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27 Sep 2010

Making Mountains

Making Mountains

It's always a bit of a compromise when you're making mountains for wargaming. On the one hand you want them to look like the real McCoy, but on the other they need to be suitable for placing figures. This means having somewhat unnaturally flat levels. Mountains enhance the scenery of your wargaming table. You can make your own mountains out of a wide variety of materials, but in this tutorial I will be using foam board which offers flexibility and low cost. 

First Mountain

1. The first step is to cut your bases to the desired size either using MDF or hardboard in my case I used hardboard and cut it to 6 inch by 6 inch once you have cut your bases to the desired size you then want to proceed to rasp the edges to give it a smoother appearance.

2. The next step is to cut and shape your foam board. 

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3. Once you have cut your foam board to the desired shape you then need to glue it to your hardboard using PVA glue, you will need to leave this for 24 hours. 

4. The next step is to texture your base. I have done tutorial on basing.

5. The next step is to paint your diorama you of course can use any colours you wish but I use Humbrol No. 110 Natural Wood as the base colour and then dry brush with Humbrol No. 103 Cream, for the mountain I used Humbrol No. 67 Tank Grey and then dry brushed this with Humbrol No. 64 Light Grey.

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6. The next step is to varnish your diorama I use Ronseal Diamond Hard Varnish, matt clear once this is dry you can then add any trees to the diorama that you wish, and I always finish off by using Noch Summer Meadow Grass. 

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Second Mountain

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As you can see in the picture I have added a cave opening, to make the cave entrance, I simply cut a chunk of foam board out and textured the sides to make it look as natural as possible.

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Tools

Pencil
Tape measure
Wood saw
Rasp
Paintbrushes
Craft knife
Scissors 
Ruler 
Glue gun

Materials

Hardboard
Polycell Textured Ceilings Course Effect
Ronseal Diamond Hard Varnish, matt clear
Noch Summer Meadow Grass
PVA Glue
Foam Board

Humbrol Colours

Humbrol No. 110 Natural Wood
Humbrol No. 103 Cream
Humbrol No. 67 Tank Grey
Humbrol No. 64 Light Grey

Painting Colonial Marines

Painting Colonial Marines

Here is my guide for painting Colonial Marines using Vallejo acrylic colors. I have also done a painting guide for Aliens.

Colonial Marines

Colonial Marines picture 1

Colonial Marines picture 2

Colonial Marines Vallejo Colours

Vallejo 830 German Fieldgrey WWII  (helmet)
Vallejo 830 German Fieldgrey WWII (jacket)
Vallejo 950 Black (webbing)
Vallejo 955 Flat Flesh (hands faces)
Vallejo 875 Beige Brown (camouflage)
Vallejo 837 Sand (camouflage)
Vallejo 950 Black (gun ect)
Vallejo 836 London Grey (trousers)

Vallejo 830 German Fieldgrey WWII (trousers)

Colonial Marines Vehicles

Colonial Marines Vehicles

Colonial Marines Vehicles Vallejo Colours

Vallejo 979 German Camo. Dark Green
Vallejo 950 Black (webbing)

My Aliens Book Library

My Aliens Book Library


My Aliens book library for wargaming consists of the following titles this is not an exhaustive library is just some of my favourites on the subject.



The Complete Alien Omnibus: "Alien", "Aliens", "Alien 3"

The Complete Alien Omnibus: "Alien", "Aliens", "Alien 3"

An omnibus edition of Alan Dean Foster's Alien science-fiction trilogy.

As the spaceship Nostromo glided through the silent reaches of the galaxy, the ships scanners detected a garbled distress call form a remote and long dead planet. But all the technology on board could not protect the ship's crew from the living nightmare they found there. It was a terror that stalked Ripley, the only survivor of Nostromo, and came to haunt her again and again...

Read the horrors of ALIEN and you won't believe that Ripley returned, with a team of death-dealing Marines, right back into the jaws of a threat too monstrous to contemplate. After the slaughter that was ALIENS, Ripley finds herself on a prison planet worse than anyone's imagined hell. But the nightmare of ALIEN 3 was only just beginning...


