Monday, March 9, 2009

Terrain Update for Recruits

Here's the forecourt, enclosure and temple piece completed this weekend. An old Foundry samurai figure is seen standing on the forecourt tiled entry. Red Torii Arch is shown at front of forecourt. can be a part of this piece or a separate piece to a more naturalistic enclosure and temple ground (yet to be constructed).

Painted and flocked all of it casually this weekend Friday, Sat and Sun evenings.

Closer shot of forecourt, enclosure,and temple.

Temple and temple grounds.

Overall of the Torii Arch. Note the wall segments on either side. This attaches to the fieldstone walls that will make up an enclosure that is more flexible than this one.

Looking back out of the Torii Arch.

Through the arch to the main gate.

Main gate at forecourt. The posts are stone posts demarcating the main path. sometime would be strung with colored rope or cord.
Side shot of the enclosure with the temple.

Shot of the temple structure. Homes and other artizan and craftsmen homes and shops were not elaboarte and detailed at the roofline like this one.
Shot of back of gate.

Thats the temple complex.

I need to flock the arch, complete the stone walls, reflock my other temple, then start pulling out all my terrain and trees.

We are going to playtest it an the 21st. Should be fun. We are using Song of Blades and Heroes. 3 warbands left to put on cards and then I am done.

Should probably write my scenarios for my full thrust game. NeoSoviets vs. European Commonwealth.

European Commonwealth

Friday, March 6, 2009

Update on Samurai for Recruits

Well here's a terrain update for Recruits.

I have been busy on the second temple set, a Torii archway, and some garden amenities (standing stones for cover, garden with miniature stone pagoda).

I hope to finish painting all of these this weekend, and then make some more walls and finish some more river sections. I think I have enough river painted to do about 16' of table.

Standing garden stones, to evoke the feeling of the mountains in Japanese garden design. also nice to hide behind and get cover from.

A sand garden and stone pagoda with standing stones. I will add foliage when I finish painting and basing.
some walls I made a long time ago. I will finish these and will never make walls like them again. A total pain.

The Torii Arch to the shino temple. To pass through the archway is an act of cleansing. It signifies moving from the mundane to the sacred.

Front shot of the Arch. It is an aquarium piece that was busted and I got on discount.

Forecourt entrance to the new temple. It is removeable.

Shot of the new temple from the forecourt to the main gate, and the walled enclosure behind.

Construction is plastic card, insulation foam, wood dowels, wooden shapes, and balsa wood. All available at Hobby Lobby. I love all of the wooden shapes that are available. they are great for scratch building. Liquitex resin sand for ground covering.

Shot with the temple building inserted. I scratch built the temple from balas and bass wood and plastistruct HO scale tiles. In some Japanese temple traditions some temples would be burnt to the ground every generation and then rebuilt for the next generation to do the same. what a wonderful tradition. you can see another gate lurking behind the wall to the left. It will show up on a subsequent project.

The Gate to the enclosure. Door is removeable. All custom made except for the tiles and stone.

Better lighting to show some of the detail of the temple building since its all black.

Shot back to main gate from inside the enclosure. I have since added stone work to the inside and textured all the stucco walls.

Stone work added inside with the first additions of garden elements. Originally I had made them permanently attached. I removed them so I could have more flexibility and mounted them individually as shown above.

There you have it.