Category Archives: Terrain

Sassanid camp for ADLG

This camp is not an original idea from me.  I snagged it from this guy who not only had the idea originally but executed it far better than I did (Better Original Idea).  But it’s a great idea, so I scaled it down to use from my Sassanid camp for ADLG.  In ADLG you need a camp.  The size is pretty small and these two stands make a camp that’s a little larger than the ADLG spec.  But it gave me a little more room to put something characterful in the camp.

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The figures on the left are from Baueda.  I put a face covering on using green stuff to make him an appropriate Zoroastrian priest.  The figures in the stand on the right are from Aventine.   They are a great figure set.  I created two stands so I can use the Zoroastrian in other armies.

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I took some time to put a nice pattern on the Sassanid king and now I’m wishing I had put that kind of effort into my original Sassanid armies.  Surely I’ll not do a new Sassanid army just to make them look better?  Surely not.  I am starting on some Central Asian forces using the Aventine steppe nobles and Sogdians.  I’ll take the time to do that right.  I’m sure it will be time consuming, but I’m sure the figures will be beautiful when done that way too.

Also, camps can be fortified in ADLG.   I’m not sure what a fortified central asian camp would actually look like, but I got this waddle fencing set from Renedra and made these to surround my camp.  I need a couple more segments, but it was pretty easy to do.

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Do take a look at the website that inspired me to do this and be amazed at what an excellent job he did.

 

 

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Kallistra Lakes

 

I picked up some non-hex terrain features from Kallistra (website).  I picked up the brown crater set and the brown lake set and intend to finish them myself.  You can get them that are already flocked and those do look nice, but I was hoping to make them fit in better with what I already have.  I’ve finished the two smaller lakes for use in our ancients gaming.  I don’t think I’ll have much use for impassable terrain, but someone might want some, and it looks better than naked felt.  Here they are.

 

 

They are cast plastic in brown which is a perfect source material for what I wanted to make.  I finished them by doing a few steps.  First, I painted what would become the deepest part of the ponds black, then painted around the edges with khaki drab (I used Tamiya paints through my airbrush, but I imagine brushed on would look fine).  I then covered the edges with ballast and painted that with cel-vinyl wood grey and highlighted with Foundry Canvas A and base sand B.  That’s what I use for all my non-desert bases and that combination blends pretty well with my gaming mat (from the non sadly non longer available Terrain Guy).  I then filled the water part of the pond with Woodland Scenics realistic water (that’s a great product and very easy to use).  In the pic on the right I did not let it go up on the gravel and on the one on the left I let it do that.  I prefer the one on the right in terms of overall look.  Finally I put a flock mix from the terrain guy (he sent me a container of it way back when and while it’s supposed to blend with his terrain mat I think it’s a bit too dark green).

I’m very pleased with the final result.

I also have the crater sets which will be great for no-man’s land in WW1 games.  I’ll give them the same treatment, but they are quite a bit larger so it will take me awhile.

I live in the US and bought direct from Kallistra and they are great to do business with.  Highly recommended.

 

Stalingrad Jump-off Points for Chain of Command

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I picked these above grade sewer entrances up from Demo’s Laser-cut Designs:

http://demoslaser-cutdesigns.weebly.com/store/p66/28mm_Above_Grade_Sewer_Entrance_4-pack.html

I intend to use them as jump-off points for Chain of Command games in Stalingrad – for the Soviets obviously.  The figures are hacked up plastics from the Warlord Games plastic Soviets set.  I didn’t like the figures that much but they really are perfect for an application like this where you need to cut them down and position arms just so.

I’m not sure about the grass.  Tall grass often grows up around obstacles like this, but perhaps it’s overdone.  I would like to bend it a little as if blown by the wind but I’m not sure how to pull that off.  And I’d like to put a little variety of color onto it.  I tried dry-brushing some lighter paint on but that didn’t work so well.  I may mask the figures and hit the tops with my airbrush.  So I guess these are still works in progress.

