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Title: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: nervisfr on January 12, 2021, 11:00:20 AM
Newcomer into the NWF period, i start the afghan project with the big work with the creation of an element of terrain like a colonial fort.
It will be used for the periods from antiquity to the colonial era.
The fort is builted to be place on the edge of the table so i need only the door and the front walls.

This scratchbuild is a reminder of a game I created a long time ago after reading an article in an old Wargame magazine in the 90s) May be Pratical wargamer, Wargame Illustrated, Miniatures wargame or Colonial Conquest, i don't remember.

The game is called "Knock-knock at the door!" and is about the attack of a colonial fort by Afghans. The players were all on the Afghan side and competed with each other to be the first to approach the porch of the fort's gate to place their homemade bomb/TNT (depending on the time) and detonate it.
The game master managed the British (without need of figurines) troops placed on the ramparts with the aim to prevent the warriors from accomplishing their mission by heavy fire .


Here is the first pictures of the project.

the side view :

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50825208012_71f59234fd_b_d.jpg)


the front door :

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50825207942_aa05fb7952_c_d.jpg)

the Front view

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50825116336_fce2674a2a_b_d.jpg)


hope you like it

cheers
ERic
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: Atheling on January 12, 2021, 12:02:00 PM
Looking good Eric.  8)

Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: nervisfr on January 15, 2021, 08:44:57 AM
Looking good Eric.  8)

thank you Atheling !

i add 3d wall paper for the walkway on the walls and the tower

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50825116321_0d4a1c518c_c_d.jpg)

then the textured walls with tinted tile glue :

(https://www.flickr.com/photos/134805874@N02/50824369633/in/dateposted-public/)

and the courtyard with a Studio Miniature Afghan for comparison scale :

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50825207882_eab93d664d_c_d.jpg)


Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: has.been on January 15, 2021, 09:25:57 AM
Nice work.
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: Mad Guru on January 15, 2021, 09:44:54 AM
Looking good!  Especially like the look of your merlons.  I think they have an "Indian/Islamic" feel... but could also work in other settings.  Versatile and useful!
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: italwars on January 15, 2021, 02:22:39 PM
Newcomer into the NWF period, i start the afghan project with the big work with the creation of an element of terrain like a colonial fort.
It will be used for the periods from antiquity to the colonial era.
The fort is builted to be place on the edge of the table so i need only the door and the front walls.

This scratchbuild is a reminder of a game I created a long time ago after reading an article in an old Wargame magazine in the 90s) May be Pratical wargamer, Wargame Illustrated, Miniatures wargame or Colonial Conquest, i don't remember.

The game is called "Knock-knock at the door!" and is about the attack of a colonial fort by Afghans. The players were all on the Afghan side and competed with each other to be the first to approach the porch of the fort's gate to place their homemade bomb/TNT (depending on the time) and detonate it.
The game master managed the British (without need of figurines) troops placed on the ramparts with the aim to prevent the warriors from accomplishing their mission by heavy fire .


Here is the first pictures of the project.

the side view :

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50825208012_71f59234fd_b_d.jpg)


the front door :

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50825207942_aa05fb7952_c_d.jpg)

the Front view

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50825116336_fce2674a2a_b_d.jpg)


hope you like it

cheers
ERic

hello...absolument magnifique!....it's a long time that im toying with the idea of scratchbuilding  a half walls section's only of a muslim type fort for use in NWF/Morocco ecc...i'll follow your project ..just some questions..did you use a pattern to achieve the typical aspect of those  eastern/arab castle crenelations?..what did you use to cover the walls some putty? some mixture of sand ecc...?...the possibility to make the structure with left over cardboax is great if you can then strenghten it....by the way the article you mentioned..which i should own and of which i can send you a scan was probably a one about a convention game in which each participant was a British Engineer/commander trying to carry explosive up to the castle gate manned by NWF tribesmen...a nice line drawing also published and maybe taken from a D. Featherstone book accompanied the article...the title was something like "5 minutes with EDNA"..a simple and innovative  game systhem was provided...some friends of my former game club set it up this very scenario with great success at a wargame convention here in Rome by, if i rember well, setting the game in Italian Somalia or Lybia...i'm very interested in corresponding with you on the development of this very project..in the meanwhile i'll have a look among my files to see if i could find the article
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: nervisfr on January 15, 2021, 04:27:44 PM
Looking good!  Especially like the look of your merlons.  I think they have an "Indian/Islamic" feel... but could also work in other settings.  Versatile and useful!

thank you Mad Guru.
I just keep it simple, fast and furiously Fun !

