As the title suggests, I have been hard at work at Shire terrain this week and I have a little bit to show off. I am working on getting trees ready for the Maggot’s Farm scenario and while the first one has not gone quite according to plan, I think it looks reasonably good now. The one thing that was smart was buying pre-made trees from Woodland Scenics. It takes a lot of the grunt work out of making trees and while I don’t think the foliage is necessarily perfect straight out of the box, it looks good overall. The difficulty I’m having is finding flock, which I use to highlight the trees, that looks good. I bought some Woodland Scenics stuff and I didn’t like how it looked so I had cover it up with other flock that I did like. If you see some tan colored speckles, that’s a bit of the flock that I don’t like peeking through. The other piece of terrain was just a way to use up a small MDF base that doesn’t work well for trees. I thought a nice little patch of wild flowers could add some character to any scenario I’m playing.
Truthfully, the pictures I took are not quite up the standard I would like but I think future terrain pieces will look a bit nicer so I’ll shoot for better pictures there. I am curious to see how this looks as I get more on the mat. I think the terrain I’m making doesn’t match this mat as well as I thought it would but that’s okay. I can always try and hunt down a brighter mat in the future (or if I ever have the space, make a board). I have seven more trees ready to be based up so it will be a bit before I have them all done and ready to use.
I also painted up this shifty character recently. I think he came out pretty well overall and it is an interesting sculpt. You can kind of paint him like a ringwraith but his face is basically obscured by his hair and it is all but impossible to paint Wormtongue’s eyes. I would have liked to have painted them but oh well. I look forward to varnishing and basing him in the near future as that will give him a bit more color and variety.
I have been painting up something special in that the paint job quality is really high. I’m not quite at a point where I feel ready to share but it should kick off a really cool project that I can chip away at when I feel like doing my best painting. I have a bunch more terrain to make too in the coming weeks. More cropland, more trees, and hedges too so I should be plenty busy in March and hopefully have some exciting updates in the near future.