Saturday, December 5, 2009

Martian Settlements For Land Ironclads/Aeronef


It seems that I have been away from miniatures for a bit. Not true.

Since losing my digital camera, as lame as it was, I have been a bit gunshy about trying to post on miniatures projects because I coul;dn't seem to get any good pics. I have since had some luck taking decent WIP pics with my camera phone, so I thought I'd start to post some stuff that I've been working on.

The first thing I'd like to share is a WIP of some town/city terrain I have been doing for use with Wessex Games' Land Ironclads and Aeronef games. The general scale of these games is 1/1200 or thereabouts though the infantry figures used are generally 2mm which is more like 1/900 but any smaller an they may as well be cardboard counters. So, I took some scrap balsa, some cork tile and got to work.

These are actually quite simple to make. Tear off an area of tile to form the roacky outcropping upon which the Martians have built thei settlements. The cut various sized bits of balsa and get to work laying out your settlement plan. I decided to keep them relatively simple and work mainly with simple rectangles for the most part. The three that are pictured above were the first three I did and show a modest township as well as a two smaller locales that might work well for some sorts of monasteries, villas, etc.

After they are aseembled, they are sprayed black and then painted with a combination of rusty red earth tones for the ground, an off-white color for the buildings and simple black for the doors and windows. I thought about painting the doorways another color but really it just blurred the details and at this scale, I just needed the hint of door and windows. In some places, where hte balsa didn't cut right and left some rough edges, I painted the pieces like ruined buildings showing a mix of the white-wash and natural red Martian mud.

In a future post, I'll show off some additional work I've been doing with this project, but I hope you like the results so far.




  1. Brilliant looking work, Eli, really creative - some simple ingredients, but definitely ends up greater than the sum of its parts - can't wait to see more!

  2. My city! It looks beautiful Eli! I agree with SteelonSand in that you have taken simple ingredients and made a masterpiece!

  3. What a beautiful idea and execution! Your city has an organic quality that really makes it work! Be careful, or I might want to commission you Eli!

  4. I might be able to do that for you.

    I am making some for Rob at ArmChairGeneral.


  5. Thank you Mr Greg! Where are you gaming these days?


  6. Those really do look good. Im trying something simular myself but i dont think mine will end up looking quite so good somehow. Playing LI an a plain, flat table is just no right somehow.


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