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Miniatures Adventure => Pulp => Topic started by: Digits on November 27, 2019, 07:15:41 PM

Title: Daftest Africa!
Post by: Digits on November 27, 2019, 07:15:41 PM
(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/DE0C240F-0F69-4315-BC71-7F1DA85F3BE1.jpeg)

.....or should I say, my Lost World foray into Pulp / adventure gaming.  Slow burner, but this is where I shall be putting up my attempts at capturing the feeling of a proper mad cap expedition into uncharted territory.  Expect lots of scenery....plenty of animals, both contemporary and prehistoric......heroes, explorers and their adversaries.....wacky transportation and anything else that takes my fancy!

I have not finalised any rules....I may even write my own yet if I don’t find what I want.

Big influences, films such as “She”, “20,000 leagues under the sea”, “Journey to the centre of the earth”, “Carry on Up the Jungle” etc.

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Post by: gamer Mac on November 27, 2019, 07:23:00 PM
Great picture :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
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Post by: FramFramson on November 27, 2019, 07:25:25 PM
That's one nice display!
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Post by: Digits on November 27, 2019, 08:52:19 PM
Cheers....just been making the trees for my Vietnam thread.....makes sense to use them for this too!
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Post by: mweaver on November 27, 2019, 09:30:31 PM
That is a great picture!  I am interested to hear what rules you settle on.

-Michael
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Post by: Bob Murch on November 28, 2019, 12:12:05 AM
Keep us posted. Love to see where this goes.
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Post by: FifteensAway on November 28, 2019, 02:01:54 AM
Digits might be slightly deranged but he sure is creative!   o_o :D lol
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Post by: Digits on November 28, 2019, 07:56:54 AM
Hey!  I’ll have you know I resemble that remark!
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Post by: Doug ex-em4 on November 28, 2019, 03:55:10 PM
If this develops like your Vietnam topic, we're in for a treat....!

Doug
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Post by: Orctrader on November 28, 2019, 08:11:16 PM
Excellent.   :)
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot......
Post by: Digits on November 29, 2019, 11:31:15 PM
I have been building trees for my Nam project as I said above, but I thought I’d share this one here.  Many tropical trees have buttress roots, helping to make them more stable in areas of poor or thin soil.  I used to live in tropical west Africa and I remember there being lots of trees like this.

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/7BE5CB75-1D9E-49EB-A584-CA506197D445.jpeg)

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/59DCB1F1-F1E8-455C-8F9D-F0ECBC3981FD.jpeg)


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Post by: Codsticker on November 30, 2019, 06:21:54 AM
That's a beauty- I have to make a few of those for my Pulp jungle table.
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Post by: snitcythedog on December 01, 2019, 08:47:17 AM
Just wow.  Very impressive tree.  Watching this thread. 
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Post by: FifteensAway on December 01, 2019, 02:42:02 PM
Love that tree, fits right in with ones I'm planning on - especially the lianas vines (or whatever they're called).  Actually found a great little product, a one off though, to use - and it spawned the idea of soaking thread in glue and dipping in fine flocking to get more.

And that tree is perfect for Pulp, too, since you have to have those vines if a certain gentleman is going to take a proper swing through the verdure.   lol
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Post by: FreakyFenton on December 01, 2019, 02:44:08 PM
Amazing work on those trees!  :o
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Post by: Bugsda on December 01, 2019, 03:06:04 PM
Superb jungle  :-*
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Post by: oabee on December 01, 2019, 04:32:50 PM
Wonderful jungle!  :-* :-*

Any chance for a tutorial on how you make those superb trees?  ;)
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot......
Post by: Digits on December 01, 2019, 05:58:17 PM
Cheers fellas.  There is a “how to” in my “fire in the hole” Vietnam thread.

As for a certain swinger....I would love to find a Terry Scott version!  I suspect he doesn’t exist....but my next tree(s) stand will be two trees on one base, so I can have climbers and vines adjoining both trees.  I may sneak a figure in there for kicks. 

I will also be paining up a few monkeys / parrots and other bird like to put in the trees like I did for this temple sat in a bamboo thicket.  Yes, I know it’s from SE Asia.....but there is the mystery......how did it reach deepest darkest Africa!!?  All a part of the expedition  ;)

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/Da%20Nang/F26C98D7-51C3-4202-A397-DC0C065CA9E0.jpeg)
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Post by: Panama on December 01, 2019, 06:05:16 PM
That is one hell of a tree Digits, fabulous work :)
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Post by: gamer Mac on December 01, 2019, 11:57:45 PM
WOW :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
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Post by: Irregular Wars Nic on December 02, 2019, 08:08:16 AM
Indeed. Smashing work on that tree.
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Post by: Digits on December 02, 2019, 07:14:16 PM
Cheers guys.

Ok, I just received a couple of packs of Bend Sinister feathered and masked Pygmies (perfect for my adventures - these will be the “Dikwityu” tribe), some with blow pipes and some with spears.  I realise they are out of production ( at least I believe that to be true) but does anyone know if there was ever a chieftain figure?

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/1106E7FE-6B19-43C1-B19E-6A4BE35B7303.jpeg)

Cheers
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot......”Dikwityu” Tribe
Post by: Digits on December 04, 2019, 01:17:16 PM
No one?  Ok then I guess not.  No bother, I have found a suitably tall female  witch doctor (?) from Reaper that will lead them.

Now to add paint...
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot......”Dikwityu” Tribe
Post by: von Lucky on December 04, 2019, 01:29:38 PM
I wanted to get some to supplement the Eureka Miniatures ones:
http://www.eurekamin.com.au/index.php?cPath=87_126_153_164&sort=3a

Only the witch doctor has a suitable mask.
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot......”Dikwityu” Tribe
Post by: Digits on December 04, 2019, 08:53:15 PM
Thanks, I looked at those.  Maybe later.....I may even have a go at sculpting one myself  lol

Meanwhile though....I have ordered this beauty

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/4B129CEB-32CE-45D5-8E98-B1C967018057.jpeg)

I’m always a amazed when you take time to scroll thru Reaper catalogue just what you can find!

She will be the queen the little fellas look up to!
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot......”Dikwityu” Tribe
Post by: Sinewgrab on December 04, 2019, 10:15:46 PM
There was no chieftain that I remember - I have these for my Pygmy army - I used them for "armored" units alongside Kallistra and Foundry models.

You have the shaman, though.
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot......”Dikwityu” Tribe
Post by: Digits on December 04, 2019, 10:27:19 PM
I did wonder what the little fella was....hard to tell until I can get paint on him!
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Post by: Digits on December 05, 2019, 06:50:08 PM
Just collecting a few things together....and this guy arrived today, I LOVE him!

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/CED0B931-E87F-4CE8-8C2B-673538BF39C8.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot......”Dikwityu” Tribe
Post by: Panama on December 05, 2019, 07:26:29 PM
Sure is swell of the guys to have a nice warm bath ready for him  lol lol
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot......”Dikwityu” Tribe
Post by: Digits on December 05, 2019, 08:00:32 PM
Yes but his mother usually pops in a rubber duck.....funny but he could swear the chap just put in a carrot!
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Post by: Scrubber on December 05, 2019, 10:50:08 PM
He can always make sure that he gets the last laugh and have a wee wee in the pot.
Have you have a look at African range on fighting 15 link I sent.
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot......”Dikwityu” Tribe
Post by: Digits on December 05, 2019, 11:26:39 PM
I did......I am definitely doing the band idea........when I can afford it!

As discussed I will in time to quick sand patches, pit traps etc.   

I don’t know about “Darkest Africa”

This is.........



“DAFTEST AFRICA”!!!!!  lol lol
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot......”Dikwityu” Tribe
Post by: vodkafan on December 06, 2019, 12:35:13 AM
If I remember right Old Glory do some pygmies ..

"edit"
no  I am mistaken just had a look they are ordinary tribesmen but just 25mm
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot......”Dikwityu” Tribe
Post by: Digits on December 06, 2019, 01:34:02 AM
I’m not looking for a full army....these will probably do.though I may get hold of the reaper pygmies as they are wearing masks.  A little green stuff conversion and they will match in nicely.

Time to get som3 stuff painted me thinks.....
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot......”Dikwityu” Tribe
Post by: FifteensAway on December 06, 2019, 03:33:53 AM
"“DAFTEST AFRICA”!!!!!  lol lol"   << What a relief.  Now it makes more sense, well, sort of, that you are going to be 'paining' some monkeys.  Truth be told, I don't like to think just what that entails. 

A little rhesus, m'lady?, he said to the stunned woman. 

Reese's?, she said. 

No, rhesus, he said. 

Pieces?, she said.

Yes, ma'am, he said - much too eagerly.
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot......”Dikwityu” Tribe
Post by: has.been on December 06, 2019, 07:02:19 AM
If I ever got around to doing a unit of pygmies I would
name them the 'Helarwi'  You would hear their mournful
battle cry from the Elephant grass, " We're the Helarwi "?????
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot......”Dikwityu” Tribe
Post by: Digits on December 06, 2019, 07:38:18 AM
Ha!  Old ones are the best ones!  Cleaner of course than the original joke!  :D

Fifteens....forgive my spelling!  Not intentional that one!

However, in the spirit of “DAFTEST AFRICA” feel free to throw up any whacky ideas.  All will be considered, and one or two even acted upon!
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot......the birth of “DAFTEST AFRICA”!
Post by: FifteensAway on December 07, 2019, 03:52:28 AM
In regular Africa - the Bantu.  In daftest Africa - the Daftu?   :D
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot......the birth of “DAFTEST AFRICA”!
Post by: Digits on December 10, 2019, 01:48:24 PM
They may well appear yet......for now I’m painting the Pygmies.....pics soon.

I also finished a pair of rock jungle pieces....makes a good ambush point.

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/10D0983F-994E-451E-81EA-FB951BC3114F.jpeg)

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/6200CC7B-0DE6-44D1-81C9-FBA3F6B120CA.jpeg)

I need to keep my eye out for large pieces of cork bark.  I want to make in time a large escarpment, and also a cliff face with waterfalls, hidden caves, rope bridge etc.....but not yet!

I also have been bitten by the bug to make a paddle steamer AND hot air balloon.....great projects for next year I think.
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot......the birth of “DAFTEST AFRICA”!
Post by: Digits on December 11, 2019, 01:02:06 AM
So I set out to give myself at least half a dozen big trees.  I’ve completed three so here are the next three under way.  I have shown in my nam thread how they are done but I have another tip here.

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/87FFEDA2-BAC2-44C1-AE29-093ACC28529E.jpeg)

I wanted a nice tall straight buttressed  tree and built this one....out of the wrong wire!  This one is a little bendy.  So, I built the smaller one to double base it.  I can wrap branches from the lower one around the tall ones trunk.  Foliage will disguise it nicely when done.

I suggest this being the perfect wire, which is what the finished, low tree and right hand one are made from.  Note the 2mm.

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/77CAAE27-EB38-4553-BD4B-9E0CB7080AB5.jpeg)

Now to get them latex coated....
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot...“DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Painted Pygmies
Post by: Digits on December 11, 2019, 10:41:35 PM
Pygmies!

These guys know how to survive the jungle and it’s prehistoric inhabitants.  Wearing the masks is not just to intimidate outsiders, but is also a great defence against hungry velociraptors and ravenous....well, everything else!  The mask confuses the lizards just long enough for the nimble little fellow to make his escape......at least, that’s the theory.  And it only works if the chap is attacked from the front!

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/88007E4C-0BE6-4942-87EB-607869583C9D.jpeg)

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/BD83E076-9EA8-4D60-A837-821F0749F43E.jpeg)

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/F00A9D29-7D22-438C-A9FD-CA0B6861BFED.jpeg)

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/FFA62C23-E03F-499A-9EFF-5844FD3252BA.jpeg)

And YES, I know the traffic light is upside down......these little chaps have NEVER seen one! Lol
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot...“DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Painted Pygmies
Post by: vodkafan on December 11, 2019, 11:26:19 PM
Ha great idea!  lol
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot...“DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Painted Pygmies
Post by: Digits on December 12, 2019, 12:37:50 PM
Cheers fella.

Talking of ideas...here are my latest on the project, and a few goals I have set myself.

Well this is firmly set in the 1920’s though the odd earlier figure may appear (especially if they have been wandering aimlessly around the forgotten realm. 

I realise I will need to build a river.....especially as I will be building a paddle steamer at some point.  I also want a reason for building a large waterfall /cliff face complete with cliff gripping trees, and a tall jungle tree as a part of the base.....forcing me to build the falls at least 20” tall.  This will be a major project piece and I will be spending the next few months gathering all the cork bark I can.  ( if anyone can recommend a CHEAP source, please do).  It has to feature a walk behind waterfall ledge with hidden cave entrance and MAYBE a carving out of the stone of either a Dino head or Kong!  Not sure on this bit as yet.

The setting is somewhere in the deepest jungles....think Congo though many references will be from different parts of Africa.  This means little chance of plains Animals appearing, though having seen Elephants in “jungle” settings, I will end up with a small herd at some point.  I will be mixing up my natives a little too....think more Hollywood than National Geographic!

One of the settings will be a “worlds end” trading station / expedition jump off point centred around the most improbable, but boy am I looking forward to making this  lol lol , watering hole, going by the name of the “Zambezi Speakeasy”. Think...Rick’s Place, set mostly outdoors, complete with bar, stage, dance floor and musicians, coloured lights, etc.

The musicians are already ordered.   Watch this space.

I will also be doing a small village for the Pygmies though I’m tempted to have them up in the trees.   This idea is kinda Tarzanesque / think Ewoks on Endor village.   With me speeding up in my large tree department, this is likely to be the best course of action.  Thinking about it, they would want to live off the ground with all these monster lizards mooching about.  This would likely be a two / three  large tree affair complete with rope bridges between platforms, liana swinging etc.

I’m on the lookout for a good sized dinosaur skeleton, not outrageously big but true to scale and large enough to transform into another dwelling.  These will not be the only “human” inhabitants in the realm.

Enough for now....more ideas are swimming around in my little head.....but I need to keep this doable!

Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot...“DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Painted Pygmies
Post by: Overlord on December 12, 2019, 01:13:44 PM
This will be a major project piece and I will be spending the next few months gathering all the cork bark I can.  ( if anyone can recommend a CHEAP source, please do). 

You can buy 5kg bags from here: https://www.reptilecentre.com/search-results.php?query=bark&Search.x=0&Search.y=0

Be aware that 5kg is a sackful! It can be cheaper still during sales: Black Friday, January, etc. 
Handily they are located 10 minutes from my sister, so she has delivered it to me for free.  :D

Excellent trees btw.  8)


Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot...“DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Painted Pygmies
Post by: Digits on December 12, 2019, 01:17:09 PM
You can buy 5kg bags from here: https://www.reptilecentre.com/search-results.php?query=bark&Search.x=0&Search.y=0

Be aware that 5kg is a sackful! It can be cheaper still during sales: Black Friday, January, etc. 
Handily they are located 10 minutes from my sister, so she has delivered it to me for free.  :D

Excellent trees btw.  8)

Wow! - brilliant link and thank you!   This may happen quicker than I thought!
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Post by: Overlord on December 12, 2019, 02:00:36 PM
Wow! - brilliant link and thank you!   This may happen quicker than I thought!
No problem.  :)

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/42/369-121219144815-428152215.jpeg)

Just to give you an idea, this is (most of) a 5kg sack of small tubes.  The steel ruler is 2 foot long.  Max outside diameter is around 5 inches.  I also have some large tubes which are around 10 inches max diameter.  Obviously, being a natural product actual contents of each pack is likely to vary.  It will likely need a bit of cleaning up, but nothing more than a stiff brush should do.
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot...“DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Painted Pygmies
Post by: Digits on December 12, 2019, 03:02:37 PM
Thanks for the pic and info.  Certainly cheaper than from a hobby store. 

As everyone is interested in the trees, here is a WIP shot.  Primed are ready for paint / foliage.

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/7CF2DD75-9577-401C-B272-3598F44AC98F.jpeg)

Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot...“DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Painted Pygmies
Post by: Doug ex-em4 on December 12, 2019, 05:04:12 PM
I love your projects :-* and your enthusiasm. Really enjoyable.

Quote
I will also be doing a small village for the Pygmies
Well, what else would it be?  :D :D :D

Doug
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Post by: Digits on December 12, 2019, 05:27:40 PM
Ha ha!  Yes indeed!

And thanks Doug....enthusiasm Is one thing I have in droves...., hope you keep enjoying!
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot...“DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Painted Pygmies
Post by: FifteensAway on December 12, 2019, 11:02:37 PM
Well, you're going to need to put some small measure of that enthusiasm to work creating some lowland gorillas and at least one of those solitary forest dwelling okapi.  Otherwise your forest might seem a bit naked.  And who wants a naked forest?  At least you can go with pygmy elephants!   lol
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot...“DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Painted Pygmies
Post by: Digits on December 12, 2019, 11:17:41 PM
Yup, definitely Gorillas, and I like the idea of painting an okapi.....but I suspect a tasty morsel like that wouldn’t last long with a pack of raptors after it!
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot...“DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Painted Pygmies
Post by: Digits on December 13, 2019, 06:54:47 PM
Trees are painted and first I’m applying the polyfibre.  Foliage and vines in the morning....for now, my fingers are superglued solid!  :?

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/E6CF2841-303A-481D-B123-AE48BAB540E2.jpeg)
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Post by: Andy in Germany on December 13, 2019, 09:12:11 PM
Trees are painted and first I’m applying the polyfibre.  Foliage and vines in the morning....for now, my fingers are superglued solid!  :?

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/E6CF2841-303A-481D-B123-AE48BAB540E2.jpeg)

Lovely trees.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who has that problem with Superglue
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot...“DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Painted Pygmies
Post by: vodkafan on December 14, 2019, 12:26:48 AM
You are really on a roll at the moment!
About your far flung trading station, I have a suggestion. You can call it Ghala Nazuri This is Swahili for "Goods Depot". In fact if you want anything translated for signposts etc I know loads of African blokes at work.
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot...“DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Painted Pygmies
Post by: Digits on December 14, 2019, 12:48:16 AM
Hmmm....and you trust them enough not to saddle my station with a joke name? 
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot...“DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Painted Pygmies
Post by: Scrubber on December 14, 2019, 12:57:48 AM
Have you looked here at their animals.
http://www.obeliskminiatures.com/
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot...“DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Painted Pygmies
Post by: has.been on December 14, 2019, 07:23:55 AM
Some nice animals/things, but most listed as 'Not available'
To add to the confusion different prices EU/Non EU & I'm
not sure at what point they will count the UK as 'Non'.
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot...“DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Painted Pygmies
Post by: Digits on December 14, 2019, 09:27:04 AM
Shame, I like their baboons.  I will keep an eye out in case they restock.

