A Long Delayed Update

It turns out that the 10th and final semester of Architecture school is also the most intense and demanding of my time. So…very little time spent on miniatures, other than grabbing 30 minutes here or there. I’m also completely off-track on my schedule that I set up at the beginning of the year. That’s no surprise to me, but disappointing, nonetheless.

Napoleonic Digression

I have painted a few 1/72 plastic Napoleonic 95th rifles as well as some French Voltigeurs in the same scale and of the same material. My 95th Rifles have been shown before, and the Italeri sculpts remain a joy to paint. My Voltigeurs are by Zvezda, and have proved to be very unsatisfying to paint. The models look great in bare plastic, but the detail turns out to be quite shallow. I’m not the greatest painter in the world at the best of times, but these Voltigeurs have resisted even my most tender ministrations, and are sloppy and flat in appearance.

They’re certainly not worth breaking out the tripod and backdrop, and thus only get the crappy iPhone photo treatment.

Voltigeurs in Disarray

The Dragoon that has snuck in is by Italeri, and was quite fun to paint, though he turned out a good deal more dull than I had hoped.

Voltigeurs in Less Disarray

Back on Track

I have, at long last, started a terrain board for an initial game of I Ain’t Been Shot Mum III. A company of British infantry, supported by a platoon of Shermans will be facing off with a company of Heer infantry in a country village, who happen to have a bit of support in the form of a Pak 40. That’s a bit beside the point, though. Here’s the board.

Terrain Board

The board is 2’x4′ in total dimension, and is made up of part of a sheet of 3/8″ masonite (hardboard), 1×2’s, and 3/4″ blue rigid insulation. The 1×2’s shore up the masonite, which is dimensionally stable over time. The blue foam rigid insulation fits perfectly into the ‘reservoir’ created by the 1×2’s, the actual dimensions of which are 3/4″x1.5″. Do you have nominal vs. actual dimensions in Europe? If not, the previous sentence likely makes absolutely no sense. Here’s a shot of the ‘sandwich’ detail.

Terrain Board Construction Detail

The cool thing about the blue foam is that it’s extremely easy to sculpt and can quickly be formed into sunken roads, ponds, streams, and hills. It’s my intention to COMPLETE (yes, complete) my terrain board by the end of the week, seeing as how this is that most venerable of American collegiate traditions: Spring Break.

So, more later in the week.

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  • tinpotrevolutionary  On 03/19/2013 at 7:11 pm

    Hey there, I really like the dragoon. The muted paint scheme looks very realistic. Looking forward to seeing your terrain board take shape!!

    • arkiegamer  On 03/19/2013 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks, man. My rifles aren’t too terrible, either I don’t know what it is with me and Voltigeurs!

      I’ve been applying filler to the gaps in the board top tonight. Should be ready for some paint tomorrow. I’m developing a strategy for 6mm apple orchards in the meantime.

      • tinpotrevolutionary  On 03/20/2013 at 7:30 am

        Sounds interesting!

      • tinpotrevolutionary  On 03/20/2013 at 7:54 pm

        I can’t wait to see muskets trading blows with rifles, what skirmish rules are you thinking of using?

      • arkiegamer  On 03/20/2013 at 9:10 pm

        Well, I’m going to use Ganesha Games’s ‘Song of Drums and Shakos’ until I can build up larger forces, at which point I’ll switch over to TFL’s ‘Sharp Practice’ which uses forces of 30-100 men per side.


  • […] 2014 being the year of finishing projects, and today I took some steps in that direction. Way back when, I had planned to create a terrain board for the TooFatLardies scenario from I Ain’t Been […]

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