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One of Raine's biggest hobbies has always been gaming. It all started with an Atari and spread out to Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic: the Gathering, and Dungeons & Dragons. As an artist, Raine takes pride in painting models for games as well as making his own terrain. He's also been a writer for many years, working both in the journalism industry and writing pieces of fiction. He decided to create Initiative : Tabletop as a platform to talk about all things gaming that he simply thought were cool, and reviewing games became a part of it!

Shadows of Brimstone: Constructing a Safe Haven

Shadows of Brimstone Swamps of Death

Last week I posted about starting off my Shadows of Brimstone campaign and completing all of my models for the core sets that I have. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been working on a project for the game that I’m quite proud of. While it’s not super complete, the project is complete enough to where I’m happy to show it off.

In between adventures in Shadows of Brimstone players have the chance to visit frontier towns. While visiting these locales the players have a chance to upgrade equipment, heal from injuries, remove corruption, purchase new equipment, and some characters can even earn a bit of cash. While the idea of a frontier town in City of the Ancients is pretty straightforward, a twist was put on what players could find in Swamps of Death. The swamps of Jargono have been inhabited for some time now. When the characters entered the portal they were met by savage tribesmen and women that have found a way to make settlements within the dangerous swamplands of this new world.

Thinking along that line, a user by the name of Klutz collaborated with other enthusiastic Shadows of Brimstone fans to create an alternate swamp village that players can explore instead of using the normal frontier town. In this village players can visit the local shaman instead of the doctor, and get supplies tailored for life in the swamps. I downloaded the additional content for the village and decided to take what Klutz designed one step further – I built an actual swamp village that the players could explore.

I have been making terrain for a couple of years now and it’s become a bit more than a hobby for me. When I saw the idea of the swamp village I decided I just had to bring it to life in the best way I could. I sat out and grabbed materials and with a couple of weeks’ work I now have a standing swamp village that we can explore in between adventures.

Here’s the image of the regular swamp village that players can use in the game:

Jargono Swamp Village Image

This is a pretty sweet creation, you have to admit!

Taking this image, I set out and made my own village on a 2’x2′ board. The good news about this dimension: it can also be used to play The Hobbit Strategy Battle Game! I spent about $40 all together in supplies, and short of slapping some wood stain on the wood borders around the board, I’m really happy to say it’s complete! I thought you readers would be interested to see it, and I’d love to get some feedback on the project. The board is big enough to use for in-town interactions, but it can also be used for combat if something terrible happens in the village. I can’t wait to get this baby to the table and put it to work. Let me know what you think!


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