Anyway, I am excited about this year. I have cleared the calendar for a tournament in February of which I am casually working on the last few pieces for my US Engineer Co. I am also considering a trip out of state for a tournament in early April. The probability is rather low but I am holding high hopes.
I'm making a trip to California in February and one to Michigan in August along with as many trips to the high country as I can fit in. I am also going to be starting a hugely inconvenient remodeling project at my home this spring which I will project manage. I figure I better put to use my 15 years of construction management and purchasing experience and add some space to the house. We moved just over a year ago and added 900 square feet but, ironically went from a 4 bedroom to a 3 bedroom while adding a new member to the family. I need to fix that situation. I am also committed to going back to school full time to finish my accounting degree and CPA exam this fall.
So, needless to say, hobbying and blogging will have to give from time to time. I am setting a goal of providing a monthly update on gaming or whatever. I'll continue adding to my US forces for Flames of War and attempt to build some German counter armies. I'm excited to see the Italy compilation Battlefront is going to publish and I have already modeled two Panzer III's for a Herman Goring PanzerKompanie I intend to make. I hope to get the Fallschirmjager done as well; @#$~? you Splinter Camo! I'm going to leave painting 100 tanks to the masochists at WWPD.
So without further blithering here is my January presentation.
I really wanted to make some woods and forests for my game table so after seeing some my friend Gwen made I immediately started on mine. Now Gwen is a super talented painter and sort of my unknowing hobby mentor. I
One of the annoying things for me in Flames of War terrain presentation is little patches of woods that amount to no more than a copse. Scattered about the table in unnatural patterns they look odd and for the most part just slow the game down. Giving veteran troops essentially unlimited cover to operate in is a recipe for a long, fun sapping, engagement. Woods and forests however, do have a place in the game and can be a welcome addition to a table if done right. I set out to make mine modular with the ability to be more like forests if I want.
I went to Home Despot and picked up a bunch of 12"x12" vinyl tiles with adhesive backing. It's about $1/tile and has a slate like look. I lost my picture of the exact product but this one may be it. Pick whatever you like, there a couple choices in earth tones.
|Tin snips designed to cut curves work great|
|FoW is a box of chocolates, you never know what kind of terrain you'll encounter|
|Yes, I am making some 12" x 12" forests! Can you say Ardennes?|
|~$1 from any craft hobby store, don't forget to use your weekly 40% off coupon|
|I lied, there is painting. Use an old brush.|
|Woodland Scenic's Blended Turf Green Blend|
|Burnt Grass on inside edges|
Next I make the small sections with the trees to make it look like a forest. Make or buy whatever trees you like but, do get bases for them. I get pre-made ones. The clump foliage never stays on very well so I do take some time with my hot glue gun and gel super glue to better attach the foliage onto the armatures. I also put a tiny piece of masking tape on the bottom of the base where there is a hole. This will prevent glue from wicking up the hole when you place them.
|From Michael's, 40% off, about $1.50 each, you can do better, I didn't try hard|
|I used Epoxy, I wouldn't use PVA here. Super Glue may be fine here, who knows?|
|Leave some of the tile showing through|
|Once dry, shake excess, and seal with matte finish|
All completed we have some serious forest for your game table.
|Ready to make some bog checks?|
|No arguing, that's heavy terrain|
Thanks for taking a look. If you like what I am doing be sure to follow the blog or leave a comment. I'll be featuring one of the units for my Flames of War US Engineer's next.