Tuesday, May 28, 2013

New Miniature!

My wife and I are new proud parents of Paige Alizabeth Elder who arrived May 23, 7 lbs 3 ozs, 19 inches. 

Although, not wargaming related, I thought I'd pass along the good news.  This is our first child.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Elephant Grass Terrain for 10mm Wargaming

For my Ia Drang Vietnam scenario I read there was elephant grass in the battlefield, so I did my research how I was going to create the long grass.  It seems that the best way to represent long grass or wheat people are using is using faux fur.  I struggled to find faux fur at my nearby fabric/hobby stores.  I ended up finally finding it at a decent fabric store in town (Denver Fabrics).  The sales clerk got a kick out of me buying the fur during a snow storm that day, saying I could use it to keep warm leaving the store.

The fur itself is too long for my 10mm scale battle, so I had to figure out how to trim it.  Also I did not find much help online regarding painting, but figured spray paint would work.  So I gave it a try originally with Krylon Camouflage ultra-flat olive green but found it was too dark.

Below is what I came up with.  I might add some more shades to the current green, but it is start.

Piece of faux fur cut as a terrain feature.

Hair trimmer with a 3/8" attachment to trim the fur.

After trimming.

Krylon emerald green gloss spray paint used on fur.
The faux fur after spray paint.  I did spray a lot of paint trying to cover all beige colour.
It starts to get glossier the longer you spray the fur, which I think is okay because it is supposed to be grass.
Elephant grass with 10mm NVA figures.  I might try adding some lighter green spray paint patches to tone down the uniform green colour.