Movement trays

Hi all,

If i haven’t made myself clear with my previous posts, I LOVE playing and collecting miniature games.

Some games come into my life like a bullet from a gun – fast and with great impact. Others creep into my life and linger in the corners of the time I can dedicate to games. However, only one game has stuck with me since I was a kid. That game is Warhammer Fantasy by Games Workshop.

before anyone starts booing me, I do realize that this game (and company) has had its ups and downs with the gaming community. Their dealings with the public, our friendly local gaming stores and their own product has had us all scratching our heads at one point or another. Still, I believe a company that has survived decades where others have come and gone needs some consideration.

For me, Warhammer Fantasy Battles was my introduction to miniature games in the 80’s. I had already found D&D and thought how great it would be to have a fantasy game that let you play out the epic battles. I wanted an Axis and Allies with a fantasy twist.

When i found my first Citadel miniatures, it was like a door opened up for me. These metal manifestations of the characters in my books and games let me recreate battles on my dining room table. I was hooked.

My first army were the Orks. I loved the savage nature of these brutes that was tempered with an almost slapstick comedy with their erratic behavior. After I built a fairly substantial horde of greenskins, I started collecting many of the other races. Dwarves, elves and creatures of chaos soon lined my shelves. I have always been a fluff guy when it comes to games. I need the rules and models to tell a story. Games Workshop knew how to do this with the Warhammer world. I needed to have models from the stories so I could make my own stories in the game. I owe a lot of my who I am creatively to these initial years playing these games.

Like many of you, my gaming hobby came and went as I grew up. I developed different groups of friends and there were years where my gaming collection sat neglected in the basement or the back of the closet. Still, I never got rid of most of these miniatures.

Around the time I started university is when I really got back into the hobby. There were clubs that played RPGs and eventually I found people who played miniature games. Often then games weren’t Warhammer Fantasy but it still felt good creating strategies on the table and painting models again.

Over the past few years, I haven’t played much Warhammer Fantasy. My gaming group did have people with armies but we were more interested in skirmish games like Malifaux. They were easier to field and the games could be played in a shorter amount of time. I still bought new army books and kept up with the Wahammer story but sadly, just didn’t play very much.

Then came the Nagash End Times book.

My friends and I love this book. It progressed the timeline for the Warhammer world and reminded us why we first fell in love with this game. There was an evolving world to play in and we found ourselves wanting to play out the battles in the book. I’m currently painting up a Daemons of Khorne army while my friends are working on their Wood Elves, High Elves and Dwarves.

To celebrate our renewed interst in army battles, i am sculpting themed movement trays for the armies. Like most of the other stuff available for sale on our website, the sculptures/accessories are items that we wanted for our own gaming experience.

Below is my first movement tray. It fits 5 cavalry models or 10 infantry on 25mm bases. It is a rock themed tray which can be painted with different effects to suit a number of armies. I did up a lava base for my Daemon list but also did a regular stone look to better suit dwarves or ogres. One neat feature I am doing on these bases is putting a small label area at the back. In our games, we were finding that we often forgot to mention when our units had effects like fear, terror or frenzy. These label areas are big enough to put a sticker on so that you can remember any special rules (or simply what unit is which). With the label area at the back, it doesn’t take away from the look of your army and it is easy to read from the controlling player’s side without you opponent seeing it.

These bases will be made for the popular formation sizes first and other sizes as we find want/need. Other themes we are going to do include woodland, brick/cobblestone and desert.

I hope you like them. If you have any suggestions on sizes or themes, please share in the comments.

Peace out, eh?

Kevin “Minicannuck” Jacobi

Epic Fail

Hi all,

Sometimes the best lessons learned come out of failure. This blog tells a story of such a lesson that came out of an epic fail.

I’ve been working on our newest terrain set – western town tiles. Like the river tiles, the western street tile will all be six inches by six inches and let you arrange them in countless combinations on your gaming table. Personally, I can’t wait for this project to be done so my gaming group can use them for Malifaux as well as our new miniature game Dark Age.

When i sculpt tiles, I use a variety of mediums from different putties, clay, wax and natural materials. Once I’m happy with the finished product, I use silicone to make a mold and then use this mold to make the resin tiles you see on our website.

For the western street tiles, I have been experimenting with a mixture of Green Stuff and Apoxie Putty. It holds detail really well and gives me a few hours of work time before it hardens.

Here is an example of the wooden sidewalk I’m sculpting on the tiles and the streets with the wear marks from the wagons.

My next step is to create a mold using silicone.

The type of silicone I use is mixed at a 10:1 ratio by weight. Our postage scale works double duty for this process.

We use to use a silicone that was mixed at a 1:1 ratio by volume. The reason we switched is that this silicone is a little more durable and allows for more pronounced undercuts ( undercuts are when the piece you are making a mold of has overhangs).

Once I am ready to cast a tile, I attach it to a board amnd create a dam around it using lego. Silicone doesn’t stick to Lego so it is easy to break apart to get your mold.

Here is where the “epic fail” comes into this blog post.

Silicone doesn’t stick to many things. That is why it makes such an excellent medium for mold making. Unfortunately for me, I found out that it does react to Apoxie Putty.

The silicone bonded with the putty and destroyed the mold and my sculpt!

Needless to say, I wasn’t impresed but I did learn a lesson.

So, after doing some experimenting, I found a solution. If I spray the putty with a light coat of an acrylic spray (primer or sealent), the silicone won’t stick and there isn’t a loss of detail.

Problem solved.

Now that this lesson has been learned, I’m back on track finishing the western tile set. I’m sure that it will be done pretty soon.

Peace out, eh?

MiniCannuck