Building a Stairway to Heaven

Anothe4r item in pieces that the move unearthed and has propelled me to complete. The third arcane fulcrum for the WHFB supplement Storm of Magic, the Eternity Stair.

Now OOP, and for good reason, its a lovely piece of scenery but does require a lot of work to build.

The two parts of the understaffs fit together fine, but the stairs on top did not – not by a long way as can be seen.

This was resolved with a bucket of near boiling water, and some muscle power to bend the plastic stair piece into shape.

Once bent into shape, the stairway was glued down with my usual mix of generic and super glue, and then held in place for 48 hours with rubber bands wound tightly round the edifice.

Once set, the entire piece had to be green-stuffed to fill ion the remaining gaps, which took about 30 minutes !

the piece was then undefeated black, and painted using my usual colours.

I had thought about the understaffs figures being slate grey, but decided to make it more “magical” I’d paint it a ghostly blue, which IMHO has turned out well. Took 5 layers of successive dry brushing but never mind.

This has also set a template for some of my ethereal undead I have planned.

Like the spiral staircase, the stairway has room for a few figures mid flight on it.

Now all I need is some treasure to put at the top…

Arcane Ruins

All that Agrax Earthshade is going somewhere, and its mostly scenery. One of the items I brought with me was a pile of assembled and undercoated Arcane Ruins by GW.

The kit is actually quite versatile and you get ruined versions of the uprights.

There’s three telethons, a single pylons and the base.

I painted them all in Foundry Slate Grey, with various brasses by GW for the details.

I’ve got another set on order so I’ll photo that at the w/e, with all the pieces.

I’ve kept the pieces separate to allow access to the inside.

One was unimpressed, viewing it from one’s latest throne !

Never enough

To stave off insanity, I’ve been busy with the paint, and rummaging through the several boxes of paint pots I have.

Of course, the one pot of paint (wash) I wanted is nearly empty and I’m busy painting scenery, scenery pieces and lots of brown stuff.

So I popped into GW, and stocked up !
I have a big order of scenery coming in so I’m not going to mess around.

B&Q were also visited for more paint in tester pots.

Treasures of the tower of Babble

Some scenery for Frostgrave Mordheim and WHFB.

One of the Storm of Magic scenery pieces for WHFB, that has been lying in pieces for too long.

Ideal for Mordheim and Frostgrave. Quite complex to put together (the central column was four pieces for instance).

The move unearthed a statue from the LOTR Ruins of Osgiiath set, I did them up for AVBCW but this one escaped so has been done for fantasy gaming.

From a Foundry Greek pack of stuff a pile of loot, I imagined this would be a pick and mix treasure option, where figures could take one item and then randomly roll for it later.

Two of the Frostgrave – Forgotten Pacts treasure items – a demon’s skull and a horn with gold.

Lots of more of these treasure items to come as I am hoping to clear these out pronto !

Scenery: The Silent Tower

For one of the Frostgrave scenarios I have been building the requisite “Silent Tower” from Pringles tubes. My deadline was Saturday when I had a game lined up with Alan,m which I almost met. Or at least enough to deploy the scenery.

I hadn’t highlighted the stones, and missed out the top most piece, but it was good enough.

I used a very old (and very soft) lead ladder to reach the top level, gluing it into place for added strength as it was very bendy.

The top most level I added an overhang to, just to make it different and provide more room.

The two walkways were pre-existing false wood ones.

Now on to the games…

Scenery: Another Pringles tube tower !

Right, a project that has been loitering with intent to not get finished.

For the Frostgrave scenario The Silent Tower, I need two small towers, and one large tower.

Now I had already done one of the small towers (two storeys high), but the second was resisting my charms as scenery boy.

As Oper my previous post, the tube had been cut up, and then covered in masonry paint. Unlike the previous tower, which was more open and used ladders, I went for the insane idea of spiral staircases.

here it is, yes two spiral staircases all made out of balsa wood. The base of the tower also had more of the dolls house flagstones added, just for completeness’ sake.

So two small towers now complete.

Now for the big tower which will be 4-5 storeys high – I’ve painted the inside with masonry paint, and added two lugs to support the second floor.

Now all I have to do is complete this for Saturday when I hope to run the scenario – nothing like a deadline to focus my braincell.

Unfortunately, I am out Friday at JP’s gaff playing games, have visitors Friday PM, and then the lads arrive Saturday morning. So I now only have 48 hours to complete the tower really as I am out this evening !!

Scenery – more walls

For Xmashammer, I ahd to dig out some plastic walls I had for the third scenario.

But Quelle Horror – they were unpainted.

So I decided to very quickly paint them and add to the scenery pile I could legitimately use.

They were from the GW Empire Farm set (now OOP, as ever). Rather than grey coping stones I went with reddish ones for a bit of variety.

The gate sections.

Useful for WHFB, Frostgrave and Mordheim.

Whilst I was at it, I found an offset of foam board, and made a 5th Wall for Frostgrave.

Now all I need to do is model some walls with Cats on top of them.

As my neighbours’ cat knows, walls are only there to help them get higher up into the trees, and their next snack.