Thursday, 1 May 2014

Old Desert Terrain and British Heliograph.

 Well here are a couple of shots of my 10mm Pendraken British Army Heliograph. I will talk about the terrain later, but for now I shall just concentrate on the figures. Inall I have 3 of these heliograph teams but as I only need one have only painted 1. The reason for this is that I may want one in a desert khaki colouring for the later Sudan. By leaving 2 unpainted I retain the option of going either way regarding the colours. Like the majority of my colonial figures  they are on a 20mm by 20mm base. And as such will fit in the box assigned to them with little difficulty.



















What follows is a random set up of my 6mm Modular desert Terrain. It was build about 30 years ago and at the time simply used what was available to me. As a result there are a variety of colours. This really does not bother me too much, ideally it would be all the same colours, but I don't live in a perfect world. Not even a model perfect world.  All the boards were hand made from 5mm and 10mm foam board. And as they were all hand made they don't fit together perfectly. As you can see there are some gaps. But overall these gaps are acceptable top me. I have some more 5mm foam board so expect some more of this terrain coming soon.

This is most of my terrain, in my memory there was more! By most I mean about 3/4s so there is still enough for variations and I can almost guarantee that it will not go back in exactly the same way! The River and water sections were done for Battletech but have never been used.

Originally this was made for 6mm WW2 Western Desert. But now as I have a couple of 10mm Sudan armies I will need to replace the buildings (honestly these ones are too small). I have bought sufficient 10mm desert Buildings while at Salute, so that will be a very quick job.

And there you have it, I suspect the terrain will work perfectly well for the change of scale and other than the buildings see no changes that desperately need to change. If I get picky I can always re-paint each board but have no plans to do so at this stage.

Thanks for looking today. Have a good few days and I shall post again on Saturday. Have a good one folks.









20 comments:

  1. While I never liked hexes for some reason, this board is fantastic. And so modular! The good thing with hexes is, there are no bases for terrain and the hills looks particularly spectacular. Nicely done!

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    1. Thank you Mathyoo. It has survived very well I think.

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  2. That's pretty good, you know! It looks like most of the pieces are single hexes, with only a few multiples?

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    1. Yes most are single Hexes, a few double 1 triple, one od 4 hexes and 1 of 5! And quite a few Half Hexes as they are easy to make from the scrap of a full board when you cut the whole hexes out!!! Thank you Hugh.

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  3. That's a perfectly good bit of terrain there, very impressive too for its age.
    Are you not tempted in the least to give it another makeover ?

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    1. I was more tempted before I have seen it and less tempted now that I have gotten it out and put It away! Thank you Jo. I can see it growing more in the short term and after that who knows!

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  4. Nice terrain Clint, now you have made me think about hexes in a new light

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    1. Thank you Loki. I really like it when I see another's blog and it either sparks an idea or makes me think. If I have done that for you in any way I am very pleased.

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  5. That must have been a labour of love and I have to say has stood the test of time rather well.

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    1. I will be extending it! Thank you Michael. It will be nice to get it out for a few games. Planning a Sudan game 3 weeks time, assuming I can get the players at the club involved!

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  6. That held up amazingly well and I like the look of the hexes all joined together. I bet there are some fond memories of games played on this board.

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    1. The terrain has only ever been played on twice. I built it and my friend moved (ok got a very good job,,, in another part of the country). So not many memories at all. I will have to start getting some now 30 years later.

      Thank you Anne.

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  7. It's funny that you mentioned Battletech, Clint, as that was one of my first thoughts when I saw your boards. The possibilities are numerous with a board like this. Well done!

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    1. Cheers Mate. There are a number of problems for battle tech though. I would need about 3 times the area if PPG's were used and there isa no cover tall enough to hide a mech. It could still work of course but not in a classic battle tech style.

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  8. Clint that board is awesome and works well for 10mm too.

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    1. Adding a little bit more to it over the weekend. Cheers PK

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  9. Now that looks fantastic mate a great job. It looks well upon you digging it out from so long ago :)

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  10. I don't normally like hex terrain, but yours would be a pleasure to push men around on.

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    1. Cheers Baconfat. I hoped to give it an outing in a couple of weeks.

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