Screw when necessary (AVBCW Supply Dumps)

Well that got your attention !

Armies rely on logistics, supplies and so on. So its only reasonable that scenery should reflect that with supply dumps etc.

Straight from the UK MOD, you read it !

Screw when necessary.


In amongst the stuff that didn’t go into storage was a bag of half painted supply dump stuff – resin scenery pieces whose origin eludes my brain cell.

So in the run up to 4th November when we are having one of our AVBCW Big Games, I thought I’d drag it out and paint it up.

Placed on 40mm round bases, I raised the resin pieces by using some card chopped off of a recent order. This means they don’t blend in/get lost in the flock.

Three of the normal pieces, made up of multiple items glued to the same base. Includes lewis Guns and SMLEs.

Great big pile of ammo boxes !

No, I haven’t written “Screw when necessary” on the sides. 🙂

I have enough for 10 items of scenery, and also found some with German helmets, and British WW1 Pith helmets, so they’ll be good for BoB stuff – to follow.

Not so quick win

This item has been on my table for over two months and I have been dragging my feet about finishing it.

GW’s Ophidian Archway.

A solid piece of scenery that in should be a nice piece to paint – simple thin linear structure, with an upper storey and a large archway.

BUT, it suffers from a huge exuberance of detail that is just OTT.

The detail of a dragon/wyrm coiling round the piece is great and on its own wouldn’t be too bad. But it is the back ground detail that merges with it that makes it way more fussy then most people will want to have on a piece of scenery.

Having broken that painting block, I cracked this out in just 2 days.

Again LOTR scenery, plain and simple and ideal for Saturday’s jaunt.

A second quick win

The second major component of the GW LOTR ruins kit.

There’s a third small part to be done, and I’ve also completed a very annoying piece of scenery that has been on the table for two months of more.

Another quick win – LOTR ruins

Sitting on the table have been some GW LOTR ruins, another quick win.

JP and I have been asked to do a demo game at the Hereford Boardgames club later this month, so doing up some new scenery seemed a good idea.

Simple and easily put together the kit is of thick plastic and doesn’t have the warping effect of some of the other GW kits.

I’ve got a set previously and done it up for WHFB/AVBCW.

Log defences

I’m sure there is a proper name, but here are some log barriers that act as barriers. I had one set painted up years ago, and bought some only for them to be lost…

I’d undercoated them and then packed them away in a box of stuff I’ve now sold.

They’re by Ainsty.

Simple, log barricades kept in places by staves at either end. I’ve added flock on the outer side.


These should be good for AVBCW, BoB, and WHFB games as well as my long planned AWI project.

In a wild moment of madness I painted the staves on this set a different colour.

The usual paint mix is:
– Foundry Bay Brown (Shade)
– Foundry Granite
– GW Agrax Earthshade wash
– Foundry Boneyard (shade), for the logs’ split ends and staves

The alternate set had the staves painted in Granite (light).

Wild I know.

Some more figures have been found in advanced states of painting…

This isn’t working

For the first time I’m having to give up on a scenery project, because it just isn’t worth the effort.

Another long OOP customised kit – I’ll spare their blushes.

More than 50 pieces to make a ruin that could fit on one of my CD bases.

This was the second attempt.

The pillars aren’t true, the basing blocks aren’t true, the arches don’t fit, and the whole edifice is about to fall apart and won’t stand storage nor transport.

And that’s before I put the dome sections on top, which will make it top heavy.

This is for the bin.

Sometimes its better to stop and just junk it as I have wasted to much time and effort on this item that is simply holding me back from finishing other projects.

I wonder how many other model makers have had top do the same thing ?

Magic Roundabouts

For Frostgrave The Keep scenario, four magical transportation discs are needed, something missing in my scenery box until now.

So I duly went and bought some from Blotz..or rather two sets so I could experiment with some colours.

The first set I painted with grey.

The second set I’ve started painting gold, but things aren’t going so well and they’re WIP.

Other than The Library scenario, I think I can now do all the scenarios. Th scenery for that one is part of a kickstarter I’ve invested in but won’t deliver til next year probably. :-/