Been awhile since I've posted an update here, but I have been busy. I hope to spend the next few weeks trickling in pics of various projects and my thoughts on the games they're for.
First up, some terrain I slapped together for Fantasy Flight Games' Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game. When I was working on them, my 3-year-old son would watch what I was doing and say, "Daddy, I love you asternoids." I've called the that ever since. Unfortunately, I don't have any WIP pics to show, but they're not too difficult to figure out.SHOPPING LIST
- Lava rock (10 lb. bag in the gardening section of Home Depot)
- Bosch BlueGranite Turbo 1/8" drill bit (conveniently fits in a Dremel)
- 1/8" dowel rod
- Hex nuts and/or washers with 1/8" holes
- Wooden discs (wood isle at Hobby Lobby)
I dulled a couple drill bits on the first three rocks before I found the bit specified above. Once I got the Bosch, it went through the other 26 rocks I set aside with no sign of slowing down. Do yourself a favor and just start with that one. Grab it off Amazon if you have to.
If you look past the fighters, you can likely piece together the assembly instructions.
- Drill into rock.
- Drill into base.
- Wood glue dowel into base.
- Super-glue washer and/or hex nut to base.
- Hot glue rock on top of dowel.
After that, it's a simple matter of painting them however you like. Personally, I primed them white, then split them into two batches. Half got a thorough coating of a deep reddish-brown followed by a heavy drybrush of a lighter brown. The other half got a thorough coating of a dark grey, followed by a heavy drybrush of a mid-grey. Then they all got a zenithal drybrush of a light blonde to tie them all together.
I think they came out pretty well for a weekend's work and look snazzy on the Gale Force 9 Space Game Mat.