Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Rubble by Nesbet

One of the bloggers I've been lucky enough to get to know this past year is Nesbet, author of Nesbet Miniatures who as it so happens is something of a renaissance man of our hobby. His breadth of knowledge is remarkable so that I'm now convinced there is nothing he can't do. You may even have recently seen Nesbet's technical and artistic savvy on display as part of Dark Future Games' search for a new banner design. My only complaint is that he doesn't post on his blog more often. I understand however he is a busy guy and has to spend much time playing bloody sudoku! with his miniatures' bases. :)

Tonight I want to show off some terrain pieces Nesbet made for me some months ago as part of a trade we hashed out over the summer. In return for the stack of movement tray bits I had leftover from working on Sector 7G, Nesbet agreed to make a batch of rubble and debris for me to incorporate into my urban ruins. He's actually not even a 40k player which makes these even more impressive to me, especially considering I gave him only the vaguest of instructions from which to work.

I'm not sure how he made this set of terrain (plaster?) but I really like it a lot and I think he did a great job making detailed, interesting scenery for my games. I haven't yet decided if I want to leave them loose for use as scatter pieces or if I would rather make them part of larger ruined structures. Either way I expect they'll look great once painted. Like many other projects, however, that will have to wait a while longer with all that I have going on now. I likely won't get back to work on Sector 7G until after AdeptiCon, but at that time this custom terrain specially imported all the way from Chile will no doubt become one of my top priorities.

Until then I have ordered some of the few remaining survivors of the cursed Haverbrook 212th Grenadiers to reconnoiter these rubble fields, as well as provide us with a better sense of scale. Initial reports indicate that they will make my gameboard look awesome...

... moving in for confirmation.

Confirmed, the terrain is awesome!

Thanks again to Nesbet for the killer terrain. If anyone is so inclined to let him know what you think of his hobby talents, you can find him at Nesbet Miniatures. Cheers!


  1. Wow, those are some beautiful pieces of scenery. Very nice indeed.

  2. I really like the power lines, I think I might copy that idea next time I need to make some scenery.

    As always, cheers for sharing Paps, and well done to Nesbet.


  3. Very creative. I like them a lot too, and I agree with Rogue Pom the power lines really work - they add narrative, a sense of where exactly the table might be, plus when they're lined up they'll add some internal logic too.

    For me most of them are perfect for individual pieces, but I'd maybe leave the very smallest for extra character on larger features.

  4. Those terrain pieces are gorgeous! Your friend is very talented to make such intricate scenery!
    The terrain reminds me of the the opening sequence from Saving Private Ryan. The Cadians look like they are dodging mortar shells on the beach and the radio guy is calling in reinforcements.

    I'd like to thank you for your well composed blog, great lay-out and thoughtful content. Your writing style is very fluid and a delight to read. I'm sure the 149 followers would also agree with me!

    Wishing you a Happy New Year and looking forward to reading your blog in 2011.

    Take care!


  5. Those indeed look great. Great job Nesbet! Like the others I love the power lines; helps them really pop. (and could also be an easy explanation for calling those pieces Dangerous Terrain if desired) When you get around to painting them if you want to leave the wires natural I'd try to mask them - either tape or a liquid mask which would probably be easier.

  6. Wow.

    I've only been following his blog for a few months now and though I've seen some great stuff... damn! Power lines idea is genius for dangerous terrain!

  7. Wow. That's pretty awesome. I'm sad to say that I never had a talent for paint or crafting. :/ I gotta say I love the complexity of the plaster molding.

  8. WOW!

    Nice pics PapaJJ! Thank you so much for the shout-out! I'm glad to finally see the pics of the terrain I made for you, with your minis! Thanks!

    @Meatball, Rogue Pom: Yeah, I didn't even think about making it for dangerous terrain, but I think it's a pretty good idea xD
    The thing is I almost know nothing about 40K, I simply made the terrain trying to make it look cool, hehehe

    @Porky: I think you suggestion it's retty good. We'll need to wait to see what PapaJJ makes with the terrain. Either way, it would look nice on some large features or as stand alone pieces of small terrain ;D

    @Bartender, Sonsoftaurus, Rich: Thank you for your comments! Glad to see you liked this terrain too! And masking the wires with liquid mask seems like a pretty good idea.

    @The Game Store Guy: Complexity??? GUY! Please take a look at my blog, I'll be explaining about how I made the rubble bases for PapaJJ. It goes everything about simplicity! Take a look and you'll see ;D

  9. Thanks everyone! And thank you, Nesbet, for the terrain, it really is great. :) I'm sorry it took me so long to give them a proper showing here. That's excellent news that you'll be explaining on your blog how you made these pieces, I can hardly wait to see what the process was like. As reflected in the comments above, the power lines are fantastic! Thank you, Nesbet!!

    @ Porky - I'm torn because it would be cool to incorporate Nesbet's terrain into one of my own projects directly, but then I also think it they might get more usage on the table if left separate. Fortunately I have time to think it over. Thanks, man!

    @ Bartender - Wow, I am very grateful for the kind words. Hopefully you know how much I enjoy and appreciate your own blog, I really look forward to each new post. Thank you and a very Happy New Year to you, Sven, Magnus, Blackfisk, and all the rest!! Take care, friend!

    @ sonsoftaurus - Thank you for the suggestion, I had not thought of that. I've never tried using a masking agent before but would like to learn how they work. Thanks!