Greetings internet readers, today I have a treat for you in the form of the Forgeworld Realm of Battle Citryscape terrain tiles, after a google search I found that there are virtually no pictures online of these tiles. I don't know if it's just that no one is taking any pictures or I'm the only person on the planet to have bought any?
Well I have my own blog now so its time to flood the internet with pictures of these things as they are really great.
So I had this big narrative event over the weekend which I keep going on about and will be posting pictures of this week, I did take some great pictures of the terrain before everyone turned up so I really wanted to show them off to you all.
Now back in November of last year I dropped the cash for six of these tiles as I needed at least a 6x4' table, I decided on one of the Shattered Plaza and Primus sectors and two each of the Generatorum and Concourse sectors this little lot came to £430 or approx $652.75.
This is a boat load of cash and a big job and I had only just finished all my Mortalis tiles, oh well once more into the breach and all that.
The tiles turned up within 5 days and were individually packed in single ply boxes and wrapped in a single layer of bubble wrap, the boxes were not in good condition by the time they reached me but to my surprise and delight the tiles were not damaged and had no bubbles of obvious faults.
It was now time to plan the method by which I would paint them, while I pondered this question I put them all in the shower one at the time and cleaned them up, I then applied a Chaos Black undercoat. I decided to get a car body spray base coat in grey which would be the main colour for all the masonry across all the tiles so this layer went on next.
There are loads of small details strewn across all the tiles like discarded equipment, aquilia and even wrecked vehicles, these details were painted using the a combination of the following Citadel base colours Balthasar Gold, Leadbelcher and Rhinox hide.
Once the everything was dry I wanted the roads to be a darker shade, I also wanted this shade to be applied carfully to the cracked and chipped damage on all the masonry making sure not to soil the clean crisp grey areas.
I went with the same three part shade that I had mixed for my Mortalis tiles which is made up on Nuln Oil, Agrax Earthshade and Druchii Violet, this would work really well over the gold and metal details that are scattered across the tiles and add a slight purple hue to the masonry damage and roads that I hoped would help bring it all to life.
Once the shade wash was dry I did a quick tidy up with Citadel Dawnstone and then sponged an edge hightlight on to all the of the manonry using Administratum Grey, I then used a large drybrush to apply the same two colours as highlights to all the craters and rubble. Finally I added a layer of PVA over the entire of every tile to protect them from damage during play and then dulled it all back down with a layer of matt varnish.
when everything was finished I was glad to see that the paint job tied in perfectly across all the tiles and there was just enough shading to make it all look 3D but not so much as to make it look over worked. This board was now a hauntingly desolate back drop that would help increase the visual impact of any models used upon it.
So lets take a look at each tile individually and then a few shots of them covered in models, the buildings that are also featured are from Pegasus Hobbies and can be purchased on eBay or Amazon.
Primus Sector including gothic church.
Primus Sector pipe line details.
The calm before the storm.
The battle setup.
I have really enjoyed painting these tiles and the feedback from my fellow gamers was more than I could have hoped for, they were worth every penny though I would have enjoyed a little discount from Forgeworld for me buying the extra two tiles to make up six but hell I knew what I was getting into.
I will update my Flickr feed to include all of these pictures but for now enjoy and check back soon.