Middle Earth SBG – Ancient Ruins Basing Tutorial

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I absolutely love going to town on the basing of my miniatures. It’s just another excuse to add some character, variety and unification to your armies. It’s all about adding that story that really brings your miniatures to life.

The most recent basing I have been doing is for my Azog’s Legion force and today I’m going to show you what you need and how to go about making them.

I’ll be doing a series of tutorials on basing, both the modelling and the painting, so look out for future articles.

What you will need:

  • Cork Roll. I use a 2.5mm thickness, like this. This is readily available from most hobby stores, so if you do have a model train store nearby pop in and take a look. Just one of these rolls will easily last you the whole army.
  • Plasticard. I have so far been using a fairly thin, 1mm, variety. This does make it a bit easier to cut and model, but doesn’t look quite as good as a thocker variety.
  • Sand. I used Fine Sand from Basecrafts.
  • Mixed cork. Used for detailing. Can be found here, or like the cork roll can be found in hhobby stores.
  • PVA
  • Super Glue
  • Clippers
  • Modelling Knife

Building the Bases

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Begin by breaking the cork roll down into smaller, circular sections. I used the base as a template and broke the cork off around the edge. Always make more than required as these can be used for extra levels and details.

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Glue one of the circles to the top of the base with superglue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Once dry this will give you your first layer.

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Due to some of the drying times involved I’ll always build a few bases at a time, usually enough for a warband.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cut the plasticard down into small rectangular and square shapes. They don’t need to be uniform as the ruins are quite, well…ruined.

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Using super glue attach each segment at a time to build up the paving on top of the cork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clip off the excess plasticard around the edge of the base. The aim is to keep to the circle but still retain an angular look.

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That’s the second layer done. Normally I would attach figures at this point. It can limit your ability to paint the base but does ensure the mini will be a good fit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Next up is weathering the plasticard. Using the modelling knife make scratches across the surface. The more you add the more beaten up the ruins will look.

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Also use the knife to shave down the edges and add some bigger cuts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Use super glue to add a few peices of the mixed cork across the bases.

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Use PVA to add some of the fine sand onto small areas of the bases. I focussed on any cork visible on the top, around the mixed corks and in the cracks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Once the pva was dry I added a layer to seal in the sand. This was acheived with a mix of 1 part PVA to 6 parts water. I add this to all my bases that include sand as it really secures everything and cuts down on wear and tear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The beauty of the cork is it’s quite an easy material to cut and craft into unique features.

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A simple slice like this and both parts can be used to make a staircase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Glued one on top of the other they add that extra dimension and retain the circle shape.

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You can utilise this to make some pretty funky and diverse ruins. Just remember to test fit your miniatures so you know they will fit and loook good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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you will need to cut the plasticard to fit the middle step, but the bottom and top can overhang to be cut down.

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From there it’s just finishing them up just like the others by adding mixed cork, sand and a seal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there you have it. This is how I built and will continue to build all the bases for my Azog’s Legion force. I hope you all find it usual and I would love to see some of the bases you make using it, pop me an email at deathwatchstudios@gmail.com, find me on Facebook or Instagram.

Join me soon to find out just how I painted them as well.

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Back to the Batman Board…

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With my recent foray back into the Batman Miniature Game it was time to get cracking on with the game board once again. Whilst I’ve not done much to it since the last time we had a look, my brother has been doing a little work.

After getting a whole load of industrial type terrain, he’s been hard at work getting it built, a little bit painted and adding LEDs! We now have a light up gaming board! Just check out how it looks ready for a game…

With the addition of the light up buildings and the Suicide Squad Box Game buildings we really have the board coming together. Now all we need to do is get to painting the whole lot properly…

Building a Batman Board! – Part 2

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Continuing on from my last post, let’s take a look at the last few odds and ends I’ve picked up to get my Batman board up and running. In addition to all I’ve gone over so far I also have the Corner Apartment Building and Street Furniture I reviewed for Multiverse Gaming Terrain last week, in case you missed it here they are again 🙂

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These great sets and many more can be picked up from Multiverse Gaming Terrain :).

As I said last time I had a special bit of terrain for the board which is also my favorite of the lot, the good old Batmobile…

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I picked this bad boy up on ebay, but it is from a range of die-cast Batman vehicles from Eaglemoss. They have a fantastic selection, but I had to go for the Animated Series version as I have loved it since I was young and enthralled by the series.

