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“If Edison Had A Needle To Find In A Haystack…”

“…He would proceed at once with the diligence of the bee to examine straw after straw ."

These two 6mm scale resin Haystacks are produced by “TimeCast” and can be bought from the company’s Scenic Accessories range as Code 37/001 Traditional Style Hay Stacks. Described as being 20mm wide and 15mm tall, the models actually come in packs of ten. However, as I wanted to use them to denote areas of difficult or impassable terrain, I simply super-glued two of them onto a “Citadel” 75mm oval base.


The Haystacks were primed with two coats of “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre, washed with plenty of “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade, and dry-brushed using (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre. I then took a rough brush pigmented with “Vallejo” Sun Yellow and lightly drew this across the miniatures in the hope of slightly brightening up the bales of drying grass.

“Corn is a greedy crop, as farmers will tell you.”

Alongside this somewhat diminutive entry into Dave Stone’s Season of Scenery Challenge, I have also finished off a smaller piece of terrain, this time containing a multitude of 6mm Corn Stooks. Like the Haystacks, these resin items are produced by “TimeCast” and are available as Code 37/012 from their Scenic Accessories range.


Being considerably smaller than the Haystacks, I managed to super-glue five of the ‘shocks’ onto a “Citadel” 60mm oval base and undercoated them using two layers of “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre. The sheaves of cut grain-stalks were subsequently shaded in “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade and dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre. As I wanted the Corn to appear more dried out than the Hay, I applied a light dry-brush of “Vallejo” Iraqi Sand to each Stook before varnishing them.

"They are the Blood Angels, and I say to you there are no more loyal or determined servants of the Emperor."

In addition to pottering about with some scenery, I have completed work on a second 15mm scale Grey Adder APC Battle Taxi Lifter by “Alternative Armies”. This hefty piece of single-cast resin can be purchased as Pack Code IAF036G from the company’s "The Ion Age" range, and is approximately 60mm long, 45mm wide and 25mm tall.


I aim to use this miniature as a proxy for a “Horus Heresy” era Blood Angels space marine Rhino, so having super-glued it to a large-sized plastic "Flames Of War" stand by “Battlefront Miniatures”, set about painting it using my usual combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Red and “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson. The vehicle’s weapon, thrusters and exhaust ports were all ‘picked out’ with “Vallejo” Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil, whilst its front and rear-facing insignias were both taken from the Blood Angels Space Marines decals found inside the “Games Workshop” Warhammer 40k Indomitus boxed set.

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wsd50
Jul 26, 2021

They all look great mate! love the APC!


Those corn stooks look like little Dr Who aliens to me! (I can't help it, I do try though honest!)


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 26, 2021
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Cheers Roger. Grey Adder APC Battle Taxi Lifter is a sure-fire fave of mine when it comes to 15mm vehicles.


I suppose you could paint the corn stooks green and have them represent Krynoids for a smaller-scale Dr Who tabletop game, LOL!!! 😀

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undercoat2670
Jul 25, 2021

What a great quote about finding a needle a haystack!

The haystack and corn bundles look really good, very effective. I suspect they could be used in games with bigger scales too, becoming scatter terrain in 28mm games and very usable in FoW I suspect.

Another good Blood Angels vehicle, very nice.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 25, 2021
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Thanks Undercoat. I do my best to find interesting quotes whenever I can, LOL!!!


TimeCast do these Haystacks and Corn Stooks in all the gaming scales, as they seem to most of their other sculpts too. Though as you say, I don't think some 15mm FoW Germans would look out of place alongside these ones.


I really like the Grey Adder APC Battle Taxi Lifter resin model. It's such a total chunk of resin, so was pleased to have an excuse to paint a second one. Of course, I've now found a reason to paint a third too. 😀

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planetmut
Jul 24, 2021

I'd imagine that most needles are bigger than those haystacks! Nice job on them, and your Blood Angel vehicles look great — the red is a lovely shade.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 24, 2021
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Cheers Planetmut. The Timecast stuff should work well with my Weird War Two stuff if I can knuckle down and paint it - I really dislike painting scenery for some reason. Glad you like the (not) Blood Angels Rhino. I think it turned out a treat too.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Jul 24, 2021

Great work on the scenery Simon, and the APC looks great in your Blood Angels colour scheme

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 24, 2021
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Thanks Dave. Busy week, with plenty more minis requiring attention too. Hoping to get some of TimeCast's 6mm buildings finished for next week, along with a few more FoW stands - any one would think I no longer paint 28mm LOL!!!

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