Here's a little project that I've been working on for a while now but have just completed. Back in December I decided that with the number of miniatures I've painted recently I would soon have enough to game with, but I had absolutely no terrain for them to fight over. As such, I decided to build a small Spanish village. Here's the fruits of my labor, with a little "How-I-did-it" tutorial.
(Remember to click on the pictures for bigger versions.)
|The foam was then carved with my X-acto in order to get the basic shapes of the buildings down. Here is the village church, complete with bell tower.|
|Here is the start of the base. It is merely a piece of 6 inch by 6 inch corrugated cardboard. I marked out where the buildings would sit, then I painted the "street" areas with a coat of dark brown paint.|
|While the dark brown paint was still wet, I applied a coat of lighter brown on top. This was to give a mixed brown that is an attempt to look like a dusty, dirt street.|
|And here's the completed village, with a church, two houses, and a communal garden.|
|The garden walls were made with strips of carboard coated in modeling paste. The rows of plants are strips of fake grass used in Christmas village modelling that I picked up in an after-Christmas sale years ago.|
|The single story house was modeled after a picture in the Black Power rulebook.|
I meant to get a picture of the village with a stand of figures placed in the center of town for scale, but it didn't get done. I've designed the village to be able to hold a full six-stand battalion's worth of figures within the base. It's a bit cramped, but the stands all fit. Overall, I'm pleased with the results.
On the buying front, I recently purchased enough British figures off of eBay to hopefully complete the 88th Regiment of Foot here pretty soon... it all depends on what kind of shakoes two thirds of them are wearing; the pictures were hard to see. Anywho, I'll find that out in a couple of days.
Also, I'd like to welcome a new follower to the blog, 1/72 Figures collect & paint. Thanks for following my humble efforts, and I hope that you enjoy what you see here!
Coming up: I have some Spanish artillerymen, Portuguese infantry and French hussars on painting bases currently, so we'll see. I may get all excited when my new figures arrive and paint up a few Brits next.
Questions, comments and criticisms are always welcomed and appreciated! Thanks for looking!