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Treasure Objective Tokens for Blood and Plunder

Continuing my work on my Blood and Plunder models/terrain. Finally received some nice treasure chests and coin piles from Dark Arts Studio. This is their Chests & Treasure set. You can buy bits of it individually, but I grabbed the lot and happy I did. The barrels and bases are Renedra. I’ve since textured the bases and moving on to painting. I have a lot to do before May, but I should be able to finish it all if I stay on track.

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Avast! Big Blood and Plunder Post!

My usual PADD has been in full effect over the past couple weeks, but I’ve tried to keep it consistent between my Bloodbound army and my Blood and Plunder gamestuff. I have put in for two come and learn demo style events at Kublacon in May for Blood and Plunder, so maybe I’ll see you there. That, of course, has incentivized me to finish my table and get everything painted up. What follows are a couple blog posts in one lengthy post. Enjoy!

Jungle Terrain
I completed my jungle terrain tiles with a couple touch ups needed. Used the Pegasus Hobbies palm trees, all three sets, as well as the collected NUOLUX palms I found on ebay. Just run a search for NUOLUX palm trees on Ebay to find. They come from various sellers but should be an inexpensive 15 piece set. The bases were a mix of the Worldsmith Industries resin area terrain bases and base inserts (flat and trunk) and Hobby Lobby wooden circle and oval pieces. Plus various lichen, tuft grass, static grass, Vallejo Dark Earth base texture, and aquarium plants cut to fit. Photos of the process and final results below. Very happy with these. I am impressed with how they turned out. The resin bases with inserts are great, I thought about getting more down the road, but for now they fit the style perfectly.

Treasure Chest
Was looking for something that would draw eyes to the table other than the awesome models and ships (and my terrain) that could also carry the rules/supplies for the game. Eventually found this one, again at Hobby Lobby (wonder why they get the things I can’t find locally elsewhere, but win for me). Wasn’t too expensive, and was wide enough to fit the books. I’m working on Army Transport trays for my models since they fit this just about perfectly.

Sea Battle
Had a great first sea battle game a couple weeks back. We initially wanted to try out amphibious but decided to go pure sea so we wouldn’t have to stress land and sea rules at the same time. Had a blast, got a boarding action in, ship rammed a longboat, much carnage ensued.

Spanish Buildings
Another player on the Blood and Plunder Facebook group posted a picture of the spanish church and arched house from Empires at War. I went looking for them as I wanted some buildings and so far only had the French settler’s cabin from 4Ground. My wallet was not happy with me once I was finished buying, but they were great folks and shipped everything quickly. Spent the past few nights getting the town assembled. They went together easily and fit the game well. Interiors are not detailed like 4Ground’s are, but the multistory buildings do have removable floors. Can’t wait to get these on the table!

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Group shot/4Ground cabin comparison

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Taverna, 2-Story House, Arched House

3-Story House

Villa

Farm


Realmgates for Age of Sigmar

Been trying to keep up with a consistent amount of painting per week. Tackling what I have already started/will be using next first as that seemed to make the most sense. šŸ˜€

These guys have been primed for months but I never got around to painting (shocker). Took the time to put them together and I’m happy with the results. I may go clean up a few details but I’m calling them completed. Not amazing, but I like.

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3 Keg Barrels

Finished a quick paint job on 3 keg barrels from the Pathfinder Deep Cuts collection. Painted up easy, they come pre-primered with Vallejo primer. Not 100% sold on their primer job but it was adequate. Looking forward to other items from the line.


Area Terrain for Blood and Plunder

Was looking for some area terrain templates for foliage/trees I wouldn’t have to build myself. I know that sounds lazy, but time’s not a big luxury for me these days. Was fortunate to be directed to Worldsmith Industries, and their area terrain templates. I received the order this week and thought I’d post what they looked like out of the box. Looking forward to cleaning and painting these up along with adding plants and trees.

I ordered the Base 3, Base 4, and Base 5.2 pieces along with 6 Bare Earth and 6 Tree Stump inserts. Here’s the three of them together, with the 50mm inserts spread across the group. As you can see, the casting is clean, few details needing cleanup/edges trimmed. The stumps fit the palms I picked up on Ebay nicely, and I can use the flat inserts for other trees I have with thicker trunks and/or clumps of plants. The resin is sturdy, but not too thick. Plenty of table coverage with these guys.

