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Happy New Year!

Posted: January 4, 2014 in Uncategorized
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For all you gamers, geeks, and hobbyists out there, here’s hoping you have a wonderful New Year!

Red Dice Happy New Year 2014

It has come time to say goodbye to an old favorite army of mine.  This Hivefleet Kraken Tyranid Army has served me quite well over the years.  It has carried me to many Rogue Trader Tournament victories, several army painting awards, and even 2nd place Overall at the 2004 Atlanta Grand Tournament.

Many of the models are converted or sport pieces of Tau armor on their bases (Tau are their favorite blue food).  The army display tray has sculpted alien terrain and resin effects.  Every model is completely painted and based, right down to the eyes.  Included in the force are:

  • Hive Tyrant
  • Converted Flying Hive Tyrant
  • 4 Warriors
  • Lictor
  • 30 Hormagaunts
  • 22 Gaunts
  • 16 Genestealers
  • 5 Ripper Swarms
  • 8 Gargoyles
  • 9 Spore Mines
  • Zoenthrope
  • Carnifex
  • Forge World Scythed Hierodule
  • 4 Objective Markers
  • 4 Custom Defense Lines
  • Army Display Board themed to match

At one time, there were even more pieces.  What you see here is the core of the force after some pieces found their way into the digestion pools for repurposing.  I hope that you enjoy these bugs the way I have.  They are now up on Ebay and waiting for their next meal… er… home.

You can see some older pictures of the army before it was updated for the last Codex here.

Early last year I built a whole lot of Ork terrain for Warhammer 40k.  I had built years before a few ramshackle pieces for friends, but I had never made a table set.  Since I had started building an Ork army, I thought it might just be time to try out some new tools (new to me) and see what i could come up with.  What happened next is what usually happens with Orks – dey gets all outta kontrol!

The first set went well, but felt a bit generic.  So it went up on Ebay while I decided what to try next.  The second set was a tryout for more designs, but also for adding some theme to the pieces.  Set done – off to Ebay it goes.  The third set was a real winner I thought.  Flexible designs, good theme, cohesive look (as cohesive as Orks get), and had some cool details scattered about.  I figured that this would be the last set I’d do.  WRONG!

As I had been posting the work-in-progress photos up on the terrain forum at Warseer, I was getting a lot of questions on technique and materials.  One of the posters there turned out to be a U.S. Army artilleryman stationed in Afghanistan.  We got to chatting and he decided to commission an entire Ork Fortress in the style I had worked out.  Four towers, three wall sections, a gatehouse, and three pieces of battlefield dressing were now on the drawing board.  I took about 7 weeks to work out the details, build, and paint the beast.  If you havent looked at the photos of Fort Ork, take a few minutes and check it out.

Anyway, after that big build project, I was definitely done building Ork terrain for a while… or so I thought.  I made the mistake of travelling to an out-of-town 40k tournament and bringing the village with me.  The host shop was new and had asked if folks could bring terrain in to help flesh out the tables for the tournament.  When the owner saw the set, he decided that he wanted it.  I drove home with a lot more space in my van than I started with.

Needless to say, my Orks needed a new home to fight for.  Keep an eye out for more adventures in building for da Boyz in the near future.  Meanwhile, check out that craziness:

Ork Village 1

Ork Village 2

Ork Village 3


Well, this past weekend I took a short break from working on the titan to drop by our local FLGS.  There was a Flames of War tournament going on with a dozen or so players.  Some of these folks drove 3 hours to play so I stop by to catch up and check out the armies and terrain.

The inventiveness of gamers never ceases to amaze me.  Different materials, varied techniques, always looking out for ideas and inspiration.  Like lightning – you never know where it will strike next.  I wound up staying through one of the breaks and we got to discussing themed tables.  How you can use a few key pieces that tie together for an immersive gaming experience was a recurring theme.

The Ork Fort and village terrain that I built for a client stationed in Afghanistan came up.  It was pretty much unanimous that using the same design elements (shapes, colors, materials) throughout are key to getting the theme set.  Check out “Fort Ork” and see if you agree.


All spiked up and nowhere to play?  Mascara running because Games Workshop doesn’t make terrain for your homicidal beautiful Dark Eldar / Dark Elf army?  Well have no fear.  The Wild Boar Blog is here with a great new tutorial on how to make your own Fields of Dreams Nightmares.

With the arrival of the new 6th edition of Warhammer 40k, terrain will have a great impact on the play of your army.  The game now has provisions for:

  • Buildings – how to damage or destroy them
  • Firing points and arcs of fire
  • Battlements and emplaced weaponry
  • Fortifications and reinforced structures
  • Ruins and battlefield debris plus their gaming effects
  • Forrests, lakes, and rivers with mysterious properties
  • Archeotech and other unique terrain with special features

Pages 88 to 107 in the new rulebook give you the details of these rules along with some inspiring tips on what you might include in your terrain set.  The “Choosing Your Army” section from pages 108 to 131 gives information on how terrain can be included as part of your army list and how to incorporate it into various missions.  Add to these all of the battlefield photos and scenes throughout the book, and you should be able to build quite a wish list for your outpost, lair, or encampment.  Execution is up to you (pun intended).

Since the release of the last Dark Eldar codex, I have built a half-dozen sets of Dark Eldar / Dark Elf terrain for display, Ebay, or commission.  To get a feel for what elements I wanted to include in the pieces, I went to the codex and the miniatures to see what common elements I wanted to carry over.  The curving, spiky nature was what I felt tied everything together best.  So, that’s the theme I went with.

Explore the gallery of Dark Eldar / Dark Elf terrain here or click on the pic for the individual set.


For the full tutorial on how I build pieces suited to your army, click here or on the photo below.

Remember.  If you build it, they will come… and die!


(Note 1 – Page numbers cited above are for the collector’s 6th edition of the Warhammer 40k rulebook.  Numbers may vary from the other printings)

(Note 2 – Yes, I still make this terrain on a commission basis.  You can contact me through the comments or email me at )

So, I have posted my tutorial on how to actually make vac-formed terrain useful – aka durable and attractive.

GW has released a couple of vac-formed terrain kits over the years.  They have had a high cool factor but a low function factor.  Check out the tutorial and I’ll share what I have learned while trying to make the Moonscape and OOP Blastscape terrain kits into something worthy of putting on your tabletop.  These techniques should serve you well not just with the GW pieces but with scratchbuilds or any of the offerings from other makers.  Enjoy!


This is from a couple of years ago, but I thought I would share.


Some people say it seems cheap, but I like to make the Christmas and birthday presents I give.  Once I even converted and sculpted custom game miniatures as wedding gifts for a D&D playing couple.  Gift cards just aren’t my style.

So, to celebrate our local FLGS moving into new digs that are twice the previous size, I wanted to give the owner a little something to thank him for giving us gamers a better place to play.  He doesn’t play all that much himself and he doesn’t paint his own pieces.  There must be a dozen folks that have either assembled or painted his undivided Chaos Space Marine force over time.  However, he isn’t afraid to pick up some dice to fill in when a tournament has an odd number of players.

Here is the custom, Chaos-themed dice tower I made for him.


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