Category Archives: Terrain

Terrain: Plasticraft Suburban Props

While I was at Adepticon, I sold my brother-in-law on Malifaux, but he didn’t want to buy more than a crew box. The Wyrd booth was running the $100 alt Witchling Handler promo from the Easter sale. Since he picked Guild, I said I’d help him get over the threshold to get the bonus model. I picked up a crew box of my own, and ended up using this as a filler to get over the line. I needed more scatter terrain, anyways.

These boxes are surprisingly nice, although there were quite a few bubbles in the resin on the underside. I painted them using Weathered Wood from the new weathering paints released by Secret Weapon at Adepticon. Just quick a paint/brown wash/offwhite drybrush makes a nice old wooden look.

There’s also a collection of garbage cans in the set. These are just basic metal with a wash, even though I suspect that metal trash can are anachronistic.

2015 Hobby Year in Review

Once again, I’m obligated to produce a year-end retrospective.


I started the year strong, and burned through outstanding projects once, but then bought back up, of course.  It’s been managed pretty well, although I just spiked due to Wyrd’s Black Friday sale.  40k went on the back burner this year, with only a few models painted and a handful of games played.  Malifaux (including adding Gremlins as a new faction) and Dropzone Commander (new to me this year) has been taking my attention.

I built and started regularly using the Spin-o-matic this year, which produces neat 360º views of my models.  I just almost completely replaced the setup with one which should be easier to use in a consistent way.  Maybe someday I’ll post about it.

I also upgraded my photography setup in the middle of the year, with a new lens and lighting set.  It’s improved the look enough that I’m tempted to reshoot old stuff when I got back to look at it.  I doubt I’ll ever find the time.

hobby-burndown 2015

  • 144 individual models completed (+9.9% YoY)
  • 62 Malifaux models (47 on 30mm bases, 7 40mm, and 8 50mm)
  • 56 Dropzone models
  • 27 terrain and misc models (including 2 with my daughter)
  • 1 40k model (plus a few extra weapons)
  • Exclusively used painted models in every game, even when starting a new faction and a whole new game.


Malifaux header

I started playing Malifaux the middle of last year, and it has become my main game this year.  I did Tale of Malifaux Bloggers with Zoraida in the spring.  After Adepticon I realized I needed a second faction to keep things fresh, so I moved Zoraida over towards Gremlins.  Now I swap between the two every couple of months.

Dropzone Commander


I got a free starter box at Adepticon and managed to squeeze a demo in between other events.  After I got home, I decided to give it a go, and built up a UCM army.  It’s behind Malifaux in favorite-ness, but the mobility and scale is very interesting.


I decided late this year to build a board for home use, to allow gaming when I couldn’t get away from the house.  It hasn’t seen a whole ton of use, but I’m glad I have it.  I’ll probably slowly build up the terrain collection, and hopefully get people over more often.


No list would be complete without an ‘other’ section.  This includes the only Reaper model I’ve painted this year, and a few projects I’ve done with my daughter and wife.  It also, surprisingly enough, includes the few 40k models I’ve done in the last year.  40k hasn’t been grabbing my interest so much these days, although I’m sure I’ll be back.

Looking to 2016

I expect Malifaux will continue to occupy most of my gaming attention, with Dropzone sprinkled in for flavor.  I’m not finding myself super pulled towards another Malifaux faction, but Resistance in DZC has been tempting me.  I’ve also just picked up a Team Yankee US starter, although I haven’t played any games or decided how much energy it’ll get.

I’m signed up for Adepticon for a second year.  Malifaux, Dropzone, Space Hulk, and seminars are scheduled.  I’m hoping to have time to explore other games and products.

We’ll see how much Team Yankee grabs me.  I dig the WWIII semi-modern setting, and 15mm scale tanks are cool.  I don’t know how many games I’ll actually get in, since there don’t seem to be a ton of players around, but I’m looking forward to trying to airbrush camo.

A table of my very own

I’ve been thinking about putting a table together for garage gaming for a long time.  There are times when it’s hard for me to get out of the house, but I could host somebody pretty easily.  Finally, I broke down and built a 3×3 board, ordered a Mat by Mars and some terrain to go on it.

I saw the Tri-City Laser Old West buildings at Adepticon last year, and thought they looked really nice.  The etched texture seemed to take drybrushing nicely.  There are also a couple of add-on kits that let you add a bit of variety.  I really like it.  I do have one complaint: the tape they use to hold the pieces of the kit together leaves a bit of a mark in the wood, which shows up when drybrushed.

I also picked up a couple of 4Ground kits for a little more variety.  I figure the under construction building can work in theme with the rest of the town, but soft cover without breaking line of sight.  The crates and wagon work as scatter terrain.  The 4Ground stuff seems to a bit smaller scale than Malifaux, but it still works okay.

Rapeepzel diorama

For some reason, this year my family decided to do a Peeps diorama contest, inspired by the Washington Post’s competition.

My wife was totally into it, so we submitted the following.

Rapeepzel excitedly awaits Prince Peepsalot’s visit (of the East Peepshire Peepsalots) while the evil Purple Dame Peepthel angrily plots his sticky demise.


My main contribution was the name, the tower (except for gluing on shingles and the vines), and consultation on the trees.  The tower was built as a variant on what I did at Adepticon stuck to half of a Pringles can.

We had gone for a semi-realistic vibe, although once you put brightly colored Peeps in there, realism kind of goes out the window.