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Lego – Basing Minifigs for Wargaming (Part 2)

In my never ending hunt for different basing options for Lego Minifigs. I stumbled onto these nice hex bases by catspaw customs, now I’m a bit slow to the party as the bases have been around for a while.

I couldn’t make the Catspaw website work or at least there shop (I think they might have closed) so I picked my bases up from Gi Brick, but you can also grab them from Brick Arsenal and Minifigforlife.

Lego bases Parts2 OneFront and Back Clear Trans 4 stud

These bases are still not what you call cheap at around the $1 USD each.  This makes these bases more expensive than my home made washer ones (this previous post). However they are superior to my home made bases in a few ways and only one minor negative apart from cost:

  • They come in clear, I know for wargaming armies quite often you have themed armies and bases. For myself I like my mini’s to appear to be mounted on the right terrain that they are currently marching over. Clear bases let you see the terrain the miniature is moving over creating the illusion froma distance they are based the same as the terrain.
  • They stack and clip together like normal Lego.  Storing my washer bases is quiet annoying and due to the weight I have to be careful to store them separate to the minifigs and vehicles.
  • They are hexagonal, I prefer Hex bases to Round ones. This mainly stems from a few rulesets I’ve tried using facing more heavily.
  • The bases are not as heavy as washers so minifigs are easier to knock over, but I don’t think this will cause any major problems as it still requires a fair knock to push a Minifig over.
Lego bases Parts2 TwoHero’s vs the Undead

For me the above advantages more than out weigh the added cost. The bases themselves come in a broad range of colours and either a 2 stud or 4 stud design. For myself I’ll stick with the Clear bases with a 4 stud design so I can add markers if needed to the bases. I’m unsure if this was happy accident or not but inscribed on the bottom of each base between the 2 marker studs is a number between 1-9 on my clear bases it’s a little hard to read and I’d imagine on opaque ones you would need to flip the base over to read the number, I ordered 10 bases initially and received 1 of each 1-9 and a second 4. The bases are sized to be 1 inch square, however mine measure as just a hair over an inch on the long side (point to point) and just under an inch (flat to flat). I can’t see it causing myself any major problems and troops can still be ranked up if needed and it makes the bases fit in better with normal Lego plate stud sizing.

Lego bases Parts2 ThreeMy base plate is a little short

I’m going to pickup a few more of these clear bases and eventually use them for all my Lego gaming.

As always have fun 🙂

“Always desire to learn something useful.” – Sophocles

Lego Clone Army – SR-01 Clone Loader

SR-01 Clone Loader RenderBeen a while since I pulled together a Lego MOC. I decided to build a small Clone walker, however it’s not in the traditional Star Wars walker theme but more of a battlesuit or small mecha.

I see it as having started as a simple power loader with a couple of large overpowered hands. Then in frustration a clone commander having been pinned down by Droidekas, quickly bolted a combination anti-vehicle heavy blaster and light blaster to the right arm and equipped the hand  on the left with a nasty set of claws. With this heavy armament it can punch through a Droideka’s shield easily while remaining small enough to provide support for a unit of Clone troopers in very close quarters. Due to the short legs they are relatively slow but this doesn’t cause major problems as they can easily move twice as fast as a running clone trooper.

SR-01 Clone Loader Built

Most of the bits I used to assemble the Clone Loader I grabbed from my bits box although I didn’t have any bendy tubes and had to buy a few from bricklink to finish the model up. I did borrow the middle of the leg design from other small lego mecha models (the 4 way light holder). Not much revolutionary in the rest, I did stick a little bit of blue tack behind  the small turntables just to make them a little stiffer so they don’t turn so easily. I had enough parts to build two Clone Loaders although not all the light greys match.

SR-01 Clone Loader MockupMockup Image Background:Miss_Ohara CC 2.0, Planets NASA

I used Mlcad and Ldview to create the instruction images and laid them out in a word document. I wanted to try producing a render of the model, unfortunately I find Mlcad a little annoying to perfectly align parts (gaps in renders look terrible). However I did find a handy sketchup plugin which let me import the Ldraw parts to Sketchup and I assembled the loader in sketchup and then used the free maxwell render plugin to generate a simple render.

