Wolsung Buildings, Part 1

Take a look at some of my first MDF buildings for Wolsung SSG.

I’m making good progress on my Twisted buildings (I got the two Nouveau Archways done, and I’ve started an Old Corner Shop), but before I give an update on those, I thought you might be interested in having a look at some of my previous work on some related buildings for the Wolsung Steampunk Skirmish Game.

Wolsung SSG is a great skirmish game by the very talented Micro Art Studio set in a steampunk universe interwoven with magic where several factions vie for dominance.  Just like with Twisted, I first heard of Wolsung SSG  during their Kickstarter campaign.  Several of the game mechanics are quite unique, and this was the first time I had ever seen a standard deck of playing cards being used to affect gameplay in a miniatures game.  I easily fell in love with the Inventors and their adorable robots, and my husband, Alex, was likewise quite taken with the Scylla, a very unique halfling mafia group with ogre thugs to do their grunt work.  And the terrain…

Well, you ought to know by now that if nothing else, the terrain will sell me on a new game.  The range of buildings and accessories Micro Art designed for Wolsung SSG truly made my jaw drop.  The detailed MDF buildings were designed so that you could lift the top off and remove different levels, revealing the inside as additional play areas.  This was my first foray into MDF terrain, and I was truly excited.  This was basically a bunch of dollhouses, but better!

The Kickstarter rewards are now long past delivered, and we’ve had plenty of time to put buildings together and enjoy the game.  Honestly, I’ve been dying to play recently!  But back to the matter at hand: terrain.  At first, I simply removed the pieces from the MDF sheets and had Alex put them together.  He has been a tabletop gamer for most of his life, but I was still relatively new to the idea of putting something like these complex buildings together.  As time went on, I tried painting some of them (I started small, with some of the small ramshackle shacks), and then I got up the courage to build some myself.  I discovered that I love it!

Alas, I still don’t have all of these delightful buildings assembled and/or painted (we do have quite a lot of them), but here is what I do have ready to show.

There are so many ‘XIX Century Shantytowns‘ to show because a set of four was one of the free stretch goal backer rewards during the Kickstarter.  Alex and I backed the campaign on two accounts each in order to maximize our freebies.  You have to save some money when you can in this hobby; it’s just being resourceful.  This is a boutique (read: niche, small-scale, high quality, but a bit on the expensive side) game, after all.  These little cuties were the first Wolsung project I tackled, and they were a joy to paint.  Like all of the Wolsung buildings, the roofs lift off from these tiny abodes in case you want to use the inside space for additional play area.  I still have more to assemble, believe it or not.

These ‘XIX Century Stands‘ were the first MDF pieces that I assembled on my own, and they were also very fun to paint.  I started making some wares to display in them, but I haven’t quite finished that task.  I’ll return to it one day.  After all, as we say in the tabletop gaming hobby: as long as you have unfinished projects, you can never die.

This ‘XIX Century Block of Flats‘ is still a work in progress.  I still have the roof and the inside to paint.  There are even perfect little acrylic windowpanes to glue in when everything is done.  I am truly impressed with how easy it is to lift off, and later replace, the different levels of the building.  I have two more blocks of flats to paint up once this one is finished.

There are some assembled but so far unpainted pieces as well, but I’ll save those for another day.

One last thing:

If you’re interested in snagging one or two bargain-priced items for Wolsung SSG, Funagain Games is going out of business and has a very limited quantity of Wolsung items in their Warehouse Liquidation Sale.  I got a few single miniatures, a dice set, and some templates, but my biggest find by far was the Ash and Oak Club Starter 2 for just $1.99!  (#itookthelastone  #sorrynotsorry)  Both Wolsung SSG rule books, one or two individual figures, and a selection of small scenery items, like crate and barrel piles and advertising columns, were still available when I last checked.

For that matter, if you are a fan of Relic Knights, Achtung! Cthulhu, Wrath of Kings, the Batman Miniature Game by Knight Models, puzzles, Eurogames, card games like Superfight, or Funko figures, you might want to check out that sale!  There were many such items listed there for sizable discounts.

Disclaimer: I’m not partnered with or sponsored by any of these companies, but I like to share a good deal when I see one!

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Welcome to Hobbyhoo

Get to know me and what I want to bring you here on Hobbyhoo.

Just ‘hoo’ am I, and what can you expect from Hobbyhoo?

My name is Jen.  I love owls, and other any cute or interesting animal, really.  I’m a weary high school English and history teacher by day and an eclectic hobbyist by night.  This isn’t a recent development; I’ve been finding unique creative outlets to engage in my whole life. 

