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(Lead) Mountain Musings - "Season Of Scenery" July 2021

Updated: Aug 27, 2021

"Approximately 40,000 bombs were dropped on Poland's Koźle Basin during World War Two."

This month's effort to diminish my ‘peak of potential’ will be significantly shaped by Dave Stone’s second annual Season of Scenery challenge over on his excellent “Wargames Terrain Workshop” blog. Ordinarily, I’m not the greatest fan of painting terrain, preferring to buy pre-pigmented buildings, walls and rock formations from the likes of “Gale Force Nine”, “Battle Systems” or “Tablescape” whenever possible.


However, I thought I’d use this event to hopefully power through a load of untouched plastic and resin pieces which has been sat upon my hobby table gathering dust for many a year or two. To start with I’ve quickly finished three of the remaining Shell Holes and Craters by “Warlord Games” I originally started working on in September last year.

"Flames Of War" WIPs - A Panzerfaust, an Officer and an NCO have been primed

I’ve previously finished the smallest of this set’s craters to act as an Artillery Barrage marker for "Konflikt '47", so having super-glued the remaining pieces to appropriately-sized “Citadel” round bases and given them an Abaddon Black undercoat, they were treated to a rough layer of Doombull Brown, a highlight of Rakarth Flesh and finally, a splash Agrax Earthshade wash.


In addition, I have gone halves on the “Hit The Beach” starter set for “Flames Of War” by “Battlefront Miniatures” in (yet) another attempt to try wargaming World War Two in 15mm scale. I’ll be tackling the two Panzergrenadier platoons and accompanying Panzer IV tanks for this particular project, and having acquired the recommended “Vallejo” colours for their uniforms, have made a start on my army’s Formation Command Panzerfaust SMG team.

June 2021 - No great change in my favourite manufacturers during the past month

Painting wise, the past four weeks have resulted in the second most productive June I’ve so far achieved. Admittedly, that is arguably hardly difficult as this particular month has historically always proved to be my worst time of the year for hobbying, but considering the significant number of 1:285 scale “Battletech” models by “Catalyst Game Labs” I finished during the period I’m rather pleased with my end result.


Frustratingly, this (6mm) turn out has though rather overtly demonstrated one of the weaknesses in the old “Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge” scoring system I use for recording my outputs, as despite pigmenting eleven mechs in a single month “Catalyst Game Labs” are simply no-where to be seen on my Top Manufacturer’s Chart. This is due to each model being awarded points dependent upon its scale rather than physical size (or time taken to actually complete) and over the course of a year tends to even itself out with tiny or straightforward 28mm figures creating some ‘slack’ for some of the much larger models I put a brush-tip to. However, for some of the smaller scales it’s a little harder to generate this 'slack', with just two points being the most some of the “Battletech” miniatures can achieve, even though some of them are actually 40mm in height…

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wsd50
Jul 04, 2021

Oh well that's 3 done 39,997 more to do then! that should keep you busy for the next two months 😁. Simple stuff but well done all the same.


And another project 🙄, cant you use some of the 15mm WW2 fig's you've painted before for this?


Oh and don't get too productive you do realise I have to look through all these figures at the end of the year! 😉


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 04, 2021
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LOL!!! I've now finished the one remaining Warlord Games Shell Hole, Roger, so that should be posted up very soon, and then I'm moving on to some 6mm TimeCast resin scenery to use for my Battletech stuff - starting with... (more) Shell Holes and Craters 😂


This new Flames Of War project will use the new 15mm German plastics, so I don't currently plan on using some of my older FoW stuff. But I may well try to incorporate them (they'll need re-basing) if I really get into the game.


We're only halfway through the year, Roger, so plenty of time for me to take a breather or two, LOL. Though currently this could well be my third most productive…

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undercoat2670
Jul 03, 2021

Those craters can be used for so many things, so they were a good choice I think. Those FoW Germans look excellent, very detailed for the scale. I am not surprised you have had a productive few months as you have been churning out minis at a cracking pace. Good luck with the terrain challenge!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 03, 2021
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Cheers Undercoat. It'll be good to get some of my scenery backlog sorted over the coming two months, just so I can finally get some use out of it. Fingers crossed for getting the Germans finished asap too, as I'm already eyeing the Finnish Forces Battlefront Miniatures do - The Continuation War being one of my 'go to' aspects of WW2.

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planetmut
Jul 03, 2021

Great start to Dave's challenge, and here's me trying to get the energy to get off the sofa LOL!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 03, 2021
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Well, whenever you decide to tackle it I look forward to seeing your progress. Any way, after your astounding output for "Monster May(hem)" month, I'm not surprised you still need a lie-down. 😉

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Jul 03, 2021

Off to a great start on the scenery challenge Simon, You seem to be on a role with 15 mm scale at the moment, I would suggest that you may need to change the way the scoring works, as it doesn't seem to work with the varying scales, and as it's only for your own records it wouldn't matter

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 03, 2021
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Thanks Dave. Simple stuff but I wanted to start the month with some finished scenery straightaway, and the Warlord Games craters seem a good option for that. Indeed, I've already finished the last (much larger) shell hole for next Monday's posting, so that's the entire Bolt Action kit completed already. 😀


With hindsight I should probably have scored my miniatures according to their actual height than scale, and tbf to the AHPC minions, I believe that is the approach they soon adopted too. However, I think the 'flaw' has only manifested itself because I'm comparing 40mm sized 6mm scale models with 28mm figures - which is extremely uncommon for me. I'll just have to keep this 'blip' in mind and…

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