Saturday, 24 August 2013

Decorating Mud: Completing the Scene

 Where to stop? It 's a dilemma. You can keep on adding detail until, well, until it is all detail and there is no room for the action. It's a bit like painting the figures how much is too much and how little is too little?
So, we have to have the basics plus some added value.
 Get your contours defined. Red for the plateau, yellow to define slopes and greens of various hues to denote the main undulating fields...
 Using my patented, copyright, R&D financed and trademarked 'SPRINKLE' method (Spread Particles Right Into Niches Keeping Lines Emphasised) as demonstrated in this photo, you can see the colours beginning to breathe life into the palette of the scene...arty enough for you?
 ...and colour in.
 This photo shows again how having your table painted gloss blue allows you to have water pretty well wherever you wish.
 Of course due to having the open spaces around built up areas I use the CRAPP method (Could Really Add Proper Pieces) for villages en route.
 A couple of different greens (or to Colin, greys) add a bit of depth...or I could be just kidding myself.
 Rough flock and bits of lichen fill out the wooded areas without using too many trees. You know what it's like constantly shifting the trees to facilitate movement. Depending on the group dynamic you can end up arguing over the wood being 'a little more to the left' once moved and replaced all game long.
 The odd tree, and they don't come odder than the BBT (Bog Brush Tree) and the wood is clearly defined wherever you move the actual timber.
 Here we have no line of sight between the wood (foreground) and the village unless you're through it and standing on the level height (pinky red) of the higher ground just beyond the wood.
 Here to the left of the yellow a good line of sight, over and to the right of the yellow, no line of sight.
 The road, left to right, off the level high (pink) ground down the (yellow) incline along the flattish (green) fields and up the (yellow) incline and into town.
 ...and repeat.
 French end. I believe in giving the bowler a jolly good run up.
 Middle river crossing where we had the last little punch up.
 And a view from the pavilion end. Down all 24 feet of it.
 With thanks to Roy B. for his farm complex and its years of sterling service.
 The long shape of Bossau Wood. Allied right flank.
 ...and a few shots of the river just because it's nice.

 Now you can interpret the topography for yourselves we hope you'll get more from the AAR's
Next time: Populating the battlefield.
My thanks to CL International (Wedding and  Bar-mitzvah) Photography and 'Billee' President of the Laura Ashley Country-side Appreciation Society for their help in this blog.


  1. Splendid! Very impressive scale and love the river.

    Cheers, Dave

  2. Fantastic looking terrain!

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  4. Impressive stuff.

    I deleted the first comment as I asked how long the table is, but then I saw the answer in your text (blush).

    Huge table !

  5. A couple of great how to do it posts. Thanks.

  6. Thanks one and all for your kind and encouraging comments.