Tutorial: Chibi Cottage Terrain

15 04 2019

So, I’ve blogged about making little chibi houses and chibi igloos for your gaming needs, but there’s another option: chibi cottages. These little things are great for the odd cabin in the woods that may or may not be inhabited by children-eating witches. Basically, throw them in the background of a scenario using the Von Drakk level box, or whatever your homebrew setting is doing in the dark forrest.

First, you start with an Animal Jam Series 4 cottage (available online here). As I’ve talked about in earlier tutorials, you’ll need to hit the piece with a dremel to pull off the logo. (N.b. follow safety precautions with power tools.)

The good news here is that the rounded surface of the roof means that you only have one place you really need to mod. The bad news is that the rounded roof means you’ll need a lot of clean up.

My solution was to make more flowers on the roof with green stuff. I tried doing this in two ways: 1) a press mold based off other flowers on the roof, and 2) sculpting flowers from scratch. Here, the flower on the bottom right is scratch while the others are molded. Additionally, I put flowers on the top where there was a molding divot.

I then decided to prime in green, supposedly to save time on painting. This turned out not to be the case.

The finished cottage will work reasonably well on most forrest boards.

This was more or less a proof of concept here. I’ll probably sculpt all the flowers in subsequent attempts because the press molds never quite come out smooth enough.

Additionally, these little cottages don’t have quite the range of reapplication or mod-ability that the Series 1 houses do, but they will make a cute edition to most any chibi-themed game board.


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