Fields of dreams

Here are some fields created as terrain pieces. Two Cabbage fields and a maize field. All are on 4 inch by 3 inch metal bases.

This is the first time I have used metal bases and I have to say I really like them. I like the weight and the fact that they dont warp. My only concern was how to stick things to the metal. I was lucky enough a couple of years ago to chat with a crafts person who introduced me to the ‘Rolls Royce’ of glues, the wonder glue E600. I intend to do a review of glue (ahh the poetry!) in my next post, so more on that later,

I used card board as the basis of the fields, with a defined ditch between the cultivated area and the wilder fringe. Corrugated cardboard is great for modelling ridge and furrows of ploughing. The card was covered with a generous dollop of watered down PVA and several handfulls of dried, sieved garden dirt,

The grass is a mixture of static fibres; starting from the edges with the preferred (and supplied) colour of the client gradually changing colour in the ditch, and supplemented with various ground turfs.

The cabbages (or should I say ‘bloody’ cabbages) were made from scrunched up ‘punches’. These were cut from paper pre-coloured with various blues greens and yellows. These took an age to make.

The maize plants were from two sources, one set is plastic. These suffer from slight flashing along the edges which needed to be cleaned. They were then plunged into hot water and twisted to form random plant like shapes. Painting was rather troublesome as they were quit fiddly, and being plastic they didnt take the paint well. But they are really quit good, Especially with the fine golden flock glued on to their tops.

These were surrounded by my usual choice of etched nickel maize plants, These are really superb, but again are quit fiddly to paint and to twist to shape. However they look great. I put them round the edge because I am not convinced that plastic plants will take knocks very well.

Both types are very expensive to buy and take quite a while to paint and model effectively.

The etched brass tree is from 4D model shop. This is well worth a visit as they sometimes have ‘seconds’ on sale. Etched brass trees are so much better than the crappy twisted wire ones you can get. Having said that you can get decent model trees from China. They haven’t quite understood the colour scheme of trees yet, many are excruciatingly bright, but once they do, they will be a great cheaper alternative.

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