Tuesday, October 29, 2019

bits for interiors and bigger photo backdrops

Getting ready for a feast ...

A recent Ebay pickup, four resin cast items for a large feast or party ...
 will need to make a suitable interior room plus more people and servants too :)

Higher Backdrops for picture taking

To get some higher backdrop boards I bought a couple of the standard Daler art board sheets - colour Delft Blue. They provide a basic taller backdrop for picture taking...
 The blue is a bit light, need to experiment a bit, but at least a full height picture of the ship is possible (and also larger buildings when made); I may add some clouds to one sheet and keep the other plain.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Playing with forts (4) .... stone roman fort and ditch

I thought it would be useful to be able to represent the roman fort/town with stone wall having a ditch as well. I made a simple causeway pice and also a ramp to bring a road up to the right level.

The rear of the roman wall, a bit bare inside the fort - I can use some basic buildings I have to fill in for roof age (I may make a couple of small barrack buildings)
 the ditch is represented by the gap between a straight table riser section and hill sections; the small causeway is made from cardboard and stone effect paper.
 the ramp made using same materials as the causeway piece and gets the road up to the right level...
Thats all for now on forts :)

Monday, September 30, 2019

Playing with forts (3) .... one for the Gauls

Managed to setup something to represent part of a Gallic (or Celtic) hill fort. I used most of my pallisade section pieces, but was stuck for the ditch - I decided to indicate the ditch using some thickish cut-outs form some old table mats covered with the green fabric of my hill pieces and table risers. The indication of the ditch is sufficient, it will do for a game or backdrop.

The two nice huts are from J G Miniatures, they are really good models may invest in one more.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Playing with forts (2) ... Roman Style Wooden fort

Dressed up a straight ditch configuration for the romans with the wooden palisade sections; looks reasonable..

From the inside.....
The ditch, with a new causeway piece ... (yep those backdrops are too low - OK for general gaming though)
 a look down the table, perhaps what a gaul may see if looking at it having climbed up a small tree....

Still working on a more curvy look to provide something for the Gauls.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Playing with forts ...

Starting in one of the things on my list - making a section of gallic fort (or similar).

First up I just put the palisade sections out in the corner of the table ...
way to flat really, so after faffing about with my table riser sections and hill pieces, have something that has a sort of ditch and is on a low hill.
its a bit straight for a gallic/geltic hill fort but would do for a roman wooden fort, I can use a similar scheme with my stone walls to give the roman fort/town a ditch. Need something more curvy for the gallic hill fort.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Stuff for the future ....

I've been working on a shortlist of contexts for future games and things to model; I seem to have got a list to work with, see below.

Contexts for games & story lines
  • Roman 'pacification' of areas beyond the current northern military frontier, I have been looking at some of the schema used for campaigns in Denyers Bits and Bobs Blog -  https://denyers.blogspot.com/.
  • Gallic Inter-tribal conflicts
  • Voyages in northern climes of the of roman military ship Aurora
  • Roman Testudo
  • Section of gallic hill fort
  • roman street scene

Saturday, June 1, 2019

A little bit of help ....

Awoken by the din of battle after a long sleep following a late night binge, two slightly bleary visiting warriors have a quick 'pick-me-up' drink from the druid and head out to disperse the remaining attackers ...