Tuesday, 19 October 2021

More Trees - part six

Following on from my earlier post in which I detailed how the trees were modified and the base was built. I have now finished the painting. The groundwork was painted in my usual Snakebite Leather colour and the stones picked out in grey, highlighted with white. The silver birch tree trunks were painted in a dirty grey colour with some pure white splotches as seen when studying a similar tree that grows in a neighbours garden.

The painted base was then flocked and decorated with various flocks and even the odd static grass tuft while the final image shows a Flintloque RifleOrc alongside to give an idea of scale. The largest silver birch tree is 180mm tall and the three trees are mounted on a MDF base that is 150mm x 85mm.

I think the tree stands look great and I was very pleased with the final result.


Sunday, 17 October 2021

More Trees - part five

Today's post details how I modified these shop bought Silver Birch models to make this stand of three trees.

Like the earlier tree projects these trees had been sitting in my shed unloved and ignored for ages. I seem to recall buying them in a charity shop in Shrewsbury, but can't be positive as it was many years ago.

The trunks have been lengthened and then beefed-up with masking tape and thread before they were glued in place on an off cut of 6mm thick MDF. I added some metal miniature bases to the MDF base as well as two small stones picked up from the garden before building up the groundwork with DAS modelling clay.

The three trees had extra foliage added by cutting up the remaining two trees and gluing bits in place with superglue. I wanted the three trees to be both taller than the originals and to have some variety in height.

The smallest tree has an unmodified trunk, while the other two have lengthened trunks. At this moment they are unpainted DAS, but you can see how I have sculpted roots to the bases.

More to follow and soon.


Friday, 15 October 2021

More Trees - part four

Continuing with the theme of trees for the wargame table, today's post shows how I took this simple 'bottle brush' type tree and remodelled it into a more realistic example.

Once again this toy tree was from my collection of used model trees. It was a bottle brush style tree with foam beads and a broken trunk.

I used my paint stripping heat gun to melt the foam beads and clean up the branches, then set about trimming the shape with a small set of scissors. I might have gone a little too far as the shape was a bit sparse once I had finished.

The new trunk is a section of plastic tubing superglued in place and the flocking was some mid green foam flock I had in my spares box. I used PVA glue to attach the flock and two thick layers of flock to give a more luxurious covering.

The remodelled tree was attached to a MDF base with some metal bases glued in place before the groundwork was built up with DAS modelling clay and textured with sieved stones, sand and sawdust.

The base was painted in my usual Snakebite Leather colour and detailed with more railway scatter and flock applied over PVA glue as well as some ground foam glued in place with superglue.

The final image shows the two trees side by side. - the new tree is a great improvement over the simple toy tree and is 160mm tall on a MDF base.


Thursday, 14 October 2021

More Trees - part three

The base has been flocked with various railway scatter and foam over PVA or superglue to match my gaming board.

The single tree is 170mm tall and mounted on a 100mm x 85mm MDF base.

The final image shows a Flintloque RifleOrc alongside the tree base for scale comparison.

Hopefully, I can post details of other tree models soon.


Wednesday, 13 October 2021

More Trees - part two

Following on from my earlier Blog post, I have now bulked out the base with DAS modelling clay, making sure to add some exposed roots to the lower trunk and blending-in the slate chips.

The ground cover was then textured with a mix of sieved stones, sand and sawdust applied over PVA glue and then 'flooded' with diluted PVA glue to which I have added flow improve or washing-up liquid which fixes the loose particles in place.

The base and trunk was then painted in various browns, greys and even green while the rocky outcrops were painted grey and highlighted with a lighter drybrushing.

The final images, show the base washed with a Dark Flesh or Strong Tone wash to highlight the sculpted detail.

I just need to flock the base and it will be ready for the gaming table.


Tuesday, 12 October 2021

More Trees

For the last couple of months most of my modelling time has been working on models for magazine articles but just occasionally you have to choose a project that is a distraction and in this series of short posts I will show how I went about adding more wargame table trees to my collection.

The first image shows a collection of toy trees that I have picked up over the years (some are over ten years old) and kept in a plastic bag, hung in a corner of the shed. While sitting at my workbench, I thought it was time I did something with them.

I choose the larger pale green evergreen as my fist patient (see image above) and using 6mm thick MDF for the base/bases set about modelling the first tree.

The trunk was both lengthened and thickened by adding some florist's wire roots and then binding the trunk and the wire with thread until I had a trunk I was happy with.

At the same time I started work on the MDF bases, cutting the MDF into rough ovals and then trimming the edges before sanding them smooth. The base on the right has been modified by gluing a metal miniature base to the top and then adding some slate chips over the top. I found it best to add these over hot glue as I wanted a firm bond.

I chose the thicker MDF rather than plastic card as I find that wargame trees need a little more support on the table and the weighted bases also offer more stability during gaming.

There are a number of Blog articles that show earlier model tree posts, for example - here and here.

In part two, I will show how I finished the bases.


Saturday, 9 October 2021

Gaul Defence Tower from Asterix and the Cauldron

Another month and another magazine article showing how I build scratch built terrain for the wargame table. But this time it's a little different.....

Miniature Wargames issue 463 (November 2021) has this article showing how I built a Gaul Defence Tower from corrugated cardboard, card, egg box card and DAS modelling clay with a lift-off plastic card roof detailed with real wood.

The model was inspired by an illustration in the Asterix book Asterix and the Cauldron - in which the treacherous Gaul Whosmoralsarelastix uses his friendship with the Romans to trick the Gauls into searching out some treasure. I was struck by the illustration when reading the book to my grandsons and thought it would make a great centre piece for my Pax Bochemannica games.

