Monday, September 28, 2015

Builing a Norsemen Hut

Thought I'd try something else different. For those who like to create their own terrain features, the following shows the simple process of constructing the most basic Norse A-Frame!
So we'll start with a previously finished model:
First step, using common form-board (purchased at Hobby Lobby (the US Craft store), prepare your outer shell and glue together. I use small dress pins to hold in place. You can chose whatever dimensions you want. I settled on 4"x5 1/2". The top portion of the roof is attached temporarily as I prefer my roof sections to be removed so the interior can be utilized in my games:
Next I take two balsa pieces of differing widths (for variety) and begin to measure, cut, then apply with Elmer's glue to front side of the dwelling. I prefer the detail this adds despite the slightly extra time and effort to measure and cut each piece. Make sure your first strip is aligned correectly or it will throw off your whole wall:
When you reach the removeable protion of the roof, be sure not to add glue to the balsa where it overreaches the roof or you won't be able to remove. Don't worry about the small gaps as the large wooden trim beams will cover (you will see this shortly):
After only approximately 10 minutes, we see the nearly completed front:
Now comes a little detailing. Choosing a slightly larger balsa, I cut and frame the front:
Making sure the top edge of the frame lines up with the roof, I complete the second side, doorway and additional framing:
Then quickly repeat with the rear wall (sans the door frame):
Now I'll return to the roof, prior to thatching. The top protion (removable) contains self adhesive form board which I have came to conclude is not necessary):
For the thaching, I rely on Plush Felt, (again from Hobby Lobby where I can use the 40% off coupon to get this 18"x22 1/2" piece for $6):
Removing the top roof portion, I start with the lower portion; measuring and cutting the appropriate pieces:
Almost forgot! I spray paint the building a dark brown as a base, then add the thatch to the lower portions:
Finally, I move to the top portion. When measuring don't forget to add a little extra to overhand and cover seams:
Dry brush with a lighter shade/shades. Replace the roof and you have an A-frame in about an hour or so!
You can see the large Jarl Hall and other structures I've been able to put together over the last week elsewhere on my blog. I plan on holding several Saga Adventures including one based on the Eaters of the Dead/"13th Warrior" so hopefully will have further photos as the project moves along!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Using SagaFirst

Here is the completed exterior of the Jarl Hall, along with my Vikings ready for Saga action. If you have not tried the Saga Rules for Dark Age Skirmishing, I highly recommend!

These are my Viking Levy:

One of my two Viking Warrior Units:

And the second Warrior Band:

Two elements of Hearthguard:

Two more:

A final Hearthguard (l). What army can be without some beserkers? (r). (Note; the only non Foundry figure so far is the figure third from left who is from Gripping Beast)

And some Shield Maidens!

 Have optional Warlord stands:

And lastly (for now that is) a band of 'Eaters of the Dead" from Book of same or 13th Warrior Film:
(These cavemen are from Acheson Creations)
Here is the additonal structures and terrain boards (still a work in process):
Yet a little more detail going up:

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Jarl's Hall

And lastly, I've been playing a lot of Saga recently and enjoying in tremendously. Decided to construct a large scale hall to have further adventures. This is the unfinished project.  Just completed the hall and will add photos soon shortly:

Battle of Beni Haled

In the continual Colonial Campaign in the Unknown Continent, a Portuguese explorer assists a friendly Arbaic village drive off some unfriendlies form Remedi:

Those in white are the 'badies' and they didn't finish off the defenders in round one and two and now are being punished

And the Portuguese (left of center) have helped drive off the Jahdists. Unfortunaelty the elderly Headman was gunned down on Round Two. (That's him in grey, on the ground with a sword just below the Portuguese)