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  1. FFG games tester speaks about today's announcement... Fantasy Flight Games Tester talks about X-Wing: Second Edition
  2. Hi guys, so after touching up a few areas with more PVA and sand I applied a Matt emulsion to the board using a roller. I used a paint called Tuscan roof for this, which I found in B&Q. It was the closest thing I could find to my preferred sand base colour (kislev Flesh). I did two light coats. This was followed by a even lighter highlight of Watered down Kislev Flesh and finally a bit of dry brushing with screaming skull for raised areas and zandri dust for the darker recesses. Im 90% satisfied with it, I suppose I could have been more patient and diversified the sand / PVA a little better, but this is definitely better than using a photographic playmat, in my opinion. As a final touch I need to go around the edge of the board with Black Matt paint, but that’s a job for another day. Finally, here’s a look at my in-progress scenery and scatter terrain. Still have a lot of work to do on my buildings. The hydrophonics station needs painting, as do the crates (these are plaster of Paris crates you can buy from eBay - though they are intended for games like 40k, I think they look right at home in this universe).
  3. Finally got around to texturing my gaming board. After some initial testing with various types of sand and grit I concluded that fine sand was the best way to go. I laid down a large plastic dust sheet and mixed up a pot of watered-down PVA. This was generously slopped onto the board and (covering one quarter at a time), then scattered with handfuls of sand. I eventually ran out of sand (I was using a kilo) and resorted to using some other types (hence the darker areas). This is how the board currently looks, but its far from finished yet. I want to get rid of the larger stones and fill in some of the small holes where screw-heads are still visible. Once that's done, i can give the whole board a nice coat of flesh-coloured acrylic paint, before dry brushing with a bone-coloured paint (same methods used on my escape pod base). This was a really messy job, hence the plastic dust sheet, which was soon covered in excess sand and small puddles of PVA. Working on a board this size, be sure to wear something you dont mind getting ruined, as you will inevitably kneel in PVA and get it on your sleeves / arms as you work. Cheap disposable overalls are ideal. A closer view showing the various textures on the board. Will look a lot more uniform once its been painted.
  4. Well the pod is apparently at 1:72 scale, so I ordered it thinking it was going to be too small. However, when it arrived and I assembled it I actually felt it was passable. This was the closest scale model I could find, and a bit of an experiment. The fact that I buried in sand has also helped balance the scale off - Even at this scale, I still think it makes a reasonable one or two-man life craft. Also, this is how the pods appear in Star Wars Battlefront, which is pretty close to my scale, wouldn't you agree?
  5. Made a bit more progress with scenery. I seem to be starting a lot of things but not finishing them. My plan is to get a number of buildings plastered and ready for painting, then paint these one after another to help give them a more unified look. I found some small polystyrene boxes in a branch of hobby craft. I figured by glueing the lid onto the base, you get a neat little ridge around the top of the building. Top this with a halved polystyrene ball and you have the beginnings of a basic, but decent Tatooine dwelling. Because the buildings are hollow (being upturned boxes) they're very lightweight and they can be stacked, which is useful for storage. I was also inspired to create a octagonal building like we saw in the Star Wars legion gameplay demos. So this is another work in progress. It was made from a chunk of styrofoam, topped with a large, halved, polystyrene ball and then decorated with the usual wedges and a doorway. I might however remove this doorway in favour of an arched one - something i've not yet tried with any of my buildings. And finally, a little bit of scatter terrain i've been working on; made for a potential 'capture the pod' gameplay scenario (i expect there will be objectives like this in the game, but if not, its a nice piece to put on the table). This was made from a Retro SF escape pod model kit (found on ebay for £20 - I would not recommend these kits to beginners - they come with very little in the way of instructions and dozens of tiny parts covered in excess plastic). I sanded the top of the escape pod so there was an incline, and then super-glued it to a transparent perspex action-figure stand (you can find those on ebay - i think they're called star bases? I had a few laying around spare). I heaped some polyfilla all over the base to give the impression the pod had burrowed into the sand and created a bit of a mound, and pushed a few stones in for good measure. Once that had set I coated the base in slightly watered down PVA, followed by very fine sand and a bit of grit. I actually gave it two coats as I wasn't' satisfied with the first (too many thin patches). Next I painted the model - spraying the entire thing off-white, then paint a few areas with Standard Mechanicus Grey (most notably the thrusters). I then gaved the escape pod a generous wash over with Citadel's 'Nuln Oil', which dirties it up. The base was coloured with Kislev Flesh, then dry brushed with Ushabti Bone and Flayed One Flesh. I might even give the base another going over with the latter, to catch the rock edges. I also gave the pod a very light dry brush with Leadbelcher in places, which gave it a sort of sheen, a dusting of Flayed One Flesh, which helped give it a dusty sandy coating, as I figure sand would have settled on the escape pod following impact. Apart from assembling the Escape pod model, it was pretty easy work - taking about 2 hours to complete (not counting the drying time).