hello...absolument magnifique!....it's a long time that im toying with the idea of scratchbuilding  a half walls section's only of a muslim type fort for use in NWF/Morocco ecc...i'll follow your project ..just some questions..did you use a pattern to achieve the typical aspect of those  eastern/arab castle crenelations?..what did you use to cover the walls some putty? some mixture of sand ecc...?...the possibility to make the structure with left over cardboax is great if you can then strenghten it....by the way the article you mentioned..which i should own and of which i can send you a scan was probably a one about a convention game in which each participant was a British Engineer/commander trying to carry explosive up to the castle gate manned by NWF tribesmen...a nice line drawing also published and maybe taken from a D. Featherstone book accompanied the article...the title was something like "5 minutes with EDNA"..a simple and innovative  game systhem was provided...some friends of my former game club set it up this very scenario with great success at a wargame convention here in Rome by, if i rember well, setting the game in Italian Somalia or Lybia...i'm very interested in corresponding with you on the development of this very project..in the meanwhile i'll have a look among my files to see if i could find the article


Thank you italwars,
I know the EDNA system but i can't remember if this is the article i read at the time.
for those who don't know the EDNA, here is a link  (http://wargamingmiscellany.blogspot.com/2020/01/edna-and-scrud.html)

* the upper part of the wall is made of foam cardboard and the merlons are drawn with a ruler and a pencil. It's long and boring but the result is worth it. It's also a little irregular when cutting but it doesn't bother me   o_o

* the covering of walls is made with tinted tile glue mixed with some decorative sand to give a rough appearance.

cheers
Eric






Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: JBaumal on January 17, 2021, 03:04:05 PM
Looks the part. I hope you post an AAR and more pics.
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: fred on January 17, 2021, 05:09:01 PM
That is a good looking fort!

I am intrigued by your use of what looks like brown parcel tape on the model, Iíve never thought of using this for modelling. I would expect the surface of it to be so smooth than anything add on top would just slide off, but you seem to have been able to add the texture layer without any problem?
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: nervisfr on January 17, 2021, 07:22:04 PM
That is a good looking fort!

I am intrigued by your use of what looks like brown parcel tape on the model, Iíve never thought of using this for modelling. I would expect the surface of it to be so smooth than anything add on top would just slide off, but you seem to have been able to add the texture layer without any problem?

you are right fred, it's brown parcel tape.
I used it to fix the carboard package but it s not a good idea.
Just like you say, it smooth and the tile glue had difficulty covering. So I had to put some back in some places after drying.
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: fred on January 18, 2021, 08:36:03 AM
Thanks - so works structurally but not from putting more layers on!
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: nervisfr on January 18, 2021, 10:20:18 AM
Thanks - so works structurally but not from putting more layers on!

Exact Fred but it depends on the type of glue or coating used.
Tile adhesive has a stronger adhesion than plaster/coating so it works .
When dry, just check the walls and put a 2nd layer where needed.
Or use an adhesive paper like  a paint masking tape. It's  based on paper so less smooth.
Forget to say but for this building i should have used my glue-varnish technic with paper handkerchief before texture a brown tape area.
That makes the job because it gives  a rough coat to the walls.
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: nervisfr on January 18, 2021, 12:36:13 PM
More details in my blog (http://chti-reanimator59.blogspot.com/2021/01/le-re-animator-est-partout-meme-ou-on.html)

Coming soon, the Afghan engineers ...

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50824603742_42f5396b08_b_d.jpg)

One warrior with is powder keg and a sniper (Perry's plastic ones)


hope you like it

Eric
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: Atheling on January 18, 2021, 12:42:00 PM
Brilliant idea!  8)
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: nervisfr on January 18, 2021, 01:09:31 PM
Brilliant idea!  8)

thank you but i have forgotten  something :
The engineer has a Wargame Atlantic Pict 's body and a trouser made with glue.
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: nervisfr on January 22, 2021, 03:13:20 PM
just some (bad) pictures of the finished fort !

the front door :

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50862529708_3666a3865a_b_d.jpg)

the rear front door :

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50863241616_84e5317fb6_b_d.jpg)

a side view of the rear :

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50863346402_53653285b6_b_d.jpg)
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: nervisfr on February 01, 2021, 10:00:52 AM
here is some new Afghan engineers

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50823765963_1d9464e553_b_d.jpg)

Based on 1 Irish Warrior (Atlantic Wargame ) and 2 Perry Afghans.