SR-01 Clone Loader Render

I didn’t play around with the settings much in the render tool but I’m fairly happy with how the render turned out for a first try. I was contemplating generating a simple short walking render animation but that’s going to take a little more time, one for a later post (maybe 🙂 ).  I’ll be adding these as an alternate walker to the AT-PT for my clone army, I’ll probably have a few different load outs.

Instructions are below if your curious about any of the construction steps or methods. I used a 2×4 plate on the base of my feet for added stability but this was excessive nothing more annoying than a model that falls over on the table :).

SR-01 Clone Loader Instructions

Have fun gaming and building

Treasure Chest Half Round Lid – Papercraft

It has been a long time since I pulled together a paper model of my own. So I decided to re-use the textures from the card box’s I created for Dungeon on a treasure chest mesh I designed about 2 years ago. It’s your fairly standard cliche treasure chest design with a square base and half rounded lid.

Treasure Chest One

The card box textures give the chests a cartoon feel and I’ll be using my assembled chests with Dungeon Plungin. The chests themselves are about 1 x 3/4 x 1 inch (length x width x height). I’ve included 3 different metal strapping colours, gold, silver/metal and copper. I assembled the layered PDF using Scribus and then used Chez/Mel ebbles fix to make the layers only print what you have turned on (Big thanks to Ebbles for sharing the fix).

Treasure Chest TwoFigures by Dungeon Plungin, Tile by Inked Adventures

If you’d like the files here they are:

Treasure Chest Half Round

Treasure Chest Instructions

Studio File on Dropbox

Have fun gaming 🙂

Papercraft Build – Dungeon Plungin The Monsters

Dungeon Plungin Lich King Monsters ThreeAs part of getting myself back into the old paper craft miniature rhythm I had to (re)learn how to use my new cutter properly on my new PC. So for practice I decided to pull together another copy of Dungeon Plungin. I’d wanted to recreate a copy of Dungeon Plungin (DP) after my last half finished copy got soaked when the roof leaked, that was nearly 3 years ago so I’m well overdue to start a rebuild. I decided to print out and build all the monsters need for the current DP V3 and the new under development DP V4 (V3.8ish).

I’ve had some problems in the past with tall flat paper miniatures bending  under there own weight, even when using 220gsm card glued back to back. To help strengthen the taller miniatures I added a wire spine. Basically I grabbed a cheap wire garbage bag tie (mine were paper wrapped) and cut it to length . Then I glued the tie vertically from the top of the miniature to the bottom. This gives the miniature some additional rigidity, it can still be bent and flattened but hopefully wont self bend/bow when in use.

paper Miniatures Wire Spine

Wire tie in approximate location were it’s glued between front and back

I  built the DP V3 quests and monsters first, some of these already had cut files. For the practice I recreated most of the cut files from scratch. First up the Knocking Wall Quest, full of Imps, Devilings, Gremlins, Gargoyles and one minor Demon (big guy with wings). I played around with the colours on the miniatures so they are not all the same colour, other than that they are all stock standard.

Dungeon Plungin Knocking Wall Monsters

Next we have the Orcish raider and Troll Lair Quest. Instead of building the basic miniatures needed for these two quests I built the full extended pack of Orc’s, Trolls and Goblins. I haven’t counted them all but I’m sure if I wanted to I could field a fairly decent Orc based Army and I’m not even certain all the miniatures are used in those two quests, still variety is the spice of life. I once again  messed around with the colouring on a few of the miniatures.

Dungeon Plungin Orcish Raider Monster One

Dungeon Plungin Orcish Raider Monster Three

Dungeon Plungin Orcish Raider Monster Two

Dungeon Plungin Orcish Raider Monster Four

Dungeon Plungin Orcish Raider Monster Five

The next quest is the Witch of the West Wood, Onemonk created the miniatures for the quest back in 2008 so they have a more Onemonk feel and the whole quest and the monsters has a tongue in cheek feel with dire bunnies, squirrels and O-Wee-O guards. As with the other monsters in the other quests I did some minor recolours.

