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Hi all, since everyone else is doing it I am starting a painting thread. Yay!

We played two games yesterday and I am set on playing Waiqar.  A buddy of mine will be taking the Daquan. 

Stay tuned for some skeletons and me learning to make terrain pieces from scratch (I only ever built a Citadel Wood kit as a backdrop for some minis on my shelf - this will be our forest piece).

 

This should be a fun journey. 

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1 hour ago, drkpnthr said:

What did you use for the grasslands mat? Or is it purchased?

It is a polyester fleece, 150x180 cm medium-dark brown blanket from a department store. I then purchased a 125 ml tube of leaf green acrylic paint and a smaller bottle of ochre yellow. Probably go for a larger tube. I ran out almost exactly as I was done with the green. Also, a textile marker or a sharpie to mark your player edges.

With a large brush I put some of the paint down onto a piece of cardboard (my palette) and then rubbed it into the blanket randomly. After each application, immediately comb it roughly with a fine comb to spread the paint better and separate the strands of fabric that get stuck together by the paint. I reapplied another layer of green where I wanted the grass to be lighter. Don't try to be uniform.
To finish it up I did the same with the ochre. When you look at grasslands there is more yellow than you'd think so put a bit of the yellow paint randomly all over the browns and greens. Then do some really bright yellow spots. Remember to comb immediately after you spread the paint. 

Some clumps of hair will come out, so have a vacuum ready for when  you're done.
 

With the fleece this is all you need to do. Do make sure you get a dark brown or a dark green fabric. It's difficult to get the paint deep into the roots. Other colors will show through. Brown does as well a bit but it looks kinda natural.

If you want to go fancy and you can get some faux fur which has each individual hair strand more defined. Fleece is more clumped together.
You also have to shave faux fur down. This is important as you need the dials to stand on top of the mat.

We played on the fleece today and if you push the dial down into the fabric a bit it won't fall over.

Here's a helpful video about using Faux Fur. 

 

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Yeah, I've been eyeing that video for a while wanting to do something similar with a short, cheaper fabric. Your mat looks about the perfect length I wanted to achieve without ruining a hair trimmer to do it!

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Battle of Blanketfield. The matt works great, had to roll dice on one of the terrain tokens though. 
Since our FLGS has tables with metal rings where you can screw in the legs, we used magnets to snap the blanket around the table. Hasn't moved an inch during the entire game. 
The trays slide over it nicely. 
Dials sometimes fall over (facedown so no worries) - we need to push them into the fabric, 

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On 4/19/2017 at 5:46 AM, Polda said:

Hi all, since everyone else is doing it I am starting a painting thread. Yay!

We played two games yesterday and I am set on playing Waiqar.  A buddy of mine will be taking the Daquan. 

Stay tuned for some skeletons and me learning to make terrain pieces from scratch (I only ever built a Citadel Wood kit as a backdrop for some minis on my shelf - this will be our forest piece).

 

This should be a fun journey. 

Let's get started.13398413_1928821607344760_1571019634_n.j
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Just imagine an Aymhelin Scion hiding in those trees...

Pippin: "Look, the trees! They're moving!"

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On 25. 4. 2017 at 10:54 PM, Ywingscum said:

Looks amazing!

Thanks! He was a joy to paint. Best model in the game.




Updates:
- Still need to finish one Party Worm.
- Archers are done but I did not snap a picture yet. 
- I will likely take a break and work on some rock/barricade terrain pieces before putting more work into the army (highlighting, stringing the bows with 0.25 mm nylon thread, gradients on all the brightly coloured fabric)

 

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Seeing great jobs like this and others on the forums, inspires me to do a better job on mine.  I'm still working on the reanimates.  I did also spray the rest of mine.  

Keep the updates coming

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