Illustration taken from Asterix and the Caldron (used without permission).

For full details of this comic inspired piece of wargame terrain, check out the latest issue of Miniature Wargames.


Wednesday, 6 October 2021

The Yellow Pelican Mining Co. - signwriting

The latest update shows the main Yellow Pelican sign all finished. The design was created on the computer, printed off in black and white and then cut into stencils. I used a pencil to apply the design to the main building and acrylic paint and a fine paint brush to finish off.

Since the last update, I have also weathered the wooden areas with various washes.

This final image of the structures show the main building and loading shed on the layout. I have not glued either in place as I still find it easier to work on away from the layout. For larger images, just click on the pictures.

I'm not sure if I have shown these pictures of my layout storage box which was built from old pallets and nailed together with shop bought nails.


Monday, 4 October 2021

Justice League Tower from Wargames Illustrated issue 406

The latest issue of Wargames Illustrated, (issue 406, October 2021) features the first of what I hope to be a series of articles showing how I build themed wargame terrain based of images from the movies. The first is this Justice League Tower which features in the DC film Justice League. The tower is on screen for less than a minute but when I saw the structure I just knew that I had to make a model of it.

The model is built from cardboard, foamboard and egg box card with an insulation foam roof and painted with acrylics. For more information, you can pick up the magazine and read the seven page article/tutorial.

I have in the past built a number of wargame structures inspired by movie images, which have been featured in various magazines and books, for example this Star Wars house which was published in Miniature Wargames issue 432

and this model of Bir Acroma which featured in the Humphrey Bogart film Sahara from 1943. Bir Acroma is one of the models included in the Pen & Sword book - Wargames Terrain & Buildings - North Africa and the Middle East which was written by me.

In addition, I have made a model of the submarine from Ice Station Zebra and the Dragon Tank from Dr.No.

If you have any suggestions for future themed articles - FROM THE MOVIES please get in touch and I'll look at using them in future model builds.



I've included this Editor's Tour of WI406 from You Tube for you to check out. See this link for full details.

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Speed & Power Magazine - a recollection

BBC Radio 5 have been running a feature called Reading Aloud, where various celebrities and members of the public comment on their love of reading and in particular what inspired them them to read. For me it was this magazine - Speed & Power a magazine that really grabbed my attention as a pre-teenager and a magazine that my father had the forethought to subscribe to so I could both read and collect each issue.

There were many issues that would include free gifts and I remember trying to build racing cars from card kits, in particular the Tyrell P34 - the six wheel F1 racing car. I regularly see issues of the magazine for sale on e-bay and have been tempted to pick up the odd issue, but there are sites where you can download copies for free - for example his link.

So to Speed & Power, thank you for the inspiration.


Friday, 1 October 2021

Dampf's Wargame Terrain Survey - The Results

During the month of September I have been running a simple survey - three questions which should help me when producing articles or tutorials for future magazine articles. The questions were;

Question 1

What scale or scales should I use when building my scratch built models?

Question 2

Do you prefer fixed roofs or lift off roofs?

Question 3

Do you prefer decorative bases or no bases?

The results are now in and I would firstly like to thank everyone who took part, those that replied to this initial post and the few who used either Instagram or The Miniatures Page to supply their answers. I have collated all of the replies to produce this result;

What scale/scales?

Not surprisingly 28mm scale came out on top although with over 93% mentioning this most common wargame figure scale, at least in part or in conjunction with another, I think the dominance of 28mm was more than I had expected.

In second place was 15mm with 44% and in third place was less than 15mm with just 7% with comments mentioning both 6mm and 10mm figure scales.

Lift off roof or fixed?

The response to this question was a almost exactly 2/3rd yes and 1/3rd no with only 2 respondents having no preference. This goes against my own preference as I prefer fixed roofs. So I will have to take a serious look at any future models or tutorial plans.

There were a couple of respondents to the second part of this question - detailed interiors or plain interiors with no discernible winner or preference.

Decorative bases or no bases?

There was an obvious preference for some sort of base, either decorative or just practical, with the remaining No Base or No Preference about the same - between 9% and 5%.

So there you have it; Future magazine articles/tutorials will concentrate on 28mm scale wargame models with lift off roofs and some sort of base although I still see some room for the odd exception.

Once again, thanks to everyone who took part.


Thursday, 30 September 2021

Dampf's Wargame Terrain Survey - last day!

For the whole month of September, I have been running a simple survey asking just three questions relating to my magazine articles/tutorials;

1 - What scale should I build models for the magazine tutorials?

2 - Lift off roof or fixed?

3 - Integral base or not

For full details see this earlier post. I will be closing the survey later today and expect results to be posted very soon.

Thank you to everyone who took part.


Tuesday, 28 September 2021

The Yellow Pelican Mining Co. - sheeting the roof

The first image shows the main roof clad with corrugated sheeting that has been painted and weathered. The sheeting was made from aluminium food containers and corrugated with a simple paper rolling machine that was picked up from The Works.

I started with strips of aluminium foil that was cut from food containers.

Here is the modified paper creasing machine that I used to make the corrugated sheets.

And here you have the individual metal sheets ready to be glued in place.

The next couple of images show the sequence of building up the roof covering. I used superglue to glue the sheets in place.

Finally for this post - I have included this work-in-progress shot showing how the sheets were weathered with a mix of acrylic paints and some weathering powders.

I would hope to be able to post more images in the near future.