Lately, I’ve gotten into the mood of doing some scratchbuilding for our 15mm medieval games. I started to build a cog, which I will cover in detail in another blog entry as soon as it looks like something to share. I also made some small terrain features. As we play on a felt mat, our landscape can look a bit bland, especially if a scenario demands few other terrain features. So I decided to build some small bits and pieces to break up the green expanse:
This was easy and fast: The small spots of grass are mounted on round 25mm bases, the others on spare bits of plasticard. The trees are figs covered with thinned PVA glue, painted and drybrushed.
Recently when taking a walk, we came across a replica of a medieval herb garden. It tells a lot about how much of a wargamer I have become when my imagination immediately conjured up images of such a garden in 15mm! Returning home, I fell upon an old table mat and cut it into stripes to make wattle fencing. I glued those onto a rectangular piece of plasticard and arranged some matchsticks for the framing of the flower beds. After painting and strewing coloured flock into the beds, another bit of scenery was ready:
On ebay, I acquired a lot of resin dry stone walls to make pastures. When I put them on the table and placed some sheep inside, K. rightly pointed out that there were no gates, so how would the animals get in there in the first place? Well, she’s right were she’s right! After plundering a box of matchsticks and getting my fingers full of PVA glue, I had these:
My last order from Magister Militium included a pack of 15mm grave stones I used to make a typical english graveyard (or at least something a tourist like me would recognise as such). This was also very easy: Another piece of plasticard as a base, drybrushing the stones in different shades of grey and generous flocking led to a quiet place for contemplating the vanity of all earthly pursuits.
Last, I decided to make some archer’s stakes out of toothpicks. At the moment, we don’t have any cavalry in play, but I want to paint up some hobilars, so these might come in handy at some point:
It’s really fun to make scenery in 15mm. It’s quick work and the results do look nice, if I say so myself. I am looking forward to putting the new stuff on the table!