Dungeon Plungin Witch of the Wild Wood One

Dungeon Plungin Witch of the Wild Wood Two

Last official quest for V3 DP is the Tomb of the Lich King. No recolours this time although I did spend sometime adding backs to the skeletons and reapers, then discovered Erf_Beto had already done this, you can grab his back and front versions here and here. A long time ago I did mod some standing rats and you can see those in my builds below, you can grab those from the Oversoul Games forum.

Dungeon Plungin Lich King Monsters One

 Dungeon Plungin Lich King Monsters Two

Dungeon Plungin Lich King Monsters Three

There are 5 Quests currently for DP V4 (V3.8). Some of the quests reuse the miniatures from V3, some are a mix and others are all new. For the moment you can grab all the V4 (3.8) play test stuff from the Oversoul Games forum. One of the major changes between V3 and V4 is the toughness of the monsters so the mix and levels are a little different. I did not make any mods to any of the miniatures as they are currently subject to change as the version evolves.

The first quest is the Dogface Demon quest filled with Kobolds and a single Gremlin, which I’ll grab from the ones above:

Dungeon Plungin Dogface Demons Monsters

Next Quest for DP V4 is Rock Solid, it’s your fairly normal rat, snake, spider cave quest with an earth elemental for the Boss. The rats I’ll reuse from the Lich King Quest above.

Dungeon Plungin Rock Solid Monsters

Both The Where Wolf , Castle Gryphon and Trolls Lair quest, consist of Greenskins, Wolves and a few gargoyles, no new monsters so no extra pictures for those three quests. In the base monster pack for V4 there are other monsters included either for you to create your own quests or possibly as the Oversoul crew have something planned. Below in no particular order are the additional monsters included in the base monster pack for DP V4.

Dungeon Plungin Extra Monsters V4 One

Dungeon Plungin Extra Monsters V4 Three

Dungeon Plungin Extra Monsters V4 Two  Dungeon Plungin Extra Monsters V4 Four

Dungeon Plungin Extra Monsters V4 Five

With the DP miniatures I assembled them as standard tab bases, this allows me to store the monsters in a smaller space and perfectly flat plus make use of some new bases I’ve ordered which I’ll post about once they arrive. As for my DP set I just need to finish creating some room decorations, primarily chests and maybe a few tables. Then it’s onto the hero’s and my Dungeon Plungin set will be finished and ready for the next Friday/Saturday afternoon of board gaming with friends.

Papercraft Build – Inked Adventures Dungeon Cut-Up Basic

Inked Adventures Dungeon 4 (S01)I have a real soft spot for nostalgic themed games, papercraft or artwork, this little build fills two of those. Ever since Inked Adventures released their basic Dungeon cup setup I’ve been wanting to build enough for a dungeon layout. So I put some time aside over the past few weeks  and have now built enough tiles to populate a fairly decent sized dungeon, I can see I need to create a few more tiles but for the most part I’m done. As you can tell by the release date it’s taken me a fair bit of time to get around to building these, some of this relates to me trying to find a good material to mount tiles to but I’ll mention more below on that.

All Inked adventure tiles are hand drawn which I find a very nice look. There are 41 pages of dungeon goodness contained in this pack; rooms, corridors, stairs, trap tiles, 2d doors and 3d standup doors multiple versions of both. The beauty of the Dungeon Cut-Up set is even if your not into altering dungeon segments using GIMP/Photoshop, Billiam from Inked Adventures  has created this set so you can use a pair of scissors and glue to create your own custom tiles. There are 4 pages of “extra” bits which you can use to either decorate your tiles permanently by sticking them down directly to the tiles or by turning them into loose tiles you can add mid game.

