Friday, 23 September 2011

Them thar hills

Today has been one of those days when I have done lots of little chores around the house, interspersed with work on the hills I am making to go with my 'new' terrain boards.

The hills are now at the stage of where I am painting the top and sides, and the next stage will be to flock them with static grass flock. Once the PVA I will be using to glue the static grass flock to the hills is dry – and any loose flock is removed – all that will remain to be done is to fix non-slip felt pads on the bottom of each hill so that they will not move during battles.

If these hills are a success I will probably build some double-sized ones (i.e. 15cm x 7.5cm) and possibly one of two with some additional terrain features – such as a rocky outcrop or cliff face – fixed to them.

I also intend to write a short ‘how to’ blog entry that will explain – with suitable illustrations – how I made these hills.

The first coat of paint should now be dry and so I am now going off to give each hill a second coat.

8 comments:

  1. Hi Bob,

    Good idea re the felt pads - can't wait to see them.

    All the best,

    DC

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  2. The Sound of Music fans will be bursting into 'The hills are alive...' soon!!

    Hope you're keeping the modelling simple.

    Like David I can't wait to see them.

    Keep up the good work Bob.

    Jim

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  3. David Crook,

    The felt seems to adhere to the static grass flock on my terrain, and this ensures that tree bases, roads, etc., don't move about during wargames.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  4. Jim Duncan,

    Of course the modelling will be simple; I couldn't do it if it was difficult!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. The felt is a good plan - it does 'stick' quite effectively to the flock on Hexon tiles. I have roads printed on thin card which I've backed with felt and they behave rather well.

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  6. Tom Gow,

    The idea is not a new one; Lois Allan used it as the basis of her toy 'Fuzzy Felt', which she invented during the Second World War and began selling in 1950.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  7. Hi Bob

    Yep, Sound of Music came to mind, but a special mix of "The Hills are Alive .." with heavy artillery interspersed and "Killing me Softly" instrumental overlayed and then rename it "The Hills are Dying..".

    Dedicate it to the builder bozo next door.

    Have fun.

    Regards

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  8. Arthur,

    Thanks to your comment, I can't now get those two tunes out of my head!

    Ah well! The paint has dried and I am now off to do some flocking.

    All the best,

    Bob

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