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London, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
A mythical beast - a female wargamer! I got back into wargaming in the summer of 2011 after a very, very long break and haven't looked back since. I must admit that I seem to be more of a painter/collector than a gamer, but do hope to correct that at some point in the near future. My gaming interests span the ages, from the "Biblical" era all the way through to the far future. I enjoy games of all sizes, from a handful of figures up to major battles (see my megalomaniacally sized Choson Korean and Russian Seven Years War armies).

Sunday, 26 May 2019

OMG! She's Alive!

aka the hitmen you hired all failed!

It has been rather a long time since I posted last, mostly because I haven't been doing anything hobby-wise since Salute. Until today, that is.

The other day, someone on the club's email group was proposing a multi-player Gaslands game. Just over a year ago, I had painted up a bunch of cheap cars with the intention of making some junkyard terrain pieces. But, inevitably, never got around to doing so. Today I finally made a start on doing so.

As well as the cars, I had cut a bunch of EPVC bases. I glued most of the cars onto these (leaving a few loose, to be added on top of piles later). I then left them for a couple of hours for the glue to cure. It was at this stage that I realised a big mistake I'd made - on the multi-car bases, I should have pre-textured or at least painted the central areas so that white didn't show in the gaps between cars. Oh, well.

I made up some basing gunk - a mix of brown acrylic frame sealant (from Poundland); some bird sand and a little bird grit (both from Wilko) and a splash of water to help make it a little more fluid for spreading. And then I got on with the job of adding gunk to the bases, including in the narrow gaps.

And here's the workbench after all that was done:

I also decided to test glue a strip of scouring pad onto an old painting stick (aka tongue depressor) to see how well the glue would hold it:

The plan is to make up a bunch of hedges for the club's terrain box. If this glue holds the strip firmly, I'll cut a load more and get them glued to sticks, trim them unevenly, add basing gunk, hit them with brown spray paint  and then flock them.

Tomorrow is a bank holiday in the UK, so my plan is to join in a big game of King of the Battlefield at the club - my Russians deserve an outing, having missed the games earlier this year. Of course, that means there won't be any progress on the terrain until Tuesday.


  1. Glad you're still alive and kicking!

  2. It's life Jim, but not as we know it. nice stuff

  3. Happy to see you again! :-)
    Lovely cars!
    We did some hedges as you explain... it gives a very good effect!

  4. Good to have you back again M'lady.

  5. A well deserved rest after the AHPC painting frenzy I‘d say. Well done on those cars!

  6. Damn, you can't get good staff these days!
    Glad they missed you! - welcome back to the Blogosphere!

  7. No the Hitmen (more properly people) are still out there!

  8. Gaslands... and you alive does it gat much better.

  9. @ Fran - cheers, m'dear! :)

    @ Martin C - thanks! :)

    @ L'Empereur - merci! :)

    @ Ray - cheers! :)

    @ Nick - thanks! Rather more rest from painting than was needed, to be honest - it's good to be back :)

    @ Neil - thanks! The cars were actually finished over a year ago :)

    @ Herkybird - they were good, but I was better! :)

    @ Alex - :)

    @ Simon - they were all men. Hang on, do you mean there's a hitwoman out there? :o

    @ Clint - thanks! :)