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Flintloque Inspired Hovel

Posted on August 1st, 2015 under , , . Posted by

It is two years since I started posting out copies of Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No.1 Building Wargame Terrain. Since then I have produced a second book More Wargame Terrain as well as numerous articles and Blog posts. I am offering both books at the discounted price of just £15.00 (plus postage and packaging) for the whole month of August. For details go to this post. Be aware that copies of Book One Building Wargame Terrain are running out quickly…..


The terrain building post for August is this Flintloque Inspired Hovel.

The inspiration came from a similar building featured on an After Action Report. I saw the hovel and thought it was worth copying.

As with most of my scratch-builds, I started with a simple sketch.

Cardboard formers were cut from some scrap corrugated cardboard.

Then glued together with my Hot Glue gun.

I strengthened the corners with strips of torn paper and glued these in place with uPVA glue.

The basic texturing was done with DAS modelling clay, again added over uPVA glue.

I cut a base from some 3mm thick plastic card.

And glued the hovel in place with the Hot Glue gun. Note the thin card spacer under the building and the scrap of Blue Foam to the front.

I have always been a great admirer of a resin model company called SnapDragon*. Their trademark was a slight ripple in the wall, almost a ledge about 10mm high up the wall. I thought it would be good to copy this idea and this was done by applying some DAS modelling clay over uPVA glue.

The door was modelled from an off-cut of 3mm thick plastic card.

The thatched roof was built up in sections. I used DAS modelling clay.

The thatch continued to be built-up.

And built-up.

Detailing was made from DAS. Some flour sacks and a wall support.

I also added a metal cart wheel and a resin pot to the base.

I then added sieved stones and sand to the base.

Detailing was done with paper and small slivers of plastic rod applied over superglue.

In part two I will detail the painting of this Flintloque Hovel.

Both Wargame Terrain Books – Building Wargame Terrain and More Wargame Terrain are available for sale – at the reduced price of just £15.00 (plus postage and packaging). This offer will run until the end of August or until copies run out! For details go to this link.


* SnapDragon Resin buildings are no longer available, but can occasionally be picked up on e-bay or at wargame shows.

A 15mm Miscellany

Posted on July 31st, 2015 under , . Posted by

It’s been a moderately quiet week, in which we’ve completely cleared the order queue (all orders up to midday yesterday have been despatched), the accounts have been brought up to date and the VAT sorted. I’ve also been fighting a hugely misbehaving PC – if anyone knows why a Win7 PC should keep switching itself […]

Building Wargame Terrain Books discounted for the whole month of August

Posted on July 31st, 2015 under . Posted by

I have just a few perfect copies of Building Wargame Terrain, which I will be offering for sale at the discounted price of £15.00 a copy (plus postage). If you are interested get your orders in now as there are no plans for a reprint.

Book Two, More Wargame Terrain will also be offered at the same price – £15.00 (plus postage).

For details of how to order go to this post and this post. I will send you an invoice and you can pay by Paypal or Cheque.

It has two years since Dampfpanzerwagon Guide No.1 was first posted out to customers. It’s been a busy two years – Thank you to everyone who has supported this project..


The Cabbage Patch

Posted on July 30th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

by Tony Harwood

Originally posted on Barking Irons Online in May 2011

Re-posted here in reply to a query on The Miniatures Page – see this link for further details.

With this latest piece of terrain I am going to attempt to build a generic piece of Flintloque themed terrain using scraps and recycled material.  I will be building a small vegetable garden – or Cabbage Patchwhich will hopefully be used with my Sauerkraut Wars background, see my Blog for further details.
3mm thick plastic sign, used for the base, I have cut it to a rough oval and chamfered the edges.
Blue foam, a scrap piece which was about the size of a cigarette packet.
Wood strips, from a wooden tangerine packing case.
A broken twig (from the garden).
A couple of pieces of Balsawood, again a couple of scraps.
A resin cast barrel, the original of which was modelled by me and cast by Grand Manner.
A strip of corrugated cardboard.
A broken cork (from a bottle of wine).
DAS Modelling clay.
Green Stuff.
Filler (Spackle in the US).
Split peas.
Cocktail sticks.
Card decoration artificial paper roses.
uPVA glue.
Sieved sand.

