Friday 26 February 2021

Scatter terrain items in 28mm

I always aim to create some smaller items for my terrain projects which help to bring the table to life. I have always tried to to look at this aspect of table design from the viewpoint of set dressing in the film industry. Not the focus of the terrain, like the building, but the things between and around them which give  life to the environment.

 First up a pumpkin stem, used as a large tree stump, I think I saw this idea on Tony Harwood’s blog, Dampf’s modelling page, a great blog you should check it out.

A roadside shrine, totally made up, involving no research at all. An old Roman 28mm scale figure from the bits box and poly board and egg box for the stonework and slabs.

The village pump, inspired by a painting from the Franco Prussian war by Edouard derailleur. I’ve made it  smaller than the one in the painting, my water trough is in better shape as well.

Last, some Gabions which I’ve had for well over 10 years, and finally they are finished 

Lastly a group picture showing some of the items together.

That’s all for now stay safe, best regards Airhead 

Saturday 13 February 2021

Dovecote tower in 28mm

I’m trying to give my 28mm scale village as broad a historical sweep as possible, and to help with this I decided to produce a dovecote. To give a hint of a medieval past for the village. I was lucky and had two cardboard tubes, one of which fitted snuggly within the other, this fact is what sparked the idea of having two versions of the dovecote, one pre artillery attention and one post. The idea being the top of the dovecote is an ideal location for a sniper, and when your bazooka team takes him out it would be great to reflect the damage to the dovecote.

To start with some images of the dovecote under construction. I used my usual PVA and sand to texture the outer sleeve of the tower and just did the two inner tubes immediately around the top under the roof line. Stone stairs up to the door were created from expanded polystyrene, again covered with PVA and sand after having the stone blocks carved out with a sharp craft knife.

Next stage was looking at adding some additional rubbish to the base to show the debris blown down from the roof. And you really can’t have a dovecote without doves! So I got some green stuff out and had a go at creating some doves from scratch. They came out ok, but realistically they are the size of small turkeys.

The second photo above shows the sabot base positioned on the main tower base with roof timbers from the blown up roof above. More pictures of the completed dovecote in both its versions to follow soon.
Stay safe out there, TTFN all the best Airhead

Sunday 7 February 2021

10mm Work in progress early WW1 and Blitzkrieg period WW2

A few quick photos of some Pendraken 10mm figures from my World War 1 & 2 forces, both early war forces from each conflict. My WW2 forces in 10mm stretch from the Blitz in the west through the hypothetical Operation Sea-lion onto Operation Barbarossa against the Soviet Union. Not happy with the colour of the Russian T28 yet, needs to be darker I think? But not to dark, difficult balancing act at this scale. People say make it brighter to pop on the table.

More baggage and general clutter to go on the vehicles yet, the Marder II’s are the most finished, they were originally bought for my Blitz freeze project way back in December 2009, test terrain was finished by May the following year. Being mid war vehicle’s they may well get a coat of whitewash for the steps.

Keep checking on the Pendraken forum painting competition thread, you never know they might turn up there.

That’s all for now folks, stay safe, TTFN Airhead