Well....the main ingredient for my musicians has arrived Brian!  Just waiting on a few sprues for the conversion and away we go.....
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot...“DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Painted Pygmies
Post by: Digits on December 14, 2019, 10:59:46 AM
And here’s a little mock up teaser.

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/9C4D54B2-92BE-422C-955D-BF8DC9D3569D.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot...“DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Painted Pygmies
Post by: von Lucky on December 14, 2019, 11:57:01 AM
LOVE IT.
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot...“DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Painted Pygmies
Post by: Digits on December 14, 2019, 03:21:54 PM
Cheers fella....a ways to go yet but I’m looking forward to getting him finished.

Ok, so the shots that bring all the jungle pieces so far together.  I just finished three more trees.  Going to take a rest from making trees for a while.....and concentrate on figures and other stuff.  I’m quite pleased how this is turning out.

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/FE354B11-6D0F-4BB5-B1ED-0488788F4073.jpeg)

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/0150972F-82CB-4CB0-AD4F-F3488FF0765B.jpeg)

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/7E44E6D4-E56E-4487-846B-AC195AE2CF59.jpeg)

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/20937C37-DD54-4A2C-A6F8-3505F51A250F.jpeg)
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot...“DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: FifteensAway on December 14, 2019, 04:17:57 PM
That's a nice selection of arboreal splendor - and a rather technicolor rendition of pygmies, too.  And I spied some slate winged populace among all the greenery. 

Imagine if you painted a collection of camouflaged pygmies and placed them in your jungle.  Why, it might be years before you saw some of them again as they emerged from their hiding places.  ;)
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot...“DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: Digits on December 14, 2019, 07:17:55 PM
Like I mentioned above....their only defence against the dinos.

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/1CE6394D-6E10-46EC-BB8F-CDDA96C5B36A.jpeg)
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: Panama on December 15, 2019, 08:11:04 AM
Truly amazing work all round but even at that those tree's just blow you away  :-*
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: FifteensAway on December 15, 2019, 11:02:47 PM
So-oo, if the colorful masks throw off the 'scent'- or even 'sight' of the carnivorous dinosaurs, how does that impact the herbivorous ones?  Might they think of them as colorful flowers worthy of a nibble or two?  Your jungle is not a good place to be a 'little guy'.  And what about the heat seeking ones?  Many a modern reptile finds its pray through heat sensing.  Maybe they need a nice quite cold water pool tucked away in the jungle somewhere?

Hope some of those more contemporary folk who might appear have a soft spot for the pygmies - at least until they feel the sting of a dart!
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: Digits on December 15, 2019, 11:23:50 PM
“Soft spot”?  Yes, I intend to have cannibals.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: vodkafan on December 15, 2019, 11:44:11 PM
The trees are the best jungle trees I have seen  :o
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: Digits on December 16, 2019, 10:50:53 AM
Cheers fella, glad you like them!

I think I need to paint a few parrots to add a small splash of colour.

Also been thinking and adding to my list.   Like I said, I will be making a river, and I would love to see it teaming with hippos and crocs.  There are a few waterline versions available, but not enough, so I am going to rectify that problem for myself.....
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: The Dozing Dragon on December 16, 2019, 11:57:20 AM
Excellent work!
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Post by: Sunjester on December 16, 2019, 12:03:53 PM
Absolutely superb!
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Post by: Digits on December 16, 2019, 08:24:05 PM
Thanks chaps!
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: Doug ex-em4 on December 16, 2019, 11:12:23 PM
Quote
so I am going to rectify that problem for myself.....

Hmmm - both intriguing and slightly sinister. What could he be planning....?

Doug
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: Digits on December 18, 2019, 05:51:59 PM
Nothing overly sinister.  First bits ordered.  Let me try it before revealing all.

Meanwhile, I couldn’t resist.  I found ANOTHER wire armature I’d started and forgotten about so that will be seven trees.  Tbh, the base with little and large on it robbed me of a tall tree as I needed shorty to hold tall guy up.  I can finish this one over the weekend.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: FifteensAway on December 19, 2019, 02:57:51 AM
Uh-oh!  Hope it is just my system but a whole bunch of the photos aren't showing up for me now that were just a day ago.  Will try again later to check.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: syrinx0 on December 19, 2019, 04:16:19 AM
None of Digits photo's show up for me either.  Hopefully it's a timing issue.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: Blackwolf on December 19, 2019, 05:55:05 AM
Yep,nor me.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: Digits on December 19, 2019, 09:22:21 AM
Hmmmm....Houston.....we have a problem!

Looks like I may have been handed the Photobucket hand of death!

So all my pics from the last 10+ years have disappeared and I can’t access my account!  I have dropped them a line but I’m not holding much hope....

Right now I’m a bit upset so I will go quiet for a few days whilst I see if it can be resolved.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: von Lucky on December 19, 2019, 12:49:00 PM
THEY'RE BACK!
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: FifteensAway on December 19, 2019, 02:45:14 PM
Some, though not all, of the photos are back.  Digits, again I recommend starting a Google blog as a place to store your own photos.  You can share them from there to here on LAF.  And you don't have to actually post or publicize your blog, just use it for photos and keeping personal records if you like.  Having a google blog frees you from the photo buckets of the world.  Far better you do that than go dark - there are too many of us who appreciate your work and how you present it.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: Digits on December 19, 2019, 05:52:20 PM
Thanks but being a technophobe....I wouldn’t know how!

Photobucket have responded saying there was a power outage at one of their data centres and that issues are being dealt with.....hopefully all will be resolved soon.  :?
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: FifteensAway on December 20, 2019, 04:14:29 AM
Digits, if I can create a Google blog, trust me, you can do so, too.  It isn't hard and there are numbers of people here on LAF that I'm certain would be happy to help you make forward progress.  The only time I've ever lost a photo in a post was when I decided to delete the photo from my blog.  Avoid the emotional punch to your gut of others creating problems with your photos - I encourage you to make the jump.  Let us know if you do so and have questions.  Help is here if you need it.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: Doug ex-em4 on December 20, 2019, 03:49:59 PM
Digits, if I can create a Google blog, trust me, you can do so, too.  It isn't hard and there are numbers of people here on LAF that I'm certain would be happy to help you make forward progress.  The only time I've ever lost a photo in a post was when I decided to delete the photo from my blog.  Avoid the emotional punch to your gut of others creating problems with your photos - I encourage you to make the jump.  Let us know if you do so and have questions.  Help is here if you need it.

It doesn’t need to be a Google blog. I use Wordpress (I don’t think that’s Google) for photo hosting. Simples and free.

Doug
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: Digits on December 21, 2019, 12:03:36 AM
I will keep it in mind thanks.

This is certainly taking them time to sort out though they have answered each of my messages.  What’s bizarre is I’m seeing different images actually appearing on my iPad than my iPhone!  I can see the opening image of this thread for example on my iPhone but not on the iPad!

Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: FifteensAway on December 21, 2019, 01:13:28 PM
All photos restored within the thread now I believe.  And that is very good because now I can be a proper thief of ideas for modeling a triple canopy rainforest and jungle with your inspiration Digits.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: Digits on December 21, 2019, 01:17:25 PM
Still glitches I think.  I can see them on my iPhone but only half using my iPad!

And you go for it fella!
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: Digits on December 21, 2019, 10:54:29 PM
Not 100% yet....but I think I can post new so here is my WIP shot.

I need a good jungle jazz name.....

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/7DB9BDEF-F579-4D8E-AD2D-CD16D09A4635.jpeg)
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: FifteensAway on December 22, 2019, 12:57:44 AM
"Lianas Good Time, Swing Time Swayers"
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: von Lucky on December 22, 2019, 02:53:10 AM
lol awesome!

Maybe 'Queen Melmendi and her Orchestra'?
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jungle Pictures!
Post by: Digits on December 22, 2019, 09:53:08 AM
Good....but not punchy enough my friends......

Meanwhile....an eerie moon hangs large and heavy over the rain forest....

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/210BB00A-D78B-4F17-A444-73AE109AF208.jpeg)
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Zambezi Speak Easy Jazz Band
Post by: Digits on December 22, 2019, 11:47:09 AM
By the way, if anyone has and spare standing Zulu legs like the chap on the left, please contact me, ta.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Zambezi Speak Easy Jazz Band
Post by: Roo on December 22, 2019, 12:15:01 PM
Reminds of Duke Ellington’s immortal line’ and the natives were restless’...great job on the band!
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Zambezi Speak Easy Jazz Band
Post by: has.been on December 22, 2019, 03:31:59 PM
Good job on them.
I hate Jazz (see JC & Dice Master as they love it)
However, some suggestions:-
Big Vine Swing,  We Play Zulus,  Jungle Rhythm, Syncopated Six,
Jungle Drums, The Big Tree Sound, We got Wry-Them, 6-2-a Bar,
Wood Wind, Tribal Tempo, Up (the Jungle) Beat, Beat it Up, Dig-It.
 
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Zambezi Speak Easy Jazz Band
Post by: Digits on December 22, 2019, 06:55:34 PM
I think Big Vine Swing is the sound......but I like “Tribal Tempo”.......unless someone can better that.....


Another (no 7) nears completion, along with three pieces of ground cover.  This tree is a lot darker green.

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/38D72E22-3E8F-4DE6-BBA4-4E1EFC7F3555.jpeg)

And I’m starting to add bits of detail in.....spot the mamba.

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/30D1F5F3-A4BF-462C-8EC4-7EE874EAE7BF.jpeg)
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Zambezi Speak Easy Jazz Band
Post by: Roo on December 22, 2019, 07:01:53 PM
WOW WOW WOW
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Zambezi Speak Easy Jazz Band
Post by: gamer Mac on December 22, 2019, 08:13:55 PM
great photo :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Zambezi Speak Easy Jazz Band
Post by: FifteensAway on December 22, 2019, 10:29:29 PM
Taint' Speakeasy one word?  I like it.  lol
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Zambezi Speak Easy Jazz Band
Post by: Digits on December 22, 2019, 11:00:30 PM
Highly possible.......I’ve never written it before.

Cheers guys.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Zambezi Speak Easy Jazz Band
Post by: Nic on December 23, 2019, 01:15:52 AM
Louis Armstrong and his Hot(entot) Five?

Nic EUREKA MINIATURES
 PS We love what you have done with the figures
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Zambezi Speak Easy Jazz Band
Post by: Nic on December 23, 2019, 01:16:54 AM
That should have been Hot(entot) Shot Five! My bad

Nic EUREKA MINIATURES
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Zambezi Speak Easy Jazz Band
Post by: Scrubber on December 23, 2019, 02:17:52 AM
How about slightly different monkeys.
https://eurekaminusa.com/collections/winged-fez-monkeys
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Zambezi Speak Easy Jazz Band
Post by: Digits on December 23, 2019, 06:46:57 AM
They are certainly different!

Cheers Nic, your figures are nice and clean making conversion easy.  I may yet do the same with the club dancer set!

Putting paint on now....
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Zambezi Speak Easy Jazz Band
Post by: Digits on December 23, 2019, 04:21:45 PM
Thanks to my Dad and his jigsaw, I have the base plates for a pair of river steamers....will start working on these in the new year.

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/6E5C4BE2-8609-46AC-B159-F75B1CC696DB.jpeg)
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Zambezi Speak Easy Jazz Band
Post by: Scrubber on December 23, 2019, 04:37:48 PM
I knew you’d find something eventually so that you can use all those pirate’s you have.
Instead of pirates of the Caribbean, it’s pirates on the Ubangi.&#127988;‍☠️
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Zambezi Speak Easy Jazz Band
Post by: Digits on December 23, 2019, 08:48:00 PM
Nope...I have the bloody pirate ships for that....saying that, pirates and jungles....another use for it!

Nope, I feel a small band of rugged looking sailors helping get the expedition as far up river as possible on the cards.  Lots of inspirational looking steamers about, on these boards too.   I see cages on board for trophy captures etc.   
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Zambezi Speak Easy Jazz Band
Post by: FifteensAway on December 24, 2019, 02:25:20 AM
Bloody Beezlebub!  The photos are messed up again.  How's a man to engage in proper idea stealing without the visual necessary.  Heck, I guess I'll just trundle off to that other necessary!   lol
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Zambezi Speak Easy Jazz Band
Post by: flatpack on December 24, 2019, 07:50:06 AM
Digits,
If it helps, Blotz do some paddle wheels in different scales, that could be fitted to your boats ?
I only know, as I’ve bought them in the past, then the Sarrisa paddle steamer came along, and the Blotz paddles became redundant.
Flatpack.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Zambezi Speak Easy Jazz Band
Post by: Digits on December 24, 2019, 10:20:00 AM
Cheers matey, I will check them out.....

Edit: ordered a small wheel to convert for the smaller of the two craft.  The other will have encased wheels.

Also ordered a pair of floor hatches....useful.

Thinking in time of ordering the harpoon from pulp figures but of course, they didn’t KNOW there were dinosaurs up there.....

Will most definitely order some of the pulp minis merchant seamen....rugged looking bunch....reminds me of the chaps in King Kong.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Zambezi Speak Easy Jazz Band
Post by: flatpack on December 24, 2019, 03:19:19 PM
Glad to be of help.
Have a good one.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Zambezi Speak Easy Jazz Band
Post by: FifteensAway on December 24, 2019, 03:44:13 PM
Here is a link to an aerial photo of the Ituri rainforest in the Congo:

https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/green-landscape-with-forest-near-bunia-ituri-royalty-free-image/753294907?adppopup=true (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/green-landscape-with-forest-near-bunia-ituri-royalty-free-image/753294907?adppopup=true)

It shows quite a diversity in colors of the canopy.  Found it while looking for inspiration beyond Digits fine work here on LAF.  I hope to create both triple canopy forest pieces - with fairly clear of undergrowth bases such as is the norm within the interior of a rain forest and also dense jungle pieces with very crowded undergrowth for the verge of the rainforest.  And Digits work, especially the buttressed trunks, will be a great guide.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Zambezi Speak Easy Jazz Band
Post by: Digits on December 24, 2019, 08:46:15 PM
There are definitely lots of shades of green there.

Just watch, if you are doing smaller scale (15mm and smaller) to achieve that triple density, you need LOTS of trees.  Be careful not to make it so dense you can’t manoeuvre your hands, and thus your figures through it.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Zambezi Speak Easy Jazz Band
Post by: Cacique Caribe on December 25, 2019, 10:56:59 PM
Bloody Beezlebub!  The photos are messed up again.  How's a man to engage in proper idea stealing without the visual necessary.  Heck, I guess I'll just trundle off to that other necessary!   lol

I thought the exact same thing for a bit.  Thank goodness everything seems to be back and the idea thefts can go back to normal.

Dan
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: FifteensAway on December 26, 2019, 06:07:16 AM
YIKES!!!  Got out my trusty ivory beaded abacus and did a little calculating and to get an accurately scaled triple canopy rain forest in 15 mm I'd need trees 30 actual inches tall!  Holy mahogany, bat man. 

After due consideration, half scale is much more workable - and playable, an essential element - so max height of 15" will be a limit.  And that is just for the 'overstory', the canopy will probably top out at 12", the understory around 9", the shrub layer at no more than 6", and the ground level limited to stuff shorter than an actual 15 mm figure (a bit of a challenge but workable).

And, Digits, to answer your concern, like you, I will build pieces that will sit on the table and the game will primarily flow around the representations - though there will be some built in access points into the rainforest and, less so, into the jungle pieces.  I guess the real challenge then will be to differentiate between the open play areas within the rainforest and/or jungle and those areas outside such as grassland - rivers will be pretty easy to differentiate.  Have to add in kopje and riparian woodlands into the mix.  While the extra material to achieve the same 'detail' in space is one challenge in 15 mm, there is the advantage of being able to represent a larger - and thus more versatile - area in the same table space.

Now, where around here can I find that liquid latex for bullet-proofing my verdure?

Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on December 26, 2019, 10:00:51 AM
My take is simple, I will only end up with half a dozen of the tallest trees, topping out at about 450mm each. Certainly not true scale height but a fairly good representation on table of that top layer.

I will then concentrate on a larger spread of medium height trees at about 25 - 30cm.  The trick with these fellas will be to ensure they are wide in the canopy.  This will mean I don’t have to build so many, as all that wire twisting kills my wrists and there will not be such a density of trunks to make figure mobility impossible.  I am also finding these smaller ones cheaper to make and kinda therapeutic (indeed I made the armatures first three more yesterday whilst playing parlour games and watching crap Xmas telly (not you ma’am, you’re lovely!)

As for the lower levels, a few stands with palms and scrub adds a dash of exotic (and in my case prehistoric ) gloss, and I like the look of the bamboo thickets.

At a ground level.....yes tricky but I'm trying not to overdo the aquarium stuff.  I’m trying to stick to the less colourful plastic foliage and mix it with mosses and flocks.   I’m not too worried about grasslands (didn’t see any evidence of them when I lived in the bush myself) but I do like the idea of a little tall grass along the riverbank when that gets done.

The real tricks I think:

1) Get an effective mousepad mat.  It needs to complement your jungle.  Yes, a red earth is realistic for example....but a muddy mixed green fills in the visual gaps when you look down on your jungle.

2) Try to make your largest pieces as realistic and interesting as you dare.  Hopefully this will disguise the true lack of density and it will dominate anyone’s top view of the table.  Add in a few small traces of colour and interest such as bird life etc to draw the eye in.

3) Keep it green...avoid the lurid aquarium plants that shout “alien” unless that’s what you are modelling of course)

4) Remember it’s still a games table.  You have to be able to game on it.  It’s not just about figure accessibility and fields of fire etc.....but if you make it too dense, you will loose figures that only come to light when you are packing up and all those hours spent painting your mini masterpieces will be hidden in the shadows!
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: von Lucky on December 26, 2019, 09:14:02 PM
Sage advice, Digits.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: FifteensAway on December 27, 2019, 05:55:56 AM
Well, one trick from model railroading is to create a flat based canopy of desired size and then put more detailed trees around the edge.  That covers space but does make the interior of the piece either inaccessible or, with a removable canopy, sort of plain.

