Tuesday, October 8, 2013

New Terrain for the Table from 'Architects of War'


I had a bizarrely uncharacteristic, freakishly blazing desire to get some terrain pieces done - so I ran with the urge before I came to my senses.

I'm a big fan of the products from Architects of War. Their stuff is durable, characterful and very robust. I realize the cost of their kits are often at a premium, but I reason that good quality terrain is like 'a gift that keeps on giving' - once it's done it's always a treat to put on the table. So here are five items from their stock-list that I've managed to bash out over the past few weeks: 

a tobacco field,
'Wait, dude, is that, like, cannabis?' Now, talk about a terrain objective...
the water well,


I really wanted to put a tiny teddy bear laying on the lip of the well but Sarah said that was too dark, even for me.

a Dark Age stone hut,

'Don't get put off by the whole 'hut' thing. Rather, think of it as a minimalist starter home...'

two pink pigs in their poke,

Orville and Wilbur daydreaming of a world that hates bacon. 

and finally, a machine-gun emplacement.


From the pages of 'Better Holes & Trenches': the self composting MG nest.
This piece will come in handy for WWII skirmish games like 'Bolt Action', 'Chain of Command', etc.
Remove the top of the emplacement and you get a rather grisly knocked-out version. Yeesh!

To be frank I'm not completely cured of the terrain-making bug (well, it's more just assembling/painting), so I may have a few more items rolling off the table over the next little while. 

40 comments:

  1. Nice pieces to add to the table Curt

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    1. Thanks Andrew, they will be welcome additions indeed!

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  2. Very nice. I really like that well

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I think it's my favourite too.

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  3. I've got the same terrain making bug - must be an epidemic!

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    1. I noticed that, great work btw Miles.

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  4. They look great! I would have sworn they were professionally done.

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    1. Cheers Jim. I do pay myself a small salary so I guess they are ;)

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  5. Nice terrain bits Curt. Love the pigs! :)

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    1. I agree, the oinkers are great. Wherever there are people there are pigs it seems.

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  6. "Timmy's fallen in the well!"

    Go on, Curt, put the teddy bear next to the well... I dare you!

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  7. Very nice Curt, you have done a great job on them.

    John

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    1. Thanks John! I took a page out of your playbook to get a bunch done at once.

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  8. Very nice indeed, run with the bug whilst it's there

    Ian

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  9. Nicely done Curt, some of this would be perfect for Saga.

    Architects of War became my go to US store. I'll order late at night and by morning, it's in the mail. Great prices and their customer service is tops.

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    1. Thank Monty! Yes indeed, many of these are destined for a SAGA game soon.

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  10. Fantastic pieces, Curt. I like a lot the tobaco field and the nest. But the price, the terrible price...

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    1. Cheers Juan. The tobacco field is a nice piece but I imagine with shipping these kits might be prohibitive to folks outside North America.

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    2. Warlords Games have some of them, but they are expensive too. I think the best idea is to buy them in SALUTE.

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    3. A great idea in of itself, but then you'd need to afford to get to SALUTE to pick them up...

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  11. Nice little pieces there Curt in particular the well!

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks Christopher, I really like the well as, well, well!

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  12. These are superb Curt, I do like the Architects range.

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    1. Cheers Michael, they do make some very nice stuff.

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  13. Great stuff Curt. But I would still use the teddy bear...

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  14. Nice items. You could make the teddy bear detachable to add or remove as the whim strikes you.

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  15. Very nice pieces Curt - I really like the well, quite charming.

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    1. Thanks Scott! Once I finished the pales and ropes it really came together.

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  16. Have you done any scratch built hedgerows? We are musing over some low-cost approaches and seeing your current interest thought to ask.

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    1. Hey MurdocK, no I have not done any hedgerows but it's funny you should ask as I'm in the midst of negotiating to get some done-up from Andrew (Loki). This is his online store:

      http://www.terrafirmastudios.co.uk/#

      Drop him a line to see if he can help you out.

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  17. Great work Sir
    Love it the water well !
    Cheers

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  18. Those are incredible castings! Your painting and flocking/static are incredible realistic.

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    1. They are great little models - thanks very much for your thumbs up!

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