Work in Progress Wednesday 1-27-2016: Building a Better World

Posted: January 27, 2016 in Hobby Projects, Malifaux, Wargaming, Work in Progress Wednesday, Works in progress
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WiPWednesday 1-27 #8

Work in Progress Wednesday this week is all about making my gaming world a better place, on and off the table. Last week I decided that I want to get the Malifaux scene in the friendly local game shop closest to me going again; I’ve recently gotten a few of my gaming friends who live near me into Malifaux and most of the shops in Houston where there’s a Malifaux scene are at least a 30 minute drive from all of us.


As the closest game shop to where I live recently moved to a larger location with more gaming tables but still doesn’t have much in the way of store terrain, I decided that the first step to revitalizing the Malifaux scene there is to get myself a solid board’s worth of terrain for Malifaux. After playing on a friend’s gaming mat I decided that I needed one for myself.I ordered a great gaming mat from Mats by Mars and couldn’t be happier; great quality, beautiful image, speedy shipping, and the ” ‘Faux Grid” on the mat showing the Malifaux deployment and scoring zones is ridiculously handy. Go check them out, you will not be disappointed.

As I chose the Badlands mat, I decided that I wanted the terrain for my Malifaux board to have an old west frontier town vibe to it. I had a few Games Workshop forest kits in my gaming closet that I thought would look suitably gnarled and scary for the frontier of Malifaux, so I put those together. I also ordered some Old West buildings from Plast Craft Games. I’ve seen some of Malifaux buildings from Plast Craft Games and really like them, but I hadn’t seen their Old West buildings in person, but I figured that for only about $5 each it wouldn’t be the end of the world if they were sub-par buildings; luckily the buildings exceeded my expectations and turned out to look great and a were breeze to put together. I can’t wait to get them painted up!

In other ways that I am making my gaming world a better place, this week I fought the disorder of my hobby room with a powerful new tool: a “Kvissle” from Ikea. I have been looking for something like this to store works in progress so that I wouldn’t have to keep using boxes from Games Workshop kits to store and organize models in various stages of completion. This handy little organizer and all of its shelves are made of metal (so it’s durable and magnetic if that matters to you), the shelves slide all the way out (so you can easily access everything or even remove a shelf if you need to store something taller), and the shelves are lined with cork (your models won’t slide around or get damaged while they are chilling in the Kvissle). My Kvissle fits all of my current Malifaux works in progress with room to spare and will be living on the side table next to my painting table. With dimensions of 12 1/2″ tall and wide and 9 3/4″ deep one of these will fit within my display/storage cabinets, so I am contemplating getting a few more to organize the clutter inside those. At only $20, the Kvissle is one of the greatest things I’ve ever found to organize a hobby room.

As far as plans go for the coming week, I hope to get some work on the terrain and make some more headway on the Sigismund commission. If all goes according to plan, I’ll be have enough time this weekend to run out and pick up a few airbrush paints so that I can lay down some base coats on my new terrain.

What have you been working on this week?

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  1. VoltRon says:

    Nice find with the IKEA thing! Going to have to pick one up for my area.

    (who am I kidding, nothing can tame my hobby desk…)

    • gusladogames says:

      It looks like my hobby room is sponsored by IKEA (seriously–3 display/bookcases, my painting table, 3 lamps on my desk, 2 floor lamps, my side table, and now this!)
      While this may not be able to single-handedly tame your hobby desk, it will go a long way towards that goal. While I don’t track every single new release from IKEA (although I do like looking through their new catalogs when they come out) I haven’t previously seen this item there, so I’m fairly certain it’s a new release; I’m just glad that I brought this to the attention of the hobby community. I’m certain this is bound to become a staple within the community, much the way the Detolf ( is a go to display case.

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