Now, that photo I linked to - reminds me exceptionally so of many a bag of lichen I've seen.  That makes it easy but hazardous since lichen can be fragile when it dries.  Lots of ideas floating around.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Scrubber on December 27, 2019, 03:32:21 PM
Camera crew as per conversation.
https://eurekaminusa.com/collections/civilians-film-camera-crew-28mm.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on December 27, 2019, 04:52:47 PM
Cheers Brian.  Not sure between this one and the a Pulp set tbh.  I will think on.

Meanwhile.....I know I was going to rest from trees for a bit...yet I’ve managed to pick up wire for another 9 armatures, plus the three I’ve been making.  That meant I’ve had to order another pot of liquid latex, have to buy and cut out another set of place mats, buy more paint and foliage.   Having just bought a packet of polyfibre....I may need another!

So....looks like I will have twenty trees by the time I’m done!

Oh, ind I’ve also ordered another twenty palm trees.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on December 30, 2019, 04:08:38 PM
So...going to have a large herd of wallowing hippos. 

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/8A5B70FB-9B14-4DD3-9546-B930EC2F18E4.jpeg)

I will need to modify ears and nostrils.  I’ve ordered a Wargames foundry waterline hippo set too.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Scrubber on December 30, 2019, 05:38:24 PM
You need an oxpecker or two to go on the hippo’s.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on December 30, 2019, 07:30:25 PM
Funny I was thinking of putting an egret on one.   Not sure I could find oxpecker in 28mm!  ;)
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: FreakyFenton on December 30, 2019, 11:47:16 PM
So...going to have a large herd of wallowing hippos. 

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/8A5B70FB-9B14-4DD3-9546-B930EC2F18E4.jpeg)

I will need to modify ears and nostrils.  I’ve ordered a Wargames foundry waterline hippo set too.

That is a nice idea. And simple to boot.  :) Curious to see them pained up and based!  :D
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: FifteensAway on December 31, 2019, 01:45:55 AM
Oxpecker = super sculpey, have at it Digits! 

I found some plastic toy hippos that I 'sawed' into pieces to create my waterline hippos - in 15 mm, of course.  Not yet painted nor based so no photos just yet.  Got my adult hippos from Irregular - my young hippos from spinner racks in a toy store.

I'm a bit tempted to try and do a 'charging' hippo in the water.  Wait, did I just give Digits even more ideas on what to do with sculptey?   lol
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on December 31, 2019, 02:17:02 PM
I’ve various hippos from different places including a pair of gaping mouth plastic ones....but nearly all are on the small side.  A few can represent juvenile animals but I like the big mommas!  The foundry set is coming and I hope is a good size. 

So...recap what’s happening.

I am midway through a batch of seven trees!  Armatures almost finished then onto latex.

I have the two river boat bases.  Going to concentrate on the larger one for now but I suspect these will take some time to finish.

I need to raise funds and sell some bits on ebay to complete a few figure orders but also some bits for the boats, hence the timing.

I have the first dozen or so explorers to mount and paint, along with a dozen porters.

I bought four more blowpipe Pygmies as they will feature heavily in the game me thinks.

I have parrots and crocodiles on the paint table along with the jazz band.

So....lots going on.

Things that will get done eventually.....and this will get added to....

I need to make waters edge banking, complete with tall grass etc.  I’m not going to make river sections I’ve decided, as I’ve always found it divides a table often rendering half the tale unused in game.  I will represent my rivers edge / lakeside  along the side of my table.   The tall falls piece may change that in time...we will see.

I need to build the speakeasy and tree top dwellings.  I also want some native huts but I’m undecided which and whether to make my own or buy them ready made.

Traps / pits and dangerous places......my mate wants me to build some quicksand spots....easy enough.....but I also want Punji pits, animal traps, carnivorous plants ( if I can find plastic Venus fly traps), tar pits  and giant spider webs.....

A cave entrance or two.....concealed in bush.

Lots of figures, dinosaurs etc to buy. 

I’d like to find suitable totems / idols etc to dot about the forest.

Lots to do.....

Oh, and come up with rules for the game!

Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Scrubber on December 31, 2019, 03:36:11 PM
Idols. Dumbdumb from night in museum. Don’t you already have the Easter island ones or did they get cleared in house move.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: has.been on December 31, 2019, 03:54:40 PM
I'm sure I have some spare Dinosaurs. Remind me next time you are over.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Scrubber on December 31, 2019, 04:18:14 PM
Have a look at 15mm dinosaurs for smaller ones, ideal foe for pigmies.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on December 31, 2019, 04:39:41 PM
Hmmm....to be fair I envisage each player to be controlling a team of three westerners, two men, one woman, an African guide and three porters.   The latter acting as a kind of munchable buffer before the main characters start getting it.....the pygmies every bit the foe to the intruders as the wildlife.

I may even do a tribe of normal sized natives as an alternate foe.

However, I will look at all dino sizes....

Thanks for the offer Has.been, cheers.

Ps...dont Suppose you have any old itch helmets or scrap figures in pith helmets too do you?  Happy to pay for them.  Ta
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: has.been on December 31, 2019, 09:37:05 PM
I will look for the Pith helmets, but what is an 'itch' helmet?
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on December 31, 2019, 09:54:17 PM
A spelling error! Lol

Cheers
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: FifteensAway on January 01, 2020, 03:30:37 AM
Digits, for the waterfall, if you make it a corner piece the outflow can quickly flow to a waterway at the edge of the table - and keep to your plan.  I agree, a water way at the edge is likely to work better than one that divides up the table.  Good plan.  And another stolen idea!  Of course, I'll need a river and a coast line (maybe doubling as ocean beach and lake side?).
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on January 01, 2020, 03:09:56 PM
Yes that makes sense.

So, doing a batch of seven won’t work, the other two are taller buttress types but I can only fit five on my spray tray.    Need to latex these next.

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/CC4D4AAC-FA64-47F4-AA02-28432A3CB9D3.jpeg)
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Scrubber on January 01, 2020, 05:35:50 PM
Oh no Jumanji is on tv. Hope digits not watching.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: FifteensAway on January 01, 2020, 06:21:30 PM
A link for you, Digits:

https://achesoncreations.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&view=category&virtuemart_category_id=94&Itemid=67 (https://achesoncreations.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&view=category&virtuemart_category_id=94&Itemid=67)

Might be of some interest to you.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on January 03, 2020, 02:12:58 PM
Cheers.  Yes I’ve seen their stuff, pretty cool.

Hippo herd coming along.  Two more flatties to do and a little tidy up before adding paint.

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/C980A467-5BF4-4661-A32A-727FAA9B5205.jpeg)
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Eric the Shed on January 03, 2020, 03:56:10 PM
love those hippos
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: has.been on January 03, 2020, 05:24:23 PM
I see those & find myself humming a Flanders & Swan's song...
      'Mud, mud, glorious mud, nothing quite like it for cooling the blood.'
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Alfrik on January 03, 2020, 06:43:57 PM
Wonderful craftmenship. Looking forward to seeing more :)
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Cacique Caribe on January 04, 2020, 07:19:50 AM
Digits

Absolutely inspiring!

Dan
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: pacarat on January 04, 2020, 03:14:04 PM
Yes that makes sense.

So, doing a batch of seven won’t work, the other two are taller buttress types but I can only fit five on my spray tray.    Need to latex these next.

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/CC4D4AAC-FA64-47F4-AA02-28432A3CB9D3.jpeg)

A suggestion on your trees with respect to wrapping/wiring... Take some additional wire and wap in opposite direction. It will lessen the visual effect of...well, wire wrapped trees.  :)

I did this for some Acacias many years ago, and it made a big difference.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: War Monkey on January 04, 2020, 03:59:10 PM
Wow! Those trees and hippos look great, the hippo idea has me inspired to do something like that myself.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on January 04, 2020, 05:01:11 PM
A suggestion on your trees with respect to wrapping/wiring... Take some additional wire and wap in opposite direction. It will lessen the visual effect of...well, wire wrapped trees.  :)

I did this for some Acacias many years ago, and it made a big difference.

Good thinking, thanks.  Tbh though, once they have two layers of latex painted on, they look fine.  Also, many trees do grow spiral fashion so I’m not too worried. 

Better picture with hippos trimmed.  I need to redo the ears on two of them but otherwise ok.  Just need another long one and that will do me, I can get em painted then.

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/735D1331-CC4B-4AE7-88C6-354E39EBA81B.jpeg)

For Bob

http://www.greenstuffworld.com/en/reusable-blue-stuff/8-blue-stuff-mold-8-bars.html
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: flatpack on January 04, 2020, 08:55:14 PM
Many thanks for the link mate.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: FifteensAway on January 05, 2020, 06:06:17 AM
You are probably already aware (or maybe mentioned earlier in the thread!?  :?) but here is a link to Gringo 40's parrots:

http://www.gringo40s.com/28mm-exotic-animals.html (http://www.gringo40s.com/28mm-exotic-animals.html)

Just in case you were not aware.  And if you know of similar in 15 mm, I'd sure love to know about it! 
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Cacique Caribe on January 12, 2020, 03:39:01 AM
Wow, amazing herd.  I guess I better get busy looking for hippos (in 15mm).

Dan
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: FifteensAway on January 12, 2020, 04:08:28 AM
Dan, for 15 mm hippos start with Irregular Miniatures in their animal range.  Toob small baby zoo animals has a hippo.  And I've found at toy stores in their spinner racks some plastic hippos that I've used to cut into waterline models.  Not aware of any 15 mm waterline metal hippos unless there is one in M.Y. miniatures ranges.

Irregular's 15 mm animal range is the single best place to find African animals.  If you are looking for some African Cape Buffalo, PM me - not free but 7 poses plus a dead beast.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Blackwolf on January 12, 2020, 06:21:28 AM
Wonderful thread 8)

An anecdote you might be interested in; I have a friend from Rhodesia(as it was then,he was in the Rhodesian Light Infantry,that’s another story),who use to go spear fishing in the rivers,the best spots apparently were  the underwater caverns the hippos lived in,of course they’d go when the hippos weren’t at home...
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on January 12, 2020, 09:04:54 PM
I never realised they lived in caverns.  They can’t actually swim, I know that.  They run along the bottom and have to reach shallow water or push themselves up to get air.  There was a program about them on telly a month or so back.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Blackwolf on January 12, 2020, 09:35:48 PM
Not sure they live in caverns, possibly as a nursery for the calves,and the story could be apocryphal, old soldiers tales and all that,however they would certainly use what's there :)
Interesting fact; they can sleep under water,unconsciously rising to breath.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Ash on February 16, 2020, 08:29:23 AM
Check this out (wire trees about 2/3 of the way in):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvwwYeDVAqk&t=1228s
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: FifteensAway on February 16, 2020, 04:25:09 PM
Who besides me is wondering when Digits shall get back to work posting his progress on this thread?! 

I feel somewhat abandoned when I was reeling along with all those cool ideas of his to steal!   :D :o lol
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on March 01, 2020, 12:27:51 AM
He sure looks like the guy from “ Fortitude”!

Fear not, I have to finish that batch of trees for a game at Flatpack’s Lead Shed so progress soon.....
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on April 07, 2020, 02:15:11 PM
And here we go!  Just sat in my garden painting these five fellas.

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/D5A3EB38-B60C-4EF9-AD29-9CC4062832B4.jpeg)

My biggest issue now.....I can’t find ANY superglue in the house to start the foliage process!
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: vodkafan on April 07, 2020, 02:24:14 PM
They look great!
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on April 07, 2020, 02:50:33 PM
Had to pop to shops for some tablets...found a couple of cheap tubes of superglue.....may start adding some foliage!
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: has.been on April 07, 2020, 04:35:15 PM
I really miss Poundland, their cheap... well everything.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on April 07, 2020, 04:46:33 PM
Yes.  I’m usually a little anal about sticking to Loctite, but for these trees, the cheaper glue is fine.  I have three polyfibred.....and may just have enough for a fourth....but will need to buy more to get all five done.  Anyway, so long as weather lasts, and my strength returns, I should get four of these finished tomorrow.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on April 08, 2020, 05:08:10 PM
Today’s progress.  Just managed to stretch my poly fibre and foliage to cover them.

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/9335C028-78BC-488E-931E-8B7843A18282.jpeg)

Hopefully tomorrow will see them vined and lower canopied like the one in the back ground...

Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: flatpack on April 08, 2020, 07:21:00 PM
Fantastic mate.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Cacique Caribe on April 08, 2020, 11:39:18 PM
Oh my ... I’m in awe!

Dan
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on April 22, 2020, 05:16:42 PM
Easy enough to do Dan....give it a whirl.

Ok, not wanting to run the risk of being accused of being distracted, I spent 10 minutes staring at my hull template before deciding to start adding some detail for what will be my little steam paddle boat.  I recently picked up some pulp minis savage seas sailors and some detailing such as harpoon (for catching dinos obviously) life rings, search light etc.  Also have some port holes, and cleats etc somewhere.   Don’t really have a plan for it and it won’t be built in a hurry.

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/E7BFB838-2F61-4E34-9789-52CA2ACDBE1B.jpeg)
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: has.been on April 22, 2020, 06:18:53 PM
If your happy, don't give a fig about distractions.
It is a hobby & therefore to be enjoyed.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on April 25, 2020, 02:32:48 PM
Very true.

Dull weather next week.....so back to sorting the trees me thinks.

Quite chuffed.  Whilst sorting through my pirate box, I came across this chewed lizard.  Will be cool in Dino park.

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/56CCE62C-7F11-48B9-9F04-C76278CEA5F0.jpeg)
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Sinewgrab on April 25, 2020, 03:39:47 PM
Where in the world did you get that?  Love it!
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on April 25, 2020, 04:13:19 PM
Not sure.  I probably picked it up at Triples...about 6  - 7 years back.

Will have to make a small jungle base to lay it in...will look good.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: has.been on April 25, 2020, 05:16:04 PM
I'm not scared of that!
I am scared of what ate it though.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on April 25, 2020, 05:33:55 PM
It is a bit gruesome for sure....anyway, I think you saw in the first posts on here what ate it!
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on April 26, 2020, 10:54:12 AM
Whilst sat here painting, I decided to get it based.  I will have to paint it pronto as I want to finish off the tree bases with plants and scrub so will do this at the same time.  Should make an interesting piece.

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/6DE182E3-6F03-4D9E-8F3A-50041E4DB856.jpeg)
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: FifteensAway on April 26, 2020, 04:38:59 PM
He of the very busy digits, Digits.   lol

I love that dead dino piece and look forward to seeing it 'enshrined' in jungle! 

Dang it, now I have to pull out the raw materials for jungle and triple canopy rain forest making again and see what I'm missing.  Annoyingly inspirational.  Well, okay, maybe not annoying.  But reminds me how much I'm not getting done while you are flying through stuff like you have six pairs of hands (that's 12 hands!).  :o

At least I'm getting stuff primed - 180 figures last night for my East African adventures, sort of colonial, sort of exploring, sort of pulpy.  Going to order more porters, though (from Khurasan's West Sudanese range).  Have ten forces developing and every one gets a 3 leader stand, a 3 native leader stand, a 12 or more unit of European forces and 12 porters - short three sets of porters.  Plenty of native forces, too, and will be ordering some more Masai and Ashanti (not East Africa per se but its for fun), also dead Zulus and Generic Arabs (Irregular Miniatures).  And a few other items, too, from others.  Not adding dinosaurs to my mix but may have some Stone Age elements - Lost Worlds stuff.  Last week finished off priming my African animals and am now over 1,000 critters!  https://steeplechasingzebras.blogspot.com/p/the-steeplechase.html (https://steeplechasingzebras.blogspot.com/p/the-steeplechase.html)  Scroll down to the April 2020 entry for photos - what was primed last week is in addition to yesterdays batch.

Congratulations on getting back to work.  Alas, I didn't get any down time being an 'essential' worker.  Thankful for that.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on April 26, 2020, 05:11:15 PM
It’s from home but that’s fine.....just sad working whilst directly opposite me are sat figures and projects waiting for me!

Still, not having to drive to and from wok gives me lots of time for hobbies.  Just a shame the weather is about to turn...

Anyway, I will get this painted as soon as I can figure what colour a brontosaurus is!
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” or “50 Million Ways to Die in the Bush!”
Post by: Digits on April 27, 2020, 03:46:34 PM
Five trees are now dressed. 

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/F4AECD75-5305-4F96-BE15-B6EE420BDE7C.jpeg)

And not bad for a bit of scenery.  I’ve never painted gore before so probably overdone it! Lol

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/C71A428E-A909-4063-9276-A2E3F8729B95.jpeg)

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/EC40474B-AE76-482F-B670-09AD43C3616A.jpeg)

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/14454E36-DCB8-4118-9CE8-92EA3D638E2F.jpeg)
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: Hu Rhu on April 27, 2020, 06:57:25 PM
Excellent painting and dressing on the Brontosauraus.  :-* :-*
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: has.been on April 27, 2020, 07:04:24 PM

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Excellent painting and dressing on the Brontosauraus.  :-*

Dave you put dressing on the Bronto?????
Vignette, or salad?
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: Digits on April 27, 2020, 07:46:10 PM
Steak Tatare - maybe a little Dijon mustard, mixed with Tabasco and a dash of Worcestershire sauce would do it.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: Digits on April 28, 2020, 08:22:32 AM
Still can’t remember who sold this model.  However, a quick search on eBay and there are dead triceratops and stegosaurus models with little chunks taken out of them which could be used in a similar fashion.   Don’t think they are quite as gory as this one....mere flesh wounds by comparison!

Anyway, fun to do but used up the last of my useful aquarium foliage.  Until lockdown is over and I can mooch about, I will have to concentrate on painting minis and working on my boat me thinks.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: has.been on April 28, 2020, 08:50:42 AM
Dave I have a box of foliage you can have when lock-down ends.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: Digits on April 28, 2020, 10:33:39 AM
Thanks Pete, we can sort it then, cheers.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: Jerm on April 28, 2020, 09:14:16 PM
More great entries on an already inspiring set up! Can't wait to see more - thanks!
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: FifteensAway on April 29, 2020, 06:02:45 AM
The colors indicate that is a very fresh kill.  Had it been older, you would have needed a 'blacker' red - and, shades of Old West stuff, you'd need to be creating a LOT of 28 mm flies!  (Now, if you think I'm picking on you on the fly front, just remember one day I'll have my 15 mm Old West up and you can pester me about 15 mm flies!  lol)

Another well done piece.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: Digits on April 29, 2020, 02:23:43 PM
Flies!

