Monday, 4 August 2014

One of the lucky ones

My Grandfather who served from February 1915 up-until 1918, and came home, and in remembrance of all those who didn't, from all the nations involved.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Happy Christmas 2013

Apology's for my total radio silence for the pasts two months, my 82 year old Father passed away early in September and real life has kept me at full stretch for the pass few months. Things are unlikely to quieten down in the near future.

A big thanks to all the wargaming bloggers out there, who's posts have kept me interested, motivated and entertained over the past months, during the little time I've been able to spend relaxing.

All the best to you all for Christmas and here's looking forward to a prosperous and productive 2014.

The pictures above show my 2mm scale Battle in a box project terrain boards in their wooden case, just need to build up some retaining card bits to keep them in position in the box when the lid is closed.

I'll do my best to up my posting rate over the next few months, so keep your fingers crossed.

All the best



Monday, 30 September 2013

Battle in a box 6

Some more pictures of progress with a small village and a walled farm, the buildings have been made from very dense polystyrene, the centre of the village is based on a 1p coin, a church and 2 small cottages. Which can be removed when the village is occupied by troops, which are all based on 1p coins as well. The farm and village are based on 30mm squares of art board.

The top picture shows one of the Austrian infantry battalions painted. The second one shows the battalion giving fire, which I've represented with a small piece of pipe cleaner for the musket smoke. The are two unpainted cavalry squadrons in support. Next steps are to paint the village and farm and look at fitting the boards into the wooden case.



Thursday, 12 September 2013

Battle in a box 5

More progress on the painting of the terrain, at this stage I've started to create some fields using different kinds of scatter material. I think the over all effect is working well, also glued on some clumps of foliage to stand in as trees.

In the bottom picture top left you can see some additional stands for woods and the start of a small village. Next up will be looking at how to secure the base boards in the wooden case.



Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Battle in a box 4

I've painted the two boards with a base coat of black paint, then dry brushed over with my normal terrain colours, using the mid tone to pick put the road network. The 30mm square network of fields can be made out in the photograph above. The next stage after finishing the painting will be to add the vegetation.

As for the troops I've decided to base the two armies on the French & Austrians from the Franco Austrian war/Second Italian War of Independence The driving decider on these forces was the colours of the uniforms, the French in their red hats and trousers and dark blue jackets contrasting nicely with the Austrians white coats and sky blue trousers. Being fought in 1859 the war is also the right side of the 19th century to fit with Bobs rules. 



Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Battle in a box 3

A selection of pictures showing the development of the two boards with the road network being high lighted by laying ribbons of PVA glue to create verges once they are covers with sand. The bottom photo also shows the tea leaf vineyards quite well. I'm starting to think about how I can create some villages and farms to go on the boards and also woods, they will all be based on 30mm squares of card, so they can be used anywhere on the boards.

Next stage will be putting some paint on the boards.



Friday, 30 August 2013

Battle in a box 2

Progress on the Battle in a Box terrain, I marked out in white china-graph pencil the grid lines and also the road network. Then it was a simple process of painting PVA glue onto a selection of squares, to add some variety to the surface, I have used tea leaves on some of the squares and on a couple of these I have scraped the tea leaves into rows while the PVA was still wet. Hopefully creating a cultivated appearance of vin-yards. On the slopes of the hills I have used some small gravel to show broken ground. In the top photograph you can make out small mounds of stones positioned to mark the centre of 4 grid squares that are otherwise blank.