Scenery Sorted!

My last few posts have concentrated on the scenery I’ve been making for Dave Stone’s Season of Scenery community challenge and the emphasis has been on making rather than painting. The only bits that had been built and painted were the two Paraguayan chatas and crews shown below (you can see the post about their construction here).

Successive posts covered the construction of earthworks and artillery positions, a watchtower and cutting up an egg box and pretending it would also pass for a bit of scenery! Well, all these bits have now been painted, along with two heavy guns for the emplacements. The picture below shows all of the bits laid out on a games mat.

The next picture shows the same scenery from a different angle. Considering that I’ve worked pretty consistently on scenery for two months I don’t seem to have much to show for it, although I’m pleased with the results.

A close up of one of the artillery positions is shown below. The crew shown here are for my Paraguayan field artillery and were painted about three years ago, whereas the chata crews were painted as part of this challenge.

I painted all of the earthworks and gun positions in a thin brown wash to seal them, followed by a spray of Humbrol acrylic Dark Earth. Despite the sealing coat, this left some small white specks showing through, so I then had to repaint the earth with enamel Dark Earth, which didn’t take as long as I thought it might. The lengths of wood were then painted brown, shaded with a black wash and then drybrushed with a lighter brown shade. Lastly the earth was drybrushed in a white-earth mix and some scatter grass was added in clumps about the place! The picture below shows a different view of the gun emplacements.

I deliberately kept them fairly plain so that they can be used anywhere and anytime between 1850 and 1945. The guns are Shapeways 3-D prints – I decided to go for greyish carriages just to provide some contrast to all the brown earth and wood! The last pieces to be finished were the watchtower and egg box (although I really should call it an ammunition store) shown below.

The tower was painted in the same fashion as the emplacements, although I should maybe have lightened the thatched roof a bit more. The ammo store was the egg box corner covered with Vallejo stone texture and then painted, washed and drybrushed. It started off a different colour from the other earth areas on these pieces, but seems to have got darker and come out the same shade overall. I’ve shown the ammo store in the picture with its access way shown facing the gun positions, but in practice the entrance would be to the rear, away from enemy fire.

Of course, I should probably mention the original fortification that I started (shown below), didn’t like and then replaced with all of the pieces above.

And then there are the hacienda and small buildings that have been started (see below) but which I knew I wouldn’t get finished for the challenge. These extra bits all took a little bit of time as well, so I’ve probably got more done that I thought.

So, now that I’ve run out of cardboard, I can get back to painting . . . cavalry! Maybe it’s time I ordered some more card!


  1. As everything is scratch built John, I think you have achieved a hell of a lot, The painting looks excellent and elevates your construction. I do hope you find a use for the fortification, as that is a great bit of construction, and look forward to seeing your buildings painted when you get round to them.

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    • Thanks Dave! πŸ™‚ I think you’re right about taking into account that I had to build them in the first place, even though they’re a fraction of the size of Jabba’s palace! The-fortification-that-can’t-be-named is still sitting on the sidelines! And not part of the challenge, but I’ve even sorted out a card storage box for this lot (I re-cycle printer paper boxes and cut them down in height)!

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  2. Nice collection! Your passage on painting the cannons a different shade of brown than the terrain resonated with me. I’ve recently had a few models covered in leather that really needed that separation and made me dig deep in my collection of browns!

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  3. Really impressive work all the way around! I need to bottle some of your enthusiasm for making terrain as I have quite a bit to make though little time to devote to it at the moment. It looks like I should make plans to get in on the next scenery challenge πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks Jeff! πŸ™‚ I think the challenge came along at the right time for me to get busy on scenery. Although it was getting more difficult to keep it going nearer the end, two months was a good time slot for me since I was scratchbuilding and painting.

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  4. bloody stunning Johnny !! I just sowed the wife and she said OH ! he must be an engineer like my brother , to which I replied, no he only worked in telecommunication , Johns a master modeler!!!

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    • Thanks Anthony! πŸ™‚ Normally I find scenery a nice change from figures and tanks, but I’ve found it more difficult over a longer period! Having said that, I’m pleased with what I’ve got done and also having some bits to come back to (in the hopefully not too distant future)! Hope things are OK with you! πŸ™‚

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