Bog off!
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: has.been on April 29, 2020, 06:01:20 PM
You tell him Digits!
You are sooooo right.
It has to be larvae & grubs.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: Digits on April 29, 2020, 06:06:49 PM
Now....prehistoric mosquitos on the other hand.....
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: Traveler Man on April 29, 2020, 08:15:57 PM
I came a bit late to this post, but it's a real pleasure to look back and see all the gaming eye-candy you've made. It makes me want to get out my own jungle set-up again.  :)
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: FifteensAway on April 30, 2020, 01:04:40 AM
"It has to be larvae & grubs."  lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol my (https://i2.wp.com/www.unexpected.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Donkey_Braying_25-2.jpg?w=800&ssl=1)
off!   :D
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: FifteensAway on April 30, 2020, 01:07:21 AM
(https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/180425-giant-mosquito-found-01.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=1236&h=820&crop=1)

There you go, Digits, a model for your mosquitoes! 

Okay, now back to Digits lovely work.  ;)
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: Digits on April 30, 2020, 10:43:04 PM
Actually was thinking about getting a few of these from a Heresy Miniatures

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/08410108-44EE-4CEF-9A96-2F8DFF723736.jpeg)
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: Sinewgrab on May 01, 2020, 12:30:54 AM
Ooo, that's perfect for a Fallout bloodbug!
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: FifteensAway on May 01, 2020, 05:28:31 AM
Don't paint the waspish colors and you have a proper Mosquito.  Go for it!  A dozen ought to do the trick.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: Digits on May 01, 2020, 06:11:30 AM
Three or four may be more in my budget!
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: Mindenbrush on May 01, 2020, 02:03:10 PM
Still can’t remember who sold this model.

Acheson Creations Dead Sauropod
https://achesoncreations.com/index.php/primaeval-designs/28mm-designs/28mm-dinosaurs/dead-sauropod-detail
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: Digits on May 01, 2020, 03:40:31 PM
Good find.  Must have been a uk distributor though as I definitely bought it here at a show.

Thanks for the link fella.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: Scrubber on May 06, 2020, 03:00:42 PM
Remember the Dino. First time Sheffield triples at sports arena. Money in pocket burning a hole. Only taken about 10 years to find a use for it. Looking good. 👍
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: Digits on May 06, 2020, 09:35:53 PM
I think you are right fella.  Good to have you back, speedy recovery mate.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: SpaceGoblin on May 11, 2020, 10:59:36 PM
Just looked through this thread. Inspiring stuff-Keep up the great work  :D
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: Digits on May 16, 2020, 02:00:43 PM
Slow burner but will try....

Ok, so I received my crooked dice Gorillas in the post today.

Along with the unfinished Eureka Chimpanzees these are the best ape models I’ve seen.

The big brute, not quite Kong but going to be a fearsome opponent  for the hapless adventures me thinks,  I need to base these but will look to paint them up over the next few days I hope.

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/E721D56D-8A98-4F1D-9C9B-05994008DB3D.jpeg)
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - more trees and a dead brontosaurus!
Post by: FifteensAway on May 16, 2020, 02:16:30 PM
Those will be nice additions!

For my 15 mm stuff, I've got baboons (3 poses, 3D printed by a friend for me - no idea of source), HO chimpanzees that are fine models but 3rd rate for my purposes and too small but all I've been able to find (except the one that comes in the old Airfix/HATT Jungle box (Tarzan), trunk monkeys from Irregular Miniatures (monkey on a cut-off tree trunk), and gorillas from a few sources: the DDA from Bluemoon (think the movie Congo gorillas), toy shop items (Toob), and some beading items, plus Highlander Studios.  Makes for a nice collection but could be better, for sure.

Glad to see you stopping by here because a lot of us are enjoying this thread.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Aping about, building a boat....
Post by: Digits on May 19, 2020, 07:14:51 PM
Was hoping to do more....but small accident broke my chopper!  (You can fill in your own jokes!)

However, started on the steamer. 

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/9015A6DB-260D-4B9C-8D63-0CD082457773.jpeg)
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Aping about, building a boat....
Post by: syrinx0 on May 20, 2020, 01:12:08 AM
Busted chops are no joke.  :)  Good luck with it's repair and finishing the boat!
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Aping about, building a boat....
Post by: FifteensAway on May 20, 2020, 02:50:18 AM
Me most very elegantly confused.  Chopper mean heliochopper-copter.  Chopper also mean chop shop guy cut automobile into many unfortunate pieces.  Chopper also be specially efficient wood cutting tool.  Oh, my aching amygdala.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Aping about, building a boat....
Post by: Digits on May 20, 2020, 07:40:26 AM
Chopper (with the busted blade)

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/CD60583C-D737-43CC-9500-F88EF446D426.jpeg)
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Aping about, building a boat....
Post by: FifteensAway on May 20, 2020, 01:12:50 PM
Ah, my amygdala begins to feel better already!  lol

That looks like a rather old model of The Chopper, and of an 'industrial' strength.  Pretty cool tool to have (have one myself, but a more recent model).  In search of an electronic version - have one but it was cheap in both senses of the word and didn't last long and a bit wonky in its operation.

Hope you get a new blade soon.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Aping about, building a boat....
Post by: FreakyFenton on May 24, 2020, 11:45:35 AM
Chopper (with the busted blade)

(https://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b76/DigitsDavid/A%20Lost%20a%20World/CD60583C-D737-43CC-9500-F88EF446D426.jpeg)

@Digits
It might be me digressing, but are those choppers still for sale somewhere?  :o

Bit of a cool tool tip for scenery makers.

Anyhow, sorry for non thread related questions.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Aping about, building a boat....
Post by: Digits on May 24, 2020, 12:19:25 PM
Absolutely...pretty sure EMA Models sell them...

Yup

https://www.ema-models.co.uk/index.php/hand-tools/cutting-hand-tools/the-chopper-ii.html

Handy kit.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Aping about, building a boat....
Post by: FifteensAway on May 24, 2020, 03:06:09 PM
I stand corrected, looks like I have the original Chopper I.  Question about the Chopper II, how do you like the work surface below the blade, I think it is a neoprene rubber with a 'hard' surface?  My chopper has a piece of chip board plus I have a cutting sheet of the material (apparently) used in the Chopper II - not used together, though!

I may be getting the NWSL Duplicator now that I did a little exploring on their website: https://nwsl.com (https://nwsl.com)  Specific link: https://nwsl.com/collections/duplicutter-ii/products/the-duplicutter-ii (https://nwsl.com/collections/duplicutter-ii/products/the-duplicutter-ii)

Retirement (hopefully!) beckons around the end of next year and I plan to spend a lot more time with my two hobbies, miniatures and model railroading.  Helpful tool to have around.

Recently ordered this: https://www.harborfreight.com/4-in-mighty-mite-table-saw-with-blade-61608.html?_br_psugg_q=mighty+mite+table+saw (https://www.harborfreight.com/4-in-mighty-mite-table-saw-with-blade-61608.html?_br_psugg_q=mighty+mite+table+saw)  Will report on how I like when I get it - had just as many top line reviews as bottom line reviews with a smattering in between.  Not too expensive so only marginal expectations.  Hope it lasts longer than my other recent purchase from Micro-Mark: https://www.micromark.com/MicroLux-Mini-Miter-Cut-Off-Saw (https://www.micromark.com/MicroLux-Mini-Miter-Cut-Off-Saw)  That didn't last long at all, less than one hundred cuts, maybe less than fifty.  Good thing it was so cheap - though too bad it was so cheap (in the other sense of the word).  Also, it was a bit wonky to operate.

Oh, and Digits, you've inspired me get to work on my own triple canopy jungle, finally able to get to an open hobby shop yesterday and lay in additional supplies.  The world is slowly re-opening around here - but I worry it may get shut down again if the virus spikes which I expect it will.  Hope I am wrong!
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Aping about, building a boat....
Post by: Digits on May 24, 2020, 03:56:08 PM
Me too!

Very good bit of kit.....despite blade breaking, I have been using this blade for years...all my wild west stuff built with it, and blade still sharp.

The mat under is ok, but you can see repeated use has cut through it over the years, I’m too lazy just to turn it round (it comes out).

I principally use it on wood (balsa, bass, lolly sticks and coffee stirrers) and plsticard.

It comes with two angle set squares, unfortunately I lost one.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Aping about, building a boat....
Post by: syrinx0 on May 25, 2020, 01:43:53 AM
Sad that Micromark tools failed that fast.  I have given up on harbor freight for anything other than a one off use tool now.  Their cheap tools are  horrible quality in my experience.  Given how rarely I use tools around the house, their failure rate was spectacularly high.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Aping about, building a boat....
Post by: Digits on May 25, 2020, 05:39:17 AM
US supplier in Montana has them on eBay

https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/353073383429?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=710-134428-41853-0&mkcid=2&itemid=353073383429&targetid=876751517470&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=1006705&poi=&campaignid=9445985920&mkgroupid=98729475311&rlsatarget=pla-876751517470&abcId=578896&merchantid=6995734&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIl7jkhKbO6QIVFYXVCh2MGQH7EAQYASABEgLTp_D_BwE
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Aping about, building a boat....
Post by: FreakyFenton on May 25, 2020, 04:56:39 PM
Absolutely...pretty sure EMA Models sell them...

Yup

https://www.ema-models.co.uk/index.php/hand-tools/cutting-hand-tools/the-chopper-ii.html

Handy kit.

Cool! Thank you for the link!  :D
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Aping about, building a boat....
Post by: Mindenbrush on May 26, 2020, 11:17:07 AM
It is only a single edge razor blade that is easily replaced - I have the same Chopper and went though loads of blades cutting bamboo skewers for my KPW stockades.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Aping about, building a boat....
Post by: Digits on May 26, 2020, 12:20:58 PM
Thanks fella.  I can see how to change it....just amazed love never had to do it before now!
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Aping about, building a boat....
Post by: FifteensAway on May 27, 2020, 01:49:22 AM
Digits, you can replace the angle bit you lost - they sell them without the whole tool.  Just FYI.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Aping about, building a boat....
Post by: Digits on May 27, 2020, 12:23:26 PM
Not here in the uk, at least I’ve not found them  :-[
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Aping about, building a boat....
Post by: Billchuck on May 27, 2020, 09:01:29 PM
Not here in the uk, at least I’ve not found them  :-[

When the world calms down, find a model train shop nearby that stocks NWSL and see if they will include the piece you need in their next order.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Aping about, building a boat....
Post by: Digits on May 27, 2020, 09:25:05 PM
That’s an idea - thanks. 
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Aping about, building a boat....
Post by: Old-N-Busted on June 06, 2020, 06:06:56 AM
 I have also owned one of them for years you can pick up the blades in bulk packs on Ebay look for paint scraper blades. BUSTED.https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/100-Piece-Single-Edge-Razor-Blades-Window-Scraper-Blade-Replacement-Blade-Safety/164152784966?_trkparms=aid%3D1110006%26algo%3DHOMESPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20200513093106%26meid%3Da589489cc095454e91b57ec772c274b1%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dco%26sd%3D362529209075%26itm%3D164152784966%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675%26algv%3DSimplAMLv5PairwiseWebWithBBEV1Filter%26brand%3DUnbranded&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Aping about, building a boat....
Post by: Digits on June 06, 2020, 08:04:06 AM
Cheers fella, I have a batch of blades now.

I suppose I need to do some more on the boat!
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Adding life…..
Post by: Digits on April 20, 2022, 10:13:18 PM
Another of my dormant threads gets a little breath of life blown into it.

I usually cycle back to ideas and projects that excite me.   I found myself knocking up a sign for the planned “Zambezi Speakeasy”  which will eventually sit on its roof when I get round to building it.

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/EE897D57-F93C-4B0A-A742-9B024AB06BA0.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)

Will get this painted up and dressed for the jungle, and pick up a few other bits I already started.     

Indeed, I added a little gs to the outstanding members of the Jazz band, Charlie Squawker and his band Tribal Tempo, featuring Miss Ella Fitzsnuggly.  However, I will also get them painted before showing them.

Even though I still have no idea how to play with this lot, it makes me giggle thinking on it! 😂
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Adding life…..
Post by: Codsticker on April 21, 2022, 02:53:43 AM
I'm gigglin reading about it. :D
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Adding life…..
Post by: Cacique Caribe on April 21, 2022, 07:48:07 AM
How about Zamb-easy?  :)

Dan
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Adding life…..
Post by: Digits on April 21, 2022, 07:51:15 AM
That would have worked……but I’ve already welded my letters to the board mate!  ;)

I will get the board painted today, will be good to get a few bits done and coloured.   I started painting the band last night too.    Even found myself listening to a little jazz whilst doing so! Lol
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Adding life…..
Post by: has.been on April 21, 2022, 08:47:53 AM
Quote
Even found myself listening to a little jazz whilst doing so! Lol

NOOOOOOO!   NOT JAZZ!  :-[
Ladysmith Black Mombassa, YES! But not Jazz.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Adding life…..
Post by: flatpack on April 21, 2022, 10:36:18 AM
JC will point you in the right direction for Jazzzzzzz.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Adding life…..
Post by: Digits on April 21, 2022, 10:37:06 AM
No soul!

Anyway, one painted sign for the club.   When I find my vines, I will add one to it to tie it in with the trees.

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/8B0A4B4C-1A85-45F8-B09C-513A8AED58BC.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jazz Band!
Post by: Digits on April 21, 2022, 07:59:17 PM
We has a jazz band!

Say hello to Charlie Squawker with his band, Tribal Tempo featuring Miss Ella Fitzsnuggly!


(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/313EBF17-96C9-49F3-82C2-A9B848E380CE.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)


Daylight has escaped so I will take a pic outside when it’s light, but hopefully you get the vibe! 😉
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jazz Band!
Post by: flatpack on April 21, 2022, 10:55:16 PM
Very nice David.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jazz Band!
Post by: syrinx0 on April 22, 2022, 01:48:51 AM
Excellent work on that ensemble!  I loved that set of figures.  You can really see the resemblance to the historical Jazz greats in all of them.
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jazz Band!
Post by: Digits on April 22, 2022, 06:55:36 AM
Yes….it’s a shame I had to butcher them tbh! Lol

Cheers guys


A few more pics

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/B1E4ACC4-A2DB-4980-959A-32E9742BBA38.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/1CA3BA02-EAD5-4F1C-905B-ABFE53CA1ECB.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/40C8D16F-D2BC-4C71-8C6E-95E76A1ED7EA.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/6F41EE7C-4F94-4BD3-8F09-01EB690F3461.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)






Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Hippos
Post by: Digits on April 22, 2022, 11:08:00 AM
Another finished task, painting the wallowing hippo heard.    Admittedly a very quick paint job.  If I was just doing one, I’d have spent more time!

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/4E8AC694-B133-4848-ACDD-CE652FA8A4FD.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)

Edit:

It’s given me an idea!     I could simply make a board that has a BIG wide river dissecting it.    I have crocodiles,  I could buy an elephant or two etc…..and simply have a game where the aim is to cross the river unharmed!     I may mull that one over…..
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Hippos
Post by: Digits on April 22, 2022, 04:32:34 PM
Next job me thinks…….painting a little admin!

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/9530E187-8D43-412D-AACA-23ABC4AF196C.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)

In my head, I envisage playing a game, with say four teams….each with six bearers.    These will act as a kind of team health marker….the teams loosing theirs first being out….

Anyway, whatever I do, I’ve had these a few years so will be good to get paint on them….
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Hippos
Post by: FifteensAway on April 23, 2022, 02:40:31 AM
Digit returns!  Haven't visited this thread for a while and missed the sign and the jazz band, very cool. 

Love the hippo idea - and the game thoughts.  Though I'll admit at first - and second - glance I thought they were unpainted.  Just had to look closer.  Probably show better when in-situ in their watery home.  Certainly get cutting back on detail level when painting large numbers.

Nice lot of bearers.  I'll have to get some photos of my finished ones and post up some of them - or all of them - for possible inspiration.  If I do all of them there may be comments about my sanity because there are so many.  Heck, I think I even have a few hiding away still to get painted but not for certain on that front.

Hope to see more on this thread sooner than later. 
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Hippos
Post by: CapnJim on April 23, 2022, 03:16:11 PM
Love the ensemble.  They wouldn't look out of place in New Orleans here in the states.  "Oh, when the saints, come marching in..." :)

And interesting idea with the bearers.  It'd be interesting to see how that works out if you do that.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Hippos
Post by: 2010sunburst on April 23, 2022, 05:23:45 PM
Love that band.  Got to get me some!  Who makes them?
Title: Re: “DAFTEST AFRICA!” - Jazz Band!
Post by: FramFramson on April 23, 2022, 05:25:59 PM
Yes….it’s a shame I had to butcher them tbh! Lol

Cheers guys


A few more pics

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/B1E4ACC4-A2DB-4980-959A-32E9742BBA38.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/1CA3BA02-EAD5-4F1C-905B-ABFE53CA1ECB.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/40C8D16F-D2BC-4C71-8C6E-95E76A1ED7EA.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/6F41EE7C-4F94-4BD3-8F09-01EB690F3461.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)

The conversion's a brilliant idea, IMO!

Talk about a REAL King Zulu Parade!  lol lol lol
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Hippos
Post by: Digits on April 23, 2022, 06:05:59 PM
 Cheers guys.

Original minis by Eureka miniatures.  I used some plastic Zulu legs and a few heads.  I also used metal bits like the mask and parrot from Reaper I think.   Grass skirts simply green stuff
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Askari
Post by: Digits on April 24, 2022, 04:39:41 PM
I think I still need a few carrying tusks (Foundry) and I need to find a couple carrying a bagged big cat or other game.  Any suggestions welcome?


(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/337C11E8-7D78-4F9F-A57C-8FBC0E427EFB.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)



So, that’s the luggage taken care of….i suppose I could do with a few adventurers and a little hired help next…..
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Askari
Post by: aircav on April 24, 2022, 08:32:07 PM
Fantastic, absolutely love the band  8) 8)
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Askari
Post by: MaleGriffin on April 24, 2022, 09:19:28 PM
Fantastic conversion and brushwork! Very Inspiring!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Askari
Post by: CapnJim on April 24, 2022, 10:08:47 PM
Nice job on those porters.  Somebody has to carry the bags... 

Well done, lad!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Askari
Post by: Golgotha on April 24, 2022, 10:56:31 PM
Always good to see Askari porters be nice if you could convert something into some of them fleeing in terror and dropping their cargo.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Askari
Post by: Digits on April 25, 2022, 06:47:41 AM
Maybe something to think about!