My early hobbies included music (I’ve played the piano since I was five years old) and anything artistic that I could get my hands on.  As a young girl, I was always drawing or coloring something or creating some kind of silly one-woman radio show using my cassette tape recorder.  My parents got me every kind of instrument they could get their hands on so I could express myself.  I even had a huge accordion that we found at a yard sale.  In a box somewhere in my parents’ garage, there is some surviving video evidence of me playing it while prancing around happily in my front yard!

I made beaded jewelry for myself and my friends and always presented homemade crafty gifts to my family members at Christmas.  As I got a little older, I enjoyed writing short stories and song parodies and making stop-motion videos of my action figures and Barbie-sized dolls with my parents’ huge video camera.  (Agents Mulder and Scully were always up to something intriguing!) 

My grandma often included me in her creative hobbies as well, including having me help her pin her beautiful quilts together when she could no longer get down on the floor to do it herself.  I eventually followed in the footsteps of my grandma and my mom and learned to crochet…I never did quite catch on to knitting, though!  About three years ago, I learned to sew by making an adorable lap quilt with my mom, and this past year, my dad spoiled me with an amazing Janome Skyline S7 sewing machine to help me run wild with my new-found love of quilt-making.  My biggest problem now is keeping my spare bedroom clean enough to use it effectively as a sewing room!

When I got married, I discovered that I enjoyed cooking.  Especially baking.  It’s not a stretch of the truth to tell you that I’m very well known for my chocolate chip cookies.  I’ve been making them for almost fifteen years now, and they never go amiss.  (I’ll post the recipe the next time I bake them…I’m always happy to share it!  They don’t always turn out for other people, though.  I think the secret ingredient is love.)

Ever since my husband, Alex, introduced me to tabletop wargaming in 2003, I have also been completely enthralled with the myriad miniature worlds associated with this hobby.  I’ve always been a sucker for tiny things.  I dreamed of a dollhouse filled with perfect little furniture (and I even bought one about ten years ago, but it was so much work to assemble it, and I honestly wasn’t up to the challenge at the time!).  It makes sense that the aspect of wargaming I’m most drawn to is buildings and other terrain.  Don’t get me wrong; I love playing wargames, and I think miniatures are amazing, but terrain is where it’s at for me.

Alex and I play so many different games that it’s difficult to fit them all in to our schedule, but it’s still great fun!  Like most people in the hobby, we have more than a lifetime’s worth of assembly and painting ahead of us, but that’s just part of the fun as well.  I have so many things I’d love to share with you, and by posting them to the blog, I hope to get some added motivation to complete many of the projects that have fallen by the wayside when life has gotten in the way.

Here are some of the things I’d like to share with you here on Hobbyhoo:

  • Finishing assembly and painting of various MDF terrain, including:
    • Wolsung buildings, walls, and stairs (by Micro Art Studio)
    • Twisted buildings, stairs, and lampposts (by Demented Games and Miniature Scenery)
    • Various Fallout-inspired retro/post-apocalyptic buildings (mostly by Sarissa Precision)
    • A few bits and pieces by 4Ground
  • Painting up plastic buildings, including modular Mantic kits and more
  • Painting around a metric ton of resin and hard plastic scatter terrain, mostly post-apocalyptic (by various companies)
  • Learning new techniques and painting up a LOT of minis.  To give you a small idea:
    • Our larger tabletop game systems include Warhammer 40k and 30k/Horus Heresy, Age of Sigmar, Kings of War, Beyond the Gates of Antares, Dropzone Commander, and Black Powder.
    • Our smaller tabletop game systems include This is Not a Test, Strange Aeons, Deadzone, Wolsung, Twisted, Blood and Plunder, Frostgrave, Pulp Alley, Rogue Stars, and SAGA.
    • I know I’m forgetting something!
  • Showing off some cool and unique table setups and offering recommendations
  • Battle reports
  • How to play and/or a look at some of our many miniature-heavy board games/hybrid games, such as:
    • Shadows of Brimstone
    • Mythic Battles: Pantheon
    • Zombicide (many iterations)
    • Dark Souls
    • Conan
    • Warhammer Quest (all types)
    • Dungeon Saga
    • Star Saga
    • Dreadball
    • Battletech
    • Robotech RPG Tactics
    • X-Wing
    • Imperial Assault
    • Star Wars: Armada
    • Super Dungeon Explore
  • Tabletop news
  • Interesting new Kickstarter campaigns
  • Unboxing pending Kickstarter deliveries
  • Storage solutions (this is a huge issue, as you probably know if you’re still reading)

Later on/occasionally, I’d also love to share some of my other hobbies, such as:

  • Sewing
  • Baking
  • Jewelry-making
  • Miscellaneous crafts, like ‘diamond paintings’ (paint by number with rhinestones)
  • Writing fiction

Thank you for your interest!  I hope to provide you with great content for years to come!