I have been playing around with various ideas for scenery upgrades for a while, and had ordered a package of 3-D printed cottages from an outfit on Amazon called Ender Toys. They aren’t the most detailed buildings, but I decided I’d give them a try since they were light and inexpensive. Also, the reviews noted that the doors were more in scale with 1/72 or old 25mm figures than with modern ranges like Reaper’s, and that’s just what I’m working with at the moment. In the long run, I anticipate adding them to my convention scenery collection due to the light weight and durability.
|Ender Toys cottages (3 of 4) with the tower and some Ender rocks|
Three of these are flat-sided for use at the table edge; the last one used a scrap of plastic otherwise useless, and got the vertical stone treatment all around (signifying rough terrain) to be big enough to bother with. Beveled edges would have left very little flat area on the top.
|First tree base|
I also recently obtained two small (30” by 22”) mousepad-type mats from Frontline Gaming, one of which is a basic grassland design.
|Frontline Gaming mats (Urban mat for a different project)|
I finished up the other two woods bases this morning, and loaded everything recent onto the 30” by 22” mat to see. It’s now looking crowded enough for a skirmish game, although some walls or hedges would be nice. I’ve got some Mantic Terrain Crate walls needing painting, and this will probably be a good excuse to get it done. I have some 2-D roads and river sections (also in neoprene), to finish off the battlefield.
When I get back to painting figures, I want to get a few more humans done to beef up the warband represented by the five figures shown last time, and then get the double handful of orcs, goblins, and hobgoblins done so that I can stage a Song of Blades and Heroes game with all new figures and terrain. I’m hoping that will give me a little more appreciation for what somebody new to the hobby is facing, at least a little. Obviously I have years of practice in getting things painted quickly, and the information necessary to source things from all over the internet. Once I’ve got that game out of my system, I’ll shift to painting something else for a while...