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Conversions are not exclusively for miniatures! It can be done with cardboard scenery too. I'll show a custom job on a building from Terror of the Lichemaster in this blogpost.
The plastic door is from the game Dark World. The gameplay is bad. (Some 7-year-olds might like it...) But the contents are great to scavenge for parts.
I used a saw to cautiously remove the hinges of the wooden door from the "Burg Des Schreckens" scenery piece.
I have also devised my own tool to help me construct the cardboard buildings. A clothespin is very handy to keep the cardboard parts in place while the glue hardens. But sometimes the are is very narrow. Nothing a saw can't fix!
Sometimes the clothespins can't be used. It's then when you have to be inventive as this last picture shows:
The following weeks I'll be playing some Warmaster 28mm battles. It's my intention to use the cardboard scenery from Warhammer Tears of Isha and other Games-Workshop cardboard sets.
I have three armies assembled and primed (in color): High Elves, Dark Elves and The Empire. Constructing the scenery from the Tears of Isha campaign pack was an obvious choice, because the story is about the High Elves under attack by the evil Dark Elves.
The 1997's cardboard designs are well thought over and easy to assemble. Good job GW!
Either you like it or you don't. But I'm wild about it! Cardboard scenery rocks. However, not all sets have the same quality. The building I am constructing now is a fortified manor. You'll have to use the stairs to reach the front door.
This cardboard set is from "Blood on the Streets", a Warhammer 2nd Edition supplement that looks a lot like "Warhammer Townscape: Card Buildings for Warhammer games". The cardboard sheets are not pre-cut and not 100% perfectly designed.
The picture above shows the stairs. You'll have to assemble it literally step by step. Each step has to be cut off. This makes the total count of necessary parts freakingly high. It would have been a lot easier if you could just fold the entire strip and then glue it into place.
Then have a look at the building from "Warhammer Idol of Gork" in the picture below. The entire scenery piece in the picture is in one piece. And the cardboard sheet was pre-cut.
Considering the wall stands under a certain angle and not straight up, this scenery piece has been designed with great ingenuity. It's very clear to see the difference and improvements GW made between 1988 and 1997 regarding cardboard buildings.
Another very good idea to add sturdiness to the flimsy cardboard is the "slot" to complete the Orc huts.
Because I am planning to actually PLAY some miniature games in August, I'll start building some scenery fast. To stay in the vintage Warhammer 4th Edition style, I'll be using the cardboard scenery published by Games-Workshop.
The Warhammer Campaign packs like "Terror of the Lichemaster", "Blood Bath at Orc's Drift" and "Blood on the Streets" are great boxes stuffed with buildings.
There's enough to create an entire village! In plastic, this would cost 1000,- Euro nowadays...
I've been building myself a large Dwarf army lately (as you have seen in this very blog). So I'll need some buidings from "Warhammer: Grudge of Drong" too.
I'm looking forward playing battles in the vicinity of these buildings. Follow my blog for session reports!