller section of roof as a sort of observation deck for the crane itself.

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector The Crane - Finished 3 via www.thepaintingbunker.comIn the grim darkness of the far future, there is only hazard stripes.

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector The Crane - Finished 4 via www.thepaintingbunker.comForge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector The Crane - Finished 5 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector The Crane - Finished 6 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector The Crane - Finished 7 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector The Crane - Finished 8 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

The power conduits for the craneForge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector The Crane - Finished 9 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector The Crane - Finished 10 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector The Crane - Finished 11 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector The Crane - Finished 12 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

 

So there you go.  The first board completed… seven to go.  The next board you’ll see by the end of the week most likely will be the Cathedral.  Its now fully assembled and undercoated.  Its a massive piece also making it awkward to handle, so painting it should be great fun….

The more I look at the crane and generator the more I like it, to be honest with you its still growing on me but its a very distinctive piece that I’m sure over time my appreciation of it will grow.

So thats it for today, look out for my next post which will be the completed Cathedral.  It’s going to be a real eye opener.

Thanks for dropping in, your comments are aways welcome

John

Two posts in one day! I have been busy…

About two weeks ago over the Xmas break my good friend Aaron of Forlorn Hope fame and I were having a bromantic night in watching Myth Busters and cutting out the seemingly endless sprues of the four Imperial Sectors I brought.  The sprues would eventually be for the scenery stage of the Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape boards I was at that time painting.

As we were watching Myth Busters we noticed a massive toy crane in the back ground of their office.  Aaron suggest that it would be cool to have a crane on one of the boards.  I did too, so I started looking online for something similar and eventually found one that looked cool, so a few days ago I found myself in Toys r Us with a toy crane under my arm.  They were having a 25% off sale at the time and it was only $35! So how could I resist.  The thought of having a massive Adeptus Mechanics crane on one of the boards was too tempting and the scale of what was on offer seemed to suit perfectly for the heroic 28mm scale of 40k.

So heres what I ended up getting from Toys r Us for $35!.  Thats me playing with it when I got it home btw.

 Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector Crane 1via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector Crane 2 via www.thepaintingbunker.comThis is what I ended up doing to it, and where it’ll go on my board.  As you can see I’ve shortened it, and “grim darked” it up quite a bit.

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector Crane 4 via www.thepaintingbunker.comAnother detail shot of its base and first level gantry.  I’m really happy with this piece.  Its very big but I think it’ll add a good sense of scale and perspective to the rest of the boards once its put into context with them around it.

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector Crane 5 via www.thepaintingbunker.comLots of bits of details added, most of it from the Titan kits I’ve made over the last year, plus some from the Imperial Sector buildings and a little brass etched pieces

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector Crane 6 via www.thepaintingbunker.comSo that I can store it, I’ve kept the mast and crane separate pieces.  Its just a push fit with a simple male/female fitting

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector Crane 3 via www.thepaintingbunker.comSome random junk on an industrial pallet.  I made the tarp by soaking some thin cardboard in some water with PVA glue in it, I then shaped it over the crates etc and let it set.

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector Crane 7 via www.thepaintingbunker.comAnother angle of the pallet.  I kinda like the simplicity of this piece.  It looks cool.

Here are my work in progress shots.  Again, your feedback would be nice on whether or not I should include these.

Ok, thats it for this post.

I’m thrilled with this piece.  It’s turned out much better than I could have ever imagined.  The paint job I have in mind for it is going to be pretty awesome too…  So hold fast for that one.

Thanks for dropping in

John

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 www.thepaintingbunker.com Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape 2 via www.thepaintingbunker.com Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape 3 via www.thepaintingbunker.com Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape 4 via www.thepaintingbunker.com Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape 5 via www.thepaintingbunker.com Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape 6 via www.thepaintingbunker.com Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape 7 via www.thepaintingbunker.com Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape 8 via www.thepaintingbunker.com Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape 9 via www.thepaintingbunker.com Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape 10 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

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

John

So today I finished off the sixth of the eight Realm of Battle Cityscape boards I have.  As I’ve basically finished the four boards once I won’t be doing updates for each board from now on in and I don’t really want to bore you with updates as I CBF doing them either, going over what I’ve already more or less done.

The second Shattered Plaza board I painted it the same colour as the Concourse Sector so that the three boards when put together would form a city square of sorts.  So lets look at a few pics

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Shattered Plaza 1 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Shattered Plaza 2 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Shattered Plaza 3 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Shattered Plaza 4 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

So I’m well and truly on the home stretch now.  Just two boards to go now and then we can get onto the main attraction, building terrain for them.  Can’t wait.  My aim is to get them both finished off by mid next week, and then hit the scenery making hard next weekend.  I did a mock up of a Cathedral for the Shattered Plaza earlier on in the week and I am really excited about how these boards are going to look when they have buildings on them.  It’s going to be pretty amazing.

Ok, thats me for the time being, thanks for dropping in

John

Firstly, wherever you are, Happy 2013.  It’s my fervent wish that your year is filled with tones of plastic crack and many triumphant  victories where you grind your enemies into the tabletop rendering them to all but a memory.

Ok, on to the post.