One other thought. The 50mm inserts are pretty stable alone. The blanks are great for 50mm foliage clumps, and the stumps for trees. Topheavy terrain may not do as well, but it’s a thought. Could always buy an assortment of both (the inserts are sold in packs separately so you can mix and match) to have on hand for the templates or as standalone scatter.

I did ask Worldsmith if they would be creating these without the rock formations sculpted in. At this time they have no plans to, but additional flocking/plants glued down will cover up the ones I don’t want showing easily. Look for progress reports coming (hopefully) soon.

Overall, definitely worth the price!Ā Take a look here!

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Base 3
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Base 4
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Base 5.2
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Checking the stump!:
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Deep-Cut Badlands Mat Review

For the longest time I’ve been looking forĀ something that could be used to cover not only theĀ ocean floor (for Deep Wars), but also the surface of Mars (Gruntz/anything else sci-fi), and evenĀ a desert landscape (Malifaux,Ā Fistful of Kung Fu, etc). Part of the requirements was that the mat’s textures and colors complimented the (now out of print) Badlands terrain pieces put out by Battlefront. I don’t know why they take their obviously well-selling products off the market regularly, but that’s another post…anyway, I was having a devil of a time finding something that would cover the bases…then I stumbled across Deep-Cut Studios. They have some of the most gorgeous pre-printed mats I have seen to date. Printed on thin vinylĀ and matching the colors I was looking for, I caved and ordered a 4′ X 6′ Badlands mat.

I had originally asked the team at Deep-Cut about a custom sized 4′ x 4′ or 3′ x 3′ for the Badlands, but learned that it and a few other designs on their site are licensed designs (I believe Dave Graffam is licensing his great cardstock mats through them for printing on vinyl) and are only available in the sizes listed. So pro: you can get some of their mats custom sized, con: mine wasn’t one of them…oh well, not a deal breaker.

Oh, and by the by, the product ships from Lithuania, so if you’re in the US be patient. It wasn’t a long wait, but when you were antsy to get it in-hand…well…;)

When the mat arrived it was packaged nicely in a solid tube that I’ll use to store it in (note: shipping from Deep-Cut is a flat rate, so if you’re considering ordering multiple mats, do so at once, that’s a nice feature for us across the pond who are interested).

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The mat was rolled tightly up in the tube,Ā making me a bit worried on how it would roll out and lay on the table:

 

 

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But it spread out nice and flat. These next couple images show it with a bit flipped over to the back and how thick the mat is (was asked for thickness…it’s pretty thin, but sturdy):

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A few shots of it on the table. Note that my dining room table isn’t quite 4×6, but theĀ overhang you see didn’t impact it when I did lay it flat or when I went back to roll it up. It has done a great job maintainingĀ its ‘flatness’:

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Since I wanted to see how it looked with some models and terrain on the table we then set up some of the terrain I’d be using with it most and shot a few pictures. The color balance changes a few times depending on my angle and the glare from the window, so use the darker images as a better color reference (and thatĀ on the website) to get you a better impression.

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These pictures don’t really do it the justiceĀ they should. The mat feels durable andĀ is fairly non-skid (have a space mat on different vinyl from a different manufacturer and the Xwings slide around on it…Deep-Cut makes some great looking space mats…hmmm…) and is exactly what I was hoping for when I ordered it. I’m not a big fan of ordering sight-unseen like this, soĀ the material, image quality, and customer service when I asked about a custom size have definitely impressed me. Expect to see the mat featured inĀ future battle reports on the blog. šŸ˜€

All in all I’d give it a 4.5/5. Only downside for this mat was the lack of size customizing, and I know that’s being picky, but I’d love to have one at 4×6, 4×4, 3×3, etc to meet different game needs without marking the space. šŸ™‚

They seem to be coming out with quite a few new items, so check them out , you will probably find something to your liking and at a very reasonable price.Ā www.deepcutstudio.com