Inked Adventures Dungeon 3 (S01)Layout Example – From an angle

For my set I stuck with components that are multiples of 2inches, 3inches or 6 inches. This will make it simpler to use for Dungeon plungin and Basic fantasy, although I might make a few special rooms that don’t conform to these sizes later on. For the moment I’ve created 8 – 6×6 rooms, 8- 6×2 corridors, 2 – 6×1 corridors, 4 L and T junctions, 2 X junctions, 4 dead ends, 14 small doors, 2 double doors, 2 double joiners, 4 double rockfalls and 2 large pit traps.

Inked Adventures Dungeon 1 (S01)Bits created so far laid out

The rooms I created from the parts supplied by Billiam although I did a fair chunk of altering in Gimp to make them fit a 6×6 square. Other than the room with blue squares you could replicate most of the room designs with a pair of scissors, glue and  a little ingenuity or simply use the ones that come with the bundle (12 rooms included).

Inked Adventures Dungeon 2 (S01)Example Layout – Top Down

I mentioned at the top I’d been putting of creating these as I’ve never really found a suitable substrate for mounting tiles to. I’ve tested quiet a number of crazy ideas in my time from rubber carpet tiles to magnetic sheet. Not sure if it’s just the extreme weather down under but I’ve found all glues that are easy to use for tile creation (read spray glue even the good 3m stuff) do eventually fail, 3m takes the longest at around the 1-2 year mark.

Inked Adventures Dungeon 6 (S01)Kitchen mat backing, simply double sided taped on

After years I’ve finally narrowed it down to two methods, the first I mentioned in my city build thread 8mm PVC foamboard. A little heavy duty for this application plus chews up extra storage space so I’ve simply used grey boxboard 1400gsm (basically what commercial game boards are made from) and printed directly to sticker sheet, stuck the tiles down then cut around the whole lot giving a nice neat tile. To prevent slipping on smooth tables I used double sided tape to a fix non-slip kitchen mat to the backs. Nothing to out of the ordinary and it’s been done before but I’ve found this one of the better solutions for DIY tiles; No spray glue mess, No warping from glue, No lifting , Reasonably slip proof on a table and lastly they don’t take up to much room to store. My current dungeon tiles fill about 1/3 of an  A4 document box. To give the doors some weight I stuck them down to some thick (2mm) magnetic sheet, this will also let me stick them to the inside of the lid of the storage box later on to protect them during storage.

Inked Adventures Dungeon 5 (S01)I’ll add some dividers etc later on but just to give an idea on storage

If your not sure you like the style of the tiles or simply want to give them a try there is a free sampler pack which should give you an idea of what to expect. I did this myself while experimenting with tile mounting techniques, once I had a solution I grabbed the full set and haven’t been disappointed. I even grabbed the square tile version although I haven’t used them. I should probably mention that Inked Adventures has released some freebies for this set so grab those as well as they’ll give you more options.

Inked Adventures Dungeon 4 (S01)The whole example layout – yep missed a door on the right

As always have fun building and gaming and I hope to get some more posts up shortly, I have 6 projects 90% complete….I should probably focus on one project at a time rather than starting six at once :).

House Renovations – Bedroom Two

Bedroom Two Old and NewIt would appear I’ve been MIA for a long while (other than the Taco post). Rest assured I’m still here and kicking, just been chewing through a fairly hefty renovation job on one of the bedrooms of our house, which I have now thankfully finished.

The Room itself is fairly small (2.2m x 3.4m), as this room backs onto the lounge room and shares a common wall with were we have the TV hanging it added some additional work. A short summary of whats been completed:

  • Additional power sockets added by the TV – this included insuring they were on 2 different circuits. To keep the power in 2 studs only there was also some cable tidy up.
  • Cable channel added behind the wall to keep cables tidy
  • Conduit mounted for speaker cable and speaker cable run.
  • Common wall with lounge room soundproofed/insulated
  • Additional power point added for bedroom
  • Cupboard built in for bedroom
  • Shelving built onto one end of cupboard to maximize space
  • Bedroom door shifted 40cm to the left and changed from full height door to normal height door.
  • server/network (Node Zero) cupboard constructed and power sockets added above bedroom cupboard – this is pending completion.
  • All skirting and cornice replaced
  • Full repaint
  • Carpet still needs replacing

I find it fairly difficult to photograph rooms but hopefully the below gives an idea of whats been done.

