Posts Tagged ‘Battle Board’

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Things are on the move finally. I finished the top

which is styrene covered in modelling clay. I also managed

to get the connection between the sail and mill sorted

which took an eternity to get just right.

Its presently had a few starter coats of paints on it and I am

about to base it on something a bit bigger. The basing will

help it stand up and keep it safe from big clumsy hands like

mine.

More soon.

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I have been wanting a windmill to sit on

my terrain boards for ages and fed up with the

lack of ready made terrain to do the job I

decided to have a go at building one myself.

So here is the plan. First,I cut off a small

length of black plastic drainpipe tube. After much

thinking I decided to achieve the stone effect with

DAS modelling clay as it gave me the ability to get

exactly what I was after. Its simply moulded around

the drainpipe and I used a small knife to mark out

the stone relief, windows and door.

Next up I need to create a roof, build some door and

window frames plus add lots of paint. I have found a

windmill sail from a bargain bucket which can be adapted

to the correct type. This should help speed things up.

Below is the DAS modelling clay after sculpting.

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Only got to wait 3 days now for it to dry lol.

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Its not 2016 yet I hear you say ! Well, who cares I have

downed tools for this year and decided to look back at

what I managed to get completed.

Here is the quick list:

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me:

12 Normandy terrain boards.
11 Backdrops.
10 Curved walls.
9 Normandy houses.
8 Model trees.
7 Horsehair hedges.
6 Stained glass windows.
5 Tutorials.
4 Ruined houses.
3 Infinity Order Sgts.
2 Normandy Tigers.
1 and a Bergepanzer in a pair tree.

Ok enough of the gags just check the pictures

out and see for yourself.

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Highlights of the year personally for me was getting those

Normandy terrain boards finally finished and really getting

my skills up to scratch on painting buildings. If I had to

choose just one thing from the whole year as my all time

favourite, it would be the Infinity Ice Diorama

picture which was so much fun to do.

Happy Christmas to everybody and may your New Year have

less models to paint than what I have planned.

Oh finally aims for next year ? Well I aim to do a lot

more dioramas and I must get that Infinity terrain finished.

More details to come on this project a little bit later

in the day but another Loic Neveu master piece which

was a real joy to paint. Enjoy the pictures.

Just click on a picture to enlarge

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As promised a closer look at the other end of

the village which is still in progress especially the

water course.

The 1st picture is of the Loic Neveu Manor house and I

was considering changing the picture to black and white

to make it more brooding but the swastika, the colour of

the building and the sunlight makes it creepy enough.

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Warning, lots of large pictures. Just click on

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Just wanted to show you how I have been getting

on with my continuing Normandy boards. Still a long way

to go but all 3 boards are coming along nicely. As you

can see from the pictures the 3 additional boards

allow me to crawl out of the Normandy bocage and right

into the local village for a bit of street fighting.

The name of the church and village are fictional so

don’t bother looking for it lol

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The buildings are all mixed manufacturers and the centre

piece church is a Loic Neveu masterpiece. If you really

need to know who makes any particular building just contact

me for the details.

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As mentioned in previous posts I have been using Google Maps

to get inspiration and ideas from,especially the church. Most

French villages have a church surrounded by a circular wall and

often sit right in the middle of the village with a road curving

around the church. There is often a war memorial right next to

the church as well.

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A few bits of info on the church. The gates to L`eglise Saint Andre

are scratch built and the stained glass windows are a combination of

free hand painting and see through plastic. The roof is removable

so you can fill the church with soldiers to your hearts content.

All buildings on the boards are removable except the walls which are fixed

in position. Also to help with storage the telegraph poles are fixed to the

board with magnets so easily moved.

Lots more to do especially at the more built up end of the village but

light is shining from the end of the tunnel.

If your wondering that’s a Panzer Lehr Division rolling through 🙂

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As promised I am posting up my ever growing list

of finished buildings that now grace my wargaming board.

Eventually I should have enough to build a village or

small town.

First up a farm building from Neveu Loic.

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Second a cow shed from Hovels ,”Papelotte” range.

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And lastly the “Great barn” also from Hovels.

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That’s it for now but lots more coming shortly. I have

actually finished my Normandy church but you will have

to wait for me to finish its surroundings before you

get to see it. It will be worth the wait.

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I have been playing around with backdrops for a

while now and I decided to take the plunge and

create one myself. So off I went with my trusty

SLR camera and found some French-ish looking

countryside(to be honest a hedge in England looks

just like a hedge in France) and snapped away.

I then paid a princely sum of £10 and got the

picture put onto Matte card.

The pictures below are the result. Beware they are

quite big photos and if you click on an image it

will enlarge.

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So how did I get on. To be critical the trees in lower

section are too large and I should of stood back

a bit when taking the photo. The Matte finish seemed

good and I was pleased with the size(300 x900).

Overall it looks fantastic, especially when its behind

your models. I have been to a couple of wargaming shows

this year and as of yet I have seen nothing as good as this

backdrop wise, if anything at all. If you go to a model

railway show they use them to great effect but it seems

wargamers are missing a trick.

Anyway hope you liked them and perhaps it will inspire

a few more people to have a go.

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I`m done until I build some more boards and yes

I hear you all groaning… not more boards !!!!

No my next project will be some Infinity boards so

rest easy.

Anyway back to the Normandy boards. I have added and finished

two new boards to make a total of six for the playing

area(4 x 6). The latest two have a nice river obstacle with

hump back bridge. They also contain a fixed defensive trench

line and artillery battery area. The artillery battery area and trench

line are camouflaged to stop the allied Typhoons rocketing the

hell out of place.

Please note you can click on all pictures to enlarge

and some of the pictures are quite big.

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I have added a full Panzer Lehr Division and the British 11th

Armoured Division to the board so you can see how it all feels

to play with.

Arty preparing to fire.

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Target spotted.

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View from above.

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Look out the boss is watching.

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Life in the trenches.

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Ok whos walked mud into the trench ?

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British forces prepare to enter the bocage.

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Panthers trying to deploy in bocage.

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Panzer Grenadiers moving up to join the action.

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German infantry moving up.

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Panthers stuck in a sunken lane.

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MKIV in ambush position.

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Moaning minnies at home in the thick hedgerows.

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Halftrack traffic jam plus a bit of anti air.

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Anybody bring any hedge cutters ?

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Hold on, hump back bridge.

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Lost Panzer IV.

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JagderPanzer IV`s defending the left flank.

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Thankfully the sun came out and allowed me to take the

photos above.

I will post up a battle report soon to see how bocage fighting

pans out 🙂

Eventually I want a board for town warfare and

this is the first house for the street. Its another

excellent kit by Najewitz Modellbau. Its comes under

the name of ” Dead mans corner” and I have modified it a bit

by removing the outside stairs and inserting floors inside

for soldiers to stand on. The roof is removable as usual.

All kits come unpainted and you have to fit it all

together yourself but its not hard.

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I think I might add some creeping ivy to the outside of it

eventually ? The colour by the way is an exact match to a

French house I saw recently in Auch. Not Normandy but still

a popular town house colour in France.