Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Besenval Port. Stage 2. First board finished

My wannabe architect career goes on... :D When I posted the first steps of the project you already saw what was I trying to achieve. Now it was time for some paint...

Neighbours and people in the street wondered what the hell was I doing
Needless to say, I lacked the guts to brushpaint this. I made some experiments and finally found a spray that dissolves the foam only to a quite reasonable point. So I could make some progress without absolutely destroying all I had achieved so far. Weathering had to be done with brush, I'm afraid, but after a few days I got something:

Blue primer spray too ;)
Once I had that I could start to think about the second level. Back again to the beginning, I had to repeat the process:

Besides, I had to add stairs. Another pain in the... Well, there
For the other lot I dared to something slightly more complex, in order to avoid repetition in stairs; I tried to set them parallel instead of perpendicular.

At that moment it looked like a nice idea. 'I can do this' 'Piece of cake' 'Blah blah blah'
I will spare you the insults and blasphemies involved in the process until I got something
After a few days of carving I finally was able to come up with this:

And you still wonder what the hell are you seeing here
Again, more painting, weathering and then finally sticking all the pieces together!

What do you mean by this being only the first one? Are there to be more?
Here you have a lousy blurry pic for size reference:

Damn, didn't realize it was that blurry
Well, so this is the first 120x60cm. board (roughy 4x2 ft.). Now I will put all my effort on the Descent project, but as soon as I finish it I'll be back on planning the next section of the board. So... more to come!


  1. You could have stopped at the part where you mention finding a spray that doesn't eat foam and I woul dalready be mindblowned but seeing the board....woah !
    I really like the "straight to the point" approach you have, it is really efficient and sets the scene right away be it for terrain like this or for your painting. You don't lose th egeneral view but when you add details , they mean something. really really nice.

    1. Thank you very much! I'm aware this is not a detailed board, but it works for me, will do its part for the games I have in mind :) I'm trying to rationalise the efforts in order to achieve a reasonable result. Still a lot of work ahead, I guess...

  2. Looking great so far. Thats a lot of work putting that texture onto the pieces, I simply don't have your patience. This is looking like it's going to be a great little board. Keep it up and never mind what the neighbours think!

    1. Thanks, Colin! It's gonn be quite generic, I'll try to put the effort on the buildings, let's see what neighbours think when I try to build & paint a skyscraper :D

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    1. ¡Jaja, muchas gracias! Me da miedo pensar en el segundo tablero :S

  4. Looking good! Do you plan to add some water effect to the canal? I'm looking forward to seeing it set up with lots of buildings, crates, piles of barrels and all your civilians wandering around!

    1. I gave water a layer of glue to get a glossy aspect, but hasn't been enough, I plan to get a gloss varnish. I have some plans for buildings, let's see how this ends! Thanks!

  5. Joséeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, juraría que ayer te dejé un comentario y no me aparece.
    Te decía que ¡¡¡E-S-P-E-C-T-A-C-U-L-A-R!!!
    Y además, que tu evolución es más que espectacular aún, sobre todo desde que me conoces y todos los "goals" que te he ido proponiendo y has ido consiguiendo.
    Me encantaría jugar en ese tablero.

    1. ¡Muchas gracias! Echar una partida tú y yo no debería ser demasiado complicado, vamos a tener que hablar seriamente... :)

  6. Great effort your are putting into this piece. Btw, why not use realistic water?

  7. Hmm, that's interesting, you're right! I definitely need to pay a visit to my modeller's soon!