Saturday, August 31, 2019

Terrain Time Challenge - Finished work

As I posted earlier in the month I have been taking part in Angry Piper's August Terrain Time Challenge over at Dead Dick's Tavern. Lots of others got involved so pop on over and have a look at their contributions too.
The earlier post showed the stages I went through to produce each block of buildings for my Arnhem model. This post shows my finished contribution to the challenge - lots of city blocks with fences, walls, hedges, buildings and trees. Each block is a section of Arnhem from near the bridge but I've made them removable to use on other battlefields as generic village or town sections.

The next Arnhem related post, hopefully in just about a week or so will show them in situ on the model.

Happy gaming

Charles the Modeller

Monday, August 19, 2019

US Vehicles - Battle of the Bulge

In what feels like an age ago I posted pics of Adler US infantry I’d painted for a summer game based on the Rocherath-Krinkelt episode of the Battle of the Bulge. The game is now well under way and I expect it will conclude the next time my friends and I meet up. In anticipation of the AAR on the battle, which has been a cracker, and is currently on a knife edge, here are some pics of the US vehicles I painted. All models are GHQ.

Held in reserve the tanks shelter in woods

The M3s however supported the infantry in the twin villages and had a hard time of it

Sunday, August 11, 2019

TerrainTime Challenge - Arnhem city blocks

This month I'm taking part in Angry Piper's August TerrainTime Challenge. Its basically just a call out to gamers to produce a piece of terrain for the battlefield. You can see the background and the premise for the challenge here.
I along with the following chaps are giving building terrain in August a go,
I am always looking at adding more terrain. Last month was a mammoth job making pine trees. I'm now switching back to my Arnhem model build. Whilst the main features of the layout have been built I haven't finalised any of the buildings yet. 
My intention is to make the buildings removable. This allows me to re-use the terrain pieces on other battlefields, and because the layout requires so many buildings means its only pretty expensive rather than unaffordable.
Although I game mostly in 6mm I use smaller scale buildings for the reasons I talk about here The model buildings are almost exclusively from Brigade Models. I've put 5 different pictures up showing the different stages once the buildings have been painted and laid out on the base until the base is finished.
The painted buildings are superglued onto a base of 1.5mm plasticard with a base colour painted onto it.

I cut and glued on some 0.5mm by 2mm styrene strips ro represent walls 

I then added a base flock and drybush the concrete/ stone sections

Add a top layer of flock, and Woodland scenic foliage of different shades and sizes for bushes

Finish with trees as required.

For my trees I use copper wire and Woodland Scenic's foliage/ turf.
I've twisted 10 lengths of copper wire together and formed a basic tree shape. The trunk is extra long some of it will be embedded in the base. Its given a quick coat of dark brown paint.

PVA is painted onto the wire and Woodland Scenic Coarse Turf is pressed on. I use a mix of two colours to help mimic the different colours of leaves on a tree. This is a mix of medium and dark green.

Once the PVA is dry I use a watered down glue mix the consistency and colour of milk and cover the tree. This binds the foliage together and hardens it, hopefully improving longevity.

I'll have more updates on progress later this month.

Happy gaming

Charles the Modeller

Battle of Scarif - All Finished

So in my last post I said my next blogpost would be on building the citadel tower. Well I am so far behind in posting updates on my blog tha...