Category: Making Stuff

How to get an Anti-Tank Ditch on a Flat Table

Anti-Tank Ditch

Stephen Phenow sent through a picture of his Anti-Tank Ditch. I think it is fiendishly clever in it’s simplicity.

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Modelling a Crossfire Depression

Platoon enters depression

One of the common Terrain Types in Crossfire are “Depressions”. But my table top is flat so how do I simulate a depression on a flat table?

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Want a replacement for Games Workshop Static Grass? Try Noch or Javis

I’ve been using Games Workshop static grass for quite some time and it has been a steady drain on my pocket. Now I’m thinking of covering large scenery pieces with my normal flocking technique including static grass. Using GW would cripple me. So I’m on the hunt for a compatible but cheaper option.

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Dulux Paints for Wargaming Bases and Terrain

Dulux Paints for Wargaming Terrain and Tables

I want to get a more coherent look to my wargaming tables with the bases of the wargaming figures, the terrain templates and hills, and the table itself all having a consistent look. When flocking my bases I’ve been using modelling paints but that is too expensive when painting big terrain pieces or the entire table. So I’m on the hunt for a cheaper alternative. 250ml Dulux TradeColour Samplers are the answer.

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15mm Shanty Town for the African Wars

15mm Shanty Town Sector

Another step forward in my Portuguese Colonial War project complements of ebay. I picked up a couple of “15mm Shanty Town” pieces.

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What to use for Crests in Crossfire

Crests as Low Hills

I’ve tried several variations on HTD Crests so I thought I’d share some of them.

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Making Wargaming Terrain: Streams

I am experimenting with using my 6mm terrain with 15mm figures on a DBA/HOTT sized table. The trouble is I’ve only got a small collection of 6mm terrain and this is from old Military Miniatures range crafted by Mark Strachan. I like the terrain, and the paint job by Gordon Roach, but Military Miniatures morphed into BattleFront and they no longer sell this stuff. So I decided to supplement my collection by making my own.

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Making Wargaming Terrain: Styrofoam Hills

I’ve been looking at making my own hills. Big hills to complement the smaller commercial hills I’ve already purchased. I knew I should use High Density Polystyrene which is otherwise called Blue or Pink Foam. But I was struggling to find that. Luckily, after a bit of googling, I found a good explanation of Styrofoam on Blue Foam, Pink Foam, Foamboard and Styrofoam.

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Generic Building Sectors for Crossfire

Most of my Crossfire buildings are generic 3″x3″ sectors of foam board on a cardboard base. Some are building complexes of more than one sector. And I’ve also done Triangular Blocks to give Diagonal Streets.

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Triangular Buildings for Diagonal Streets on a Wargaming Table

A while ago I played a Crossfire game called 2 Foot City. It was fought on a 2’x2′ cityscape. Since then I’ve played a few more games in heavily built up areas and they have all been on an assumed square grid. The trouble with a square grid is you only get streets that exactly fit the grid, i.e. vertical or horizontal, with no diagonals. Lately I’ve been wondering how to superimpose diagonal streets on my urban grid.

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Building a Painting Block (24 Stand)

I’ve always made do when it comes to what to stick my figures to when I paint them. I’ve tried gluing them to lollipop sticks, but eventually moved to blu-tac on cardboard squares. Then John Mclennan gave me a nicely constructed painting block made by his mate in Perth. It is (almost) perfect. So convenient. So tidy. The dowel was just the right size to fit figures and to hold comfortably. I love it.

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Field of Glory Terrain

I’ve made customised Gullies and Area Terrain Templates, supplemented by commercial kit, to use in my Field of Glory (FoG) games.

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Making Wargaming Terrain: Gullies

I needed some Field of Glory Gullies and thought I’d try making them.

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Making Wargaming Terrain: Terrain Templates

Terrain is a key part of war and wargaming. I use terrain templates to define the perimeter of my area terrain features. The same templates are used for most terrain types, I just put different items on top to represent the type of feature, i.e. fruit trees make an orchard.

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Making Wargaming Terrain: 15mm Wooden Buildings

These are generic instructions for making two sizes of Wooden Buildings. The painting style is described in Painting Wooden Buildings. For more examples see Homemade Wooden Buildings

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