Selling the Scene

We are back again with Armorcast, our Model Terrain Company of the Month.  We all know that models are our little actors and that the gaming table is our stage.  The setting and backdrop is the terrain.  All are equally important in pulling you into the game and enhancing your hobby experience.

What about selling it?  I’m not talking about hocking your terrain, I’m talking about taking it to a level that pulls you into the scene.  Whether it’s water effects or smoky cotton, these little extras really sell your display or gaming environment that you worked so hard to set up.

What about your models, your  little actors?  Rippling water is cool, yet your actor is missing something.  They seem apart from the scene instead of in it.  Armorcast has just the thing to make your models actions come alive.

Armorcast Cinematic Effects take that final step to sell that scene.  Muzzles flashing, guns blazing, las weapons shooting hot lances of energy at your foe.  They have it in all sizes.

Missiles firing, shell casings ejecting, or my personal favorite, spraying the purifying, ever holy, hot promethium on your foes.

They also have a variety of explosions from grenades to exploding pieces of vehicles.  Following up explosions is rolling plumes of smoke help sell the scene of burnt out vehicles.

Lastly is one of my favorites for jump troops.  I always thought is would be really cool to have a squad of jump troops in multiple stages of the jump, dynamically moving towards the enemy.  One thing that has always been missing was the blasting off effect.  Armorcast has that covered too.  Check these out.

ACFX045JumpPackBlast-250x250Go and check out all the Cinematic Effects from Armorcast and get inspired to sell your own scene.

Armorcast was kind enough to send me kits to give away to our listeners.  Give the Armorcast Facebook page a ‘like’ and stay current on their latest releases.  Expect more great stuff in the weeks ahead.

 

As Always:

To enter in our model terrain company of the month giveaways, like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.  A random winner is drawn at the end of the month.

 

August is for Armorcast

This month I reached out to one of the terrain company originals, Armorcast.  They have been in the biz since I’ve been in this hobby and they are still going strong.  Since the days of my first Reaver Titan, I’m always looking to see what cool stuff they are creating and how I can use it on the table top to better create my story.  I have boxes of there resin terrain kits for various projects I’m working on.  Over time I’ll be completing those projects and showing off pics and telling people just where I got those pieces that make the terrain pop.  Why wait when I can show you some cool stuff now.

Urban settings are very popular in the setting of Warhammer 40k and Armorcast has some great scenery for this.  Gothic to modern they have some great pieces for your table.  The Cathedral is amazing and they have a ruined version too.  I really like the modularity of the Goth Tech kits.  I was already thinking how I can combine this with other kits to make some truly amazing scenery.  If you are more into the modern look, they have you covered there as well.  Plenty of room to create your perfect cityscape and with their strong resin you know your terrain can handle some wear and tear.

I’ve said it before that I love scatter terrain and it can really spice up a city scene.  Armorcast has a wide variety, so much so that I thought it best to include it with each theme.  From roof top accessories to mailboxes, they got you covered.  They even have individual trash piles to make those alley ways seem all the more derelict.

Armorcast was kind enough to send me kits to give away to our listeners.  Give the Armorcast Facebook page a ‘like’ and stay current on their latest releases.  Expect more great stuff in the weeks ahead.

 

As Always:

To enter in our model terrain company of the month giveaways, like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.  A random winner is drawn at the end of the month.

Scatter Terrain!

We close out July with our featured Model Terrain Company of the Month, GameCraft Miniatures .  Nothing pulls you into the terrain scape more than the little details.  The big terrain is fun, it creates a landscape, yet when have you seen an alley without stuff in it.  When have you gone to a store and found it barren of any features.  A shipping yard is more than cranes and crates.

I’m talking about scatter terrain.  These are those little bits that really sell your tables theme.  I’ve seen first hand how well this can be done by The Narrative Guys.  There’s a reason you want to play on there tables and take as many photos as possible.

Surprisingly, not that many companies carry these amazing little terrain pieces.  So I really want to highlight them when I find them and GameCraft Miniatures has some cool stuff and I hope they add to the collection.

 

Scatter terrain is like oregano, a little goes a long way, too much and you ruin the recipe.

I hope you check out what Gamecraft Miniatures has to offer.  I’ve purchased their stuff in the past and have a few items on my “must have” list for future projects.  Here’s a link to their Facebook page.

To enter in our model terrain company of the month giveaways, like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.

GameCraft Miniatures

Welcome to July and a new Model Terrain Company of the Month.  This month we are featuring GameCraft Miniatures.  I stumbled across them while looking for terrain for Robotech and instantly saved their website to my terrain list as I discovered all the other items they had to offer.

One of my favorite concepts for a game is SpaceHulk or a game set in a spacefaring vessel.  Gamecraft Miniatures ‘Spacecraft Interiors’ is perfect for that.  It’s completely modular too!  I see this easily replacing my cardboard tiles of my SpaceHulk game.  Most of all I like the simplicity of it.  Many companies prefill the interiors with beams and other things that don’t allow scatter terrain and imagination.  With all the great companies out there producing work stations, computer panels, etc., with the Spacecraft Interiors terrain you can load it the way you want the rooms to look.  Not every room is a random hallway.  I’m picturing barracks chambers, weapons firing stations, mess halls and all the other areas that make up a ships interior.  The Gamecraft Miniatures terrain gives you the freedom to create those places and the structure to keep it all tied together.

 

To enter in our model terrain company of the month giveaways, like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.

