Friday, 29 January 2016

SETTING THE SCENE (part 2) Recycling Old Terrain. Plus ebay sale.


For part 2 of my 'Setting the Scene' project, I have dug out some of my old terrain pieces that rarely get to see the light of day and 'winterised' them. Obviously if you do this, then they can't be used for anything other than winter settings but it does speed things up and it has given me a pool of terrain pieces to draw from.

I will be attempting to make lots of terrain that will be more specific for the Ardennes in future posts but this has been good practice as it has been a learning process of trial and error.  You may notice that the winter grass on the terrain mat has been toned down as I didn't feel it looked quite right with the heavy snow fall that occurred during late Dec 44 in the Ardennes.

 
A couple of pictures of the revamped terrain, ignore the wrong bases on the figures, I will attempt to get a few figures painted up with the correct bases but the majority of figures and vehicles I plan to do towards the end of the project.







  





I have also put the Church Ruins from last post on ebay at reduced price. They are starting off at the price that I payed for them unpainted 10 years ago at £80 for those that may be interested.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/-/222009518830?

43 comments:

  1. Your winter terrain is fantastic, really good. I can feel the cold!!!

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  2. I'm freezing just looking at your terrain! Very, very nicely done and really convincing!

    Christopher

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  3. I agree with Juan, I do love your winter terrain. It looks the piece.

    While winter terrain is specialized, I think there's a lot more scope for winter games than many gamers expect. Even in the era of "winter quarters" we have battles like Mollwitz and Leuthen where snow was present. Both Austerlitz and Eylau were fought in snow, along with lots of minor actions in both the 1805 and 1806-07 Polish campaigns. And, of course, there's both the Retreat from Moscow and the 1814 campaign. I've often hoped to do winter themed armies, though the lack of suitable figures up to now has oft been the stopper.

    Here's hoping your winter terrain gets lots of splendid use!

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    1. Thanks chaps.
      Robert, sounds like plenty for the horse and musket period and the Perry figures for the retreat from Moscow may well happen with Sharp Practice V2 on the horizon. A definite for me will be WW2 on the Eastern Front and the Winter War with Finland. I quite fancy doing a Dark Age skirmish in the snow at some point in the future.

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    2. I often wanted to do Charles Grant's "Fracas at Bray" in the snow with Medievals.

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    3. Robert, I completely agree. For the horse and musket period, there's lots of winter actions (of the "petit guerre" variety) in the 17th and 18th centuries. A project for a future winter, hopefully!

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    4. Don't forget the Mongol campaigns in winter.

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  4. Excellent looking terrain once again! Kudo's

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  5. Perfect!! Wonderful work here Pat! I certainly am feeling the cold!

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  6. This just gets better and better. We had a day of heavy-ish snowfall a couple of weeks ago and it is no exaggeration to say that it looked EXACTLY like these photos - you can almost feel the cold. A simply stunning and immersive table!

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  7. Wonderful post again Pat. I have always wanted a winter setting as well so your project is proving quite inspirational. As noted by several others, the scope for games in such a setting is quite broad.

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  8. I too was looking for a blanket to cover myself as I was viewing the pictures, excellent work, really captured the feel of snow terrain.

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  9. Really evocative - great work :)

    W

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  10. Your table already is looking most impressive Pat! I've just purchased (and skipped through) 'The battle of the Bulge. Then and now' and your pics look almost the same like in there. You definitely nailed the feel of it. Now it's looking forward to you creating more of that.

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    1. Thanks chaps.
      Nick, I have been looking at buying 'The Battle of the Bulge' 'Then and Now' but the cheapest I have seen it second hand was for forty odd pounds, which seems a bit pricey. I have just bought Charles MacDonald's Battle of the Bulge for £2.80 with free postage.

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    2. Ah, yes. Mine was a bit pricey too, but still I think it was money well spent.

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    3. I will still keep a lookout for a copy with a reduced price tag. It sounds just the job for this project.

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  11. Brrrr! Making me feel cold just looking at it! Tremendous stuff Pat.

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  12. Really impressive Pat. You did a great job on the snow, it looks so real. Really impressed with how it looks on the roads. I am curious on what you used. I had taken a break from winter themed terrain (half way through Stalingrad) for a go at some jungle stuff but you are tempting me back.

    Really terrific stuff.

    John

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  13. Very nice! This "all in" approach on heavy snow s really atmospheric. /Mattias

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  14. Absolutely stunning! You have to tell what kind of snow product you use...please! :D I need this for my project ;)

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  15. Pat.. Stunning eye candy.. The photos really do look the business.

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  16. Wow, excellent progress Pat. Everything is looking stunning as usual :-) I'mean looking forward to seeing more.

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  17. So impressive and so atmospheric once again...amazing details, congrats!

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  18. As others above have already said, I'm waiting expectantly to read the details of your miniature "snow" technique, Pat, so I can put it to use when the time comes to base my Winter 1841-42 First Afghan War troops, and build some winterized terrain pieces. Really looking forward to learning those details! Incredibly well done as always, and thank you for posting it for the rest of us to see and enjoy!

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  19. Wonderful, simply wonderful. The commitment on this project (alongside with all the previous ones), is what it makes your work so good. Inspirational, to say the least.

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  20. Amazing work like always. Thanks for sharing.
    ps. Pat, could you tell a secret, how thick are wood planks in this wood fence? 1mm or 1.5mm?

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Mg9dy1iES9I/VquireJXuuI/AAAAAAAAJ-s/58cT-GRl4tw/s1600/Setting%2Bthe%2BScene%2Bpart%2B2%2B042.JPG

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  21. Incredible - like something out of the Bastogne episodes of "Band of Brothers"!

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  22. Pat, this is just fantastic. Really brilliant work, and wonderfully authentic! Awesome stuff!

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  23. Great stuff Pat. Looks very effective.

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  24. Beautiful mate, wargaming Eyecandy if there ever was, definitely have to make a comparison to the Band of Brothers episode in Bastogne

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  25. Thats some mind blowing terrain!

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  26. Inspirational to say the least. I ll be following closely

    Cheers
    George

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  27. wow! looks fantastic Pat! your project is coming on very nicely i look forward to seeing more!

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  28. Your stuff always amazes me!

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  29. absolutely fantastic, the roads in particular caught my eye, not sure how you managed it but they have a slushy frozen thawed frozen feel to them.

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  30. Honestly splendid winter terrain. Really fantastic!

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  31. Mind-blowingly good terrain- by far the best winter wargames scenery I've ever seen! Inspirational stuff.

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