Another Vignette

I’ve been having fun with the scenic pieces lately, so I’ll at least keep an iron in that fire for a while. I’ve started a new scene.

The black square on the bottom is the 2″x2″ block I have used most often on display pieces of all kinds. Around that you can see the footprint and, more importantly, the hole of the little frame. It’s a bigger space than the block, but it’s still tiny.

The new scene will be built in an 8″x5″ frame. The hole is considerably smaller than that, but it’s the biggest non-gaming terrain I’ve done.

The little rises & undulations are created with Milliput. Once they’re dry, I gave the whole thing a complete covering of non-fancy dirt onto a thickish coating of wood glue. After it gets a bit tacky, I knock most of the ‘larger’ rocks down into the depression, where they would collect. As that dries, I’ll shake off lose bits, glue it down, and repeat for a few cycles.

With the Milliput I’ve run a trough from one corner to the opposite. Hypotenusing (a term used by a friend to describe a person’s taking up the whole bed) in this way will set up some really nice lines of sight for the viewer. Hopefully I can effectively ‘frame’ those views visually.

Battle in the Woods

My brother-in-law and fellow nerd Will & I spent the last two days in the woods at my family’s cabin.  Though the weather in Pittsburgh had been oppressively hot, things were perfect out in the woods.

Stump

Though we were playing Kill Team, we did manage to field a monstrous creature or two.

Ringneck

We played several games of DA vs. T’au, using all the units we’ve been painting recently and a bunch of terrain we’ve been working on.  Best of all, we were able to play outside.

Cabin Game

The surprise stars of the trip, though, were the 2-0 Plague Marines!  Though they fielded only six models, they only lost one of them in the two games.  In 8th edition they are hard as nails, especially against small arms fire.  The 5S really helps neutralize the powerful T’au guns.  It might take them three turns to find an enemy they can shoot, but…

T'au About to Die

Here sit six firewarriors and a 5W cadre fireblade.  Eighteen 4+ 5S shots, three 2+ 5S shots.  My terminator teleport struck, charged, and tied this entire force up for two turns.  A marine with a plague belcher chugged up to the fight on turn four, turned a few of the firewarriors to goop, and that was that.  Hail Papa Nurgle!