Games Workshop Gets Industrial

We close out June on a high note with our Model Terrain Company of the Month.  The release of Armageddon was followed by the timely release of 8th edition and with it a whole new set of terrain to create intense backdrops for your table top battles.  I’m talking about the Industrial Terrain that Games Workshop has released.  One after another, these kits were lined up and knocking it out of the park.  The grand slam for me was the release of the Sector Mechanicus Galvanic Servohaulers.

The modularity of these kits is crazy.  If you want ideas on things you can do with these terrain sets go to www.GamesWorkshop.com or go to the Warhammer-community website.  You could also check out Ray Dranfield on Twitter.  He is always showing off creative new ways to assemble the kits.

We will have a Games Workshop terrain giveaway at the end of the month.  The way to sign up is to like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on twitter @ngc40k.

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Celebrating Games Workshop Terrain

As we have in the past few months, we try and expose you to some of the great terrain that the Model Terrain Company of the Month has to offer.  We’ve seen plenty of these kits in the past, yet as new pictures are released by Games Workshop it is clear that they are very inventive with the use of their terrain kits.  Forge World is great in this department too.  It’s why we all want to go and see it with our own eyes.

The coolest thing is they show you how many of the terrain builds go together.  You can find a lot of great videos if you subscribe to their twitch channel or a quick search on YouTube.  Games Workshop terrain is so unique that you can look at the insane builds they put together and figure out what pieces and from what kits they used too.  Many terrain boards maximize the use of the City Ruin kits and so I wanted to feature those today.

Next time you are looking at a custom terrain board by Games Workshop or ForgeWorld, see if you recognize where they pulled the pieces from.

We will have a Games Workshop terrain giveaway at the end of the month.  The way to sign up is to like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on twitter @ngc40k.
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June’s Model Terrain Company of the Month: Games Workshop

June’s Model Terrain Company of the Month requires no introduction and with the release of 8th edition this month I thought the choice was all to clear.  Games Workshop is the reason we are all in the hobby.  Why we are members of 20 different Facebook groups and forums where we endlessly love to read about, write about, talk about and post pictures of the world they’ve created.  I love that they have given me so many outlets inside the same hobby where I can express so many avenues of my creativity.  Even more so that I get to share that with so many great people.

Like so many of us, my introduction to terrain came in old white dwarfs where I learned to make buildings from the Styrofoam that came in every squad box.  I still remember when the new additions came out and we got all googly eyed at the new cardboard terrain.  Then Games Workshop released a few books with even more ideas of how to tell a story on our table tops.  I still have and reference these for ideas.

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Games Workshop has come a long way in their model making and terrain.  Not just what they have produced for us all to purchase in plastic and resin, but what and how they present it.  Warhammer World is still on my bucket list and I hope one day to see it with my own eyes and personally thank Ray Dranfield and the crew for creating such awe inspiring works.

I thought it best to kick this whole thing off right and since we are a narrative based show, I’m going with a narrative theme.  The Cadian Gate has fallen.  A rift into the ether has torn the galaxy in two and the entire Imperium is exposed.  The threat of chaos has suddenly and frighteningly become a very uncompromising reality to the average Imperial citizen.  Defense Lines are being created, bolstered and re-bolstered.  If you are to hold until re-enforcements arrive, you will need to stack up as much metal on metal as you can.  Dig those trenches deep and stack those sandbags higher, because the flood of chaos is coming.

From the Wall of Martyrs to the humble Aegis line, Games Workshop has what you need to plan your defense.  I have tons of this stuff and I keep adding more pieces to my collection.

We will have a Games Workshop terrain giveaway at the end of the month.  The way to sign up is to like the NGC40k Podcast Facebook page or follow us on twitter @ngc40k.

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Model Company of the Month with Mechanical Warhorse

We conclude our May celebration of model terrain with some more great kits by Mechanical Warhorse.

You’ve seen my posts on the pipeworks kits for our Mechanicum/Industrial district, they are coming along nicely.  I wanted to show you some other great stuff and some items that are ahead of their time.  Mechanical Warhorse has some great scatter terrain and table props that really help capture the battle on your table top.  I’m talking about their com & watch towers, tanks traps and acrylic explosions, smoke and so much more.

Did I tell you how much I like their billboards?  I have three of these kits and they are great for nearly any setting, badlands, city, etc.  I’ve put them on the table at every Apoc Luck event I’ve run.  They are just too damn cool not to take pictures of your models without these somewhere in the photo.

 

I’m drawing the winners today.  Want to see if you’ve won?  Check out the NGC40k Facebook page.

Pipeworks by Mechanical Warhorse

We continue our May celebration of model terrain with Pipeworks kits by Mechanical Warhorse.

Our own group is building a Mechanicum/Industrial district and I immediately thought of Mechanical Warhorse for my pipework kits.  These kits are easy to assemble, look great on the table top and are very reasonably priced.  The Narrative Guys have a table full of this terrain and it looks fantastic.  Industrial, Imperial wastelands, ship interiors, the uses go on and on.

 

“How do I enter?”

Simply like the NGC40k Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.

A winner will be drawn on May 25th.

May Model Terrain of the Month Mechanical Warhorse

Wow that’s a mouthful and don’t try to say it three times fast or you’ll tie your tongue in knots.  If you did that, how would you spread the good word.

This month we celebrate model terrain from our good friend Carlos over at Mechanical Warhorse.

Armageddon is everywhere I look these days.  Danger lurks around every corner and from distant platforms.  Densely packed terrain with a strong industrial vibe really helps set the scene.  A great way to create that is with containers, catwalks and gantries.  Carlos is putting together some exciting combo sets to get you started.

In the spirit of ‘Model Terrain Company of the Month’, Mechanical Warhorse is giving a kit away to a lucky listener.

“How do I enter?”

Simply like the NGC40k Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @ngc40k.