Small Scenics: Armorcast High-Tech Walls 1, 2 & 3 for Necromunda/Shadow War/40k

Armorcast High-Tech Walls

Armorcast High-Tech Walls

Last week I shared some photos of Armorcast’s “Short” Sci-Fi Walls that I picked up during the ’90s. This time it’s the “High Tech Walls” from the same era. Back in the day they had three sets, all of which I picked up, and even got them painted! You might have spotted them in the background of the previous two “Army so far” posts.

Armorcast High-Tech Walls

Armorcast High-Tech Walls

Once again, these were painted in a quick and dirty manner back in the day, and could probably use a bit of a touch-up today using some of my more modern techniques and materials. Some more detailing, a bit of a wash, edge highlight, some powders, etc. Tone down the coloured metallics a little and make a few more bits pop a little more.

Armorcast High-Tech Walls

Armorcast High-Tech Walls

Obviously, these are perfect for games like Necromunda, Shadow War Armageddon (aka Necromunda V2) and of course – 40k. As well as many other sci-fi and post-apoc games. Given their low-end-high-tech look, they wouldn’t look out of place for DUST, Konflikt ’47 or This Is Not A Test/Fallout.

Armorcast High-Tech Walls

Armorcast High-Tech Walls

I think the random transfers I used throughout these sets of walls also improves their look a fair bit over the simple paint I applied. While these are no showcase models, either in terms of their sculpts or my rather basic paintjob of the 1990’s, even like this they look good on the table, particularly when paired with other complimentary scenery pieces. Perhaps I’ll buy some more?

Armorcast High-Tech Walls, Short High-Tech Walls

Oh, and here’s a scale shot of these walls along with the Short Sci-Fi walls.

Small Scenics: Armorcast Short High-Tech Walls 4″ and 6″ for Necromunda/Shadow War/40k

Armorcast Short Sci-Fi Walls 4

Another couple pieces of simple sci-fi terrain today, again dating from the 1990’s. These are Armorcast’s “Short” Sci-Fi Walls. Fairly simple casts, and rather simply painted by my good self back in the ’90s. These were a matter of spray black, drybrush gunmetal/chainmail/etc, and then pick out some parts using copper and brass before finally adding some burnt metal around the blast holes and a few decals for interest.

They look a little plain to me today. If anything, I think they could do with a wash of Army Painter Dark Tone (Black) to emphasise the panel lines and rivets followed by a bit of a detail pick-type drybrush of a brighter steel. Then a bit of either oil wash or rust. I might mentally file that as something to get done once the weather warms up again in November/December as it’s a horrible time of year for working on scenery right now. Then I can show these again!

Despite their simplicity and their age, I think these are still pretty nice pieces. Both the 4″ and 6″ versions are still available from Armorcast, and for a pretty reasonable price. If not for the current cost of shipping from the U.S., I’d probably drop a couple of hundred on some more of these and some of their other good looking stuff. There’s a July coupon with 10% off and free shipping over $200, and apparently it works for people outside the U.S….

As always, I’m not receiving anything for pimping their stuff, I paid full retail for these (in the 1990’s) and my opinions are my own – though after publishing this post I will be bringing it to Armourcast/Ginfritter’s attention, which is something I usually do after reviewing or sharing more obscure items, because why the hell not?


Small Scenics: 77136: Well of Chaos (Reaper Bones)

77136: Well of Chaos, Reaper Bones

Another quick and easy post today – On a little bit of scenery from Reaper Bones’ 1st Kickstarter. It’s a nice enough piece, sculpted by Bob Ridolfi, though I think the name “Well of Chaos” is a little overblown for what it actually is.

77136: Well of Chaos, Reaper Bones

It’s a little bigger than your standard 28mm figure (sorry, I forgot to get a scale shot!) I decided to KISS and keep the scheme nice and simple. Grey stone with a touch of dirtiness to it. Faded, aged bronze for the accoutrements, and a few layers of Vallejo’s Realistic Water for the, well, well water. The water looks a little weaksauce in these photos, but it looks fine in hand. I wanted to keep it to just clear water rather than getting funky by making it red or green or whatever.

77136: Well of Chaos, Reaper Bones

I’ve probably got a few more random-ish bits of scatter terrain around from Bones 1 where I went all-in. I know they did some more in Bones 2 and 3, though I was much more conservative in my pledges for both of those. In a year or so, I’ll have a ton more of this sort of thing from the recent Mantic Terrain Crate Kickstarter, which I backed despite my misgivings around Mantic these days. I backed it with the knowledge that it’ll probably be 6 months to a year late, shipped in unintentional waves, and also mismanaged in some hilariously clownshoes manner. So forewarned is forearmed, I guess? As for this thing, it’s a decent piece of dungeon furniture, costs like three bucks, and does what it says on the tin. Can’t go wrong!

