When playing tabletop miniatures games, painted and based miniatures are only half of the gaming experience. Having two beautifully painted armies fighting on a gaming table full of painted thematic terrain takes the experience a whole new level. There are many materials used to make fantastic terrain, but one of my favorites is MDF wood terrain. More and more companies are creating laser cut MDF print outs of terrain. This type of terrain is easy to assemble and paint. It is also light weight and much less messy than insulation foam. It is also much more stable and sturdy. We have several tables full of themed terrain. Below is a video of the latest table of terrain. We purchased this terrain from Etsy. The designer was ShortFuse Designs and they have a whole star wars legion terrain starter bundle. This set is based off the planet of Tatooine and we use it for our Star Wars Legion games. We assembled them quickly and simply as there is no customization. Once the terrain was glued, we sprayed it lightly with wall spackle that comes in a can. It sprays like foam but dries hard and gives the look of weathering. We then painted the terrain with spray cans, using multiple layers of paint each lighter than the next. They ranged from a brown red up to a light tan. The effect was fantastic and the painting can be done in an afternoon. Between the assembly and painting, it should take no more than a couple of days. Let us know what you think about how it turned out.
Games-Workshop has put out a new skirmish game for Age of Sigmar. It's called Warcry and pits small war-bands against each other. They created new Warcry factions and models along with its own set of skirmish rules. We bought a starter set for the store to allow customers to try before they buy. In the video below we go over whats included in the box and what is all looks like assembled. The terrain was especially cool and incredibly customizable. The rules are somewhat simple with the movement action being the most complicated part. I do like the hero phase which determines initiative and gives options for faction and unit abilities. Each game starts with drawing battle plan cards. they are deployment, terrain setup, victory condition and twist cards. Each type has a whole deck of cards to randomize. This makes it so each game is always different. One downside is the Age of Sigmar factions cards. Warcry currently has cards for Stormcast Eternals, Idoneth Deepkin, Daughters of Khaine, Nighthaunt, Legions of Nagash, Death Eater Courts, Gloomspite Gitz, Iron Jaws, and Bonesplitterz. I opened a Stormcast Eternal's pack and was somewhat disappointed. Of all the possible units, there were only five and three leader options. Those are both types of Vanguard Raptors, the Vanguard Hunters, Gryph Hounds, and Aether Wings. I am not sure what you get with the others but be warned it will probably be limited. Let us know what you guys think. If you are interested in getting Warcry or anything else you can visit our store.
I have always loved the Ogres from Warhammer Fantasy. I used to watch Mason from Blue Table Painting play his Ogres against other Warhammer Fantasy armies, and always wanted to collect and play an army of them. We found some discounted models with the old square bases and picked them up as a studio army. Once we had the miniatures, we had to decide how to paint them. I have never been a huge fan of the conventional Ogre paint schemes, so I looked at some non-conventional colors. I have always loved how cool Kratos looked from God of War. So we used pictures like the one above to reference as we painted. We tried to get that ashy skin like Kratos has from the ashes of his family. Below is the final result. Then we also picked up some Ironguts to help bolster the ranks as well as give multi damage unites.