Wildwood Meadows

  • System: Blood Bowl
  • Techniques: Carpenty, terrain, scenery, flocking, transfer printing, water effects
  • Status: Complete

At some point in the lives of many table top Blood Bowl players the urge strikes to build a custom pitch. The basic cardboard pitch from the original game or a roll up job from an aftermarket retailer serve admirably, but it’s really nice to have a fully landscaped pitch that matches one or more of your Blood Bowl teams.  As this log starts, I’m gathering bits to make my Wood Elf team, the Wildwood Wanderers.  Before I’ve even started to put together the actual players my mind has run away with possibilities for their home stadium, a glade on the outskirts of Athel Loren that has been (just about) repurposed into a Blood Bowl pitch.

A combination of scope creep, laziness and just being very unfamiliar with the amount of time required to get the finish I was after means this is a far more long winded project than I ever could have imagined at the start, as I naively imagined it would be finished within a month or so in time for a Blood Bowl league starting at my local club.  How wrong I was…

Building a Pitch Case

This week I’ve been planning a custom made scenic Bloodbowl pitch. I have seen a lot of these over the years, no wonder really since they present the...
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Building up the Pitch Surface

Seeing a club mate’s continued progress on his pitch, and having had a conversation with another guy at the club about custom pitches whist spectating a frankly ridiculous...
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Stage 3

So the plan at the moment is along the lines of… One end zone will be the aforementioned brook. Less touchdown, more splashdown. There will be a waterfall...
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Bedding the Rocks In

Lightning fast updates today, I stuck a strip of foam down behind the end zone, leaving a gap where the endzone is to fill with jumbled rocks. Some...
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Adding a Stream

Some more progress, today I started the water feature and got it to this stage. Similar process as the other end – slowly building up by gluing rock...
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Banks & Dugouts

I found that Sculptamold is often recommended as a sculpting material for scenery. Today I popped down to the local art and craft shop and picked up a...
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A Blood Bowl Scoreboard

When I got home from the club yesterday first I was pumped to do some more work on the pitch after an awesome game of Blood Bowl. I...
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Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud

Alright!  Time for an update. Here’s the most developed half of the pitch: When I last showed photos, I had got to the stage of plastering the edge...
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Flocking Begins

I have started flocking the blood bowl pitch. It’s a really fun stage cause it’s when things are starting to come together. First, using a pipette I soak...
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Bushes

Progress is stalled on the other half of the pitch because I keep forgetting to pick sticks up when I’m walking about and need some for the dugouts!...
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Static Grass

I have learnt how to use the static grass applicator! I was doing two things wrong before – trying to scatter from too high up, and not applying...
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A Pitch of Two Halves

Putting the two halves of the pitch together really shows how different the flocking technique was for each one. I’m looking forward to bringing up the river half...
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Pitch Security

Today John came over and inbetween my various DIY tasks we got a fair bit done. I started a bunch of things including the pitch “security” team and...
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Pomp & Ceremony

…in my mind even Wood Elves arent above a bit of it. Here we have the hornblowing, flag waving sideline contingent for the Wanderers. They are made from...
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Faux Leather Lining

Though I’ve been away for a few days, yesterday and today have been quite productive. Firstly, I’ve re-flocked the water half of the pitch, planted trees and covered...
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Home Printed Transfers

I have a report on home transfer printing to make. The transfers came out fairly sketchy – you can see that where the laser toner didn’t adhere well...
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Hyper Detailing

Today I have been hyperdetailing with undergrowth, various scatter materials, more bushes, hoardings, Wood Elf spites (from the new Treeman kit), mushrooms (which are now fly agaric mushrooms,...
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The End Game

Since yesterday’s post I have very much entered the home stretch on my custom Blood Bowl pitch.  I know I’ve said that before in this log but as...
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A Proper Case

The large magnets are enough to hold the pitch together quite comfortably when closed, but for further reassurance I attached a couple of spiffy looking clips.  And, of...
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Basing the Case

I painted the inside panel of the case in off-white emulsion.  I used a bit of crackle glaze to “age” the panel, but not too much as the...
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Pouring the Stream

One of the end zones in Wildwood Meadows is a small forest creek or stream.  The stream bed has been prepared for ages and this weekend while visiting...
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