Cheers guys, glad you like them.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Hired Help
Post by: Digits on April 25, 2022, 01:27:24 PM
More Askari…this time hired help, tracker, guard, trail boss.

Lovely figures from Foundry.   I will put some narrative behind all the characters in due course but I love these minis.

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/EEB25791-E880-4BE3-BCD4-EF4234F96939.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Hired Help
Post by: Michi on April 25, 2022, 01:47:49 PM
I really like your progress on this project. Your painting is excellent!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Expedition!
Post by: Digits on April 25, 2022, 06:02:51 PM
Thanks for saying so!


Ok, we have an EXPEDITION!

I painted a few adventurers, Lord Harry Lovatt-Standing and his chums.

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/E3136B58-B706-43F1-9454-8A84CD08A928.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)


What I need now is some wildlife!

I think the initial wildlife I will concentrate on will simply reflect the wildlife of Africa.  I can do dinosaurs another time.

I don’t really know where this is going yet suffice to say I’m enjoying the building of it.

I have just put in an order with Northstar for a range of animals, including an elephant, rhino, buffalo, hyenas, oryx,  ostrich,  leopard and cheetahs….enough to get me started.

I rather fancy a small mixed herd of wilderbeest and zebras along with a stalking hunt of lioness but that will have to wait until another time.

I already have a hippo herd, and sat on the side awaiting a brush I have some gorillas, and a few crocs.

Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Expedition!
Post by: Elk101 on April 25, 2022, 06:44:39 PM
Very cool. Good luck painting all those animal skin patterns.!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Expedition!
Post by: Digits on April 25, 2022, 07:25:49 PM
Cheers fella.


I may not necessarily be any good at it, but if truth be told, I think I prefer trying to copy animal patterning, especially as they pretty much will all look the same to having to make up colour combos for individual human figures.

I’m looking forward to painting the oryx for example…..looking at the following pictures, I’m hoping pretty straight forward, but should look collectively cool.

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/103B9C22-E3F2-4BEC-8A29-858154D402C8.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/8CB41433-5522-49A0-A572-D2263706EE94.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/92447B2D-BDB1-4BD7-B644-A6D4751072D3.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/DCDBCB2F-5F65-4BED-8208-5AB65FD0A696.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Expedition!
Post by: Golgotha on April 25, 2022, 07:43:16 PM
They are also known in Southern Africa as Gemsbok and they taste really good - indeed the best meat I have ever had - during my time living in South West Africa, now called Namibia.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Expedition!
Post by: Grumpy Gnome on April 26, 2022, 06:59:59 AM
Wow! Lots to love in this thread… particularly your jungle terrain pieces and those porters.

I am green with envy.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Expedition!
Post by: Michi on April 26, 2022, 10:39:28 AM
particularly your jungle terrain pieces and those porters.

Exactly, you can never have enough of both…  lol

(http://leadadventureforum.com/gallery/28/577_27_05_17_2_24_14_2.JPG)
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Expedition!
Post by: Digits on April 26, 2022, 11:04:33 AM
Very nice Michi….love the colours!

Thanks Grumpy!   Being green in the jungle has its distinct advantages fella!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Bagged zebra!
Post by: Digits on April 26, 2022, 05:51:11 PM
Ok, I really wanted a bagged big cat……but I would have to have spent a kings ransome to get a model I wasn’t overly fond of.   Suggested I do my own so a quick rummage and I had the remains of a Perry Zulu sprue I bought to make the jazz band and a warlord farmyard mule.     A little modification and one bagged zebra for the train…and tonight’s dinner!

Painting an upside down zebra wasn’t easy so I apologise but actually I’m pretty made up seeing as this cost me nothing!

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/A122D7A8-B830-462E-982C-75E49204CEEF.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/2C2E3787-6A75-4B8D-8039-4FC5D5A2EEC4.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)

The Perry zulus are a good match alongside the Foundry askaris too.  You can’t really see it in these pics….but I did beef up the neck on the lead fella….just to show they’d picked the strongest blokes to do the heavy lifting…….plains zebra males weighing in between 240 - 320kg  😉

If anyone has a spare mule from the Warlord farmyard sprue, please let me know, I wouldn’t mind making a standing version of the same fella……pre kill.

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/FAEB225B-5BD3-45D0-B771-D88266524722.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Bagged zebra!
Post by: has.been on April 26, 2022, 06:17:56 PM
Food that comes with its own bar-code. lol
Excellent job David.
If you still hunker after Lion I suggest you look at kiddy
African play sets. A lot cheaper than metal, easier to cut
up, & weighs less (got to think about the poor bearers). lol
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Bagged zebra!
Post by: Digits on April 26, 2022, 07:04:56 PM
Cheers Pete.  I actually already ordered a DeeZee lion as I thought it would be funny if a male lion (known for their laziness and allowing others to kill for them) we’re to attack in order to pinch the carcass!

The big issue I have with plastic animal play sets is the mix of scales usually prevalent in any bag of animals.   I will paint up the ordered metals then see what I’m missing, but to be fair, there are quite a few available.     
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Bagged zebra!
Post by: has.been on April 26, 2022, 09:09:30 PM
Quote
The big issue I have with plastic animal play sets is the mix of scales usually prevalent in any bag

True, but I adopt the following:-
a) Use whatever is 'in scale' for my wants
b) Convert the rest to Alien beasts (e.g. Oversize leopards had their tails cut off & were
    painted bright blue),  Statues or, even, given to children to play with. lol lol lol
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Bagged zebra!
Post by: CapnJim on April 26, 2022, 10:24:28 PM
...& weighs less (got to think about the poor bearers). lol

No kidding.  An adult zebra can weight upwards of 500 lbs.  Those must be some strong bearers!   :D
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Bagged zebra!
Post by: FifteensAway on April 27, 2022, 01:35:03 AM
Digits, War in 15MM does a lot of stuff in 28 mm.  Have a look at the link below for his Africa gallery.

https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=75217.0 (https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=75217.0)

Hope this works, should be his image of a dead lion on a pole between two bearers: (https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/5a472cc564b05f6c3b08511b/1515038884663-CQP3U445EJI8ZSF0D3RI/086.jpg?format=2500w)

It is his Large 28 MM Darkest Africa Gallery.

Of course, with your very cool dead zebra that you went above and beyond on, this may be too little, too late but you might still be interested.  At the very least, if you haven't seen it before, spend time checking out his site for possible inspiration.

And feel free to contact him to see if he recalls where figures you might be interested in were sourced.  He's a good guy and very responsive.  And immensely creative and prolific like nobody's business.  Why, a bit like you.

Fun stuff. 

One day - maybe even this year! - I will have to post my own African adventures here.   Much painted, much, much more still to paint!

Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Bagged zebra!
Post by: Elk101 on April 27, 2022, 08:54:34 AM
Great job on the zebra!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Bagged zebra!
Post by: Digits on April 27, 2022, 11:15:00 AM
Thanks….makes up for the mediocre job on these Gorillas…….been sat on  desk for a bit but I’ve rushed them in the end…..not overly happy but they are playable at least.   I may return to them at a later point.

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/49AD9F01-CF0F-4FA2-A9DB-03175008AA5E.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Bagged zebra!
Post by: FierceKitty on April 27, 2022, 11:16:34 AM
Heaven help you if PETA ever views this thread.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Bagged zebra!
Post by: Digits on April 27, 2022, 11:24:05 AM
Don’t look at me…….it’s Gol that keeps eating everything!

Zebra was a clean shot anyway!

Oh, and Aventine produce a dead African elephant……I will HAVE to get one of those!

Quick paint job on the crocs

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And a little expedition shot……coming out into the clearing.

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Found another mule in my bits box (makes sense as there are two in the box!)….I will turn that into a another zebra.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Bagged zebra!
Post by: MaleGriffin on April 27, 2022, 06:20:35 PM
Superbly done! Very atmospheric!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Bagged zebra!
Post by: Digits on April 27, 2022, 07:11:09 PM
Cheers fella.    Looking to try and get in a game in a few weeks time with an old mate.

I’ve ordered the Congo rule set……and twenty five Copplestone Ngoni.

Not sure yet just how many figures I need but hoping I have enough for a game.

Just a small matter of painting a tribe and a zoo full of animals now…..
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Bagged zebra!
Post by: Doug ex-em4 on April 27, 2022, 07:35:36 PM
Great topic…! I love the shot of the expedition entering a clearing - lovely.

Doug
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Bagged zebra!
Post by: Digits on April 28, 2022, 12:46:59 PM
Cheers Doug.

Just cleaning up a few animals (I think the moulds may have had their day on a few) and made another zebra….alive this time!

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Bagged zebra!
Post by: War Monkey on April 28, 2022, 03:33:13 PM
Wow! Your project is moving along very nicely.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - the Big 5
Post by: Digits on April 29, 2022, 03:33:47 PM
Cheers…..that’s how my projects roll……I have an initial enthusiasm….do a bit…walk away for a few years….then plough all in for as long as the mojo holds out…..

Anyway….minis arrived for the wildlife.   My fingers hurt with all the flashing truth be told.

Africa’s Big Five in the foreground plus a few hyenas, cheetahs, ostrich, warthogs etc

The oryx are proving a real bugger to do……the sodding ears keep coming off.  I lost one so have to gs a new one, but I’m struggling so they can wait.   

In time, I want a small herd of mixed zebra, gazelle and wildebeest….but funds are exhausted right now.

So been thinking on what I need going forward.

In no particular order


Some new scenic pieces, especially as a good number of these animals won’t b3 found in the forest!

These will include-
Elephant grass bases (non jungle pieces basically)
Termite mounds
Acacia / Baobab trees
A river (I REALLY need a bloody river!)
A waterfall
A waterhole
Rock escarpments
Tribal village / huts (maybe two different types for different settings)
Dug out canoes
Village cattle herd
Villagers
A lost temple

I will need at least another tribe after the Ngoni, but not sure which way to go…..but the Masai have a place in my heart / history so I probably have to do them…….but I love the idea of the “Hehe” because they sound funny….but they won’t look overly dissimilar to the Ngoni…….a bit to think about here.

Zebra herd (as above)

Build the Zambezi Speak Easy / Trading Station

Make a hot air balloon

Finish the paddle steamer

Buy more armed Askari

Maybe do a small detachment of British soldiers

Crap….I’d best stop there before I over phase myself! Lol






Anyway, I suppose I need to do a bit of painting…..

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - the Big 5
Post by: MaleGriffin on April 29, 2022, 07:37:15 PM
Fantastic thread! Very inspirational!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - the Big 5
Post by: has.been on April 29, 2022, 08:10:10 PM
keep up the good work Bwana.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - the Big 5
Post by: Elk101 on April 30, 2022, 06:24:18 AM
A hugely impressive undertaking. I'm particularly looking forward to seeing the terrain.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - the Big 5
Post by: Digits on April 30, 2022, 07:34:35 AM
Don’t put that on me mate! Lol

To be fair I want to emulate some of the great work already done on this forum.  I’m inspired by work in Diablo Jon’s thread, particularly his elephant grass…..but I need to figure out the materials he’s using, particularly the ground cover he uses around the bottom of the bases.  I pm’d him but…..
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - the Big 5
Post by: snitcythedog on April 30, 2022, 12:26:04 PM
Very cool project all around. 
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - the Big 5
Post by: The Golem on April 30, 2022, 02:05:47 PM
I just tumbled on this topic and I want to say: wow! :-*
Thanks a lot for sharing your work and your pictures, it's all very inspiring!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - the Big 5
Post by: Digits on April 30, 2022, 05:03:22 PM
Welcome guys!  Glad you are enjoying the safari!

Came out a tad darker than I’d hoped but spotted hyenas on the prowl.

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And I’m hoping these will turn out a couple of large termite mounds.   I’m using a lightweight filler (mixed with pva) over polystyrene cones though so only time will tell…


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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - more hunters
Post by: Digits on May 01, 2022, 07:26:49 AM
A few more from the hunting party.

I particularly like the Askari on the left…..I used to live among other places in Oman.  Oman had a strong link to Zanzibar which this fella reminds of…..so now I’m thinking, I must add Zanzibaris to the list! 😩

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - more hunters
Post by: Golgotha on May 01, 2022, 09:13:06 AM
Love the new additions, especially the termite mounds.

You may be interested in Dark Fables Gazelles see: http://www.darkfableminiatures.com/store/p132/103._Gazelles.html
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - more hunters
Post by: Doug ex-em4 on May 01, 2022, 10:11:51 AM
Oooh - they look good. Also the terrain Mat. I’m going to have to start reading this topic from scratch and I’m looking forward to it a lot :D

Doug
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - more hunters
Post by: Digits on May 01, 2022, 11:31:00 AM
Cheers and Gol, those are perfect thanks!  Those and the Caracals to be fair….now I need to know how to order …


I can get them from Fenris Miniatures along with the best (and priciest!) zebras I’ve seen!   Maybe next month….

Pleased to report the termite mounds dried nicely so just sanded off the rough bits and sealed it with pva…..will sand the base and paint up this week.

Once I’ve figured out the ground level grass / turf that Diablo Jon uses, I will get it ordered to finish them off.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - more hunters
Post by: Doug ex-em4 on May 01, 2022, 12:23:55 PM
Just realised I’d been reading the topic when it started a couple of years ago but it’s been great to re-read it. And to make me realise I need some of those pygmies…!

Rules. Mad Lord Snapcase recently sent me a copy of Adventures in Jimland by Jim Wright. They look like a really fun set of African Exploration rules and have a simple campaign element included. Maybe worth a look?

Doug
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - more hunters
Post by: Digits on May 01, 2022, 02:26:39 PM
Cheers Doug, I will maybe take a look.  I have Congo on order, if it doesn’t do what I want, I will certainly try them out.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Buffalo
Post by: Digits on May 01, 2022, 05:07:33 PM
A couple of Buffalo.

Some of my favourite animals….they don’t take it lying down.   I’ve seen more injuries inflicted on Lions by these fellows watching nature documentaries than any other potential prey.  You may take umbrage with the painting….but every time I’ve seen them….they always look like the proverbial pig in shit!    Muddy horns and flanks was what I was trying to achieve….

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Buffalo
Post by: Doug ex-em4 on May 01, 2022, 05:17:40 PM
I never thought I’d say this but after seeing those, I need some buffalo…! They look spiff. By the way, what’s your surface/mat? Is it a mat, in fact or a textured surface (which is what it looks like).

Doug
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Buffalo
Post by: Digits on May 01, 2022, 05:25:16 PM
I tend to play on mousepad mats (see pics with jungle on) as I can vary the setting to suit ( I have about five different finishes I think).

But I made this board a while back to simplify my taking pictures on….I’m no photographer and I don’t mess with directional lighting, lighting boxes or any such…I just plonked the minis on this board and happy snap!

Placemat, covered in sand and painted to complement my go to figure base colours is all.

And you HAVE to get buffalo……especially as they are one of Africas big five……meaning they would give a hunter a hard time!

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Buffalo
Post by: aircav on May 01, 2022, 06:37:58 PM
Blimey, you’re not hanging about. Cracking stuff  8)
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Buffalo
Post by: Shtim on May 01, 2022, 08:32:46 PM
This really is absolutely fantastic - well done
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Buffalo
Post by: Grumpy Gnome on May 02, 2022, 06:17:29 AM
Brilliant work done at amazing speed! Respect!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Big Cats
Post by: Digits on May 02, 2022, 11:23:35 AM
Much appreciated fellas!

Ok, a few pussycats….

Cheetahs

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And Leopard (Big 5)

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Big Cats
Post by: Digits on May 02, 2022, 01:34:00 PM
And a quick pair of termite mounds!  Easy terrain.  Just wish I could find a 28mm ant eater!

I’ve run out of tufts really so will add more when I stock up.

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Big Cats
Post by: has.been on May 02, 2022, 03:03:11 PM
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Just wish I could find a 28mm ant eater!

In the cartoon strip 'BC' one of the cavemen is bitten by an ant.
In the next frame he reappears with the Ant Eater under his arm
& uses it on the ants like a machine gun, Zot, Zot, Zot, Zot, Zot!
 lol
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Big Cats
Post by: Elk101 on May 02, 2022, 03:04:35 PM
This project is flying, great work.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Big Cats
Post by: von der Tann on May 02, 2022, 03:14:18 PM
Brilliant stuff ... I love the leopard and the termite mounts ... and all the rest. I do hope you enjoy playing games with these.  :-*

28mm anteaters .... though I guess these are not the ant eaters you are looking for!  lol

(https://www.magistermilitum.com/media/catalog/product/cache/3c30937a4842283fcade5bd8b2304fa5/d/s/dsm7993_f1_p.jpg) (https://www.darkswordminiatures.com/darkswordmedia/VisionsCritters/7993/v_7993_fs_p.jpg)
Dark Sword Miniatures

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Eureka Miniatures

But then ... are anteaters native to Africa? I thought you can only find them in Central and South America. I think you might be looking for an aardvark ... sadly I didn't find one of those in 28 mm either ...  :(
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Big Cats
Post by: Digits on May 02, 2022, 04:11:38 PM
I found an Aardvark…though why it’s bundled up with a kangaroo and a koala, I can only guess!   It will have to wait.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/273978416076?chn=ps&_trkparms=ispr%3D1&amdata=enc%3A1EjV0gAV4RESDvpwYSbIOyQ48&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=710-134428-41853-0&mkcid=2&itemid=273978416076&targetid=&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=1006705&poi=&campaignid=16781080297&mkgroupid=&rlsatarget=&abcId=9300844&merchantid=138346785&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIxNLy15nB9wIVxhkGAB3O8AfXEAQYASABEgJ0CfD_BwE

I’d settle for a  pangolin but just as scarce.

Cheers guys.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Big Cats
Post by: has.been on May 02, 2022, 04:42:34 PM
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I found an Aardvark…though why it’s bundled up with a kangaroo and a koala, I can only guess!   It will have to wait.

David, I'll go shares with you on that pack. I fancy doing something Aussie.
Maybe 'Western', there used to be a TV series when I was a kid, it was set
in Australia & was based around a Stagecoach line. I think the series was
called, 'Whiplash'. There is also Tom Selleck in the film Quigley down under.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102744/mediaviewer/rm731679233/?ref_=tt_ov_i

I'll take the Roo & Bear, you the Ant thingy.  :D
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Big Cats
Post by: Digits on May 02, 2022, 04:49:13 PM
Will have to wait until next month as I’m all spent up but sure we can do that fella!

