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Corvusboreus
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Re: What are you modelling?

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I am currently modelling an ensemble consisting of gumboots, mankini and top-hat.
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Glasgow Warhog
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Re: What are you modelling?

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Love it. Teddy Bears will be worth it!

Corvusboreus
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Re: What are you modelling?

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Double apologies.
Firstly,sorry about the mankini reference.
One person's idea of throwaway humour is another's traumatic mental imagery.
Secondly, (and more sincerely) sorry about not answering a seriously curious question.

What I am modelling for tabletop?
Pretty much exclusively stuff for Chain of Command, although natural terrain bits have universal application.

My current immediate is a Matilda 2 tank which I have just completed to first primary coat (1/76 Airfix Matilda 2, hedgehog variant).
It was a straight assemble to instruction (minus the mortar bits) without any embellishment, a slapdown build going straight to the front.
I do such things based on 'rapid mobilisation', an approach of 'good enough for now but make better later', because I am providing most of the props for my brother and a few mates to game with, so boots and tracks on the table is more important than perfect finish.

I bought the kit from the small train/plane/tank section of the local post office.
They stock a small range through a railway enthusiast, and I want to encourage and support a local supplier
However, most of my models are sourced through internet shopping, a reality of living in semi-rural Australia.
Current rona-rat factors also means that shipments tend to be slow.

For terrain I mostly make do via scratch-built stuff, and that is always an ongoing activity of construction and improvement.
The most interesting input I could have here is to mention the value of the base and roots of some uprooted weedy shrubs as easy and effective miniature tree armatures.
Winter Cassia (Senna pendula) in particular can have a very realistic looking 'branch' structure.
Simply trim, sterilise, lacquer for longevity then add foliage and basing.
On the table they look a lot less manicured than most commercial trees.

Lastly game counters were mentioned.
My orders counter (overwatch etc) were done with thick card cut out to shape then coated with spray paints (mission brown then Brunswick green), with the writing then done by hand using a white sharpie.
Similarly the markers for shock were done with small wooden cubes (cheap craft shop) done up with the same brown-green spray-paint then white sharpie combination. I did the faces with roman numerals, some marked I-V, others marked VI - X, with one face left blank.
I chose the Roman number system because it avoids confusion with the d6s, and allows up to 10 points of shock to be shown with a single dice.
Both are 'not great, not terrible' options in terms of how they look on the table.

The blogsite 'tactical painter' run by MLB has some pretty cool ideas for more visually appealing game markers, things like thrown tracks for disabled vehicles and dust plumes for flat out movement. Well worth a look as an ideas springboard.

Anyways, safe and happy gaming all, and sorry again about the mankini (although I make no apology for the tophat and wellies)
Walk softly and carry a big fish.

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Baldie
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Re: What are you modelling?

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I doubt the lack of response was due to outrage, I think your honesty was refreshing.
In this world without contact where we have been stranded in our homes many have taken to wearing comfortable yet wildly inappropriate clothing.

I did have a short period of wearing mild fancy dress on our morning management zoom meetings with a background of toilet rolls and a sign saying the end is nigh.

Growing bored of this I have reverted to my regular donkey jacket, pit boots, string vest with egg stain adornment and trousers two sizes too big to give the ferrets a little more freedom to roam.

Happy modelling of both varieties.
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Getting slaughtered by a surprising amount of opponents.

Corvusboreus
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Re: What are you modelling?

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Apart from wargaming, another reflection of my interest in military aspects within history is participation in the combat simulation side of historical re-enactment (early medieval period).This involves delivering controlled blows to specified body locations using blunt approximations of historical weaponry, aka bashing each other with swords.
Obviously covid realities have heavily impinged on this hobby. .
I periodically don my full panoply (which, with shield included, weighs around 30kg) and go for a walk around the reserve behind my back fence, pausing to run through a repetoire of reactions and counter combinations to imagined attacks from multiple invisible opponents, sometimes punishing myself with a practice death when I know that my form has been sloppy or slow.
I tell myself that this is active preparation for resumption of participation when medieval gathering resume, but admit an element of alleviating social boredom by indulging in playing dressup games.
I also admit that, to anyone who happened to passby, my outfit and actions would look certifiably insane.

Ps Yesterday I managed to finish up my first game of big CoC, played against my bro and a mate. Proper PPE was worn and all dice and figure hygiene protocols observed. The oversized table helped maintain social distance.
My French chasseurs & British motor infantry managed to stop 2 German motorised infantry platoons supported by a few Panzers and guns, but not before a random event had caused a house to catch fire.
A most rewarding day..
Walk softly and carry a big fish.

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Baldie
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Re: What are you modelling?

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Glad you are getting some games in.

DBA and FOW for me this week then COC EW next week.
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Getting slaughtered by a surprising amount of opponents.

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Re: What are you modelling?

Post by BaronVonWreckedoften »

Corvusboreus wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:10 pm
Firstly,sorry about the mankini reference.
One person's idea of throwaway humour is another's traumatic mental imagery.
And all the more fun for that. Just one of many reasons (not all of them historical/wargaming related) that most of us come here. :lol:
No plan survives first contact with the dice.

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