Terrain


Commercial block

As part of a job lot, I picked up this merchants block from Walther. It was in bad shape. It was missing both roof pieces, the short wall on the roof, and, most concerningly, an angled piece of brick on the front corner was missing. I didn't snap a picture of the building I got but I think it was supposed to look like the one above. The cupola and door were missing. To fix this, I had to remove parts of two walls to allow the front corner to mate. I also had to make roof and wall pieces.I then did not minimal painting. The result is passable. It looks way worse in this photo than in real life. I will go back and touch up the brick work on the from corner.For $2 and a bit of plastic card, I'm happy enough.Up next: Some 54mm AWI highlands that have been staring mournfully from the paint table for almost a year.

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WIP: Necromunda Classic Cardboard Buildings #1

Next up are tje classic Necromunda buildings made out of cardboard and plastic bulkheads. I loved the look of those buildings back then and the artwork stood the test of time. I always wanted to own a set of these, and thanks to ebay and facebook groups I now have a whole set of Necromunda and Outlaws buildings plus a couple of spare pieces. The aim, for now, is to paint a complete Necromunda and Outlaw set and combine them with my "modern" terrain sets. I started with the largest building from the Necromunda set, made up of 12 bulkheads. Check out another picture after the jump.More after the jump

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Factory

Still more buildings this week. This is an HO-scale factory I got for $2 at the railway swap meet.This is a nice model. I spent some time dry brushing, washing and sealing. The photos don't really show the improvement this made but it is now a nice looking piece.It has lots of levels for characters to move on and fight from behind. This as a fairly easy reclamation project. I still need to print off a sign for the one on the roof.Next week I'll have a more difficult project finished.

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Showcase: Realm of Battle: Sector Imperialis

It's no secret that Stahly is one of my inspirations. I adore his hyper precise paint style and his work ethic when it comes to painting models. So when I saw his terrain posts recently and realised I would be getting terrain with this month's Conquest subscription I was inspired to paint a 2x2 Sector Imperialis board section.  Luckily I had finished the month's Conquest projects with a week to spare.  More after the jump.More after the jump

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Factory and out building

I'm continuing to work through the HO-scale buildings I picked up at the model railway swap meet.This is (I think) a colliery and possibly in N-scale (doors are small for HO but it is hard to tell). It came as part of a job lot so cost about $2. It is missing a couple of pieces (smoke stack and part of roof).I popped the buildings off the base and then set to painting them using the usual dry brush, wash and seal approach,I fixed a missing part with a bit of plastic card that looks like corrugated metal and am reasonably happy. It will be a useful out building.The main building got the same treatment. I still have not sourced a smoke stack (I will look for some one-inch pipe at the DIY store). I might also cover it with plastic card. It could also be a winery.Some of the details came up very nicely once I applied from paint. Shame it was so poorly treated by a past owner.Up next: More buildings and some 54mm AWI highlanders.

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Battery by Slug Industries

In this post I take a look at the battery terrain piece which was produced by Slug Industries as part of a kickstarter project for their Spanish Fort.In my recent review of the 28mm Spanish Fort I already mentioned that I also got the battery piece that was funded via the kickstarter project. The battery is a solid piece of resin. Aside from the main piece there is a planking piece, similar to the one that was provided with the Spanish Fort, and an MDF kit for a ladder - again, same as with the fort. So, beside filing off a few sharp edges and assembling the ladder, there is no further assembly required.The battery, the planking (right) and the ladder kit (bottom right)PaintingI painted the battery the same way as the fort, not only because I had an upcoming gaming session ahead of me, but also because that is the best (and only) way to make the two pieces look similar. Even though I use the same technique, the results vary every time because the paint mixes are slightly different.The battery from Slug Indust

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Haitian Buildings.

For a while now I have been pondering which manufacturer to pick to make a small town for the Haiti campaign, many of Haiti’s towns and cities feature elegant colonial government buildings and cathedrals which were built during the years of French rule. In particular Cap‑Haïtien which served the administrative center is particularly noted for its colonial architecture sadly a number of the older buildings on the island were destroyed in the earthquake of 2010.Haiti has it's own unique feel to it which in wargaming terms can be represented in my opinion using a number of  the offerings on the market for Spain, Mexico or the Spanish maine all of which give me that Caribbean feel that I am looking for. I do like my tabletop to have some good functional scenary that can be played across and handled without flinching everytime someone walks by the table.Of late game and painting time seems to be under pressure from the real world so and with a backlog of figures I certainly don't want to be spending valuab

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Planning for the Challenge

I've been feeling a little bit 'unfocused' for a while. Not quite between projects so much as struggling to bring several to a conclusion. I have a number quite usable armies for different periods that I want to expand and I have some vague ideas for future projects that I don't want to rush into. In short this particular wargames butterfly has become stuck in a web of his own making! Don't get me wrong, I'm not in a 'slump', I'm not struggling with time (any more than usual), I've just allowed myself to become distracted by multiple projects to the point where I have ground to a halt unable to make any clear decisions. So this week I have been giving some serious thought on how break the deadlock and I'm using the upcoming Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge to drag myself out of this stalemate. In previous years I have gone into the painting challenge with a very clear 'project' as my goal. One time it was painting 6mm armies for the 2nd Punic War; The year before last I focused on a  Pyrrhic army

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