Confrontation Starter Set Scenery: Hill Ruins. (Temperate Scheme)

Rackham Confrontation Hill Ruins – Temperate – “Front” View

Last year I did one of these Confrontation Hill Ruins in a desert scheme to match my desert mat. Not too much later than that, I started on another of them, going for the “brown dirt and flock” temperate scheme I use on my bases, which will probably see use on my green grass mat. This time I glued sand to the surface of the “dirt” in order to give it the same texture and look as my models. When I took a months-long hiatus from painting last year, it sat unfinished for several months until a few weeks ago. There’s really nothing too exciting here, excepting the fact that I finally finished it, and I’ve decided to show off all of this year’s painted/completed items.

Rackham Confrontation Hill Ruins – Temperate – “Side” view.

The Mouth of Sauron and a Skellyman provide scale, and contrast with the pretty flowers.

A comparison between the Temperate and Desert-painted Rackham Confrontation Ruins.

I did use weathering powders again here, but much more subtly than on the Desert Hill. Obviously the Desert-painted hill looks far nicer on the Desert mat, but the brown dirt should fit in much more nicely on the Grass mat than the Desert Hill. Why didn’t I photograph them on the grass mat? Because I was taking a bunch of other photos at the same time (like last post’s Ogres) and it basically didn’t occur to me at the time. Still, it will work nicely across a large variety of games, so job’s a good’un.

Confrontation Starter Set Scenery: Hill Ruins. (Desert Scheme)

Over the years, I’ve accumulated a lot of stuff. Amongst that stuff has been some Rackham Confrontation starter sets from the prepaint plastics days. Griffins vs. Wolfen. While I’ve not done much with the Wolfen to date, the Griffins have recently been multibased on cardboard for Kings of War, and I’ve done a bit of work on the terrain. Since I’ve got more than one of these Hill Ruins, I decided to paint them in different ways. The temperate climate hill is still being worked on, but I finished the desert scheme hill, and so here it is!

Rackham Confrontation Hill Ruins – Desert

Rackham Confrontation Hill Ruins – Desert

Rackham Confrontation Hill Ruins – Unpainted and Desert

I’ve been using weathering powders a lot more on things recently, and I found them to be a bit of a double-edged sword on this piece of terrain. I thought it looked great without the powders, and it lost a fair bit of the distinct looks of the stone slabs when I added them, but I felt that the realism of the sand gathered between the stones made it worthwhile. Added some grass tufts around, just enough to make it look a bit more “real” but not so many as to hinder gaming on the piece, which after all is the whole point of the thing. As I keep saying, I do quite like terrain that can work well across a variety of games, and this one is characterful enough that it works for pretty much anything – though the dragon might be a little out of place in the Libyan desert of WW2, it might still pass if we squint a little.