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Explosion markers

Some time ago, I saw these on another blog (sorry can’t remember the name of the blog) and decided to have a go myself. They took longer to do than I had anticipated, but the effect has been worthwhile.

Basically, three lengths of pipe cleaner are hot glued to a coin. Then again with the hot glue gun, clump foliage is applied to all of the exposed pipe cleaner. With PVA thinned ever so sligtly thinned with water, the solution is dabbed onto all of the foliage and left to dry. I had to do this three times to get a properly hardened surface.

Finally, spray paint black, dry brush grey and dab some red and yellow into the lower parts for a flame effect. Once done, the small amount of coin base that is still exposed can be dressed

Cows - Highland cattle to be precise.

I got this group of three from Warbases at the Phalanx show at £4. I already had some N gauge cattle for my 10mm stuff and to my eyes, there seemed little point in having them on the table as I had to look hard at them, where-as these 28mm beasts have a lot of presence and really help in dressing the battlefield.

I think these just need a contrasting highlighting drybrush over them to bring out the texture. I'm rather pleased with them and can see them turning up on all sorts of battlefields regardless of context! The grass tufts are from Great Escape Games, who make some of the nicest large tufts that I have seen. Warbases do a whole range of 28mm animals.

ACW casualties

This is a casualty marker for my 28mm Confederates from a pack of 8 metals (£8) from 1st Corps, with each of the figures having different poses, including one laying on the ground and another sitting. 

This was a trial figure with 7 mm laser cut MDF dice holders and dice from Warbases on a 30mm base.

Ultimately, I have found that 7mm dice when dropped into the dice frame are too hard to get out for my large fingers, so I have since moved to bigger bases and 10mm frames and dice and the practical aspect is much better. 

For each band of casualties I will use a different die colour, co white can be 1 - 6 casualties, red can be 7 - 12 etc.