And Lo, Sainted Tigran made a castle of his ass: A terrain piece and horrid history of terrain building
I've always appreciated good looking terrain. It is such a perfect accompaniment to well painted models and has a valuable role to contribute to the narrative of any battle and the continuing story of any army that crosses it. That said I've never been one for making it: or maybe not anything notable for anything but cringe factor. I remember getting a book from the public library when I was a child. My head was full of knights and dragons and the book demonstrated how to build medieval castles out of wood. I painstaking hacked up plywood and constructed a ramshackle hill that was supposed to terminate in a raised moat. Somewhere along the line I'd screwed up the measurements and the "island" intended for a majestic castle was so crumped up it would have struggled to accommodate a 28mm scale outhouse. Even to my 10 year old mind it looked like ass. That sentiment remains and whenever I tried to build a terrain piece in the intervening years It ended up half completed and eventually made it's way into the trash.
It didn't mean that I didn't like the idea of constructing terrain. Two of the most inspiring GW books I owned were the How To Build Terrain" books they produced in the late 90's and early 2000's. I just never got anything done. So where am I now? I decided to build some small scale terrain to compliment my imperial guard or maybe populate a 4x4 gaming board; Nothing overly epic or ambitious. That was always the problem; I think my ambitions outstrip my means. GW terrain looks nice but there is something sterile about it. While it looks quite sharp and livens up a table it really doesn't capture the personality of individual armies. Somewhere between the last terrain "How To" and now somebody decided it would be better to sell terrain rather than show people how to produce it. To start things off I decided to build around a theme I had explored for a while, Use GW produced pieces as a "crutch" and try to personalize the piece with some additions from other sources.
|An excruciating death, canonization, then millennium of inclement weather and bird poo.|
|The future saint.|
Once the statue was complete I mounted it on a plinth made from imperial ruins. it might have looked better if I had made it larger but I can't justify "floor models" if I'm only going to build a 4x4 or want to transport it easily. A special thanks to GW and their new technical Nihilakh Oxide. I'd mixed my own verdigris solution in the past and experimented with homewrecking (I mean decorating) crafty products as well but they were a hassle plagued with long prep times and consistency issues when I forgot how I'd made up a previous batch. The technical paint went on easily, is readily available should I run out and looked very nice considering the negligible effort it took.
|Not the best shot but hopefully you can see the verdigris added to the statue.|