Aliens - Colonial Marines Technical Manual

Aliens - Colonial Marines Technical Manual

The Aliens Colonial Marines Technical Manual is your official guide to the equipment and organisation of the United States Colonial Marine Corps as featured in the hit film Aliens. Packed with never-before-published diagrams, technical schematics and plans, the manual takes a detailed look at the guns, vehicles and ships of the USCMC, and the men and women who use them.


Alien: Illustrated Screenplay: Complete Illustrated Screenplay

Alien: Illustrated Screenplay: Complete Illustrated Screenplay

Science fiction plucks from within us our deepest fears and hopes then shows them to us in rough disguise: the monster and the rocket. W.H. Auden We live, as we dream - alone. Joseph Conrad So begins the screenplay of one of the greatest movies of all time: Alien. For the first time the complete script of Ridley Scott's legendary film Alien has been cleared for publication. The package includes the complete script, including scenes filmed but not released into the theatres, and hitherto unseen stills from the films and a fascinating introduction by Ridley Scott.


The Book of Alien

The Book of Alien

The Book of Alien is the definitive companion to the classic movie, taking you right behind the scenes of the production, including interviews with legendary designer HR Giger and director Ridley Scott. Lavishly illustrated with scores of stunning stills and pieces of production art unpublished elsewhere, the book graphically demonstrates just why the movie won an Oscar for its visual effects.

Useful Aliens Links

Useful Aliens Links

Here is a list of useful Aliens Links,  if you know of any other links which you think should be included then by all means use the comment form below.

Aliens Rules by Leading Edge Games.

My Aliens Book Library.

Pendraken Miniatures do some really nice Colonial Marines which are more than suitable.

Left picture. SF1x Old style marines, in battle armourSF2x Old style marines, without battle armour

Left picture. SF1x Old style marines, in battle armour
Right picture. SF2x Old style marines, without battle armour

Left picture. SF14x Old style marines with heavy weaponsRight picture. SF15x Colonists in space suits

Left picture. SF14x Old style marines with heavy weapons
Right picture. SF15x Colonists in space suits 

Left picture. SF16x Colonists in space suits, with heavy weaponsRight picture. SF20x Civilian men

Left picture. SF16x Colonists in space suits, with heavy weapons
Right picture. SF20x Civilian men

SF21x Civilian women

SF21x Civilian women

Left picture. SFH7 Armoured Personnel Carrier Right picture. SFH8 Walker

Left picture. SFH7 Armoured Personnel Carrier 
Right picture. SFH8 Walker 

Left picture. SFH9 Dreadnought gun platform  Right picture. SFH10 Male civilians

Left picture. SFH9 Dreadnought gun platform  
Right picture. SFH10 Male civilians

SFH11 Female civilians and children

SFH11 Female civilians and children

Pendraken Miniatures do some really nice Aliens which are more than suitable.

SFC1 Medium creature, type 1SFC2 Medium creature, type 2

Left picture. SFC1 Medium creature, type 1
Right picture. SFC2 Medium creature, type 2

SFC3 Medium creature, type 3SFC4 Medium warrior creature

Left picture. SFC3 Medium creature, type 3
Right picture. SFC4 Medium warrior creature

SFC5 Small creature (10) (8mm height)SFC6 Queen creature (3) (20mm height)

Left picture. SFC5 Small creature (10) (8mm height)
Right picture. SFC6 Queen creature (3) (20mm height)

SFC7 Egg cluster and 5 eggsSFC8 Face huggers

Left picture. SFC7 Egg cluster and 5 eggs
Right picture. SFC8 Face huggers

SFC9 Face hugger victims

Face hugger victims

Making Hadley's Hope (LV-426)


The making of Hadley's Hope (LV-426) is still in the collection process however I think it will be a load of small cardboard boxes made into small rooms

Painting Aliens

Painting Aliens

Here is my guide for painting Aliens using Vallejo acrylic colors. I have also done a painting guide for Colonial Marines.

Aliens

Aliens picture 1

Aliens picture 2

Aliens Vallejo Colours

Vallejo 965 Prussian Blue
Vallejo 899 Dark Prussian Blue
Vallejo 950 Black