Sunday, 27 February 2011

Detailing (Pt 3)

Arica Harbor provides plenty of opportunity to add detail, to the table. Wrecked vehicles can provide vital cover, for soldiers, as they work their way up a street.
The wrecks are simply diecast toys, that have been roughed up a bit, base coated black, and then had various colours drybrushed over them - quick and easy to do.

Arica Harbour - Buildings (WIP) Part 8

Built a couple more single-storey buildings this weekend. They are smaller than the ones previously built (but on the same standard 6" bases) as they are meant to sit next to other buildings, and create an alleyway.
I will probably stick some magnets on the chimney stack, to help support the roof, when the walls have
been removed.

Still at least a couple more buildings to make, to fill all of the templates, before I start on painting them.

Friday, 25 February 2011

Arica Harbour - Vehicles Pt2

A couple more vehicles painted up for the game - they literally took about 5 minutes each, not including drying time, but should do the job.

First up, an Imprint Models Bradley

Next, an Imprint Models T-90 MBT

Both are resin 1:50 kits - very crisp castings, and easy to assemble.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Arica Harbour - Buildings (WIP) Part 7

I managed to pretty much complete two more buildings at the weekend - one double-storey, and one single storey - I just need to add some chimney pots to the roof, and paint the models.

The design is evolving slightly, as I learn what works best, for the model - in this case, the damaged areas of exterior wall, on the ground floor, will help to hold the upper exterior walls onto teh model, even if the ground floor walls have been destroyed.

The chimney/fireplaces are a useful design feature now, as they not only provide cover for figures inside the building, but also help to support the ceiling, and prevent building wobble.

If I have time, once all of the buildings are painted, I may add some additional detailing, but for now, I just need all of the basic models built, and painted, for the Salute game, on April 16th.

Hopefully the final photo gives an idea of how the town is beginning to develop - I still need more buildings, and less rubble templates, but it is on schedule for the mid-April deadline.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Arica Harbour - Buildings (Painting) Pt3

Managed to get the five rubble templates painted up today - a base coat of a dark brown, then areas of black, before drybrushing with the matt emulsion I used on the terrain boards.

Rough, and ready, but hopefully they look the part.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Arica Harbour - Buildings (WIP) Part 6

I went to the York wargames show this morning, with my son, and the sight of all those excellent games motivated me to step up a gear, on the Battlefield build. I managed to get the other two concrete shell buildings pretty much built, with just the steps to finish.
The table is beginning to take shape, although there are still plenty of building templates, still to fill. I've also started work on some more rubble templates, as "insurance" to make sure that all of the spaces are filled, before Salute - my thinking being, that I can built 3 or 4 of them, in the time it takes to make a single storey house model. The plan is still very much, to fill as much of the table with buildings, in which case i'll still need the rubble templates for the game.