Thursday, 2 April 2015

An Ecstasy of Fumbling

After completing the first trench section, I was enthused enough to complete the other two that came with the set from Early War Miniatures and here is a semi-complete step-by-step account of how I painted them. The first photo was taken after I had put the sand and PVA over the areas outside of the trench. They had also been sprayed dark brown in the following picture, but you can see that I have also painted the wooden parts of the trench furniture in Khaki Grey. It's looking pretty ugly at this stage:


Next up was a drybrush of the entire piece with Khaki, this also included painting all the sandbags in Khaki as well. I also painted the wriggly tin in a rust colour during this stage, but still, it looks like a mess.


This is the second of the three pieces, this one had more open areas of plastic, the tops of dugouts, which you can see I have also drybrushed in Khaki. This whole process took a couple of hours and was pretty boring to be honest, it's large areas of flat that need to be dealt with!


As I said, this is not a complete tutorial, but the next stage was the inkwash the trench furniture and sandbags in Army Painter's Dark Shade, then a drybrushing of German Camo Beige to highlight the wood. Finally, I added clumps of static grass and varnished the entire things. Here are all three finally finished:


In the set I got a couple of roofs for a dugout that is the feature of one of the trenches, the interior is nicely detailed as you can see here:


As for holding them together, EWM recommended using rare earth magnets, you can see how I super-glued four to the edges of each piece. They are strong enough to stop the pieces moving about in a game. It took a  little while to get these in the right place. The way I did it was to glue four on the edge of one board, then matched up another board and held the two together with masking tape so they wouldn't slip. I then superglued the corresponding magnets on the other board.


And that was it, pretty simple really, and is how they look when defended by a big group of Germans under attack from British tanks and infantry!



I said it before, these are an excellent product and probably the best trenches that I have seen on the market, I intend on getting some more, to create a second line of defence plus some other bits and pieces like mortar pits and the like. The more I can add to these the more choice I will have for scenarios.

Well, that's it from me for a while, I am off to San Francisco for a fortnight on Saturday, so there will be a break down in communication until I am back, but thanks for reading!

4 comments:

  1. very cool looking set up! trench warfare at its best, British tanks rolling across the battlefield looks absolutely spot on

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    1. Thanks Russ, I'm glad you liked the set up. I need to get more First War Figures to do the trenches justice!

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  2. Great tutorial.

    The shots with the tanks rolling across are superb. Inspiring stuff.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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    1. Cheers Pete, I am sorry it wasn't a complete tutorial, but I forgot to take photos!

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