Another 6mm terrain piece from the archive pile. This is most of the massive "Oriental Stone Fort" from Irregular's 6mm collection. I bought this some time ago, so the entire thing is cast in lead. It has 31 separate elements, not including the seven I left out in the final construction. This thing runs about $40 US today, but I think I paid around $15-$20 originally. (Blame the spike in White Metal costs.)
While whiling away the better part of an afternoon cleaning and filing the pieces, I was reminded why I never built this thing when I first got it back in 2003/4. The pieces are solid lead, so there is a lot of warping/bending. The flash ranges from small mold lines to 5mm chunks of solid metal. I probably should have taken the time to fill and sand the piece appropriately, but I ran out of steam after the initial cleaning. That, and I really don't see me using it for more than window dressing in 1-2 games.
I based it on a 7-hex piece I got from Gamecraft for my 4" tile set project. I actually had to leave out several wall pieces and another gate to keep it inside the boundary. I sprayed the entire structure in Armory black primer and then went after it with a series of heavy dry-brushes using Army Painter "Skeleton Bone" and RP Stone. I opted to leave the interior unadorned in order to fit troop stands for games.
|Baccus 6mm Fatimid Egyptians defending their fortress.|
It makes nice background piece for period games, and can also serve for modern microarmor games as well.
|AAA Parked in the compound.|
On a related note, I found a pic from a WWII Spearhead game I ran at the Spokane Game Faire around 1999 that included some scratch built city tiles I did for "Sidi Omar" in North Africa. These were done with plaster over Balsa and Plasticard. Unfortunately, someone liked them enough to steal them while I was setting up the next game, so I will have to try again some day. (The Palm trees are trimmed pipe cleaners) I did these in 3mm since it was a 6mm game with 1 stand = 1 platoon) Wrestling with terrain scale is another monsters I will need to come to terms with eventually.
|Italian Infantry Battalion establishes defensive positions in the city.|