Monday, December 2, 2013

How To: Build an Artillery Emplacement - Part Two

Last post we started to build our artillery emplacement and in part two we'll show you how to paint and finish it! Here's the final project with our dwarf canon.

In Part One we assembled the emplacement and had it primed in black. Next we added a basecoat of muddy green

Then a coat of Burnt Umber and a lighter coat of Coffee Bean.

Next we added touches of English Ivy in the lower portions outside the emplacement.

Finally a dry-brush of Territorial Beige to bring out the details and add highlights to the emplacement.

The dry-brush really makes the ruts stand out.

The wooden interior walls were given a light coat of Barn Wood to differentiate them from the dirt interior.

Now for some weeds and foliage. We have a straw broom which we pull out a few pieces and trim them for our fall weeds.

Use a pin drill to add a few holes. Gathering a group of the trimmed strands, add some glue into the hole and insert several of the strands. Make sure the strands vary in height for a natural appearance.

Now for leafy ground cover, we placed spots of glue into several recesses and lower areas. Then we took a mixture of flocking, ballast and seasoning and sprinkled it onto the areas of glue.

We also found some fall colored flocking to add to our mixture.

Once the mixture is on, press it into the glue and then shake off the extra to be put back into your container.

For a final touches we added a few dry shrubs to the exterior and...

... inside along the walls we placed a mixture of medium ballast and sand then topped it off with a bit of the ground cover.

Now we add an Empire Great Canon and crew and wait for the enemy to advance into our field of fire.

It's always good to add extras like barrels, tools, canon balls, powder kegs and similar items.

This emplacement could be used for Warhammer Fantasy, Napoleonic Historical or Warhammer 40k.

Also any other Sci-Fi and any alternative games like maybe some new Steampunk light artillery for In Her Majesty's Name.

There you have it, the dwarves can now defend the pass to their mountain stronghold.

Let us know what you like about this or any other posts you'd like to see.

Have a Great Battle!
The Old Crow