Bedroom Two Old and NewLeft Old and Right New

The draw unit in the cupboard is actual a flatpack kitchen draw set, unfortunately I had to hand cut all the draw face plates and build a box to slide the unit into. It does work very well and the kitchen draw slides are much more robust than what you normally find in wardrobes so hopefully I wont have a problem with the draws for a long time.

Bedroom Two DrawersLion drawer handles we wanted labyrinth handles but couldn’t find any small ones

The shelving built onto the left end of the cupboard are also built-in. We left the end closest open so that when you look into the room from the doorway (or out) it doesn’t block sight lines and helps to make the room feel bigger. The unit itself took me about 2-3 solid days to make (curve at the bottom was a bit of a challenge) and each shelf is routed into the back and side to maximize support. Even with that we’ll only use half of each shelf for books and the free ends for ornaments/nick-naks.

Bedroom Two Display shelfIt’s held to the wall with a number of screws in the back and side
Bedroom Two In through the doorLooking in through the door with the temporary curtains drawn

This seems like a really short post for something that I spent close to every spare weekend since February working on. We spent last weekend moving some stuff back into the room so there are now somethings on the shelves and pictures on the walls.

Bedroom Two

I plan on taking a break from house renovations/fixing for a short time so expect to see a bit more paper/wargaming stuff in the next few posts I have a heap to catchup on :).

Healthy Vegetarian Tacos

tacos2Just a quick post showing a recipe for healthy vegetarian tacos. I grabbed the original recipe from the clean eating magazine but made some changes to the original and my version is below. I’ve made these a few times now and both myself and my wife love them so enjoy, the below will make 8-10 tacos depending on how much mix you use in each one and are fairly easy to make, although dicing 400g of mushrooms takes some time

Ingredients for Taco Mix

400g plain white mushrooms cut  into small cubes (diced)

2 small onions diced (I use Spanish onions but brown/white use what you have)

1 cup about 1/4 head of cauliflower again diced/cut small

1/2 cup of veg stock

125g canned corn (one of those small cans)

140g of tomato paste (I use one whole small tin)

2-3 gloves of garlic (crushed/minced)

1-3tsp of chilli powder (mild is about 1tsp, 2tsp medium, 3tsp hot – depending on your chilli powder)

1 tsp Cumin (powder/ground)

1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper

  1. Mix 1/4 cup water, tomato paste, cumin, chilli, salt and pepper in a small bowl and put to the side.
  2. Place the stock, onion and garlic into a non-stick pan (I use a wok), slow cook/simmer this for about 5mins.
  3. Add the mushrooms and cauliflower and stir in and cook slowly, the mix will seem dry to start but as it cooks and the mushrooms shrink the mix will become wetter. Cooking time should be around the 10min mark or approximately when the mushrooms have halved in size.
  4. Throw the mix from step one and the corn into the pan and mix in. Cook (simmer) for between 10-15mins, The mix will be dry but still moist, not wet.

tacos

Mix ready to eat

Serve with (depending on what you like)

Corn Mountain bread cut into circles for soft taco shells, warm them if you like (Corn tortillas prepacked downunder all seem stacked with fat)

Low fat shredded cheese

Low fat Sour Cream or Cottage Cheese (If I have cottage cheese I don’t use the above cheese)

Lettuce/Spinach leaves cut up (We prefer spinach leaves or a mixed lettuce leaf mix)

Tomatoes cut up 2-3

Shredded carrot/cabbage mix

Mushed/diced avocado

Make up the Taco’s the way you like. Depending on what you add and how much mix you use each taco should be around 600-800kj (150 -200 calories) and only a few grams of fat.

tacos2

Papercraft Build – Steam Ram

Mayhem in Paper Steam Ram Variant F(1)Back in April Squirmydad from Mayhem in Paper released the Steam Ram. At the time I picked up the model with the plan to build a Steampunk army around a couple of them. I’ve finally got around to building two and thought I’d do a review/build post about the Steam Ram.

