Saturday, May 25, 2019

Pavis Buildings

Inspired by a recent, Glorantha-set game of Song of Blades and Heroes, I've been enthused to complete the Pavis building seen under construction in the previous post.

Casting about for inspiration on what to add to the base, I came across a box of textured blue foam I got from the Firedragon Games Kickstarter.  As it was my first use of the material, I decided to build a simple structure.  I think of it as some sort of strongroom, perhaps belonging to a merchant or to one of the cults.

Like the previous building on the left, the roof is made from wooden coffee stirrers.  I'm convinced Pavis must rely on a significant timber import trade.  This will mostly be, I guess, down the River of Cradles from Shadows Dance.

I'm reasonably pleased with these buildings but I've noticed that I need to paint the visible part of the roof-beam inside the house.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Song of Glorantha

Hmm, it appears that the last time I used my individually-based Glorantha miniatures with Song of Blades and Heroes was July 2014!  I should probably do something about that.

I've had a Pavis building part-way to completion for well over half that time.  I keep going back to it and adding a few elements but the time has come to give it a damn good finishing!

One of the fascinating things about New Pavis (or Pavis-outside-the-Walls if you prefer) is that most of the buildings were put together about whatever was lying around at the time.  What was lying around was the remains of a destroyed God Learner city.  As such the building materials of New Pavis are steeped in old and mysterious magics.  That stone at the back of your fireplace may harbour a spirit.

Now this is not unusual in Glorantha.  An Orlanthi family in Sartar might be used to having a household spirit tied to their stead-house but a family of Orlanthi refugees in Pavis may find that the entity in their house is of a more unconventional kind!

My developing Pavis building is basically a foam core box on a base made from an old table-mat but I've integrated some additional elements.

The stonework at one end is from a piece of Ainsty Miniatures' modular dungeon system.  It's sold as an entranceway that's been deliberately blocked with a rubble wall.  I had to cut a hole in the table-mat to accommodate the Ainsty piece's deep base.

I'm in the process of bridging it to the surrounding (foamcore) mud-brick wall with Green Stuff-sculpted stones.

I've provided the house with a fairly normal wooden door but the lintel features carved stone wolves' heads that came from the oft-mentioned bag of assorted white metal bits from Gauntlet.

The roof is made of coffee stirrers on bamboo-skewer beams and I've added some paving from varying thicknesses of card.

I originally planned to put a door in the end of the building and give is an awning made to resemble woven rush matting but I think instead I'll add another building on the open end of the base.  A narrow alley between them will let members of the local street gang escape the Lunar Watch.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Yet more for Mexico

The latest completed models for my Maximilian Adventure project are these French engineers:

They were a Christmas present from Jamie. The men are by Foundry (from the Crimean War range actually) while the waggon is by Warbases.  The men's uniforms are a little too by-the-book for the usual Mexican style.  We must assume these guys are straight off the boat from France.

I love the Warbases engineers' waggon.  Like all of their kits it goes together beautifully and is nice an robust.  The load is a single piece of cast resin.  The whole thing is sufficiently generic that I think I'll use it for any future Sharp Practice or Muskets and Tomahawks army.