Monday, February 24, 2014

The Clearing

Woof! What a long tiring weekend… But before I get to the report of the weekend’s shenanigans  I have a couple of posts to do about terrain….

This is the third battleboard I made for the Ronin – Skirmish Wargames in the Age of the Samurai Campaign/Tournament on this past weekend’s 10th Annual Wargaming Birthday Bash/Winter Wargaming Weekend (and I’m sure it will be used for many other games of Ronin and A Song of Blades and Heroes!).

This terrain board is pretty much flat and the terrain features are simply defined by the ground colours and texture. The idea was to make something that looked like a clearing in a wooded area that could be used for Duels (in Ronin ) or Dark Rituals (in A Song of Blades and Heroes and other games) or ambushing enemy camps or just chance meetings in the woods between antagonists in the middle of a forest region.

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

Gluing down the sand and gravel that mark out a part of the clearing where the grass has been trampled and worn away by heavy travel and a few roads/pathways entering the clearing from different directions.

This and all the battle boards are really meant to be big modular terrain tiles. I will also be building 2x2 tiles and a bunch of 1x1 tiles – and so all of these roads exit and places that would put them in the middle of a 1x1 tile as all the contiuous featres have been designed to do (like roads or rivers) – just like in the River Ford.

The second coat of (lighter) brown. I also do a third coat of a very light brown (a tan colour, actually) to just add a bit more highlights. But I waited until after I’ve done the grass and stuff.

Gluing down the sawdust (that makes the texture for grassy areas or woods). I press a LOT of sawdust into the glue and then brush off the excess when it’s dry (or partly dry).

This if the first coat of paint over the glued on sawdust brown areas represent areas of woods, green are areas of clear ground.

After the final highlights with trees in place. Unlike the Mountain Pass the trees here are not permanently attached to facilitate ease of storage and also so they can be moved out of the way to accommodate models.

Some Samurai and onlookers gather for a duel in the clearing.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Another Terrain post (the Forest Swamp) and then the reports of the weekends activities!

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