Meanwhile, a little courtship on the savannah!

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Well I have a week and a half to get some opposition painted for the funding party, as well as a few more Askari hired help.   Then I’m away to learn the rules for Congo and have a few games.

Of course, this assumes the Ngoni turn up along with a small foundry order with a few more Askari….oh, and the rules! Lol

The animals will continue to be painted when I get a chance but they will have to take a back seat when the humans arrive.

I also have some aquarium grass in order so may get a shot at a few patches of elephant grass….time willing.

Orynx are based…ear replaced!    May start painting these soon

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Big Cats
Post by: Barry S on May 02, 2022, 10:14:33 PM
Thanks for sharing your work. It's fantastic. I am really enjoying the thread!

The Whiplash series is available on Youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYhHvPIs_Qs&list=PL6fJmjt84zZhNVhRHPgOljHzU5xfBhlHB

David, I'll go shares with you on that pack. I fancy doing something Aussie.
Maybe 'Western', there used to be a TV series when I was a kid, it was set
in Australia & was based around a Stagecoach line. I think the series was
called, 'Whiplash'. There is also Tom Selleck in the film Quigley down under.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102744/mediaviewer/rm731679233/?ref_=tt_ov_i

I'll take the Roo & Bear, you the Ant thingy.  :D
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Big Cats
Post by: Digger on May 02, 2022, 11:35:14 PM
Point of order M'lud....the koala is not a bear ;)  and you can have the male that keeps me up at night with his over enthusiastic mating grunts!!!

Pete
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Big Cats
Post by: flatpack on May 03, 2022, 05:01:40 AM
Pete
You may as well pop down to Oz and pick it up  lol lol
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Big Cats
Post by: Cacique Caribe on May 03, 2022, 06:01:22 AM
Digits

Your well assorted menagerie and your painting skills are really outstanding!

Dan
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Big Cats
Post by: FierceKitty on May 03, 2022, 08:43:08 AM
Slow response here, but you'll find Livingstone, the source of the Nile, Alan Boesak's "mislaid" funds, AND Solomon's mines before a wild anteater in Africa.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Big Cats
Post by: has.been on May 03, 2022, 09:46:36 AM
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Point of order M'lud....the koala is not a bear ;) 
  Sorry M'lud, mea culpa.
Quote
you can have the male that keeps me up at night with his over enthusiastic mating grunts!!!
Coo, ta!
Quote
Pete
You may as well pop down to Oz and pick it up  lol lol
Bob it is YOUR car that
has a decent Sat-Nav.  8)
Quote
Slow response here, but you'll find Livingstone, the source of the Nile, Alan Boesak's "mislaid" funds, AND Solomon's mines before a wild anteater in Africa.
...any chance of a 'slightly miffed anteater' then?  :D

Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Big Cats
Post by: Digits on May 03, 2022, 09:50:58 AM
From Wiki


"Anteater" properly refers to the four species of the suborder Vermilingua native to Mexico, Central America, and tropical South America. This includes two species of Tamandua (Silky Anteaters) and the Giant Anteater.

Anteater can also refer to any of several unrelated species which have independently and convergently adapted to fill the same niche of eating ants or termites:

Aardvark (Cape anteater), a medium-sized placental mammal native to Africa
Echidna (spiny anteater), a family of monotremes native to New Guinea and Australia
Numbat (formerly Banded Anteater), a small marsupial endemic to western Australia
Pangolin (scaly anteater), placental mammals found in tropical regions of Africa and Asia



So, by stating  I needed an “Anteater”, I simply and generally meant Aardvark or Pangolin, as they both eat ants or more likely termites!

If we are going to get picky……..wtf is a dead brontosaurus doing being found in the jungle? 😉
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Big Cats
Post by: has.been on May 03, 2022, 10:23:41 AM
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.wtf is a dead brontosaurus doing being found in the jungle? 😉
He don't look very dead David! :o
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Big Cats
Post by: Digits on May 03, 2022, 10:57:02 AM
You and I clearly have a different definition of “dead” mate…..

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Big Cats
Post by: Digger on May 03, 2022, 11:33:55 AM
Nah it's just a flesh wound....he's had worse lol lol

Pete
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Big Cats
Post by: OSHIROmodels on May 03, 2022, 12:14:05 PM
Great project  :)

Ignore the trolls  ;)
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Big Cats
Post by: Doug ex-em4 on May 03, 2022, 12:33:57 PM
Apart from the stream of gaming goodness, thanks to this topic, I now know what a monotreme is :D

Doug
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Big Cats
Post by: Digits on May 03, 2022, 12:37:57 PM
And iv’e never heard of a Numbat before……cool name!

Cheers guys…..I don’t mind the trolls…..it makes for an interesting diversion, and they will look just as good shot and mounted on the walls as the rest of the game! 😉
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Big Cats
Post by: has.been on May 03, 2022, 01:09:55 PM
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You and I clearly have a different definition of “dead” mate…..
lol lol lol, Sorry David I was thinking of the other one, the one roaring at camera.
My youngest brother always was scathing about my lack of Dino knowledge. lol

Quote
Nah it's just a flesh wound....he's had worse lol lol
  lol lol lol
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Gemsbok Herd
Post by: Digits on May 03, 2022, 05:44:54 PM
No worries fella…I understand now…..😉

So, my first herd….Gemsbok!   Typically live in herds of 10 - 40…..so a small one, but let’s not go mad! Lol

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Gemsbok Herd
Post by: Malamute on May 03, 2022, 06:17:09 PM
Lovely stuff :-*, really enjoying seeing the animals painted up.  :)
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Gemsbok Herd
Post by: CapnJim on May 03, 2022, 09:11:08 PM
Dang, shnizzel!  Nice looking animals on this thread.  Those cheetahs and that leopard, are (wait for it......)  spot on!  :D
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Gemsbok Herd
Post by: Digits on May 03, 2022, 09:43:24 PM
Ha!  Thanks a lot fellas, glad you are liking them!

Unfortunately, most of the colourful ones are done…..but I will still have the fun of painting a giraffe and a few zebra yet, plus some of those lovely gazelle.   Funny enough, the elephant and rhino should be the easiest, but the bigger the model, the more phased I get! 🥴

Still on the animal list to paint / buy*

Giraffe
Elephant
Rhino
Warhogs
Lion
Lionesses and cubs*
Chimps
Hippo
Vultures
Cobra
Zebras*
Wildebeest*
Aardvark*
Meercats*
Gazelle*
Caracals*
Hunting Dogs*


So, a bit to get though yet!   

I need to paint a few tribesmen though so I can start playing…hopefully they should turn up in the next two days…..
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Gemsbok Herd
Post by: Elk101 on May 03, 2022, 09:43:34 PM
Nice!  :-*
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Gemsbok Herd
Post by: Digger on May 03, 2022, 11:27:54 PM
Amazing work....the Gemsbok are stunning!!!

Pete
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Gemsbok Herd
Post by: FierceKitty on May 04, 2022, 02:04:34 AM
The sable antelope is a really handsome animal; consider it too. And African wild dogs make werewolves seem cuddly by contrast.
Title: Re: The Land That Time Forgot......
Post by: Digger on May 04, 2022, 06:13:55 AM
Cheers guys.

Ok, I just received a couple of packs of Bend Sinister feathered and masked Pygmies (perfect for my adventures - these will be the “Dikwityu” tribe), some with blow pipes and some with spears.  I realise they are out of production ( at least I believe that to be true) but does anyone know if there was ever a chieftain figure?

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Cheers
I know I am a ways behind on this thread....
I have 2 or else 3 sets of these figures, they are wonderful lil fellas.  But alas no Chieftain or other such figures.  I have heard rumours that Bend Sinister may be coming back...hope so.

Pete
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Gemsbok Herd
Post by: Digits on May 04, 2022, 06:37:01 AM
If by chief you mean the little guy centre picture….I have a spare of those (I didn’t realise when posting that original that that was him!).  Drop me a pm with your address.  If overseas, you would need to sort postage….

Cheers guys.  Sable antelope….yes stunning.   I went on a game drive from Shimba Hills specifically to see them, they were magnificent!

As for the wild dogs, I can believe it though as a kid I read “Solo” (Hugo van Lawick) and had a much more gentle impression of them!   
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Gemsbok Herd
Post by: Digits on May 04, 2022, 09:47:57 AM
Ok….what a cock up! Lol

I ordered some hairgrass (two lots tbh)….little realising there is hairgrass and HAIRGRASS!

Judging by my WIP pachyderm,  this would indeed be the MOTHER of all elephant grass were I to use it……me thinks not.

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/7193C5ED-6C17-4DDF-A7DC-FC34F18C8957.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)

Back to e-bay….
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Gemsbok Herd
Post by: gamer Mac on May 04, 2022, 10:55:14 AM
Great thread  :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
There was a thread a few years ago about making elephant grass, can't remember who by though :'(
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Gemsbok Herd
Post by: has.been on May 04, 2022, 11:10:49 AM
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the MOTHER of all elephant grass

Sell it on to someone who does 54mm Wargames, there
must be some here on LAF.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Pachyderms
Post by: Digits on May 04, 2022, 11:38:09 AM
I will have to 😢

Mac - Diablo Jon’s thread…..I have taken advice from him on this….but I jumped the gun with the grass purchase!   The correct stuff is en route.

Ok, so a couple of the big five (straight forward dry brushing)

Rhinoceros

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And elephant in musth

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Pachyderms
Post by: Elk101 on May 04, 2022, 02:44:21 PM
Great skin tones on those.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Pachyderms
Post by: War Monkey on May 04, 2022, 05:17:18 PM
Great work on those animals they look fantastic!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Pachyderms
Post by: Digits on May 04, 2022, 05:59:20 PM
Cheers fellas!

A few more Askari foot soldiers

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Edit:

So, here is what I have for my hunting party.  I don’t know if will be enough for “Congo” or not, buts it’s all I have right now.

I need the Ngoni to turn up so I have a fighting chance of getting them painted in time (I have one week now)…and I need the rules to materialise!

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Seeing them like this makes me realise I need a lot of terrain yet! Lol.  I am going to have a go soon using my preferred tree building method at making acacia trees…basically short trunk and spreading limbs, so I will do a few of those.    The elephant grass will be the biggest challenge but that will all have to wait for a few weeks yet.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Pachyderms
Post by: has.been on May 04, 2022, 11:07:33 PM
Progressing well David.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Pachyderms
Post by: Hitman on May 04, 2022, 11:15:55 PM
Are you planning on using Congo rules? I have them but have not tried them yet. Do they play solo? I painted all of my African stuff last year. I just need to use my stuff!@
🤔😕

Keep up the great work.
Regards
Hitman
 8)
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Pachyderms
Post by: Digger on May 04, 2022, 11:17:33 PM
This is a most impressive and engaging thread...GIVE US MORE!!!

Pete
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Pachyderms
Post by: Digits on May 05, 2022, 12:05:55 AM
Are you planning on using Congo rules? I have them but have not tried them yet. Do they play solo?

To be honest fella, I’ve not read them yet as I’m waiting for them to arrive.  Maybe ask me in a week or two…

Thanks all, don’t worry, lots to do as yet. 😉
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Pachyderms
Post by: CapnJim on May 05, 2022, 01:02:36 AM
Man, you keep doing great stuff.  Looking forward to seeing all that stuff in a game!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Pachyderms
Post by: Digits on May 05, 2022, 02:35:15 PM
Hmmm….so the thing is, I often jump on the bus long after everyone else got off!

Problem is, the moulds for a lot of these figures have seen better days and a LOT of work had to go into cleaning and assembling these tribals….two broken scalpel blades, sore and cut fingers, headaches….not fun!

And so much for random selections of minis in these packs….in the standard warrior pack, I received three each of two identical poses!   Not great!

I will paint them in smaller batches though just to feel I’m making progress.

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Managed to avert near bloody disaster though.   A call to Caliver Books to request they send me the rules before I take these minis away with me, threw up the issue they didn’t even have it in stock when they took the money!   I do hate that.  Anyway, cancelled the order and ordered from Northstar, having checked first that they had it….hopefully en route.  I should have bought it from them in the first place.

On top of that, following my outsized elephant grass debacle…I received my order of dwarf hair grass, only to realise they had sent the wrong plant…because they didn’t have the hairgrass in stock, despite saying they had!  FFS! 😫😫😫

So, another refund coming but I did manage to speak to another aquarium shop to confirm the right stuff…….not a great experience!


Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: Digits on May 06, 2022, 11:37:20 AM
Inspired by Diablo Jon’s magnificent thread and his great looking elephant grass, I have decided to try and copy it  a little (as they say, imitation is the best flattery!) .

Maybe won’t turn out as cool as his, but here’s where I’m at.

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The two grasses he used were a “dwarf” hairgrass (see my earlier post…be careful! Lol) and a chaingrass, which will sit in the centre of each hairgrass.

I liberally sprayed these firstly with the Halfords khaki camo paint.

Then spraying the bottoms with army painter desert yellow, and the tops with army painter  goblin green.

And that’s where I’m at.   I will assemble a few, then dry brush the tips with a light green paint, let’s hope it works!


I rant out of paint but I have the same amount of aquarium grasses again so should it work, I will hopefully have a fair covering of elephant grass for the table.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: aircav on May 06, 2022, 12:00:42 PM
Inspired by Diablo Jon’s magnificent thread and his great looking elephant grass, I have decided to try and copy it  a little (as they say, imitation is the best flattery!) .

Maybe won’t turn out as cool as his, but here’s where I’m at.

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/0AB32D77-9763-4CC0-BA42-85811798106D.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)

The two grasses he used were a “dwarf” hairgrass (see my earlier post…be careful! Lol) and a chaingrass, which will sit in the centre of each hairgrass.

I liberally sprayed these firstly with the Halfords khaki camo paint.

Then spraying the bottoms with army painter desert yellow, and the tops with army painter  goblin green.

And that’s where I’m at.   I will assemble a few, then dry brush the tips with a light green paint, let’s hope it works!


I rant out of paint but I have the same amount of aquarium grasses again so should it work, I will hopefully have a fair covering of elephant grass for the table.

That looks fantastic, I got something from ebay & its nowhere near as good (its shocking!) as what you have.
could you share where did you get it from please?


Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: Digits on May 06, 2022, 12:20:10 PM
No worries, it’s this stuff you want.

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If you can get it in ebay / Amazon great, otherwise ring round the aquarium shops.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: gamer Mac on May 06, 2022, 12:24:17 PM
Great stuff :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Always impressed with your output
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: Digits on May 06, 2022, 12:43:25 PM
Have to strike whilst the mojo is flowing fella! 😉

Not quite finished as I need to do a little ground cover around the edge to disguise the bases, and I need to highlight the tips of the grass a bit……but to give an indication, you get this much from half a pack each of the two grasses.

I need to buy more place mats and spray paint before I can make more but this is enough to test the game with me thinks…..

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: aircav on May 06, 2022, 01:52:00 PM
No worries, it’s this stuff you want.

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If you can get it in ebay / Amazon great, otherwise ring round the aquarium shops.

That’s brilliant, thanks.

They look spot on 👍

Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: Digits on May 06, 2022, 02:09:06 PM
Not waited for the sponge flock to dry, and I’m waiting on some suitable scatter dried grass to arrive to finish….but it works enough for me!

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I just need a lot more now!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: has.been on May 06, 2022, 03:40:04 PM
Looking good.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: Ray Rivers on May 06, 2022, 06:17:27 PM
Super grass!  :D

The birds are a nice touch.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: Elk101 on May 06, 2022, 07:13:12 PM
 Very effective, nicely done.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: OSHIROmodels on May 06, 2022, 07:15:32 PM
That works well  :)
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: Diablo Jon on May 06, 2022, 07:45:25 PM
Hi mate the Elephant grass looks the dog's ( errr hyena's?) danglies well done. 
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: SotF on May 06, 2022, 09:00:40 PM
Since you have some dinosaurs, you need a bunch of raptors to go after those foolish enough to flee into the grass.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: Digits on May 06, 2022, 10:18:00 PM
Hi mate the Elephant grass looks the dog's ( errr hyena's?) danglies well done.

Cheers fella….your great idea!

Thanks all!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: Digger on May 07, 2022, 02:59:21 AM
Brilliant..absolutely brilliant!!!

Pete
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: Cacique Caribe on May 07, 2022, 04:29:41 AM
Digits

Is this the same plant style?

https://wargaming.info/2011/an-aquarium-of-thorn-thickets/

Dan
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: Digits on May 07, 2022, 05:20:00 AM
That’s the chain grass that goes into the centre of each of the hair grass pieces.   That’s the great thing about Diablo Jon’s solution……it thickens the grass making it a little more realistic and hides the centre holes.  So yes you need that too.

I have enough bits sprayed and a couple of small mat bases to make two small thickets I think….I will take a pic of the assembly if you like?
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: flatpack on May 07, 2022, 07:13:41 AM
Looking good Dave.
I wouldnt want to wander thro that grass. Gulp.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: Digits on May 07, 2022, 07:35:42 AM
You and me both!  Funnily enough though…..on my honeymoon, my wife and I went on Safari in Kenya, coupled with a week at Bamburi Beach near Mombasa.   

There was an orphan animal sanctuary near our hotel there, and we had a pleasant day wandering about the pathways, being able to get close enough to pet the relatively tame animals there.   

At one point however, my wife, an arachnophobia, refused to walk on the path as it passed under a giant cobweb in which to be fair, a very large spider (bigger than my hand anyway) sat.  Instead she thought nothing of trampling through the very long grass (admittedly not as high as elephant grass) to the side of the path.  Now, bear in mind that over that two week period we encountered a cobra over dinner at one of our lodges, and ran over and killed a black mamba in our minibus, you’d be more inclined to take your chances on the path me thinks! 🥴


Anyway, I just took a few pics assembling the grass.

Start by sticking down the Hairgrass with a hot glue gun.  Do not be tempted to spread it out thinking you will get more coverage….this stuff I think works because you can get it to look dense as indeed it should be.

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When done it should look like this.   See the holes though, they look unsightly and unrealistic.

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So take your chaingrass……stick a dollop of hot glue in the bottom of the hairgrass, and push it in.

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Repeat until you’ve done them all, and see how much thicker the grass now looks.  You have now hidden all the holes.

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Don’t forget, you will need to disguise the bases around the perimeter of your grass patch as they too don’t look good.   Use flocks, tufts, sponge foliage to suit your table as appropriate. 

