Just finished these pieces of terrain – all with a desert theme. I’d popped into the local model shop and bought a 4 pack of OO gauge shipping containers from their model railway ranges. I decided to do 3 for my middle east tables (the fourth is being built into an urban barricade).
The small adobe building is from Blotz. It was quickly textured with a mix of filler and textured spray paint.
The last building I’m rather fond of. It was an MDF kit from Sarissa- Precision. It has a more Middle East urban feel to it, I’m planning to pick up more from the same range.
As you will have seen from past posts I’ve been getting into 6mm ‘Cold War goes hot’ gaming recently. However I’ve been unhappy with roads I’ve used for my games: I just used the thinnest dirt roads from my 20mm collection. Whilst they did the job I’ve been on the look out for a more suitable replacement and after considering a few options I’ve made my own (kind of).
Firstly I purchased this rather nice PDF from Wargames Vault:
Being multilayered you can selected the different types of road marking and road surfaces before printing them out. I went for European markings and dirty asphalt dry before getting them printed out (Cheers Brian). I then used the technique I had previously utilized to make megagame counters and stuck them on to self adhesive floor tiles (4 for £1). You can get thicker more durable tiles from places other than pound shops but they need to be cut with a blade and ruler rather than scissors that slows down production.
I went from this:
I tidied up the edges and added a bit of weathering with marker pens and pencil crayons to give a bit of variety:
I did plenty to give enough variety to the road layouts. The vinyl tiles give them a bit of flexibility but I don’t know how well they’ll drape over hills… Gentle slopes should be OK.
I made up a quick layout so I could see how they look:
You get a decent selection of parts although I’d have liked to see a single into dual carriage way connector. I grabbed some 6mm toys to see how they scaled (Heroics and Ros based on 50mm and 30mm squares for 5core Brigade Commander):
Overall I’m really pleased with how they look. I’ll get a game in with them as soon as possible to try them out.
MDF laser cut terrain has really taken off in the wargames world in recent years, I’ve been buying the odd bit for my 20mm collection for a few years now but have only just got round to getting some for my 6mm games.
I bought three buildings from Blotz to try. The bigger buildings come in sections and it is a nice touch that you are able to buy ruined levels to have the same building with different levels of destruction.
Construction was simple enough using PVA glue and following the online instructions. I took my time and let sub assemblies dry before moving on to the next stage. MDF can soak up paint due to its porus natures so the buildings got two coats of spray paint (from pound shop cans) before I went at them with hobby acrylics.
Overall I’m impressed with them and will order some more further down the line.
I recently pick up some small pieces of 6mm scatter terrain from Leven Miniatures to use as markers and objectives. I went for the fuel dumps, supply dumps and the sandbags.
The above strips of sandbags are intended to be put just infront of a company base (50mm square for 5core: Brigade Commander) to show that it is dug in. I’ll be after a few more bits from Leven next time I see them at a wargames show.
I’ve got these finally finished off since the new year (I’ll also do a looking forward/ looking backward post tomorrow) so I thought I’d do a big photo dump of a post to get them out there:
First up- a 6mm sized ruined factory made from bit of resin I got from a private seller on the Lead Adventure Forum.
A small house from Leven miniatures, again in 6mm.
A barricade from S and S model scaled for 20mm. I’m tempted to give the bus some more weathering.
A Armourfast 1/72 Valentine converted to a Bishop with an S and S aftermarket part; the short coming of the Armourfast suspension are evident in the photo more than in real life. I may yet do some remedial work on them.
A cheak FAI 1/72 diecast repainted and decaled into a Finnish scheme.
A trio of 1.72 Rhodesian Bush War vehicles from S and S.
A Rhodesian SAS conversion of a Unimog,
An armoured lorry.
Another Unimog conversion; this time a mortar carrier. I’ll add the crew at a later date.
Three diecast 1/72 BTR60PBs.
Firstly a simple repaint.
One converted into a command variant BTR60PAU, conversion kit by S and S.
Repainted with infantry seated on the outside Afghan style (they considered mines a bigger risk than snipers). Infantry by S and S again.
Whilst I’ll never say never the shed is rather full so space is at a premium (and I’ll have to wait for some better weather before I can have another big tidy up) but I’ve no plans for much more 20mm terrain other than the prison and a few ruins for my desert set up.
These few bits have been finished over the last week or so:
The ruined bridge section from the Matchbox/ Revell Firefly kit.
A scrap yard made from a couple of railway modellers kits.
A pair of Dutch style ruins from Airfix.
The rubble and the back came from a mixture of Linka casts and cat litter with a few matchsticks too.
A French style cafe or shop, again from Airfix.
The rubbles was made in the same way as for the Dutch pair.
I’ve finished the Land Rover conversion that I was working on. I’m rather pleased with it- though I’m unsure about how I painted the windows. I’m not sure whether they look too cartoon-y or not…?
Still, it should look decent enough on the table top.
I’ve also finished the swamp sections. Not much to say about these really, just a combination of paint, varnish then flock/ static grass/ bristles for reeds/ flowery tufts in that order.
They are of a decent size so plenty of room to have Partisans hide in them in a Pripet based game… should make for an interesting scenario….
Recently I’ve have been working on a large terrain piece of a mine. It started as an OO plastic kit from Knight wing models, I based it on a 30cm square piece of 5mm MDF with a small section of OO railway that I’ve had lying about in the shed for ages. It was finished with the usual assortments of paint and flock.
Sometime in WW2 Heer soldiers and a Nashorn move through the mine buildings.
Close up shot.
As usual I made all the roofs lift off.
Oddly for such a big piece of terrain I hadn’t got a specific scenario in mind when I built it. I tried to make it as anonymous looking as possible so it should fit in pretty much anywhere from the 1930s onwards. It has been suggested to me that I could use it as a centerpiece for a skirmish inspired by the 1936 film ‘Things to Come’, the attack of Everytown against the mine workings of the Hill People….
I think a few more bits and pieces to go with it would look good- especially some slag heaps and dumps. I’m sure they’ll get done in the fullness of time.