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Monday, April 07, 2014

Turning Pumpkin Stems Into Tree Stumps

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Wargaming Hall of Famer John Hill (Squad Leader, Johnny Reb, et. al.) once said to me: “Nature reproduces itself in miniature” when I asked about some of the beautiful home made terrain on his tabletop. That’s certainly true about this technique for turning leftover pumpkin stems into tree stumps.

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Making Foam Wargaming Terrain Tutorial

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Here’s a multipage tutorial on making foam terrain.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How To Make Modular Gaming Hills

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Sunday, February 02, 2014

Making Desert River Terrain

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Making Modular Forests

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This Very Blog has an interesting technique for making modular forests.

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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Modeling Desert Wadis

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Here’s a nice photo tutorial on modeling desert wadis.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Modeling Small Fields

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A nice photo tutorial on making small fields.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Making Trees From Bottle Brushes

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Here’s a nice tutorial on making trees from bottle brushes.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Making 54mm Post and Rail Fences

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Here’s a nice photo tutorial on making post and rail fences for 54mm wargames.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Making Rocky Terrain

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Here’s a nice tutorial on making rocky terrain from tree bark chips.

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About the Miniature Wargaming Hobby

Miniature Wargaming is part of the "adventure games" hobby, which includes r ole p laying and board games. Wargamers recreate battles on the tabletop with toy soldiers, like a more complicated game of chess. Models range in height from 6mm to 28mm tall, with 15mm and 25mm being the most popular. There also is a growing interest in toy soldiers and military models, such as the 1/32 and 1/35 scale plastic soldiers from Conte, and Marx.

The most popular miniature wargames are fantasy and science fiction based, such as Warhammer, Warhammer 40K, Warmachine and The Lord of the Rings. World War II games such as Flames of War and Axis and Allies are new favorites. Other favorite historical periods include Napoleonics, the American Civil War, and ancients, such as Romans or Greeks. Other gamers enjoy miniature naval wargames, recreating battles like Trafalgar, Jutland and the Coral Sea.

Hobbyists research historical periods and paint their tiny soldiers in accurate uniforms. Others develop "historically realistic" rules sets or build scale battlefield terrain using model railroad techniques.

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Some of the bigger hobby companies are Games Workshop, which produces Warhammer, Wargames Foundry and Old Glory Miniatures. Wizards of the Coast produces several lines of pre-painted miniatures games, such as the Star Wars and Dungeons and Dragons miniatures games, and a historical game with pre-painted miniatures: The new Axis and Allies game. Wizkids produces a fantasy collectable miniatures game, such as the Mage Knight and Heroclick fantasy games, the science fiction games MechWarrior and Rocketmen, as well as the quasi-historical Pirates of the Spanish Main.

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