Friday, 3 October 2014

Off world terrain







I started out with some small sketches, shown in the last post and a drawing on my iPhone to give me a good starting point to aim for. These floating Islands are of course based around the terrain from Avitar, the film with the big blue dude's in. I was looking to create something which could be fought over and also fits stylistically with my pre existing earthbound terrain. So didn't want to have islands covered in heavy jungle type terrain like in the film. I also had a look through my reference files and found some illustrations which had some elements in which I thought would give the terrain an other worldly vibe.

The bottom two pictures show the islands in there early stages of production when they had been carved out of polystyrene and covered in PVA glue and had sand and small stones glued all over them. They have also started to have the hanging vines inserted into them and stuck with the hot glue gun, most of the vines were made from different types of paper clips but some were made from string which was stiffened with supper glue before being glued to the bases of the island.

TTFN

Airhead


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Back in the saddle




So I'm back in the saddle after my prolonged absence. Just over 12 months since I last posted, apart from my resent WW1 post of my grandfathers photo. Nothing hobby wise has taken place over the last year, other than some magazine buying and blog watching when time permitted. A big thanks to all the wargaming blogger out there who helped to keep me entertained and informed over what has been a very hard 12 months. But as those Python chaps would say "always look on the bright side" 

So onwards and upwards. I have some projects that were part completed when thing's ground to a holt last September, including my Vietnam SF fire base in 15mm, 10mm Early WW1 and the 2mm scale battle in a box project and also a couple of project that I had yet to mention on the Blog.

The two pictures above are of some working sketches I've done for my first none historical terrain, in-fact you could call it off world terrain. I came across the FUBAR S/F rules on the web, and wanted to create some terrain to use them with. I purchased some Pendraken 10mm SF troops and vehical to use. I was looking to create some free standing terrain pieces which I could use alongside my standard earth bound terrain but to create a very alien off world feeling to fight over.

So the project is Planet FUBAR, more to follow soon.

TTFN Airhead 





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

TTFN

Airhead

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.

TTFN

Airhead

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.

TTFN

Airhead

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. 

TTFN

Airhead