Friday, 27 June 2014

Dry Stone Walls - A 'How To'

Recently I noticed that my local model shop stocked a range of resin dry stone walls, made by Javis. At first glance they look "ok" but perhaps a bit basic. So I wondered if they could be "enhanced" with a little effort. I bought a few pieces and tried it out ... and was delighted with the results. Therefore, I've compiled a step by step guide to how I improved these scenic pieces.

Here's the starting point. Serviceable but a bit basic.

The first stage is just cleaning and preparation. Soak the walls in warm soapy water and use a scrubbing brush to remove the flock. Dry thoroughly and undercoat with a matt black spray.

I've used Foundry colours for the stones as they produce the excellent Slate Grey set so no mixing is required! The next shot shows the result after a heavy dry-brush** with Slate Grey 32A.

**For those not familiar with the term it's simply a process where you put a small amount of paint on your brush, then wipe most of it off until the brush is almost dry. Then lightly draw the brush across the model or scenery and the paint will adhere to the uppermost areas. Very easy, but worth practising perhaps on a tissue, your hand, the dog, etc. Oh, and make sure you use an old brush!

Next, a lighter dry-brush of Slate Grey 32B.

Then Slate Grey 32C. Make sure these lighter colours are applied sparingly.

Finally, a very light dry-brush of pure white. Go easy with it!

The base is painted using Vallejo Leather Brown.

Then highlighted with Vallejo Flat Earth.

Then Vallejo Tan Yellow.

I've then applied some patches of static grass; GW Burnt Grass and the lighter Noch Meadow Grass.

But why stop there? Out came the Woodland Scenics clump foliage and some Mini-Natur tufts. I have quite a few pieces done so I've made some look far more overgrown than others.

Here are some of the BEF - perhaps on exercise somewhere?

"Tally-ho chaps! Let's scramble over these delightful dry stone walls and give the enemy six of the best!"

A real bonus is that they cost just over £1 each, so I've made 5 feet (150cm) for just £12. :o)

I hope you found that useful.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

A Quick Reminder...

The lovely people at the Gravesend Wargamers Club have asked me to remind everyone about...

War & Conquest Doubles Gaming Day

Sunday 29th June 2014

Venue: The Northfleet Veterans Club, The Hill, Northfleet, Kent, DA11 9EU.

There is parking outside the club and lunch is provided in the entry price of £12

Full details here: LINK

Please get in contact with us via email at or telephone 07794908204.

Saturday, 7 June 2014


As you may already know I like to decorate my gaming table with suitable 'extras' and for the Dark Ages what could be better than a few pigs, sheep, chickens, cows, etc?

The pigs are from Warbases new range of livestock.

These chickens are from Redoubt (maybe?).

Can't have too many chickens (or Viking "reinforcements" as I've been calling them!?)

I also took the opportunity to re-base some my Gripping Beast sheep and cows.

They also make for excellent objective markers or baggage counters - depending upon your rules and/or scenario.

All kindly painted by my lovely wife (and based by me).