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Being a modeller for quite a few years now, I decided to explore the endless possibilities that the world (through internet) offers, and come up with a series of ways of building, modelling and painting fast (but not hastily), to create the worlds I was seeing in history books since I was little. . .If you care to join me. . . This is the place to be! And, I promise you to find the way (or ways)!!

Monday, 27 August 2012

Artillery Battery HQ Tent

Good day everyone!

Hope you are all well. 
A couple of days before my holidays, I have finished a small terrain piece for my British Artillery battery, I am making for quite some days now. In some of my previous posts, you've seen the battery's HQ Officers, talking and bragging about the guns usage and their effectiveness on the front (of the guns, not the officers - we all remember how Operation Goodwood turned out). 

When painting them, I came up with the idea of making a small tent for them, so as to have a proper space to work on their missions.
The construction of it was rather simple, in terms of materials needed. I used a small piece of a vinyl tile for the base, some bamboo skewers, a small piece of an old t-shirt - for the tent (sprayed in green and brown) and finally some thread alongside with some pins (below you will see why I needed these last two materials). After that, it was simple painting on the base and after that, the addition of some greenery on it (same thing I did for my FOO & Radio operator, with some new goodies I bought recently).

I don't know how well it looks in terms of accuracy, but, to be honest, I like it just the way it is. I am sure that while on front, many things were bypassing protocol regulations. This is what I remember while doing my service in the Greek army.

Below you will see the pictures of the finished terrain piece, with some sandbags on its corners for some better protection.

I hope you like it!
C&C are as usually, more than welcome! :-)


  1. Hi Thanos, I really like the concept but I think the object overawes the subject.

    Think back to your service days, shape and silhouette need to be mitigated. To improve it I would make the poles smaller, say toothpick size and replace the tent with a gauze bandage with strands pulled out to make it look more like netting...That way those fantastic figures will be seen as well.

    What a great idea and don't take my comments as being negative!

    You are tempting me to have a crack at this now.

    Regards Paul

    1. Ι never take as negative the comments I receive from my friends Paul.
      I tried to do that, but, I couldnt make it stand properly. And the bandage thing..I ran out of it! :) Silly I know, but, I was feeling the urge to finish it with what I had in my hands. Patience is not my major attribute. :)

      Thanks Paul!

    2. Good one Thanos. I have pulled out some gauze tonight to give it a crack...Watch my space.

  2. It's a creative use of materials that are handy. The sandbags you sculpted look good with the piece. I particularly like the "night shots" that you took.

    1. Thank you Anne! God save the Iphone. Its photographic machine is simply excellent (for me who is pretty much ignorant with these aspects). :)

  3. Hi T, I tend to agree with Paul. Nonetheless still a nice piece.

  4. I'm totally with GReg! :)
    Do those minor modifications (won't take much time) and you've got a very very nice piece of terrain (although it's great already ;) )

  5. very nice and simple. But I would think that if you wanted to go more complex go with pauls idea. But yours is great non the less

    1. You're right Gowan, but I couldnt find the way to do it properly. Let aside the fact that I ran out of material (gauze). :)

  6. Very nice piece of modeling. And I really like the texture of the tent canvas.

    1. Thanks Jay. Ill post your good critic to the tshirt's manufacturer. I think he'll be pleased. :)

  7. I am really enjoying watching the progress of this project T.
    It's a shame Greece is so far from Tasmania otherwise I'd invite you over for a wargame.

    1. Thank you John. I really want to get to the 'down-under' countries. I really would like to meet you all (you, Paul, Al, Dan). But, alas, money's too tight to mention nowadays. Perhaps one day. :) Thank you for the invitation.

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