After the Waterbowl I was inspired by some of the amazing teams and display boards on…well on display.
And I thought I would make my own, and show you how I did it, because I’m a smartarse.
Also, sorry for the photography standards. I need a proper lighting set up
- Deep set picture frame. I used an 8 inch x 8 inch for 11 Players and a Big Guy
- 3mm thick Hardboard
- Drill and Hole Saw Bits
- Saw (Jigsaw if you can)
- Glues – PVA Wood Glue, Superglue
- Wall filler
- Acrylic Paint – Use similar colour to your base’s basecoat (Not purple like I did)
- Sand, stones and other base gubbins
- Spray paint – Again same or similar colour to base’s basecoat
- Citadel Paints:
- Inks or Washes (I used diluted inks, washes are the closest):
- Varnishes – Matte, Satin and Gloss
- Static Grass
- Undergrowth – (I used Green Tea leaves, Parsley, Basil and Oregano)
Now I would be amiss to say this was all my idea. I had help from three fantastic articles from two sources.
STEP ONE – Down too long in the midnight sea
- Dispose of the glass part of the picture frame. You may want to use it elsewhere, we don’t need it here though
- Saw a square of hardboard slightly bigger than the picture hole
- With a pen or pencil, draw circles around your players, on the hardboard square
- Drill out the holes with a 38mm and 44mm hole saw for the 32mm and 40mm bases, respectively
- Glue the holy board to the underneath of the picture frame
STEP TWO – I see a white frame, I want it painted black, No colours anymore, I want them to turn black
- Here I sprayed the frame and board black, to serve as a primer for the next stages
- Reattach the original picture frame back to check fit
- As a bonus, the Second frame on this picture frame can hold the two boards together nicely
STEP THREE – Ready for a bit of the old ultra-Violets
- Following Luke’s instructions, In a plastic tub mix:
- PVA Glue
- Wall Filler
- Brown acrylic
- Spread the mixture over the top board, making it as rough or smooth as desired
- While this is still wet, add any rocks or additional sand to taste.
- Do the same with bases, although you could use Stirland Mud instead
STEP FOUR – There’s a world that we don’t know, There’s a world we never see, Espresso!
- Now spray your board and bases with the base coat. I used a satin Espresso colour (similar to Rhinox Hide). I used Satin as I want my board to have a slightly wet, marshland feel.
STEP FIVE – Hahaha Boom Boom – Basil Brush
- Dry brushes of Deathworld Forest followed by a mix of DF and Rakarth Flesh, then light dry brush of Rakarth
STEP SIX – I wanna rock!
- Painted all the rocks skavenblight dirge then dawnstone. Every. Bastard. Rock
- Rocks were washed with olive green ink (Camoshade), sepia and brown (Earthshade), in splashes of colour. Blobs of olive ink on some recesses of the board too
It is at this stage that the thoughts of “Oh fuck, this looks awful, why am I doing this?!?” will come in to your head. This is normal. Have a drink (Beer/Scotch/Tea/etc.) and wait until the next step
STEP SEVEN – Mission To Moscow
- Drybrush all the rocks Dawnstone, Dawnstone plus White Scar and a light drybrush of white scar
- Admire that it looks much better
- Feel Smug
STEP EIGHT – The Last Jedi
- Satin wash over all the board except the rocks to give a wet look to the marsh board
- Then patches were covered with pva and my special LEAVES AND TING mixture (Green Tea leaves, parsley, basil and oregano)
STEP NINE – Jason Goes To Hell
- Static grass applied
- When it dries then I’ll stick an agrax wash over the vegetation to dull the colours, tis Nurgle after all
- And it’s done until the models are finished and I can play with the water effects
I hope you enjoyed this article on the frayed ends of sanity that comes with making a display board. It seems easy at the beginning, then becomes arduous, soul destroying and utterly delightful at the end.
After the miniatures are stripped and repainted, I will go through the water effects and making Nurgle slime
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