Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Bitter Kitty Litter Fitter

 You know we like to make sand pies. The chaps came around and we mashed the sand that had dried hard but been fought over long enough and began again with the garden hose and the marigolds...nuff said. As you can probably tell from this piccie the sand is still a little damp. The flock (from Colin's recipe - just add celery) is showing as a stark contrast between light and dark but it will soften with the drying process. We're just mowing the grass for our next foray into the Waterloo scenario tests but the big disappointment is the road....
All seems quite normal, for grown up people who still play with toy soldiers, when you look at this scene. The higher the ground the lighter the flock. No trees or other vegetation (gamers not pictured) at this stage but the problem is with the road surface. Normally, cat litter, unused as far as possible, makes a good watermacadam style roadway.
 But, look at this! Looks like the local council laid it!
 It has not, as it usually does, conformed to the cut out gully and locked nicely into place...
 It has risen like a zombies cake...
 ...failed miserably to conform....
 ...and is stickier and slimier than a politician's promise.
 "Stone me..." says I " 'tis in worse nick than the Via Appia Antica after 2,000 years of Fiat's and gesticulations."
 No, no, no. this won't do at all. I'll have to call in the master road builder himself. We may need a custom built Colinius Maximus road for this one.
 This looks like leftover porridge...
 Crap, even from a distance. To be honest, it was a different type of CL but I may have used too much water. After all CL's job is to absorb moisture but I may have been too liberal.
 la Haie Sainte deserves better. I will have to experiment further, perhaps break down the water tension with a little liquid soap first and use less water over all.
 I didn't sort the clips for the roof as I still want to be able to take them off. Especially for WW2 games/skirmishes....
...and the inside walls look a little 'clean' and a bit like they are plaster board. The giant paintings floating in space looks a little weird too.

So, lots to do before we do the next part of our Waterloo pilots...watch this space

13 comments:

  1. Ok the road may be a little messy but the rest is just GREAT!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement Joao. It will look better once the details are sorted out.

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  2. mark from Ireland but not.7 October 2014 at 16:15

    Is this the start of the BIG YIN. 1815

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    1. Ah ha! Almost but not quite, sir. The ground being prep'd is for the November practice game of this section. The actual setup will be, DV , the whole thing done in one. That way the orientation will be seamless, the ground solid and the GSMEAS doable within a one shiney day session.

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  3. I think you're being too hard on yourself!! Looks fantastic!! :)

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    1. I agree with Steven.

      Looks great.

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    2. Thanks for the encouragement fellas but this road has really got to go. I've had a chat with my head 1/72nd civil engineer and we reckon we can do better.

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    3. I love that you have a 1/72nd civil engineer on the staff :)

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  4. The old Airfix Waterloo Farm House, otherwise known as La Haye Sainte? Looks familiar. I had one from the '80s until my divorce.

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  5. Sorry you lost the house. It does look remarkably like the real thing (La Haye Sainte, I mean, not a coke). We went a jaunt to Belgium last year to see the battlefield. It made me feel a bit like a wargame figure.

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  6. I tried that stuff, all went well until I varnished it and it turned pink!

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