I put up a new download in the downloads section. It’s a quick reference sheet for the post game sequence including the injury charts, exploration charts, and experience charts. There is also one of these in Letters of the Damned 1. I’d like to find some more quick reference sheets and other things of that nature, so if you have any to send or have a request for something you want then let us know!
I finally got around to working on foamcore buildings! In a few hours last night I was able to get the first story of a simple building put together using foamcore, matchsticks, and popsicle sticks. I still need to add some stuff to it, including some framing, and it will need to be painted of course. I was going to use some of the new cardstock printouts as base templates for my building, but after fiddling with getting them printed out I decided I would just try it by making my own pattern. I’m pleased with the progress I made so far, though the popsicle sticks didn’t want to cooperate last night.
I’ve added a second downloads page for downloads related to terrain. The original downloads page will contain any Mordheim rules related items, while this new page will contain things such as cardstock printouts. I have uploaded scans of all of the Mordheim box and Blood in the Streets box buildings already. You can print these directly to cardstock, assemble, and use as is… or you can use them as templates for creating your own buildings. I plan on using them as templates for creating some foamcore buildings very soon. Once I get one of those done I’ll put up pictures and a small how-to for those interested. Enjoy!
Cobblestone isn’t the only thing that we’ve been working on. We’ve also spent a little bit of time putting together some of the smaller details. One of the things that we’ve done so far is played around with making some small detail objects with sculpey. We have been thinking of creating things such as crates, barrels, ladders, and other similar items out of sculpey and possibly casting them to a mold. My girlfriend (Hadesdream, she might post on here at some point) sculpted us some really cool sacks out of sculpey the other day. These are not finished yet… they still need to be painted. I think they look awesome and I can’t wait to get them painted and put onto some terrain.
We managed to get some attempts at painting cobblestone in. It looks okay, but I’m not completely satisfied with the results. I do think that the stamps will work exactly as they are now. The patterns look great when pressed into the foam itself, now we just need to make it look good after painting… and to find a good way of painting without taking up WAY too much time. After going through several different ideas for color schemes (brown grout with dark grey stones, light grout with dark gray stones, and several other combinations) I think we finally settled for a dark grey grout with lighter grey stones. I like the basic color schemes below, they just need to look less flat and more like individual stones.
After noticing that it was pretty hard to find some of the Mordheim magazines online, I decided to host them on our site. Right now we’ve got most of the Town Cryers, the Mordheim Annual, Empire in Flames, and the Encampments. If you know of any other files, let us know so we can put them up as well. The downloads link is over on the sidebar on the right side.
Well, things have been a little slower this week than I would have liked due to school stuff. It’s just about over so I’ll have more time for working on terrain shortly. We’ve got the cobblestone where we want it I think, it’s just a matter of testing out the painting before it’s finished. Once that’s done I’ll put up a post with a full block done up with the painted cobblestone. After that we’ll be re-creating the well piece and finishing up the meteor piece. I can’t wait until we can finish off a full piece.
For now though, I wanted to put up a post with some ideas we’ve had for the terrain and see if we can get some feedback.
After the failed attempt at cobblestone on the well piece, we decided we needed a new idea. We needed something that would look like cobblestone and not just gravel. We also decided that buying tons of Talus was not cost effective (and finding enough rocks of the right sizes and shapes was not very efficient). I found an idea posted by DarkWingDuck on Tom’s Boring Mordheim Forums for making a cobblestone stamp. This was exactly what we were looking for… it’s simple, it’s consistent, and it’s cheap. Our requirements were slightly different so we decided to come up with our own method. Rather than creating a uniform, patterned cobblestone we wanted something rough and random for our city. We decided on using actual stones to create the pattern to give it a more natural look.
We knew the first couple terrain blocks would mostly be practice blocks, so it’s not surprise that things have already gone wrong with both the well and the meteor. We spent too much time just tossing things together without enough planning, and we had to essentially scrap the well piece. We also made a mistake with the meteor that we MIGHT be able to fix. Since most of the time you only ever see the great successes of terrain and not the many failed attempts on the way, I decided to post the failure here so that people can learn from our errors.
We set up the table this weekend to test out how the blocks all fit together and to see how it looked. We should probably be a little more careful with the measurements of the blocks, but it seems like it works pretty well. I think once the pieces are finished the gaps between the blocks will be less noticeable. It’s pretty exciting to see the whole thing finally coming together.
The pics below are with only half of the table open. I hadn’t thought about it before but since we have an 8’x4′ table then we can actually leave one side of the table down and still have a 4’x4′ area to play a small game which can save some room from opening the full board out. If we get enough people over to play we can pull up the other side and do either a 6’x4′ board or 2 4’x4′ boards.
So, here you go… pics of the table with terrain blocks (and a few of my Possessed figures and Tewfik’s Bretonnian figures) set up for 4’x4′. You can click on the images for the full size versions.