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TUTORIAL: Japanese Ninja Village Gaming Table

When my Ninja All Stars game arrived, I knew I had to make a Japanese themed display board for it. Since I knew I wouldn't have a lot of time, I decided to go with Plastcraft Games new Colored line of Fukei buildings. These buildings are printed on foam and would save me a lot of time painting. The board was a repurposed snow table. Total time = 2 evenings.

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I started off with this old snow board I made for taking pictures. It's a simple 2x2 piece of MDF wood. The texture was made from a mix of sand, pva glue, water, and plaster. I had this made in advance but it would only take you an hour or so to make this plus overnight drying time.

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Since my table already had multiple coats of paint, I started painting it. If it hadn't I would have added a few layers of primer to really seal the texture on the table and prevent chipping. The first color I used was a dark brown from Rustoleum. I applied this in patches with some places more concentrated than others. To get realistic dirt tones, you need to play around with the transparencies of the different colors.

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Next I used the airbrush to apply Vallejo Surface Primer Israeli Sand also in pataches. I blended this color in with the darker brown leaving the dark brown showing through in many places.

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Finally. I used Minitaire Ancient Bone - again applying this color in patches over the others.

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Next to bring out the highlight, I drybrushed the board with Citadel Tyrant Skull.

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Before I added the grass, I wanted to get rough idea of where my buildings would be. Sincemy actual buildings had not arrived, I made cutouts based on the measurements from Plastcraft Game's website. The road was airbrushed in with Minitaire Ancient Bone and highlighted with ComArt white.

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Next, I applied two different shades of static grass in patches. When applying static grass, get two different blends to add variety.

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Then I applied clump foliage and tufts.

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Finally, I used a layer of Scenic Cement over all of the plants to seal them in place. I let this dry overnight.

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The next step was to put together my buildings. Normally I am not a fan of printed terrain, but Plastcraft's stuff is great. There is a lot of texture (physical and print) on the model so from a distance, you can't even tell that it's pre-printed. The models are relatively easy to assemble. It took me 3 hours to get all of my buildings done for this board. 

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The only drawback to this terrain is that the edges where the piece is punched from the sheet is not colored. I used the airbrush to add color to the exposed areas.

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I also highlighted the paper card roofs with a dark grey.

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Here is an example of a window that I airbrushed with a bone color to avoid the glaring white edges.

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I also bought two sets of the resin scenery pieces from Plastcraft Games. The resin on this wasn't super high quality - there were some airbubbles and missing detail. This wasn't really an issue for me since these were just scenic elements and I only paid about $10 for both packs. These I painted pretty simply. Basecoat, shadow, and highlight with the airbrush followed by the details being picked out with a brush, then a wash, and finally a drybrush to highlight. Total paint time about an hour.

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Here is everything laid out on the board. The trees were borrowed from my other game table and the lantern pieces were done in the previous tutorial.

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Clan Ika takes over the dojo!

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The fire clan in the courtyard.

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Street level view.

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Another view of the dojo. I really like those resin pieces, they really make the table come to life.

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I'm hoping to do a professional photoshoot with everything tomorrow if clear bases arrive for my ninja.

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