You may recall last year [click], I took a page out of "Steven's Balagan" table [click] and attempted to redo my table in an attempt to get the "parched" look of his table. I wasn't completely successful with the European ground, instead getting a sun baked North African look (in all fairness I missed a step, methinks).
So this year I played around with a similar color and dry brushing scheme and took them to Home Depot (a DIY Store in the US) in order to get a more believable "parched" European ground look mixed into 2 x quarts of paints which I experimented with on my Russian Scouts.
I used Tamiya Flat Eart XF-52 mixed with regular brown (50/50) as a base, then dry-brushed a lightened mixture of Tamiya Flat Earth, Vallejo Dark Sand, and White. This got me a softer look that would look good dry brushed to the top of the ground, while keeping the recesses and undulations darker brown. Almost how it would look 2 days after a rain, with the softer, wetter dirt still drying out.
Below are some pictures of the project idea so far. Lighting in my basement doesn't completely allow for you to soak in all the glorious textured details, but take my word for it, I found the combination I've been looking for.
|The lighting makes the color washed out in the photograph, but you can make out the nice, texture of the surface. It matches the scout basing almost completely (pictured here)
|Small patch to the left is the basic tamiya flat earth, drybrushed with the lighter mixture. It doens't have the 50/50 dark brown mixed into it.
In other news, I am very happy to report the AWI project is off to a roaring start. This weekend, I was able to get all of my painted AWI units based the same way (7 infantry units per side of 6 stands each) This might sound like no big deal, but my basing has gone through various evolutions since 2004 and this represents the final step for these battle-hardened troopers, who frankly are probably tired of being rebased again and again.
|All of the painted AWI units just waiting on their flock
|What's left. A cluster of soon-to-be officer stands on the left, individually based skirmisher stands for "This Very Ground" or any other Black Powder skirmish game and some badly painted leftover volunteers on the right. Also a pile of Indians and loyalist infantry to paint up, including my Great Great Great Great Great [etc] grandfather's nephew (what does that make us?) unit of New Jersey loyalist infantry.
|What's this? An empty tray? Note the tents in there. I am going to model a sweet HQs or camp with those. There's also an oxen train in there as well.
|AWI Artillery and more officers getting the re-basing treatment. Note the older, crappier bases on the right.
|And finally my Russian support and command stands getting the basing treatment.
|once flocked, they'll be battle ready
That is all for now. If I'm feeling motivated, I'll slap some paint on the table this week after work in the hopes that I can dry brush next weekend. I want to test some flock concepts as well before actually adding any to the table. Stay tuned!