Tuesday, 4 February 2014

An English Village - for VBCW/Pulp



If you are a regular visitor to this blog you will have noticed that over the last few weeks I have turned my attention to the new VBCW (Very British Civil War) project.

 The last terrain piece built were the telegraph poles. See link


Eager to see how all this was going to look on the table I was keen to lay out my toys and try to recreate an English Country side with fields, copses, a village and road network. With a lot of stuff still sitting on the table I was restricted to a 2 metre x 1.5 metre area but I think the effect looks great. I am especially pleased with the way that the roads work and how the Conflix buildings fit into the scene.

In the distance a picturesque English Village (Conflix Buildings)
 

It has however become apparent that there are still more things that need to be built or sourced

 
-          more hedgerows  - the next batch will include some gates – probably need a couple more metres

-          some more telegraph poles – another half down will suffice

-          some road signs

-          a pub sign

-          a telephone box – I have seen some cheap ones in the local tacky tourist shop that should do the business

-          a road bridge that is sufficiently long enough to cross the big rivers (please note that I have not put out the rivers on this board)

-          and of course the raised embankment for the train track – this will of course need its own paraphernalia including signals, level crossing and maybe a railway station/platform.

 
How  far are we away from games – probably a few months given I have to paint up around 150 figures – these have all been prepped, based and primed. Basecoats of uniforms went on last night for about half of them.

I also need to source some armoured cars, some tanks and tankettes – but hey we are getting there

The following pictures are a selection of progress so far – hope you enjoy
 


Traffic along the country lanes

The crossroads by the old War Memorial





The Quiet English Village


Somebody in a hurry!


Looks like a scene from Postman Pat



Traffic around the village


Passing Christmas Tree Wood on our left



The outskirts of town
 
 
Across the board



Helicopter view


Passing through - wheres the pub !


Backdrop coming into play


My new telegraph poles...






The cricket meadow outside the village...


Hope these were fun...

41 comments:

  1. Fantastic, I love these pictures!

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  2. This is brilliant! You have a sense of terrain (for a better word) I have seldom seen in others - the layout and combination of pieces really conjures up the scene.

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    1. Thank you Sir - setting the scene is half the battle (pardon the pun)

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  3. Just superb. Wargame terrain as it should be!

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  4. This looks so cool!! Fantastic!!

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  5. I must say it all looks delightfully quaint

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    1. Thanks Scott - I'll create some sepia photos next

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  6. I love your blog, its one of my go to places for terrain inspiration!

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  7. Excellent work. That'll make for some beautiful gaming!

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  8. Love it! You really ought to add a church and grounds.

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  9. Brilliantly executed! My aim is to try and make enough terrain for a Cotswolds village this year, so this is very inspirational, thanks!

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    1. Please to inspire ;-)

      Look forward to seeing your pics - is there a blog?

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  10. Cracking stuff. Very believable both in terms of layout and feel. I'd love to play on that table sir.

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    1. Thank you Michael - if you are ever in the SW London are let me know you are more than welcome to join in - send me a PM on the Lead Adventure Forum or TMP

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  11. Fantastic. I love he scope of this project, and the throw away comment that a couple if metres more of hedges are needed. Are your walls home made too?

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    1. Do you not think 2 metres will be enough?

      Sadly the stonewalls were bought many years ago - I do however have a cunning plan to make some later this year.

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    2. The opposite, I love that you have loads of hedges already and still want more! I'm intrigued by your dry stone wall plan.

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  12. Very 'chocolate boxy' England ~ but just what is wanted for wargaming: strong visual appeal, instant recognition and fine layout for the game. Loved to see this, now to see it in action!

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  13. I am sure I still have some of the Pub Signs from the old plastic sprues for the Morheim buildings. If you want one I can drag it along (sounds difficult but it is like a square 2p in size) to Salute for you.

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    1. That's very generous of you John but I have already decided to put together something out of balsa and a reduced down picture.

      We should however say hello at Salute.

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  14. Lovely, a true look of a green and pleasant land!

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  15. Can I ask where you got your 'fir' trees from?

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    1. The Fir Trees were bought in Modelzone years ago - I then based them on the boards

      I think the brand was called Guage Master - A dozen trees for about £18

      They firs come in a variety of sizes and colours

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  16. Just had to have another look. Such a lovely place. Did you plan the layout from the start or did you get creative with the bits on hand?

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    1. Thanks for coming back again - tell your friends !

      Was it planned? No....Just threw it on the table ! Sorry if that sounds like bragging.


      My shed/man cave has filled with terrain over the past 10 years - I am now in the process of rebuilding much of it or adding stuff that I haven't done before.

      The blog is a great way of tracking progress and sharing my learnings with others

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  17. That is a gorgeous board you have there.
    Very jealous

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