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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Conan Terrain: Stygian Desert

Pulposaurus Entertainment had commissioned me to create a couple of demo boards for their new game Conan: Rise of Monsters. They just premiered it at Gencon and launched their Kickstarter campaign. You can see more about the game by clicking these links for their Facebook and Kickstarter pages.

*Update:  As of today, the CROM Kickstarter is shut down. Pulposaurus has announced a tentative partnership with Reaper Miniatures, and their Kickstarter campaign has been cancelled so they can readjust things and relaunch later this year. That's pretty cool!


The first of the two boards is a ruined tower in the Stygian desert. If you stopped by the Pulposaurus booth at Gencon, you may have seen the board, and even played a demo game for Conan: Rise of Monsters. Here's how the terrain came together:



I started with a concept drawing for the table. Pulposaurus specified that they wanted a ruined tower as the centerpiece, so I designed the board layout with the tower toward the back. Ruined walls and toppled columns to add some elements for models to stand on or take cover behind.



Most of the architecture and rocks are sculpted out of foam, with wood filler putty smoothing the transitions and filling the gaps. Play sand and talus stones were used to create the sandy texture of the desert. Once the construction was complete, everything was coated with wood glue for durability.



The tower is formed out of individual blocks stacked around a central core. The walls have a foam core center, with the stones covering the exterior. The window frames are made out of thick PVC plastic card.



The emblem in the center of the floor is based on one of the designs Pulposaurus had sent. The stairs are cut into the foam, and each step is a piece of thick card.



Pulposaurus had also sent me some concept art for various ruined gateways which I incorporated into the entryway for the tower.



I'm really happy with the finished table (and Pulposaurus was too!). If you want more information about Conan: Rise of Monsters, follow them on Facebook for updates.



'Til next time!


  1. Thats one gorgeous display board! Everything seems to have come together brilliantly, especially the colour choices that really complement each other. Well done :)

  2. That is simply brilliant. Love it.

  3. Lovely work, Rob. Beautifully crisp detail.


  4. What a beautiful board.
    Simple and yet very pleasing to look at.

  5. Superb, some of the very best I have seen.

    Thank you for posting the w-i-p shots, they are inspirational.


  6. gorgeous piece of work, Rob. Stunning stuff.

  7. Excellent work. Thank You a lot for a WIP shots.

    May I ask, why You put a tower in the background? Usually tower would be set in the center allowing for moving figures around it...

    1. It's what the client asked for. This is a board for demo games and photography, so the tower is more of a backdrop than an objective.

    2. Ah now I understand. Thanks for an answer.

      May I dare to ask what kind of colours have You used at the tower to got such lovely stone?

    3. This was painted almost a year ago so I don't remember exactly. My estimation would be a deep brown/ black undercoat, with repeated drybrushings of P3 Gun Corps Brown, and GW Screaming Skull. I'm sure there was a brown ink wash in there to shade the recesses, too.


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