Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Helmawr's Gate - Making Use of a Warhammer World Drinks Token


I slipped in a brand new piece of scenery in my last post - a new gate / entrance that I threw together the other night.

The gate has been specifically created to hold one of the drinks tokens that used to be given to event attendees at Warhammer World for use at Bugman's Bar. Obviously plenty of people decided that they'd rather keep the token than exchange it for a free drink, so a fair few number of these made it into the wild!

The token is in the form of a Necromundan credit. It features the Imperial Aquila accompanied by the motto "Imperium Approved" on one side (the tails?) and the noble visage of Lord Helmawr on the reverse (heads?):



In game terms, this is obviously of minimal use, so I decided I would build a small terrain piece around it. I have had the two resin girder updstands for years, so decided to cut an arch from plasticard and embed the Necromunda credit over it, as if it was a brass plaque. The plasticard is thin enough that the credit shows through the triangular hole from either side.


I added a few extra strips of styrene strip to strengthen and detail the gate, and a pair of resin control panels that I think are from Antenociti's Workshop. I wasn't too fussy about things being cut completely accurately, as I figure Necromunda is a bit of a ramshackle place!


I painted the gate up to match my other Necromunda scenery - a neutral grey with some rust and grime! The plaque was rendered in a weathered bronze. Perhaps it has been installed by some devoted but (relatively) wealthy citizen, or maybe it denotes a Guilder toll point.



I've already started thinking of this as Helmawr's Gate - probably a local nickname for the plaque which bear's his likeness. I wonder if the 1GC refers to the toll fee from centuries past?

Travellers wishing to pass Helmawr's Gate must first pay the Toll Officers their due.

31 comments:

  1. Oh to have a creative mind. Well done the whole thing looks very effective.

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    1. Thanks Phil! It's only taken me over a decade to come up with a use for this though ;)

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  2. Too cool. I would totally have made an Instant Mold impression of this to use again later... but I wouldn't be surprised if you couldn't still do that if it's sealed well enough. As it is, it makes for a unique and fun scenery piece.

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    1. Several people have suggested making a mould - wish I'd thought of that!!

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  3. Well that is quite the useful bit of terrain. I like the little bit of wired tech on each side. It DOES seem like it needs some tags or other graffiti though...

    And you do end up with the most interesting GW ephemera.

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    1. I envisage it being used in a host of scenic set-ups, not to mention as a useful spacer piece. I tend to avoid too much graffiti though as it can limit flexibility.

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  4. Brilliant! Simple and perfect. Also, I LOVE the rusty weathering, it looks very true to life.

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    1. Thanks very much! The rust streaking is really simple (watered down orange brown), but helps add texture to the surface.

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  5. The Leasd Adventure Forum brought me here. Most brilliant work, Sir!

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    1. Damn, I hate typos. Sorry for that, man.

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    2. Thanks very much! Glad you're enjoying the stuff - plenty to trawl back through :)

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  6. Very clever. And a nice distinctive piece for the table.

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    1. Thanks! I like entrance ways and gates - they're better than just having something that blocks movement.

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  7. Does the job nicely. Great idea!

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  8. Oh, that's definitely the best use for such an item. Sweet!

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    1. Thanks! I wonder what other obscure items I can permanently encase in my terrain collection?!

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  9. Absolutely fantastic! I really dig that.

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  10. That's brilliant. I suppose I need to start trolling eBay for one of those...

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    1. Thanks! Good luck tracking one down - there are a couple up on eBay, but they're not cheap.

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  11. More good work ... and that last photo was a really good one.

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    1. Thanks! I ought to stack more photos with figures in a narrative scene like that one.

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  12. Man, your creative mind is impressive. This is a smashing usage of an otherwise useless "coin". LOL

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    1. It would have been a shame to leave it unused really :)

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