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Edit:

Wow!   Postman just handed me my copy of “Congo”…..and though I haven’t had time to read and digest it ( can’t do that until next week), a quick skim though reveals a well put together rule book, and a myriad of colourful eye candy pictures!    I’ve already spotted half a dozen things I need to get myself…..I will have to stop reading it and get on with my painting….!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: has.been on May 07, 2022, 04:34:29 PM
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I’ve already spotted half a dozen things I need to get myself…..I will have to stop reading it and get on with my painting….!

Such as what? (needed things) ???
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: CapnJim on May 07, 2022, 04:40:44 PM
That elephant grass look the business!  Well done.

And I've played Congo.  Really like them.  I'm thinking of using them for my War of 1812 figs (Indians vs regulars and militia kind of thing...).  Even played a game at a convention of Vikings vs. early Native Americans... 8)
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: Digits on May 07, 2022, 07:25:07 PM
Such as what? (needed things) ???

Well…mostly miniatures, but a Grand Manner Steamer for one!   I would never afford it mind 😫😢

Jim…yes, I’m looking forward to trying them out.    We’re actually away on a boating holiday with a friend and our aim is to learn it then…hence why all the furious painting! Lol


I just noticed Blotz do Congo tokens so I will probably get me a few of those in time…nice.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: has.been on May 07, 2022, 07:46:51 PM
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a Grand Manner Steamer for one!
Just had a look at it. :)
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I would never afford it mind 😫😢
Just looked at the price  :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o
Wargames standard £336  ;D
Collectors standard  £441   ;D ;D ;D ;D
No doubt postage on top of that as well.
Surely, in keeping with your project, they are having a...Giraffe!

If you want one, give me a budget & I'll make you one.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: Digits on May 07, 2022, 11:26:37 PM
Cheers Pete…but I’d best finish the one I was making first me thinks.   

Maybe he will do a resin only deal again later this year….?
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: has.been on May 08, 2022, 06:37:35 AM
OK. Don't forget that Sci-Fi 6 wheeler next time we meet up.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: Digits on May 08, 2022, 08:22:41 AM
I have it ready for delivery fella!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: has.been on May 08, 2022, 09:43:27 AM
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I have it ready for delivery fella!
And the gold ingot on the back? lol lol lol
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Elephant Grass
Post by: Digits on May 08, 2022, 11:19:23 AM
😩😢😢

I don’t bloody believe it!  My mate who was coming boating next week (gaming holiday we tend to have every few years)  has had a family bereavement  and had to pull out….so all this bloody painting feels like it’s for nothing!

He clearly can’t help it but it’s put me on a downer! 

Edit:

So after a day of licking my wounds and achieving nothing of note, I’m staring at twenty five half painted Ngoni.    I’ve over phased myself a bit so will have to break down into smaller groups.

I did however spend a little time reading the rules yesterday evening…..and I like the mechanism.    Clearly not intended for serious wargaming larger battles, but they do look like they are aimed at having fun and look straight forward to learn quickly.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Ngoni
Post by: Digits on May 10, 2022, 10:22:28 AM
Oh well…onwards and upwards!

The first Ngoni are done.   The chief, his sons, a pair of witchdoctors and a runner.

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Ngoni
Post by: Doug ex-em4 on May 10, 2022, 12:21:04 PM
Oh well…onwards and upwards!

The first Ngoni are done.   The chief, his sons, a pair of witchdoctors and a runner.

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I LIKE them…!

Doug
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Ngoni
Post by: Ray Rivers on May 10, 2022, 01:01:07 PM
Those are excellent!  :-*
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Ngoni
Post by: Digits on May 10, 2022, 03:03:58 PM
Cheers….because here’s “faasands” more of them! (Well twenty odd anyway!) 😉

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So now I have another full protagonist force so I could indeed play the game now.

Ngoni Chief, choice of sons / war chiefs, choice of witch doctors

One group of young unmarried warriors

Three groups of Married Warriors

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Ngoni
Post by: Digits on May 10, 2022, 06:30:11 PM
The scenarios call for a few bits that seem to recur, namely tents, baboons, warthog and a herd / flock of village livestock.

A quick hunt round and I have enough goats for some strange reason to make a flock!

So a few little things next me thinks.

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Camp
Post by: Digits on May 11, 2022, 10:13:11 AM
Not the most exciting post but just wanted to sing the praises for these simple Renedra tents…..they don’t actually look too bad!

The Kirangozi gets the boy to wake the camp.

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Camp
Post by: has.been on May 11, 2022, 11:34:43 AM
David, I thought you said some 'intense' excitement.  lol
Nice work by the way.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Camp
Post by: Grumpy Gnome on May 12, 2022, 06:55:08 AM
You continue to impress mate!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Camp
Post by: flatpack on May 12, 2022, 07:13:06 AM
I like the lamp over the open flap/door.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Camp
Post by: Digits on May 12, 2022, 08:29:54 AM
Thanks Grumpy, hopefully you enjoyed the Ngoni?  To be honest, I bit off more than I wanted to chew there…..but I’m pleased with them.



Cheers Bob…yes little bits just make a point of interest, especially as the tents are very uniform in appearance.   In fact last night, I added a parrot to the roof of another.   What the camp scene needs of course is a pile or two of clutter / luggage but that can wait.

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Very quick goat herd….needs a herder but again, will have to wait.

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And a pair of warthogs

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Camp
Post by: has.been on May 12, 2022, 08:37:28 AM
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Very quick goat herd….needs a herder but again, will have to wait.

You can do a few herders & use the goats in different games,
eg African, Arab, Afghanistan even dark age.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Camp
Post by: FierceKitty on May 12, 2022, 10:51:43 AM
There are still herds of goats today. And jolly tasty some of the cheeses can be too.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - planning next phase
Post by: Digits on May 13, 2022, 07:18:37 AM
Goat curry - hmmmm!


Well going to take a few days break as this is when I’m meant to have been playing 😩

However, there will be other times so starting to think on what I want to tackle next.


There  are still a few animals to paint for sure, and I’d like to start buying a few villagers to add a little flavour….but they are going to need somewhere to live!

One of the first tasks then is to build a small village.    I have my eye on some nice resin pieces, but I also want to have a go at doing my own.   So in preparation, I will be using these as a base.

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I want to do them with teddy bear fur thatching so will be good to learn how.


I also need a lot more scenery to play on the kind of tables I like.  I have a fair bit of jungle scenery, but it’s the savannah I want to concentrate on for now.

So I marked up half a dozen place mats ready to cut out base shapes for more elephant grass and a waterhole.   I also marked up for a pair of acacia trees.  I found my stock of wire so I will start on the armatures for those….using exactly the same process as my jungle trees, but with shape and form in mind.

I need to order that bag of bark I was thinking about too.  I will need it for my eventual waterfalls, but I also need to make a kopje, smaller but similar to this to give a little height and interest to the table.

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - planning next phase
Post by: Cacique Caribe on May 13, 2022, 07:38:19 AM
Wow, I wonder if awesome rocky outcrops like that inspired Lion King.  :)

Dan
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - planning next phase
Post by: CapnJim on May 13, 2022, 04:14:28 PM
You just keep adding more great stuff!

I may have to get those tents...you've really done them justice!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - planning next phase
Post by: MaleGriffin on May 14, 2022, 12:40:16 AM
Excellent work! I love the camp and animals!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - planning next phase
Post by: Digger on May 14, 2022, 11:57:35 AM
So much to nick.....I mean this whole thread is just full of lovlies!!!

Pete
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - planning next phase
Post by: FifteensAway on May 15, 2022, 05:04:17 AM
Holy elephant dung rolled around by a beetle, Batman!  I don't visit this thread for a week or two and, bloody light speed, look at all you've done.  Even War in 15 mm would be jealous methinks.  Your definition of "have to wait" may be a bit different than most of us.

Love all the animals - even some real 'herds' mixed in there.  Will watch the acacia tree process and the kopje additions with wrapt attention, on my own list of to-dos.

Alas, my own African plains project is in hiatus, more or less, as I ready some piratical elements for a convention game scheduled for mid-July. 

While I will have a lot more animals than you they won't be painted nearly as nicely as yours.  Though I am thinking to fully repaint the three dozen giraffes I've already done because the second batch just doesn't match anywhere near as close as I wanted.  That will hurt.  But be better in the end - I hope.

Man, you are knocking stuff out.  I, too, am well-enamored of this thread - and inspired.  Heck, even a little annoyed that I said yes to the pirate project - but that is on me.

Oh, and sorry your friend couldn't make it - even for such a cause, I get how much of a mood-downer that can be.  I think you found the best cure, drive on and get more done. 
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - planning next phase
Post by: Digits on May 15, 2022, 12:01:53 PM
Three dozen giraffes??  Are you mad?!

Cheers for the comments guys, much appreciated.   
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - planning next phase
Post by: FifteensAway on May 15, 2022, 12:49:39 PM
36 giraffes to repaint - 24 more to add + 2 dead, all waiting work.  As to my sanity, I try never to claim it for fear that will result in a visit by some gentlemen in white coats carrying a funny coat with straps in the back.  And then a sojourn in a room with 'soft' walls.

ACK!  Acheson Creations soon to stop trading:

https://achesoncreations.com/index.php

So, if there are things they make you want, get your orders in before the end of May 2022!

Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts
Post by: Digits on May 20, 2022, 09:51:28 AM
Thanks for the heads up….but being in the US difficult  postage.

Anyway, back from my jolly, so time to have a go at these mud huts.  Cereal packet roof cones added.   I picked up a half price fleece throw in Wilco so I will try to make th3 roof thatch from that.

First up I need to texture the walls….

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts
Post by: Michi on May 20, 2022, 10:09:01 AM
Anyway, back from my jolly, so time to have a go at these mud huts.  Cereal packet roof cones added.   I picked up a half price fleece throw in Wilco so I will try to make th3 roof thatch from that.

First up I need to texture the walls….

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Very good progress - I did very much the same thing with my huts, here is my approach: http://tableterror.blogspot.com/2019/03/congo-clay-huts-lehmhutten.html
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts
Post by: Digits on May 20, 2022, 12:43:19 PM
I like those….very feral!


WIP shot…tempted to leave them like this….cute fluffy houses! Lol

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts
Post by: FifteensAway on May 20, 2022, 11:15:56 PM
"Cute fluffy houses?"  In Daftest Africa?  Shouldn't they be foreboding and sinister - except for why are those colorful birds at peace, and what about that pangolin with no fear of people roaming about, and the monkeys don't seem afraid, either?  Very strange.  And a little more than mildly disturbing. And, seriously, what about that pile of bones back aways, really, really big bones.  What sort of an elephant has bones that big!?

 ;) :D ;D :o
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts
Post by: aircav on May 21, 2022, 06:41:31 AM
More cracking work  8)
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts
Post by: Digits on May 21, 2022, 08:02:16 AM
You are right….no place for cute and fluffy!

Ok, so my first attempt at thatching…..I suspect I have a bit to learn! Lol

Anyway, they will do for one tribe at least….I will probably buy some Zulu type huts at some stage too to give me an alternate village.

Will have a go at painting tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I find myself cursing incessantly as I TRY to make the start of a treacherous log rope bridge!  I now understand why I could NEVER model tall ships! 🥴

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - rope bridge
Post by: Digits on May 21, 2022, 09:28:40 AM
Ok, the trickiest part (I hope) is done!

It would have helped if I’d started with a plan….but the start is always the hardest part!

There would have been FAR too many knots for my fat fingers to deal with, so using dabs of superglue was the way to go.   Wax thread, very useful if you’ve not come across it.  I’m tying in lots of random knots now to tighten certain bits and give it a more rustic / heath robinson finish….

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Now to figure out how to suspend it and make some rope hand rails….


Edit:

Ok, making the base ends was pretty straight forward.  I had some heavy coasters that will add stability to it.   Once I’ve roped it all up, I will disguise the bases with a little foliage.

If you are wondering about the twigs….I got the idea for them from Flatpack…they are sold in bags at Hobbycraft and are really rather useful.



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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - rope bridge
Post by: FifteensAway on May 21, 2022, 01:05:53 PM
A thought for you, maybe a little late but just in case: if you reverse the bases - not the supports, those would have to be reversed - then you can abut the flat elements to other bits of terrain.  The flat edge abutting the bridge seems wrong being so straight.  Though maybe you plan to adjust with terrain below the level of the coaster bits. 

Another project I am working on, at a slower pace than you, is a rope bridge for my mid-July pirate game, probably a three span bridge, one from each village to a central island with the third space to another island with the local deity statute on it.  A little easier to have so much in my chosen size.

You think you had a bought of colorful metaphors on your rope bridge project, image what color I shall turn the air doing it in 15 mm!?  :o
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - rope bridge
Post by: Digits on May 21, 2022, 08:00:08 PM
For 15mm I’d be inclined to use some of the Renedra fencing (a small piece can be seen in the above picture) the plastic rail under it can be disguised with the rope work but it would make your life a lot simpler.  I was going to use it for this but my 25mm bases wouldn’t sit right on it!

Anyway…more progress tonight….nearly there…just needs the zig zag support work on the other side then tightening up on this side to make them even.  Finally I will break a log in the middle to make it look there is a little peril in crossing.

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - rope bridge
Post by: Digits on May 21, 2022, 11:51:48 PM
Et voila!  Ready for painting….

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And this is what I meant about the Renedra fencing……I chose the hardest side as it’s the “bottom of the fence” but do this both sides and it sufficiently masks the underside rails.   Quick and passable plank rope bridge me thinks….

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - rope bridge
Post by: has.been on May 22, 2022, 06:02:47 AM
David, the trouble with building a nice rope bridge is...
now you've got to build an enormous  chasm to go with it!  lol lol lol
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - rope bridge
Post by: Digits on May 22, 2022, 06:15:48 AM
Yup, I’m aware there is a small omission here…..it seemed like a good idea at the time! Lol

A river system is missing from all my games as I have yet to find a suitable way of representing one that doesn’t scare me.  That is on the cards to do for sure.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts finished
Post by: Digits on May 22, 2022, 11:31:38 AM
Painted mud huts.  I will pop in a few “curtain doors” eventually but these are done! 

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts finished
Post by: FifteensAway on May 22, 2022, 11:54:14 AM
Gorgeous job on those huts - but not sure what to make of the 'seventh' build in the photo?!  ;). Will look forward to seeing them in-situ with whatever you add to provide that essential 'lived-in' look - or maybe 'deserted out of' look.

Thanks for the demo with Renedra fence into bridge photo.  It is an idea to ponder but not sure it will get me to where I am going - need to span an 8" wide space, at least that is the current thought.  Also need at least a 1 1/2" width to accommodate my base widths of 1".  May seem awfully wide but I 'see' it in my minds eye working out.

Rivers need not be too scary.  My go to for making water is acrylic gloss medium which can be tinted with acrylic paints to add some color - above prepainting the base of the river, whatever material it may be, doing so is essential for adding depth, even for shallows.  It is even possible to add some small details inside the gloss medium.  I usually do several layers to help get the color and the sense of depth.  It is also easy to clean and easy to freshen up even years later by just adding a layer of clear gloss, hunt about and you can find higher gloss finishes.  A good art store is your friend. 

Here is a link to a long river I made for a friend's game showing the process: http://steeplechasingzebras.blogspot.com/2013/03/kipaji-mto.html (http://steeplechasingzebras.blogspot.com/2013/03/kipaji-mto.html). With your artistic skills, I'm sure you can do a better job.  And, obviously, you won't need such a massive length of river so won't be so rushed to get it done as I was with a convention deadline.  Looked even better in person than in the photos (alas, friend did not store it properly so not sure if it is still useable - hazards of summers that get north 0f 110 degrees fahrenheit and garages that get another 10 or more degrees hotter).
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts finished
Post by: Digits on May 22, 2022, 12:13:21 PM
Cheers…..however I do it, I’ve decided taught varnish is my way forward me thinks.

As for lived in….I need to add curtain doors, get hold of some earthenware pots, and maybe add the odd juju doll to ward off spirits.  A few bits of animal life too….
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts finished
Post by: Doug ex-em4 on May 22, 2022, 12:58:05 PM
Love those huts….. :-*

Doug
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts finished
Post by: has.been on May 22, 2022, 02:15:44 PM
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I need to add curtain doors,
Go to things like Sunday Newspaper supplements. Cut out pictures of
bright dresses, shirts, blankets, curtains etc. Cut out a rectangle that
is bigger than the doorway. Crumple it, then glue it in place (UHU around
the inside of the door will do)I then, when it has set, paint the 'curtain'
with thinned PVA glue. It protects it.

Quote
get hold of some earthenware pots
Much cheaper than buying the resin ones is what Flatpack did with his
Vietnam buildings. Some interesting shape beads & a pack of jewelry
making very small rings of wire (About a pound from Craft World).
Superglue a ring onto the top of the bead. Look at his, they look great.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts finished
Post by: MaleGriffin on May 22, 2022, 03:16:23 PM
Lovely terrain! Inspirational!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts finished
Post by: Digits on May 23, 2022, 11:56:52 AM
Cheers guys!

Courtesy of a re purposed cloth covid mask, I now have door coverings in them all.   I had two pots but need a few more yet.

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts finished
Post by: Golgotha on May 23, 2022, 12:20:14 PM
Those came out a real treat. For my huts I used towel - but I like the look of your fur better, I think. See: https://frictionbmcminiatures.blogspot.com/2020/08/golgothas-terrain-huts.html
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts finished
Post by: Digits on May 23, 2022, 12:25:05 PM
Those came out a real treat. For my huts I used towel - but I like the look of your fur better, I think. See: https://frictionbmcminiatures.blogspot.com/2020/08/golgothas-terrain-huts.html

Your looks more like thatching which more permanent I suspect than the grass mine have simply thrown over the roof! Lol

I like your use of cane mats to make the walls, interesting effect!

Edit:

A couple of Vervet monkeys add a point of interest to another.

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts finished
Post by: Golgotha on May 23, 2022, 02:27:30 PM
The monkeys are a great addition - they certainly add a sense of realism and no doubt some fun...
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts finished
Post by: War Monkey on May 23, 2022, 03:53:59 PM
Those look great, I agree the monkey adds a very nice touch, no bias opinion here.  lol
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts finished
Post by: Digits on May 23, 2022, 05:42:39 PM
Cheers.

Ok, more elephant grass…just need to dress the bases but this doubles what I already have.   Just need a can of spray paint then I can finish about another four or five pieces.

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I have a few characters to paint next, then I may start building the trees…..

