Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Hobbit - Goblin Town.

I finally finished my 'Goblin Town' set up for the game scenarios from the The Hobbit game set.

Not too bad for about 2-3 weeks work...

Its the sort of set up that you could just keep building more and adding to it over time to further embellish it.

I kept it fairly straight forward at this stage, with simple flat platforms of varying lengths that can be overlaid in a endless array and variety. I did include a higher level walkway, which works its way down with sloping sections and ladders up and down to give a sense of 3D to the overall scene. This could lead down from the 'cage' into which the The Party was dropped in the movie.... I might build a little cage to further embellish this end...

I still of course have to include the plastic Goblin Town components from the The Hobbit boxed set, which includes the rather iconic throne. And of course I need to populate it and thats what I am busy with now... I have just about finished trimming and basing the 36 Goblins from the boxed set.


So  48" x 48" set up, with plenty of scope for variety and ease of storage as the whole is composed of many small parts...



In games terms lots of routes across and out from Goblin Town to escape, but lots of edges of platforms and walkways that will effectively trap any model that loses a fight whilst unlucky enough to be on the edge.

That will result in lots of cases where double wounds will be being rolled for!

And of course remember for this scenario the base of the board isn't there but drops away into nothingness...

Any models that fall off the edge are removed as a casualty!




So there you have it, project complete, now must press on with painting those goblins and dwarves and a certain hobbit and a wandering wizard! ;-)

47 comments:

  1. That looks FANTASTIC Scott - well done!!!

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  2. This looks so cool! I can see it being used in other games or scenarios as well. Stunning work, as usual.

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    1. Many thanks Jerry - I was thinking maybe Pirate Cove from PotC for LotHS? Would just need to put it on a blue sea base...Plus other stuff no doubt...

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  3. Really neat looking Scott. It's going to look amazing with the throne and all those goblins on it. Don't forget that you have to paint some figures for the challenge!!

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    1. Thanks Anne. I have just got the goblins spray undercoated. Hope to make a start on them tomorrow.

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  4. Brilliant and done really quickly too! Did you plan it all out or just build platforms at random?

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    1. Many thanks! Once I had the polystyrene shapes laid out I had a rough idea as to what sort of lengths were going to work. The longest ones are 9", with the majority about 6", some are smaller, using up off cuts and spare pieces of balsa. Most are 2.5" wide. I picked that width as it would allow two model to traverse the platforms together and allow a little room for model placement.

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  5. Very good work! simple but efficient.
    I've never imagined that Goblin Town could be like that.... but why not?

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    1. I know what you mean, others have commented from reading the Hobbit, they didnt imagine a wooden Goblin Town, but thats what PJ has gone with in the movie, and hence GW copied for their scenario...

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    2. P.J. movie seems to be ... strange!
      I didn't see it yet (only 3D in my town and I hate 3D !) but I'm convicted of the result... Maybe I'm wrong, but I fear it could be worse than the LoTR movies (which are as good as possible)

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  6. Hi Scott,

    a very impressive terrain piece. Great work!
    I'm looking forward to see some action there...

    Cheers
    Monty

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    1. Thanks Monty - hopefully you wont have to wait too long!

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  7. great scott! (pardon the pun!)
    Thats amazing!
    Stupendous work in such a short time!
    Are they all glued or are they all movable?

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    1. Many thanks. Each piece is separate to so can be re-arranged to suit...

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  8. That looks fantastic great job Scott. Will you be adding anything to hide behind debris, barricades etc?

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    1. Thanks a lot. Yes thats a good idea, I want to add a whole load of material; boxes, crates, barrels, canvas tarps etc etc to give the place some feel. As I mentioned above this is simply the basis for Goblin Town, ripe for further embellishment!

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  9. Wonderful progress Scott. That will make for some fun gaming.

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  10. awesome work. the finished board is very impressive!

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  11. Very nice! Should be a blast to play on! One thing I would change. The lumber seems a little too clean-cut for goblin work. You might want to make the ends of the planks a little more jagged and rough.

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    1. Yes I know what you mean! I had pondered where the goblins kept their saw mill! I had thought about snapping all the balsa to length, but the knife was far quicker! Now its made I could go back and 'crunch' the ends...

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  12. that looks great, inspiration for our own goblin town

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    1. Cheers Fran, thats much appreciated!

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  14. Holy cow! That's very impressive Scott. Please, please, please let me play a game on that board!

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    1. Just hop on a plane mate, I'll have the barbie cranked up and the beers chilled waiting for ya!

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  15. Amazing Goblin Town! Very well done, Scott! An inspiration for sure!
    Panagiotis.

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  16. :O I can only imagine how entertaining it will be to game on this! I wish I was your neighbour...

    Happy new years! With wishes of a great 2013!

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    1. I hope it will be! LOL, yeah, since I started blogging I have found theres a great many fine folk out there I wish were my neighbours too!
      Many thanks, and to you!

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  17. Fantastic terrain. Watched the film today and that along with your terrain has got me interested. Look forward to seeing the dwarfs painted up.

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    1. Thank you Sir, glad you enjoyed the movie. I'd like to see what your talents can do with this material!

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  18. An epic project completed in record time....obviously you have not had the Harley out of the garage for a while my friend.

    Happy New Year

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    1. Thanks Gav. Yes too right, the bike hasn't seen light of day in months, I still waiting for some consistent decent weather here - poor thing still needs WOF an rego...
      Cheers and all the best!

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  19. You've inspired me to drag out my Mines of Moria set and start re-reading the rules. Now all I need is a willing opponent......

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    1. Excellent - I hope you find one!

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  20. Pretty impressive. Lots of paths around with above and below. Only thing I would suggest would be a few tall cavern pillars (taller than highest platform levels) some with no platforms but others with a platform on one side and then one ringed with a platform. Or you could just add more tall pieces to your rock levels to break up the eye lines and heights more.

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    1. Thank you! Yes I know what you mean... again, its the sort of set up I can continue to add to, and further develop :-)

      My main motivation was to get it playable initially, as soon as possible, to please a rather enthusiastic and impatient 9yrs old child!

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  21. Wow - that board's fantastic! Just came across your site, and there's some great stuff on here. That map looks like it will be heaps of fun to play on.

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    1. Thank you Paul, glad you enjoyed the site. :-)

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  22. Really impressive!

    Maybe you could add some bones and torches?

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    1. Thank you.

      For bones I'd have to source some old plastic skeletons and chop them up, but its an idea certainly.

      I have seen cotton buds turned into torches rather well, and I also pondered using LED lights...

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