The effects of artillery

One thing I find lacking from many wargames is the lack of visual representation of the effect of artillery and bombing. For my 6mm games I have a large collection of ruined buildings, some of which are ruined versions of the intact version, for example:

Lately I have been playing games in 3mm using the “Travel Battles” game boards with a 1” square grid. I have no ruins as yet, but have pressed into service my 6mm shell craters and some smoke and flames markers that I sourced from Early War Miniatures.

I decided that I needed suitable markers for shell-pocked ground which would fit the 1” grid and indicate difficult terrain. I experimented with Milliput modelling and repair material.

Having mixed a small quantity I rolled it into balls and flattened them out, making sure they were no larger than 1” x 1”. The problem was to make them as thin as possible, but not fragile.

After making the splodges I dug out some shell holes with a sharp tool, leaving the surrounding edges of each hole proud of the surface.

Someone commented that they look like cookies after stealing the chocolate.

Next step, after allowing 24 hours to dry, was to prise them from the work board. I broke some. I decided that next time I will use greaseproof paper as used by cooks to help the separation process.

Next I painted them with a coat of Coat d’Arms “Muddy Green” brushscape paint.

I followed this by dropping wet black acrylic paint into each hole and then wet-brushing various greys and browns over the surrounding upturned earth to create the following:

And here is the result on the gaming board:

This morning I smoothed off the undersides with a metalworker’s file. I would have spray-varnished them, but found that I have run out. A new order sent to Amazon. Now I just need to make about another two dozen, based on my last game which involved a creeping barrage by nine batteries.

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General Whiskers

Wargaming butterfly (mainly solo), unpainted model figure amasser, and Historical Re-enactor of the black powder era.

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