The first couple of photos show the wall being constructed from the Blue Foam. I have cut the foam with a ‘snap-off’ bladed modelling knife, first into thin strips and then individual bricks about 4mm x 6mm x 10mm, the corner posts were cut a little bigger and the upright capping stones are about 6mm x 6mm.  Some variation is actually better than a uniform brick size.
I have used undiluted uPVA glue to glue the wall together, it’s a little fiddly as the glue takes time to fully dry, but once set the whole structure becomes very stable.  I have not worried too much about shaping the individual stones as I will be painting them with some textured paint later.
To the outside of the garden area, I have added a number of individual and loose stones, as if the wall is in disrepair.
The base is a piece of 3mm thick plastic which was originally used as an estate Agents For Sale sign, the walled area is 160mm long x 130mm wide and the wall is 25 – 28mm tall.

The wooden fence is made from one piece of scrap wood which initially came from a wooden box in which tangerines were sold.  This wood is ideal for modelling and can be picked up free of charge at any traditional greengrocers, the uprights are 26mm tall and the horizontal fencing is 90mm long.  I have used thick superglue to glue these pieces into position and detailed the joints with small slivers of sliced plastic rod to model rusty nails.
The cost so far has been minimal, the plastic sign was a road-side find, the blue foam, a free gift which was left over from a school project and the tangerine box (loads of modelling wood) given free of charge, by a greengrocer in Stourport-on-Severn, just tell them what you will be using it for and you will be surprised what they are willing to give.  In terms of time, this simple wall and fence has taken about one hour to complete.
One modelling hint that I have not used is;  when building model walls or fences, to construct them on to a thin foundation, for example a strip of card, the same length as the wall but slightly wider, say 3 – 4mm wider both sides, this has two advantages, the wall can be better blended in to the groundwork and as Flintloque miniatures are slightly taller than your average 28mm figure, the proportions look better.  As I said,  I have not used this technique on this section of wall.

In addition you can replace the blue foam with cork, try cork tiles or cork coasters.

The field was sculpted from strips of corrugated cardboard, where the top layer had been removed and the remaining ridges were modelled to look like a ploughed field or ridged field, the joins were built up with both filler and DAS modelling clay.  The random effect was caused by only having a small strip of corrugated card and therefore I had to stagger the ridges.

I have added a small twig, taken from the garden, which was cut flush on the base and superglued in the corner.  The roots were built up from Green Stuff while the top was left rough and broken.

The small wooden trough is modelled from a small scrap of Balsawood, literally a small piece about the size of a playing card, the design is a simple tapered box raised on two legs and further detailed with some slivers of plastic rod.  The barrel is a resin casting, however the original was sculpted by me and later cast by Grand Manner.  The modelling of a similar barrel is not difficult and should be within the skills of most modellers, however it is time consuming and I would suggest that a bought barrel is a better option.

In an attempt to add some texture I mixed up some filler, fine sand and uPVA glue.  The mixture is loosely painted on to the walls, the ploughed ridges and on top of the areas modelled with DAS, when dry I painted on a second coat to which I added some white acrylic paint, this helps to fill any small impressions and ‘tie’ everything together.
In an attempt to cram as many modelling hints and tips into just one terrain piece, I have added some broken cork (from a bottle of wine) to one corner of the field.  I will be adding more surface texture later, but for now you can see a number of different techniques on this build.
Prior to starting the painting, I once again made up a mix of uPVA Glue, Filler, fine sieved sand and Acrylic Paint then with a large brush, I once again painted the walls and ridged field area. The dry glue/filler/paint finish is very strong and a perfect base for painting.

Once this mix was fully dry, I painted on some diluted uPVA glue to the ground areas and then sprinkled on some sieved sand.  To seal this sand, I used a dropper to add some water to which I had added a tiny drop of washing up liquid.
I would hope that the wide variety of modelled features and the use of ‘scrap material’ would inspire others to try building their own terrain pieces.

