FG: Scenery by TTCombat

Some time ago I bought TTCombat’s Savage Domain Ancient Beacon. First item from this company, its cheap and I didn’t pay P&P.

Its quite a chunky piece of scenery, with two main storeys 3@ high each, with what I call a pergola on top.

Nice big stairs so for once you can get halfway up the staircase and leave the figure there.

So how was it it to put together as an MDF kit ?

Mixed experience, overall good. The staircase was complex but fitted together wonderfully. As did the pergola, which had a lot of pieces to fit together.

yet the bulky tower section really did not fit well – the lugs and holes were far too tight and I ended up trimming many of them.

The pergola roof, 6 steps, on each side to make this, and 4 top pieces – so 28 in total. These fitted in perfectly.

So I’d recommend them with some provisos – you’ll need some experience, and a sharp craft knife/clippers. YMMV as this is a sample of one.

Vac formed ruins 2

Here are the other bits.

I didn’t use the masonry paint on any of these as the detail is shallow.

Another simple and cheap piece.

Ideal for both FG, RoSD and other games.

Starfire Elementals, and a new Inn (WIP)

Two more quickies as I grind through the Rangers:-

Starfire Elementals from the Maze of Malcor.

Quite simple to paint, using a 30 year old pot of mettalic blue paint that I have yet to source a replacement for !

I built this Inn some 19 years ago (I hope the Rangers don’t take me this long), but neglected to finish off the tiling until a month ago.

I used the inner cardboard tube of a kitchen roll towel to make them so they have a slight bump to them.

I was a third of the way through undercoating it before I realised a black blob is not photogenic, so here is part of it, its a big construction using my usual techniques, but with added balconies and large bay windows.

Its going to take a long time painting…hopefully not another 19 years ! 😀

Cultists and Skeletal Knights

Lockdown has led to a bit of ennui, I’ve had these figures 95% complete for two weeks. I finally pulled my finger out to finish them.

Culktists from the Rangers of Shadow Deep (RoSD) range.

Painted to match with my FG cultists. The Temple of Madness scenarios require a lot of cultists so might as well recycle FG cultists.

Sketon warriors which I’ll use as Skeletal Knights etc. Middle one is from the RoSD range, the other two from Artizan’s random fantasy range…probably the same sculptor as they are very similar in size and style.

Now onto some actual Rangers !

FG: Wizard Shades & Werewolves

From the Maze of Malcor:

Five wizard shades of the five lost schools of magic, one went AWOL, so I had to buy them all over again. Painted Foundry teal blue then dry brushed upwards to white – idea stolen from Joe McCullough the writer of the system and supplements.

Two more Werewolves, they feature in a scenario from perilous Dark, and are obviously a feature of Blood Moon the Rangers of Shadow Deep scenario.

these two figures are from one of the North Star Weird West ranges but listed as suitable for RoSD (duh).

I should watch Dog Soldiers again – excellent British film.

FG: Ghostbusters

Yes, really. I asked for a DVD of Ghostbusters, the original movie, for Xmas. My Aunt & Uncle translated this and gave me:

  • a boxed set of the then 3 DVDs
  • a t-shirt with the logo etc
  • three novelty key rings
  • Thanks…bit more than expected. DVDs watched, and all are good, t-shirt always wearable.

    The key rings ?

    Not my type, and too chunky to fit into my pockets easily, but I didn’t want to waste them so….

    So one, sort of undead nasty, and a Large Construct. I remnoved them from their attachments, and shaved off the loops on their heads.

    The slimer, was washed green and a red wash in his mouth.

    The stay puft man, was either an all or nothing, so I went with nothing.

    Hopefully a useful and amusing addition to the table, whilst not wasting resources !

    Third key ring has yet to find a use, maybe some sort of banish undead marker ?

    FG Werewolf, glass spiders and new scenery

    Starting to clear the backlog (hahaha) during lockdown.

    Scenery is by Gale Force 9.

    I bought the bundle offer so have finally got the ruined fountain terrain piece that features heavily in the FG rule books.

    Glass Spiders were painted using a very old metallic blue progressively highlighted and mixed with silvers.

    FG Perilous Dark Bestiary 1

    First set of figures painted.

    Ballista II, a large construct with a powerful ballista. Pinned by Richard as the arm would just be a liability simply glued on. Dark silver, dry brushed bright rung fang, and then toned down with black and brown washes that also helped key in the wooden parts of the ballista.

    Vapour Snakes. Arctic grey, dry brushed with white and then highlighted with rune fang silver again – I was rummaging around the paint collection and found a lot of pots of rune fang silver so will be using it extensively !

    Lockdown Foamboard Fun (3)

    Now the carcass is clad in balsa wood, time for some paint.

    In particular, textured masonry paint. Makes the foam board and all else feel like concrete which is great for transport.

    Importantly, it also means that the foam is covered up, as when you come to spray it, the sprays will melt the foam if it is unprotected. So make sure all the edges are covered with paint before spraying.

    It also covers up a host of imperfections and nooks and crannies.

    Like so.

    So after a couple of hours drying time for some…

    BLACK

    Paint the underside of the card base, so that it does not warp.

    Spray paint the rest…BLACK…

    Now for some block painting.

    That’s as far as the paint drying got me today (and light permitting).

    Tomorrow, the final touches, of highlights, and some paving.

    Lockdown Foamboard Fun (2)

    So, the foambaord carcass of the building is made, now for some good hard planking.

    Balsa wood for the exterior beams, a bit thicker than I normally use, but given the lock down all I have.

    Use the general architecture to guide you as to where the beams would go.

    I also shape them slightly by shaving off random bits along the edges to make it look a bit more natural.

    Now for the interior. The wooden planks for the first and second floors.

    I often measure out the lengths and then snap them off of the main length of balsa so In end up with frayed wooden pieces which look much more natural than sawn off pieces.

    I also try and ensure I have some shorter floorboards to make it look more natural (top right).

    Again I shave off some off the straight edges which will be picked up when I paint the edifice.

    Next up, watching paint dry !

    Wow bet you’re excited.

    NB: This is being done real time, so it does take a few days to do…