Friday, 26 December 2014

Scratch built Poppy Fields and more Buildings.


First off, may I wish you all a Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2015.

Following on from my last post I have made a couple more scratch built buildings and some Poppy Fields for my Afghan terrain. I have been running this project alongside Richard Clarkes (Too Fat Lardies) superb Afghan Village project in anticipation for the off shoot of the modern Chain of Command rule set to be released in 2015.

For the poppy fields I purchased a plastic Astro Turf door mat from Homebase on offer for £4 and cut this into the required shapes and based them on some old cork table mats that I had and some cardboard. I then used tile grout, followed by wood glue and sand to texture the base. When dry, paint in dark brown paint. I did this on the base and the mat on my first test piece but found you can skip the brown paint on the actual mat and just paint this in dark green paint followed by a lighter green dry brush.

When the paint had dried, I then brushed wood glue  onto the top area of the mat and lightly sprinkled this with tree blossom. You can buy this from most model shops and I used three different types for a little variety and to experiment with the colours.
Red and green for the main poppy fields.
Pink and green for a small  field
Yellow and green for some scrub area. 

I also made a couple of Irrigation  ditches, I pinched this idea from Dougies wargaming blog which has some great ideas on terrain for this period.

I will let the WIP pictures do the talking.









I did all these fields from one mat and I still have some left over.
     
Next up is the scratch built buildings. I wanted several buildings to a base so I could get that narrow village street look, although I also need to make some more compounds to get the proper look for modern Afghanistan.




 
I still need to make a load of high walls and some ruins, plus a dirt track or road for this project but I am tempted to stay in the warm at the moment and paint some more figures and vehicles for this project instead.

The village so far.....



























 

24 comments:

  1. That's excellent and inspiring stuff. Great job!

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  2. Some beautiful work, some of the pics look real!

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  3. As usual, I lack the proper words to describe this...

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  4. F****ng awesome Pat! One can almost fell the dry heat in the narrow streets between the buildings. The poppy fields are amazing... your Taliban warlord will have quite some money to spend on war gear if he gets to sell all that stuff.

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  5. Wonderful!!!! What amount of fantastic work!!!! Really nice.

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  6. That looks superb - very atmospheric

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  7. Impeccable work! Excellent terrain Pat! :)

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  8. Stunning work here Pat! Love the actions shots, so real!

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  9. Excellent work and a very nice WIP tutorial.
    Many thanks.

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  10. Lovely stuff Pat. All looking great and very effective. P.S. Thanks for reminding me where I had seen the article about irrigation ditches. Dougies blog is very inspirational too!

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  11. Most Excellent! Merry Christmas to you!

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  12. That, sir, is bloody marvellous! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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  13. Simply outstanding Pat! No question I'll be using some of your terrain ideas in the future.:-)

    Christopher

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  14. Excellent teach in once more. It is certainly coming together nicely.

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  15. Thanks chaps, glad you like.
    Merry Christmas to you all and best wishes for 2015,
    Pat.

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  16. Fantastic work, Pat. These look amazing. So much to enjoy here, from the well, to the roofs, to the wonderful mixture of walls. Tremendous work, Sir!

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  17. Outstanding terrin, I love it! The WIP pics are great too. Very Inspirational.

    Cheers,
    JB

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  18. Happy New Year Pat. Your work salivates me as always :)

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  19. Wow !! O_O

    Absolutely awesome !!

    Serviteur,

    Morikun

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