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    Take a piece of yellow legal pad and paint it green(ish).

    While that dries, ram 96 toothpicks in sets of threes into thirty-two 15x40mm bases. Drilling holes first helps considerably. Use about half the toothpick. Discard the rest. Or pick your teeth. Up to you. Now is a good time to paint them green. The toothpicks, not your teeth. Texture the bases, too.

    Cut the paper into rectangles roughly 15mm in length and 15mm in depth. You want them wide enough to wrap around the toothpicks maybe 1 1/2 or two times. Feather one of the long edges. You want a paper phalanx.

    Starting from the top, wrap not one…

    Not two…

    But three, yes three, phalanxes around the toothpicks. Be conservative with the glue. Attach only the bottom edge of the paper to the thoothpick:

    Finally, starting at the bottom, use a pair of fine tipped tweezers to tease the feathers, the pikes of paper, out of formation:

    So now, your tiny Native Americans will have something to protect from dastardly colonists.

     

    –jeff

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
    More verbosity: http://petiteguerre.blogspot.com/

    #135930
    Mike
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    #135931
    zippyfusenet
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    I like it.

    You'll shoot your eye out, kid!

    #135933
    Rhoderic
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    I’ve immediately begun doing my own versions of these. Thanks for the inspiration and the instructions.

    #135934
    Andrew Beasley
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    That is a great result given the humble beginnings.

    Congrats on the result and patience to do it – 96 toothpicks…

    #135949
    OB
    Participant

    Impressed and I have Aztecs!  You are going to save a lot of people a lot of money.

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #135980
    Tony S
    Participant

    Amaizing! (Had to say it)!

    I’m thinking my Confederates might also enjoy hiding in a field of those.

    Thanks!

    #135982
    Don Glewwe
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    Okay…trim the phalanx to a point, then you’ve reached the ultimate.

    Until someone is crazy enough to do that*: You win the prize.

     

    *is this a gauntlet thrown down?

    https://brawlfactory.net/

    #136031

    trim the phalanx to a point,

    I did consider that.

    It still looks sparse to me. I may have to repeat the process.

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
    More verbosity: http://petiteguerre.blogspot.com/

    #136038
    Nathaniel Weber
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    This sort of cleverness is one of the things that makes this hobby grand.

    #136573
    Mark Morin
    Participant

    Outstanding – I will be copying this for Aztec uses!

     

    Btw, do you know of anyone selling Aztec temples (large)?

    #136574
    Norm S
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    Superb and very useful idea, thanks.

    #136596
    OB
    Participant

    Mark you might be able to do something with this.

    https://www.christystoyoutlet.com/shop/YoYos–Skill-Toys/p/Hape-Mayan-Pyramid-Sand-Mold.htm

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #136603
    Darkest Star Games
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    Ya know, this might also work for bamboo, but of course would need to be taller.  Hmmmm……

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #136635

    Thanks everyone. Your comments are appreciated.


    @Mark
    Morin, No, I’m afraid I’m not familiar with what is commercially available for the Meso-America. I scratch built a city once but gave it away when I moved out of state. It was apretty easy build, though. Not a lot of curves in the architecture. The big challenge was the murals but that’s not much of an issue these days. Find ’em on the internet, print and paste. The terrain was only used for one game and then sat in my basement for probably the next ten years.

    I just happened to find ‘Cortes and Montezuma’ by Maurice Collis as a daily deal for Kindle a few weeks ago. I think I read it years ago but between rereading  that and your project I’m feeling the Siren’s call. And those Eureka Aztecs are soooo tempting….

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
    More verbosity: http://petiteguerre.blogspot.com/

    #136641
    zippyfusenet
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    Btw, do you know of anyone selling Aztec temples (large)?

    You might find something useful in the Acheson Creations 25mm Meso-American range:

    https://achesoncreations.com/index.php/storefront/meso-america/25mm-meso-america

     

    You'll shoot your eye out, kid!

    #136642
    Cacique Caribe
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    Wow!  What a beautiful village and field!  I’m in awe.

    Dan
    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/with/72157710630529376

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    #139518
    Sane Max
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    very very nice….. First question – is it not easier to wrap sticks and THEN stick them in the bases? Just wondering as it would also give more irregularity to the maize height, which seems right for early crops looking at piccies?

    Second question – it seems a bit low based on my resources. Shouldn’t it be about level with the eye-socket of a Pachyderm?

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