Small Scenics – Altar Bases/Shattered Monuments

Another couple of small scenic bits given to me some time ago that I have no idea of the origin of – these two resin pieces seem to be part of the same series, as they’re almost inverse of one another. Given their 60mm diameter, they’re pretty clearly meant to be scenic bases, but I felt that they’d work well enough – circular nature and all – as small bits of scatter terrain. Specifically, shattered burial monuments. I’ve been (very slowly) working on a graveyard/cemetary project for some time, inspired by Cheetor’s St Cranium’s Cemetary and based around several pieces, such as the old Unknown Grave I posted on awhile ago, the rather excellent Citadel Garden of Morr kit (now re-released with 2x sprues as the Sigmarite Mausoleum – it’s great, go buy one!) a couple of cool Scotia Grendel pieces and the Renedra Gravestones kit. So rather than using either of these as actual bases, they got roped into being part of the cemetery. Actually, the Bones Fountain would fit in perfectly there, too!

Painted in greys, with some brown and black washes and finished with weathering powders. A small amount of trim on each was painted as faded, aged brass rather than carved stone, simply to get a small additional spot of colour variation on them.

Not a lot else to say, really. Taken on their own they’re nothing especially exciting, but they’ll add nicely to the overall effect of the Cemetery when it’s laid out on the table.

If I had the time to stretch creatively with The Chapel Project over at Heresy of Us, these would very much be included in my output, so you can consider them that in spirit at least…

Small Scenics: Uruk-Hai Siege Bombs and Ladders

Uruk-Hai Siege Ladders and Siege Bombs

Another quick one today, and a follow-up of sorts to a similar post from last year. – My Apologies to those people who got hit with the draft of this the other day – I accidentally hit “Publish” instead of “Save Draft”. 😡

At some stage during our long, hot, dry March this year, I found two separate zip-lock bags stuffed with ladders from Citadel’s Lord of the Rings Uruk-Hai Siege Troops set. One of them also had several of the bombs in it. Given that I find summer weather a great time for spraying and terrain, large and small, it was time to get the bloody things done. So I did.

The job (I hesitate to call it a “project”) was on the wrong side of tedious, mostly because my OCD forced me to clean the mould lines off each and every one of the ladders, so I sat out on the concrete outside the War Room and listened to some podcasts for an hour or so while doing so. Then it was spray time for the ladders, followed by drybrush-a-rama the following day, and then a couple of coats of varnish. I’ve got no idea how or when I’d ever use so many ladders, but regardless, they’re done and dusted now and I don’t need to worry about them ever again outside of gaming with them. Maybe this coming summer I’ll finally paint up my Mighty Fortress(es)?

Small Scenics: Viking Runestone

This piece is the very last of the bits I got off Cannon. A two-part metal… model(?) of a Viking Runestone. It’s nice but also a little slack in some ways.

I have no idea who the manufacturer of this thing is, but if you’ve guessed that the slack I mentioned refers to the visible print lines on the runestone… then you’re right. While it’s true that I could have tried to scrape them off myself, or putty over – it’d frankly be more effort that it’s worth, especially as the thing is cast in metal. The fact that whoever made this thing didn’t bother to do so on their 3-d printed master, and then went straight to casting it in two parts in metal just boggles the mind…

It didn’t actually fit together all that well, either. I had to do quite a lot of gap filling between the two halves. Interestingly, the back half of the thing didn’t feature a lot of mould lines, making me think that only the front was 3-d printed. Personally, I don’t feel it would be too difficult to make something like this (including runes) out of foam or the like for the average hobbyist, or out of milliput or other putties for a producer. It’s a bit of an odd piece, but hey, it’s painted and based, and passes the 4-foot test alright. I even remembered to take a shot for scale this time…

Small Scenics: Secret Weapon Miniatures’ Gothic Tank Traps (Dragon’s Teeth)

40k Dragon's Teeth Tank Traps

A year (or two? three? I seem to lose track so easily!) or so ago I got a whole bunch of resin scenery bits along with some secondhand models from a local guy. As what seems to always happen, I put some of the terrain away to one side with the intention of quickly painting them up, and then naturally lost track of where I’d put the damned things for literally months. Over my Christmas/Summer break – which is when I tend to like doing scenery due to good spraying and drying weather along with time off work, I found them again and this time got them out and knocked them out. Mostly drybrushing with greys, painting the metal parts and then painting Army Painter Dip over the lot before a matt varnish.

40k Dragon's Teeth Tank Traps

Here they are “in action” on my Urbanmatz Badlands Mat, alongside my Imperial Guard, along with the recently-painted Sedition Wars barricades and crates. Yep, I’ve had a real focus on getting my battlefields sorted this year, and scatter terrain is something that really adds those little details in and around the larger centrepiece bits of scenery. These also work as a nice denial-of-area set, and by not basing them, they can work on any table and are completely modular in terms of deployment options.

40k Dragon's Teeth Tank Traps

I’m not sure who the manufacturer of these is. They look like they might be OOP Forge World pieces, but I haven’t been able to confirm. They could just as easily be from one of the many other UK or Polish scenery outfits. (Edit – Thanks to Richard Cowen and also Dr.Mathias over on Dakka for pointing out that they’re actually Secret Weapon MiniaturesGothic Tank Traps. Which is great since I now know where I can get more, and also now you know where to get some from!) Either way, they’re pretty nice looking and fit 40k very well, and could probably even pass muster for a historical or moderns game. If you squint a little. 😉

Since finding out that they’re SWM terrain pieces, I may as well link to my previous efforts with Justin’s terrain in that line. Some Hesco Barriers and some Plastic Jersey Barriers.