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Baranovich05 Jun 2017 3:13 p.m. PST

The final stages of my Tabletop World windmill model will include adding several scenic elements to give the piece a bit more character.

I'm using a combination of Stronghold Terrain's resin animal set and some spare barrels and sacks from Tabletop World and other sources.

Stronhold Terrain's animal set has proven to be very useful. I used one of the dogs and cats as well as some of the rats on another Tabletop model (their townhouses).

For the windmill I decided to use the sitting up dog and one of the bird's nests:


Here is the complete group of elements I'm using:


I'm departing from my usual method of priming everything in black and this time primed everything in white. I've been shifting over to wanting to use washes more as well as having brighter color tones on some models.

My old style of painting a dog for example in a darker basecoat color and then using a lighter color for a drybrush highlight. This time I'm going to try to go the opposite way and use a brighter basecoat and then use washes to provide the shading.

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2017 5:32 p.m. PST

Nice looking animals! I always try to have at least one type of animal in a scenario. IMHO it adds a dimension of character not too often seen in a game.

Here are the Three Amigos and Bingo the mutt in search of an alien space ship.


Bingo sniffs out the UFO.


Bingo climbs to the top of a pile of forest debris and gets the Amigo's attention by barking.


I've got a set of easy rules for terriers and German Shepherds. Let me know if you'd like a set of them.

Capt. Zeelow

Baranovich06 Jun 2017 7:30 a.m. PST

Wow, great looking game, I love the forest scenery!

Baranovich06 Jun 2017 3:54 p.m. PST

I have painted the dog, bird's nest, and a barrel and some sacks. I am currently working on texturing the windmill's base and will then add these elements to its base.

Some pics:


Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2017 5:24 a.m. PST

Hey, Baranovich: The photos above were made primarily for a blog. But when I 'am telling a story about the lives of the characters in these mini short stories, I often "roll the dice" to see what direction the plotting of the tale will take.

Keep up the good work…and let the dogs out!

Legion 407 Jun 2017 7:34 a.m. PST

I made these nests using the dessicent balls found some times in packaging to remove humidity.



Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2017 11:44 a.m. PST

Baranovitch:Here is the link to my 15mm dog rules.


Baranovich07 Jun 2017 2:16 p.m. PST

Thanks for the link, I'll check it out!

@Legion 4,

Really great idea using those little dessicant balls for nests!

Legion 407 Jun 2017 4:45 p.m. PST

Yes, I was pretty pleased with the results too ! So I wanted to be sure to share the idea. I added a dragon hatching to this one later ! [URL=]


Peithetairos07 Jun 2017 9:13 p.m. PST

That is right up my alley. I often use the Busch Kleintierset to add birds, butteflies, snakes, lizards etc. to a terrain piece.

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