Mantic Terrain Crate – Barricades and Barrels, Conan’s Chests

Mantic Terrain Crate, Barricades, Kegs, Monolith Conan Boardgame Chests

My plans to get a ton of exciting Heroes and Villains done in December have had a few large wrenches thrown in the works, and as a result, I haven’t really painted for almost a week. Getting back into it, I decided to work on some simple stuff that had been sitting around in the way on my painting desk – in this case, more Mantic Terrain Crate scatter pieces.

Mantic Terrain Crate, Barricades

Mantic Terrain Crate, Barricades

Two different types of barricade – and three of each. I varied the colours just a little in order for them to be a little unique and not just look like clone-pieces. I kept them all to natural, “woody” tones, and this time I varied the crates and barrels a little from the tones I’ve used in previous sets.

Mantic Terrain Crate, Barricades

Mantic Terrain Crate, Barricades

As you can see, they’re not exactly scales as proper barricades – more in a boardgame scale, if anything. Our model here is Forlong the Fat, one of GW’s “true-ish”-scale, LotR models. Even though he’s positioned behind them and is raised by a slottabase, you van see that they’re not exactly very big as far as barricades go. I’m sure they’ll be fine as generic scatter, though.

Mantic Terrain Crate, Keg Barrels

The other pieces are much less interesting – three larger keg barrels and three sets of triple-keg barrel stacks. Dark wood here, with brassy taps. While the barricades will easily make a bit of extra colour in fantasy wargames as well as dungeon scenery, these keg-barrels are a fair bit more limited. If we ever need to kit out a tavern for a game, we’ll certainly have a well-stocked booze supply!

Monolith Conan Boardgame Chests

Finally, some chests that I made myself finish off, after they’ve been sitting around for 6 months or so. These are from the Conan Miniatures Boardgame, by Monolith. I remember some time ago in the comments, someone (Dagger & Brush, from memory) suggesting that I could paint some of the chests in a set I had in different colours to distinguish the quality of them. Rather than paint the same model chests in different colours, I decided to make these slightly more fancy coffer sculpts a little more fancy in turn when it came to their paint. Baal Pteor, also from the Conan game provides us with our scale in this shot.

I’ll have some real models painted for you all. Soon.

Mantic Terrain Crate – More bits of painted scatter: Treasure Piles and Armour Stacks.

Mantic Terrain Crate. Treasure Piles, Armour Stacks.

A bit of an intermission post today. I’ve already spent a few hours assembling the Community Round-Up post from November, and with luck it’ll be done tomorrow. I’ve got 10/17(18) people’s stuff done so far. Anyway, here’s some (more) bits of simple scatter from Mantic Games’ Terrain Crates. Beregond of Gondor and an unnamed Reiksgard on foot provide us with scale.

Mantic Terrain Crate. Treasure Piles

First up are the treasure piles. Useful for Role-playing, and perhaps games like Frostgrave. I’ve attempted to make them just subtly different from one another, and I’ve painted the odd coin silver in the piles to give them a fractionally less uniform look. Kind of like when you pick out the odd brick when doing a brick wall. Something often not directly noticeable because it looks more natural. I may add some gemstone paints to the armoured breastplate-things in the front middle two. Not sure. Any thoughts?

Mantic Terrain Crate. Armour Stacks. Mantic Terrain Crate. Armour Stacks.

Finally, a couple of more detailed shots of the armour stacks. The PVC is thin and bendy, and my heat-resets didn’t stick. Yes, I could replace them with wire and so forth, but as with many of these things – they’re not worth the time it would take to do so, especially since these took WAY longer for me to get finished than I’d originally intended – about 2 months, when I’d hoped for a weekend – that’s what happens when something is pretty much “meh” in terms of how much it excites me to paint. Adding wire to them would just make all of that even worse and further dragged out. In the end, they look decent with the paint and the decals – and most importantly of all – the bloody things are done!

Mantic Terrain Crate – Roll out some Barrels.

Mantic Terrain Crate A few more bits of my Mantic Terrain Crate Kickstarter pledge today. Specifically three sets of barrels and three individual barrels alongside some dynamite sticks. You’ll also see another WarZone Undead Legionnaire there for scale. That particular Legionnaire is the one that was missing yesterday that I found after taking all of the photos. I spent a bit of time last night bringing it up to speed – fully repainting the boots and gaiters, most of the weapon and then adding some blood (after varnishing the bits). I’ll be going and editing him into yesterday’s post in just a few… In a way these are some of the better Terraincrate bits – they’re just fine. Not amazing. Just fine. I’ll probably go in and fix up those bits we can see here where the wash has missed some of the crevasses. More importantly, these six bring my monthly total up to 29. So I’ve got two more models I need to finish in the next 2 1/2 hours. Luckily, I have a trio that are almost done, so time to knuckle down and get it done.

Mantic Terrain Crate – First bits of painted scatter.

