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Sunday, 26 February 2017

Some small changes in a long time

It's been quite a challenging time since my last postings with some considerable changes to my working life. Whilst that is not important for here, it certainly explains the lack of enthusiasm for making posts. So here's trying to get back into some good blogging habits.  
  Myself and a friend, Ed, have been planning to turn a wargame into a boardgame to bring the best of both hobbies together. I've been a long time player of command and colors and used large scale figures to game it on Hexon terrain. I have had a passion to make a 6mm version which replaces the blocks with figures, but retains the feeling of a boardgame.    
  So myself and Ed have decided to do the Second Punic War together, fighting each of the available scenarios in turn. If the passion continues, we hope to upscale to using a base as a block to give a grand visual appeal. For the moment we are building our starting forces; I'm doing Carthaginians whilst Ed creates a Republican Roman army. We hope to give some battle reports as we go. So, in preparation, here are some photos of my work to date...    
 

7 comments:

  1. That does look fantastic! While the figures are splendid, I really want more details on your terrain tiles.

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  2. Quite a few people have done something like this, but this is by far the most impressive version I have seen to date. Good show!

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  3. Your handling of the terrain is lovely. I am a Hexon user myself, so will follow this project with interest.

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    1. Hi Norm,
      I'm a user of Hexon too. In fact myself and some friends put on 2 command and colours games at the Partizan show about 10 years ago using Hexon; one historical and one with home made fantasy adaptations

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  4. Thanks for all the positive responses guys, it certainly has given some much needed motivation.

    In terms of the terrain tiles:

    They are 55mm diameter, 2mm thick MDF bases from Warbases.
    Basic technique is fine sand with cat litter PVA'ed to the base.
    Then heavy drybrush with sand colour art paint
    Next a light drybrush of white on the raised stony areas
    Then light patches of flock


    For specifics
    River: spray bases with a varnish to seal; then spray with a dark blue; draw outline of river and paint details; use a clear plastic wallet cut to the size of the hex and glued thinly with watered PVA; then texture as for basic base
    Trees: texture base as described; drill small holes near 2 vertices of hex which will allow figure base onto hex; make trees of own preference (I use wire, glue gun and railway foliage, then light covering of a suitable flock); glue trees in with glue gun
    Hills: slightly smaller hexes (50mm), glue 3 2mm thick bases together, file/round edges, then texture as discussed


    Oh, forgot that some of the foliage on the base is by a company called Tajima form their own website...

    Hope that helps!

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