the black powder ker are made from a wood round barbecue stick and scultpted .
The middle one is based on the afghan drum converted into a keg. Sometime i lazy, i know.  :D
the fuse are made with a small braided wire.
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: Marine0846 on February 03, 2021, 03:34:34 AM
Excellent work on your fort.
Love it.
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: Vonkluge on February 03, 2021, 03:44:54 AM
I actually like the "drum" one and think it perfectly plausible from the perspective of a innocent looking object and quick "were one keg short dam!, quick use that drum" lol
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: nervisfr on February 03, 2021, 01:17:56 PM
Excellent work on your fort.
Love it.

thank you Marine0846

I actually like the "drum" one and think it perfectly plausible from the perspective of a innocent looking object and quick "were one keg short dam!, quick use that drum" lol

It's a "made in Aghanistan" keg.
After engineers, i'll convert some Perrys into Casualties.....need dead engineers.  :D
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: Wiegraf on February 04, 2021, 10:06:30 PM
Looks awesome. Im getting into this era too so this is great inspiration starting out.
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: nervisfr on February 06, 2021, 03:41:24 PM
2 more afghans in action,  lighting the fuse  ;)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50824511166_87b4ea232b_b_d.jpg)

Short fuse or long one  ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: Atheling on February 06, 2021, 06:20:28 PM
Fab work  8)

2 more afghans in action,  lighting the fuse  ;)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50824511166_87b4ea232b_b_d.jpg)

Short fuse or long one  ??? ??? ???

How much mettle do they have?  ??? :)
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: nervisfr on February 08, 2021, 09:31:05 AM
As engineers, they have got a lot !
And a short life expectancy too  ;)
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: jagergreen on February 13, 2021, 12:32:44 AM
Very nice!
I love your Afghans carrying explosives. Nice figure conversions.
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: pixelgeek on February 13, 2021, 01:22:23 AM
Every time I see this thread I think its says NSFW
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: nervisfr on February 15, 2021, 11:36:30 AM
Thank you guys,
The afghans are now finished and based.
Will drop pictures soon.
Just like my thuggee (https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=129032.0)

The opponents (British, Ghurka & Indian inf.) are near the basing step   ;)

More to come
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: BillK on February 15, 2021, 01:27:17 PM
Wonderful  conversions.
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: nervisfr on February 22, 2021, 11:51:36 AM
Thank you Billk.

now the engineers are ready for action

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50968439343_635dce2a21_c_d.jpg)

More informations on my blog page edition !

For the curious, see right here  (http://chti-reanimator59.blogspot.com/2021/02/le-re-animator-avait-mise-sur-un.html)

Cheers
Eric
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: Plynkes on February 23, 2021, 09:36:56 AM
Cool! Great idea, and brought to life very nicely. 


If I ever get back to my Somali project I need to do something similar with some WW1 Indian Infantry. Some brave Sikh lads used such tactics against Somali fortress gates when the forts proved impervious to the Brits' artillery (didn't really help that the only artillery they had were mortars),



Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: nervisfr on February 23, 2021, 10:06:09 AM
Thank you Plynkes.

a close up of the fusemen :

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50972379086_ab249eccb5_o_d.png)

the fuse are made with the glue gun, giving a flame shape during the operation.
a red and dark color for the flame and you get it.  ;)
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: nervisfr on April 23, 2021, 01:46:30 PM
hey guys,

some troops for the Fort and its defence.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50969143301_2bcf2b779b_o_d.jpg)

Perrys painted as generic Ghurkas.

and Indian generic are coming along.  ;)
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: Totleben on May 13, 2021, 11:05:54 AM
Next level  :-*
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: nervisfr on May 13, 2021, 01:15:31 PM
Next level  :-*

Some generic british troops are coming too
 ;)
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: nervisfr on July 27, 2021, 01:51:16 PM
Here they are but not the one expected  o_o

Generic Indian infantry

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51336798289_f277b1ea41_c_d.jpg)


More to see on my blog , right here (http://chti-reanimator59.blogspot.com/2021/07/le-re-animator-se-procure-de-la-matiere.html)

cheers
Eric

Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: Umra Khan on July 28, 2021, 07:36:22 AM
Compliments great work , a NWF project is always a must  :)
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: Mad Guru on July 28, 2021, 08:04:10 AM
Umra Khan speaks truth, nervisfr!  Here "generic" = excellent.
Title: Re: NWF - knock knock at the door - An Afghan Project
Post by: nervisfr on July 28, 2021, 11:28:02 AM
Compliments great work , a NWF project is always a must  :)
and
Umra Khan speaks truth, nervisfr!  Here "generic" = excellent.

As you say, it's a must ! So two is better than one but i don't have to time at the moment to complete my thuggee topic :

https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=129032.0 (https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=129032.0)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50969249567_489f626d4c_c_d.jpg)

Cheers if you missed it
 ;)