Ive been spending most of the time since last on plainig out the landscape so i could get to the edges and finally begin to add details.
I really wanted the whole of the landscape to not be flat on on too large areas at a time. Since i havent been doing landscapes this scale before beside Classic Space which i had a totally diffrent approach too, this has been an enormous challenge.
To me it felt like i had to learn a totally new building technique, but im beginnig to feel that all the work has payed off.
Ive been speculating a lot during this process of how you all work with terrain like this.
Thing is i often find myself building from top to buttom.
Starting with a baseplate then laying bricks on top looking dowm on it till i find the pattern or form that i want what im building to have.
I think this shows very well what i mean. This is the infested rocks.
Having the layout done, im setting up a rough skeleton to get an idea of how i want the rockwork to turn out in its horizontal shape.
Its really always turning out fragile in this state.
When im satisfied, im beginning to make it more dense till im overall happy. Usually on side at a time.
Its not until this state that i strenghten it with scaffolds building up underneath the terrain.
This means that the whole thing might come crashing down on one during the process. I was lucky with this baseplate as i didnt have any major collapses.
Are you doing it the same way or what ? ... Im being really curious about it.
Its almost the same i did with the abandoned crypt.
Last log ended with me wanting to tare it apart to rebuild it. And thats what i did.
Building the final floor with the hole to get access to below which would become to hold a crypt.
Then rebuilding side by side of the top level changing the diffrent bricks i wasnt happy with at first.
When i build an "idea" the first time i almost always add all ideas and details that come to mind, then afterwards in the second or third build removing what doesnt seem right.
Usually ending up with a very clean build and not that many overwhelming details.
However i did end up adjusting the existing backyard here since i felt the terrain was right for the crypt.
Its not very often im that lucky being satisfied at the first tablescrap.
And the final result of the crypt. More pictures of the final build can be found in top post Chapter 2 of Chronicle of Dragon Dent.
Lets continue with the terrain. Now knowing how much space the crypt and the infested area would use i could continue with the road leading from the castle.
I would need space for a forest in front of the crypt and the infested area, hiding it from its surroundings. So i could not begin this part till now.
Also finally getting to know the hight of these baseplates at the edges i could begin on the terrain on the "front" side of the diorama and also finally get an idea of where the sea should be located.
That was equally as important for me to find this position.
I want the edges at the front to level out in 1 plate hight, and im free to end in whatever hight nessecary at the back of the diorama, making it look smooth. If it can be explained like that.
Doing rockwork at the edge of the castle. This corner is totally plained out. I want a marketplace or carnival to go on here when finished.
A road leading down to this area offcourse. This was a serious pita to build.
Im pretty pleased with how it is looking so far. I feel the diffrence in level is quite satisfying and when i get to the final touches its gonna look awesome.
And a bridge from the road going across the water. Im not really sure with this design.
As much as i like it looking old still robust, something is not feeling right about it.
But for now its gonna look as is.
This area is where the marketplace will be at. Im not sure im gonna use the baseplate or if im gonna build terrain here also. Im in between loving it and not.
Im working on so many things for the whole of the diorama.
The marketplace, a witch or a wizards hut. A monster that is still not named. A shipwreck.
All of this could be a log for itself and probably will become as i get further ahead with all these things.
So to end this log of, i couldnt resist putting the ent from the tower of Orthac onto my infested area. Did someone fart ? :D