Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Warhammer - The Leaping Wolf Inn

One of my favorite pastimes is Warhammer, a tabletop fantasy war game. It's a hobby and a game all wrapped into one. My son and I love to create, build and paint. We were looking for a centerpiece to game around and decided a fortified inn would 

 We started with the basics, foamcore, cardboard and lots of bits. Add a trusty x-acto knife, ruler and imagination and away we go.
 We had a couple plastic roof tops from an old toy laying around in our parts bin so we scaled things to match. The base was cut from the remains of an old dresser that was tossed out. We cut out the doorways and trimmed out the foam to slide in the cardboard doors. The main in is a heavy card stock from some packaging and the wood slats are cut from an empty box of "Madagascar Red" tea.
 Using cardboard from an old Dell computer keyboard box we fashioned the back of the inn and the stable. Blue insulation board was cut and scored with a pencil to make the stone chimney

The gate door is slid into place in the outer wall
 The chimney was just scored with a pencil to make the stones.
Here it is all together. All that remains is to paint and add all the "flair".

The Inn roof was painted black and then brushed with terra-cotta. The inn itself was painted tan with washes of burnt sienna and black added for weathering. The rear portion of the inn was covered in strips of cardboard that were then cut to produce the slate tiles. These were also painted black and then  dry-brushed in medium and light gray.

Fur was glued onto the stable roof and the brushed down with a mixture of white glue and water. Once it dried layers of dry-brushing were used to make it appear as straw.
Sand was mixed with glue on the base and also dry-brushed to show the texture. Blended turf and tan ballast, from Woodland Scenics, was mixed and glued to the base for the grassy areas.

Small pieces of card-stock were cut to represent stones for the pathway. Bits like the wheel, trunk and firewood stack were added. The trees were part of a plastic plant purchased at Michael's for 1.50. I yanked the "flowers" off and have about a dozen small trees.
Here's the front of the "Leaping Wolf Inn"
Inside the finished courtyard, you can see the chimney stonework here. I added some Alcatani pikemen and a couple of Lumpin Croops halflings. I believe that's Ned Hamfist holding the standard.
Over view with the stable and servants quarters out back.
One more with the courtyard and guests of the inn.
Using a couple spare bits, the inn sign was added and painted. It does say leaping if you squint.

Please let me know what you think of the Leaping Wolf Inn. In a future post I'll relay the battle report that took place around it!


  1. That is Super! Very cool Inn! Well done sir! Grey in USA

    1. Thanks Grey, I have other how to tutorials for Warhammer, 40K, Bolt Action, SAGA and other games on my blog http://battlegroundhobbies.blogspot.com/