Wednesday, 7 March 2018

CLXIII. Legen: A Willow Tree

Time to slowly begin working on the board on which we'll be playing in July. I started off by making one of the smaller pieces: a willow tree.





This terrain was built entirely from scratch. The tree's trunk was sculpted in DAS air-drying clay, and the branches made from wire and natural roots. Experimenting with creating texture was fun.



It was primed grey and white, and painted mostly with glazes.



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27 comments:

  1. I keep saying how wonderful your blog is, so sorry to repeat myself again :)

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  2. That looks great, and I appreciate the tutorial. I'm keen to give something like that a go myself.

    What will you be playing in July?

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    1. Thank you. I might do a more in-depth step-by-step on one of the future similar trees.

      In July I'll be running Legen, a multiplayer skirmish game of AoS in which players will field their warbands (a knight+small retinue each) against a herd of rioting giants. The board and scenery that need to be built will represent a small village and the surrounding countryside, where the battle is to take place.

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    2. That sounds like it will be fantastic. I can't wait to see more of it. I'm always excited to see how people interpret AoS outside of the confines of the Old World setting, especially in regards to peasants, farmers and life away from the battlefield.

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    3. Ooh yes – sounds amazing. At the risk of sounding cliched; any thoughts on a windmill with a Polansck twist for your game?

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    4. @Apologist - yes, a windmill piece is planned for this project. :)

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  3. Ooooh! A petrified gargant's foot! ^^

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  4. Wonderful - I love pollarded willows; they have such an alien, wizened aspect. In England one occasionally comes across derelict 'withy beds', where willows were commercially farmed for their wands (usually beside steams or on marshy ground). I find them eerie places for some reason!

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    1. Those places sound great. Pollarded willows do have an eerie atmosphere about them. I'm not sure why we don't really see them on the tabletop. They are no harder to make than other types of trees.

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  5. Will this scenery have any special rule?

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    1. No, it's just a tree. Nothing extraordinary about it. There will be more of these, this is just the first.

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  6. It's an interesting piece with a fantastic looking WIP picture.Interested to see how it stacks up to your other gnarled trees.

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    1. Thanks! I'll take pictures when I bring the other trees home for necessary repairs.

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  7. Fantastic execution of a very realistic tree. The pollarded look reminds me of Ian Miller's artwork; it fits right in with your setting.

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    1. Thanks! Indeed, Miller is one of a number of artists whose influence is descernible in my work.

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  8. Very nicely done - both the end result as well as the step-by-step!

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  9. Even more gorgeous than your usual work.

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