It’s certainly been a while since we last visited the damned city of Mordheim, but those of you who have been following the blog for a while may remember the start of our Mordheim board we are creating for an upcoming Thy Soul To Keep campaign. Read on for the latest installment in this series.
Sadly the campaign has been postponed due to a mixture of “real life” things getting in the way, as well as us all getting distracted by new and shiny things. For some that was FFG’s X-Wing Miniatures Game, whilst for others it was Infinity. Athena and I even dabbled into a bit of Magic: The Gathering, but like any good drug, we keep finding ourselves coming back to Games Workshop.
Reecius from Frontline Gaming recently posted an article on his blog titled Immersing Yourself in Your Game. In this article one of the first points he makes is that “Beautiful minis with a fully fleshed out back-story played on a piece of felt with a stack of books here and there is fine to get started with mini but to really take the experience to the next level, building a beautiful scene for your games to play out on is the next logical step.”
This is exactly why we’re spending so much time and effort getting this board right. Whether it’s tirelessly recasting the same Hirst Arts mould for floor tiles over and over again, or painstakingly gluing all the small bricks together to make bridges, canals or stairs, this project has certainly been a labour of love. The end is in sight and this weekend Hermes and I started to add a bit of colour to our board.
When we last left off, the board had received a black undercoat and was looking rather dull. Naturally the first stage was to crack out the drybrush and add some highlights to the flagstones. Being an Ork player, Hermes was thoroughly on board with the drybrushing plan and in this picture you can see the difference between the plan black sections on the left and the drybrushed area on the right. For this stage we used Citadel Mechanicus Grey.
You’ll notice that the board hasn’t been uniformly painted. We used blister pack sponge to apply the Mechanicus Grey in an uneven manner, so that the board wouldn’t look too flat. Following the Mechanicus Grey stage, Hermes reached for the pot of Citadel Nurgling Green and started to use a large paintbrush from a DIY shop, stabbing down in vertical strokes in patches on the board. The aim of this was to simulate lichen, or moss, or some sort of greenery that managed to grow in the city of Mordheim. Perhaps the municipal gardeners of Mordheim were too busy fighting the pesky Skaven or ravenous hordes of Undead to do their weed-killing duties?
Here you can see the difference just adding the Nurgling Green made. The lighter patches off the board really brought the surface to life, but it was still missing a certain je ne sais quoi. After I painted the broken sections of the board with a basecoat of Citadel Dryad Bark, moving up to Citadel Rhinox Hide and finally highlighting with Citadel XV-88 I realise that a third colour on our black and green board was required. I convinced Hermes that adding XV-88 in patches around the broken sections could work and he begrudgingly agreed, worried that the orangey brown of XV-88 might not work. If I’m honest, I wasn’t quite sure myself, but with crossed fingers and a drybrush, I started painting!
Thankfully I didn’t ruin the board with my XV-88 experiment, and we ended up with a board that looked like this. They key was to sparingly using XV-88 so it didn’t turn the whole board brown. Overall we were happy with the effect, and painted the whole board in a similar way. The only thing that really remains unfinished on the board itself is the dried up canal. Since it was about to get dark, we decided to take a break for the time being but plan on doing more Mordheim terrain work next weekend. For now, comment below and let us know what you think of the board, you can see what the whole board looks like below. We’ll need to seal it somehow to stop it from wearing down over time and are open to suggestions on how to best protect our labour of love. If you have any ideas, feel free to leave us a comment too. We’ll be gluing the bridges together next time and giving them the same painting treatment, but here they are dryfitted to the board.
Until next time!