It may not look like much but a lot of work went into these three pieces in order to get them just the way I want them.
First up, the large Toyvian tree from Amazon. At 12 Euros it seems both expensive and not expensive, depending on your frame of reference.
Like the three small Toyvian trees I worked on before, I had to put this tree in hot water and reshape the branches.
Then I put modeling putty in the base to give it some hefty stability.
The painting, while not difficult was time consuming as I waited for each stage to dry.
As you can see it is pretty big and I am really pleased with how it came out. Mrs. GG likes it as well which is a nice bonus!
Next up, one of the Dwarven Forge Dreadhollow Forest tiles.
This is a factory painted piece that I “product improved” with my own touches. I tried to add a lot more variety in the colors to add a deeper sense of texture. I am less concerned about it being too busy than I used to be.
And here is the second tile. It always amazes me how many details are hidden away under the factory paint. A snake, a tortoise and a large beetle have been painted by me on this. Only the snake had been painted different from the base green foliage. I changed the snake from bright green to brown. I made a few subtle changes to things like some flower colors and the vines. I also picked out more stones in grey that had originally been painted green.
Archon Studios has had their Dungeons & Lasers 3 (Woodhaven) go live. You have just under two weeks to get involved if you fancy it.
There is a lot to love with the figures and stretch goal accessories. Unfortunately it seems the buildings have not been developed as much as we expected. We have been very surprised to hear they had not intended to make doors to match the new building designs. We have reached out to them to say just how big a mistake this is, especially the door scandal of the second KS.
It feels to us like Archon just changed the focus of the Kickstarter away from the buildings. Only one roof style. No new doors. No amazing build design examples, just some lackluster computer graphics that fail to capture the magic of the original concept art.
If you are backing, and want to support the idea of new doors to match the new room styles, please voice that on the KS comments. They have reacted to customer requests in the past but we need to make some noise.
We have been trying to think of creative ways to integrate the D&L pieces with our other terrain.
It has been challenging trying to ensure all of our different pieces work together. Mrs. GG spent some time just putting a table together to see how it might look.
One of the things that I have grown more interested in after we originally pledged for Hagglethorn Hollow is playable interior space. Hagglethorn buildings have some, but not a lot of, room inside some of the floors.
I was asked if I could show my work and hobby spaces. While I have covered this briefly in the past I am happy to show folks how it looks lately.
A hallway was transformed into one of our hobby spaces by my wife. Mrs. GG is really quite good at DIY construction. Things look more cluttered than I really like but I have been busy and space is limited.
As you can see there are two work stations. Mine is the one with the comfy chair. I am spoiled rotten by Mrs. GG, no doubt about it. Does it look like a lot of paints? Every time we think we have enough paints we find there is a certain shade we need that we do not have. Yes, I know we could mix our own but I like the consistency that “right out of the bottle” offers.
We use home made wet palettes and model holders. There is DIY house paint in the jars, which we use for terrain generally rather than on minis. Most of our figure paint is Army Painter but we do use some Vallejo and Citadel.
My good brushes are kept horizontal in that rack. My “work” brushes are stored vertical into that cup. I try to keep supplies within easy reach.
If you think that is a lot of figures on those shelves (just over 500), there are more in the drawers under the desk. And even more in boxes around the room that have not been assembled yet.
…. above you can see that some of the figures I have won in auctions on eBay have arrived already painted. They just need some “product improvement” to be ready for our table.
…. everywhere you look, another project waiting to be finished…
…. we have put to use a number of things that were not originally intended for such duty but get the job done….
…. so many great figures to get to….
Things have started to spill out from the hallway…. purely for display purposes! I consider this my motivation vitrine. Every time I walk past it I feel a surge of positive sentiment towards our gaming hobby.
Moving out of the house and into our barn, our main hobby room waits. It is part guest bedroom, part sewing room and part tabletop gaming room.
It is very much a work in progress.
The big IKEA Billy cabinets work well for terrain but I prefer the wall hanging vitrines for figures.
Now you may be wondering, just how do they afford all that? We are fortunate to have a decent income but also, we work hard to always look for a savings. We try to buy used rather than new. We repair things. We get lucky, like with this auction….
Forty four 28mm resin figures from TT Combat won for 1 Euro plus 4.99 postage. The funny thing with these “Desert Elves, Halflings and Naga” is that twice before I was tempted by them in Kickstarters but both times we had to pass on them for financial reasons. I think they are an interesting niche design that will work well for our Tarnished Splendor project.
In other news, Shadow and Bone continues to deliver. Mrs. GG is now really enjoying it as well. Let’s hope the season ends as well as it has been so far at the halfway point.
My next Doppleganger photo….
… if you made it this far, thank you for your time! Time is one of the most precious of commodities. We all only have so much of it. The older I get the more I realize that, so thank you!
Questions, comments, feedback and opinions are all welcome!