Saturday, 10 February 2018

Vineyard Test Piece

I've wanted to make a little vineyard for Peninsular battlefields for a while but with modelling projects I often like to make a test piece before launching a bigger effort. Anyway, here it is.

The figure is not very Napoleonic but he was very conveniently available! In the pics below you can hopefully see that I made the frame from a kebab stick held between two upright off-cuts of MDF which are glued to a strip of plasticard.

The anchor cables at each end are simply thin bits of electrical wiring.

The vines are more pieces of wire folded over the stick and twisted to look like gnarly vine stems.

The base was sanded and the whole lot painted in a dusty brown/sand/cream scheme. The vines were painted in a much darker brown. Then I glued small pieces of Woodland Scenics clump foliage along the entire stick. I aimed for a slightly irregular look. This piece is about 6 inches long. The 'full' vineyard will have 8 to 10 inch sections, probably half a dozen. I think for the next pieces I'll add a little textured paint to the vine stems to make them look less wiry and more gnarly. I reckon some of Colin's pantile walling would look good with them too :o)


Phil Robinson said...

Excellent, something I have yet to around to, this will be most useful.

Silver Whistle said...

Superb looking vines and perfect timing as I need to make a load up for a game next Friday.

My only concern is the gluing of clump foliage to the vines. Did you use superglue and was that part of making the vines very time consuming, having to build up layers?

The twisted wire looks very effective for the vines, great idea and thanks for sharing.


Rodger said...

These are perfect Matt!

The Wargames Table said...

Thanks chaps! :o)

@Pat - gluing the clump foliage for that test piece took literally about ten minutes. Tear off a heap of small-ish clumps (vary the size slightly) and then apply all purpose glue (UHU here) to a short section, stick on the clumps, and repeat. The first go will leave some gaps here and there so just glue some extra bits here and there as required.

Phil said...

Inspired and realistic, great job!

The Wargames Table said...

Thank you kindly :o)

Silver Whistle said...

Thanks Matt, I will give it a go.

Paul Scrivens-Smith said...

Like what you did there.

JOHNBOND said...

Nice work Matt,
cheers John