Styrofoam has great properties for carving as it allows precise cuts without crumbling away. This means you can carve really intricate patterns, making for some really fantastic terrain pieces. Generally it comes in blue from the craft stores, but building insulation is the same stuff. Continuing on from our previous article on building a Dwarf watchtower, the next stage is to carve a Dwarfen pattern into the styrofoam tower, but the process is exactly the same for any patterns you’d want to create for any terrain piece.
Reading through the new Age of Sigmar book, there’s a series of battle plans and one of them, The Watchtower, sounded like awesome fun to play! One problem though, I didn’t have a suitable terrain piece to use as a watchtower. Now most people would have just used a hill or something similar to fill for a watchtower instead, but I couldn’t bring myself to do that: as my dad always told me “if something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly son”. Having also been brought up to be a cheapskate, I decided to build the tower myself, it also meant, as a Dwarf player, I could build it to a Dwarf design!
So I’ve been painting a lot of gold recently, particularly on my Longbeards (those bloody shields!). I’ve always struggled with it owed to the Games Workshop metallic paints being a tad watery making using them a but frustrating. After a bit of trial and error I’ve found a technique that gives me the metallic gold effect I like and isn’t too hard to do.
In summary, after a black base coat, the steps are as follows ( I use the old GW paints but I’ve put the new ones for reference):
Step 1. Layer a coat of Beastial Brown (Mournfang Brown)
Step 2. Rough coat of Dwarf Bronze (Hashut Copper)
Step 3. Heavy coat of Devlan Mud (Agrax Earthshade)
Step 4. Layer or two Shining Gold (Gehenna’s Gold) on the prominent areas
Step 5. Mithril Silver (Runefang Steel) highlight to any edges that catch light
It’s taken me a few tries to get this Dwarf steel armour look exactly how I wanted it, which is a grubby steel (from fighting in mines etc.), but not dull. I’m now tempted to go back and repaint 40 Dwarf warriors using it, but that’s for another day!
In summary, after a black basecoat, the steps are (I used the old GW paints, but added the new counterparts for reference):
1. Heavy drybrush of Boltgun Metal (Leadbelcher)
2. Heavy Badab Black (Nuln Oil) wash
3. Light drybrush of Chainmail (Ironbreaker)
4. Edge highlight of Mithril Silver (Runefang Steel)
If you’re like me and you’re a cheap ass bastard and you like Dwarfs, you’ll probably be wanting to get everything you can out of the new Gyrocopter/Bomber model from Games Workshop. After a lazy Sunday morning I decided to pick one of them up and see if I could magnestise the set so I could not only swap between weapons, but also from copter to bomber. Luckily it’s fairly straight forward if you can deal with sacrificing a few parts that are shared between the sets.
Anyways here’s how I did it.