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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tabletop World Windmill

 This week's random Tabletop World building is the Windmill.  I was hesitant to get this model but my wife loved it... so here it is! The reason I was hesitant is that it would almost certainly be fiddly and require a LOT of adjustment... like with a hammer... but WOW was I mistaken!

The vanes pictured above are straight out of the package... obviously pre-cleaned up and test fitted... oh.. and arrow straight with no warp whatsoever in spite of the ambitious twist and in spite of sitting in the pile for half a year.  As with all the Tabletop World kits to date I did zero clean up on these... just a wash before priming.

 The kit had no method to attach the upper turret to the main body and, after dorking around with magnets...mostly out of habit... I settled on inserting an old toothpick container to act as a swivel.  Works great!

In terms of painting I seem to have omitted one of the usual layers and replaced it with some washes and glazes... the overall result is that the windmill looks a little older that the rest of the village.

These got the same window treatment as the rest of the village.  I like the warm glow and it implies that its dark out! Vampires and Werewolves..Oh My!

 The real stand out differences are the sails and the copper roof details. 

The Sails were a lot of scrubby layers... Vallejo German Light Brown, Vallejo Sand Light, Vallejo Medium Flesh, Reaper Splintered Bone.

The copper was a lot less messy.  GW Bolt Gun Metal over black and three layers of GW Nihilikh Oxide.  The oxide is a technical paint and is intended to spot corrode instead of as a coverage paint but I think it works out ok here.

 Speaking of 'the village'  I think this collection of buildings needs a name!  While Mordheim is the most likely use for them.. they aren't all ruined and decrepit so I'm thinking another name for the group is in order! Something evocative... hmmm....  suggestions welcome!
And.. just for Greggles... Lulus for scale!  Turns out the windmill was built for Hobbits?  Or, more likely, more realistic medieval height people... plays well with my idea that its an old building... in a town where people tend to have to duck a little going through a door anyway!

The Lulus are from batch 2 and are more heavily pigmented than the first batch... which look a bit washed out against the buildings.  Lesson learned a few more layers of wash and glaze... or maybe 'White primer is not your friend."  I'm beginning to understand grey primers now... that took long enough!


  1. A testament to your skills...I.. I didn't know those sails were plastic. That is some really nice stone work, and I love the glow in the window. It's spot on perfect. At first I was going to yell "What? That's not a raging hero mini!" but then you also went and posted some new lulu's. I got nothing to say but praises! :)

    1. Thanks for the compliment on the sails! I was hoping they came across well. I like that each one is different in the casting... not just four identical iterations! The quality of the casting on the Tabletop stuff is really noteworthy.. no flash, no seams, no nothing. It means I can jump straight into it so the building becomes an afternoon project.

      Before settling on the 'glow' I'd always seem the windows as a bit lifeless... now they are a beacon. A nice spot of warm color in an otherwise very cool color palette.

      Oh... and... There is more RH to come of course! Much, much more!