Once you have purchased the Steam Ram for the very reasonable price of $3.95, you’ll receive a zip which contains:

  • A single layered version of each colour (brown, dark grey, light grey and green) at 28/30mm scale
  • A layered version of the above so you can turn guides and other bits off which is great for customizing
  • A single layered version of each colour (brown, dark grey, light grey and green) at 15mm scale
  • A single layered version of each colour (brown, dark grey, light grey and green) at 15mm scale with all guides off
  • Assembly Instructions and a Card modelling basics file.

On top of this if you own a craftrobo/silhouete/cameo you can slip over to the Mayhem in Paper website and pickup the GSD files for the cutter. All round this is an absolute pile of stuff for the purchase price but as you look through the Instructions and files you’ll notice that Squirmydad has also included parts not just for one model but for at least four different versions. Although with the parts this actually equates to a lot more options, here are the four basic ones easily constructed from the instructions:

  • Wheeled with Main Gun
  • Tracked with Main Gun
  • Wheeled with Top Machine Guns
  • Tracked with Top machine Guns.

Steam Ram Mayhem In Paper Variant A_C

I’ve borrowed the above images from the Instructions (copyright Mayhem in Paper)

The model itself is well laid out and all the parts are easy to identify. If you are hand cutting the model do be aware that not all the parts are used when assembling a Steam Ram so make sure you check the instructions and see what parts are needed for the version your planning to build before just cutting everything out. The 30mm sized Steam Ram is spread across 4 pages but for a single tank build you’ll only need to use about 3 pages of parts.  I found the colouring of the ram to be perfect not to dark and not to light scaling wise the ram should be perfect to use with 28mm miniatures. It did take me around 4-5 hours to finish each Ram, they mainly took this long as I was building very carefully and ensuring every join and part was edged, I even sanded a couple of parts to ensure they were perfectly perpendicular. So if your used to assembling card models you should be able to pull a Ram together much more quickly.

I did make some slight modifications to the two tanks I constructed. Firstly I centralized the gun box on the front but then cut out the driver window and glued this to the left of the gun box. I then added both machine guns to the top but set these towards the rear and facing left and right to provide some flanking protection to the tank. Naturally I had to build the tracked version and later on I might add some unit markings when I have more of a feel/theme for the army.

Mayhem in Paper Steam Ram Variant F(1)

Mayhem in Paper Steam Ram Variant F(3)You can see in the above picture  how I made use of some of the extra hatches that were included with the Steam Ram to add hatches to the top of the machine gun turrets. I am really happy with how the Steam Ram looks on the table and a pair of them really do look intimidating when I was in no way pretending to push them across a table in formation 🙂 .

Mayhem in Paper Steam Ram Variant F(2)

I actual had the urge to create some fan art for the Steam Ram, this ended up being  some desktop wallpapers and a Kindle screensaver image. First up the wallpapers I did two versions a widescreen 1920×1080 and a 4:3 aspect ratio 1600×1200 version.  I am happy with how the wallpapers came out although I’m not sure anyone would actual use them as wallpaper. However they were fun to make and have a Steampunk/Victorian era feel. For want of a better name I’ve called my Steam Ram “Variant F”, Lord Hamilton Squirmydad had already written into the short back story for the model.

Mayhem in Paper Steam Ram 1600x1200 (small2)

1600×1200 version – Link to Full Size

Mayhem in Paper Steam Ram 1920x1080(small2)

1920×1080 version – Link to Full Size

Lastly I pulled together a quick version for a Kindle Screensaver. The image below will appear slightly washed out but it has been colour balanced to look okay on an e-ink Kindle not a computer monitor :). I’ve uploaded the below on my kindle and it now cycles through in my screensavers and if anything still appears a little dark (note you do need to jailbreak your kindle to use custom screensavers).

