Picking up those brushes again.

Hi and welcome to the occasional mutterings of Dave Doc, a military modeller and some time gamer. Gaming and model making has given me a real education, History & Geography(obvious really), Artistry, Politics, Economics, Logistics, Project Management -you try building miniature armies without the last 3.

I will use the blog to record my creations & the odd occasion I actually do some gaming.

I have always been inspired by the aesthetic side of gaming. Playing on well constructed terrain using excellently painted units is always a joy.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Sudan - Terrain and game aids.

I have been pressing on with more items for the up coming game. I have completed work on the batch of buildings. I picked these up second hand - they just  needed some work to lighten them up as they were too dark for my tastes. So a few shades of light brown, off white drybrushing later this is how they look now. Usefully the simple square ones will do duty for the Old West Mexican village too.


I have also finished the 3 vac form hills I picked up at York. These were filled with polystyrene packing balls, based on 1/16th ply, given a coat of PVA glue and then had the sand mix sprinkled over. Once dry a few shades of light colours drybrushed on. The steep sides were already textured by the vac form , so these were given a few shades of colour by drybrush too. One all dry I added in some scrub tufts and hit it all with varnish.


These gives an idea of the scale of them against figures.- overall not bad for £9.50 I thought. I will be going for some fully sculpted terrain eventually , but this will do for now.

Next up I wanted to create my own version of the random events deck cards (Carlo does supply cards with the rule set , but i wanted more blanks , and having used Artscow for cards previously they pretty robust , have a shiny look to them , they are cheap and arrive quickly - So i have 2 deck for events and a complete deck of blank for writing up my own or using as blinds . Here is a view from the design section of the software - they are on the way  over from Hong Kong at the moment. 



The rules use a roster sheet to record casualties and ammunition use. I have made these up into A5 laminated sheets with one for each Imperial unit. I have used a photograph of the unit for recognition and created a slide master on Powerpoint using an 1880's Sudan map as the background.



So its been a busy week. The first play test game is booked in for the 16th April - it wont have all the bells and whistles terrain wise - but I am looking forward to it. Its on my old friend Gerry's big table...check it out at the SITUATION ROOM blog


32 comments:

  1. All looks good Dave and I hope the playtest goes well. But 16 April? Does that mean you won't be joining us at Salute?

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    1. Thanks Tamsin, I decided to skip Salute this year. I spent about £200 getting there last year and ended buying very little . So I am going to spend the traveling equivalent another new project and get Loki to paint some of it..

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  2. Nicely done. The cards look great!

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  3. All coming together splendidly my good man!

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  4. I really like the laminates Dave, far more durable and can be used repeatedly

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    1. Nigel, indeed , part of the thinking

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  5. This is all cracking stuff and very inspiring. Job well done!

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  6. This is looking bloody fantastic Dave - especially like the Roster Cards and the work on the Random Event Cards. Really looking forward to seeing heaps of photos of your game at Gerry's mate.

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    1. Cheer Carlo, looking forward to it myself

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  7. Hmm, those random event cards all seem to favour the Mahdist forces somewhat. Can I take it that other cards in the set are neutral or favour the British/Egyptians :-) ?

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    1. Hugh - oh all the cards have some effect on the Imperials - the Mahdist armies are all controlled by random event cards and reaction tables. it needs ot be that way to provide the balance against firepower!

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  8. Cracking work, the terrain and paraphernalia of making a great game is often overlooked. I do like the idea of making custom cards....

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  9. Looking good mate! Like the laminated unit cards. Very neat indeed.

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    1. cheers Mate..not as good as your skill with the publishing , but they will do

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  10. Grand work! Been working on some similar buildings myself of late. :)

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  11. Ah good luck with the test Dave. When are the big outings planned for?

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    1. Cheers Phil.
      Got medium on in June, and then October/November

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  12. Really busy! Great cards and terrain.

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  13. Lovely terrain Dave and nice work on the card. A stage for your little actors!

    I really like what Gerry at the situation room has created.

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Work in hand

The RULES!

No more than 3 things on the PAINTING table at once. Nothing new added until something is finished.

PREPARATION work is done when I don't fancy detail painting. Cleaning up, converting, undercoating etc.

PLANNING is expressions of interest or things that have inspired me to be created with no definite timescale as yet.


On the PAINTING TABLE
10mm ACW

On the PREPATION table.
10mm Mamelukes

In the PLANNING
Death in the Dark continent stuff