zondag 30 april 2017

Making rivers for DBA3.

Since the publication of DBA 3.0 I have taken steps to standardise all my terrain pieces; hills, wood, fields, rocky and scrub ground, enclosures and built up areas (BUA). One major benefit of the project was the storage of all the terrain features in A4 size boxes as seen in the first photo and secondly, I could easily reproduce many items to represent terrain of other temperate zones, such as dry and tropical in addition to the arable ones.

The same items are used for the DBA variants to include fantasy (D3H3) and gunpowder era (DBA-HX3).  

The following is a brief explanation of a river system was constructed for our DBA games; these include a basic number of straight and curved sections with short bends to offer variety of combinations. I recommend, after placing the river sections, to connect the sections with masking tape to prevent slippage; a major benefit when taking photos and of course moving troops over them.

Materials required:
Scrap pieces of vinyl flooring 1 mm thick with rubber underside (see photo).
Modelling knife.
Metal straight edge
Water base paint.

Sourcing vinyl flooring I would recommend first to query your local ‘Do It Yourself’ shop for scrap pieces. It matters not what pattern as the surface will be painted and a good size can also be used to make your game mat, waterways, gentle and difficult hills, roads, fields, bases for rocky and scrub ground,   

Cutting and Shaping
Rivers for DBA use game must be 1BW in width. I would recommend a length of 20 cm (8”) is best for both straight and curved sections. In the photo you will also see small curved section of 1 ½ BW in length are useful to add variety and will you help reach a board edge (Photo 2). Joined together, the nine sections will produce a length of 34 BW which meets the maximum allowed for an 80 cm x 80 cm board (20BW x 20BW).

The material with backing is about 2 mm thick. With a pair of scissors, I will cut diagonally each bank so as to slope down to the table surface as seen in the photo.

Painting and Flocking.
With a blue latex or water base paint cover the river sections and let dry. You can paint the banks brown, but I did not find it necessary.

I used electrostatic grass to match my game mat to cover the banks and later finished the sections with clumps of coarse foliage. At the water’s edge, I used a black marker to tidy up this last step.    

donderdag 13 april 2017

For Sale:: Woods and Village.


These are standard HO scale conifer trees painted black and flocked with a light green Woodland Scenics turf as the original tree had a very dark green shiny finish.

They are based on 1.5 mm basswood (triplex) which is painted and textured with a sand/white glue mix and painted an earth tone. The edges are flocked with electrostatic grass to match most game mats.

There are 75 trees based in groups of two, three or four to conform with your space and quick setup.

Cost $75.00

African Village.

The huts are roughly 25 mm round and about 40 mm high. The structure is made with cardstock and the roof is of self-hardening clay. The huts are based on 1.5 mm basswood (triplex), painted and covered with a sand/white glue mix as are the walls of the huts. 

Painted and dry-brushed the bases are covered with some electrostatic grass.
The palisade is constructed from hedge clippings and glued to bases of the same material and finished in the same manner.

Cost $50.00

Edit: The second photo has been added to show the size of the structures in relation to 15 mm Old Glory miniatures. 

Please send enquiries to timurilank (at) aol (dot) com and give location so I can send postage costs.



maandag 10 april 2017

Difficult Hills – completed project.

The mountain tops are painted in two styles, one for greener areas and the second for dry regions. Adding trees to the hilltops would be the final step and for these I purchased a bag of fir trees from my local supplier. The twenty pieces varied in scale such that half were not really usable (11 cm) and there were not enough of the smaller types to use.

The problem was solved by clipping the tops off the larger trees as seen in the second photo. The ‘trunk’ was simply the wire centre and bristles tightly rolled up. The lower piece was re-shaped and will be based with others for my ‘forests’.

As you will note from the previous photo, the fir trees have a shiny dark green colour. This was changed to a light green shade by brushing white glue on the bristle tips and dipping the tree in a bag of Woodland Scenic turf (light green). The trees are glued to the mountain tops and I applied sparingly some electrostatic grass to add contrast.

 Investigating photos of ‘arid’ landscapes actually showed very little vegetation so I sprinkled some electrostatic grass to finish the pieces. The hill pieces were done a year ago and I had not realised my colour preference for flocking had change, so that will need some attention to bring consistency to the feature.

 Next project is a new DBA-HX3 game mat.