Edit:

I’ve also been toying with ideas for the speakeasy…….I suspect though this is as much planning design as will get done…..lol

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts finished
Post by: MaleGriffin on May 23, 2022, 06:53:19 PM
Lovely! Very inspirational!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts finished
Post by: Doug ex-em4 on May 23, 2022, 09:42:26 PM
Dammit - I’m going to have to have a go at making some of those huts. What did you use for texturing the walls and the thatch? If I can do some half as good I’ll be chuffed.

Doug
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts finished
Post by: Blackwolf on May 23, 2022, 10:05:57 PM
I do like that Elephant grass 8)
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts finished
Post by: Digits on May 23, 2022, 10:22:21 PM
Cheers guys.

Doug, the thatch is a fleece throw I bought from Wilko, simply brushed out with diluted pva.

The walls are simple poly filler, roughly applied to give me a coarse look.  I always mix in a little pva with it first to make it stronger and less likely to crumble.   Cracks are simply it drying out and being a little thickly applied.  I like it like that as it looks like dried mud, an added bonus me thinks.  I’m tend to sponge the filler down once applied to remove rough bits. 
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts finished
Post by: FifteensAway on May 24, 2022, 12:15:37 AM
Love the doors and the pots and - of course - the monkeys. 

Have you ever sourced from Baueda?  I'm pretty sure you can find stuff of use to you like more pots, based out of Italy so hopefully not too bad on the postage front, maybe with a UK supplier(?).
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts finished
Post by: flatpack on May 24, 2022, 06:13:42 AM
David

Following on from Pete’s message about the pots.
Cheap beads from hobbycraft.
Also get a pack of the small metal rings from the same section.
Superglue the rings to the top of the beads and you can make all kinds of pots.
In true Blue Peter style....here’s some I did earlier  lol

(https://i.postimg.cc/CxfdSDgj/A2-C9-D7-BE-07-DF-4563-9750-C2-A00-AAA27-B2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/FYNhxY1R)

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts finished
Post by: Digits on May 24, 2022, 06:26:55 AM
 Dry effective Bob, thanks!  I like those!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts finished
Post by: Doug ex-em4 on May 24, 2022, 08:56:29 AM
Cheers guys.

Doug, the thatch is a fleece throw I bought from Wilko, simply brushed out with diluted pva.

The walls are simple poly filler, roughly applied to give me a coarse look.  I always mix in a little pva with it first to make it stronger and less likely to crumble.   Cracks are simply it drying out and being a little thickly applied.  I like it like that as it looks like dried mud, an added bonus me thinks.  I’m tend to sponge the filler down once applied to remove rough bits.
Thanks - the dried mud cracks are a bonus, they do look realistic. I just need to dig out a documents tube and I can get going.

Cheers

Doug
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - mud huts finished
Post by: Digits on May 24, 2022, 10:07:36 AM
If you have a local print shop near you, they are bound to have a couple knocking about….good luck!


Edit:

So, I finished the grass last night  so I thought I’d start on my first acacia tree…..this is as fast r as I got before blisters stopped play! Lol

It’s possible I may have made this TOO big!  May have to trim it back a tad….

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They have quite a distinctive shape so I’m “trying” to emulate it but remains to be seen.   Unlike my other jungle treees, I’m thinking I need to beef up the trunk of this one, so I will be bandage wrapping it before applying the rubber.

I am going to just concentrate on one acacia tree for now…..but I may have a go as some smaller scrub trees too that I can populate a few scenic copses with.

Anyway, this is a slower construct that should take a few weeks to do me thinks.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: Digits on May 25, 2022, 07:26:08 AM
Hmmmm…….I may have overdone it!

This will certainly dominate any savannah table! 😂

About 30cm tall so roughly 16/17 meters?    I think on researching them….Acacias typically get up to about 12m!

Oh well, the mother of all acacias it is! Lol

Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: Doug ex-em4 on May 25, 2022, 08:52:29 AM
Well, I look forward to the Californian Redwood giant acacia but to return to the huts, your roofs are fixed I think? So did you leave them without floors so you can access the insides? Sorry to be hut-obsessed :)

Doug
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: has.been on May 25, 2022, 09:05:38 AM
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Sorry to be hut-obsessed :)
Less JABBA (about) THE HUTT please  lol lol lol

Quote
It’s possible I may have made this TOO big!  May have to trim it back a tad….
Hold fire on that David. It will be perfect for when you do Zulu Wars in 40mm, or 54mm  :D
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: Digits on May 25, 2022, 09:13:48 AM
Well, I look forward to the Californian Redwood giant acacia but to return to the huts, your roofs are fixed I think? So did you leave them without floors so you can access the insides? Sorry to be hut-obsessed :)

Doug

I fix the roofs yes but my main reason for leaving off the floor was that I can simply place them on whatever mat I want so they will blend in.  I have to glue pots and detailing to the walls as there is no floor to stand them on.

You could have separate roofs if you want to access yours, but I wasn’t bothered too much about that myself.   Be aware though, none of my huts are the same, and making the roofs fit meant some were squeezed / mis shaped to fit and then fixed in with pva / superglue and plaster!   You could of course take a bit more care than I did! Lol

And Peter….NO…..we are NOT doing Zulu in larger scales! Lol

I will simply content myself that there is an element of Lost World here….so some trees and animals may well be bigger than the norm! 😉
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: Doug ex-em4 on May 25, 2022, 11:27:53 AM
Less JABBA (about) THE HUTT please  lol lol lol
:D I’ve got your coat for you….

I fix the roofs yes but my main reason for leaving off the floor was that I can simply place them on whatever mat I want so they will blend in.  I have to glue pots and detailing to the walls as there is no floor to stand them on.

You could have separate roofs if you want to access yours, but I wasn’t bothered too much about that myself.   Be aware though, none of my huts are the same, and making the roofs fit meant some were squeezed / mis shaped to fit and then fixed in with pva / superglue and plaster!   You could of course take a bit more care than I did! Lol

I will simply content myself that there is an element of Lost World here….so some trees and animals may well be bigger than the norm! 😉

Thanks for that. I don’t know much about African huts but having a bit of size variation may be pretty accurate.

The Lost Worlds element is definitely a plus…..

Doug
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: Digits on May 25, 2022, 01:57:36 PM
😉

Just found this

“Acacia erioloba, known as the giraffe thorn or camel thorn tree, is the most recognizable tree in the Kalahari desert (and elsewhere in Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe). It can grow up to grow up to 18 m tall and live up to 200 years” - I’m inside the height limit! Huzzah!

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So I’m going to tackle this one slightly differently to my jungle trees.   I’m trying to disguise the twisted nature of wire trees using medical tape and a stretch bandage.  This should give a good base too for applying the liquid latex.  I also sided this method to add in a supporting strut to the top most “trunk” to beef it up and mask it ahead of the latex.

I will add a little pollyfilla around the roots before adding the mood latex.

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: Golgotha on May 25, 2022, 08:42:23 PM
Having seen and stood under real ones I can confirm they are surprisingly large trees. They also have large grey white seed pods that look like flat bananas - obviously these depend on the time of year.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: FifteensAway on May 26, 2022, 12:12:42 AM
My understanding is that the shape of the acacia's on the East African plains has a lot to do with giraffes grazing habits which means the understory of the greenery is likely 18' - 20' from the ground what with their height and those rather long tongues.  Feel free to disabuse me if my understanding is wrong.

Love the idea of the beads with the rings to make pots - though a bit more of a challenge perhaps in 15 mm but perhaps still workable.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: Digits on May 26, 2022, 12:40:34 AM
I agree…..but I made my base trunk too bloody high!  :(
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: Digger on May 26, 2022, 05:29:00 AM
Acacias are a very interesting tree. 
For a start they are a member of the PEA family.  Very short lived for a tree of there size, only 15-25 years. 
Then we have the African acacia which has many ways to stop from being nibbled on.
Most species have long, sharp thorns, which prevent (most) animals from eating their leaves.  Sometimes stinging ants live inside hollowed-out thorns, which provides another disincentive for predators. 
Also the trees create poisonous chemicals when they detect an “assault.” Not only can these chemicals be fatal to animals, but the trees “warn” nearby acacias to start making their own poison.  When the leaves begin to fill with poison, they release ethylene gas, which drifts out of their pores and toward other acacias (within 40m). In response to the warning, the nearby trees begin to manufacture poison themselves.

Pete
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: has.been on May 26, 2022, 12:02:23 PM
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can grow up to grow up to 18 m tall and live up to 200 years” - I’m inside the height limit! Huzzah!
But only if you live to be two centuries old David. :D
Nice work I look forward to seeing the finished version(s).
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: FierceKitty on May 27, 2022, 01:01:43 AM
You might look up the South African kaffir boom, now usually called a coral tree (the older, Afrikaans name incorporates a term which carries a frightening load of racial contempt). Despite its history, it's a ravishing tree, with brilliant vermillion flowers; I'm entertaining the idea of trying my hand at one for the Zulu wars.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: has.been on May 27, 2022, 06:23:38 AM
Oooh that does look pretty.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: Digits on May 27, 2022, 03:04:06 PM
I agree, looks pretty, but how long do the blooms last?  I have to do some small scrub trees ( I have eight small wire armatures I can use)  - may be an idea…

Meanwhile, first latex going on the tree…..

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Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: Golgotha on May 27, 2022, 09:00:42 PM
I have seen others use Latex Rubber in a similar fashion my worry would be its longevity - does this rubber not disintegrate after a few years?
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: Digits on May 27, 2022, 09:13:49 PM
Not noticed that yet mate….I need to put another layer on it.   I don’t jumble them up in storage so that protects them a bit I suppose., plus there will be a few layers of paint on it.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: Mindenbrush on May 27, 2022, 09:58:21 PM
Seeing the bottle of WS Latex Rubber reminded me of an experiment I did this week.
I recently bought some sea foam to add as branches on trees and the best way of protecting them seems to be dipping them in liquid latex (Geek Gaming video). Every type I looked at was costly but my local game store had had the WS Latex Rubber on sale so I bought that.

As you show, it is quite thick but I poured some into a tub, added water, mixed it up and dipped some sea foam. It works but requires around 3 coats before one can handle it without breakage.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: Digits on May 27, 2022, 10:38:48 PM
Hmmm…good idea.   This bottle is about five years old and I think thicker than it should be….
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: FierceKitty on May 28, 2022, 01:48:22 AM
The flowers actually remain a fair while, as I remember (I've been living away from my native country for many years).
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Giraffes
Post by: Digits on May 28, 2022, 12:46:15 PM
Hmmm..worth thinking about perhaps.

Meanwhile, a pair of giraffes….one Northstar, and it’s young / sibling being Ral Partha.

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/B069BFBB-1B5C-42C5-AB3C-9A4764A01A45.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Giraffes
Post by: Golgotha on May 28, 2022, 04:04:25 PM
Those are lovely - think you got the pattern spot on...
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Giraffes
Post by: CapnJim on May 28, 2022, 04:54:47 PM
Nice looking giraffes!  They do indeed look "spot on".  Literally...
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Giraffes
Post by: has.been on May 28, 2022, 06:54:35 PM
Great job on the giraffes David.
Did you paint the 'bricks' over a 'mortar' base coat, OR
paint the 'mortar' over a 'brick' base coat?
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Giraffes
Post by: Elk101 on May 28, 2022, 07:06:41 PM
Very well done giraffes.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Giraffes
Post by: Digits on May 28, 2022, 07:58:47 PM
Great job on the giraffes David.
Did you paint the 'bricks' over a 'mortar' base coat, OR
paint the 'mortar' over a 'brick' base coat?

Definitely brick over mortar as you need to lighten the mortar the lower you go down the animal first….the patches are easy to do…if a little laborious.   Plus as you need to vary the sizes in the right places, it’s easier to paint on patches.

Cheers guys.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Giraffes
Post by: Elk101 on May 28, 2022, 09:00:10 PM
If you're doing any more I'd definitely be interested in seeing some stage shots.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Giraffes
Post by: MaleGriffin on May 29, 2022, 12:54:45 AM
Lovely! Absolutely lovely!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Giraffes
Post by: has.been on May 29, 2022, 07:02:43 AM
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If you're doing any more I'd definitely be interested in seeing some stage shots.

David, if you do, I'll lend you a herd of giraffes to practice on.
I'll have them back when you've painted them, of course.  lol lol lol
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Giraffes
Post by: Digits on May 29, 2022, 07:31:20 AM
 ;D

Knowing you you probably have a dozen!

If I get another I will post up but it’s pretty straight forward.  Cheers
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Giraffes
Post by: gamer Mac on May 29, 2022, 11:16:46 AM
Great work :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Giraffes
Post by: has.been on May 29, 2022, 04:24:09 PM
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Knowing you you probably have a dozen!

hey David, if you do more lovely paint jobs I'll BUY DOZENS !!! :D :D :D
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Giraffes
Post by: FifteensAway on May 30, 2022, 02:34:07 AM
Late to the party regarding the giraffes but spiffing for certain sure.  And what a size difference.

Been away to Eureka with a side trip to Manila and a jaunt to Samoa - actual real places, mind you, not fictional at all.  And all from Friday morning through Sunday evening.  Mind you, I'm a bit tired from all that traveling.

For my own 15 mm variations, I have the Irregular giraffes and then some of the Pendraken 10 mm giraffes that sort of match for size difference with Digits larger cousins.  Also found some smaller critters courtesy of Toob toys. 

And you lot keeping laughing at dozens.  Just you wait - a while or three.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Giraffes
Post by: Cacique Caribe on May 30, 2022, 06:00:25 PM
I love those acacias!

I tried something similar.  Mine still need to be painted and very lightly flocked:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/9593487@N07/albums/72157707123698885

Dan
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Giraffes
Post by: Digits on May 30, 2022, 09:38:06 PM
Nice shapes!
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Giraffes
Post by: Digits on June 01, 2022, 01:29:59 PM
Just put in order with Wargames foundry (using their 20% off Jubilee offer) and digging out other bits I already have ready for painting.

So a few bits coming up over the following weeks

African villagers / women / children
Zanzibaris
Congo Chieftains
Musket armed tribals
Camp Characters

Animals still to paint
Lion pride
A few zebras
Impala
Meerkats
Baboons
Another giraffe

And then…lots of scenery!  So, still a way to go.  I need to get a game in soon!

Oh, and I’m looking to take advantage of up coming Grand Manner resin only event to order myself some tribal buildings and a steam boat!   




Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Grand Manner Resin
Post by: Digits on June 06, 2022, 09:54:15 AM
Yup, Grand Manner Resin only sale on at the moment, so I’ve ordered myself a Masai village set and a rear paddle steamer, along with a pair of stilted jungle huts / hooches that will work for Vietnam too plus a couple of small bits for my WW2 collection.

Foundry minis have arrived so I’m going to clean up the villagers for painting first me thinks….
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Grand Manner Resin
Post by: has.been on June 06, 2022, 12:07:36 PM
You are going to be busy then.  :D
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Grand Manner Resin
Post by: Digits on June 06, 2022, 12:09:25 PM
Until next years event at least! 🥴
Title: Re: Daftest Africa! - Grand Manner Resin
Post by: has.been on June 06, 2022, 12:12:40 PM
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Until next years event at least! 🥴

Well don't forget I might work for swaps, especially buildings. :D
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: FifteensAway on July 07, 2022, 02:13:57 AM
A full month gone by with nothing new in this thread from Digits!   :o. I think I'm having withdrawals?  Of course, after some detective work, I find he is playing about with his Western Front stuff so he hasn't fallen in some strange volcanic crevasse, just being his normal hobby world peripatetic self.  That is a familiar phenomenon to so many of us.  ;)
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: Digits on July 07, 2022, 06:59:22 AM
I’ll have you know site that I resemble that remark! 🧐

However,  I am playing Congo hopefully Sunday which will no doubt rekindle my desire to paint more for this project.   I have about twenty villagers and more animals sat on my paint tray looking to get finished soon.  Fear not fella.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: Digits on July 29, 2022, 05:38:07 PM
Still didn’t get in the damned game!

Oh well…..pushing on.

Decided I’m taking a break from painting WW2 minis for a bit (might change when 02 Hundred hours turns up), but in the meantime, I have a few civilians and a handful of animals on my paint tray.  Going to tackle som3 of them me thinks.

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/DB21C1B6-C75D-4F06-A4D1-9D6B1853D88C.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: Digits on July 30, 2022, 12:38:54 PM
Struggling to find the mojo today but one male lion.

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/b76/DigitsDavid/11B7CDEF-2FA7-4E6A-9114-C6EC25B2AFB7.jpeg?width=960&height=720&fit=bounds)
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: has.been on July 30, 2022, 01:29:59 PM
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Struggling to find the mojo today but one male lion.

Take pride in your work David.  lol
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: Golgotha on July 30, 2022, 02:46:36 PM
Lovely Kitty.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: mikedemana on July 30, 2022, 02:46:48 PM
Looks good!

Mike Demana
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: FifteensAway on July 30, 2022, 03:23:22 PM
Nice - and curious that you use the term 'mojo' in this context since it originates 'out of Africa'.   o_o

Now, having recently seen a pair of lions leaping into the air after some prey, I have profound respect for keeping out of the way of lions.  San Diego Wild Animal Park has a male and female pair (and I was able to get the male to roar by chuffing at him) that has one part of the enclosure that has a bit of a roof over it.  Both were lying lazily in that area, the male in one corner and the female in another when a pair of mallard ducks flew in.  I got just a flash of the male but I got a full view of the female lion leaping full into the air, at least five and maybe ten feet for the front paws, clawing at the female duck which she didn't bring down but, wow, the muscles and power in that leap were something to see.  And then the noise from the crowd brought my attention back to the male lion - who did catch the male duck and had it in his mouth not quite yet dead.  Quite the moment when the female lion saw his catch and came over and looked him straight in the eye.  Being a captive lion, he didn't seem to know what to do now that he'd got the bird.  Pretty awesome display of the power of a top predator.  Your lion's pose reminds me of that moment.
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: Digits on July 30, 2022, 03:46:26 PM
What I take from that is….ducks are stupid! 🤔
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: CapnJim on July 30, 2022, 03:48:43 PM
Nice lion there, Digits!  Did you paint him up before or after your Panzer Lehr?  :D
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: aircav on July 30, 2022, 07:11:30 PM
What I take from that is….ducks are stupid! 🤔

 lol lol lol lol lol
Title: Re: Daftest Africa!
Post by: FifteensAway on August 01, 2022, 05:08:14 PM
I rather thought the takeaway should be "ducks are dinner".   ;)