Friday, 15 November 2019


A few people have asked me about the outhouse in one the images in my previous picket fence post.
Its from Laser Shark Design which sponsored our last Chain of Command event at CANCON here in Australia.
They are nice little additions to the gaming table and 
in-expense at ($5 AUD,$3.41 USD 2.65 Pound Stirling) for two Outhouses. 
Here are some more examples, there are made from MDF and were very easy to put together.

I replaced one of the roofs on the left with some corrugated paper.

The 2 on the right have been painted straight out of the box , the 2 on the left have been etched with my hand motor before the paint has been applied.

Painting the Outhouse.
Primed with spray can of Black primer.
I applied the paint using a wet painting technique, similar to dry brushing but you load up your brush with more paint and a bit more careful with the application of the paint and opposed to the more rough application when dry brushing.
The base coats used were Vallejo model colour Iquai Sand and Green Grey.
To highlight I added white to the mix to increasing portions and highlighted till I was happy with the results.  

PVA glue was applied to the base and flocked.
Cheers John 

Tuesday, 12 November 2019


Finally finished my white picket fences, a nice urban addition which adds a bit of character to the gaming table.   

Collection of white fences.

Completed fences

First step in constructing the fences is to cut out strips of 3mm MDF almost 6" long by 2 cm wide. 
 Mark out the mid line.

Next step is to mark out the position of the posts, I used the match length as a guide. 

Purchase a bag of match sticks.
Glue the posts in place with super glue.

The posts on this base will support a gate.  

Add a touch of superglue to the ends of the matches and fix in place, allow to set before attempting the next step.

Apply  PVA glue glue to the base and the supporting struts and position your fence posts.

completed fence

To help line up your fences on the gaming table.
Place one over the other and mark the overlapping area   
pencil line marks the area that needs to be cut away.

The piece of MDF is cut away with box cutters or a hand saw.

Nice match.

Next step,use a sharp pointed instrument to scribe grooves on the matches to create a wood grain and add some small stones. 

Prime the fences with a spray can of Black Primer.

I used VMC Off white or VMC White Grey as a base coat  and use a wet brush technique to add the paint.
You will probably have to apply 2 coats of Off white paint, also allow some of the black primer to remain in the grooves on the posts.
Highlight with VMC Ivory, mostly on the top of the fence and random spots on the rest of the areas.
Don't be afraid to leave small areas with no highlight.

I also added a bit of random green paint on the lower portions of the fence.

The stones were painted VMC desert yellow and highlighted with VMC Iquai sand.

Add PVA glue to the base and add flock.
View of the front and rear of the fence.

To give your fence a bit of character make a couple of them showing signs of ageing and falling apart.

Four, have gate areas.

 made a few short pieces which come in handy.

BEF trooper about to cross the fence.
In Chain of Command rules, this type of fence is classed as a Low obstacle and can be crossed by rolling 2D6 and discarding the lower dice.
Cheers John

Tuesday, 29 October 2019


Just completed 2 Post Windmills both are scratched built from 3mm MDF ,paper clip wire and some wire mesh I had left over from another project .
These windmills are specially built for the upcoming Chain of Command early war event at CANCON 2020.

Once assembled I used a handpiece to etch detail onto the MDF.

working out the base structure of the mill

completed base structure .
putting together the propellers.
Used black mesh for where the sails would be placed.

wire was used to simulate a rope and a hail rail.

Base colour was Vallejo Model colour Luftwaffe uniform and highlighted by mixing in VMC ivory and final highlight of VMC Middlestone .  I also used some GM washes randomly applied.

28mm BEF trooper for scale, its actually quite tall.

The sails are pieces of old bedroom sheets cut to fit and sewn in place with a needle and thread.
Once the sails were securely fixed in place I places a blob of super glue over the knots and also spread a thin layer of super over the whole sail. 

The sails where painted white and slightly stained.

the windmill disassembled

It was easier to build 2 together than one at a time.

Cheers John