Friday, 24 February 2012

My first ever terrain piece and some Guard Chasseurs a pied

 We've got a big game coming up end of April - so called Borodino light - or an excuse to get the toys out! To this end we needed a big hill on which to place the Russian batteries. Please see above for my first efforts at terrain construction with an old / new French guard chasseur battalion.
 Most of the unit was painted about two years ago but I got hold of the above about six months ago.
 They have now been painted bringing the unit upto 36 figures. There is a problem though: my painting has improved and I also forgot which blue I had used for the old figures. Oh well, I think they look ok!
 Here's the completed board with a Russian battery on it for scale.
 Close up of the battery.
 From a bit further away showing the slope.
 Construction was based on a 4x4ft square board I acquired from somewhere. The "hill" is made from some old car matts from my old Alfa Romeo (the garage screwed me on price and didnt include matts on my new car so I took the old ones out of spite!) that have been glued to the board.
The "grass" is constructed of matting from a garden centre that is used to fill hanging baskets.  I think it looks good.
Yes, those are tomato plants; I even picked ten more tomatoes yesterday! 
Hope you like.


  1. It looks quite good. I have contracted some bug or t'other, which may interfere with my planned scenery activity this weekend. This kind of post is nicely motivating to get better...Not that the fever, chills, and nausea aren't motivation enough!

  2. Hanging basket liner.. What a great idea! .. I may steal this.

    Great work.

  3. I really like the Chasseurs! What blue paint did you use?


  4. The hill has worked out really well. Troops look great too.

  5. Hill looks good; Chasseurs look bloody good; better than mine, I must reluctantly admit. Nce work!

    Cheers, Simon

  6. Nice try Roger, terrain has never been my strong point so cannot comment!

  7. love those Guard figures! Great painting!

  8. Love the Guard (Chasseurs are my faves) and a really good terrain idea (and a big thanks to Alpha Romeo!)


  9. Cheers gents.
    I think the blue was the darker blue from the foundry pallet. Not sure though as there seems to be a lot of vallejo and andrea as well. I should starting writing colours down........
    Simon, looking forward to seeing yours in the plastic so to speak.