Wednesday, 26 August 2015

No sleep till Chicoheim!


See I look at peoples Blogs and Forum/FB posts when they show such skill when it comes to building scenery and gaming tables from scratch and I think I could do that, 

So!

I'm going to build Chicoheim™ from scratch!

I then cry alittle (Ok alot) when I come to realise..

Nope I  really can't!

Bugger!

So It's a fact then I'll never have the skill to make some and I'm far too cheap and budget restrained to but the super dooper kits out there.

So what's my real options?
I have 3 options so let me run them by you readers of OoaB and tell me what you think:

Option 1:

MDF Buildings


At around £8 a building they are in my budget but are limited in suitable looking ones for Chicoheim™, plus they'll need alot of work to even look nice.

Option 2:

4Ground Buildings

Those look perfect and come already painted, trouble is they are very very expensive, the set pictured above is £45 quid.. Ouch!

Option 3: 

Plastic WW2 Buildings (Either 1:72 scale or Warlord Games)


Not bad priced (The above sets is £16 each) but do they look fantasy enough?

Not I ruled out both printed cardstock terrain (As I have no printer) and getting the original Mordheim card terrain as it's bloody expensive. 

So what do you guys think?

Any better ideas?

Cheers!

25 comments:

  1. I'm about to start working on JBmunda/JBfrontation too, I can fully sympathise ^^

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    1. ChicoMunda have been done and sorted thanks to Mantic so that was nice and easy heh

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  2. There really is nothing difficult about matching the cheap options in your list with foamcore, a knife, a ruler and coffee stirrers (for wooden details). At least try it before you spend the big bucks ;)

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    1. I have tried many many times, read my other scenery posts as I show my failed tries heh

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  3. I've been using the old Townscape buildings as inspiration for an Oldhammer building project. It really isn't that difficult, far more technique than skill.

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    1. Trouble with Townscape or cardstock is the buildings arn't open which Mordheim needs.

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  4. I agree with Bloodsbane, the best option is to get a sheet of foam board and have a go, something straight forward and build, so to speak, from there. If you can get foam board any thick box from a supermarket will work just the same, and they're free :-)

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    1. Again tried and failed, it's just not what I'm looking for and looks like a shit end product.

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  5. I'd go with the townscape option, as there's tonnes of different styles and sizes. To address your concern about the interior I'd look online for some sources of floorboards and interiors. Get it all printed off on thick cardstock and then stick the interiors into the buildings. You'd be done & dusted in a jiffy and happily guzzling lagers within an afternoon.....well, a short time anyway :)

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    1. As mentioned in the post, card is not a option really as I both don't have a printer and even if I bought the PDF's and had a store print them it's still expensive and naff looking. Gaming is about eye candy to me, if it looks shit it puts me off

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  6. I think the warlord building is pretty passable. It's actually a tough problem, I thought there would be more options than there appear to be. Open ruined buildings take way more materials than a closed box....so you lose a lot of the benefits from the mdf laser cutting process. It also rules out hardfoam and/or thin plastic options.

    There are pdfs of the old mordheim terrain floating around. You could have that printed off at a copy shop and go from there. If you really want just the plastic mordheim stuff, I believe those aren't too dear....although most of those bits could be excluded or easily kit bashed (chunks of roof and windows).

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    1. Think I'm going to use the Ruined Hamlet set looks quite good and comes in a box of 3 (which If I use ebay is £28) and just about cheap enough :)

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    2. The ruined hamlet buildings are quite small when compared to the 4ground models. I played a game of Bolt Action last week using a friends 4ground terrain. They really are very nice, but not cheap. I decided to invest in some, but slowly over time.

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    3. Yeah the 4ground one are perfect except there price, to fill a 4x4 table with them we are talking around £200 at the very least :(

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  7. A number of Citadel kits over the years have been quite useful for Mordheim, if you can still find any of them for decent prices. Dreadstone Blught, the old 40k gothic ruins, the various Empire buildings, and even the new Ophidian Archway all work pretty well for me along with a variety of foamcore houses I made. Of course, Ophidian Arch was a great deal at $40 US when it came out so I snagged one before GW could raise the price. I see that the Arch is now $50. Took them only a month to correct the mistake of selling something for a good value! Your best bet though might be the Pegasus Hobbies gothic building kits. They make a few that look like ruined medieval churches, here's an example:
    http://pegasushobbies.net/catalog/Peg.-Gaming-Accessories/c2/p98/%234930-Gothic-City-Ruins/product_info.html
    They are great modular kits you can use to make your own ruins.

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    1. They are nice more Sci Fi then Oldie World though, why can't it all be easy hehe

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  8. There ate other options for scratch building.
    I did this http://paintstationforge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/loft-of-shame-part-2.html?m=1

    If you can knock up a wooden frame from wooden dowel then the rest is just requires you to be patient.

    Also you can get some cool brick sets out there for not much and can make cool buildings from.

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    1. See I look at pictures of stuff like that I think I could do that.. Well I can't for some reason my terrain making just doesn't work for me. Tried so many times over the years heh

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    2. The terrain I built is actually quite easy as it's just sticking straight bits of wood together.

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    3. The terrain I built is actually quite easy as it's just sticking straight bits of wood together.

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  9. God bless you for introducing me to warlord games, they look great!

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    1. Aye it's what I ended up buying, should work well I hope... heh

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  10. For something completely different that you might have fun with could be plaster. Starting with mixing up a bit of plaster of Paris and making small slabs, once dry, you can carve them. It's a very different skill set and perhaps more suited to a style you can work with. You may need a cheapie set of wood carving tools, and PVA glue to seal the plaster before painting it, but perhaps you will find you really enjoy plaster pre-fabs.

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  12. I'd hardly call the Pegasus ruins "scifi". While not the half-timber houses of the 'Eavy Metal pages of Mordheim, they are still ruins of late medieval northern European churches. The fact that gothic architecture has creeped into science fiction doesn't take away from its medieval roots. I just can't figure out what to do with the non-ruined, yet mysteriously roofless churches they sell! It would take a lot of work to finish them OR convert them into convincing ruins.

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