Sunday, 17 July 2016

Fields of Gold...

...Completed!
I was gifted some hobby time this weekend and decided that the priority should be to finish off the wheat field fashioned from a coir door mat.  Having undercoated the base work in black, I simply applied colour using cheap acrylics sourced from 'The Works' discount shop before successive dry brushing brought the desired effect.  Some of the encouraging comments from the previous post made mention to hay or grainstacks and as luck would have it I stumbled across some rather splendid resin versions when picking up some bits of MDF from 'Warbases'.  With their typically excellent service, I had them delivered, primed and painted in no time at all and all that remained was to flock and add a 'Tajima1' tuft or two.
The resin haystacks add a little variation to the piece insomuch that I can have them on the field making the terrain slow going or removed to give easy access along the cleared paths.  I couldn't resist adding a little something extra in the shape of a 'Warbases' fox, proudly returning from the hunt with its quarry firmly clamped in his jaws.  As I was taking the photographs, I suddenly realised that I had, in fact, created two fields.  The initial section of mat that I had originally discarded as being too 'mat-like' actually worked rather well well when positioned alongside the harvested version.  A quick dry brush to match the two together and the illusion was complete - two for the price of one.  Now onto 'Operation Hedgerow'

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  1. Now Michael don't get mad, but on first glance when opening this post: I really thought you'd gone and painted some Dino-Poo... yes yes I know! As it is, these HAY-Stacks are a brilliant addition to any gaming tabletop!

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    1. Now you mention it I can see what you mean, perhaps an idea for Dinovember. :D

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  2. Excellent dear sir and Mr Fox with his dinner it's a fine addition and really adds to a wonderful scene. Well done.

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  3. Excellent, looks really great. Can I suggest green scourers as the base for hedges

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    1. Thank you Martin and I was thinking scourers, but have managed to get my hands on some rubberised horsehair, so watch this space.

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  4. They look splendid all 3 of them ( The square field, the one with hay stacks and again when it has the hay stacks removed!). So 3 fields but you can only use 2 of them together!

    The Fox looks cute as well! It definitely adds to the field!

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    1. Thank you so much Clint, I have to say that I was pleased with how versatile it all turned out to be and I still have half a mat left!

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  5. Fantastic work! I'm under a spell of this!

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    1. Thank you very much Michał, it has been something that I wanted to try for a while now.

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  6. Excellent work m'Lord and I do like the addition of the fox :)

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    1. Thank you Tamsin, Warbases can be an expensive place to visit!

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  7. Nice work all round, sir! Reynard adds a lovely little touch.

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    1. Thank you A.J. as soon as I saw him I just had to have him in the scene.

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  8. Spledid work Sur M. A nice touch adding Mr Fox to the scene.

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    1. Thank you Ray, it has been great not having to put thongs away very evening, although I did have to promise to hoover up all the mess once I had finished.

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  9. Really good job, very realistic!

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    1. Thank you Luca and great fun to do too.

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  10. Now that looks magnificent. Photorealistic!

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    1. You are too kind Sir, but thank you.

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  11. Great work on the fields and haystacks, the fox is a very nice touch!

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    1. Thank you Cyrus, really pleased with him.

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  12. Awesome job! I really like how this turned out.

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    1. Thank you Rod, it is something that I was keen to try so delighted to tick it off.

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  13. Top shelf, Michael. Like many others, I'm a fan of the fox too.

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    1. Thank you Mr. Finch, he was a lucky find, but can't imagine it without him now.

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  14. Another excellent piece of work Michael. I am sure you will have some more of these fields cropping up in later posts.

    The addition of the fox is a nice touch!

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    1. Thank you Terry, expect to see the fields again later this week as I finish off the scarecrow.

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  15. An excellent end result. The addiction of Mr Fox is a great idea.

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    1. Thank you Dave, who knew I'd needed a fox all this time?

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  16. Lovely outcome on the final piece. Very well executed. :)

    Visually impressive and functional - my favourite terrain combination! :)

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    1. Thank you, great to see it done though as it has been kicking around for far too long now.

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  17. What a creative, unusual and brilliant work Michael...excellent!

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  18. Giant tribbles! Retreat! RETREAT!!!

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    1. Well that made me chuckle, thank you Ev. :D

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  19. I love the talented Mr Fox brilliant from the talented sir Awdry!

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    1. Thank you so much Andy, that is very kind.

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  20. I love the end result!
    Warbases haystacks are just too good to turn down.

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    1. Thank you Mike, they were far too tempting for me.

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  21. Quite beautiful work Michael!

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  22. Great combiination of handmade and commerical products, lovely idea.

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    1. Thank you Matt, really pleased with how it came together.

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  23. Inspiring contributions once again Mr A!

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  24. Great results there Michael!

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  25. The fox makes it - lovely - lovely stuff.

    Your work is good, but the composition is the real coup.

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    1. Thank you so much, the composition was lifted directly from another version I'd seen on the info web so all credit must go to them.

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  26. Great stuff Michael.
    When I saw the previous post I thought to myself "he'll be wanting a haystack" and they do really set it off very well.
    The fox is a masterstroke.
    Tom

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    1. Thank you so much Tom, that is very kind of you.

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  27. Very natural looking!
    And that fox is a nice addition to already beautiful looking scenery piece.

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  28. Great terrain piece. Love the fox!

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    1. Thank you Gordon, he was a wonderful find.

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  29. Quality terrain piece Michael. Has to be one of the best model wheat fields I have seen.

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    1. Thank you Pat, you and your wonderful terrain building can take some of the credit for the inspiration behind this piece.

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  30. Wow! that is a stunning piece, Michael, really top notch work.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thank you so much Roger, just finishing off a little extra for it this morning.

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  31. Awesome work - & that fox is just the cherry on the cake!

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    1. Thank you, I love fiddly around with extra bits and pieces, especially now that I have a little more time to dream them up.

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  32. Looks really nice! I need to look at putting something like this together for my own board! The fox is a great touch!

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    1. Thank you Mr. Mouse, just grab yourself a mat and hack away!

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  33. Most excellent looking piece of terrain Michael! I only wished I had the patience for something like that.

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  34. Very niely done, Michael. The haystacks look a little too 'neat' in my opinion, but not enough for it to bother me. Love the addition of the fox - i've still a couple to paint from Rapier Miniatures, for my fox-form Kitsune, so we might see them fairly soon.

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  35. Wow!
    I cannot believe how much I missed during the last weeks. This field is really a beauty! The addition of the fox is a perfect, lively piece.

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