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Samurai castle walls printed

2018-12-18 by David

The samurai terrain range is being expanded with this large set of modular castle walls, allowing you to add multilevel terrain to your feudal Japanese tables. This will work in conjunction with several other terrain kits being released in the next few months, including gatetowers and corner towers, and culminating in a massive Japanese castle as the centrepiece of the whole range!

▲ One of the CG renders, showing the modular style of the wall sections. Corners, straights and centre sections can be combined to form any size of hill!

▲ Topped with a solid wall, these structures make for very imposing defences.

▲ The slope up to the higher level is authentically detailed, with gradual slope steps. Happily, this works perfectly for balancing models on during wargaming!

▲ The solid stone walls and the upper walls together reach approximately 3 times the height of a man.

▲ These optional support posts can be used to brace the inner sides of the upper walls, from where your warriors can rain arrows down on your foes.

▲ Here are the first 2 pieces - a straight section (left) and a corner section. The ground surfaces on top are ready textured, but can also be flipped over if you require a smooth, flat surface for buildings or custom modelling.

▲ These 2 pieces are designed to be combined together to form one larger slope section.

▲ The final 2 big pieces - a centre section and an inner corner. As on all the other sections, you can connect pieces using the plastic clips included in the set, or mount small 5mm x 1mm magnets for quick connecting on the battlefield.

▲ These accessories are also included in the kit - straight and corner wall sections (left and back), internal support posts (left), straight and corner fences (right), and a detailed wooden gateway (front).

▲ The stone patterns are designed to continue from section to section, and the walls also feature a subtle curve - a distinctive feature of Japanese castle walls.


The walls are based on authentic structures from our local castle here in Japan (Kokura castle), and even feature extra weathering towards the bottom of the stonework.

▲ These walls can be slotted into the holes on the top surfaces, or glued into place.

▲ Alternatively, you could use these more decorative low wooden fences, carefully textured with log detailing.

▲ This photo shows the detailed texturing of the slopes and stone steps. They are designed to work well with both colour washes (or inks) and drybrushing.

▲ Small wall sections are included for use either side of the slope entrance.

▲ Here's the completed slope section with its thick upper wall.

▲ ... and here is the same slope section with the wooden gateway in place.


▲ If you use some spare filament in the 2mm diameter holes, or just some brass rod or paperclips, you can actually mount the gates on working hinges.


The locking beam to the back of the gateway actually works, and can be pushed closed or opened as required.

▲ Here's a shot of the inner corner section being used to create an L-shaped wall, topped with a combination of upper wall and log fence.


▲ Finally for today, here's a selection of wall sections joined together. The structures you can make are only limited by your imagination... and your table size!


These will be hitting the paint desk this week, and should be ready for release very soon.



Introducing DND3D, our new US print partner...

2018-12-12 by David

DND3D (Dave-N-Daughters 3D) is a Maine-based 3D printing store, and they are now selling print versions of our Samurai terrain on their online store! The Necrontyr range of terrain should also be available very soon!

The full ranges of both types will hopefully be appearing on their store in the near future. So for those of you who don't have access to a 3D printer, but still want a full tabletop of our Necron-themed or feudal Japanese terrain, jump on over and see what they've got for you!

Designing the wooden walls

2018-12-11 by David

While the replacement parts for the printer wing their sloooooow way across the ocean, I've been hard at work on the Samurai Wooden Walls set. This is a smaller walls set than the previous Stone Walls set, featuring simple wooden fences and roof sections.

▲ The gate section, however, is fairly substantial, and includes this thick wooden gate with woodgrain detailing and decorative ironwork.


Once again these sections can be fitted with magnets (which conveniently match those on the stone walls pieces, so you can use them together), but also have optional base sections. So you can add bases for stability if you prefer - although just the magnets should work fine to keep walls sturdy. Or, if you are making a diorama or adding walls to an already-based building, you can just glue the walls down.


▲ Work in progress image - I'm trying to decide whether to add nails to the walls, or not!


This set should be ready for release pretty soon, if the printer parts actually turn up!!! Cry


Introducing CoastalCreations3D, our new UK print partner...

2018-12-05 by David

CoastalCreations3D is a Dorset-based 3D printing store, and they are now selling print versions of our Necrontyr terrain on their online store!

The full range will hopefully be appearing on their store in the near future. So for those of you who don't have access to a 3D printer, but still want a full tabletop of our Necron-themed terrain, jump on over and see what they've got for you!



First section of castle walls printed

2018-11-24 by David

Work continues on the samurai castle walls set, and the first section has been successfully test printed!

▲ With framework based on the popular Necrontyr modular hills sci-fi set, this will be the straight section of the walls. It's 120mm x 120mm wide, with a base height of 75mm (slightly taller than two human-sized models). The 40mm wall on top makes for a very intimidating obstacle!

▲ Here's the view from on top. The arrow slits are slightly tilted down, allowing defenders to fire down on attackers.

▲ The floor surface has a light textured surface, which can be used for soil or grass with a quick drybrush. Sorry - it's not easy to see in this photo, but should look fine after a rough sanding.

▲ ... or, if you want to go for a smooth surface, the floor can be flipped over instead.


▲ This is our local Kokura castle, and shows the aged rock pattern I was aiming for. Weathered, mossy rocks make for more interesting wargaming terrain and give great options for paint, I think.



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