  6. Personally, I'd sand that surface down a bit - A little too rough for my taste, when you consider the scale you're working to. Nice tutorial.
  7. If the FFG forum allowed me to upload more than 0.04MB of photos to a post, I wouldn't have to use a third party service like Photobucket who it seems don't like people using them for photo hosting, the very purpose for which they exist. Utter bollocks. I post a YouTube video soon showcasing all the work done on the Cantina.
  8. Here's a little update on my Mos Eisley Cantina inspired building: After gluing all the foam parts together, I began coating the model with polyfilla, which I would then sand down once it was dry. In this image you can see why its necessary to sand down the polyfilla once its dried - the walls nearest to the camera need a fair bit of smoothening. I then flipped the model upside down and glued some corrugated card (bought from a stationary shop) into the doorways and bordered these off with some corrugated cardboard (these were made from those cardboard rings you put around you cup in Starbucks - I just grabbed a bunch of these when I was there last). I've still got a bit of work to do where sanding is concerned - in a couple of places at least, then I might apply a little PVA and sand sparingly in a couple of places to give a mix of textures on the final finish, which suggests damage, erosion, weathering etc.
  9. @Slugrage These are great - I love what you've done with the texture and paint work on the buildings.
  10. The overall size of this piece is 400mm x 290mm, so not too difficult to store away on the top of my book shelves, therefore i will be gluing it all together, although I do like your suggestion. This will probably be the largest of the set pieces I'm building.
  11. The stuff i'm using is 'styrofoam' and it can be ordered online http://modelshop.co.uk/Shop/Item/Styrofoam-yellow/ITM4892 It is Not to be confused with insulation board, which you might find in your loft or sold in fat sheets from B&Q.
  12. That's a nice shout actually - There's seldom room for throwing dice on a busy table. I was originally intending to decorate the space with objects to represent air conditioning units, some ariels and such, but that is a good suggestion.
  13. Have updated another thread with some of latest terrain progress. It probably belongs here more than in the other thread.
  14. Started building some scenery for my Legion Tatooine themed table. I wanted to start with something ambitious, so designed this building, loosely inspired by the Cantina seen in A NEW HOPE. I divided the design into segments which I then cut from a large block of Styrofoam using a hot wire cutter (which is an essential bit of kit if you are planning to use large amounts of foam in your models. I've tried to cut foam with knives, saws, very sharp blades... everytime i get horrible cuts, sloppy angles and mess. This wire cutter has been an amazing purchase). I also cut some polystyrene balls in half (no prizes for guessing what these are for). The smallest of the balls is actually made from plaster of paris - poured into a spherical ice cube mould. This is how the assembled parts look when placed together. The next step is to glue this together using PVA and filling in any cracks and gaps with polyfilla. After that I have to look at texture options, though i hear polyfilla mixed with PVA is excellent for getting that chalky stone surface... But this is just an update on what i'm building.
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