Mantic Terrain Crate
A few weeks ago I had my Mantic Terrain Crate Kickstarter pledge arrive. I basically got the “one of everything” pledge, so it was interesting to go through all of the bits and pieces, and see what came out nicely, what was warped and fixable, what was warped to hell, and what I could just start working on and knock out quickly and painlessly. Of course, I ended up mixing the pieces together without regard for which set they came from, since my intent was completely to work out which ones I wanted to paint first.
Mantic Terrain Crate Logs
Logs are pretty simple, but they work for what they are. Sure, you could do much nicer and more detailed logs with real wood, but these are nice enough and easy to paint. So they work for me.
Mantic Terrain Crate, Hay Bales, Boxes, Crates
Similarly, bales of hay and wooden crates are fine. These single crates are detailed on 5 sides rather than 6, so they’ll always have the “grate” side on the top. I’m fine with that, but it’s just worth noting. The hay bales on the other hand are detailed on all six sides.
Mantic Terrain Crate, Boxes, Crates
The multi-crate stacks are pretty decent as well. They’re like a similar but larger version of the old resin ones that were sold by Grendel (and probably others) since the 1990’s. They’re pretty solid bits of scatter and can be used as background stuff in many genres of game or even as objective markers. I gave some of the individual boxes in the stack some (very) subtle differentiation with extra glazes of Flesh, Soft and Strong Tone, but wanted to keep them all pretty similar. Just enough variation so that the viewer doesn’t notice the variation while also adding enough small difference so that you don’t consciously notice that they all look exactly the same. So while this might not be a super exciting post, and it’s certainly not a comprehensive review of the Terrain Crate stuff, but these pieces are the first that I’ve painted, and they’re all of solid quality – especially once painted. They’re not boutique resin-level quality, but for the price, they’re pretty nice. I’ll continue to offer my thoughts on the Terrain Crate stuff as I continue to work my way through them.

Star Saga: Tool Boxes and Tech Drawer Terminals

Star Saga: Tool Boxes and Tech Drawers Terminals Scatter Terrain

More Star Saga scatter terrain today. Like the doors and crates before, I’ve bumped these up in the painting queue to use in Imperial Assault. The little tool boxes I painted in three different overall shades using different washes, so three of each if I ever need some more differentiated boxes, but they can just as easily be used as the loot crates as the ones I finished recently. The other things are these weird terminal things that appear to have computer screens and drawers. I guess they could be storage for pretty much anything with type-in access. Whatever – doesn’t matter.

Star Saga: Tool Boxes and Tech Drawers Terminals Scatter Terrain Imperial Assault

The finish on these are a bit beaten up and a bit dirty, though not overly so. Trying to find that balance that fits into multiple locations in the worn Star Wars universe, basically.

IA has various red squares on the map that designate impassable terrain that also blocks line of sight. I thought these would work well for the “base/ship” style interiors to just 3-D the game up a little more. There’s also exterior ones that I’ll need to make something a bit more proper for, not to mention the interminable terminals that we need to use in every single mission. I’ll have to get started on some of those next.

Star Saga: Small Doors & Crates (Technical August ’18)

Star Saga: Small Doors & Crates

Today’s post features some more boardgame scenic items. We have the six smaller doors from Mantic’s Star Saga game, along with six rather generic looking crates. The crates are pretty simple. A couple of tones of grey and a bit of metallic on the corners for wear and tear. Lootable crates are very much a thing in Imperial Assault, so these got found in the Star Saga accessories and got bumped to the head of the queue.

Star Saga: Small Doors & Crates

Once again, the impetus for painting these was Star Wars: Imperial Assault. I don’t expect that the smaller doors will play a part, but I did start them at the same time as the larger doors, and so I managed to make myself finish them off. Four of them are pretty generic, but the final pair feature a window, so I tried something a bit different to the typical “black” effect. I painted the windows with Vallejo Model Air Steel, and then painted them in with slightly diluted Warcolours Turquoise Gemstone, finally giving that a gloss varnish to complete it – hoping to get a kind of variation in the tone of light coming through the “blue” of the turquoise. I’m counting them as a submission for Technical August. I think they worked out okay – certainly fit for the simple purpose, but they’re not all the way there yet!

Star Saga: Small Doors & Crates, Imperial Assault

Ghaarkhan protects temp-Jyn and temp-Fenn from a Probe Droid while they furiously open their Star Wars Battlefront II Loot Crates trying for a rare Star Card. Yong Out!

This stuff isn’t really exciting, but as I’m documenting everything that I complete at the moment – here they are. And more importantly, they (well, the crates) will be straight into active gaming use. So there’s always that!

Star Saga: Large Doors

Star Saga: Large Doors

Another post featuring some not-especially-exciting content today. We have the four large doors from Mantic’s Star Saga game, which I picked up on the cheap (50% off) not too long ago. It’s supposed to be a decent little game, actually, though we’re playing Imperial Assault right now, so it’ll have to wait for a place in the queue.

Star Saga: Large Doors

Imperial Assault being the actual reason I started on these. Simply to replace the card standees in our games with something a little more substantial and a little nicer – and they look quite Star-Wars-y, too! As I painted them with Star Wars in mind, I went for grey on all four, since grey and white are the two colours that we typically see in Star Wars Architecture. The only colour being some of the buttons, and a touch of brown in the weathering.

Star Saga: Large Doors

Banging on the exterior door – who could it be, now?

I did vary them a little bit by making the rounded-edge doors a bit cleaner – as interior doors, and the more angular set more weathered – as external doors. Pretty simple stuff, but just a little touch. I also started on the six smaller doors, but haven’t yet finished them, as the focus last week was to get these four done and so ready for gameplay.

That’s it for my July models now. If everything goes to plan, I’ll have my personal round-up tomorrow, and then the Community Round-Up will go up on Sunday (my time). Get those last-minute posts and links to me for Jewel of July up ASAP!