Saturday, April 15, 2017

Rome's Conquest of Gaul

Rome's conquest of Gaul. 

Proconsul Julius Caesar marches into the valley of the Rhine. Crossing the Rhine River with three cohorts. It is the year 58 BC. Julius is responding to the possibility of an uprising among the tribes of the Celts. It is rumored that the Viromanduii are dissatisfied with their lands and want expansion. 
They are neutral aggressive versus the Romans. If this unrest is not quelled it will spread to the other tribes. So taking the VIIth VIIIth and IXth cohorts into the valley, Julius Caesar and his Commanders must put down this uprising.

 It is early April in the year 58 BC. The first battle featuring Titus Labienus versus Commius of the Viromanduii is a victory for the Gauls. Rome reels under the defeat.

Commius of the Viromanduii

Titus Labienus, commander of the VII Cohort.  Surveys the lines and orders the skirmishers forward.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Modular Terrain Mats from Flooring Material

I found 31 rubber floor mats with the interlocking puzzle edges at a local GW outlet.  I paid $5 for the entire lot.  So this project had a very attractive entry fee.  I have a blue painted plywood table and wanted to do a river stream pattern on some of the tiles.  So I guessed on a scale of sorts and started cutting 8" river sections out of the tiles.  I made enough riverbank to cross the table North to South and East to West with some bendys.
All pieces laid out on the drive way for some quick roller action painting.  I summoned my inner Jackson Pollock and began.

These paints have been around for at least 10 years and they still produce a great selection of colors for terrain tablecloths and mats.  So I was hoping I had enough for this project.

I got out a few of my picnic cloth mats that I have painted for inspiration.  I feel like I scaled this paint scheme to 20-54 mm troops.

Let the painting begin.  Roller paint the roads and then the fields.  River banks got a sandy touch.

The process took about an hour and a half to get all the feel I was looking to create.

Uh-oh, mom's home.  Better get this off the driveway.

Th finished pieces and some hills.  I can do an 8x6 foot table with modular roads and rives. The drawback is that this is a storage beast and takes up a lot of room.

Cheers, and thanks for looking in.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

DBA Mongol Goulash

A little nomadic horse action.

I love my command stand.  It has a presence.

That flank move shoulda worked.  But it didn't.  Great fun on a Monday night.