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Thursday, December 18, 2014

TERRAIN PIECE FOR PITS

TERRAIN PIECE FOR PITS
(Patrole In The Sudan by Peter Pig)

In preparing a scenario for introducing PITS at Fall In 2014, I realized that I did not like my first attempt at making a DEPRESSION piece for the table top. My first attempt was carving out a peice of foam and painting it:
ORIGINAL DEPRESSION
Having read several gamer's descriptions of using cork as a means to build terrain, I thought I might try it with, what I think, a reasonable result.
STANDARD CORK SQUARE AVAILABLE FROM CRAFT SHOPS
Using the standard PITTS terrain size of 6" x 12", I made a base of 1/8" MDF and added pieces of Cork simply broken off the cork square with my thumbnail, managing the shape to fit the base size.
6" x 12" BASE PIECE

ADD CORK EDGE PIECES
I then "terrained" the piece using pre-mixed adhesive and grout, my latest go-to material for terraining bases and terrain peices.
ADDING TERRAINING COMPOUND
I then painted the terrain with diluted white glue and spread Woodland Sceanics Medium Ballast over the surface.
SPREAD MEDIUM BALLAST OVER THE SURFACE 
And painted it all in Burnt Umber.


And finally dry brushed with a Craft paint sand color. I'll make two more like it as 3 such pieces are supposed to be available to the Mahdists to choose.
THE FINAL PIECE


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Where is everybody - OOPs Where am I?

I have been perusing my favorite blogs and complaining that no one seems to have been posting much of late - where the hell were they all? Too lazy to post? Then it hit me, I have not posted in too  long a time either, was I too lazy to post. The reasons are many and mostly inconsequential so I hope to change my ways and to start I will list what I have been doing durning this lapse: Painting and organizing figures for new periods. At 79, I need another period? But thats what keeps me young.

So I started writing only to find that the pending loss of support to the XP operating system by Microsoft had impacted my ability to post here! After a long transition to Windows 7, I am ready to try again.

I have been painting up planes to play all the scenarios in the CY6 booklet Gualdalcanal, so far I have the Japanese Zeros and Bettys as well as the US F4Fs. We have even tried a few basic games to learn the rules. More on those later.



PLANES FOR CY6
Back in 2012, at Historicon, I was introduced to Peter Pigg's PITTS game (Patrols in the Sudan) and have avidly been painting figures and making terrain ever since. Even played a few games. It plays on a 3' x 5' table and the whole game can be carried in an 18" x 30"' plastic tote bin.

The games do not need a lot of figures, less than 100/side, so I set about painting a British and Mahdist army in 15mm. I have played this enough and like it so much that I have registered to run two games at FALL IN

MAHDIST  ARMY
BRITISH ARMY

I also have made up all the necessary terrain pieces

TERRAIN PIECES
THE OASIS

A MAHDIST VILLAGE
Using an on-line translator, I wrote the Arabic words on the buildings for: "Painted by Dick Bryant" and
 " May  all your infidel dice rolls be abysmal"

MAHDIST HUTS