Once the textured paint had fully dried, I basecoated the whole model with Inscribe Acrylic Paints Bark Brown.  This is a new approach for me – painting everything dark brown first and then building up with ‘scrubbing’ rather than building up layers or drybrushing over a black undercoat.  I’ve been reading about this style (and discussing it) for some time.  It will be interesting to see how it differs from my earlier terrain pieces.
From the dark brown base, I have started the process of ‘scrubbing’ a lighter brown mid layer.  The term ‘scrubbing’ is the best term I can come up with to describe the painting process, using a stiff hogs hair brush I am scrubbing or rubbing the loaded brush into the terrain and unlike dry brushing, I am actually building the layers of paint.  I am using an action that is very similar to the process used when stencilling, not too much paint and using an upright prodding action with a stiff brush.

Subsequent layers are build up with Games Workshop Snakebite Leather and Snakebite Leather and Skull White mix.  The final effect is much like my usual painting technique.  In fact my final highlight was a drybrush of Snakebite and White!

The next part was painting the stone wall and once again I have used the scrubbing technique.  I started with a mix of craft paint Black and some Mid Grey, then a mid layer of Dark Grey and a final third layer of Mid Grey.  As with the soil – I used a final drybrush of very light Grey.

The Fence was a mix of Brown and Green, highlighted with Grey and the tree trunk and water barrel were painted in the same colours.

Detail painting was limited to the barrel rings, the metal fixtures on the trough and the pale areas of the shattered tree.  I addition I picked out some of the larger stones with Grey paint and highlighted them first with lighter Grey and finally with White.
The whole painting process took less than a day – and most of this time was spent waiting for the paint to dry!

Once the painting was finished, I varnished the whole structure with water based acrylic varnish, I find that this helps to prolong the life of the terrain as well as ‘matting’ everything down.

All of my Flintloque terrain pieces are finished in the same way – a coat of uPVA glue to the outside of the base and then dipped in dyed sawdust.  My gaming board is finished in the same sawdust and using this technique on all pieces helps to give a uniform finish and ‘look’ which is more pleasing when displayed on the gaming table.

Now – you may be asking yourself – why a cabbage patch?  The answer is simple – I had seen an earlier modelling article showing how small paper roses which are used to decorate cards could be used to model cabbages or flowers and I wanted to try the same idea on a Sauerkraut Wars themed terrain piece.  I bought some pale blue paper roses (£1.00 for 27) and painted them green, then highlighted them with a lighter green, not worrying too much if the blue showed through – as everyone knows – Cabbages are in fact Blue/Green when fully grown.  The paper roses – from now on referred to as cabbages were cut from the backing card and glued in rows with uPVA White Glue.  I have used all 27 roses – sorry cabbages and planted them in neat and organised rows.

Before calling it a day – I have added some static grass tufts and two clumps of wild mushrooms which were made from split peas, superglued to cut off cocktail sticks and painted in the traditional (if not very accurate) red cups with white spots.  Once the paint was dry the mushrooms were cut off and superglued in to place.  I had modelled nine, but I lost two when cutting them to size and the third one broke.  The lesson when modelling mushrooms is to always make more than you need.

One Cabbage Patch – Finished and ready to be used in my Sauerkraut Wars background.  It was fun to build – but hopefully it will show how easy it is to build your own terrain. I have tried to show a number of simple terrain modelling techniques, that can be used to produce simple but effective terrain. The total cost for this piece of terrain which measures 11inches x 8inches was less than £4.00, £1.00  of which was the cost of the paper roses!  It also allowed me to test out a new painting technique; one that I think has worked well.

In gaming terms the Cabbage Patch can be used as rough terrain, with hard cover (the walls) or light cover (the fence).  It can also be used as a game objective having both food and water featured.  Finally, it can be used as a garden area and when situated behind one of my model houses.