Next up was some more scatter and buildings, this time coming in from Counter Attack Bases, who you may remember I got a good amount of tokens for the game from.

I picked up this great building from them…

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The 3 Storey City Apartment Building is a nice kit, but since it lacked floors on the interior I decided to make it a dilapidated and boarded up building. All I did was glue some cut up bits of lollipop stick over the windows before putting it together, simple 🙂

In addition to the building I also picked up some barriers for more general scatter…

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The Railed Fences/Barriers are nice, simple and cheap making a great addition to the board.

Here’s how it looks so far, with and without models…

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I still think I need to get a bit more buildings and bigger bits of scatter, especially for round the edges of the board. I do have my eye on some bits and pieces, and will be sure to post about them when I get round to picking them up 🙂

Building a Batman Board! – Part 1

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With a lot of the minis I have for the Batman Miniature Game painted and ready to play I thought it was about time to focus my attentions on getting a board, scenery and some scatter terrain ready.

So off I went to source my first batch of stuff, which there is a fair amount of choice available, but the first thing I wanted to get was some buildings. So I picked up a great warehouse set off the TrollTrader on ebay…

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As well as the building itself, this set also comes with a selection of crates to fill it a little…

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For only £26 it is an absolute bargain. It’s a fairly sizable building that I thought would be great as you can use the interior for the game as well. Here’s how it looks with some models…

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I wanted to grab some stuff to fill it even more and really make it look like it’s in use, so picked up these…

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I ended up getting 10 sets for only £23, and the picture above only shows the 2 I’ve built up so far! You can get these off ebay as well here.

Next up was a wee bit of scatter and the all important lamposts. While I’m aware that Knight Models do their own set of lampposts and sewers they are fairly pricey, so I wanted to get something that would make a good stand in for now. Again Trolltrader was the place to go…

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I picked up 2 of these to make sure there is enough lampposts for any situation. It also gives the added advantage of a wee bit more general scatter 🙂

On the subjest of some scatter terrain I also picked up a couple of cars for the streets of Gotham…

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These are the perfect size for games, and whilst they are a bit banged up, I think this works well in the context of the game.

Next up I’ll look at some more scatter, another building and a really cool car terrain piece 🙂

Multiverse Gaming – Dark City 30 Street Furniture Review

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After working on the Corner Apartment Building Review earlier this week I moved my focus onto my second review of some terrain from the wonderful people at Multiverse Gaming Terrain. This one covers the much smaller but no less valuable Street Furniture set. This one, more so than most of their other kits, seems like it is made for the Batman Miniature Game. Each crew will need at most 3 lampposts and 3 sewer markers to cover the standard game setup, and maybe more depending on the crew taken or strategies selected and this set will cover that wonderfully.

First and foremost, let’s take a look at how they come to you…

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I have to admit it was one of those kits that I took my first look at and was fairly perplexed as to how it would do together (the lampposts mainly, the sewer covers are fairly simple :-P), but the instructions, available as download from Multiverse Gaming Terrain’s website, where so clear one look was all it took to know what to do 🙂

The only advice I would give on the construction is to be extra careful when cutting out the smaller ‘rings’. They are fairly thin, and even a small slip with your hobby knife and you’ll chop ’em to bits.

Here’s how they looked once glued together…

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And with the Batman, to give a sense of scale…

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Finally here’s my thoughts on the pros and cons of this kit:

Pros:

Cheap; Another bargain kit, coming in at 5.99 euro (about £4.30), two of these kits will sort you out with everything you need for Batman(or any other games) for under a tenner 🙂

Simple; The whole set only takes about 20 minutes to get together

Quality; As with the Corner Apartment Building it feels strong and secure

Cons:

Stability; The bases on the lampposts are fairly small and I would like to add some more to them, just to make sure they don’t get knocked over during a game (not that that would damage them, just a minor annoyance when you’re gaming away)

Multiverse Gaming – Dark City 30 Range

My Final look at Multiverse Gaming Terrain is a look at what else is in the Dark City 30 range that I would love to get a hold of and use in my games of Batman 🙂

The range has only just arrived on the scene and it’s already got a great range of full on buildings and small details that add something really special and really help set the scene.

