Wednesday, 30 January 2013

New Scenery; Through the Medium of Dance

The scenery left over from D-Day is pretty solid. The beach sand (ie yellow builders sand) swept up without problems. The red builders sand is really solid. It needs to be undermined by paint scraper and then broken up from the consequent slabs. We tried hammers but it was taking forever. Suddenly we thought of the perfect solution....dance.


It worked in Grease, Singing in the Rain, Saturday Night Fever, Brave heart  Saving Private Ryan and Down Fall so why not in scenery changing for war games?
 We tried the River Dance method to start with but Colin kept banging his head on the ceiling...
 Line dancing was a bit of a failure as Colin couldn't remember the steps....
 So he settled for a kind of shuffling twist so popular amongst dads at any kind of party/wedding/social that really upsets the kids.
 Perfect. These moves don't just make dads look good but are a great sand moulding combo.
 Once the new sand has been mixed with water, patted down and the roads and hills moulded and marked you can colour in.
 Roads first...
 Contours next, followed by scrub and trees etc..
 Now...populate and suddenly you don't notice the scenery anyway.
 Hat light lancers...
 Italeri Guns with Airfix crews.
 Colin's new Hat lights in skirmish order according to Shako 2...
 My ancient Esci Nassau troops (courtesy of Roy B)
 and the Dutch Heavy Cavalry...Ibid.
 Dutch Infantry (Revell British)

 Revell British officers painted as Brunswick and Dutch.
 British contribution to the battle...RHA by Airfix.

Italeri cavalry, ADC's from some board game (but paint up ok) with Airfix commander and Airfix French Infantry. I can't help it...I really like the plastics.

So, let the Ceilidh begin...

8 comments:

  1. A very novel approach to scenery reduction!

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  2. Lol.. Great way to dismantle your last battlefield. The Nap troops look excellent by the way.

    Steve

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  3. Dance, dance, wherever you may be,
    To break up that old scenery,
    Then populate with Nappies that are plastic,
    And your wargaming with stay elastic.

    (with apologies to an old hymn)

    I agree with Steve, I like the look of the Napoleonics.

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  4. Thanks all. You could tell that desparation was setting in. It proves the saying that..."necessity is the mother of invention". We were casting about for something wider and heavier than the hammer and it happened to be Colin's feet.

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  5. Daning in our hobby, brilliant, sweet figures to!!!

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  6. I don't remember the dancing scene in Saving Pte. Ryan (or Downfall!). Maybe I slept thru that part.

    Did you try the Pogo, or the Shuffle? Was the twist more efficient using both feet, or just one with all the weight (not casting any aspersions here!) on it?

    Another 1/72 plastics wargamer! Well met, Sir!

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  7. SRD,
    Nice work, as usual. Even if your methods are a little...unconventional :)

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  8. A little poetic licence on the whole dancing theme...no too many dance numbers in war films I suppose...but anything that clears the scene for some plastics (and maybe the odd metal figure) can't be bad. Thanks for your comment guys.

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