Wednesday, 28 December 2011

28mm Irish War of Independence 1919-1921


I've recently taken an interest in simple 1 or 2 page rules, especially FUBAR and this has prompted me to extract my stalled 28mm Irish War of Independence project from the lead mountain. It's a pleasure to be painting fewer, larger figures but I'm going for the same 'magic dip' approach I use on 15mm ones rather than three-coat shading and super detailing. The figures are mainly Musketeer and Cannon Fodder. I'm using overscale diecasts for vehicles and my figures are on high bases to compensate. Controversial, but the fudge works for me.

For scenery I've made some buildings from 5mm foamboard and some dry stone walls from cat litter and PVA. I also bought some JRM dirt roads, some Tiger Terrain craggy hills in polyurethane resin (company regretfully no longer operating), and a box of K&M hedges. Here are some of the buildings. I've also made a Victorian-era terrace with back yards. They are all based on photos I found on the Web.


Thatched cottage. Walls are faced  with  Natural Stone styrofoam sheeting from Antenocitis Workshop with bits of card stuck on to represent the larger corner stones. Thatch is teddy bear fur from a haberdashery so no teddy bears were harmed in the production of this model. 



Barn with corrugated iron roof and thatched outhouse. The corrugated iron is by Noch.  If doing this again I would use corrugated card from an art shop which is cheaper and would be easier to cut.

Detached Georgian-era house. The tiled roofing is again a Noch product.  If I'd made the house a bit smaller I could have avoided having to use two Noch sheets on each side with a resulting ugly join. The decoration along the roof ridge was done with Milliput.

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