Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Finished.

Yep I have managed to do everything I need for the Arab Revolt game for Broadside. Literally
just finished at 7:45 am this morning.  Nope, not a beach board if that is what you are thinking. This is just a simple sheet of hardboard painted to look like sky and sand. It seems clear at shows that when people take pictures of games they usually have to crop the picture very close or allow the background of the show (yes all those handsome wargames chaps with killer physiques) clutter the back ground of the shot. I cannot clam that this is my solution after all model railway chaps have quite often put back drops in place. Also there was a guy at Salute this year, (and last) doing a Martian Game who had done something similar. So this is just my quick and simple solution to the problem this year.

I am not claiming to be an artist, my last art lesson was while at school about 30 years back. But I hope this simple scene will help to blot out the back ground of the general look of the show clutter. And if the worse comes to the worse, I have spent very little time or money on it so not a huge loss.

The board is 2 foot by 4 foot and other than getting it the wrong way up there really is nothing to go wrong. I went for that size for three reasons. 1) it is a commercially available size, 2) each of the boards is 2 foot square so it should be able to act as a backdrop on at least 2 boards at once. And 3) it is a size both easy to transport and hold into position.

Only time will tell if this will work. So thanks for looking today and with luck see you in a couple of days.

All the best Clint

30 comments:

  1. Looking very nice Clint wish I could get down to this event

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    1. It would be a delight if you could attend, but not that practical I think. When the show grows though and Warbases comes you, iam am sure will get the opportunity. Thank you Loki.

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  2. nice backdrop Clint - look forward to seeing it in action on Sunday

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    1. Thanks Tammy. It's either use it or run the risk of getting posties Rejects in the background..... the choice of yours!

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  3. That's incredibly considerate of you Clint, nice touch. Although I'm rather proud of my killer physique, especially as it has taken over forty years to perfect! :D

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    1. Thank you Michael. Not every wargamer is as svelte as you. I realise that Lois Smith uses you as a body double, but most wargamers are not so fortunate.

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    2. I think the Saintly Mrs Awdry would be in for a shock if I was suddenly transformed into Lois Smith; think of the consequences - no more real ale, curry or chocolate!

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    3. I am not sure she would complain, as long as you kept the same personality!

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  4. Great idea! And I think it's darn well executed one, as well. Simple, yet effective.

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    1. I cannot take credit for the idea. Thank you Mathyoo.

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  5. Nice idea, as an avid photographer at wargames shows I can confidently say this will be appreciated!

    The Rejects will try to keep out of the background of peoples pictures but we are a large target to miss. Look forward to seeing your game on Sunday.

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    1. Thanks Lee. I saw a guy doing this at Salute and appreciated it so copied their idea.

      A also look forward to seeing your game on Sunday as well. And I am sure there will be other games worth looking at as well.

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  6. Nice babckdrop Clint. Its an excellent idea and does help us pic takers alleviate cropping our handsome brethern ;-)

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    1. Well if it presents a better experience for the good folks with cameras. That can only be a good thing. Thank you Carl.

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  7. I read the title and thought "Surely not, Clint has years left in him", but that was soon clarified.
    It's a simple and effective backboard, I doubt if the railway enthusiasts have a desert theme one, but you never know.
    Maybe it could be used as a beach-board afterwards ?

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    1. Cheeky so and so!
      I am sure some railway modeller will have a desert back drop somewhere in the States. It is unlikely that they all do English villages! No plans to turn it into a beach board at present. Probably repaint it for whatever type of game we put on next year!

      Thank you Joe.

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  8. Superb Idea. Ised a similar idea on the pictures of my Dust board, just held another board up behind it, this looks like it will work rather well

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    1. Well hopefully there will be some pictures of it in action floating around early next week and we can all see if it works in practice. Thanks Ad.

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  9. Great idea, Clint, and it looks very good. As someone who studied art at college that is high praise, okay? You should be rightly proud of this.

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    1. You know what it's like you are always your own harshest critic. Thank you Bryan.
      Let's both be thankful that I did not have to do anything complicated like a ruined City infested with zombies!

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  10. I'm looking forward to seeing some pictures of this game in progress. Hope it all goes well for you!

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  11. Super impressive. Very very nice. And it's you wonderful painters that got me to think about making my own white box for food photos. Though the box is not made yet, I did use white board for the back of a recent shot of cookies and it worked great.

    Never even would have thought of that if it wasn't for you guys. So thanks for that and boogie boogie.

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  12. Looking forward to seeing it on Sunday old boy!

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    1. Thank you Fran. With Broadside over I will be able to concentrate on getting the SCW game together for the rejects.

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  13. Hi Clint,

    I dropped you an email but am not sure if you got it. Profuse apologies but I will not be at Broadside so will miss out on the game. It is for a very good reason though so watch out for the posts on the blog post Sunday.

    The backdrop is a great idea - especially to avoid all those manly physiques providing a distraction....(a group shot of the Rejects in action springs to mind....wait a second, I have not had my breakfast yet....;-)

    All the best and apologies once again.

    DC

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    1. No problem Dave. Sorry did not get your email. I hope to get some pictures together to show you what the game was like.

      Take care, all the best Clint

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  14. It will look good mate. Well done!

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    1. Cheers Brummie, not long to go now and we'll find out. Already thinking ahead to next year and what game we might do.

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