Posted on July 28th, 2015 under . Posted by

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Back on Home Soil

Posted on July 27th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Holiday time is sadly over and today it’s back to normal – although since I spent yesterday at a music festival, there may be a minor hangover to deal with first (I’m writing this post in advance so the exact quantity of local cider consumed is yet to be determined…). First priority is the remainder […]

Modelling the M3/M5 Stuart Light Tank

Posted on July 27th, 2015 under . Posted by

July has been a month of book purchases as Sue and I have taken advantage of the good weather and had many days-out, browsing various tourists haunts and obviously book shops/second hand book shops. Modelling the M3/M5 Stuart Light Tank by Steven Zaloga was just one book I purchase.

I picked up this book from a second hand book store in Pershore called Sedgeberrow Books. This is in my opinion one of the best book stores/second hand book stores in the area and a real treat to visit. They specialize in military, aircraft, naval and old war books, so if you are ever in the area, search out Sedgeberrow Books, Pershore, Worcs.

I choose Modelling the M3/M5 not because this was a subject that I am thinking about modelling but because it was one of the first Osprey Modelling guides (No.4) and has many pages detailing tips and techniques, unlike some of the Osprey guides that followed. It was also written by Steve Zaloga who many will be familiar with as he regularly writes for Military Modeller magazine.

I found the book to be a great read and like many Osprey Guides, very well laid out. My only criticism, is that it is a little short at 80 pages – I would have liked more.

The layout is as other Osprey guides and follows a tried and tested format, lots of pictures and constructive and informative text – I have to admit to enjoying Steve’s writing style. The chapters are split into; Introduction,
Kits and Materials,
then three in-depth modelling articles,
Other Modelling Projects,
Further Reading,
Museums and Collections
and finally an Index.

As a holiday read – it was just right and having been able to purchase it for the well discounted price of just £3.50, I was well satisfied with my bargain book. I have seen many other Osprey Modelling Guides (the yellow bordered Osprey books) – Modelling the M3/M5 is in my opinion the best.

Modelling the M3/M5 Stuart Light Tank by Steven J Zaloga
Published by Osprey Publishing
ISBN 9781841767635
List price £12.99

Sedgeberrow Books
25 High Street
WR10 1AA
01386 751830



Posted on July 26th, 2015 under . Posted by

Last night Sue and I watched FURY with Brad Pitt. I had not read any of the reviews, just odd comments on various wargaming sites and settled down to a good watch.OMG. You couldn’t call it easy watching, with an intensity that I don’t think I have seen…

15mm Desert Domes

Posted on July 24th, 2015 under , . Posted by

The recent Desert Dome buildings in 6mm have been very popular and we’ve had more than the odd request to produce them in 15mm. So that’s exactly what we’ve done, with the three smallest buildings now available in the larger scale. The buildings combine well with the existing Desert Buildings range to give you lots […]

Jack – a Flintloque conversion

Posted on July 24th, 2015 under . Posted by

Having finished off the Alternative Armies Civilians in double-quick time I still needed my figure painting ‘fix’. Searching through my box of naked lead I came across a partially painted Pumpkin Head Scarecrow and after mating it to a Guinalea Legion …

Painting Miniatures from A to Z by Angel Giraldez

Posted on July 23rd, 2015 under . Posted by

It was late last month that I saw an offer on the Internet to pick up this book at a reduced price. I had already looked at buying the book but thought it a little too specialized for me. The offer was enough to make me change my mind.Painting Miniatur…

Flintloque Civilians – part four

Posted on July 22nd, 2015 under , . Posted by

The five Flintloque Civilians from the Alternative Armies set 54050 and the Todoroni singer from the Militia set 56505 are now finished. I have first gloss varnished the miniatures and then matt varnished them before adding some sta…

Islands in the Sky

Posted on July 22nd, 2015 under , . Posted by

I’ve always wanted to make some flying islands for Aeronef games, but never quite seem to be able to get around to it. But the other day I happened to watch Avatar again, and the sequence amongst the Hallelujah Mountains got me thinking again, and spurred me into action. The basis of the islands was […]

Now you don’t see this very often…..

