Monday, December 2, 2013

Terrain: Scratch Built Candles

I am really glad I decided to create some candles for the stature. I like imagining imperial citizens scrambling up the ladder in lulls between gun fire to ensure the Astartes are properly worshipped. The ladder is still to be painted, but I left it in the shot because it adds more sense of scale.


  1. Bretonian lances cut to shape
  2. thread drilled into the top of the candle and inserted as a wick
  3. white glue used to build up dripping wax areas
  4. gloss varnish in the paint in order to give a little shine

In the photo above you can see a mattress pushed to the far corner of the Shrine of the Aquila. I am not sure I managed to pull it off, but maybe when I add a make shift table it will work better. The bottom shot has a tea lamp that will be used for destroyed vehicles. I am going to make 5 of them so the battle looks more dynamic as games progress.


  1. The candles do add that something extra.

    While I'm not sold on the mattress I think it has something to do with the scale compared to the equally sized chunks of rubble next to it. If the ruble had been smaller I think the scale would have fot better with what your mind is seeing.

    Still look the goods though and a nice way to add something extra to the scene.

  2. Clever! I really like how those candles turned out - good stuff, man!

  3. Thank you guys for the encouragement. It is nice getting feedback on this. I am going to upgrade my realm of battle board tonight and place the scenery I have to see how it looks. I really want to get a game in now, though I almost have to paint up some IG vet snipers to hide out in those ruins.