I bought two sets as I intend to embed the others into the terrain boards I plan to build for Stalingrad.  They are really easy to put together.  The raised bit is two pieces.  After gluing them together I spread a little filler around the edges to help hide the join and give a more unfinished concrete kind of look to them.  And I primed them with a primer for wood before putting the basing material on to help prevent warping.  (I’m not sure that’s really a concern but I did it to be on the safe side).

Urban ruin test piece

These are really nice!  I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on the Commission Figurines 28mm ruins for a long time.  I finally got one this week and wasted no time doing some work on a test piece.

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I’m not entirely finished with it, but it’s off to a great start.  I took inspiration from 14th Brooklyn on making the interior into something believable.  I copied his lead by printing out some dollhouse floor patterns and glueing them to the base.  I used a different pattern for each of the two different rooms in the building.    I attempted painting some pattern on the wall.  While this is fine, it was a mistake.

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Blue and yellow vertical stripes in the bottom picture.  It looks even worse in real life.  If I were going to do that I should mask the lines and use an airbrush to get a nice finish, then go back and paint the brick sections.  Next time, I’ll just wallpaper over them with some dollhouse wallpaper patterns.  The floors look nice though, don’t you think?

These buildings are really nice.   The fit is tight.  It’s so tight in fact that I couldn’t get the walls quite down into their slots without carving out the slots a bit, and still there was a bit of a gap.  It was only on this section though – all the others seem to go together better.

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I intend to finish them a little more.  I’d like to add some rubble but I’m hesitating a bit about that as I don’t want to reduce the playability of the models too much.  There is some portable rubble that I can add to really rubble them up as should be.  I’m leaning to adding minimal rubble around the wall joins and in a couple of random places and using the portable rubble which we can remove during play.

My main concern with these buildings was whether I could hide the joins.  You can see the joins pretty clearly in the big picture of everything you get in this ruined building:

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If I can’t hide that, using these is a non-starter.  On my test piece there are only three joins, two horizontal and one vertical.  You can see in the pictures that those joins are completely covered.  I’m not sure the horizontal joins have the best strategic placement for hiding them but I guess it’s ok.  But, good news, with a little wood putty, sanding, and painting you can’t see them at all.  I’ll do a corner piece next to confirm that, but it should be no problem.

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I added a little more wood filler at random places to the front, sanded, then painted over, to give the surface some texture.  I think they look great.  The pictures are pretty awful – I really have to figure out how to take pictures that look like what I’m aiming at.

 

Stalingrad Chimney

I need a lot to do Stalingrad.  Figures are a bit of a problem.  I’m not excited about any of the Soviet figures available in 28mm.  I thought Warlord’s plastics were going to do it, but they aren’t great.  I’m using some of the figures in padded jackets from them, but you only get three of them, and although you can put all sorts of head variants and give them different equipment, they still look like 3 different guys.  They are dreadful to put together and take forever to clean up properly.  I like the Crusader figures in tunics but they are really for later in the war.  It appears that both the Crusader and Artizan figures in padded clothes will do for the period and I like them quite a bit, although I’d rather be doing summer figs.

Vehicles are covered pretty well.  It would be nice if someone made a Stug III F but I don’t see that happening.

Terrain will be a challenge.  Fortunately I have a friend who is quite handy!

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He made that chimney for me out of mdf.  Now, he has a laser cutter that he used for the etching and cutting.  Isn’t it marvelous?  Here’s a closeup of the front

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And of the back

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I’ve started painting it just to see how it will look.  After the basics I realized I needed to do more, mainly with a variety of brick colors.  The painting was simple, primed then painted with red brown, then washed with a little white oil paint in a lot of turpenoid.  The white runs in and gives the mortar between the bricks look.  I’m going to go over it all again to put more variety in the bricks and see whether I need to add some weathering.  George of George bases did this and he’s working on a row house for me now.  This will be part of the interior of it.  I can’t wait to see the house.