donderdag 13 april 2017

For Sale:: Woods and Village.


These are standard HO scale conifer trees painted black and flocked with a light green Woodland Scenics turf as the original tree had a very dark green shiny finish.

They are based on 1.5 mm basswood (triplex) which is painted and textured with a sand/white glue mix and painted an earth tone. The edges are flocked with electrostatic grass to match most game mats.

There are 75 trees based in groups of two, three or four to conform with your space and quick setup.

Cost $75.00

African Village.

The huts are roughly 25 mm round and about 40 mm high. The structure is made with cardstock and the roof is of self-hardening clay. The huts are based on 1.5 mm basswood (triplex), painted and covered with a sand/white glue mix as are the walls of the huts. 

Painted and dry-brushed the bases are covered with some electrostatic grass.
The palisade is constructed from hedge clippings and glued to bases of the same material and finished in the same manner.

Cost $50.00

Edit: The second photo has been added to show the size of the structures in relation to 15 mm Old Glory miniatures. 

Please send enquiries to timurilank (at) aol (dot) com and give location so I can send postage costs.



maandag 10 april 2017

Difficult Hills – completed project.

The mountain tops are painted in two styles, one for greener areas and the second for dry regions. Adding trees to the hilltops would be the final step and for these I purchased a bag of fir trees from my local supplier. The twenty pieces varied in scale such that half were not really usable (11 cm) and there were not enough of the smaller types to use.

The problem was solved by clipping the tops off the larger trees as seen in the second photo. The ‘trunk’ was simply the wire centre and bristles tightly rolled up. The lower piece was re-shaped and will be based with others for my ‘forests’.

As you will note from the previous photo, the fir trees have a shiny dark green colour. This was changed to a light green shade by brushing white glue on the bristle tips and dipping the tree in a bag of Woodland Scenic turf (light green). The trees are glued to the mountain tops and I applied sparingly some electrostatic grass to add contrast.

 Investigating photos of ‘arid’ landscapes actually showed very little vegetation so I sprinkled some electrostatic grass to finish the pieces. The hill pieces were done a year ago and I had not realised my colour preference for flocking had change, so that will need some attention to bring consistency to the feature.

 Next project is a new DBA-HX3 game mat.

donderdag 6 april 2017

Difficult Hills

At the moment I am refurbishing a number of collections to bring them up to a current standard and with the large number of historical games much of my terrain collection is experiencing the same process. Difficult hills are currently progressing through a third generation;

...from a ‘layer cake’ style, a sculpted style.

 Since DBA 3.0 I have discovered the effectiveness of medium and smaller terrain features over the larger pieces; fields (plough) and hamlet (BUA) are now 2BW x 3BW on average or slightly larger.

Regarding hills, I found it expedient to leave the larger pieces in their boxes and used the smaller low hills and add ‘rock’ to symbolise these as difficult. This worked fine until we started using armies that could use both difficult hills and rough ground. This hit a snag as there was not enough scatter material for both terrain features. Hence the third and hopefully last generation of hill type.  

The symbolic pieces are now larger which nicely defines the type of hill. The pieces will be finished as two types to serve in arid climes or Europe. A few small scale trees will be fixed to the pieces to avoid a bald rock feature.

These should be finished this weekend and ready for use in our next games.