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Ethiopian Terrain: need help

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Someone requested a BA demo game so I got a second chance to bring the terrain to the store.  Remembered to take a pre game pic but then forgot to take any others.

 

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A rather odd battle between Ethiopians from 1935 against mostly unpainted Ethiopians from the Korean War.  At the end, each side had 1 squad and 1 sniper left.

 

 

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These are my best attempt at non-grey rocks.   I started with a reddish brown then added some orange and then finally added some yellow ochre.  

 

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Ignore the shiny new toys.  Also as you can see  I used some scraps of foam to make some dragon teeth.

 

[edit]  I really need to go find a replacement for photobucket.

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The nice thing about the Mark 4 Hill Drying Rack (M4 HDR) is that with the optional trailer hitch, you can also use it to launch boats when needed.

 

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Some simple hills I knocked out to have more terrain for the Bolt Action tourney (which against all reason I am now the TO of).  I think I'm going to try a Future  based wash on these to toughen them up a bit.

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Sacrificed a couple welcome mats to make some larger fields.

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The ones to the left and bottom have been painted green while the top two will be left natural.  They are too big to put bases under them but I at least painted the plastic edge of the natural mats green.   Each set is designed to be modular so various configurations an be put together.

 

 

 

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The Flockining Part Deux

 

Before

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After.  Also included some new wooden huts and some bushes.   I've got a bunch more bushes started as well.

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Closeup on the rock formation.  Still terrible lighting.

 

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2 hours ago, lowlylowlycook said:

...I just wanted to use up some leftover bits of foam.

 

 

 

Some of the best pieces I've made have come from my scrap box.

There is something deeply satisfying about making something cool out  what most people would throw away.

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It turns out that that Gum trees that were imported from Australia to Ethiopia thrived at the high elevation so I'm going to need some of those.

 

This guy makes some super nice ones using something called seafoam or Super Trees they are very nice but I doubt they'd hold up to wargaming.

 

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Eventually I'm sure the solution is to make wire armatures but I thought I'd start out with something quick and easy.  I bought some ready made armatures 

 

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Here is one with clump foliage added.

 

For the next one I used torn up bits of a mesh that's actual purpose is to sit in a gutter and keep out leaves.  Then I applied some flocking.

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The fact that the armature in the second tree can be stuck into the bits of mesh makes for a pretty robust tree.   I think that if I used slightly smaller bits of mesh, posed the branches at a more rising angle and then got the right flocking, it could be serviceable.  Well after I paint the trunk that is.

 

 

 

 

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Thinking about how to lay out some cork for an "amba".  For reference there is both a 28mm and 10mm figure on there.  Also some volcanic plugs in the background.:

 

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Also debating trying to make it modular and how much access should I build in.  Certain Ethiopian monasteries are only accessible by a rope lift but that might not really make sense for wargaming.

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