Tuesday, 10 May 2011


So, the forge is - literally - here! Following a useful tip on how to use my Ziterdes barn, I converted the building (as much as I could) into a smithy. And, painting marathon apart, it wasn't a massive effort to complete this task.

I tried a simple but effective colour scheme for the building:

Codex Grey; Devlan Mud; Codex Grey; Fortress Grey; Fortress Grey+Skull White
Weathering: Gryphonne Sepia or Bestial Brown and Gryphonne Sepia;

Graveyard Earth; Kommando Khaki; Kommando Khaki+Bleached Bone
Weathering: Catachan Green; Graveyard Earth; Catachan Green+Camo Green;

Vermin Brown; Scab Red; highlights with Vermin Brown, Bestial Brown, Red Gore, Vomit Brown and Bubonic Brown
Weathering: Catachan Green; Vomit Brown; Graveyard Earth;

Scorched Brown; Devlan Mud; Bestial Brown, adding Bubonic Brown, adding Bleached Bone.

After painting the building, I used some spare bits like the chimney and the statue from a couple of GW buildings in order to add some character to the forge.

I also stuck a sign from the Citadel Woods on to the door to display the prices of the invaluable services provided by our workers. Finally, I glued a group of Warhammer shields onto a piece of balsa wood to decorate the wall.

As for the miniatures and props, I combined two blacksmith sets (one from Foundry and the other from Black Tree Design).

Both sets came with lots of very cool bits which I painted and based fairly quickly. I love the fact that every character is doing something completely different, which adds even more realism to the scene.

My good friend Tim gave me this Mantic dog which came in handy to guard the forge from possible intruders.

Other bits were scratch built, like the pile of wood. The little bench to support the anvil and the fruit box were made of FIMO. The apples were made of spare green stuff I had. I also included a couple of barrels from Renedra.

So, this is it. I hope you've enjoyed the little tour!


  1. And it's even better when seen live!

  2. Can't wait to paint the other buildings and take pictures of them outdoors with natural light!