Sunday, 17 June 2012

WW1 2mm - Terrain Pieces (1)

Some basic terrain pieces are required for The Pz8 rules;-

Trenches
Barbed wire
Bunkers

These can be downloaded and printed off onto card, from their website, if you wish. I, however, fancied having a go at building some that would be more visually appealing.

To start with I tackled the trenches.

I chose to use 60x20mm mdf per-cut bases. This is the correct width for the grid squares and narrow enough to allow a bunker as well as wire to also fit in the same square if needed.

To simulate the trench lines I had a bit of a brainwave! Visiting Hobbycraft with my wife I found some self-adhesive foam sheet for 79p.

I first cut this into pieces 60x10mm.

Then I cut this through the middle (lengthways) with a pair of my wife's special "crafting" scissors that cut a slightly curved edge Zig-Zag line - see pics.

Next I stuck the two foam strips 2mm apart to create an impression of a trench line.

The base was textured with a mixture of sand and PVA and Vallejo Pumice.

Finally painted and weathered in acrylics and with flock added I'm really pleased with the end result.

Next I need to think how to simulate wire at this scale ......

2mm WW1

As an aside to my 10mm WW1 project I've been working on some old 2mm Irregular Miniatures WW1 models I've had hidden away for years.

They were bought as a set along with their Franco-Prussian to WW1 Rulebox some years ago.

Anyhow, I've decided to base these up to play the Pz8's WW1 rules - which I've become rather interested in.

The game takes place on a 6 x 8 square grid and playing piece bases are 1/3 the size of your squares. So if your grid is made up of 60x60mm squares (like mine) your bases are 20x20mm.

I made up the playing board from an old piece of mdf I had lying around - varnished it and added a piece of ready flocked paper (from an old GW Playsheet) stuck on with PVA and with grid lines drawn on in permanent pen.

I plan to add a couple of wipe off panels with a printed grid so you can cross off APs (artillery points) as you use them up.