Its been long while since I updated the blog, but gaming has proceeded apace. I have my Star Wars mojo going with the release of Fantasy Flight Games Star Wars Legion game. I had tried to dodge it like a raging gundark, but lost the battle as I became enamored with the nicely detailed miniatures and the very affordable starter set. I have been wanting to play games in the Endor setting for a bit and this was good a time as any.
Last year I bought into the Battle Kiwi kickstarter for some large scale Imperial Terrain. I picked up the Landing Platform, the Bunker, the Shield Generator, Laser Turret, twin Plasma Power Generators, the Scatter Terain sets, and a pair of the Outpost Builder walls. I told myself that these were for my WOTC Star Wars miniatures as I whistled away in the dark.
I also have a stalled X-wing on Endor project that had identified the Deep Cut Studios Muddy Field game mat as appropriate for both that project and my evolving larger scale Endor project. I bought the three by six mat in cloth – it is very nice and will work well for many rain-forest settings including Endor, Kashyyyk, Yavin 4, Vietnam, and the WWII Pacific.
Next, I needed some trees – lots of trees. If you search for Endor trees you will find lot of how-to videos that are a lot of work. I decided that for a large forest with two or three dozen trees, I needed a quicker method. To make my trees, I ordered a carton of two inch diameter fifteen inch long mailing tubes from Amazon. I then searched for a textured bark wallpaper and found an appropriate item – ANAGLYPTA BARK BLOWN PATTERN. You can buy a roll from e-bay for $16 that is enough to make about 50 trees.
I also bought some cheap four inch round pulpboard coasters to complete the supplies. To make the trees, I cut a rectangle of the wall-paper, glued it to the tube with craft glue, and used a hot glue gun to adhere it to the coaster. I also glued two inch diameter matte board circles to the top of the trunks.
To obscure the seam, I ran beads of hot glue on the seam and other spots on the trees plus made a few old branch scars on some of the trees. I also added roots using the glue gun to run the roots up the trunk and onto the coaster. I painted them dark brown or leather brown splotched with red-brown mottling using spray-paints. To bring out the details, I dry-brushed them with tan which really highlights the bark and roots. Next I applied basing materials to match my Muddy Field game mat. I added moss to the sides of the trees with a bit of burnt grass flock. The most involved part of the project was making little fern clumps which I added to the tree bases. I found a artificial plastic fern at Michaels and spent hours cutting short fronds which I stuck into little balls of green-stuff to make a 3 to 6 frond fern plants.
So, can you see the forest for the trees?
I wanted a fallen tree and found these nice 3-D printed ones from Filament to Fantasy on Etsy.
That completes the terrain except for more woodland scatter pieces – ferns and clump foliage.
I am now working my way through the Legion miniatures. I completed the 14 Stormtroopers using the painting scheme recommended by Sorastro in his YouTube videos. I did not achieve his level of quality but was generally pleased with the results.
Next up are the Scout Speeder bikes, an AT-ST, Darth Vader, Luke, Leia, General Veers, and the Rebels. More sooner, than later.
For a few more pictures here is the Endor Flickr Photolog