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  • #104836
    Jim Jackaman
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    Just basecoated the road sections having undercoated them earlier in the week after the acrylic paste had fully dried out.

    I should get these finished tomorrow, although I also need to texture the road junctions and crossroads which I didn’t get round to last weekend.

    #104839
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    I thought I’d have a go at making an oil well, oil pipeline and a nodding donkey or two.

    Just the sort of thing the rebels would want to blow up!

    There are some good images on this 1950’s film:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD4SHXegGgk

    Anybody know if there’s anything useful in 15mm out there somewhere??

    Thanks

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    #104841
    Mike
    Keymaster
    #104845
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    Those look really good..but a bit out of my price league 

    I’ll have to try some scratch building. I have some old plastruct  bits somewhere that might be useful?

    #104885
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    Now making some wadi sections using ERM river templates, stones from the garden, little rocks, model railway ballast and cheapo superglue from a French supermarket:

    #104888
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    A bit more added, ready to dry out and be undercoated by the end of the day, although it’s freezing in the garage and it may take a while to fully set.

    #104915
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    Now dipped in custard…or old Homebase emulsion paint?

    #104955
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    Now dry brushed and washed, ready for some more drybrush highlighting and tufting (?) tomorrow.

    It’s drying off overnight so I can’t do any more today.

     

    #104956
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    I’ve also assembled the Supreme Littleness Design fort ruin (although this took longer than I thought due to some issues with the tower upper floor section, which needed some minor modification to work properly)

    This is a 15mm version of the SLD 28mm model but it’s not yet available.

    Nice model, once I actually finish it 

    #104959
    Thomaston
    Participant

    This project is getting pretty big. I wish I could find those flat rocks around my area.

    Tired is enough.
    I like tiny miniatures

    #104962
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    The little bits of slate came from some decorative stones that the wife has sprinkled around her plants. It’s chalk where I am, so totally useless for terrain making!

    I often pick up useful looking stones, pebbles and sand or grit when I’m on holiday in  Brittany or when I go back to my dad’s place in Cornwall. You can’t beat a bit of crushed up granite for terrain texturing.

    #104967
    cmnash
    Participant

    Great progress on this Jim – well done that man!

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    #104969
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    Thanks Colin 

    I’ve now wrapped up the wadi and the road sections, so that bit of the project is done, although I still need to make some ‘pie wedge’ bends for he wadi so that it’s not so linear and also make the road junctions, crossroads and a few small filler pieces to bridge any gaps.

    This is never ending…

    …I’m now off to paint some tiddly planes for a bit of light relief.

    Suspiciously quiet at the border crossing today……?

    Watch out for soft sand…could get bogged down here? 

    Looks like the rebels have mined the border track again…where are those sappers? 

    #104970
    cmnash
    Participant

    Thanks Colin I’ve now wrapped up the wadi and the road sections, so that bit of the project is done, although I still need to make some ‘pie wedge’ bends for he wadi so that it’s not so linear and also make the road junctions, crossroads and a few small filler pieces to bridge any gaps. This is never ending…

    I’d have some sympathy if it wasn’t entirely self-inflicted! But, that said, IMO, the results are definitely worth it!

    Are you making the pie wedge bends yourself from another straight? or buying them?

    …I’m now off to paint some tiddly planes for a bit of light relief.

    Light relief? I don’t think I want to know what you’d consider serious partying then …  

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    #104973
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    I’ve got some pie wedges from ERM but they are 2mm thick not 3mm like the river sections, so I’ll probably just cut a river section up using the pie wedges as a template. I think I’ll only need about four or five of them for a bendy wadi (you don’t type that very often )

    #104976
    Darkest Star Games
    Participant

    That ruined fort is pretty dang cool, it’ll look great when you’ve got it all finalized.  And the wadi, very nice!

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

    #104992
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    Yes, I think it’s a lovely little model. I’ve now given it an overall undercoat in matt khaki, ready for painting up, so you can see what it looks like with all the crappy filler covered up. I really like the way the designer has thought of all the little features that make it look just like the real thing, especially the Arabian style crenellations and the inner wall gap where you add little rocks to create a tumbledown effect. Very clever bit of design!

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    #105036
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    I’m now thinking of making some rocky outcrop templates to scatter about using a similar approach to the wadi sections but with more stones and a bit more height, so that the rebels can hide in them for ambushes.

    I was also wondering about some minefields or barbed wire entanglements to use as a border zone, so that the rebels can infiltrate across and the British can patrol up and down, perhaps with a watchtower or sandbagged sentry post of some sort too?

     

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    #105093
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    Here’s the latest addition to the British platoon and its transport, two QRF Humber Pigs and a blown up Ferret scour car (this was originally going to the great Ferret farm in the sky, but the casting was duff at the back end so it got re-purposed into a mined vehicle as a handy scenario hook)

    I have had good dealings with QRF in the past but recently, quite a few models have had casting quality issues, missing parts or the wrong parts supplied, which is a right pain in the backside.

    The assembly saga is on the blog.

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    #105126
    Darkest Star Games
    Participant

    Man, I really really do like that fortress ruin!  And good use for the ferret, I bet it sees more than a few games.

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

    #105143
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    I think it may be available next year. I’m painting my pre release model now and will do a proper review of how it went together when it’s finished.

