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PM rsjahn
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rsjahn
15th Aug 2016 06:46:52

Once upon a time... years ago... I purchased a pile of Macedons, Persians and Indians, and never touched them again. Now I have finally started to put some colour on them. Its not really an army yet but more a set of samples.

First some Persians and Greek mercenaries:

A still very small group of Macedons:

(my girlfriend called them "Smurfs with very long... things")

And finally (I couldn't resist) some Indian war-elephants:


PM rsjahn
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rsjahn
24th Aug 2016 12:24:51

And some more, its looking a bit more like armies now.  The ground is still to green, I have to look for something more desertish...

Sorry for such an amount of pictures, I couldn't decide wich one to take *g

Ralf


PM SargKael
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SargKael
29th Aug 2016 02:42:37

Looks great. I like the colours used through it all.


PM Whirlwind
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Whirlwind
29th Aug 2016 06:15:03

Lovely! Which techniques do you use (e.g. what colour undercoat, etc.)?


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dourpuritan
29th Aug 2016 07:56:31

Great looking armies. Have you seen the DeepCut Studio sagebrush game mat? It is a pleasing mix of greens and various browns, umbers and buffs. Recommended for southern Europe, the Near East and parts of America.


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rsjahn
29th Aug 2016 09:59:11

Well, thanks for your compliments!

First for the techniques: undercoat is a very light grey from a spray can (fast to do and gives a smooth surface); colouring with Vallejo; then ink for the shadows (I use peat brown from Newtons, black I find to dark); then a matt varnish, again from a spray can (Humbrol Acrylics, but others will do too); and finally all metallics (with a bit of ink afterwords when nessecary), because metallics will lose shininess, when you varnish them with matt spray.

And second for the link: Thank you very much, I didn't know theses mats, really great looking. Have you already see one of them for real?

Ralf


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dourpuritan
29th Aug 2016 02:28:26

Yes, I own a fields cloth mat. It is the one which is a mixture of various green hues. The mat is like a thick cotton sheet. I also have a lime green faux mink throw, which is 6 foot plus x 4 foot plus. This is very heavy, and takes hills underneath very readily. I broke up the lime green by spraying it, over the washing line in the garden, with both dark green and sand acrylics. Incidentally, I looked on the DeepCut webswite, but couldn't see the sagebrush mat. However, I do know it is available in this country via the To the Strongest shop, in various sizes with or without a finely marked grid. Here's a photo of my faux mink (Amazon) set up for a 6mm game.


PM corfe
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corfe
2nd Nov 2017 05:24:23

bloody lovely terrain. 


PM 6mmwargaming
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6mmwargaming
3rd Nov 2017 10:50:22

That mat is very nice.


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dourpuritan
5th Nov 2017 10:42:39

Amazon are still selling them. I just searched for faux mink throw blanket in lime green on the Amazon website. The 200cm x 240cm can be had for as little as £15. It does have the advantage that its weight allows for draping over hill shapes to produce a good undulating terrain. However it does look much better with some random acylic spraying in a variety of different greens and light brown/sandy/buff colours.


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