00006_Card_Steam_Ram

Click the above and then right click save as

As you can probably tell I really enjoyed building the Steam Rams and the customization options available in the PDF’s is huge with a large variaty of models achievable from just the base included parts. As I mentioned above I plan on building an entire Steam punk army around these two models and then using either Defiance VG or No Limits to spec the army out so watch out for more models/miniatures and eventually army lists in the coming months. If you haven’t already done so this model is well worth the money so head over to RPGNOW and grab a copy you wont be disappointed.

Hope you enjoy your Steam Ram, I’m going to go back to not pushing mine around a table in formation 🙂 .

Cardboard Warriors Forum – Paper Miniature Hoard 104

Cardboard Warriors forum Hoard 104 is finished and released, this hoard contains some good stuff to pack out your Christmas Wars armies with. There is the Reinhold by Squirmydad a couple of mini-gun wielding Santa’s by Ryan and the Snow Tundra Tiles and Toy Soldiers from myself.

hoard104
You can pick up other Xmas Wars goodness from Hoards 38, 39, 40 and 88 . Between the old hoards and the new one this year you can put together a couple of very nice themed warbands or a whole Xmas wars themed army.

The December Hoard (105) with a theme of Chaos Unleashed/Modern & Ancient is open and will remain so until mid Jan so why not head over and create a miniature, a piece of terrain or a vehicle for the hoard.

Hoard 104 – November 2012

Enjoy battling with Xmas wars miniatures over the holidays :)

Snow Tundra Tiles/Terrain

Snow Tundra Terrain Tiles

The Cardboard Warriors forum hoard 104 was Xmas Wars and as I’ve always wanted to try my hand at creating some terrain I thought some Snow Tundra tiles would be a nice start. It turned out to not be as easy as I hoped as getting some form of texture into a white snow background is very challenging.

First up I sorted through my skiing photos looking for a good snow texture, unfortunately real snow when used as a texture looks very boring basically you may as well just go and cut out 6 inch squares from plain white card. So I took a segment of particularly interesting textured snow from one of my photos, duplicated it and then bump mapped and played around with the colours until I got a base texture I was pretty happy with. I then added an overlay of irregular white shapes to represent blown snow drifts and then finally placed on some rocks, logs, grass tops and a frozen pond (sorry no river it was beyond me, plus no time). I’m fairly happy with how the tiles turned out although the shadows around the rocks didn’t really work the way I wanted but overall they look good on the table. I turned the whole thing into a layered PDF and with the bits I’ve put in you can get about 8-9 fairly unique tiles.

Snow Tundra Terrain TilesReady for Xmas Wars miniatures to be deployed

I also put together a quick snow covered tri-fold pine tree, I changed the colour a little on the tree so there is a green/green tree and blue/green tree in 3 sizes; 5 3/4, 4 3/4 and 3 inch tall versions. I only had time to put together one tree texture so all the versions use the same texture but I’m very happy with how they turned out as I don’t think there are any snow covered pine trees out there in the war gaming paper tree world. I did make the little 1/3 base circle bits separate so if you like you can easily integrate my trees with one of the commercial snow terrain sets around the place.

Snowy Paper Pine Trees

Three Sizes of Snow Covered Pine Trees

I’ll be including my Snow Tundra tiles in hoard 104 but they are available below  for download as well. I’ve included both a Cameo and SD cutfiles,  Unfortunately I cant test the Cameo file so use with caution, if they do work okay please let me know in the comments below.

The below is a zip file but I’ve had to rename it as an odt so right click save as and then rename the extension .zip once downloaded.

All Zipped – Sirrob01 Snow Tile Final

I’ve only put the cutfiles in the zip as I have rename those anyways but below are just the PDF’s.

PDF – Snow Tiles and Pine Trees

PDF Instructions – Pine Tree Instructions

Enjoy 🙂


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