It was the most inhospitable landscape of the Afghanistan hills and passes that proved to be the favoured hunting ground for the diverse hill tribes brought together by Akbar Khan in the first Anglo-Afghan War. Tough Terrain indeed, but in fact surprisingly straightforward to construct from a modelling viewpoint!
Part of my enjoyment from blogging has come from the inspiration I get by what I see on other blogs; many of my favourites can be seen in the side bar to the right. This post, however has come about as a direct result of the 'Mad Guru' and his wonderful 'Maiwand Day' blog. The blog takes the form of a visual diary charting the creation of high quality, historically accurate 28mm scale terrain and appropriately painted and converted miniatures for a refight of the battle waged by the British and Afghans on 27th July, 1880, initially in time for 130th anniversary on 27th July, 2010. That deadline may have passed, but let me assure you that the blog is very much still up and running. A recent post entitled 'Afghan/NWF rocky hill goes VERTICAL' had me champing at the bit to try recreating one of the Guru's wonderful ideas. The genius of this is that 'Mad Guru' takes a 'nothing' material in the shape of bark chippings and turns it into a simply spectacular piece of terrain! There is very little point in me trying to relay the whole 'how to' here and so I have restricted myself to a simplified photo-story of my rather pathetic pastiche. This really is as straightforward as it looks, but you must take the time to have a look at the original yourself.
|Initial layout planned
|Start to glue down pieces of bark
|Add filler to even out contours
|Sand & gravel stuck down
|Base coats applied
|Highlights drybrushed on
|Sparse vegetation added to final build
|Final piece with miniatures
All that remains is to extend a big THANK YOU, to the man himself, the 'Mad Guru'. I for one will be following with interest, looking out for more inspirational ides from the most mundane of building materials!