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Boards & Building, A General Update

Well, well, well.  Interesting times.  After all the political excitement I thought I’d get things back to what vaguely passes for normality on Lard Island with a bit of a look at some rather exciting stuff that has, metaphorically or literally, clattered through the letter box over the past week or so.  Form some reason it’s all been terrain related this time around, although a recent flurry of ordering for my latest project will mean that more figures will soon be arriving.

Okay, first we have a rather exciting purchase from eBay, that on-line jumble sale which somehow seems to take more of my cash than the weekly grocery bill.  Ever since we had our first games day in Evesham, I have been rather taken with the terrain boards used by young Jim Ibbotson, that master of the brush who supplied so many of the superb photos for Sharp Practice and all round good egg.  Jim uses the battleboards from Games Workshop which neatly provide a 6′ by 4′ playing area and fit cleverly into a neat carry case.  Like most good things produced by Games Workshop they are no longer available, but they do come up now and again on eBay, often selling for lunatic sums.  I have been bidding on sets for some time, but trying to get them for a hundred quid or less is almost impossible.  Until last week!  Here’s what they look like:

 

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Whoever owned them before has done a really nice job of painting them up.  I am going to flock them, so at present I am wondering if the need a change of colour scheme, or whether to  go with what has already been done.

Now, clearly, being designed for weirdy space-monkey games they have a few…idiosyncrasies.  Like these bloody daft skulls. IMG_3228

Let’s be honest, whatever the narrative, what planet has skulls directly under the top-soil?  It simply doesn’t make sense. So these have to go.  With a simple dab of PVA glue…

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…I covered all of the skulls and then covered the areas with a mix of sharp sand and small stones.  Like this.

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I am letting those areas dry our gradually and will then be applying a top coat of PVA and Water at around 50:50 ratio to hold that in place.  Then it can be painted to match the existing colour scheme.  I actually added a few more random areas of sand and grit, so overall it looks like this:

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More on this as we go forward.  I reckon it will make for a very nice board to take around the shows and it has a bit of flexibility in terms of the arrangement.  In fact, if I am honest, I am thinking about buying a second set which will be really very flexible.

Now, on to something even more exciting.  As reader of Lard Island News will know, I have been collecting buildings for my Imagi-Nations set up for the Seven Years War era.  Indeed I am always on the look out for suitable buildings.  As while ago, back in February to be precise, I attended Poldercon in Holland.  Poldercon is a smashing little wargames event which, after two successful years, looks like establishing itself as a regular event on the calendar.  As a show, it has three great advantages.  Firstly,  it is principally about gaming, so attendees sign up for games and really get to game all day.  Secondly, it’s in the Netherlands which is one of my favourite parts of the continent (believe it or not we naughty Brits do actually like you!), and thirdly I get to sit at the feet of the wise and sagacious Jasper Oorthuys and hope that some of his wisdom brushes off on me.  Sadly, I don’t appear to be much wiser as a result, but Jasper did introduce me to a company called Total Battle Miniatures and their rather smashing roads (you can read all about them here:  http://toofatlardies.co.uk/blog/?p=5552 ).

Having purchased and been blown away by their roads, I decided to have a stroll around their web site to look at their other products, buildings in particular, and was so impressed that I chucked them some of my hard earned cash.  Here’s what came in the post:

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Two rather funky buildings from their 28mm Black Powder Europe range.  On the right you see “Row of Houses with Store”, a nicely half-timbered building and at the left we have “Barn/Stables with lift off roof”.  Both are very nicely done and will soon be gracing my table.  However, the piece de resistance is from their Skirmish 28mm WWII Range, the Chateau with scenic base.  IMG_3238

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Wow!  This is a really nice piece with incredible detail.  Just look at the interior.

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Three floors in fantastic detail.  This would be a real objective to fight over/into/around.  I can see Churchill on the terrace with the Fallschirmjager trying to knock him off from the shrubbery, or the Gestapo attempting to burn their files before the commandos fight their way in.  What’s more, the model comes with this:

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Yup, wallpaper.  Several sheets of it for ever room in the house, even the smallest one.  I have to say that all three models are really first class.  The Chateau will easily work for periods other than WWII.  It does have some damage modelled on  and the balcony does have sandbags on it, but these could easily be covered with a bit of green stuff and would be fantastic for a Sharp Practice setting.  The building stands on the base, so in a town setting you can jettison that and use the house as a stand alone building.  Lovely stuff indeed.  Now, I have to say here that I do not think that these buildings are cheap; they are most certainly not, but for what you get I think they represent decent value for money as the service I will get out of them will huge.  If you feel like giving yourself a treat, they are very nice models indeed.  And let’s face it, we all deserve a treat every now and again.  Check them out here:  http://www.totalbattleminiatures.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Responses

  1. James Manto says:

    Fek me guv’nor, that’s a bit of alright innit?
    🙂

  2. The Padre says:

    What is it with GW and skulls? You’ve done a lovely job on the mats. I am quite lusting after those buildings.

  3. Mattias says:

    Great buildings!
    The GW board is excellent – durable and very flexible set ups – as long as you get rid of the skulls. 🙂
    You might want to to have a look at ours for some inspiration:
    http://northern-wargaming.blogspot.se/2015/06/a-gaming-board-revisited.html?m=1
    Or here, used for Chain of Command:
    http://northern-wargaming.blogspot.se/2015/07/aar-attack-and-defend-on-western-front.html?m=1

  4. SGT Yeungling says:

    Very nice. I use the GW boards too, having to customize the skulls out with sand, kitty litter, paint, and glue. I have 12 boards from GW, to include the original set of 6, and an extra 6 flat sections which I have customized.

    GW boards are 10mm thick. I also adapted Tablescapes Tiles for wargaming, which has one foot square boards that interlock that are 5mm thick, with more terrain features, including a rock strewn creek. I am able to match the Warhammer and Tablescapes by placing 5mm cork under the Tablescapes tiles. It is easy to add custom terrain, such as beach, and bridge ramps or scenario specific needs.

    Link to Tablescape Tiles at Secret Weapon Miniatures (he gives a military or veteran discount of 10%) http://www.secretweaponminiatures.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=125_127&zenid=818f8e43e7c126ff5a89ac348d18fe9e

    Link to Hurricon 2015 pictures with a mix of my terrain tiles used.
    https://ncc1717.wordpress.com/2015/09/27/hurricon-2015-saturday-photos/#jp-carousel-5075

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