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Author Topic: French Harbor Town - Update March 14 - Combatants  (Read 4679 times)

Offline jbemmett

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French Harbor Town - Update March 14 - Combatants
« on: November 28, 2017, 05:54:22 PM »
Based on the success of the Lardy Days held at this year's Fall In!, the group has decided to do the same at Cold Wars. I'll be running a few games of Chain of Command that feature a section of British Commandos assisted by a group of Franc-Tireurs mounting a raid on a U-boat moored in a French town which is garrisoned by some Heer and Kriegsmarine. I'll be making the conning tower of the U-boat the objective under the guise of sabotage or Enigma Machine retrieval.

Knowing that my schedule can be up-ended at a moment's notice, I've decided to start working on this early. I laid out what I thought would be a reasonable board and sketched a map.



I want the bulk of the town surface to be cobblestone, but I didnít want to spend a lot of resources, including time, to create something. I decided to go with a fleece photo blanket from Walmart Photo. I purchased a cobblestone mat file from Wargames Vault, and then resized it and manipulated some color levels using Affinity Photo. Hereís what the final product looks like.







The level of the town needs to be about 2″ above the surface of the water, and I happened to have some 2″ foam in 2′ sections. It isnít the best solution, but I scabbed together a 4′ x 5′ section of 2″ foam using some toothpicks and painterís tape. I then wrapped the blanket around the foam and secured it with some straight pins.









For the water I had a piece of variegated blue fabric that was close to the correct size. My wife ironed on some interfacing to prevent it from fraying, and then I cut it to size. In the past, Iíve coated fabric with Liquitex Gloss Gel to create a nice water effect so I may give this the same treatment.







Next Iíll be working on some smaller detail pieces for the town.
« Last Edit: March 14, 2018, 08:18:41 PM by jbemmett »

Offline levied troop

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Re: French Harbor Town
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2017, 07:16:49 PM »
Thatís a very ingenious cobblestone solution, looking forward to seeing what else you come up with.
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Offline Ultravanillasmurf

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Re: French Harbor Town
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2017, 07:50:14 PM »
I agree that is an interesting idea.

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Re: French Harbor Town
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2017, 08:08:01 PM »
This a very promising start. Looking forward to seeing the rest, especially the submarine.

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Re: French Harbor Town
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2017, 08:08:39 PM »
I want the bulk of the town surface to be cobblestone, but I didnít want to spend a lot of resources, including time, to create something. I decided to go with a fleece photo blanket from Walmart Photo. I purchased a cobblestone matt file from Wargames Vault, and then resized it and manipulated some color levels using Affinity Photo. Hereís what the final product looks like.

Well done that man! Very clever and smart.

Offline jbemmett

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Re: French Harbor Town - Update - Partial Building Layout and Greenhouse
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2017, 03:04:42 AM »
I've decided to work my way from the town toward the U-boat so I can knock out some "low hanging fruit" to motivate myself. While I had the draft layout setup, I measured and trimmed an old fleece blanket gaming mat I had to use for some grassy areas. This was my first attempt at having a blanket printed and it ended up with some flaws, so I didn't feel bad about chopping it up. Here's the first section with the church, Dr's house, cafe and small house on it. These buildings are from Grand Manner as are the sidewalk sections.









When I run convention games I usually bring a shaker of flock with me that I'll use to dress up the transition areas, like the one below. I guess I'm willing to trash a convention hall floor, but not my basement.



I like to add some detail pieces to my boards to dress them out, so hereís some shots of my proposed minutia.


MBA Woodpile and Table and Chairs from a Dollhouse Manufacturer


Tomato Plants from Scenic Express and a Cold Frame from Petite Properties


Cross Plinth from Grand Manner


Diecast Repaint and some Flowering Hedges from Scenic Express

I had some empty space by the Drís house that I wanted to add a greenhouse to. I already had the piece from Warbases and decided to detail it a bit. I covered some of the seams on the structure with cardstock, and then fashioned some potting benches out of Renedra bases and plastic rod. The flower pots are from Scenic Express, the tools are from true2scale and the other bits came from the spare parts bin.





Some paint slapped on and voila. I decided to add a plant that I hacked together with a pot from the craft store and a small scale Woodland Scenics tree. The brick on the floor is cardstock. I downloaded the texture from Paperbrick. I added in some ďglassĒ by cutting an old sheet of inkjet transparency.





Hereís the final product with the base flocked. I added a few garden tools on the outside, also from true2scale.



[img]https://herrbrush.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/img_20171128_202427.jpg?w=1200&h=/img]

Next Iíll be ginning up a small memorial park for the town square.


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Re: French Harbor Town
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2017, 03:20:11 AM »
Looking great, impressive work.
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Re: French Harbor Town
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2017, 08:33:24 AM »
very very inspirational and really well done :-*
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Offline Hammers

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Re: French Harbor Town
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2017, 08:38:05 AM »
It is looking quite good. I have never heard of a service like fleece photo blanket from Walmart Photo before. It seems like a splendid idea for mobile gaming terrain.
« Last Edit: November 29, 2017, 01:12:40 PM by Hammers »

Offline Normsmith

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Re: French Harbor Town
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2017, 09:13:54 AM »
Impressive detailing which will be a joy to game over.

Offline jbemmett

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Re: French Harbor Town
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2017, 12:21:07 PM »
Thanks all for the kind words and encouragement.

Offline Ultravanillasmurf

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Re: French Harbor Town
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2017, 02:55:48 PM »
That looks really good.

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Re: French Harbor Town
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2017, 03:09:05 PM »
Very nice start! Following with interest!

Offline SABOT

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Re: French Harbor Town
« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2017, 02:54:58 AM »
Really great work and I am finding it great inspiration for my current project.
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Offline punkrabbitt

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Re: French Harbor Town
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2017, 06:04:58 AM »
That's some pretty amazing work!

 

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