Let’s take a look at what they have other than the Corner Apartment Building and Street Furniture sets I have already reviewed 🙂

Buildings:

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Here is the Office Building, a fairly large and imposing building very much in tune with the aesthetic of Gotham :). At 49.99 euro (around £36), it’s a bit more expensive, but I think the character more than maes up for that :).

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This is the Apartment Building, very similar in design to the Corner Apartment Building but without, you guessed it, the corner. A mix of this and the corner variant could make a good looking city scene.

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Everyone of these building’s has an option to buy extra floors, so if you want a much higher level, be it one extra floor or 7 you don’t need to buy the original kits and have extra bottom floors.

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Detailing Kits:

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The Aircon Ducts kit is perfect for adding to the existing buildings or your own. Certainly makes it more interesting than your standard flat roof 🙂

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The Fire Escape Stairs look like they will add a great element of character to your buildings, but also work on a functional level during your games as a cool way to make it up and around buildings.

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The Atlas Statue and Gargoyles kits are two of my favorite from this range. If you have ever watched the 80’s to 90’s Batman films, you will know that these scream Gotham City as well as being an awesome place to perch a hero or villain so they can survey the field of battle 🙂

Whats Next:

That’s the full range of Dark City 30 terrain. For now. But it seems they are hard at work on many other cool projects, such as this awesome diner…

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Make sure you like their Facebook page, as any new or preview stuff seems to pop up there first 🙂

Multiverse Gaming – Dark City 30 Corner Building Review

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As a fairly new company Multiverse Gaming Terrain asked for a few sites to review some of their products and I was lucky enough to be one of those selected to get some goodies to have a look over.  With a couple of ranges designed for different scales of games (30mm and 15mm), I was excited to take a look at their Dark City 30 range as from the previews I had seen it looked perfect for the Batman Miniature Game 🙂

I received from them a couple of kits to look over. The Street Furniture kit as well as the Corner Apartment Building. Todya I’ll be having a look at and giving my thoughts on the Corner Apartment Building, but keep your eyes peeled in the next couple of days for the same on the Street Furniture 🙂

So without further ado, let’s take a look at how the building looks straight out the envelope it came in…

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As you can see it looks pretty good detail and quality wise. It’s cut onto good thick MDF, which should mean a nice strong building once put together. The cutting itself is perfect, with a lot of the pieces just falling straight off the sprue and any others only needing the one cut with the old hobby knife. The one peice I was pleasantly surprised to see was the detail sheet…

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This is cut from a thick sheet of card and gives some sections to detail the corners of the buildings as well as the windows and doors, something lacking in a lot of the other kits I have seen.

So far this kit is looking pretty good but let’s see how it goes together…

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Construction took me around an hour to an hour and a half, and was a doddle. Each kit has a set of downloadable instructions available from the Multiverse Gaming Terrain webpage which are clear and concise. The only issue I had was an error in the way I constructed the top floor, meaning it won’t slot on properly without cutting off some pieces. This is an error that has been addressed with an edit to the instructions, but I would still make sure you keep an eye on this when building your own. It’s an easy mistake to make, even for experienced builders 🙂

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Overall I found this to be an exceptional kit, definitely worth the asking price of 31.99 euro (around £23), in fact on reflection that price is stupidly cheap for the quality of this kit. As you can see from the images, the detailing is superb. The touches on the door, windows and especially the addition of the cornerstones (which hides the joins brilliantly) are a genius touch which I am certain will be ‘borrowed’ by other manufacturers in no time.

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I also love that each floor separates easily but still feel secure when attached, as well as movable doors. It means you can move the action indoors, floor by floor, and add an extra dimension to your games.

In conclusion here’s some pros and cons of the kit:

Pros: Cheap; At only 31.99 euro (around £23) it’s a bargain.

High quality; The MDF is thick and the way it goes together means it feels very secure.

Detailed; The patterns etched into the walls are fairly standard, but the additional card details jsut add that extra wow factor.

Functional; It’s designed with gaming in and around it, and suit a variety of games.

Cons: Honestly the only thing that comes to mind is the roof construction in the instructions, but this has already been addressed and I think in part it’s down to my own error and excitement to get it together 🙂

Head over to Multiverse Gaming Terrain to order yours, and keep up with news on their ranges via their facebook page 🙂

Finally let’s take a look at it with a few miniatures, that’s what it’s for after all and it gives a good sense of scale…

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