Friday, September 20, 2013

Gaming Table & Zvezda T-72!

Huzzah my Fellow Gamers!
The gaming table is about 80% right now and good enough to actually game on in my humble opinion.  I ran out of green flock so more is on order and on the way.  My wife says she prefers the look of all of the various colors as opposed to solid green anyway.
I think the additional green flock will do nicely.  That said, the 3 layers of glue I put on yesterday are pretty much dry and that flock pictured here isn't going anywhere!
 What's cool about the table is its size.  For a guy confined to apartment gaming the last 2 years and only being able to game on a small sized table, this is really a step up!  Considering where I used to live prior to moving to the Philadelphia area and my 8' by 4' gaming table, I was really slumming...  I included a shot of my newly based ACW Regiments/Battalions (for Black Powder, Volley & Bayonet, etc) for scale.  Those guys are 3" by 1.5" so you get an idea of the size!

A 1/100 tank pictured for scale.  Now I have more room for maneuver!
The table is 6 feet by 4 feet and MUCH better than the dining room table. (ahem...John - no more chairs in the pictures).  I forgot all of the "lessons learned" and those were re-learned the hard way yesterday.  Also the plywood is heavy so I need to bring in my other card-table (previously used for holding up the other 4' by 4' sheet for the last gaming table) which is at my Mom's house to keep the sides from sagging too much.

Okay enough about the table - everyone's waiting for the T-72 pics huh???
Not bad.  I'm not happy with the paint job overall but I have a TON more to get the technique down...

The tank came with decals but I felt like painting these on.

The side skirts should really be glued down as they keep breaking off...

A light tan drybrush did wonders too and you can see the remarkable detail on the kit.

Dare I say, with the ERA blocks on the front you could technically use this as a T-90...

Nice terrain board!  will look even better with trees, roads, and houses atop during a game.
Lots of hobby work being done, folks.  More ACW Regiments/Battalions being pumped out and I have been busy busy busy re-basing my Warmaster Fantasy 20mm troopers for my annual Halloween game.  THis year I have some awesome new additions to the force - The "Dark Alliance" Orc Heavy and Light Cavalry, as well as their armored Orc Infantry!  Compared to the Caesar guys, these Orcs look civilized.  So maybe this year, the practically naked greenskins will be "feral" orcs lol.

On the moderns front I have 3 T-80s painted and ready for action as well as a BMP-2 and BRDM-2 for my Soviet Tank Battalion.


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    1. Thanks, Chris. It will look better when I get more flock down.

  2. Good looking table, and tank for that matter. Your wife is right, variations in the green are more realistic.

    1. Thanks, Mike. I would like the table to have a little bit more green but otherwise there will still be plenty of tan/brown on it for variation.

  3. Both the table and the tank look great!

    1. Thank you Thomas! There will be many more tanks where that one came from!

  4. The whole table/mancave gambit looks to have paid off Steven.

    I think your wife is right about the uneven look myself and the T72 has come up well.

    Great post.

    1. Thanks, Paul. I'm hoping for some truly epic armor battles on this table!

      the general consensus seems to be approval of the varying look of the terrain.

      The Zvezda minis are pretty awesome and very easy to assemble.

  5. That is one cool looking tank! Great job on the camouflage dude!

  6. Seriously cool looking table Steven!

    1. Thanks, Al! My wife is winning this bet so far. I told her I wanted more green flock on there for grass. She said it looked more realistic as-is. It seems there is literally a global consensus to keep it the way it is!


  7. Great looking table, mine also has a lot of Brown but I really under did the flock. I look forward to seeing your orcs, I have a couple boxes of those too.