Posted on July 21st, 2015 under , . Posted by

Yesterday, Sue and I had a day out in Chipping Camden, Gloucester. We visited a Spa Hotel and spent most of the day relaxing next to the pool, but afterwards while walking along the High Street I saw two Stanley Steam Cars. The first was driving throug…

British Heavy Weapons

Posted on July 20th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Today our British 15mm infantry get some heavy support weapon options. There are four tripod weapons, each with two man crews. The weapons are the same ones supplied with our PacFed figures – we had a little bit of trouble getting the original weapons to cast, so opted to use these instead. SF15-165a – Tripod […]

Hi. My name’s Tony and I’m a model maker…..

Posted on July 19th, 2015 under , . Posted by

I am well aware of the fact that we model makers sometimes keep our hobby under wraps, sometimes with very good reason. However my Wife met me earlier today with the words that we model makers just love.A neighbour, knowing of my hobby had passed on to…

Holiday Time

Posted on July 18th, 2015 under . Posted by

It’s holiday time at Brigade again, which means that there may be a little slower response time to orders than usual. We’ve caught up as much as possible, and all orders to the end of Thursday (15th) are complete and in the post. Orders will still be processed, but they could take longer for the […]

Flying Airfield

Posted on July 17th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Today we’re unveiling a new Aeronef model, and our largest to date in this range. The Langley is an American carrier which supports up to 18 fighters in its capacious hangars. It’s well equipped with anti-fighter batteries for self-defence, although with nothing in the way of offensive armament. The model has been computer designed and […]

Books for Father’s Day

Posted on July 17th, 2015 under . Posted by

Sue, who is always telling me that I have too many books, bought these for me after seeing them in a charity shop.Thank you.Roman Britain is full of illustrations that I am sure I will find of use.My absolute favourite is The Second Earth by Patrick Wo…

Flintloque Civilians -part three

Posted on July 16th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Once the miniatures were undercoated, I started with the painting proper and added the flesh areas first. These were block painted-in and then highlighted with lighter colours before being ‘washed’. I also tidied up the Black areas before taking this p…

Nostalgia Time

Posted on July 15th, 2015 under . Posted by

A couple of years ago we had our 25th anniversary, and we wrote about the origins of Brigade, back in the mists of the 1980s. A little while back I found this – it’s a casting of the original church that started everything off. I made this from a plasticard core covered in Das clay, […]

Snakebite Leather – my on-going quest for a replacement

Posted on July 14th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Regular readers and followers will know that I use Snakebite Leather from Games Workshop (the old paint mix) quite a bit. It is the base layer of my flesh colour and my preferred base or groundwork colour. With the most recent changes in GW paint formu…

Flintloque Civilians – part two

Posted on July 13th, 2015 under , . Posted by

The five Flintloque/Slaughterloo Civilians have been joined by a Todoroni singer and mounted on to 2p or 1p coins. The groundwork has been built up with Milliput Fine White epoxy putty.Additional groundwork has been built up with sieved stones and fine…

Frostgrave – first impressions

Posted on July 12th, 2015 under , . Posted by

I ordered my copy of Frostgrave after reading a review in Wargames Soldiers & Strategy issue 79 and it arrived yesterday.

My first impressions are that it is a very well produced book, high production values and stunning illustrations, both of the miniatures and the artwork. A hard-backed book with a solid and robust feel to it, over 120 pages, fully illustrated and beautifully laid out. Well done.

I have only just started to read it, so will hold judgement on the game mechanic for now, but first impressions are that it is well worth the money.

Frostgrave Fantasy Wargaming in the Frozen City
by Joseph A. McCullough
Published by Osprey Games
ISBN 9 781472 805041
List price £14.99

For more details go to this link.



Posted on July 10th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Normally Friday would be new release day here (although lately it’s been Mondays as well as we push out the Armies Army 15mm figures). Sadly, today we have nothing for you. It’s not that we don’t want to, or even that we don’t have anything – a quick count-up reveals that our new releases for […]