Somewhere in France…

The hedges are in horrid shape. Obviously the gardener has been off with the Maquis...

The Sherman has totally got the drop on this poor Stug. The hedges are in horrid shape around the chateau. Obviously the gardener has been off with the Maquis…

This brief interlude is serving as a palette cleanser for my Napoleonics project. I picked up a copy of Spearhead a few weeks ago with a view to doing something (anything!) with some microarmor I painted up a long time ago for Normandy. I like the idea of gaming microarmor at the operational level (Spearhead can handle about a division per side, with each player commanding around a battalion). I haven’t totally committed to the rules so I haven’t based any troops or vehicles, yet, but I thought it would be fairly safe to develop some of Spearhead’s 3″x3″ abstracted built-up-areas using some buildings I painted last year.

German anti-tank column pushes through the village.

German column pushes through the village.

I’ve been using Vallejo fine pumice, mixed with paint, for all my basing needs, but it’s a little rough for this scale. I’m ok with the results I got on these two bases, but maybe there’s something more appropriate out there? Also, even the finest model railroad ballast is too chunky for 1/285 gravel, as I’ve used it at the circular drive in front of the chateau. I think play sand would be the thing to use for that sort of application.

Back side.

Back side.

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  • John Emmett  On 10/05/2015 at 9:39 am

    Those are exceptionally cool.

  • The model warrior  On 10/05/2015 at 12:03 pm

    Looking good sir. I had a similar problem with gravel and put it in a bag and smashed it with a hammer. Worked a treat.

  • tinpotrevolutionary  On 10/05/2015 at 1:45 pm

    They look great! Very smart indeed! Here’s a link for an idea for solving your gravel problem, hope it’s of some help:

    I haven’t played Spearhead in ages, but I think it’s a great divisional-level wargame!

    • arkiegamer  On 10/05/2015 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks-glad you liked them!

      I’ll definitely check out that video after work. I think I have some acrylic gel medium somewhere, actually.

      I’m determined to get one set, or the other, of Confliffe rules to the table.

  • cama4actual  On 10/05/2015 at 8:12 pm

    Simply amazing. Well done! There is a finer Vallejo product that is scale appropriate for 6mm – it’s called “Sandy Paste” – I use it on all my bases. You can apply it with a No.1 brush, and it’s great.

    • arkiegamer  On 10/05/2015 at 8:22 pm

      Hey, thank you very much! And thanks for the tip, I’ve ordered some Vallejo Sandy Paste.

      • cama4actual  On 10/05/2015 at 8:36 pm

        You won’t regret it. Seriously great work there.

      • arkiegamer  On 10/05/2015 at 8:39 pm

        If anyone should know about good microarmor basing materials, it’s you!

        And thanks again for the compliment. I think having a set base size helped focus my efforts. Kind of makes me want to go out and buy a bunch of hex terrain.

  • daggerandbrush  On 10/12/2015 at 8:21 pm

    Beautiful work. The houses and terrain looks almost photorealistic. Excellent work on the weathering front. In such a small scale you might really just mix some grey pigments with acrylic medium and apply it. Looking forward to se some more terrain pieces.

    • arkiegamer  On 10/12/2015 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you very much! I have to order some more plasticard for bases, and then I’ll do a couple more of these pieces. I’m also going to be basing infantry and tanks, and there’s an opportunity to get creative there, as well.

  • franciscojosepalacios  On 10/13/2015 at 2:20 am

    nice work…stugs are wonderfull. the village look reallistic


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