Friday, 10 October 2014

Old School Fantasy Scenery Articles


As many of you will know, I have been working on a large scale scenery project since mid-summer. I have so far constructed two fantasy cottages and a medium sized wargaming table. Further details about the buildings can be found here and here while my attempts at game board construction can be found here

But there is much more still to be done. And I have a third cottage yet to complete! 

After that project is complete, my next step is to construct a series of walls, hedges and fences to create a village of sorts on the table you can see above. In doing my research, I came across a chap online called Attilla13 who had been kind enough to scan many of the articles I have been using as inspiration for my old school table. 

If you are not aware of these early articles, they were published in the very late '80s and early '90s and were mostly written by Phil Lewis (who has been interviewed here at RoC80s) and the well known Dave Andrews. 

Some are still missing as scans (though I do have them in my collection) and these include the original fantasy cottage article that I based my buildings on and a dwarf mine. Hopefully, these will make their way online at some point in the future. Until then, enjoy Attilla13's efforts at preserving these tasty slices of gaming history. 
HOW TO MAKE A FANTASY TOWNHOUSE


HOW TO MAKE WALLS, HEDGES AND FENCES


HOW TO MAKE A FANTASY BARN


HOW TO MAKE A RUINED TEMPLE 

How to Make Wargames Terrain - Ruined Temple by Attilla13


HOW TO MAKE A COACHING INN


As a closing point, I  can share this photograph I took of Bryan's collection with you once again. If you peer into the rather unfocused rear of the image you can make out the ruined pillars from the temple article I have shared here. It makes me wonder what other relics from these early forays into proper scenery have survived into the 21st century!


7 comments:

  1. Awesome! Thanks for posting these! The coaching inn is partiularly cool!

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  2. Is there any way that I can get these as PDFs instead of going through scribd? If not I understand.

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  3. Glad everyone found these useful! I always loved em "back in the day" and my meager efforts I still have (though in a box). I really have to redo these as a project - maybe after Oldhammer Day USA! To be honest, I think they should all be up, and I'll have to root around, I may have more. I uploaded these so I could download some of Orlygg's stuff ;) And yes, Attilla13 is Kaleb Hordes or Blake (just unsort the letters in Kaleb Hordes) on facebook. Asmodai, pm me your email on facebook (I just posted about Oldhammer In The New World) and I might be able to get you the pdfs tonight.

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  4. Great stuff. I started something with a forge in it. I need to dig out my old WD's. If you're tricky you can save the pages as jpgs from the scribd stuff.

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  5. That final picture of Bryan's collection simply captures all the feel of Oldhammer. The bright colours, the greens etc I could go on all day. Just takes me back to the 'good old days' :-) Great posting about the scenery, and extremely well-researched. You clearly put an awful lot of thought into these posts. Many thanks indeed.
    Blaxkleric
    http://fantorical.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Many thanks, very cool articles. I had all but forgotten about these. Honestly I should start mining my old WDs ... I think I have every issue from about 50-300 floating around . Actually I need to get ahold of the PDFs for the first 50 which I hear exist somewhere out there ...

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  7. I wish you guys would use something else other then Scribed as well.

    On another note I remember trying to build the coaching Inn and the Town Houses when at school, never did finish any of them IIRC....

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