    If you like it, why not send an email to Michael at Supreme Littleness to get him to make it available sooner rather than later? 😊

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    #105151
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    Started on the painting but there’s still a way to go before I’ve finished it properly:

    #105376
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    I’ve finished the Supreme Littleness Designs ruined fort in 15mm, which Michael re-scaled and laser cut for me, based on the 28mm version.

    This 18mm / 15mm version isn’t available yet and is a pre-release prototype.

    I’ll do a separate review and assembly photos tomorrow, so you can see how it all fits together.

    A very nice little kit indeed 

    #105421
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    I finished undercoating the vehicles yesterday in Humbrol Matt Green, so everything including the British infantry and transport, is ready for painting after the Xmas break. I chose green as I didn’t have any desert yellow spray paint and I plan to paint the desert yellow stripes and bands after doing the basecoat of faded green camouflage.

    I’m taking a break from the project now, due to Xmas, but will be back in January!

    #105448
    Darkest Star Games
    Participant

    Have a good break!

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

    #105876
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    I now have a ‘background’ for the rebel insurgents / freedom fighters / guerrillas, based on some background reading about Aden and Dhofar, with a few other ideas thrown in for good measure.

    It’s the Jebali Popular Liberation Front (JPLF) aka the ‘Adoo’

    https://jimswargamesworkbench.blogspot.com/2018/12/jebali-popular-liberation-front.html

     

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    #105878
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    I’m going to need some more hills 

    #112340
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    I’m back again with the Sandbox Skirmish 15mm post-colonial project, after a short winter interlude and a nasty case of the What a Tanker! bug. I’ve now cured myself of the tank modelling habit (I think?) so it seems like a good idea to crack on with painting the British / Royalist platoon and motor transport.

    These are all basecoated and ready to go, but I’ve been thinking about adding a few more landrovers for patrols on the frontier. I have one that I’ve converted into a mine protected vehicle but I think some bog standard ones might be a good addition. I’ll use the Peter Pig models again but with added stowage, machine guns and crew.

    I’ve been reading this over the last few days and its given me some more ideas for scenarios and terrain building, so expect to see some more desert features on the workbench including some acacia trees and scrub, which I can sprinkle around as cover up on the jebel.

    I also need to get cracking on the insurgent forces and have a few more extras to add to them too. One thing I have been thinking about is a locally raised Frontier Force to use alongside the British platoon but equipped with ex-WW 2 kit including Brens, SMLE’s and 2” mortars etc. I thought the Peter Pig 8th army figures would be ideal, perhaps with a headswap or just using the Indian figures with turbans. Just an idea but it would be fun.

    Anyway…more to follow once I’m back from my holidays.

    #112353
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    This is the sort of thing I think I need for those long range patrols on the frontier:

    That’s you know who in the middle of the photo too.

     

    #112374
    cmnash
    Participant

    Blimey Jim! I didn’t realise that you were that old …  or perhaps it isn’t you?

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    #112405
    Darkest Star Games
    Participant

    Glad to see this project getting some traction again!

    or perhaps it isn’t you?

      Couldn’t be, none of us were ever that young! 

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

    #113572
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    Got some new paint for my British vehicles (it’s French but pretty spot on for what I’m aiming for)

    The idea is to block the sand areas in white over the green basecoat, then overpaint with the sand. The green areas will just be overpainted directly. Then I’ll add highlights.

    I’ll do a wash too but not sure if I should do it before or after the over painting / blocking in?

    #113612
    Darkest Star Games
    Participant

    I don’ think I understand your process.  Why base coat in green then cover it with white and then put sand over that?

    Based on your RL picture above it looks to me like just using a straight sand base, then that black-green for the camo would do , then after a dull coat do a sand colored filter/oil wash.  Gloss coat, pin wash, drybrush, matt coat, done.

    Or are you going with a more verdant camo pattern?

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

    #113628
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    The white base coat is to make sure the sand is opaque enough but won’t need more than one coat to cover up the underlying green. It’s only going on where there’s sand on top, leaving the rest green.

    I’m going for a sand and light green camo pattern, so the green will just go straight over the base coat.

    Like this:

    #113644
    Darkest Star Games
    Participant

    Oh I see!  So you’ll go green, then mask it and do the sand.  I was thinking of it backwards, green on sand and figured there was an extra step in there that I didn’t get.

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

    #117983
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    Better very late than never (?) here’s the first two British vehicles for the platoon to go off patrolling in. I’ve just been experimenting with the painting but they seem to have turned out OK so I will crack on.

    There are some more photos on the blog and a run through of the paints I used.

    http://jimswargamesworkbench.blogspot.com/2019/07/sandbox-skirmish-scout-patrol-done.html

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    #118003
    Darkest Star Games
    Participant

    I’d say a bit better than OK!  They look really good to me.  I’m glad you’re still working on this project!

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

    #118119
    Thomaston
    Participant

    I’m looking forard to seeing more of these, especially the infantry.

    Tired is enough.
    I like tiny miniatures

    #126751
    Jim Jackaman
    Participant

    I was rummaging about today and realised its just over a year since I started the Sandbox Skirmish project. It sort of ground to a halt over the summer but I’m picking up where I left off.

    I’m planning to get the British vehicles painted up over the next couple of weeks then crack on with the infantry, before turning my attention to more terrain and the rebel forces.

    As always, I’ll post it all up on the blog.

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    #126758
    Darkest Star Games
    Participant

    Yay!  Keep at it, would love to see this played!

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

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