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A mythical beast - a female wargamer! I got back into wargaming in the summer of 2011 after a very, very long break. My current interests are Ancients, ACW, 30YW and SciFi gaming.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Desert Terrain Day 06

Today saw some more messy fun coating terrain pieces with filler and I have got most of them done now - just the fields/plantations, the steep hill and the plateau still to do.

I got the dunes coated this morning, then added Das clay over the bamboo skewers on the river pieces to create banks. I also did a couple of test pieces on the road sections - one with Das over the skewers, one with filler over the skewers and a scrap piece with just filler. spread over the surface. When the filler had dried on the last one I spread PVA over the filler and added sand to see if that would cause warping - it didn't. This evening I got all the river and road sections covered with filler.

Looking at the road sections, I think I might have been OK to forget the skewers and just coat them with filler - I might cut some more strips and do that. The ones I've done so far can always be used as narrow rivers for other gaming.

At one point while the filler was drying, I decided to strip down a couple of the topiary ball halves. You don't half get a lot of pieces - I got 180 off the leafy one and 200 off the grassy one. And that's just from half a ball!

And I think I might have found a use for the frame they came off:


I think tomorrow night I'll be adding filler around the edges of the field/plantation bases and make a start adding sand to the hills, gully and dunes.


  1. Excellent progress Tamsin, as for your planter framer - Two men enter, one man leaves - perfect!

  2. Love the dome. I am envisioning a Lost World native cage. Not that I ever get to do any scenery!

    1. now that's a good idea, too. An anti-dinosaur refuge, perhaps, like a fallout shelter for giant rampaging lizards.

  3. Great progress. I like the "deconstruction" of the plastic plants. It looks like you've got a lot of materials for your jungle in a very cost effective way

  4. LOL! I was thinking "Thunderdome" and then scrolled down to see your caption :-)

  5. @ Michael A - thanks! That's exactly what I was thinking as the bits were coming off :)

    @ Legatus - I'll have a spare if you want one for your cage :)

    @ Miles - cheers! I think I'll have a lot of that plastic foliage left over! :)

    @ Millsy - lol! :)

    1. I'd love your spare dome, thank you! Is there a blogger meet at Salute this year?

    2. There is a blogger meet at Salute - I'll bring one of the "cages" along for you :)