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A gaming board in a weekend

I painted these models quite some time ago, but so far never used them in a game.

Now a new colleague who learnt about my hobby asked for a game during lunch break, so I thought again of these small models, which would need a smaller game board.

Only problem: I neither have a board nor any terrain...

The above models I painted according to the scenario description of Ork Hill. So it will be this scenario I have time to build terrain for this weekend... You grow with your challenges...

Here you can see my interpretation of the terrain description from the scenario:

So I need two hills, four buildings and the board. The woods will be brown felt areas with aquarium plants I already have (probably too large, but ready) and for the river/marsh I will use blue felt. So I hope the building and painting can be accomplished this weekend.

First, the board. It is 50751.2cm MDF. It got coated with PVA and sprinkled with bird cage sand. I then painted it in orange brown.

The buildings I designed on the computer, printed them and glued the prints to corrugated card board. I the cut the windows before cutting the walls. For gluing, I used Lego blocks to get nice 90° corners. There is a floor, inner walls that close the windows from the inside and serve as pillars for the roof and finally the roof. As I don't like 'unlogical' terrain, I needed an access to the roof. So I cut squares from card board, cut away the edges and glued them onto the roof as hatches. When dry, I covered the buildings in ready made wall spackle.


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Free Trader Crew

The models are done, all bases finished.


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Free Trader Crew

The rest of the crew (Engineer, Ambassador, Preacher, Doctor and Teenage Girl) is done. Only the bases on all of them are missing the finishing touches.


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Free Trader Crew

And the Security Specialist is done also. Six indicidual models in a day, not bad. My painting hobby definitely needs more bank holidays...


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Free Trader Crew

The First Mate is done. Again, I painted both versions in different clothing.


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Free Trader Crew

The Captain is done. I gave him two different dresses instead of painting both models the same way.


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Free Trader Crew

I continued work on the Free Trader Crew. First up is the Pilot, who also drives the mule to get cargo to and from the ship.

I wanted to paint the model on foot at the same time as the seated model. When I had both besides each other I noticed, that in my first attempt to give the seated drived the head of the Pilot, I grabbed one of the Security Specialist models... :-(

Out came the knife, off went the head and I instant moulded the correct head.

I then tried to sculpt the shirt of the original model on the seated driver.

Then came the painting. Orange suit and hawaian shirt.

After some colourful splotches, I tried to paint on some flower shapes in dark green - according to my wife I managed to archive the look of a childs painting attempts, but not a hawaian shirt look...

Here is the complete vehicle with driver seated and standing. The great panel on the front cries out for the Free Trader Crew logo - another decal I need to design and have custom printed.


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Armed Civilians

The armed civilians are done, ready painted and based. I quite like the mixed up look of the bunch:


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Armed Civilians

The miniatures are done, all the detail is painted.

Bases still pending.


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Armed Civilians

The clothes on all the models are done. I tried to aim for a brownish cowboy look on some, while trying to get a real colourful look on others to have a nice non-uniform look to the bunch.