Sunday, 27 May 2018

"What a desolate place this is."

Just the briefest of posts to document some of the terrain pieces that can be seen in the earlier episodes of this themed month.  ‘Combatzone Scenery’ produce a range of resin, impregnated plaster pieces to compliment the Imperial Assault boards.  They are simple and durable, but have the added advantage of making the table pop!
For ease, I simply airbrushed mine a base colour that I felt matched the illustrations on the board pieces and then just added a series of washes and drybrushed effects until they took on a semblance of desert rocks or moisture vaporators. 
Fortunately, the desert world of Tatooine is a tough, unforgiving place and so rough and ready doesn’t seem to look out of place, at least that is what I told myself anyway!
The problem with these pieces is that there are as addictive to buy as the booster packs and I am currently in a battle with my willpower over whether or not I ned the Smuggler’s Hideout set!
The pieces on show are from the Desert Skirmish set and the Cantina Skirmish set, although I haven’t got round to doing the bar set.

50 comments:

  1. Great work Simon, as you say they give a pop to the flat tiles, I can see your dilemma on wanting more

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    1. "Great work Simon" - Thank you kindly, Dave, but I didn't have anything to do with these LOL :-)

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    2. That should have read Michael, that will teach me to try and reply to more than one blog at the same time ! Sorry Michael normal concentration will now resume ! I hope

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    3. Thank you Dave, I am sure Simon would have done a good job too. :)
      I blame the sun.

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  2. Well Michael, I guess that means we need to have a game of IA with this lovely terrain :p

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    1. Absolutely! It is going to be a busy summer. :)

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  3. Inspired and inspiring job Michael!

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  4. Terrific stuff, Michael, you've enthused me to pop out and pick up a couple of "Star Wars" Legion single-mini boxes. Just to see how they handle a lick of paint you understand ;-)

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    1. Do you know I was thinking the same thing, purely as a guide for others. :D

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  5. nice work indeed and yes: you need the smugglers den!

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    1. Thank you and you are probably right. :)

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  6. Well done Simon, Dave, Michael er you bloggy bloke, nice job !!!!

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    1. Thank you Phil, we are practically interchangeable. :)

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  7. Masterful brushwork and use of colors as always! Inspiring!

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    1. Thank you Dean, they came out rather well in the end.

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  8. Simple & effective indeed Michael! I got my order this past week, though no brushes have touched them yet.

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    1. Base coat and some drybrushing seemed the way to go. I hope you enjoy yours.

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  9. Really nice pieces Michael, they do bring a bit of life the to the tiles, but I would have thought well within your abilities to build you own and save a few bob, for more figures.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thank you Roger and I have to confess that I did think something similar when I was painting them. The big win with this pieces is time, which is so precious at the moment.

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    2. Another thing to note is that these pieces 'fit' the boards. Sure we could all do the measuring ourselves, but this does save time

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  10. Some interesting pieces there and of course you're going to by more, you know you are.

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    1. Thank you Joe and you are probably right. :)

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  11. Wonderful stuff Michael.
    Cheers
    Stu

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  12. Most useful; I wasn't properly aware of this company before. They do have a lot of interesting stuff, don't they?

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    1. Be careful, it's a slippery slope! :)

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  13. Nice work on these Michael. They certainly bring the board to life nicely. You should give the 7TV2 free Stars wars guide a go.

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    1. Thank you Simon and I had forgotten about the 7TV2 Star Wars guide. Now that has got me thinking.

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  14. You nailed Tatooine's color scheme. Nice! :)

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    1. Thank you, lots of trial and error.

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  15. If I was an Imperial Assault player, I'd be hard-pressed not to get tjese terrain pieces myself. Of course, as they're Star Wars, players of any SW miniature game can use these. Nice showcase for this company, Michael, and impressive brushwork as usual.

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    1. Thank you so much Jez, they just work on so many level; simple but they work really well.

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  16. Excellent work on these to match the 3D terrain pieces to the 2D boards Michael - and crying out for an AAR ;-)
    I don't see how you can resist the Smuggler’s Hideout having gone this far!!

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    1. Thank you, I need to get back into the game. Last summer I would just have fun playing through made up scenarios.

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  17. What a great blog this is! I was directed here from Fantorical by Blaxkleric and have just had a great time going through the Star Wars postings. What a great read and your painting is extremely good. Very entertaining and very inspirational. Great job all around.

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    1. Welcome Undercoat, glad you have enjoyed the posts. Hopefully a couple more to come. Do you have a blog yourself?

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  18. Beautiful work Michael. I particularly like the vapour generators (or whatever they're called).

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    1. Thank you Curt, I have been quite taken by the new Legion vaporators too. So much fun to have, so little time! :)

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  19. I really like these. Your games will look the best of them all!

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  20. These will provide some nice cover, some more excellent additions.

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  21. Stellar work Michael! Now get yourself a treat and buy that hideout set.

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