Monday, 30 September 2013

Some scenery for the 'Book of the Astronomican' campaign

The title says it all, no mistery left. I'm talking about the 'Chapter Approved. First Book of the Astronomican' campaign set released in 1988.

Short-haired Space Wolves. Never seen since then
The campaign is set between Space Wolves and Orks, the Space Marines raiding on three power stations prior to the final assault on the Ork stronghold. They should destroy the power plants in order to shut down the Castle's defences. The campaign requires some buildings, so I came up with these. For the first scenario, the 'temple' (an oooold generator on which the primitive inhabitants built a temple) I made up this structure using foamboard:


Orks provided for scale purposes. No Ork was harmed during the works
 

It was fun, but I was terrified about plain walls. My intention was to provide some texture, to make it even the slightest resemblance to the illustration on the book. This is the slow step by step:


Grav-elevator. Fun to use

Some extra details were needed. Weathering, grass, dirt...


So this was the main buliding. Close enough to the original, at least for my purposes.


But then I had to face another issue, the big Ork statue in front of the temple. The campaign info tells us that the original statue was built by the primitive dwellers of the area, but when Orks invaded the planet, they desecrated everything and replaced the original head for a new one, resembling their own gods.
Using the illustration above as a guide, I begun to raise the statue to these amalgamated strange gods! 
  
 

Am I beauty?

I used a hollow structure and sculpted on it, using DAS putty. I used green stuff for the face and some other details


So this is the boy!

Oi! I'm kinda Buddhist Ork. You didn't expect that, did you?
Once assembled, the temple looks like this:


Believe me, it's really big
And here it is in the roar of the battle!

Next day... Some more cheap scratchbuild scenery!

18 comments:

  1. Great to see you using the source material for your terrain building.

    Well done!

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    1. Thanks! It was my first time using foamboard, I was quite unsure of how this was going to turn into an acceptable result, but I can humbly say I'm satisfied with it. I probably should go for something more complex or elaborated for the next one!

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  2. Fantastic! What a great idea and well execution - I'm inspired. Do I spot a set of Rhino doors?

    Thx/Hans

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    1. Yes, that's right, a set of old Rhino doors! I used whatever I had at hand, I was determined to act with real 'Rogue Trader' attitude and philosophy. It had to look RT-ish, so I used every bit of junk I found. Not perfect, but close enough for me :)

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  3. Está realmente bien, ¡enhorabuena!

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    1. ¡Muchas gracias! Son todo materiales baratos, quería esa apariencia RT de los 80. Debería atreverme con algo más complicado la próxima vez...

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  4. I NEED to see that Ork Buddha in the flesh.

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    1. Haha, it was the most hilarious piece of the set! Though having a hollow structure, it finally ended being heavier than expected. If I were to do that again probably a Buddha statue from a local shop would be a nice start point...

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  5. Excellent work - I don't know the scenario but have been intrigued by that illustration for quite some time!

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    1. Ooh, you're missing a piece of fun and history! I'll try to recover it for the blog

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  6. Awesome stuff once more!!! I wish I could see more of the Marines in the pictures :)

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  7. Thanks! I believe I keep some pics from this game. As I've just told Thantsants, I'll try to recover them and tell a few things about this campaign. Let me show the other (cheap) buildings and I'll post something about that!

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  8. Excellent piece of modelling, it's great to see the Ork/Buddha from the book cover.
    Good to see someone taking an interest in the scenarios and armies from the Book of the Astronomican.
    If you're interested, although it's from the Rynn's World campaign, I posted my Luggubs Drop Legion from the book on my blog.

    http://goblinlee.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/rogue-trader-orks-luggubs-drop-legion.html

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  9. Sweet! Great minis and blog, following! Thank you! It's nice indeed seeing these projects and people taking the effort to recover the old campaigns and minis :)

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  10. Mate; this is truly inspiring stuff! I have always loved that picture and you have really brought it to life! Amazing; really amazing!!

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    1. Thanks pal! I'm really glad that RT-ers like it!!

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  11. Great work, Suber!!! Enhorabuena. You have get me back to the 80's... Really nice scenery. I really like your blog. ;)

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    1. Thank you very much! You are most welcome over here :)

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