zaterdag 22 juli 2017

Village repairs.

I had recently finished the hamlet ‘White Orchard’ which is featured in the Witcher Game series. Its architectural style can be best described as East European and constructed with timber walls and covered with thatch. I was very pleased with the results, but unfortunately the older structures in the collection now paled by comparison.


You can see from the photo these buildings were quickly constructed, based and decorated. This looked okay, but I found storing them a problem. In the White Orchard collection all the structures have a minimum size base to aid storage and I have more options with village size and shape. Trees now have their own bases which permits their use with other structures.  


The first step was to trim the bases and make new ones for the trees. With Milliput, I covered the walls and scored timber supports, doorways and windows. After the walls were dry, thatch roofs were added and scored. These were left overnight to dry and the following morning all the structures were given an undercoat. 

Painting followed a similar style as seen in the original photo, but you can notice the difference. Adding a mixture of white glue and sand, the bases for the building and the bases of the trees were covered, later painted, dry-brushed and covered with some ‘green’.



Satisfied with the results, the same technique can be used to construct similar structures for a planned campaign in Burma, early 19th century. 

maandag 22 mei 2017

Waterways.

Waterways are not used here often as the Picts rarely come out of their box to do battle. This past week I have added four Middle Eastern armies two of which may make use of waterways for seaborne landings. This prompted another look at waterways and possibly improving what I already have in the terrain box.

The DBA 3 rule book does specify the dimensions of a waterway and the addition of beaches. The latter do look nice, however, the first waterway constructed had irregular shaped beaches protruding from the waterway which had a tendency to curl, thus spoiling the effect.

To avoid this, the newer pieces would have straight edges with sections of beach painted along the waterway’s edge. The first step was to sketch possible curvatures on paper and to maximise the amount of variation; I would construct the waterway in two sections (40 cm x 16 cm) so sections could be interchangeable with one another.  



From scrap material (vinyl floor sheets) I was able to produce six sections. Painted dark blue, these would later be painted a lighter shade to produce a wavy effect. With a pen, I marked the areas that would be painted as beach.


At a relaxed tempo this took a day to complete. 


zondag 14 mei 2017

An oasis.

In the past I have made several oasis, none of which are currently in my collection. These were eventually discarded as the palm trees and green were fixed to their bases made movement through them a problem and storing those required large boxes.   

I have standardised my terrain collection for DBA3 and to complete the ‘Dry’ category I needed to construct an oasis and dune. This time, I decided on a modular solution so palm trees are now fixed to separate and smaller bases which can easily be removed to allow troop movement. Both oasis and dune would eventually have a similar colour, therefore I cut three oval forms in progressively smaller sizes so these could be interchangeable as an oasis or dune.  

Construction.
Palm trees are ‘cake decorations’ purchased from a Chinese manufacturer. The bases for these are just over 1BW. The palm trees were fixed to their bases using thick paper supports and covered with Milliput. I have used a glue gun in the past, but this method produced warping. The Milliput option added ‘weight’ to the piece which will not topple over during a game.

Painting.
Both trunk and palm fronds were painted to reduce the glossy finish. The palm fronds were dry brushed yellow then later painted with a thin coat of mid-green. The palm tree base was covered with a mix of sand and white glue and painted to match the larger base. To complete the oasis, a water hole was cut to a similar size as the palm trees and painted dark blue with light blue highlights. The water’s edge was painted to match the large base and after this dried I added the green foliage.


Photo 1
Palm trees fixed to their bases.


Photo 2
Bases covered with Milliput.


Photo 3

The completed oasis.