Today I finished off the forth board of the Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape, the Concourse Sector.  It’s a pretty straight forward paint scheme with the statue plinth being the focal point in white, clear marble.  I have to admit, that is the one area of this section that I am very happy with.  As you know, I’ve got two of these board sections and I plan to have them flanking the Shattered Plaza section with two Honoured Imperium Space Marine Statues on the top of each plinth.  To add a bit of variety to the appearance of the Concourse Sectors, I’ve made one of the Space Marine Statues toppled.  I’ll get into how I did it, but for now, lets look at some completed pictures of the board sections.

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Concourse Sector 1 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

This shot includes the toppled statue.

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Concourse Sector 2 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Heres are reverse angle of the toppled statue.  As I mentioned I’ll go into more detail about how I did it later in this post.

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Concourse Sector 3 via www.thepaintingbunker.comForge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Concourse Sector 4 via www.thepaintingbunker.comThis is the standard Space Marine Statue for the other Concourse Sector

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Concourse Sector 5 via www.thepaintingbunker.comThe wrecked Rapier.  Its small little details like this which really make these boards not only a real pleasure to paint, but will be amazing to play on too.

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Concourse Sector 6 via www.thepaintingbunker.comHere is a sneak peak of the four completed boards together.  Four more to go, then I can move onto the scenery to go on top of them.  Interestingly enough, just having a game on these sectors with out any additional scenery would be awesome, they are that good.

Ok, onto the toppled statue.  I’ll let the pics do most of the talking…

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Concourse Sector Honored Imperium Statue 1 via www.thepaintingbunker.comSo I started off with an assembled and gapped (which it needed lots of!) Space Marine Statue from the Honoured Imperium scenery box

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Concourse Sector Honored Imperium Statue 3 via www.thepaintingbunker.comI then cut it lets and worked on getting it position where I wanted it on the board section

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Concourse Sector Honored Imperium Statue 4 via www.thepaintingbunker.comSo that it would look as “integrated” as  possible on the sector I made a base out of plasti card and epoxy putty so it would fit snugly and “touch” the sector heavily.  I also filled in the legs and made it look like they’d been smashed/shattered.

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Concourse Sector Honored Imperium Statue 5 via www.thepaintingbunker.comJust a quick side view of the base that I created for the toppled statue.

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Concourse Sector Honored Imperium Statue 6 via www.thepaintingbunker.comTo try and help the base of the toppled statue appear as consistent looking with the rest of the sector I wanted the rubble on the base to look as close to the rubble on the sector as I could get it.  To achieve this I got a few different types of basing material together.  You can see in this picture kitty litter on the left, snake enclosure fill in the centre and a coarse sand from GW on the right.

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Concourse Sector Honored Imperium Statue 7 via www.thepaintingbunker.comI then mixed the together….

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Concourse Sector Honored Imperium Statue 8 via www.thepaintingbunker.com…and applied them to the base of the toppled statue.

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Concourse Sector Honored Imperium Statue 8 via www.thepaintingbunker.comHere is the base with the basing material applied.  I’m very happy with it appearance and consistency.

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Concourse Sector Honored Imperium Statue 9 via www.thepaintingbunker.comAnd the fit.  Nice and snug.

 

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Concourse Sector Honored Imperium Statue 10 via www.thepaintingbunker.com One other thing I wanted to do for the two statues was to give them a nice solid base to help them stay put on the sector while a game is in place.  So I filled up the statue base with some old nuts, bolts and washers….

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Concourse Sector Honored Imperium Statue 11 via www.thepaintingbunker.comI then filled it with resin to hold it all together and add some additional weight.

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Concourse Sector Honored Imperium Statue 12 via www.thepaintingbunker.comThis pic was taken about half way through the painting process.  Looking pretty good at this stage.

Ok, thats me for today, thanks for dropping in.  I’ve made it to the half way point with the boards, having painted four of the eight that I’ve got.  I’m very pleased with how they are turning out and I’m enthusiastically anticipating making the scenery that will go on the tops of these boards.  Stay tuned for further posts…

Bye for now

John

 

As I mentioned in a previous post, I didn’t get a chance to finish off the Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector yesterday as I had an afternoon and evening commitment, however I did manage go get a good start on it in the morning, and managed to finish it off today.  Again, I’m very pleased with how this section has turned out and decided to add a bit of colour to it so that the whole board doesn’t look to flat and one dimensional when its all together.  I went with the red and yellow in this sector as I see it as being an area dominated by buildings that Adeptus Mechanicus would use.  I plan on painting the buildings in this section the same colours as their bases, and also plan to have cat walks joining the three buildings.  I think that would give the sector the desired feel.

So lets take a look at some pictures.

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector 1 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector 2 via www.thepaintingbunker.comForge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector 3 via www.thepaintingbunker.comForge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector 4 via www.thepaintingbunker.comForge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector 5 via www.thepaintingbunker.comForge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector 6 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

Forge World Realm of Battle Cityscape Generatorum Sector 7 via www.thepaintingbunker.com

So I’m still aiming to get four of the board sections completed by the end of the month.  We’ll see how I go… I’ve got some big plans for the last section, the Concourse sector, so it may take a little longer than I think as I’ll be painting both of the sections and the other Shattered Plaza at the same time so I get some consistency with the painting effect I’m trying to achieve.

So with any luck you’ll be hearing from me in the next day or so.

John