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95th Rifles on the Dusty Road. Some bossy fellow points the way.


Well, it’s been a minute or two, but I’ve been a-hobbying lately, and have managed to finish off the 95th Rifles for my long-suffering Lasalle Light Division project.


95th Rifles in Line, 43rd Monmothshire advances along the road. Bossy fellows abound.

With this regiment out of the way, I only have to paint up the 1st Cacadores, and I’ll have my core force completed. The 1st is mounted up on tongue suppressors, and ready for priming, so perhaps early September will see the completion of the first, core, stage of this project (there are additional supporting forces to be painted).

The astute observer will notice that I’ve knocked together a miniature terrain board for photographic staging. I used this exercise to try out some new-to-me techniques, including using sifted dirt and tile grout for a ground base. I think the ground work looks pretty fantastic. The finished product is a good representation of an arid area, and the ‘scale’ of the dirt works well with the figure scale. One thing is certain: you can’t beat the price and availability of dirt!

I’ve borrowed/stolen some techniques from Luke Towan’s excellent model railroad YouTube channel. His tutorials are well worth a watch, and are sure to inspire some new ideas, even if the techniques aren’t directly applicable, without modification, to the rigors of a wargaming table.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading.




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  • Tichy  On 08/21/2016 at 12:51 pm

    That is one of the most realistic wargaming terrain to date. Absolutely brilliant.

    • arkiegamer  On 08/21/2016 at 12:55 pm

      Thanks! The board portion is constructed of polystyrene, and sculptamold was used as filler/texture on the hills. Carving polystyrene is a messy and not too quick process, but the rest of it was dead easy.

  • tinpotrevolutionary  On 08/21/2016 at 2:34 pm

    Awesome work! The minis look great and the new terrain really compliments them! :)

  • Sparker  On 08/21/2016 at 5:35 pm

    Lovely terrain and figures both! Well done Sir!

  • Frank  On 08/26/2016 at 10:31 pm

    I was about to call Grady and organize a search party for Arkie Gamer. Great job on the minis, as usual!

  • houseofqueeg  On 09/10/2016 at 5:27 pm

    Real nice, I’m a big fan of dismounted cav too. And I agree about the board, great stuff, I’d love to drive my tanks over it :)

  • houseofqueeg  On 09/10/2016 at 5:29 pm

    Rifles, cav doh! I’d just finished looking at your Dragoons and had them on the brain ….. both are superb ….

  • daggerandbrush  On 09/26/2016 at 9:51 pm

    I think you achieved a photorealsitic look with this board and the trees in the background look also very naturalistic. You can also experiment with other backgrounds. A hilly landcape with a small township or maybe just a cloudy sky might add some interest and amke the pictures even better.

    • arkiegamer  On 09/26/2016 at 10:50 pm

      Thank you. I actually did a bit of experimenting with photoshopping in a sky…using the solid construction paper background makes it pretty easy, and it turned out well.

      I’ll be sure to post a picture with photoshopped background the next time I use this little board.

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