I have been hard at work and enjoying my painting since my post last week. I’ve been focusing on getting stuff done and not worrying if every little thing doesn’t come out perfectly. It can be liberating to paint in this way and I’m sure that is why I’ve been enjoying painting a lot lately.
Before we visit the Shire, I did finish another hill piece which I am quite pleased with. I felt like the Trolls would knock down some trees around the area where they lived so making some hills with tree stumps seemed like the perfect way to show this and hopefully add a bit of character to the board as well. The MDF base also helped inspire this terrain as it looked perfect for a couple of small hills. I think I got the incline on the hills just right as the most recent warg rider fit on there very well. It is a shame I didn’t have this done for Roast Mutton but I think it will look nicely on any future playthroughs and for future scenarios.
Even nicer than that, is having Farmer Maggot and his dogs done. Well except for the bases which I will do once I make some Shire terrain as I want them to match the terrain as much as possible. It surprised me how quick and easy to paint all of these minis were. The dogs, except for Fang (he’s the one all the way to the right), were easier to paint than expected and Farmer Maggot is pretty simple himself. While I stuck close to GW’s schemes for the dogs I decided to give Maggot darker hair as blond doesn’t stand out much against the color of his apron.
Finishing up Farmer Maggot has got me thinking. I only need to paint up some Ruffians and I could play a scenario from the Scouring of the Shire! Well, except for needing some terrain too. I have been trying to decide how I want to do my terrain for the Scouring scenarios because the largest board size I would need is 4×4. I was originally going to use my battle mat but since playing Roast Mutton, I’ve realized that I want to up the visual appeal even higher and create an actual board with flock so everything matches perfectly like I wanted the Eriador board to do. The nice thing is that I don’t need to create a lot of hills for a Shire board as the scenarios don’t require them and so I can just make those as scatter terrain instead of sculpted into the board tiles. I need to create something modular to fit into my small closet but I haven’t figured out exactly what I will use yet. I’ve seen some intriguing modular tiles out there and may end up going down that road. One of these days, I will do a somewhat dry post where I list all of the projects/scenarios I’m working towards and list out what I need to do for them. Truthfully, it is a lot and there is a lot of work to go and I don’t always track it or work towards the goals very efficiently. I’ll save that for another day and keep trying to find a good solution for my Shire board as it won’t be too long before I can think about building it 🙂